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Heather Stevens
Manager & Senior Heritage Interpreter

I have lived in Millbrook for most of my life, and have always wanted to learn about who I
was, my past, my family. I was raised from infancy to the age of 13 in the United States,
there I was not connected to any other Mi’kmaq people except for my family. My family was
also born and raised in the US, so the history of who we are was never spoken about.
Living in the US was very hard, it was tough being a Native there, at times I had hated who I
was, but my grandfather even though he was a Residential School Survivor tried his best to
instill in me that I was special, I was Mi’kmaq. After my grandfather’s death, we moved to
Nova Scotia, which is where my family is from. It took a very long time to be accepted into
the community and at times I am still considered an outsider. As I moved on with my life, I
was still struggling to know who I was, I worked many different jobs, but none that actually
gave me what I needed, which was who I was. Working at the Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre is a great way to spend my days; I have learned so much about who I am, what my family stood for, the trials and tribulations that my family had gone through here in Nova Scotia as well as the Mi’kmaq People as a whole. I am now very proud to be who I am and being able to share that with people that I have met people from all over the world and from all walks of life. I have heard so many stories that relate so much to our story, from here in Canada to Australia. I really enjoy being able to share our history and culture and to learn from them as well. Where else are you going to be able to meet 100’s of people a day, and know that each day you are going to meet someone and learn something new?

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Jeff Wilmot
Store Supervisor & Senior Heritage Intrepreter

Working here at the Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre is the best job I have ever had. There are several reasons why I love this job, I get to meet people from all over the world and teach our culture to them.  I’m always learning something new about my own culture which I can then teach to others as well. Also, being the store supervisor I get the chance to help support our local craft people by buying  and selling their crafts. I am looking forward to spending many more wonderful years here.

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