Travel is an important part of the Snow family’s life but despite all of their experiences, they’ve made a conscious choice to make Halifax their home base and raise their kids as Haligonians.
“I want my children to have many opportunities for different types of education and experiences, as well as learn to have an appreciation for the little things in life, like going to the beach or knowing your neighbour,” Laura says.
Read on for more about the community they’ve chosen to call home in this month’s Raising Haligonians.
It wasn’t just a stroke of luck that the Stevens family (parents Anitra and Jeff, seven-year-old daughter Jorja, and their Shih Tzu Zoie) ended up living in Spryfield. When they started looking for a new home, they spent a lot of time checking out all of the neighbourhoods in the Halifax region before finding the perfect one for their family.
If you’ve had a baby while living in Halifax chances are you’ve met one, or all, of the members of the Swain family while preparing for the baby or connecting with other parents after the baby was born. Jolyn and Eric own the charming shop, Nurtured Products for Parenting, on Agricola Street in the North End of Halifax. Read more about why Jolyn and Eric have made the conscious choice to raise their family in Halifax.
Our latest in our Raising Haligonians series features the Birch family. After spending the last eleven years in Calgary, Sarah and Dana Birch felt it was time to move back home to the East Coast so that they could raise their two young children (Amelia, age seven, and Ewan, age two) close to family.
Meng Zhao moved to Halifax from China to attend university and ended up staying to raise her family. She says she hopes by growing up here that her boys will gain “Haligonian qualities” such as being hardworking, loyal to family, optimistic and caring.
Paula and Chris Langille moved to Halifax for university and ended up staying here to raise their families as Haligonians: “I hope their values of kindness, politeness and of giving back to their community – whether helping a friend or neighbour or more in an organized format become a part of their being. I hope that being a Haligonian, for them, elicits a positive, fun image of who they are and what this city offers.”
“”I remember being outside until the sun set and it being totally normal,” she says. “We wanted the same for our children.” The Turlo Family shares why they chose to move back from Halifax, when they were living in Toronto, to raise their young family.
The Raising Haligonians series profiles several families across the Halifax Regional Municipality and delves into what they love about about this region and why they’re choosing to raise their families here.
Why did you choose to raise your family here? To me, being a Haligonian means raising people who respect and care about our neighbours, who have a special love for the land and nature, and who will always have salt water running through their veins as residents of Canada’s Ocean Playground.