Hants’ Faces Friday – Karen MacBride

Published on June 16, 2017

Karen MacBride works at the Haliburton House Museum in Windsor, where she serves as an interpreter. MacBride said she used to play at the historic house as a child.

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WINDSOR, N.S. — Faces Friday is our online feature highlighting members of our community: their strength, challenges and humanity.

Karen MacBride exudes positivity.

The 72-year-old, who lives in her childhood home in Windsor, works at the Haliburton House Museum and Shand House Museum as an interpreter.

MacBride has been through many ups and downs in her life, including facing breast cancer not once but twice, but she says it’s important to remember the positive side of life.

“I’m 72, and I attended a culture and community heritage meeting a couple of weeks ago and there were 100 people there and I was the oldest one there still working in the system. I grew up in Windsor, just over the fence on Clifton Avenue and lived there for 18 years. One town, same friends, you carry them through your life. I had a career away, married, raised a family, then went through some life changes 20 years ago and came back to my family home that they built when I was born, just over the fence, and got this lovely job working at the two museums. It’s a privilege to work here, I played here as a child. You never know where you’re going to end up in life.”

“I’ve had ups and downs in my life — breast cancer twice —  so I embrace every day with gratefulness and joy. I was 36 the first time, had two small children and went through chemotherapy and radiation. Had 36 good years and then last summer had a routine mammogram and they called me here at work. I had a biopsy and a mastectomy, so my second round with breast cancer. But I’ve had a good year and I feel confident about the future.”

“Last year I broke my ankle in January, lost my sister in March and had breast cancer in May; it was just too much. I felt that was just a bit much. But, I dealt with it quite well. I came back to work as soon as I could. I didn’t drag it out. I wanted to get back and get going. I’m a positive, spiritual person, and I think that helps you. I’m involved with choirs in town, have a lot of friends behind me. You have to be grateful for all of those positive things and not dwell on the negative. It is hard sometimes, but I don’t have time for people who hate this or hate that, I don’t have time for that.”