THREE MILE PLAINS, N.S. — Frances Swinamer lives in the community of Three Miles Plains with her husband and Yorkshire Terrier, but spends much of her spare time volunteering.
Swinamer said she turned to working and volunteering as a way to get back to the world after losing a child.
“I’ve volunteered at the Hants County Exhibition for over 35 years and I’m on two committees there. I’ve always gone in and volunteered at the office at the exhibition for the last almost 20 years. The first year there was a long time ago, but it was an experience. The reason I went in there was because I worked at Sobeys and I had to lay myself off; my doctor said I had to, but I wanted something to do. I went with the exhibition and it was an experience that I really enjoyed. It was the people mostly, learning how to be with people and, I don’t how to explain it, but I always enjoyed being around people and meeting new people.”
“I had back problems, it was medical reasons, but I worked at Sobeys for about 20 years before I left. We lost children, and working and volunteering was a way for me to come back to reality. Getting out amongst people. That’s why I went to Sobeys and I stayed there until I couldn’t do it anymore and I went on to volunteering after that. I found that there’s more to life than sitting at home and thinking about things. I take everything to heart and I’m a worrier.”
“I’m just a person that, I’ve always got to be doing something and it was a way of getting out and doing what I like to do. I was treasurer at the hall in Three Mile Plains for over 35 years as well. I bartended there as well; I did a lot. Each year it just seemed like there was something else that would come up and if I could make it better, I’d try. Then my family would get into it. We have cattle, and the children got into oxen and my family really enjoyed it.”
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