HANTSPORT, N.S. — Meet Erskine Greenslade, a self-admitted shy guy, who also has a pretty big heart. He volunteers a lot of his time, even planning his vacation around the Hantsport Music Festival to help out.
He moved to Nova Scotia in 1999 and he says that helped him get his life on track.
“Yeah, (my name) is a different one. It was my grandfather’s name, that’s all I know. I’m from New Brunswick. I moved to Nova Scotia in 1999, I believe it was, and moved to Hantsport almost 10 years ago. I met my wife down here and then we decided to buy a house and this is where we bought one. I first got involved with the Hantsport Music Festival about two years ago when we approached them with the Air Cadets, collecting the bottles, and I thought, you know, they were nice enough to give the kids (the opportunity) to do that and raise some money, so why not help out? I helped them tear things apart and said next year, why not take some vacation time to help them get set up and tear down. They raise a lot of money for the community, and it’s nice to give back to the community. I don’t have a lot to give, so what I can give is time. That’s the way I look at it.”
“I’m a custodian for the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, Port Williams Elementary School, and I got into that in 2012. I was looking for work and there was an opportunity and it happened, and I’ve been there since. Day-to-day every day is different. You might have kids that get sick in the classroom throughout the day, you get the ones that like to make messes on purpose, and you get to clean that stuff up. It can be busy, but I enjoy it. I have a connection with both the staff and the students. It’s hard to explain, it’s just about talking with them and just having a conversation.”
“I do (find that I’m shy); sometimes it bothers me, most of the time it doesn’t. I get through it. It depends on the situation. Well, I mean, a prime example is right here, it’s a little tough to sit here and do this, but I’ll push through. I enjoy doing mechanic work, I do a fair bit of that in my off time. I do all of my own work and do some work for other people as well. I find it relaxing. It comes down to figuring things out, every vehicle is different, so every part comes off different. Figuring it out is a challenge.”
“Things have changed a lot since moving from New Brunswick to here. If I didn’t move when I did, I probably wouldn’t be sitting here telling the story I am today. It was something I had to do in my life. I started heading down a road that I didn’t want to be. I was just getting in trouble. I got myself out of that path. Believe it or not, I started traveling with the carnival. I always thought I wanted to travel and what a good way to do it, travel around and get paid for doing it. The rides and everything were stored down here in Windsor and we were getting the rides ready for the season and I met my wife one evening and that’s when I decided, well, may as well move down here. I feel awesome about how things have turned out for me. Looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
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