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Recruiting firefighters

The City of Charlottetown’s Fire Dept has launched its volunteer firefighter recruitment campaign. [ ... ]

Stratford Art Club

Fall Session with Artist in Residence and Island artist Tricia MacNeil Baldwin takes place Thursdays [ ... ]

Adrian Smith

Finding Forgiveness—Adrian McNally SmithFinding Forgiveness, a memoir by Adrian Smith, has been recently published by Acorn Press.

Adrian Smith was raised in what seemed to be a very traditional, Roman Catholic upbringing. His father, Adrian Smith Sr, was very religious. He had studied to be a priest and left the seminary only 6 months before his ordination. After he left the seminary, Adrian Sr then worked for 30 years as a child psychologist for PEI’s Department of Education. He died at the age of 58 from a brain tumor. A week later after his death, Adrian Jr discovered that his father had been living a lie and that he was homosexual; he had kept it hidden his whole life.

Adrian kept his father’s sexuality a secret until his mother died. At that time, he decided to make a conscious effort to face his and his father’s story. Because of his father’s stature in the community, says Adrian, he ended up having to travel away from PEI to get counselling to help him get over the lies of his past. He was finally making progress, explains Adrian, when allegations of sexual abuse against his father surfaced.

The book details a son’s experience coming to terms with secrecy and betrayal. But it is also a story of redemption as after years of hard work Smith says that he could finally find forgiveness.

Adrian Smith recently retired after thirty years of work in education, twenty-five of those years devoted to counseling and student services. He has previously written an e-book on family secrets and sexuality. 

The launch for Finding Foregiveness will be held at The Pourhouse at the Old Triangle in Charlottetown on May 25 at 7 pm.

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Some Upcoming Events

Charlottetown Film Festival

September 29–October 1
City Cinema The 3rd Annual Charlottetown Film Festival, which runs from Sep [ ... ]

Acadian Harvest Festival in Rustico

Daily through September 
Farmers' Bank of Rustico and Doucet House  Acadian Harvest Festiv [ ... ]

Canada, It’s Complicated

September 26–30
Select venues A brand new comedy production Canada, It’s Complicated takes  [ ... ]

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Fiddler’s dream

Profile: Gary Chipman by Jane Ledwell "Listening to (Don Messer and his Islanders as a kid, I was  [ ... ]

Chas Mike Pete

Monday Night Concert at Victoria Playhouse Chas, Mike and Pete are old friends getting back togethe [ ... ]

Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ Commem...

The Confederation Centre of the Arts will be commemorating the 2500th showing of Anne of Green Gable [ ... ]