What is your profession & title?
I work for the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce. I manage the delivery of business support services to newcomer entrepreneurs, and networking assistance to professionally-trained job-seekers who are new to the local labour market. I also oversee the delivery of equity, diversity and inclusion training to employers throughout the province.
Were you born on PEI or are you an Islander by choice?
I’ve been living on the Island off and on for many years. After I graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island, I moved to southern Japan to teach English for three years. Afterwards, I returned to PEI for a year, then I moved to Toronto. After eight years in the big city, I came back home... I’m here to stay this time!
How long have you been living in PEI?
I’ve been living on the Island off and on for many years. After I graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island, I moved to southern Japan to teach English for three years. Afterwards, I returned to PEI for a year, then I moved to Toronto. After eight years in the big city, I came back home to Charlottetown...I’m here to stay this time!
Describe what an average day looks like for you?
I have both a full-time and part-time job. I also run a charity and do lots of other volunteer work. I’m a single mama to a very sociable tween and we have a sweet cockapoo and a lovable tuxedo cat. My days are busy!
During the summertime, my daughter and I rush home after work, eat a quick supper, then go for an evening swim at one of the many nearby beaches, take in a ceilidh, or catch up with family or friends visiting from away. We collapse into bed later than we should, but there are so many fun things to do and people to see, and we are determined to make the most of every single minute of summer!
On weekends, we can be found at the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, and adventuring all over PEI the rest of the time.
What is your favourite thing about life in PEI?
That there's so much to do in the summertime that I always feel like I’m on vacation, even when I’m not!
What is something people wouldn't know if they're not from the island?
People are often surprised to learn about the Island’s vibrant arts and culture scene. In the summertime, locals and visitors enjoy live theatre and music in church and community halls, in pubs, and in the open air, every night of the week.
If you had to choose one spot on the Island to take someone who has never been here, where would it be?
Just one? Spend a day at Basin Head Beach, near Souris. Visit the butterfly house and then eat potato pie and raspberry pie at the PEI Preserves Company in New Glasgow. Take in one of the many ceilidhs. Shop, eat and meet new people at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market.
This year, my daughter and I are also looking forward to exploring the Island Walk.
Any funny facts about yourself or factoids about the Island that you think people should know?
My family eats a big spaghetti dinner on Saturday nights, while listening to the Saturday Night Hoedown on CFCY Radio. We call it the “Bellefleur Family Saturday Night Spaghetti Hoedown." Seriously though, if you’re here on a Saturday night, tune in to the Hoedown at 95.1FM from 6:00 to 9:00 pm… it’s been an Island tradition since 1958.