Verna Lynne Weeks
Were you born in PEI or are you an Islander by choice?
Prince Edward Island-born and Prince Edward Island bred and when I die I'll be Prince Edward Island dead.
How long have you been living in PEI? Most of my life with a small gap to account for some time in Halifax and Ontario. My family has been here for generations.
Where do you live in PEI?
The growing municipality of Cornwall, just outside of Charlottetown. I love the blend of country living, small-town feel and convenience of being close to the city.
Describe what an average day looks like for you?
My day starts with coffee and catching up on what's happening via my favourite social media accounts. I am at my desk by 8:00 am during the week. On days off in summer I love spending time in my garden and at the beach. In fall and winter, I enjoy playing pickleball and exploring the many trails of PEI.
What is your favourite thing about life in PEI?
I love living close to the ocean, the sense of community and the availability fresh food produced by local farmers, fishers and growers.
What is something people wouldn't know if they're not from the island? Where to find the best beaches and the location of wild blackberry bushes and apple trees for late summer harvests.
What are you passionate about personally?
I am passionate about the history, stories and authenticity of my community and its people. I love meeting new residents and hearing their stories about why they chose to move to the Island. I am excited about the growing diversity of PEI's population and all that different cultures and perspectives offer to Island life. I also go out of my way to shop and eat local, thrift shop and reduce my family's consumption of plastic and packaging.
If you had to choose one spot on the island to take someone who has never been here, where would it be?
North Rustico on Canada Day, which is one of Canada's best celebrations on July 1st, in my opinion.
Any funny facts about yourself that you think people should know? My first job was picking strawberries followed by working as a waitress at a lobster supper.