I am always watching for items to display at the Sweet Brier Boutique or to creatively up-cycle. I admit it is one of my vices! On this day I am picking up a vintage mirror from a gentleman in Parrsboro who has chosen to ‘simplify’ his life and sell many of the items he and his wife Sally acquired over the years.
But as can happen in a small community this was to be much more than a ‘pick up.’
Ron Levy greets me with an invitation to sit in his living room and catch up. He points to some of the beautiful treasures he is selling. His father built the wooden plant stands — solid wood from Lunenburg where he grew up. His wife Sally was a quilter and her quilt racks are over there. She collected those angels too … until her death three years ago.
I have known Ron much of my life. He worked with my father. He is a well-known real estate agent in the community. And I know his children. But what I didn’t know is what brought him to Parrsboro 47 years ago.Ron tells me a story I had never heard before.
He and Sally were living in Ontario. They wanted to move east and had the opportunity to go to other locations including Prince Edward Island. But it was the promise of tidal power that brought them to Parrsboro. ‘There was so much hope and opportunity,’ he says. My jaw drops. Forty-seven years ago?
I ask him what needs to happen to make tidal power more than a hope and a dream. He is firm. “It needs a dedicated team working on it. We need to be proactive. It can be done,” he says.
He reminisces about the days when he and my dad helped bring the hospital to Parrsboro and started Parrsboro Industrial Commission with help from others of course. Volunteering. Community. Action.
“My father would always say: ‘When you make your living in a community, then you need to give back to that community.’ And that’s why I’ve been involved in our town for so many years.”
It’s this spirit of giving back that has Ron volunteering as Captain of a Relay for Life Team called Ground Breakers 2 – Growing the Seeds of Hope. For this year’s project, close to 1,000 books (yes they’re Ron’s) will be for sale in his garage at 96 Jenks Avenue in Parrsboro this Saturday, August 1, between 9 am and 12:30 pm. ALL sales to to the Cancer Society.
As I drive away, I ponder the stories and I think about a little town on the Bay of Fundy still filled with hope and possibility … ready for action.
Thank you Ron.