On Valentine’s Day in World War II, my Great Grandfather Albert immigrated here from England – literally a person brought here by the tides. To make the long story short, a houseboy fell in love, married, and ended up working for the post office. Since then, the Lands have always resided in Hopewell Cape. Now I do as well, nestled in the web of generations of people whose stories and lore are as much a part of our county as our county is a part of us.
When I was young, there were a few things I could do well. I could talk the ears off anyone I met. I could tell imaginative stories. I could learn. I was intuitive. Those things, and an appreciation of local history led me into summer employment within the tourism industry, finishing at the Steeves House Museum in Hillsborough as acting Administrator. I pursued education in the Social Sciences (“people” were my “thing”) and completed my last foray into academia when I graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology. My employment history has been diverse. My heart has been in working within non-profit agencies, including Oxfam Canada, the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA) and the John Howard Society, developing programming, teaching, facilitating, and working within my community to effect positive change.
As soon as I saw the advertisement for the position of Curator/Administrator of the Albert County Museum, I began working on my application.
I look forward to effecting positive change here in my own backyard.
Melody J. Land, MA., CPs.
Manager/Curator, Albert County Museum & RB Bennett Centre