Donald Harding was brought up in Shelburne. He began his adventurous early life of world travel with a trip on his own to the Middle East while still a high school student. After graduation, he worked on Canada/US ferryboats, on a cruise ship out of Miami, and at two resorts in New Zealand before returning to Canada and graduating from Dalhousie Law School. "Although I was admitted to the Bar in Vancouver, BC," Don says, "I decided to return to practice in Shelburne as it offered a better compromise of work and leisure." Don is chairman of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission and, like most small-town lawyers, he helps many community groups and organizations.
Helle Jorgensen moved to Shelburne from Edmonton, Alberta, after marrying Don in 1995. She enjoys her job as registrar of the Shelburne campus of Nova Scotia Community College, where she is also a student counselor. "Don and I both have time to spend with family and friends," Helle says. "We appreciate the many activities available for us to share with our energetic eight-year-old twins. And," she adds, "I love our house on the harbour."
The children, Kari and Oliver, attend the local elementary school. "Teachers and administrators really care about the development of each child and provide a safe learning environment," Helle says. Small class sizes allow teachers to provide individual attention and special theme days, exhibits, concerts, plays, and performances provide enriching classroom experiences and exposure to different ideas, cultures, mediums, and histories.
The family enjoys hockey, figure skating, baseball, tennis, golf, soccer, swimming, and sailing. "Shelburne offers an abundance of wonderful, affordable opportunities for a healthy family life," says Don. The Shelburne Municipal Recreation Department offers year-round programming and summer programs run throughout the entire summer. Don says, "The variety of offerings for children of school age is impressive."