Howdy, neighbour! Meet Julia McMillan

If you’ve had an étudiant (student) in grades 3 or 4 at Bluenose Academy, odds are you’ve met Madame Julia. Julia, a former art curator, moved from Halifax to the South Shore with her partner, their dog, and their chickens a few years ago to take a teaching job at the local school.

Hailing from another part of Mi’kma’ki – Prince Edward Island – Julia moved to the mainland for her university studies.

Julia remarks, “I didn’t know it would be this dreamy,” when talking about her time at Bluenose Academy. We don’t blame her – if you walk by on the right day, her math class takes place outside, helping measure and plan the school’s recently-added Food Forest. 

Since moving out of the city, Julia has taken advantage of all the perks of life down here, including having more space for gardening and getting to cycle to work along the scenic Mason’s Beach Road.

If you attended the recent AGM for Second Story Women’s Centre then you may have seen this smiley gal singing alongside some other local voices. Julia recently participated in the first “All Voices Chorus” program at the LCLC which brought together singers with an accessible approach to musicianship.

If you see her pedalling around town, make sure to exchange a “Bonjour!” with this classroom curator.


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