Take that, naysayers!
We’re sick of the constant barrage of negativity coming from some quarters—you know who you are—about the supposed lack of opportunity in Nova Scotia. Young people whining about not being able to find a job in their field and having to move west for employment. Entry level employees complaining that the pay is too low to pay off their student loans and that they can’t move up the corporate ladder fast enough. Those sniping from the sidelines about a fictional cabal of insiders running the province for themselves.
Culture of defeat, meet Laurel Broten.
A plucky clerk who applied herself at school, Broten found some mid-level success in Ontario, but left that province due to its heavy-handed government interference. Despite knowing not a soul in Nova Scotia, Broten and her her family moved to Halifax. Here, through sheer hard work and determination, her husband landed a job at the power company, she a position at the university. The couple skimped and saved, and were able to purchase a modest house in Kingswood—the place is so off the beaten path that you can’t even see it on google street view.
Most people would be content with that lower middle-class lifestyle, but not Broten. Ever the optimist (take note, naysayers), Broten continued to put in long hours, saw opportunity where others saw obstacles, and put forward her best self in the face of adversity. “Rewarding risk-takers, dreamers, doers, and builders is exactly what Nova Scotia needs,” she told herself, and put her nose to the grindstone. Soon enough, she captured those rewards for herself.
Broten has been a Nova Scotian resident for just 18 months, but has already established herself as a force to be reckoned with. Today, the province has announced it has hired Broten to run Nova Scotia Business, Inc. The announcement doesn’t say what her salary will be but her predecessor, Stephen Lund, was paid $225,000. We’re guessing Broten and family may soon be moving into splashier digs!
Let this be a lesson to the naysayers. Take the “no” out of, er, Va Scotia. Apply yourself. Be optimistic, banish negative thoughts, and you too can be a contender.