Meet Austin and Rosemarie Christmas
Austin and Rosemarie have been together for over 20 years and have two grown children. They love camping and vacationing anywhere and everywhere they can. Austin and Rosemarie are outgoing people who enjoy being around others and having a good time. They are very excited to be a part of this new venture, and hope that you will drop by and get to know them.
Rosemarie grew up in Glace Bay and in Framboise, Cape Breton Island. She is currently employed at the Cape Breton YMCA as a Personal Trainer and is certified to teach many different exercise classes. Rosemarie is also the Office Manager and partner with her husband in their business, A. Christmas Plumbing and Heating. She has a strong work ethic and is always happy to help.
Austin grew up in Membertou, and has a strong connection with his Mi’kmaq ancestry and is a Drum Keeper and a Pipe Carrier. He performs with the Sons of Membertou at ceremonies and special events. He has been involved in the trades for over 15 years and has worked throughout North America. Austin has also worked in the commercial fishery for a number of years and is a hard worker who loves a challenge.
Meet Sharon and Darrell Bernard
Sharon has lived in Membertou, Cape Breton Island for the last 38 years and has been employed with the Membertou Band in the Education Department. She has spent the majority of her life living the traditional way and was given the spiritual name of “Strong Dancing Beaver Woman” with the Spirit of the Beaver and the Turtle as her Warrior. Sharon has her Bachelor of Community Studies, Bachelor of Education and Master’s Degree in Education. She also does part-time work with Indigenous Women Community in Leadership Program offered at the Coady International Institute at Saint Francis Xavier University. She has been married to Darrell for 36 years and has raised four beautiful children together and has been blessed with several grandchildren.
Darrell Bernard has also spent most of his life living the traditional way of his people. Darrell has performed for nearly 30 years with the Mi’kmaw Drum Group, Sons of Membertou. The Sons of Membertou have performed traditional and contemporary music, both nationally and internationally. Darrell has also been a long-term employee of Membertou Band and is a retired civil servant. Darrell served on the Membertou Council for a number of years. Sharon and Darrell have enjoyed camping all of their lives and are looking forward to the partnership in Kluskap Ridge RV Park and Campground.