Raising Haligonians is a series profiling local families and why they've chosen to raise their children in the Halifax and surrounding area.
Paula Langille spends her days helping families find the perfect place to raise their own family in our region as a Realtor with Royal LePage Atlantic, but she and her husband Chris, a Manager at Fraser & Hoyt Incentives, are raising their own family nestled in the Jollimore area of the city near the Dingle.
"We fell in love with the city when we attended SMU," Paula says. She is originally from Sydney and Chris is from River John.
"When we were deciding on a place to live, this area was kind of like a hidden gem that we discovered while crewing in the Wednesday night races at RNSYS (Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron)," she explains. "It was like cottage country in the city with walking trails, the Northwest Arm, the Dingle Tower, beaches and still only fifteen minutes to downtown."
The Langille Family have lived in Jollimore for seventeen years. They have three daughters, Breagh (age fourteen), Jillian (age thirteen), and Hannah (age ten). Paula says they chose the area for their family first because of the charming setting, but also because of the great local playgrounds (including this amazing natural one at the Dingle!) and the community elementary school which has both English and French immersion, as well as a separate building for the grade primary and one students to ease them into "big kid" school life.
Some of the Langille Family's favourite events to attend in Halifax include Shakespeare by the Sea in Point Pleasant Park, Victorian Christmas at Citadel Hill, and Nocturne Art at Night. They also enjoy playing mini-golf together and spending time outdoors at the region's beaches and hiking local oceanside hikes such as Purcell's Cove Provincial Park and Duncan's Cove.
When spending time in the downtown part of the city their favourite family foodie spots are Sugah ice cream, A Mano, Darrell's, and Salvatores - yum!
Paula says that to her being a Haligonian means feeling pride in our city and feeling as if their family "belongs to a community versus just living in a place."
The Langille Family are active in giving back to several organizations in Halifax, including Alice Housing and Feed Nova Scotia. They hope that their girls see this as part of the qualities that make up a Haligonian.
"I hope their values of kindness, politeness and of giving back to their community - whether helping a friend or neighbour or in a more organized format become a part of their being," she explains. "I hope that being a Haligonian, for them, elicits a positive, fun image of who they are and what this city offers."
The multitude of events, businesses, and outdoor activities that are accessible to everyone in Halifax are one of the many elements that their family loves about the region.
"I think Halifax offers everything a big city has, but on a smaller scale. Whether you're looking for outdoor spaces, sports, the arts - there is something for everyone," Paula says. "The people are friendly, the city is beautiful, and amenities are at our finger tips."
If you have a story you'd like to share about why you chose to raise your family in the Halifax region, I'd love to hear it! Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #RaisingHaligonians or email me at the contact information below.