Atlantic Canadians have become a very visible and important group
within the cultural makeup of Alberta.
Wilf Carter and Margaret Henderson are just two examples of the
many who came from Atlantic Canada to Alberta where they have
contributed greatly to their communities and the social makeup of
their adoptive province.
The legacy of Wilf Carter is not only cherished by Albertans
and Atlantic Canadians, but by country music fans from around the
world. Wilfred Arthur Charles Carter was born in Port Hilford,
Nova Scotia in 1904. When he arrived in Calgary in 1920, he
intended to find work helping with the grain harvest but ended up
as a ranch hand. In the bunkhouses and camps he honed his
singing, song writing and guitar playing, going on to become one
of the legends of country music.
In March, 1951, the Spirit River Signal carried a story
about one of Spirit River's longest serving teachers, Margaret
Henderson, who arrived in Western Canada from Prince Edward Island
in 1903. Ms. Henderson was not only one of the earliest Atlantic Canadian
teachers to serve in Alberta, often in outlying communities, where
she touched the lives of many members of the community, earning
their respect and friendship through her hard work and dedication
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