News & Updates

Antigonish Highland Games Suspended for 2021

Regrettably, I have to announce the suspension of the 2021 edition of the Antigonish Highland Games. Our Board came to that difficult decision at our March meeting, having given careful consideration to current social gathering restrictions and our expectations of the rules that will apply in July of this year.

We are confident that the Games as we know them will be a reality in 2022. In fact, we are already in the planning stages for a spectacular return to this much-loved event.

Last year, we created a “virtual” version of the Games which was received enthusiastically by viewers far and wide which can be found on Youtube as well as the thumbnails to the left of our home page.

We are not letting this year go by without celebrating our Gaelic heritage and culture as circumstances will allow. Stay tuned for announcements in the coming months as to what those events will look like and when they will take place.

We look forward to welcoming one and all in 2022.

Ciad mille failte!

Bill Fraser

President, Antigonish Highland Society

Contact information- wcdfraser@fh-incentives.ca  or 902-863-7629

 

Summer Student Introductions

We are excited to announce that we have two summer students working with us during this upcoming summer:

Bio Introductions

Victoria Rankin 

Summer Student Coordinator 

Victoria Rankin is a proud local of Antigonish county with a large background in community involvement. This summer marks Victoria’s third lively term working with Antigonish Highland Society. 

Victoria has  taken an interest in Gaelic language and culture from a young age, participating through St. Ann’s Gaelic College, local dances and volunteering at cultural events. 

She had the opportunity to learn Gaelic from amazing teachers while building many friendships based on shared interest in the language. This influenced Victoria to continue with Gaelic at St. Francis Xavier University where she will be completing her undergraduate degree next year. 

 Victoria has worked closely with community youth over the years with two summers of county recreation, three seasons coaching Stòirm volleyball and  five seasons assisting with junior curling at Highlander Curling Club. She had the opportunity this year to be  involved with the remarkable program, Big Brothers Big Sisters.

 “I am very fortunate to share my love of Gaelic language and culture through our Summer Youth Program!”

Suas leis a Ghàidhlig!

 

Megan Fraser 

Summer Student Coordinator 

Megan Fraser is a proud local of Antigonish County who has been involved in the community. 

This is Megan’s first summer as a student coordinator with the Antigonish Highland Society but she has been involved in volunteering with the society and Antigonish Highland Games throughout the years. 

Megan is a student at St. Francis Xavier University and will be completing her undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics this coming year. 

Megan has grown up involved in her culture and heritage, through highland dancing, step dancing and many community events. She was also a former member of the Scotia Highland Dancers which brought her many friendships and opportunities. This also allowed her to travel  and perform in various parts of the world, including Ireland and Scotland.

Megan has also been a part of the Ships of 1801 production for the past four years, working alongside various cultural performers and community members. She has also gained teaching experience in various styles of dance, thanks to the Antigonish Creative Dance Association.

“Growing up, having to travel to St. Ann’s Gaelic College for cultural programs made us motivated to offer a similar program here in Antigonish, 

Hope to see you this summer!”