How many of us can say we know someone who swam across the Halifax Harbour?
How about more than once!
I can. Our team can. And all for the cause. Kevin, you can swim circles around most of us, and not just in the water. You spent your early government career at Communications Nova Scotia, and now you’re back, full circle as they say.
I got to interview you about your athletic feats in preparation for a CNS announcement encouraging us to get out and support your latest fundraising efforts. I learned that you started distance swimming at the age of 40 as part of training for triathlons. You get out every day, biking and running with two days a week set aside for swimming. In addition to supporting United Way swim events, you have completed one Ironman triathlon: 3.9 km swim, 180 km bike and 42 km run. You told me that your ultimate goal is to qualify for the Ironman in Hawaii.
You don’t keep a lot of personal objects in your work space, but what you did move when you returned to CNS is telling. I caught you carefully gluing the eyes back on a family of rocks (two parents, three kids) that I assume one of your three children had made for you years ago.
Upon my retirement, I bequeath to you, Kevin, my vintage white porcelain toast rack. At least I think it is a toast rack. I’m pretty sure. I picked this up at an antique store, thinking it would be great on my desk as a way to store current project files, thereby keeping the surface of my desk clear. Now we’ve gone paperless, so it has become an objet d’art in my bookcase. However, the shape reminds me of swim lanes. And swim lanes remind me of your endless practice sessions in the pool so that you’re ready for the next harbour swim.
Harbour swim number seven.
On that impressive note, I’ll end with a toast: here’s to your next big adventure, Kevin.