Valley author releases book focusing on the kindness, wisdom of Colchester County residents

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‘This is my legacy and I want to preserve the wisdom people have to share’

VALLEY – Hattie Dyck is deeply touched when she listens to stories from Colchester County residents.

Valley resident Hattie Dyck will launch her 11th book, Great Nova Scotians, at the Truro Farmers’ Market this Saturday. The book is a collection of touching stories and experiences from local residents. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News

Take, for instance, the couple in Truro who witnessed a little boy who couldn’t afford to buy a Christmas gift for his mother and sister so they gave him money to make a purchase.

“It’s that selflessness! I love that,” exclaims Dyck, 82, of Valley.

That story, and many others, are chronicled in Dyck’s new book called Great Nova Scotians.

“It’s a book about stories of ordinary people and their trials and experiences. It’s a tribute to people who are our nation builders and to pass their wisdom on.”

Dyck interviewed about 150 people, mostly Colchester County residents, for the 210-page book that took more than a year to complete. The book, Dyck’s 11th one published, also includes music stories, war-time stories, Christmas traditions, recipes, best advice, a tribute to former Truro police chief Lonnie Murray, as well as humorous stories such as the one about a collection of purposely odd T-shirts worn buy a lady from Economy.

“There’s a lot of fun in the book,” Dyck said, adding her ideas come from just about anywhere.

“Where ever I go I’m always looking for things to write about and people come to me. This is my legacy and I want to preserve the wisdom people have to share. We can learn from everyone we meet.”

Dyck will have a book launch during this Saturday’s Truro Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The self-published book is selling for $20.

Twitter: tdnMonique

Geographic location: Truro, Colchester County

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