Before this interview, I thought I knew Linda. She and I worked together on a project at Centre Stage Theatre a few years ago called A Murder is Announced. It is a play adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel of the same name. Since then, we have seen each other fairly regularly at shows, events, or just around town in Wolfville. After interviewing Linda, I have found there is so much more to her than I already knew. Linda, was born and raised in Halifax. She received her first degree, a B.A. in English literature with a minor in anthropology, from Mount St. Vincent University in the mid 80s. It was during her time attending the Mount, that she met Tim, the man that would eventually become her husband. Linda reflected that they met during their morning commute on the bus to classes. After Linda finished her first degree, she started on her second, a B.Ed. from Dalhousie University. It was after finishing her second degree that Linda and Tim got married in 1989. For the next couple years Linda taught as a substitute teacher. She participated in an English as a Second Language (ESL) summer program called Work Orientation Workshop (WOW). It was a course designed to help people from other countries gain employment in Canada using practicums and placements. After this, Linda decided to explore the world of linguistics more, and she enrolled in St. Francis Xavier’s psychology program where she finished a third degree, a B.A. with Honours in Psychology. Her thesis focused on the perceptions of accents and how people react to them. While at St. FX. Linda was mentored in the way of speech language pathology (SLP) at the Antigonish Hospital. Not yet ready to stop being a student, she decided to attend the University of Western Ontario in London to pursue a Master of Science in communication disorders.
"Always keep your inner child alive"
- Linda Levy Fisk -
Upon finishing her Master’s degree, Linda and Tim had job opportunities in and around Calgary. They lived in the region for 12 years, welcoming their children Aidan and Hannah in the years 1999, and 2001 respectively. It was in 2007 Tim and Linda decided a change was in order, and they moved to the Annapolis Valley. After two years, they bought the building that would eventually become the Wolfville Hearing Clinic and Babble & Beyond, Speech-Language Services, where they have been ever since. Linda has long been involved with theatre, especially since moving back to Nova Scotia from Alberta. She first became involved with Centre Stage Theatre while her children attended the summer Drama Camps. She later became involved with the mainstage productions and is now a regular face at the theatre to this day, her first show there was Kitchen Witches. Linda is also involved with other theatre groups in the area including St. Joseph’s Stage Prophets, Quick as a Wink Theatre, The Women of Wolfville, The Fezziwig Society and the Valley Ghost Walks. I asked Linda why she enjoyed being on stage and her answer seemed almost unreal to me; she said it was because she is an introvert. In all my time knowing Linda, I never once thought that about her, but most of the time I would see Linda, was during some theatre event. She said she enjoys being able to evolve into another character and tell their story. As a final closing for the interview I asked if Linda had any word of wisdom. “Always keep your inner child alive”