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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2005

Eastlink Television celebrates African Heritage Month with locally produced documentary

Eastlink Television partnered with the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association (CANSA) and the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women to produce a documentary entitled Weaving the Story - A Journey of African Canadian Women in Cumberland County, which surrounds the lives of African Nova Scotian women living throughout Cumberland County.

Weaving the Story demonstrates the important and significant contributions made by these women given that their stories are not recorded in history books. They were leaders without accolade or public recognition, but their guidance was vital to the healthy development of their community, family and church life.

"I came away from the project with a deep respect and appreciation for the life experiences of these ladies," explains Tammara Ashe, Producer for Eastlink Television. "Through challenging and difficult times, they displayed wonderful traits such as humour and resilience, as well as a great faith."

Norma Ruddick is one of the women featured on the program; she is the wife of Maurice Ruddick, the only black recipient of the prestigious Carnegie Award for Bravery after being trapped in the Springhill Mine for eight and a half days. Norma, like other women of her day, devoted her life to her 13 children, her church, and her community

This is not only an opportunity to preserve the rich history of an era gone by for black women of Cumberland County, but for them to receive recognition for the intricate role they played in their community long ago.

The premier broadcast of Weaving the Story - A Journey of African Canadian Women in Cumberland County will air Eastlink Television throughout Nova Scotia and P.E.I. on February 20 at 9 p.m.

About EastLink
Operating from its headquarters in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Eastlink is the fifth largest cable company in Canada and was the first to offer customers local telephone service over a state-of-the-art digital network. Eastlink's employees provide a range of communications, entertainment & advertising services to business and residential customers across the Maritimes. For more information on Eastlink and its products and services, visit www.eastlink.ca.

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Jill Laing
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