I’m Rachelle M. Turple born in Halifax and raised in North Preston Nova Scotia. I’m a mother, a teacher, a friend and a poet.
As a child, I attended Allen W. Evans & Nelson Whynder elementary schools, segregated elementary schools. During grade 11, I took a class offered at Cole Harbour District High called Black Literature with the late Ms. Maxine Tynes. These were my formative years and they helped to shape my identity as a Black Canadian Woman. I’m eternally grateful for these experiences. I know and therefore love who I am. We are all entitled to this freedom.
I believe in the power of words and that to communicate effectively is to be powerful. I believe in children and the onus of raising them to be self-sufficient, responsible denizens of the environment and more importantly; Happy, healthy and whole individuals.
After all, light reflected is enlightenment infinite.
BTW: I Teach/Tutor Black Children 😉
33 responses to “About Me…”
Ure beautiful inside and out. U need to add a pic so the people can see who the beautiful words came from
Thank you my friend! I appreciate the encouragement and compliment!
You came up with me, you know why I’m this way!!! ~Rachelle
So glad you’re blogging! Looking forward to your posts! ~Sandra
Beautifully spoken, our culture is an important knowledge that we should share with our children and love ones. It is important for us to educate ourselves regarding our heritage, so that it is passed on to our children. If we valued our history, then our children will appreciate theirs. Never be ashamed of your heritage, that is what makes us unique.
This is awesome. I agree with Carmie post a pic.
I will do that! I hope you’re following!
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So proud of you Rachelle. Your beauty shines with or without a photo….but the photo definitely makes a statement. Love you
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I really enjoy your posts. And I find it interesting that you mention that you attended segregated elementary schools in Canada. Although aware that racial injustices occur worldwide, I don’t believe that I have ever really studied the black history in Canada. I’ll definitely have to put some time aside to do this.
Thank you! I am so glad that people are finding insight by these posts! Yes, I attended segregated elementary schools in Nova Scotia. There were white teachers and administrators but, my peers were 100% black. I’m so thankful for that experience as later in life, we rarely get the chance to have total cultural immersion. So, the programming I’m looking to build here in our communities are being built for and by black people so that our children can feel what that is like. I believe it’s essential to building a positive sense of cultural identity. Keep reading! I’m glad you enjoy! Check out the Black Literature section, that’s a good place to start learning. ~Rachelle
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This is a Montrealer who discovered Nova Scotia two years ago, and fell deeply in love with it… Maybe one day I’ll find myself with my family living in Sherbrooke…
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This is the beginning of something big! You have a unique story to share-love the list:)
Thanks Kelly! You know how much I value your opinion and feedback. I hope you can take the time to look around at some of the articles and provide insight on how we can make this endeavor most successful here in Brampton. I need your help girl!! I have a feeling this might just be a success 😀
Great photo! You’re a beautiful woman. 😉
Awwww Shucks Thank you 🙂
Beautiful AND humble?? Great combination.lol
Good old fashioned upbringing’s to blame for that 🙂 Thanks again! ~R
Light reflected is enlightenment infinite. ~Rachelle
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Thanks for the follow back Rachelle. It’s greatly appreciated. What’s that phone number? Is that a number to your business or something?
It is. It’s so parents / students can contact me for info. on the BlackLit101 classes being offered this fall.
Ok thanks. So you teach how to write poetry?? That’s pretty cool. Your students are very lucky to have you as a teacher. I think poetry can be very therapeutic. It can help release pain and express it in a positive manner.
No, I don’t teach poetry. I don’t know that writing poetry can be taught… I’m a private teacher and have started my own program for introducing Black Literature to the Black learners in my area.
My friend of goes to a poetry workshop in Los Angeles. There’s quite a few poetry classes out here actually. That’s great what you’re doing with young brothers and sistas. Private teacher?? I’m impressed! You’re doing it the right way!lol
I’ve gone to a few but, I guess I mean you can’t teach the emotion that poetry invokes – you know?
Yeah, the public school system doesn’t really love me… It’s ok though. I know why I’m necessary!
Yeah I know what you mean. They can’t teach inner emotions. It has to come from within. The public schools don’t know what’s going on.lol You’re on the right path sis. Just keep doing your thing.
Thank you Prince, that encouragement is golden 🙂
You inspired my poem about Zimbabwe, reading your site today stirred up old echoes. Thanks for that…
I’m glad I could do that for you. 🙂