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Julie; Richard


Julie Pellissier-Lush:

Julie is a graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2000 with a double major, in Business Administration and Psychology.  She became the Managing Editor of the Kwimu newspaper in 2008 and it was there she was active in the Mi'kmaq community writing stories and taking pictures of all the wonderful events and celebrations that took place all across Prince Edward Island.  In 2009, with the support of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and Retromedia Publishing, Julie published her first book, ‘My Mi’kmaq Mother’ which became a best seller in PEI only a few months after it came out.  It was two years ago that Julie wrote the  play ‘Mi’kmaq Legends’ that was performed at the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI’s Annual General Meeting in November.  Last summer Mi’kmaq Legends was a shown in many venues all over PEI.  This year Julie is working full time with the play as the Stage Manager, a new and exciting role for her.   It is her hope that it will someday go into the schools and teach the school children more about the rich Mi’kmaq history.  Julie fills her spare time with presentations on Aboriginal Culture and traditions and taking pictures of the people, places and events around her. She has three children Richard, Brittany and Sean and is a Lennox Island First Nation Band member.

 

Richard Lush:

Richard is a 24-year old Holland College graduate from the Sport and Leisure program and he is now a certified personal trainer working at 3rd Degree Training. Mi’kmaq Legends of summer 2012 was Richard’s directing debut and he has been training as an actor for 9 years.  He has been a part many community theaters from PEI to Winnipeg Manitoba, some of the companies he has worked for are the King’s Playhouse, the Black Hole Theater company and he was a member of the Confederation Center of the Arts Young Company.  He performed with the Young Company in 2009 with the production Abegweit Soul of the Island and in 2011, with the production The Talking Stick. He has played football for 14 years and two years ago won the Atlantic Football Championships with the Holland College Hurricanes team, currently he is playing for the PEI Privateers as well as coaching the younger Privateer teams in his spare time.  Richard has been dedicated to the youth of PEI through physical fitness programs, promoting healthy eating choices, and sports related activities that he provides in the evenings all year long.  His hope for the future is that one day he will be a part of an Aboriginal Theatre Company here in Prince Edward Island to help develop the acting skills of the Aboriginal youth.