Her Honour Mrs. Joan Grant

Her Honour Mrs. Joan Grant Official Photo Joan Beatrice Grant (nee Fraser) was born on 30 March 1936 at New Glasgow, NS to the late Mrs. Mable Fraser and the late Walter Fraser of Priestville, Pictou County, N.S.

Their Honours were married in 1954 and they have four children: Major Robin Grant, CD (Ret'd); Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Grant, CD; Mrs. Kirsten Patterson and the late Mr. G. Kerry Grant (deceased).  Their Honours also have five grandchildren.

Her Honour attended Priestville School, New Glasgow High School and graduated from East Pictou Rural High School in 1953.  She attended Maritime Business College in New Glasgow in 1953 and qualified as a Clerk-Typist.

During her administrative career, Her Honour was an employee of MacLeods Market of New Glasgow, N.S.; Maritime Blue Cross in Moncton, New Brunswick; E. David & Sons and J.J. Grant Ltd. of New Glasgow, N.S., which was co-owned by her husband.

Her Honour was involved in various sports during her school years and also performed as a Highland Dancer.  She was a member of the Ceilidh Girls Pipe Band, for which she was their first Drum Major and also played both Tenor and Bass Drum.  In 1951, The Ceilidh Girls Pipe Band was selected to perform for Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh during their first official visit to Nova Scotia.

In 1964, Her Honour took up figure skating and would later go on to coach in the sport as a qualified competition judge.  She served with the Heather Figure Skating Club for twenty-seven years and also served on the Executive.  She was a member of the YMCA of Pictou County and for a period, instructed children on how to swim.

Her Honour was an Executive member of the Mothers Club of Pictou County Highland Dancers, serving as their President from 1977-1978.  She also served as Highland Dancing Competition Chair for the Festival of The Tartans from 1974 to 1978.

When Her Honour became a grandmother, she helped to found the Fraser Holmes Memorial Ladies Pipe Band where she became their first Drum Major and also played the Tenor Drum.  As a Band Member, she participated in the Nova Scotia International Tattoo in 1983, 1984, and 1985.

For many years, Her Honour has been involved in fundraising for local charities and was involved with local home and school associations.  She spends a number of weekends in the winter months attending Speed Skating competitions and in the summer, at various Highland Games.  Her Honour's main hobby has been sewing and knitting, she continues to knit daily.

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