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I just got such a kick out of watching the ptarmigans when they’d run around in the snow

Interview with Moira Drummond

August 30, 2016

Moira Drummond in Perth Road village shows Margi McKay a twig figure of a ptarmigan she bought in James Bay, which reminds her of the ptarmigans she saw during her time in Churchill, Manitoba.

Her father, George Coutts, was Harbour Engineer in Churchill in the 1930s.

Twig Ptarmigan from James Bay

Although isolated, people in Churchill made their own fun, and she describes how one of the priests, Brother Jacques Volant, would serve maple syrup on snow at an evening bridge party.

Listen to Moira talk about her adolescence in Churchill, or listen to the full interview, where she tells more about her adolescence in Churchill, as well as how she came to be a nurse during WWII.