Editor’s Note: In November 2013, Suzanne Rent interviewed Fateh Ahmed for Halifax Magazine. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know him better. As we’ve chatted, it’s been fascinating to hear about his unique journey to Halifax, how art shapes his world, and the opportunities he sees in this city. As a global citizen, talented musician, and visual artist, we believe he has a unique perspective, and we’re delighted to share it with you. Read on for the first in a series of guest posts by Fateh Ahmed. —Trevor J. Adams
It was early in 2011 when I first met Leslie Carvery and Sharon Hodgson at a coffee shop on Gottingen Street. At the time we were planning to work on a documentary film that would highlight the impact of gentrification on low-income families.
A good friend, Chance Chapadeau, and I gave the project deep thought. We met constantly, conducted lots of research on the subject, and held a number of meetings with prominent North End community figures. We ultimately completed the project in the spring of 2013. This is when Leslie made her decision to move to Montreal.
Two years later, I met Leslie at a family reunion following the Christmas holidays. We talked about what’s new and exciting on her latest journey including all the recent developments in her professional and personal life.
”As an artist I have evolved and transitioned gradually from photography and dancing to becoming a writer” says Leslie. ”It’s an endless journey of joy and pleasure, we learn how to accept life and enjoy it for what it is.”
Starting a new life somewhere else may seem a challenging experience for some, but not for Leslie. The moment she packed her bags and headed to the train station she realized that she was at the point of no return in her search for other opportunities.
Upon arrival, Leslie explored various communities, ultimately settling with the Latino community in Montreal. As an avid traveler in her early years, predominantly traveling to the South American continent, she came to learn the realities of life, which enhanced her natural ability to blend into other communities.
As a proud mother, Leslie raised her son with a passion for travel in order to encourage him to understand and explore other cultures and traditions. When he finished high school he began working at a London hotel by day and focusing on his comedy at night. For her part, Leslie is working on two books.
In my next post I’ll share a story from Leslie’s latest book.