MEADOWVILLE — Two siblings who grew up in Pictou County say they appreciate the life lessons they learned through sports.
Marin MacLeod played women’s rugby at Queen’s University, while Daniel MacLeod was a junior hockey defenceman on some of the more successful editions of the Pictou County Weeks Crushers.
Marin is based in Toronto and Daniel works in Calgary, but they make sure to return home at least twice a year for Christmas and during the summer.
“Living apart has made us closer,” Marin said. “We’re usually home in the summer, always for Christmas. We’re lucky to get home twice a year.”
Teamwork and time management are among the qualities both applied in sports and are key to their work.
“I’ve learned a lot of things in my athletic career that I apply every single day,” Marin said. “I think the skills and character traits sports can develop are incredible.”
Marin MacLeod is a public health specialist who works for Grand Challenges Canada, an organization that receives federal and other funding to improve the lives of people around the world. She recently returned from Rwanda and Uganda to view projects the group has funded, such as the introduction of women’s based therapy to assist women who have faced gender-based and sexual violence.
She has previously focused on research and program design and has done field work in Cambodia, Botswana and Jordan.
Daniel MacLeod is a geologist by profession and currently works with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). He has worked on exploration projects for oil patches the company has secured off the coasts of Newfoundland and Brazil.
He said taking part in sports has helped him in his work. For now, he plays community hockey in winter and summer.
“With the series of projects I’m involved with, I move from one to another,” he said. “In hockey, you play with a lot of different personalities, and it makes your work time more efficient.”
Marin has limited herself to intramural sport since undergoing two bouts of knee surgery. Despite that, she joins Daniel for an annual Easter ski weekend in the Rockies.
From left: Marin MacLeod and her brother Daniel MacLeod stand in the yard beside the home they grew up in and return to when they can in Meadowville. (Goodwin photo)