The Ann plan – UPEI custodian speaks out to students on the importance of saving money

By Emily Acorn

Jan. 25, 2017

Ann Sheehan’s first job paid $3.25 an hour. She worked at a Georgetown fish plant pulling meat out of crab legs.

The 16-year-old worked hard and valued every penny she earned. But there was a problem. Sheehan was the fourth oldest in a family of 13 brothers and sisters. The family was supported by one income.

Her mother began to take part of her paycheques, eventually taking all of her money. The family started arguing. It turned nasty.

But Ann had a plan.

Carol, Sheehan’s friend and co-worker was heading to Charlottetown to visit her sister and niece. Ann told her parents she was at work and hopped in Carol’s car. They stayed with Carol’s sister.

Carol returned to Georgetown. Sheehan didn’t.

Sheehan started her journey to a better life at 16-years-old with zero dollars to her name. She babysat Carol’s niece and got two part-time jobs. She began a savings plan.

Today, at 57, Ann’s savings account continues to grow. She bought a house, had a son and was able to send him to school. She is currently UPEI business centre’s custodian and for the past three years she has been giving a lecture to students about her journey with saving and the tricks she has learned along the way.

Sheehan tells the students her biggest motivation for saving money is her dreams.

“I became a workaholic. It was my dream.”

Sheehan learned the value of a dollar at a young age, but it’s never too late.

Jamie Crawford and Brittany Stewart are expecting their first child. They have made some life changes to prepare for the life of parenthood.

“We’re cutting out all of the unnecessary spending,” said Stewart.

In just six weeks of no alcohol, cigarettes, or restaurants the couple has managed to save $800 each.

“I couldn’t believe how much money I was spending on crap,” said Crawford.

Jerrod Burgoyne is an insurance broker from Charlottetown. His best advice on saving is to rarely use your credit card.

“Don’t use it unless you plan on immediately paying it off.”

A big problem he sees at his branch is new clients being over-insured at previous branches, said the 23-year-old. People see the big money their beneficiaries will get and think it’s great, but then they’ll have a bad month and get behind on payments, he said.

“Then boom, there’s a couple thousand dollars down the drain they’ll never see again.”

Cornwall man’s ‘persuadable bouncer’ goes viral

By Emily Acorn

Feb. 2, 2017

A Cornwall man innocently became a viral meme called the persuadable bouncer.

Twenty three-year-old Brett Sanderson and girlfriend, Sofia Tweel, were going out on a date when the meme was born.

By definition, a meme is a humorous image that is copied, often with slight variations, and then spread rapidly by Internet users.

The persuadable bouncer is a photo showing a series of four images. The first image in the top left hand corner is something that is considered lame or negative. The picture beside it on the right is Sanderson standing in front of a closed door. Underneath those images, on the bottom left hand corner, is something considered cool, and beside that shows Sanderson opening the door.

It came about innocently enough. The two were on the way out when Tweel made a joke about Sanderson’s outfit. She looked like a security guard.

They took the two photos and sent them to their friend who runs a blog website called White and Faded. He made the first meme and it took off.

It’s been three years since then and the meme continues to circle social media websites like SMOSH, LaDBible, Reddit and Tumblr.

He has had some media attention from popular blogs, and says he is always hearing about different versions of the meme he hasn’t seen yet.

“I’ll never know what it’s come to.”

 

She proposed, using elk antlers…and he said yes

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Jamie Crawford holds his “proposal antlers.” Emily Acorn photo

By Emily Acorn

Oct. 7, 2016

A Charlottetown couple had a unique way of tying the knot, when the woman proposed to the man using elk antlers.

Brittany Stewart, also known as Bee, and Jamie Crawford have been madly in love for two years and have talked about getting married.

With the idea buzzing around, Stewart decided to beat Crawford to the question.

“I knew he would say yes.”

The two made jokes in the past about engagement rings and how you could use other things to symbolize love, antlers being one of them.

Stewart got a massive set of elk antlers, painted them gold and attached a giant diamond to the front of them.

One night while Crawford was out, Stewart called and asked him to come home for a second, but didn’t tell him why.

When he arrived to the house, there were 110 candles making a trail from the bottom of the apartment complex’s stairs all the way to their house. Crawford’s first thought was that he was getting lucky.

“I didn’t think I was getting that lucky.”

In the living room were the antlers under a white sheet. When Crawford removed the sheet he was expecting to see Stewart, who was standing behind him silently. He instantly knew what the antlers meant and was filled with happiness. Are you going to marry me or what, Stewart asked.

“I was going to say so much more but I just froze.”

Crawford instantly said yes and called his mother, Jo-Anne Crawford, with the big news.

“I already knew and everything,” said Jo-Anne.

The two are planning to have the wedding next summer and are unsure of plans yet.

But they do plan to have the antlers at the front of the ceremony on a plaque, which they will hang on the wall of their house in the future.