About the Author
Betty Chabot is the author of more than 2,500 poems and a number of short stories. Her writings have appeared in Canadian newspapers and in published collections of Nova Scotia authors. She was born in Montreal, Quebec on April 19, 1910, the youngest of four children of George Lewis Chabot and Bertha (Harrison) Chabot. Much of her childhood was lived in Cobalt, Northern Ontario. In her mid-teens the family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where Betty completed high school and undertook professional studies in art. She married and gave birth to a beautify baby girl, Betty Lee, who died of bronchial pneumonia before reaching the age of two. Betty Chabot returned to Montreal in 1933; married for a second time in 1937 and then, in 1941, with her husband David and two small children, moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It was here that her husband’s skills in ship building and repair were required in the war effort then underway. In 1966 she and David purchased an old, former ship builder’s home in Maitland, Hants County where they hoped to enjoy retirement together for many years. Instead, Betty unexpectedly became a widow the following year. She resumed her writing career, securing a position as a columnist with the Truro Daily News and with the Hants Journal of Windsor. In the mid-1980′s she returned to live out her remaining years in Dartmouth. Betty Chabot passed away on February 29, 1996, two weeks after suffering a major stroke. Active to the end, just several hours before her final illness she could be found reciting a number of her poems at a meeting of the Poetry Society of Nova Scotia of which she had earlier served as President. Her remains are interred in the family’s burial plot in Oak Island Cemetry, Maitland, Nova Scotia.