Margie Beaton

Gaelic Language

Margie Beaton, born and raised on the isle of Eriskay, has been a resident of Mabou now for over forty-five years. A key player in the Nova Scotian Gaelic revival, she first arrived to the area on a Gaelic education mission in 1975 and has been here contributing in numerous ways ever since. She and her husband Stanley have raised a family of four girls and are proudly devoted to their six grandchildren. Now a retired teacher, Margie has undoubtedly influenced hundreds of former students now also leaders in community.

Gaelic language and culture have always been Margie’s priorities and she has been a volunteer with the Mabou Gaelic & Historical Society since its founding, as well as being involved in all aspects of An Drochaid Museum, be it in history or language or in the many events which the Museum continues to host. A former Vice Chair of Colaisde na Gàidhlig, she promotes the language in the wider sphere while also continuing to support and offer guidance to Taigh Sgoile na Drochaide, the Gaelic medium school which opened in Mabou three years ago. She is a member of St. Mary’s Church choir while Còisir an Eilein is yet another area where her linguistic and musical expertise is in demand to help prepare for concert performances.

She was involved with the development of curriculum and resources for Gaelic Language and Gaelic Studies for the Department of Education and developed and piloted the first online courses for the Strait Regional school Board. In addition to areas mentioned, she has been active as a member of Comhairle na Gàidhlig; Na Gaisgich Òga; An Clachan Gàidhealach; Seinneadairean Mhàbu; Luathadh Mòr Mhàbu; Gàidhlig aig Baile; Mabou Cèilidh; Atlantic Gaelic Academy; young Mabou singers; exchange groups to Scotland; Gaelic Parent & Tot Gaelic Classes; and more.

Margie has also been committed to over twenty years of service to the Veterans’ Poppy Campaign. She has devoted decades of her time as a past member of the West Mabou Beach Committee and continues to make sure the local Fitness Centre remains open and is well organized for the health and benefit of the community.
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