A local woman has been giving back to the community after she once received a helping hand.
Lesley MacMillan manages Twice But Nice, a local non-profit secondhand store. She also sells hot dogs in support of the Fort Saskatchewan Boys & Girls Club at the Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market on Thursday afternoons.
"The Boys & Girls Club were going around looking for a new location and I would go around with them and help fundraise and it just stuck," said MacMillan.
The team at Twice But Nice consists of MacMillan, the board, and three employees whom MacMillan described as "fabulous."
"(The best part about operating a business in Fort Saskatchewan) is getting to meet so many people and everyone is so nice," she said.
MacMillan moved to the Fort from England with her family 51 years ago, and remembers the kindness that she received upon arrival.
"One day my husband came home from work and he said to me, "Do you want to go to Canada?" and I said, "Canada? Where's Canada?" I'd never heard of it, honestly, cross my heart," said MacMillan. "So I said, sure."
"We were married and had three kids and a dog... off he came and three months later, I was still in England and I got fed up waiting," she explained. "I just got my ticket and thought, that's it - I'm going to Canada!"
"My husband was down here in Fort Saskatchewan and he got in a panic because he had nowhere to live with us, so he knocked on the doors asking if people would rent him their house." A man in one of the houses inquired about MacMillan's husband's situation and offered up a ride to the airport and a place to live upon learning of their predicament. The MacMillans stayed with the man and his family for several months.
This is just one example of the kindness present in Fort Saskatchewan, according to MacMillan.
Twice But Nice was brought to life by Janet Meddings with a loan of $8,000 from Family and Community Support Services.
The store has been open in the Fort since 1985, and Lesley MacMillan has been manager since its inception.