For Corey and Jacqueline Davidson, the return each year to Buxton Homecoming is comprised of equal parts of past, present and future.
The Sarnia couple and their three children make the trip as a way of honoring Corey’s grandparents and paying tribute to the community that gave them a chance to make a better life.
“My grandfather and grandmother Gord Davidson and Tina Hughes were among the first students to attend school in North Buxton,” he said. “At the time there weren’t the same educational opportunities offered to everyone.”
That love of education and the freedom it provides was passed on to Corey’s father Stewart Gordon Travis Davidson, and now Corey and Jacqueline are passing it on.
“We want them to know where they come from and remember that generations before them had to struggle to get what we take for granted,” Jacqueline said.
The love of learning and importance of education allowed Stewart the chance to attend and graduate from Lambton College.
“He was a process operator at Ontario Hydro until he died seven years ago,” Corey said.
The annual trip gives him a chance to visit with aunts, uncles and cousins he doesn’t get to see as often as he’d like.
“Just coming back each year is a pleasure,” he said. “It’s like the whole town turning out for your family reunion.”
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