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Family First and Always: Benita & Hilary

Speaking to Benita Black and her eldest daughter Hilary is like a breath of fresh air. They’re light-hearted with an easy-going relationship that comes off more like sisters than mother and daughter. Benita beams when Hilary talks and can’t help injecting her excitement into the conversation.   “She has three jobs, you know,” Benita playfully interrupts as Hilary’s talking. Hilary smiles and confesses that on top of being a land-use planner for the provincial government, she also works at a gym on the weekends and at as a server at Budweiser Stage.  As hectic as that schedule sounds, Hilary still managed to find time to attend Helen Nugent’s apple pie-making workshop with her mother. While that may sound surprising, once you understand the importance they place on family, it all starts making sense.  Tell me about your relationship growing up? Was Benita strict?  Hilary: Compared to my other friends, yes.  Benita: She had to set the table, she had to empty the dishwasher. When there were chores you had to do them.  Hilary: The value of …