Doan, Jean

Jean-Marie Doan (nee Shoulds) was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia two months after the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. She shares her story of growing up during the Great Depression, as well as her experiences on the home front during World War 2. With two uncles fighting in the war, Jean was extremely aware of the global events unfolding around her. Rationing, media reports, and being located on the east coast, not far from Halifax’s Bedford Basin, made the war an inescapable daily reality for Jean and her family. In addition to her wartime experience, Jean discusses one of her passions- automobiles- and the “Golden Age of the Automobile” that followed the end of the war. Jean was interviewed at her home in the winter of 2013 by her grandson Hunter Kell.