Ted Hobson grew up in Halifax, spent ten years in college and graduate school in the US and UK, and the next 30 years in the Canadian Foreign Service, with postings in Pakistan/Afghanistan, Geneva, Paris, Washington, and Saudi Arabia/Yemen, where he was Ambassador. Most of his career focused on international trade and economic affairs. He was “Diplomat in Residence” at Dalhousie University in 2000-2002, where he taught a course on the politics of international trade.
He and his wife Sherry retired to Mader’s Cove in 2001. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Mahone Bay Centre, where in 2006 he initiated the Mahone Bay Area Seniors Project, with the objective of promoting “independent and active living in a supportive community”. In 2008 the Seniors Project initiated a range of social, recreational, and lifelong learning activities at the Centre to promote active living for seniors. Its South Shore Helping Hands program see volunteers helping seniors between 15 and 20 times a week in the Mahone Bay-Lunenburg area with household tasks, errands, and drives to medical appointments. In 2015, in cooperation with the official healthcare system, Helping Hands expanded to Aspotogan, New Germany, and Caledonia, and in 2016 is expanding to Bridgewater and Liverpool.