Four Nova Scotia communities have earned this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award for their exemplary civic and community spirit.
The communities being recognized in 2018 are:
— Cole Harbour, Halifax Regional Municipality
— Glooscap First Nation, Kings Co.
— North Mountain, Kings Co.
— Prospect, Halifax Regional Municipality
“I was delighted to hear that there were a significant number of applications from communities all over Nova Scotia this year,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. “This volume of applications is indicative of the tremendous sense of pride that Nova Scotians have in their towns and villages. I thank all the communities that applied and I look forward to presenting the awards in the coming weeks.”
The award celebrates the power, strength and diversity of vibrant communities across the province. Up to four communities are honoured each year. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee based on community applications that best fit the award’s criteria.
Ryan Rutledge and Marisa DeMarco nominated the 160 businesses, 30 non-profits and 11 public schools dedicated to serving the community of Cole Harbour.
“Our goal in Cole Harbour is to support residents here to be successful in reaching their full potential,” said Mr. Rutledge. “Especially to find innovative solutions that will enable our youth to stay in the community to become leaders and contributors.”
Jordan Smith nominated Glooscap First Nation for the community’s spirit, gestures of goodwill and community support.
“This thriving community owns its successes with each and every community member,” said Mr. Smith. “Glooscap is filled with the most optimistic people, willing to work hard to provide a better tomorrow for future generations.”
Sheila Munro submitted an application in partnership with a number of organizations of North Mountain, which consists of five rural independent communities near the Bay of Fundy.
“Rural communities come together to support each other through social events, and supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Ms. Munro. “The current focus in Nova Scotia on buy local, stay local has its grass roots in rural community networks. Communication in rural communities nurtures community development.”
Shirley Jollimore nominated Prospect, highlighting the diversity, community engagement and connectiveness of several communities in the area. Although separated by distance, residents share tremendous pride in their home, neighbours and local businesses.
“The pride our residents have in their community is demonstrated in hundreds of ways,” said Ms. Jollimore. “While each community has its own unique aspects that define them, this group of communities bands together to offer support, sharing ideas and volunteer resources whenever possible.”
Communities selected for the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award will be honoured at upcoming community celebrations. The Lieutenant Governor will attend the festivities to present an original piece of Nova Scotian Crystal etched with a representation of each community’s story.
For more information visit, http://communityspiritaward.ca .