Two Nova Scotia communities have earned this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award for their exemplary civic and community spirit.
The award celebrates the power, strength and diversity of vibrant communities across the province. Up to four communities are honoured each year and are chosen by a selection committee based on community applications that best fit the award’s criteria.
In April Nova Scotians were asked to share stories of community engagement and extraordinary service. The two communities recognized this year are:
–Big Tancook Island, Lunenburg Co.
–West Pubnico, Yarmouth Co.
“The Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit award is one way that the Crown in Nova Scotia can recognize and thank those who go above and beyond to make their communities special places to live,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur LeBlanc. “I greatly look forward to going to Big Tancook Island and West Pubnico in the near future to present the trophies.”
Hillary Dionne of the Big Tancook Island Community Association submitted an application in partnership with several other community organizations. They told stories of a small but resourceful island community that has great pride in its history and always works together.
“History and cultural heritage permeate life here on Big Tancook Island and the people who live here are enterprising and strong,” said Ms. Dionne. “We live in a unique place that often requires us to do things a bit differently. Our lifestyle inspires a creative approach to pretty much everything we do and together we are motivated, capable and always working toward the greater good of our community.”
Charlene LeBlanc nominated the small fishing village of West Pubnico with the help of various community groups and highlighted the community’s vibrant Acadian heritage, strong citizen involvement and flair for innovation.
“There is absolutely nothing the community of West Pubnico cannot accomplish,” said Ms. LeBlanc. “Everything we do, we do extremely well and it shows in the way we work, play and volunteer. The residents of West Pubnico are all responsible for creating this wonderful community we are proud to call home.”
Communities selected for the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award will be honoured at upcoming community celebrations. Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc will attend the festivities to present an original piece of NovaScotian Crystal etched with a representation of each community’s story.
For more information visit http://communityspiritaward.ca.