Four Nova Scotian communities are being recognized for their civic and community spirit and will be awarded this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award.
In January, Nova Scotians were asked to send in their submissions. The communities being recognized this year are:
–Mabou, Inverness Co.
–River John, Pictou Co.
–Washabuck, Victoria Co.
“This award provides an important opportunity to recognize the people and places that make Nova Scotia a special place to live and visit,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “I am delighted to extend my congratulations to these exceptional communities and I look forward to joining in the upcoming celebrations.”
Melanie Beaton submitted an application on behalf of the Mabou and District Community Development Association, in partnership with several community organizations, that shared stories of a community with a strong and committed volunteer base.
“This nomination is a labour of love and pride for us”, said Ms. Beaton. “Even though our community is small in geographic size and population, Mabou’s capacity is limitless because of the strength, tenacity, and the caring, generous spirit of the people who live here.”
Robin Campbell of the Community Action Society nominated River John. His submission highlighted the community’s high citizen participation in a wide range of activities and projects, strong community pride, co-operation, and a welcoming attitude.
“When River Johners experience serious accidents or illness, there is always a significant rally to raise funds, supplies and support,” said Mr. Campbell.
Donna Williamson of Family SOS was included in the submission to nominate Spryfield that listed more than 40 non-profit groups in the area that provide social support, education, and recreation.
“It is great for Nova Scotians to discover Spryfield as the beautiful, active, diverse, and supportive community that those of us who live here know it to be,” said Ms. Williamson. “We take pride in the fact that we reach out a hand to help when someone stumbles.”
The final selected community receiving an award is Washabuck. With a foundation in Gaelic and Mi’kmaq cultures, Carmie MacLean’s application, from the Washabuck Community Centre Association, included stories of friendship, cultural learning and awareness, summer festivals, camp fires, winter wood stoves, community ceilidhs, and numerous house parties.
“Even with a permanent population of 50, there is an enduring sense of commitment to family, community, and neighbours, and a pride that is expressed locally and beyond, which makes this a very special place to be,” said Ms. MacLean.
Communities selected for the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award will be honoured at upcoming community celebrations. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant 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 on the award visit communityspiritaward.ca .