Sunday, 8 June 2014

St. Peter's listed among those chosen to receive the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award for 2014

The nomination was submitted and a decision was made and here are the results for the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR--Recognizing Community Spirit
The annual Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award will be given to
several communities that have demonstrated exemplary civic and community
spirit in the last year.

From January to March 2014, Nova Scotians sent in their submissions and the
communities chosen are:
--St. Peter's, Richmond Co.
--Sackville area
--Town of Amherst

"Nova Scotia is a special place to live and visit because of our vibrant and
resilient communities," said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant.  "It is my privilege to
recognize the extraordinary civic pride and genuine caring nature
demonstrated by the citizens of the towns and villages honoured with this

Recently acknowledged by The Chronicle Herald as the best place in Atlantic
Canada to raise a family, Bridgewater's submission highlighted several small
projects like the community garden on Aberdeen Green, and the Ripples2Waves
community blog. It also included larger initiatives, such as the annual
Bridgewater Community Christmas Dinner, the creation of the Lunenburg County
Lifestyle Centre and the move of the local library to its new home in the
Lifestyle Centre.

"We moved a lot of books in a short time with many hands resulting in a
collective act of generosity which speaks well of our friends and
neighbours," said Troy Myers, chief librarian of the South Shore Public
Libraries. "People who came together collectively displayed the marvelous
community spirit of all the residents of Lunenburg County."

The St. Peter's and area communities application was prepared with input
from many community volunteer organizations. It cited a diverse group of
organizations that includes Bonnie Brae Senior Citizens Club, Friends of
Leona-Pink Positive Team, Nicolas Denys Days, Festival of Trees, Celtic
Colours concert and the St. Peter's Fire Department.

"St. Peter's and area is honoured and thrilled to have been selected for the
Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award.
We look forward to sharing our little bit of paradise with the rest of Nova
Scotia and the world," said Gordon Kerr, who nominated the village.

The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage co-ordinates the award.
Applicants who best fit the award's criteria are chosen by an independent
selection committee. 

"Nova Scotia is a province with many cultures contributing to its rich
heritage. We have a reputation for warm and welcoming communities that
provide our foundation and reflect who we are as citizens," said Tony Ince,
Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. "This award recognizes and
celebrates the promotion of community spirit and civic duty for all Nova
Scotians to emulate."

The submission for the Sackville area, which included Lower, Upper and
Middle Sackville, and Beaver Bank, contained the Lake District Recreation
Association, the Sack-A-Wa Canoe club, and the Beacon House Interfaith
Society, which is a food bank, as examples of organizations that exhibit
strong community spirit.

"We have fed and clothed about 650 families a month," said Beacon House site
manager Rod Rowlands. "We have been working for almost 30 years delivering
this very unique service. Working with other organizations, we build on
ideas and resources to build on common goals."

The Fibre Arts and Rockabilly festivals, along with the Artisan's Market,
Amherst Youth Town Council, the Train Station Artisans Gallery and Tantramar
Seniors' College were part of the Town of Amherst's application.

"Amherst is a community that has strength in our heritage, culture and
diversity; but most importantly our strong sense of community spirit," said
Jennifer Borne, business development officer, Town of Amherst. "It is an
honour to be formally recognized for our community achievements by the
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia."

Communities selected for the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award
will be honoured at upcoming community celebrations. Lt.-Gov. Grant will
attend the festivities to present an original piece of NovaScotian Crystal
etched with a representation of each community's story.  

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