A very wor­thy re­cip­i­ent

Tremen­dous com­mu­nity spirit nets North Moun­tain Lieu­tenant Gover­nor’s award

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY KIRK STARRATT KINGSCOUN­TYNEWS.CA BURLING­TON, NS Kirk.starratt@kingscoun­tynews.ca

She be­lieves vol­un­teerism is “the heart blood of the com­mu­ni­ties” on the North Moun­tain – and that re­sulted in the Com­mu­nity Spirit Award.

In part­ner­ship with a num­ber of or­ga­ni­za­tions, Sheila Munro ap­plied for the Lieu­tenant Gover­nor’s Com­mu­nity Spirit Award on be­half of the North Moun­tain, which rep­re­sents five in­de­pen­dent com­mu­ni­ties near the Bay of Fundy.

It was ob­vi­ous com­mu­nity mem­bers were proud as Lt.-Gov. Arthur L. Le­Blanc vis­ited the Burling­ton Com­mu­nity Hall on Oct. 19 to present com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives with an orig­i­nal piece of Nova Sco­tian crys­tal, etched with a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the North Moun­tain’s story.

The trea­surer of the North Moun­tain News, a news­let­ter that serves the sub­ject com­mu­ni­ties, Munro said Kings West MLA Leo Glavine kept telling them there are ex­cit­ing things hap­pen­ing in terms of the com­mu­ni­ties start­ing to work to­gether. He sug­gested ap­ply­ing for the award, which rec­og­nizes ex­em­plary civic and com­mu­nity spirit.

Munro asked other North Moun- tain News team mem­bers what they thought of ap­ply­ing for the award and all quickly re­sponded in favour. They in­clude Penny Lowe of Morden; Karen San­ford of Black Rock-Canada Creek, Beth Cald­well of Har­bourville and Mar­i­lyn Cameron rep­re­sent­ing the North Moun­tain United Ta­pes­try, a cul­tural and her­itage so­ci­ety that in­cludes sev­eral area artists and ar­ti­sans.

Munro said peo­ple on the North Moun­tain al­ways give of them­selves to the ben­e­fit of the larger com­mu­nity.

“Peo­ple seem to find their niche and if you ever come to any of the moun­tain events, you find that they’re very, very so­cial,” Munro said. “If you go down to the Har­bourville High Tide Fes­ti­val, it’s just one big, happy fam­ily.”

She said any time they plan a char­i­ta­ble ben­e­fit, vol­un­teers and res­i­dents sup­port it.

Al­though be­ing rec­og­nized isn’t the rea­son why so many com­mu­nity mem­bers give of them­selves, Munro said ac­knowl­edge­ment from the Lieu­tenant Gover­nor would likely fur­ther bol­ster the sense of pride and vol­un­teerism in the North Moun­tain com­mu­ni­ties.

She said the part­ner com­mu­ni­ties have al­ways been in­di­vid­ual and did their own thing but this has been chang­ing over time. Vol­un­teers saw value in hav­ing a printed news­let­ter fo­cus­ing on peo­ple, events and ac­tiv­i­ties in the sub­ject com­mu­ni­ties - one rea­son be­ing a lack of In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity on the North Moun­tain.

Thanks to a small grant through the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the County of Kings mu­nic­i­pal eco­nomic devel­op­ment fund, the news­let­ter was launched. Munro said it was about build­ing ca­pac­ity: pro­mot­ing the lo­cal econ­omy and ac­tiv­i­ties.

The first two com­mu­ni­ties to get on­board were Har­bourville and Burling­ton and the North Moun­tain United Ta­pes­try was also in­cluded. Af­ter a few is­sues, Black Rock-Canada Creek and Morden got in­volved. Adam Daniels col­lects sub­mis­sions from the five com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives and puts the news­let­ter to­gether.

Com­mu­ni­ties com­mended Prior to pre­sent­ing the award, Lt.-Gov. Le­Blanc said what brings a com­mu­nity to life is the spirit of that com­mu­nity. He said it was a plea­sure to visit Burling­ton to thank the peo­ple of the North Moun­tain com­mu­nity.

Le­Blanc said spirit is the com­bi­na­tion of many fac­tors, in­clud­ing vol­un­teer­ing, valu­ing and main­tain­ing her­itage, rec­og­niz­ing di­ver­sity, help­ing the less for­tu­nate, ser­vice to your fel­low cit­i­zen and many other fac­tors.

“Spirit is not some­thing that you can hold in your hand and try to quan­tify, yet it is very real,” Le­Blanc said.

He said the peo­ple of the North Moun­tain have been “go­ing over and above and be­yond the norm in or­der to make this com­mu­nity a spe­cial place to live.” He com­mended the com­mu­ni­ties on the many im­prove­ment projects un­der­taken, in­clud­ing the work of the Har­bourville Restora­tion So­ci­ety.

“These ac­tiv­i­ties cre­ate a com­mon pur­pose and ex­pe­ri­ence amongst the res­i­dents and the re­sult is a syn­ergy and com­mu­nity spirit that is of­ten greater than what even could have been an­tic­i­pated,” Le­Blanc said.

He said al­though not every com­mu­nity can win the award, he hopes all will “fol­low the tremen­dous ex­am­ple of the North Moun­tain com­mu­nity” and that win­ning com­mu­ni­ties will share ideas so all will ben­e­fit.

KIRK STARRATT

Lt.-Gov. Arthur L. Le­Blanc vis­ited the Burling­ton Com­mu­nity Hall on Oct. 19 to present the Lieu­tenant Gover­nor’s Com­mu­nity Spirit Award to the North Moun­tain. Com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives ac­cept­ing the award in­cluded Karen San­ford of Black Rock-Canada Creek; Penny Lowe of Morden, Sheila Munro of Burling­ton, Beth Cald­well of Har­bourville and Mar­i­lyn Cameron, rep­re­sent­ing the North Moun­tain United Ta­pes­try.

KIRK STARRATT

Patsy Le­Blanc ac­cepts a bou­quet of flow­ers from Mar­shall Daniels.

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