De­serv­ing re­cip­i­ents

Amherst Area Her­itage Trust, Valen­tine’s Run and sex­ual health cen­tre re­ceive fund­ing

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‘A’ Fresh Start Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tive presents sev­eral grants to area or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The first ‘A’ Fresh Start Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tive grants have been handed out to de­serv­ing re­cip­i­ents.

The Amherst Area Her­itage Trust re­ceived a cheque for $1,200 for its pro­ject, an Evening of Art and War.

The event, held in con­junc­tion with the Nova Sco­tia High­landers Mu­seum, was held at the Col. James Lay­ton Ralston Ar­moury ear­lier this month.

Seven Arthur Lis­mer lith­o­graphs de­pict­ing scenes from the First World War were on dis­play dur­ing the evening. Lis­mer, a mem­ber of the fa­mous Group of Seven land­scape painters that was formed in 1920 and an Or­der of Canada re­cip­i­ent, painted the scenes dur­ing the war, which ran be­tween 1914 and 1918.

The lith­o­graphs are part of the mu­seum’s col­lec­tion of war mem­o­ra­bilia that is lo­cated in the ar­moury. The Trust hopes the event will bring at­ten­tion to the ef­forts to save the his­toric ar­moury and the ar­ti­facts in the mu­seum that would be lost should the build­ing close.

The Valen­tine Run Com­mit­tee re­ceived a $3,200 cheque that will be used to in­tro­duce a one-kilo­me­tre run/walk, aimed ex­clu­sively at stu­dents in Grades 4 to 6, to the sixth an­nual Amherst Valen­tine Run. The event is sched­uled for Feb. 16. It cur­rently holds run/walks of three, five, 10 and 21.1 kilo­me­tres.

Or­ga­niz­ers be­lieve adding the one-kilo­me­tre run/walk will at­tract about 100 new par­tic­i­pants while pro­vid­ing those in the young grades the op­por­tu­nity to learn about team build­ing, proper stretch­ing and nu­tri­tion as they train to­gether.

The Sex­ual Health Cen­tre for Cum­ber­land County re­ceived a $3,200 cheque. They will use it to host a youth en­gage­ment fo­rum to fa­cil­i­tate broader aware­ness of sex­ual health among the area’s youth.

The fo­rum will in­clude a high­pro­file speaker who will talk about tech­nol­ogy and sex­ual health. The cen­tre be­lieves the fo­rum is needed be­cause sta­tis­tics it has col­lected show there con­tin­ues to be pour sex­ual health out­comes among the area’s youth.

The cheques re­ceived by the three groups rep­re­sent 80 per cent of what was awarded in Oc­to­ber fol­low­ing pre­sen­ta­tions made by each or­ga­ni­za­tion and a pub­lic vote. The re­main­ing 20 per cent will be given to the groups upon the com­ple­tion of the events and the re­ceipt by town coun­cil of a re­port on the ac­tiv­ity.

The cheques were handed out by Mayor David Ko­gon and Deputy-Mayor Sheila Christie, both of whom praised the or­ga­ni­za­tions for de­vel­op­ing new events for the town or en­hanc­ing ex­ist­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

TOM MCCOAG-TOWN OF AMHERST PHOTO

Amherst Deputy Mayor Sheila Christie presents Amherst Area Her­itage Trust mem­ber Denise Allen, Jen­nifer Cameron, Dale Davis and Ash­ley Fowler with their ‘A’ Fresh Start Com­mu­nity Grant for an Evening of Art and War with Arthur Lis­mer.

TOM MCCOAG-TOWN OF AMHERST PHOTO

Amherst Deputy Mayor Sheila Christie presents Amherst Valen­tine Run or­ga­niz­ers Shel­ley Car­roll, Rick McKen­ney, Rachna Minocha, Ron­nie Black and Alan Theal with their ‘A’ Fresh Start Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tive grant.

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