Im­prov­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity im­proves qual­ity of life

St. Thomas Church Sis­ters Guild up­grad­ing kitchen thanks to pro­vin­cial grant

Valley Journal Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - Pat Martin

The prov­ince has in­vested more than $430,000 into var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that are un­der­tak­ing cap­i­tal im­prove­ments to im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Chuck Porter, on be­half of Com­mu­ni­ties, Cul­ture and Her­itage Min­is­ter Leo Glavine, an­nounced in De­cem­ber that 58 com­mu­nity projects will re­ceive $434,094 as a part of the Com­mu­nity AC­CESSA­bil­ity Grant Pro­gram.

“These fa­cil­i­ties are of­ten the cen­tre of our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Porter, who serves as the MLA for Hants West, in a press re­lease. “I would like to thank our grant re­cip­i­ents for their lead­er­ship in this ini­tia­tive and for help­ing move our prov­ince to be­ing ac­ces­si­ble by 2030.”

Pro­gram fund­ing is avail­able to non-profit com­mu­nity groups and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to re­move bar­ri­ers for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties in pub­lic build­ings and spa­ces.

The St. Thomas Church Sis­ters Guild of Three Mile Plains, Hants County, was suc­cess­ful in re­ceiv­ing a $6,663 grant to make their kitchen more ac­ces­si­ble.

“Qual­ity of life in small town and ru­ral Nova Sco­tia de­pends on lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties and lo­cal ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions,” said Archdea­con Tom Hen­der­son, of the St. Thomas Angli­can Church, in a press re­lease.

“Im­prove­ments to ac­cess are nec­es­sary to make fa­cil­i­ties user­friendly to aging and phys­i­cally chal­lenged in­di­vid­u­als. We are grate­ful to (the) gov­ern­ment for help­ing us bet­ter reach the needs of our lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The Com­mu­nity AC­CESSA­bil­ity Grant Pro­gram sup­ports gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to achieve an ac­ces­si­ble Nova Sco­tia by 2030. The gov­ern­ment re­cently re­leased the prov­ince’s strat­egy

Can­ning li­brary is open Tues­days 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Wed­nes­days 6-8 p.m., Thurs­days 2-5 p.m., Fri­days 5-7:30 p.m. and Satur­days 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The writ­ing group is held the sec­ond and fourth Mon­days in Jan­uary from 2-4 p.m. Vol­un­teers wanted. Info: 902-582-7699.

Glooscap Ele­men­tary School skat­ing will be held on Jan. 10, 24, 31 and Feb. 7, 14, 21. Vol­un­teers wanted to help tie skates and help on the ice. Hel­mets are re­quired. A home and school meet­ing will

for ac­ces­si­bil­ity, Ac­cess by De­sign 2030, which iden­ti­fies pri­or­i­ties

be Jan. 28, 6:45 p.m. All wel­come. Child­care pro­vided.

Ross Creek Cen­tre for the Arts PD day camps, for chil­dren ages five to 12 years, will be Feb. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be multi-age art ac­tiv­i­ties in a stu­dio set­ting, ex­plore the land­scape and en­joy games while mak­ing new friends. Reg­is­tra­tion in­cludes ma­te­ri­als and lunch. Info: 902-582-3842.

Ross Creek win­ter ad­ven­ture week­end learn­ing sur­vival skills, in­tended for ages nine to 14 years, is Feb. 16-18. The fo­cus is on fire-mak­ing, shel­ter-build­ing, and win­ter nav­i­ga­tion. This is chal­leng­ing and fun. In­struc­tor is Christina Daf­fre. Fee in­cludes food and ac­com­mo­da­tions. Reg­is­ter: www.arts­cen­tre. ca/win­ter.

There will be a Two Planks and Phan­tom fundrais­ing gala and auc­tion at Ross Creek Cen­tre on March 30, from 6-11 p.m. There will be spe­cial­ity cock­tails and wine by Planters Ridge, dis­played auc­tion items and games. Grand ban­quet by Co­coa Pesto Cater­ing chef. Pro­ceeds are for 2019 theatre magic. Tick­ets are avail­able. Info: www. art­cen­

Wanted: lead­er­ship can­di­dates to rep­re­sent the Vil­lage of Can­ning dur­ing the Ap­ple Blos­som Fes­ti­val and through­out 2019. Must be a high school grad or equiv­a­lent and be be­tween the ages of 18-23. Dead­line is Feb. 22, 5 p.m. Con­tact Shel­ley Hiltz for de­tails, rules, and sched­ules at 902-670-1325 or [email protected]­

to achieve the goals set out in the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Act.

The Port Wil­liams and Dis­trict Lions Club de­liv­ered Christ­mas Food Boxes con­tain­ing the fix­ings for a break­fast and din­ner on Dec. 22 to 31 lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als and

“Com­mu­nity and mu­nic­i­pal build­ings serve as gath­er­ing fam­i­lies.

The money for this project, which has been run­ning for 25plus years, is raised by sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets. Thanks to those who bought tick­ets, to An­napo­lis Val­ley Air Man­age­ment for use of a truck and the lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who pro­vided the prizes. This year’s lucky win­ners were:

-First prize, $400 gift cer­tifi­cate for fur­nace oil do­nated by West Nova Fu­els: Betty Mor­gan of Port Wil­liams.

-Sec­ond prize, $150 gift cer­tifi­cate do­nated by Un­der The Hood Auto Ser­vice: Bud Ben­nett of Ben­netts Bay.

-Third price, $100 gift cer­tifi­cate do­nated by Kings Arms Pub: Pam Purdy of Port Wil­liams.

-Fourth prize, paint­ing do­nated by lo­cal artist: Jeff Goode of Kentville.

The Loyal Work­ers of Port Wil­liams United Bap­tist Church’s places and host count­less com­mu­nity events ev­ery year,” said Gerry Post, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Di­rec­torate, Gov­ern­ment of Nova Sco­tia. “By re­mov­ing bar­ri­ers to ac­ces­si­bil­ity, per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties will have the same op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate and con­trib­ute to the com­mu­ni­ties they live in.”

The pro­gram is still open to ap­pli­ca­tions. In­ter­ested com­mu­nity groups and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are en­cour­aged to apply. For info:­vas­co­ in­vest­ing-our-fu­ture/com­mu­nity-fund­ing-and-awards/com­mu­nity-ac­cess-abil­ity-pro­gram “First of 2019” ham­burger soup/ corn chow­der lun­cheon will take place on Jan. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $8 per per­son and, as al­ways, there will be a great ar­ray of delicious desserts, fresh breads, tea and cof­fee. (Snow date: Jan. 17).

The next Port Wil­liams Re­cre­ation Trivia Night will take place Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. Or­ga­nized by re­cre­ation di­rec­tor Laura Jacobs and em­ceed by quiz­mas­ter Tyson Rovers, the themes and ques­tions are top notch and en­ter­tain­ing. The money raised from Jan­uary’s Trivia Night sup­ports the Val­ley Search and Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion. Past re­cip­i­ents have in­cluded the Port Wil­liams Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and the out­door rink (up­grades to safety sig­nage and equip­ment). Ad­mis­sion is $10 per per­son. There is a bowl of snacks at each ta­ble and the fire depart­ment pro­vides bar ser­vice


Fa­ther Tom Hen­der­son, Shirley Ward of the St. Thomas Angli­can Church ladies’ guild, and Hants West MLA Chuck Porter cel­e­brate the re­cent an­nounce­ment of fund­ing that will al­low the guild to make ac­ces­si­bil­ity up­grades to the kitchen.


Mem­bers of the Port Wil­liams and Dis­trict Lions Club pre­pare to trans­fer the food that will make up Christ­mas Break­fast and Din­ner Food Bas­kets for 31 lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies into their ve­hi­cles for de­liv­ery.

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