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The Story of Rowan’s Room

The Story of Rowan’s Room By Elizabeth Mason-Squires, Executive Director, Rowan’s Room Respite & Developmental Centre Rowan’s Room is a private facility in Middleton offering developmental, educational, recreational, respite, and general support to young children ages 3 – 12 years, with developmental, neurological, and/or cognitive needs. It helps children that may not be fully supported in traditional school settings, and are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Attention Deficit or Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD, ADHD), or who have other special needs that may or may not yet be diagnosed. The services provided are tailored to each individual…
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Mike Uncorked: SSG – Support Services Group!

Mike Uncorked: SSG – Support Services Group! By Mike Butler The Valley and beyond is filled with some wonderful organizations that help the less fortunate in our community. We read and hear about many of these organizations but there are some that get lost in the shuffle. Luckily, I have a friend who works for SSG so I’ve been well versed for many years about the superb job this organization does in our community. But many have not heard about them so please take a moment to read this article about Support Services Group. SSG, comparable to other assisted-living organizations,…
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A New Community Park at Wolfville School

A New Community Park at Wolfville School By David Edelstein, Playground Improvement Committee member On the heels of the major renovations to Wolfville School, the parent-led Playground Improvement Committee has unveiled plans for a re-imagined playground space. The “Wolfville School Activity Park” is a comprehensive plan to fill unused space and replace aging play equipment with new facilities and landscaping that will bring greater enjoyment of sports, fitness, and the outdoors to students and the entire community. The new Activity Park is based around three main themes: sport, play, and nature. Soccer court We will replace the bare dirt soccer…
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Group Plans to Restore Jijuktu’kwejk (Cornwallis) River First Annual General Meeting of Valley Watershed Alliance

Group Plans to Restore Jijuktu’kwejk (Cornwallis) River First Annual General Meeting of Valley Watershed Alliance Submitted On March 26, citizens and groups interested in restoring the Cornwallis River will meet for the first Annual General Meeting of the Jijuktu’kwejk Watershed Alliance (pronounced gee-gee-wok-tok).  The group aims to improve watershed health; connect people with the river through outdoor experiences; and maintain an organization with a focus on education, teamwork, development, engagement and positive change. “This group started as an alliance of people and groups who want to see the river restored to the beauty and health it enjoyed when it was…
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Benefit Concert Supporting Syrian Refugees

Benefit Concert Supporting Syrian Refugees By Laura Greenwood The Acadia University Playing & Hearing class (akin to a musicianship class) is holding a benefit concert to support a foundation called The Tribe Turkey, a not-for-profit organization supporting Syrian Refugees in Turkey, Greece, and elsewhere in Europe (please see the public Facebook group:facebook.com/groups/TheTribeTurkey). The concert will include several arrangements performed by groups made up of the 42 members of our class, each composition holding special significance toward the global refugee crisis. There will be songs by the Doobie Brothers, Sam Cooke, Mark Knopfler, The Wailing Jennies, Ingrid Michaelson, Michael Jackson, and…
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From Compassion to Courage; From Prayer to Prayerful Action A Gathering to Share a Meal and our Thoughts.

From Compassion to Courage; From Prayer to Prayerful Action A Gathering to Share a Meal and our Thoughts. By Bruce Dienes The past few months have been increasingly filled with voices that polarize and isolate, encouraging anxiety and mistrust, fostering fear of “others” and of strangers… and now, the unthinkable has happened – six of our fellow Canadians, Muslim men at prayer, were gunned down. Since then Jewish cemeteries have been defaced, and threats of violence have been made against Muslim students at a Canadian university. In this anxious and confusing time, WAICC – the Wolfville and Area InterChurch Council…
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Random Act of Kindness

Random Act of Kindness Kindness takes many forms. In 2016, the Fundy Interchurch Food Bank (located in Kentville) dispersed 80,000 kgs of food to 6,857 people. 35% of those were children. The Food Bank is grateful for all of the generous support from volunteers who pick up food,  stock shelves, clean and maintain the building. The donations of food and money from the public and from businesses makes the work of the Food Bank possible. The Board of Directors of the Fundy Food Bank thank the many people who volunteer for and donate to the Food Bank. Without you, we…
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Provincial and National Volunteer Awards

Provincial and National Volunteer Awards Every April, during National Volunteer Week, the Province of Nova Scotia celebrates volunteers nominated by organizations and communities at the Provincial Volunteer Awards. Do you know someone who goes above and way beyond the call of duty to help others? Do you know an outstanding volunteer who deserves recognition? Nominate them for a Provincial Volunteer Award! You can nominate a volunteer in the following categories: Representative Volunteer Award, Youth Volunteer Award, and Family Volunteer Award. The website is now live: novascotia.ca/volunteerawards. Deadline for all nominations and submissions is February 24, 2017, at midnight.

A Selection of Local Ways to Give

Give Time   Open Arms, Kentville  Open Arms is a community-supported registered charity made up of a network of about 300 volunteers from Hantsport to Bridgetown. Initially established in 2004 as a Community Chaplaincy/Advocacy for people in need, Inn From The Cold now operates from seven local churches and has provided emergency shelter for approximately 1200 individuals over the past twelve years. From the Open Arms Resource Centre (32 Cornwallis St., Kentville), Drop-in/Outreach Program in Berwick and Kingston, they manage numerous outreach programs. Interested in volunteering or donating? Visit openarms.ca The Kings SPCA  The Nova Scotia SPCA is recognized as…
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The Crowdsourcer

The Crowdsourcer Watch our community change the world one dollar at a time. TItle: The Valley Advent Calendar in support of Chrysalis House Website: calendar.ourvalley.ca Description: How it works is by having local businesses donate prizes which are revealed each day through the month, from December 1st to the 24th. People will donate through an online fund setup on GoFundMe.com and the full amount, minus the fees from GoFundMe, will go to Chrysalis House. As a thank you, for every $5 a person donates they will get a chance to win the full set of prizes which were donated. At…
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