In Review: ‘Tis the Season to Give

In Review: ‘Tis the Season to Give By Emily Leeson Santa recently joined in on the fun with Lion Mary Stevens and Zone Chair Marley Vandertoorn of New Minas Lions Club. They’re selling tickets on a Christmas basket to be drawn on December 16. There is $400 worth of items in the basket. On November 17, 2016 it was with extreme pleasure that the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #098 Kingston presented a cheque for $5,000 to the principal of West Kings District High School in Auburn, Nova Scotia. The funds will go toward assistance in constructing the David Morse Memorial…
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Fill a Box of Cheer: A huge success!

Fill a Box of Cheer: A huge success! By Laura Churchill Duke, Standing back and looking at the mountain of donations that came in for the Fill a Box of Cheer program made our hearts swell. I am so proud of our community! When Candy O’Brien and I put this program together earlier in the fall, we had no idea of how well it would take off. We had no idea how many local people we would be able to help this Christmas! Fill a Box of Cheer was a program that was started by Candy O’Brien of the…
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Acadia’s English Language Centre Looking for Homestay Hosts

Acadia’s English Language Centre Looking for Homestay Hosts By Sharon Churchill Roe, English Language Centre Acadia University’s English Language Centre is looking for homestays to host students in their homes from February to December, 2017. This winter, we have several students arriving from Japan who will be studying at Acadia until December. They would all like to stay with Canadian families, but we currently do not have enough families to host them all. Great Homestay Hosts are all different: they can be couples with children, young and old; empty nesters; or single moms and dads. However, they all are patient…
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Give a Jewel Feed a School! By Connor Sheehan

Give a Jewel Feed a School! By Connor Sheehan Help the All That Glam Fundraiser raise funds for Nunavut school breakfast programs with your donations of gently-used jewellery and handbags. Food costs in Northern Canada have created a food epidemic that sends children to school hungry everyday. The average cost of 2.5 kg of flour in Nunavut is $13 compared to $5 in the rest of the country. In the farthest North towns such as Iqaluit Orange Juice costs at least $26.29. Because of food costs such as these 70% of households in Iqaluit are food insecure, which is eight…
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AVDS Cares: Local Dentists Work Together to Provide Free Care

AVDS Cares: Local Dentists Work Together to Provide Free Care By Emily Leeson Just before the holiday season of giving begins, a group of local dentists and volunteers have just recently banded together to give their time and skills for free to help Annapolis Valley residents unable to otherwise access dental treatment. One of the biggest obstacles faced by many people is the cost of dental treatment and unlike other areas of the health care system, dentistry is not subsidized by health care tax dollars. This means that the full cost of the services provided by dentists in private practices…
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This Place Matters in Kentville

This Place Matters in Kentville Angela Reynolds The Friends of the Kentville Library have been selected to compete for $40,000 in prize money in the National Trust for Canada’s “This Place Matters” Main Street competition. During the competition, the group will be working to raise $5000 to help build a beautiful children’s area in the new library. Head to to register and vote daily until November 15. Once you’ve registered, you can vote every 24 hours.

The Crowdsourcer

The Crowdsourcer Watch our community change the world one dollar at a time. Title: Art Attack by the Valley Community Learning Association Website: Description: Our goal is to set up an Arts Centre in downtown Kentville that serves the general public and also intentionally supports the inclusion of marginalized populations: at-risk youth, people with disabilities, seniors, indigenous groups, and generally those community members ‘at the margins’. The goal is to create a Centre that is welcoming of all community members, regardless of age, disability, socio-economic status, etc. Fundraising Goal: Votes Needed! Visit the website to register and vote for…
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Trick or Read? By Angela Reynolds

Trick or Read? By Angela Reynolds Annapolis Valley Regional Library Community Engagement Coordinator This Halloween, you can add stories to the candy haul. Some of you may know about Neil Gaiman’s Halloween book initiative, All Hallows Read ( Mr. Gaiman encourages people to give away scary books on October 31. This is a great idea, and if you have scary books to give away, join in the fun. For instance, local authors Christy Ann Conlin and Ami McKay both have new books out that would fit the bill for your adult pals. But if you cannot afford to give a…
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The Fundy Dental Community Project

The Fundy Dental Community Project The Fundy Dental Centre is launching a new community-minded program to help reach out to Annapolis Valley residents in need of dental services but who are without the financial means to access the appropriate treatment at full cost. “When you have good teeth it is easy to take it for granted that there are many people that do not,” says dentist Scott Schofield. “At the emergency clinic we see a higher proportion of the population that cannot afford preventative dental care, and only seek treatment when the last resort is extracting a tooth (or even…
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Family Fun in the Valley: Share Thanksgiving By Laura Churchill Duke

Family Fun in the Valley: Share Thanksgiving Laura Churchill Duke This year, why don’t you consider Sharing Thanksgiving with a newcomer family? Our family has participated in this program for the past two years and can’t wait to do it again this year! Engage Nova Scotia has put together this wonderful program where your family is paired with a newcomer who joins you for your Thanksgiving dinner. Simply go to the website and indicate when you are having your meal (Sunday or Monday) and then indicate who else will be at your table. The organization will match you and connect…
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