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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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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, info@valleyfamilyfun.ca 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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