Murphy, Strong, Arseneau honoured by CANSA

Justin Dickie
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AMHERST The Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association handed out special recognition awards at their annual general meeting recently to honour three individuals who were fundamental in what CANSA chair Brian Martin called a busy and successful year.

Former board members Sharon Murphy and Eric Strong and former secretary Heather Arseneau were celebrated for their hard work and commitment to CANSA at the meeting.

Sharon was the chairperson of our fundraising, Martin said. Sharon was a very hard worker for CANSA. She wasnt afraid to take on a role and run with it, which she did on many occasions.

Murphy has stepped down from the board of directors, but Martin said shell remain a resource person through schizophrenia and anti-poverty programs.

Strong and Arseneau were key components of CANSA who recently passed away.

Strong, who passed in January, spent a lot of time doing photography for CANSA. His role diminished with CANSA later as he moved on to focus on a career in photography and computers, but remained involved.

Arseneau was the type of person you cant replace, said Martin.

Heather was my right arm, he said. She was just a great all-around person.

Organizations: Cumberland

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