© Christopher Gooding – Amherst Daily News
WALLACE – This seaside community has been named one of three communities in the province being recognized by the lieutenant governor for their exceptional efforts to create vibrant, welcoming and healthy places to live.
In March, Nova Scotians nominated their communities for the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award. This year's recipients are Wallace, Ballantynes Cove/Cape George and Paq'tnkek Mi'kmaw Nation, Antigonish Co.
"These communities are comprised of countless volunteers who come together to preserve and enhance the quality of life for all their members," said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. "I am delighted to honour the people and places that have such a positive impact on the whole of our province."
Wallace's application, submitted by Warren Hebb, highlighted the community's response to a fire that destroyed the only gas station in the area, its local history and year-round festivals.
"What sets Wallace apart is its attitude and approach to challenges," Hebb said. "The community just gets things done."
The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage co-ordinates the award. Applicants who best fit the award's criteria are chosen by an independent selection committee.
"This award celebrates the diverse and vibrant communities that are the foundation of our province and gives profile and formal recognition to the ways their residents work together to make life better for Nova Scotian families," said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra.
Communities selected for the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award will be honoured at upcoming community celebrations. Lt.-Gov. Grant will attend to present an original piece of Nova Scotian Crystal etched with a representation of each community's story.
For more information, visit http://communityspiritaward.ca.