Amherst to receive Community Spirit Award

Darrell Cole
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One of four Nova Scotia communities to be honoured

Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant will be in Amherst later this summer to present a Community Spirit Award to the town.

Events such as last summer's Blueberry Harvest Festival are among the reasons Amherst has been selected for a Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award.

AMHERST – Amherst has been recognized for its community spirit.

Amherst is one of four communities selected to receive a Lieutenant Governor Community Spirit Award from Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant this summer.

Amherst, Bridgewater, St. Peter’s and Sackville are the four communities nominated by Nova Scotians between January and March.

"Nova Scotia is a special place to live and visit because of our vibrant and resilient communities," said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant.  "It is my privilege to recognize the extraordinary civic pride and genuine caring nature demonstrated by the citizens of the towns and villages honoured with this award."

The Fibre Arts and Rockabilly festivals, along with the Artisan's Market, Amherst Youth Town Council, the Train Station Artisans Gallery and Tantramar Seniors' College were part of the Town of Amherst's application.

"Amherst is a community that has strength in our heritage, culture and diversity; but most importantly our strong sense of community spirit," said Jennifer Borne, business development officer for the Town of Amherst. "It is an honour to be formally recognized for our community achievements by the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia."

Communities selected for the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award will be honoured at upcoming community celebrations.

Lt.-Gov. Grant will attend the festivities to present an original piece of NovaScotian Crystal etched with a representation of each community's story. 

Wallace was a recipient last year.

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.  

"Nova Scotia is a province with many cultures contributing to its rich heritage. We have a reputation for warm and welcoming communities that provide our foundation and reflect who we are as citizens," said Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. "This award recognizes and celebrates the promotion of community spirit and civic duty for all Nova Scotians to emulate."

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Organizations: Fibre Arts, Amherst Youth Town Council, Train Station Artisans Gallery Department of Communities

Geographic location: Amherst, Nova Scotia, Tantramar

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  • Bob
    June 10, 2014 - 03:57

    WAY TO GO AMHERST!!! Let's keep the spirit going! Shop local! Celebrate local. Volunteer local!