Nova Scotians can show their community pride by submitting nominations for this years Lieutenant-Governor’s Community Spirit Award.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award celebrates the power, strength, and diversity of vibrant communities across Nova Scotia. It profiles their achievements and increases their visibility through a formal recognition program.
Up to four Nova Scotian communities are honoured each year. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee based on community applications that best fit the award’s criteria. Communities selected for the award promote citizen engagement, civic pride, and a positive outlook on the future.
Successful communities are honoured through celebration and recognition. The Lieutenant Governor attends a community celebration, presents a hand-crafted award, and unveils a sign to display in the community. There is also province-wide public recognition through the media.
Any community that can demonstrate through evidence, measurement, anecdote and/or illustration each one of the following key criteria can apply for this Award:
- ability to build on unique strengths within the community
- a high degree of citizen participation in community projects of a wide variety, range and interest
- includes others and encourages diversity in all its forms
- clear evidence of community pride and
- a focus on creating an enduring community
The following criteria will strengthen your nomination. If any of these apply to your community include them as well. Please use evidence, measurement, story and/or illustration as outlined in the Criteria checklist found here.
Your community also:
- recognizes history, tradition, and cultural heritage
- welcomes newcomers and encourages them to stay
- finds solutions to community challenges by working together
- is adaptable and flexible
- has a willingness to start positive change
- has wide-spread support for recreational and cultural activity
- demonstrates youth involvement
- has an authentic respect for seniors
- forms unique and lasting partnerships (formal and/or informal)
- listens to one another in order to form better decisions
- respects the environment as shown through activities or programs
- respects faith-based or spiritual groups as contributors to a healthy community
When looking at how to support your nomination through measurement, statistical data can complement your community’s stories. Listed below are some suggestions – but don’t be limited to these:
- number of self-generated community initiatives
- number of residents attending community events (including cultural, social, and sporting events)
- number of citizen-sponsored programs for children, teens, and/or seniors
- community voter turnout number of volunteer agencies (also include approximate number of volunteers)
The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, May 15, at 11:59 p.m.
Applications can be found online here.
All completed application forms and submissions must either be:
- emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and communitiesNS@novascotia.ca
- or faxed to (902) 424-0710
- or mailed to:
Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage
Attn: Community Spirit Award
P.O. Box 456
1741 Brunswick Street, 3rd Floor
Halifax, NS B3J 2R5