Thanks to the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg for organizing this annual event!
Rosa Cross receives the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award on behalf of the community of Big Tancook Island, from Lt.-Gov. Arthur LeBlanc, at a ceremony on the island on Sept. 6. (Contributed)
Big Tancook Island receives Community Spirit Award
A tiny community received a big award last week.
Big Tancook Island is this year’s recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award, which celebrates volunteerism and community engagement in Nova Scotia.
The little village of just 200 permanent residents is an active group, working together, formally and informally, on a number of different issues. Rosa Cross, a permanent resident who is active in the community, says island residents share a mutual interest and love of the island and its long history, resulting in a team effort that supports the community.
“Within our small community, many of our volunteers help on more than one association, so it is essential that we all work well together. Some of the best partnerships are the informal ones, the ones that get formed out of a mutual desire to accomplish something, whether it is a marketing plan for the island, a need for infrastructure improvements or how to maintain our emergency response services,” says Cross.
Lt.-Gov. Arthur LeBlanc presented the award on Wednesday, Sept. 6, in a ceremony on the island, which sits on the outer edge of Mahone Bay. LeBlanc says he is pleased to present the community with such an important award.
“Vibrant and caring communities are an outstanding characteristic of Nova Scotia and it is this community spirit that makes this province one of the finest places to live in Canada,” says LeBlanc.
Residents of Big Tancook Island have come together through the years to maintain its one-room schoolhouse, continue and improve the ferry service to the island, encourage tourism, host local events and support emergency services. Many of the residents who live on the island and support the community can trace their heritage on Big Tancook back hundreds of years, and still pursue their livelihood through fishing and lobstering.
Every Thursday throughout the summer and early autumn, Backroads will be introducing a group of hikers (mainly from the USA) to Tancook with a guided hike through the woods and along the coast of our beautiful island.
Following the hike, these lucky travelers will enjoy a lobster lunch prepared by the hardworking women who so generously give their time and culinary talents to make this venture such a success.
After being wined and dined, the Backroads hikers participate in the Honourary Tancook ceremony where they make a pledge and seal it with lobster kiss.
“This trip was fabulous. Our guides Martin and Tal made the trip incredibly fun, as well as informative and packed with beautiful scenery that I will remember forever. My highlight was a homemade lunch on Tancook Island with fresh cooked lobster, homemade potato salads and PIE, mmmm homemade blueberry pie!”
2017 is a memorable year for Canada as it marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation. On July 1st we celebrated with typical Tancook enthusiasm and enjoyed a record turnout.
A lot of work went on behind the scenes to prepare for this celebration. We are grateful to the dedicated and hard-working Rec Centre Committee for organizing this festive day.
The following photos taken by Rosa Cross tell the story.