Thank you to Peggy Langille for sharing these photos with us.
Thank you to Margo Cross for sharing these photos with our community.
Congratulations to William Westhaver!
At the regional Heritage Fair on Friday, May 4, 2018, William won the judges’ selection award. His prize – a $30 visa card He was also 1 of 4 selected to create a video about his project. William now has a chance to go to Ottawa in the fall!
Could that be sauerkraut William is holding?
This week the children heard stories about youth doing amazing things to make a positive difference in the world. Our BTES students made their own Superhero Kids and came up with ways in which they would make the world a better place.
Math was made easier this week with help from neighbour, Ward Carson. It helps to have an accountant living next door to the school.
Isaac made us proud with his regional science fair project on wind vs solar energy.
Several months ago, the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors announced their Age-friendly Communities Grant program. We submitted an application to this program through BTIERA and have just been informed that our application was successful. As a result we have been awarded a grant to accomplish the following four goals:
- Survey island residents to assess which health services they currently need or may need in the years ahead.
- Conduct thorough research to determine which health service providers are willing to come to Tancook Island.
- Create a print resource to be made available to all island residents documenting who to contact for specific health services based on the research results.
- Establish a cohort of trained volunteers to help residents age-in-place as long as possible. (This includes palliative care training.)
Thanks to the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg for organizing this annual event!
Several months ago, Lorraine Burch, General Manager of Our Health Centre in Chester came to Tancook to meet with residents to discuss issues and concerns regarding health services. After the meeting, Lorraine lobbied on our behalf and, as a result, we are pleased share a few developments with you.
After an extended suspension of services, the VON has agreed to return to Tancook should a resident require their services. The VON Tri-County office number is 902-742-4512.
There is also a Palliative Care team willing to come to Tancook should their services be required. This can be arranged through a referral from your family doctor.
In order to resume these services, we had to comply with a standard risk assessment given to all communities for which these services are requested. The primary concern was safe transportation of service providers. Among the required criteria were current police checks for drivers as well as vehicle insurance.
Our voices were heard and this is good news for all Tancook residents.
Between the years of 1865 – 1888, map maker Ambrose Finson Church produced 18 maps, one of each county in Nova Scotia. Here is the map he made of Big Tancook Island. (Thanks to Lucy Neatby)
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.