This winter, Nova Scotians were asked to share stories of community engagement and extraordinary service. The four communities receiving the Community Spirit Award in 2016 are: New Ross in Lunenburg County; Gabarus in Cape Breton Regional Municipality; New Glasgow and Upper Hammonds Plains in Halifax Regional Municipality.
"I am pleased to hear of the four communities that are being recognized for their outstanding spirit and I am sure that selecting the winners from all of the exceptional entries was not an easy task," said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. "I extend my sincere congratulations and I look forward to visiting each winning community over the course of the summer to present the award."
The application from the Town of New Glasgow highlighted the community's “wealth of activities and celebrations and a strong focus on fostering diversity and community development,” a press release says.
"This prestigious award is a great testament to the community pride, talents, engagement and hard work of the people of New Glasgow," said New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan. "We are proud to have a town that has vibrant arts, music, sports and heritage while also a strong commitment towards healthy and active living, protecting the environment, supporting local and welcoming newcomers."
Communities will be honoured at upcoming celebrations.
Lt.-Gov. Grant will attend the festivities 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 .