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St. Thomas Church Sisters Guild upgrading kitchen thanks to provincial grant

Father Tom Henderson, Shirley Ward, of the St. Thomas Anglican Church ladies' guild, and Hants West MLA Chuck Porter celebrate the recent announcement of funding which will allow the guild to make accessibility upgrades to the kitchen.
Father Tom Henderson, Shirley Ward, of the St. Thomas Anglican Church ladies' guild, and Hants West MLA Chuck Porter celebrate the recent announcement of funding which will allow the guild to make accessibility upgrades to the kitchen. - Contributed

THREE MILE PLAINS, N.S. — The province has invested more than $430,000 into various community groups and municipalities that are undertaking capital improvements to improve accessibility.

Municipal Affairs Minister Chuck Porter, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine, announced in December that 58 community projects will receive $434,094 as a part of the Community ACCESS-Ability Grant Program.

“These facilities are often the centre of our communities,” said Porter, who serves as the MLA for Hants West, in a press release. “I would like to thank our grant recipients for their leadership in this initiative and for helping move our province to being accessible by 2030.”

Program funding is available to non-profit community groups and municipalities to remove barriers for persons with disabilities in public buildings and spaces.

Th St. Thomas Church Sister Guild of Three Mile Plains, Hants County, was successful in receiving a $6,663 grant to make their kitchen more accessible.

“Quality of life in small town and rural Nova Scotia depends on local facilities and local service organizations,” said Archdeacon Tom Henderson, of the St. Thomas Anglican Church, in a press release.

“Improvements to access are necessary to make facilities user-friendly to aging and physically challenged individuals. We are grateful to (the) government for helping us better reach the needs of our local community.”

The Community ACCESS-Ability Grant Program supports government’s efforts to achieve an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. The government recently released the province’s strategy for accessibility, Access by Design 2030, which identifies priorities to achieve the goals set out in the Accessibility Act.

“Community and municipal buildings serve as gathering places and host countless community events every year,” said Gerry Post, executive director, Accessibility Directorate, Government of Nova Scotia. “By removing barriers to accessibility, persons with disabilities will have the same opportunities to participate and contribute to the communities they live in.”

The program is still open to applications. Interested community groups and municipalities are encouraged to apply. For info: https://cch.novascotia.ca/investing-our-future/community-funding-and-awards/community-access-ability-program


Recipients

The following are the local Community ACCESS-Ability Grant recipients for 2018-19
 

Applicant

County

Amount

Brickton Community Hall Society

Annapolis

$5,155.02

Brigadoon Children's Camp Society

Kings County

$10,000.00

Gibson Woods United Baptist Church

Kings

$9,563.66

Gordon Hughes Tennis Club - Windsor

West Hants

$10,000.00

Kingston District Fire Department

Kings

$3,333.00

Municipality of East Hants

East Hants

$10,000.00

NKEC Home & School Association

Kings County

$10,000.00

Pisiquid Canoe Club

Hants

$10,000.00

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #74 Dr. C.B. Lumsden

Kings

$7,559.77

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #9 Hants County

Windsor

$10,000.00

St. Thomas Ladies Guild

West Hants

$6,663.33

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