COMMUNITY

The Bay Treasure Chest was established in early 2014 as a community fundraiser in partnership with five local non-for-profit service organizations. In early 2017, the group was expanded to include two more organizations.

A winning number will be drawn every Wednesday and, if the number was played, the winner will receive 50% of the week’s revenue and any accumulated rollover amounts. If the winning number was not played, the rollover prize money is added to the next week’s draw. The other 50% of the week’s revenue will go towards any expenses and shared among the participating not-for-profit community service organizations.

Scroll down or click on the name, to learn more about the local organizations receiving funds raised by the Bay Treasure Chest:

Sponsors & Partner Organizations

Many thanks to THE MASTHEAD NEWS for publishing Bay Treasure Chest information.

ST. MARGARET’S BAY STEWARDSHIP ASSOCIATION

The St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association was established as a non-profit volunteer association in 2003. Inspired by the Bay’s natural beauty, our primary focus is to safeguard its environment and to protect and enhance its unique quality of life. Our stewardship embraces the Bay’s entire coastal-shed from Peggy’s Cove in the east to Bayswater in the west and includes the watersheds of all six great rivers which flow into the Bay from deep in the province’s interior. We speak to and facilitate discussion of diverse Bay issues ranging from human development and planning to the environment.

We celebrate the Bay, its history, and its culture by hosting and supporting festivals and events and working hard to protect for posterity its significant natural and built resources. In 2007 we raised a million dollars to purchase and sustain in perpetuity Micou’s Island and its historic early 19th century fisher’s cottage. In 2008, we established the Heart of the Bay Endowment Fund to protect other Bay islands, heritage properties, and special places. In 2012, with the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, we raised another million dollars to purchase and protect Troop Island, and with the provincial government have now expanded the Bay’s inventory of protected islands to include 12 out of 31. We played a major role in helping to establish the 8,600 hectare Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area and continue to have a significant impact on planning policy for the entire Halifax Regional Municipality.

The SMBSA is led by a 15-member board and a growing network of some 600 core supporters. Our membership reaches deep into the Bay’s fabric with diverse formal and informal organizational alliances representing every aspect of Bay life.

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SMB AREA RAILS TO TRAILS ASSOCIATION

The Saint Margaret’s Bay Area Rails to Trails Association (SMBARTA) manages and maintains the 32.5 kilometres of trail that run from Hubley to Hubbards for the benefit of residents and visitors.  Their goal is to provide a safe and scenic route for active transportation and wellness activities.

 

 

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SMB COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION SOCIETY (BAYRIDES)

BayRides offers door-to-door, accessible and affordable transportation in the St. Margaret’s Bay area from Hubley (Hwy 103 exit 4) to Queensland and West Dover to Yankeetown Rd., Hammonds Plains. The service operates Monday to Friday 6:00 am to 6:00 pm connecting residents to their community using an 8 passenger accessible bus, a 4 passenger accessible van and a fleet of volunteer drivers. Rides must be booked 24 hours in advance to allow time for scheduling. In addition, evening and weekend service, and service to Halifax for medical appointments is possible but is based on driver availability, time and kilometers. Service outside of regular hours requires additional time to schedule. BayRides provides service to all including: seniors, youth, those requiring accessible transportation, and individuals in the community without access to transportation.

The support of Bay Treasure Chest enables BayRides to keep their rates affordable for all and to provide rider subsidies to individuals in-need. In addition, through partnership with the Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay, BayRides offers a free weekly Seniors Grocery Shuttle on Tuesdays, alternating between Sobey’s and Superstore in Upper Tantallon.

For more information about BayRides, to book and ride, or find out about volunteer opportunities, visit the website: www.bayrides.ca or give us a call (902) 820-6600.

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COMMUNITY CENTRE HUB

Estabrooks Community Hall

 

 

The Hammonds Plains Community Centre

 

 

Hubbards Barn Association

 

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THE BAY YOUTH HUB

The Bay Youth Hub represents the young people of St. Margaret’s Bay and is one of five Bay Treasure Chest community organizations and is comprised of four local organizations representing a broad range of ages and interests: GPI Youth; St. Margaret’s Bay Skateboard Park; Unicorn Theatre; and St. Margaret’s Bay Toy Library.

GPI Youth, the coordinating member, is a youth volunteer organization under the auspices Genuine Progress Index Atlantic, a charitable non-profit. GPI Youth provides internships and volunteer intensive skills development and service experiences around the four pillars of environment, culture, economy, and civic engagement. Currently, GPI Youth has a special focus on youth creating solutions for sustainable transportation in St. Margarets Bay and in how youth can connect to their community. Margarets Bay. For more information, please contact Gwen Colman, gwen@gpiatlantic.org. You may also check us out on Facebook and look for our new website in September, www.gpiatlantic.org/youth.

GPI Youth will match funds raised by the Bay Treasure Chest in order to offer a small grant program to youth age 13 to 25 who want to create a project that connects youth to the larger community. We will host a series of workshops so youth can learn how to write a project proposal at our studio space upstairs at Paul’s Hall in Glen Haven and at local schools. Results of the youth-led projects will be published and shared with the larger community of St. Margaret’s Bay.

  The St. Margaret’s Bay Skate Park Project is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers from the local Hubbards Community. The project has been established for five years with two key goals: To build a permanent concrete skateboard park in the Hubbards Recreation Center; and, To move existing modular ramps to Tantallon to expand their modular park. The St. Margaret’s Bay Skate Park Project believes in the prevention of problematic behaviour working toward social integration of youth through the practice of cultural activities such as skateboarding, BMX, inline skating & scooters. Reaching our goals will provide a safe environment for the development of physical and psychological health of the youth and young adults who participate in these activities. The benefit of a skate park proves to offer young people a place to which they can identify with themselves as well as their peers and at the same time promote physical activity and sports action. For more information, please contact Lee Alonzo Murphy, alonzo.murph@gmail.com.

Funds collected from the Bay Treasure Chest will be used to put towards our continuing Skateboard Park Project’s phase 2: “the butter bowl.” This is another feature designed for transitional users at the Liam Mathers All Wheels Park in Hubbards.

The St. Margaret’s Bay Toy Library is a not-for-profit community group that operates Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30, September to June, at Giant Steps Children’s Centre, 15 French Village Station Rd, Upper Tantallon. Our program is targeted towards parents and caregivers with children 5 years of age and under and has operated since 1987 in the Bay. The Toy Library is a place where children learn to play together, share and interact in a positive cooperative environment. Our playgroup includes free play, crafts, and a healthy snack. While the children play adults can enjoy making friends and sharing experiences. For more information, please contact baytoylibrary@gmail.com or visit www.baytoylibrary.ca.

The St. Margaret’s Bay Toy Library uses the proceeds from the Bay Treasure Chest to give children and caregivers a unique playgroup experience every week. BTC helps us to create a play based learning experience by helping us purchase new toys, engage children in multimedia experiences and host fun themed events for local families. It helps instill a sense of community and fosters development in our local children.

Unicorn Theatre is a wonderful place where children Grade 2 and up can take part in many theatrical activities, and where young people of all ages (and their parents) can enjoy a program of excellent live theatre created especially for them. The Unicorn Theatre has operates throughout the year with two major productions a year in the Fall and in the Spring. For more information, please contact Iris Elliott, unicorntheatre.ca@gmail.com  or see our website, www.unicorntheatre.ca

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SENIORS ASSOCIATION OF ST. MARGARET’S BAY (BAY SENIORS)

The Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay is a registered not-for-profit society whose purpose is to provide housing and accommodation options and assistance for seniors; to research and represent the interests of seniors living in the greater St. Margaret’s Bay area, and to promote and participate in the development of wellness living for seniors in the area.

SMB Seniors is a volunteer organization working with government, private enterprise and other socially minded groups to address the needs and concerns of seniors in the Bay area. Our monthly meetings feature educational, wellness and safety topics as well as a variety of recreational and social activities. We provide regular classes of beginners level Tai Chi.

Many resources such as a Local Services Directory to assist seniors and their families living in the St. Margaret’s Bay area can be found on our website www.bayseniors.ca. The Association operates a Seniors Information Centre, in the former Shoppers Drug Mart complex at 5181 St. Margaret’s Bay Road. Open Tuesdays and Thursday from 10:00 till 2:00 (902-820-3334).

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FIVE BRIDGES WILDERNESS HERITAGE TRUST

Since its inception in 2001, the Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust (“the Trust”) has worked diligently to preserve in perpetuity the natural habitat, watersheds, and wildlife of Crown Lands within the area bounded by Highways 103 and 333. A high point in its history occurred on October 25, 2011, when Nova Scotia Environment protected 8,266 hectares (20,425 acres) of Crown lands within the Trust’s geographic boundaries as a protected Wilderness area. The area is now formally known as the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area (FBLWA).

The Trust did not achieve this plateau on its own. The Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organization, the Safety Minded ATV Association, the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association, and the Beechville Lakeview Timberlea Rails to Trails Association all played significant roles in garnering support from individuals, environmental and recreational organizations, homeowner associations, and elected officials. Politicians and bureaucrats in both departments of Natural Resources and Environment repeatedly cited the work of local community groups as a compelling factor in selecting the FBLWA as a candidate for protection.

The Trust serves the community by protecting, preserving, conserving and restoring the natural habitat, watersheds and wildlife in and adjacent to the protected area. Over the years, its principal focus has been in organizing and coordinating the work of community groups, serving as a link between the community and all three levels of government, publishing information about the FBLWA through its website, newsletters, and pamphlets, sponsoring conservation and clean-up projects, and providing ongoing support to the Council of Community Organizations (COCO), which keeps the public abreast of current community issues through by-monthly “town hall” meetings. More information about the Trust can be found on its website: www.fivebridgestrust.ca.

The Trust is a founding and active member of the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area Coalition whose members meet with Nova Scotia Environment staff to coordinate and support Stewardship activities on behalf of the FBLWA.

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