FUNDS AT WORK

Treasure Chest Funds at Work in Our Community

Twelve local St. Margaret’s Bay non-profit partner groups organize the weekly BTC 50/50 draw. The draw awards exciting prize money to the winning player and substantial funding for projects and services delivered by Treasure Chest partners.

Volunteers from BTC’s partner groups spend many hours on the weekly draws and from their share of Treasure Chest proceeds deliver programs, services, recreation and other activities for the benefit of individuals, families, the environment and our community.

Examples of Treasure Chest funds at work are shown below.

Enabling Accessibility in Hammonds Plains

Shown above, left to right, are Shaun MacIntyre, Geoff Reagan, Steve Rowland, Fred Dolbel, Ken Mitchell, Meaghan MacKinnon-Pratt and Anne-Marie Evans.

Bay Treasure Chest funds are used to maintain and improve the Hammonds Plains Community Centre for long-term community benefit. Keeping a 78-year old building safe, accessible and relevant for a modern, growing community is hard work… made easier with Bay Treasure Chest support.

Recent accessibility improvements include a new low-threshold door with an electric opener, which makes accessing the building from the wheelchair ramp easier. A grant was received from the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund, and together with BTC support made the project possible.

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Walking Guide Books

Joanne Ewasiuk (R) of D&Jo’s Country Market receives her copy of “A Walking Guide to the Old St. Margaret’s Bay Road” from BTC volunteer Beth McGee. The Walking Guide is a recent publication of the Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust (FBWHT) made possible through funding partnerships and the Bay Treasure Chest.

Many Walking Guides have been distributed free to local nature lovers and walkers as a result of Bay Treasure Chest dollars at work in our community. (Walking Guide books are available at the Tantallon, Keshen Goodman, and Captain William Spry libraries, however they are in very short supply.)

 

 

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Puddle Bridge

With generous funding support from the Bay Treasure Chest, J.D. Shatford Memorial Trust and Aspotogan Heritage Trust, St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails to Trails Association completed the replacement of the deck and stringers of Puddle Bridge in Black Point in May 2017. This is the longest wood deck bridge on St. Margaret’s Trail.

 

 

 

 

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SMB Stewardship Association

This past Summer Interns Allyssa Poulin & Kaitlyn Enders, hired in part with funds from the Bay Treasure Chest, did a lot of work for the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association, as well with Bay Area Rails Trails Association, Safety Minded ATV Association, Five Bridge Wilderness Heritage Trust, and the Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organization.

Their work included: forest fire prevention, shoreline garbage cleanup, gathering firewood and building a wood crib, bank stabilization, planting Alder catkins & erosion wall, trail maintenance, and invasive Japanese Knotweed control and removal. Click to read their report.

 

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Grocery Shuttle

Working together the Seniors Association and BayRides, provide a year round Tuesday morning grocery shuttle using funds received from the Bay Treasure Chest. The shuttle alternates weekly between Sobey’s and Superstore in Tantallon.

Volunteers help participants with their grocery shopping and the driver or a volunteer assists with getting groceries inside the door when the shuttle returns shoppers to their home. Thank you to Superstore and Sobey’s for providing coffee/tea and refreshments and a socializing opportunity for grocery shuttle patrons.

The grocery shuttle is proving to be very successful with shoppers being picked up from West Dover to Queensland and points in between. The service is now using both the BayRides bus and van.

To register for the Grocery Shuttle call the Seniors Information Centre at (902) 820-3334.

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Nine Mile River Project

The Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust (FBWHT) has invested funds received from the Bay Treasure Chest towards our Adopt the Nine Mile River Project in partnership Clean Nova Scotia and Royal Bank of Canada through their Bluewater Fund Program.

This research will determine whether headwaters of the Nine Mile River are impacted from commercial, industrial and residential land uses and activities north of HWY 103.

Bay Treasure funds helped to augment costs for laboratory analyses and the employment of university students associated with the ongoing collection of surface water samples at nine key locations.

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Wider Distribution of Newsletters

The Seniors Association uses Bay Treasure Chest funds to print and mail monthly newsletters to seniors who do not use computers. Printed newsletters are also distributed around the community to help seniors, families and caregivers stay informed about upcoming activities. Newsletters help seniors find a wide variety of resources that help them live safely and well. Articles advise families of various government programs, rebates and assistance as they become available through the year.

 

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Helping Local Seniors Remain Healthy

It is estimated that 1 in 3 people will experience shingles (Herpes Zoster) in their lifetime, and seniors are at higher risk than other age groups. The nerve pain associated with shingles can be excruciating and last for months and in some cases, years.

The Seniors Association used Bay Treasure Chest funds to help provide shingles vaccinations to Bay area seniors in early 2016. Seniors who received the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and did not have a prescription drug plan that covered shingles vaccinations qualified for this assistance.

 

 

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SMB Rails to Trails Signage

Bay Treasure Chest funds received by the Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust helped fund several signs placed on the SMB Trail by the SMB Area Rails to Trails Association.

 

 

 

 

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Community Calendar and Bulletin Board

Bay Treasure Chest funds received by the Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay provides funding for CC-Net, an on-line Community Calendar and Bulletin Board. CC-Net is managed by Connecting Communities whose purpose is to support 30+ volunteer organizations from Peggy’s Cove to Hammond’s Plains, and from Hubley to the Aspotogan. The website www.cc-net.org and Community Calendar helps churches, community and other volunteer groups publicize their activities, including fundraisers, public performances, and events.

CC-Net also features a Community Bulletin Board where not-for-profit groups can find volunteers, partner with each other, ask for donations, and advertise for paid employment opportunities.

The website also links to a powerful online Community Search Tool which anyone can use to find local service providers of anything from accommodations to a Yoga teacher.

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Seniors Housing

The Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay in conjunction with Transition Bay and government housing agencies has been holding community-wide workshops in preparation to bring affordable rental accommodation to the community.

For this vital work The Seniors Association is reserving the largest part of its share of Bay Treasure Chest funds to develop affordable housing options for the St. Margaret’s Bay area so that more people can enjoy all that life here provides.

 

 

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Unicorn Theatre

Bay Treasure Chest funds assisted with the many 20th Anniversary activities that took place at the Unicorn Theatre in Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, including purchasing the performance rights and scripts for the youth-driven “Wizard of Wonderland” production.

The Unicorn Theatre bought some LED lights, wireless microphones and headsets, as well as other small pieces of electronic equipment to improve lighting and sound. Also, Unicorn had some shelves built and bought a new laptop to run the music for the shows and another wireless microphone.

The Bay Treasure Chest is delighted to support creative activities and exploration by the youth in our community through the Bay Youth Hub which includes GPI Youth, The St. Margaret’s Bay Skateboard Park, the St. Margaret’s Bay Toy Library and the Unicorn Theatre.

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Bike Old St. Margaret’s Bay Road

In the summer of 2015 the Our HRM Alliance, the Ecology Action Centre and others staged a series of events called Hike The Greenbelt. It was an opportunity for the citizens of the Halifax Regional Municipality to explore the many wilderness opportunities on the their doorstep by hiking, canoeing, biking, and running.

One of the events was a bike trip down the Old St. Margaret’s Bay Road across the Chebucto Peninsula on a historic route dating back to the late 1700s! This short film documents a part of their journey. This event was hosted and financially sponsored by the Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust utilizing funds from the Bay Treasure Chest.

Click here to see a video of the event by Kent Martin.

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Micou’s Island Improvements

Funds from the Bay Treasure Chest have been used by the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association to make necessary repairs to the house on Micou’s Island. The house dates back to the late 19th Century and its original timbers were floated by barge out to the Island. It is now used as a residence in three seasons for our participants in the Micou’s Island Stewardship program. The Stewards keep a watchful eye on the Island, conduct workshops, host groups, and make improvements to trails.

Click here for more information about Micou’s Island and the Stewardship Association.

 

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Stewardship Association Drone

With the use of funds from the Bay Treasure Chest the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association assisted with the purchase of a Drone for aerial photography for the Ecology Action Centre. The drone will be used by the EAC to have an “eye in the sky “ on the use of lands, forests and waterways in Nova Scotia. Sharing in the utilization of this Drone, the SMBSA will record images of the St. Margaret’s Bay Watershed area to look for changes or misuses of the environment including the Islands of the Bay, especially Troop Island and Micou’s Island. Most of us know our part of the Bay but few of us have an overview of the whole area thus we also hope to produce a video of “The Bay from the Air” which will give a complete and dramatic aerial view for all.

 

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BaySeniors Excursions

In 2016, the Seniors Association will use some Bay Treasure Chest funds to subsidize group outings to local historical sites and to cultural activities. The first excursion will take members and community guests on a tour of Canada’s Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Seaport Market, and the new Public Library in Halifax. BayRides helps local residents connect with the departure and return of the large tour bus.

A late summer excursion is also being planned to visit the Hope for Wildlife Centre in Seaforth, NS.

Early response indicates that seniors in the Bay area are pleased to enjoy day trips without the hassle of driving and parking in the city themselves. Excursions offer local seniors an opportunity to socialize with old friends and make new friends. More information available on the Seniors Association website.

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BayRides Santa

With funding from the Bay Treasure Chest, Santa used BayRides to help people get to all of the Christmas in the Bay events, and gave his Reindeer some much needed rest before the big night.

 

 

 

 

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A New Mural on the BLT Trail

Some users of the BLT Trail may have noticed something new on the trail – a beautiful new mural on the Highway 103 overpass.

Although graffiti, when expertly done, is a well-recognized artform, this was not necessarily the case for the haphazard collection that covered the 103 overpass. The Blackbook Collective Art and Clothing, a company formed by local artists, was contacted to undertake the project. The Collective designed the murals, engaged a talented group of artists to do the work, and executed the project in a matter of days.

The Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust, with funds from the Bay Treasure Chest, the Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organization, and the Rails To Trails Association shared in the costs of this delightful project.

Click here to watch a YouTube slideshow of the mural.

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Seniors Fitness

Treasure Chest funds are being used to support light exercise and other group activities, and to provide wellness support to more local seniors and families in several locations around St. Margaret’s Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

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