The Bay Treasure Chest Association offers a $500 honorarium to not-for-profit organizations and groups that offer a service to the community at large, and can provide four volunteers to assist with one weekly count. Read our guidelines to see if you think your organization qualifies; then complete an application form and forward to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bay Treasure Chest Association will not consider funding:
Shown left: Robyn Murphy, Nancy Webber, Emma Hayes and Bernadette Fegan.
Cove FM is a not for profit community radio station owned and operated by Hubbards Radio Society, serving the greater St. Margaret’s Bay/Hubbards/Chester areas. The signal reaches west to the outskirts of Bridgewater and east to the outskirts of Halifax, covering a population of approximately 50,000 people. Cove FM is operated by volunteers from the community, offering a mixed music format that includes pop, rock, country, folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass, East Coast, and many other genres by both well known performers and indie artists. “We plan to use the funds to assist with our upcoming annual Kitchen Party fundraiser, held May 25, at the Shore Club,” says Kristy Wagner. “There will be five bands, a silent auction, raffle… and free appetizers! Doors open at 7pm; cost is $20.
Shown above left: Fred Layton, Cathy Layton, Kristy Wagner and John Robia.
The $500 honorarium funds for this group are earmarked to expand the Community Gardens, on Aspotogan Heritage Trust Society property at the crossroads of Highways 3 and 329. “We grow fruit trees, blueberries and strawberries,” says Lori Dale. “Plus all the basic vegetables: potatoes, carrots, kale, radishes…” The list goes on. Among others, the kids at the daycare next door help to keep the plants in fine fettle and, along with the Hubbards and Area Food Bank, share in the spoils. Watch for free educational sessions on planting, picking and preserving.
Shown left: Pat Thomas, Ethel Marshall, Linda O’Toole and Lori Dale.
Black Point and area will soon have its own community centre. “We’ve got the bank account, the chairs and tables, the committee, even the keys” says Maureen Moore, on the committee that’s reinventing the fire hall as Black Point & Area Community Centre, leasing it from HRM.
“HRM is not in the business of keeping halls as such,” says Maureen. “The space was just sitting there, unused. We didn’t care who opened it for the community to use… we just wanted it opened, especially in winter.”
Getting to this point has been a year-long process, involving Deputy Fire Chief Roy Hollett and Councillor Matt Whitman, as well as a few stops and starts. Still, Maureen is hopeful that it will be available for rentals before long, thinking along the lines of pickle ball, card games and pub nights–not to mention weddings.
Lots of “the originals” are involved, she adds. Her sister Janet Fryday-Dorey is the chair of the committee; their parents, Albert and Margery Fryday, volunteered for the Black Point Fire Department in its early days; another committee member is Ron McIsaac, and his niece Janene. Ron’s parents, Leo and Joyce, were also involved in the fire hall a generation ago.
“I live in Hubbards now,” says Maureen. “But, I was born and raised in Black Point.”
Shown above: Ethel Marshall, Janene McIsaac, Jayne Fryday and Colleen Johnson.
From far left: Kathy Bruce, Linda Swim, Audrey Doucette and Renee Staples.
“Because it’s March Break I was hoping we’d get more of our young program participants to volunteer for the toonie count,” says Nancy Webber, mentoring coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters. “Then again, because it’s March Break they typically have other plans!” Still we were happy to have Ingrid Helmke join us. She is a volunteer in the Big Bunch program at Sir John A, whereby high school student mentors (grades 10-12), are matched with elementary age children (grades three to six). Her mom, Ellen Helmke, joined in the fun as well—Ellen owns Otis & Clementine’s Books and Coffee, one of the retailers that hosts a chest where you can play your toonie.
From far left: Bernadette Fegan, Nancy Webber, Ellen Helmke and Ingrid Helmke.
From far left: Moe Morash, Kim Boutilier, Holly Jean, Daphne DeMond-Rose.
From far left: Roma Kennedy, Pat Lade, Shirley Conrad, Stephen Lade.
“We are building resiliency for a world that’s in transition,” says co-founder David Wimberly, shown third from left, opposite. “There’s climate change, an economy that’s artificially supported, energy challenges, food insecurity…. Transition Bay builds skills that make life more creative and satisfying now, and offer community resiliency for what’s potentially on the horizon.”
For example, says Wimberly, a master flute maker also trained as an ecologist, you might build a house that’s energy efficient, but you could also make it adaptive if, say, there’s no electricity for several days after a storm. “We offer what we call upskilling: presenting the basics of skills that people used to know, such as how to keep chickens, sharpen knives, cook a pot of beans, keep bees, maintain a bicycle.”
“At a community level, we’re re-localizing services and resources upon which to build a promising future together. The activities lower costs and make us feel secure in our homes… as opposed to staring at the Stock Market all the time.”
Transition Bay is part of a larger, worldwide network of transition groups, started in England in 2005; Wimberly says part of his group’s mandate is to foster interest in the movement beyond the Bay throughout Atlantic Canada. There are approximately 1,000 people on its email list, and events held at the library frequently reach a capacity of 100 people.
Bay Treasure Chest funds help support the group’s local activities, such as the Transition Bay Garden, located at the Crossroads – demonstrating home gardener techniques for food production in raised beds – which last year donated more than 650 pounds of vegetables to the SMB Food Bank.
For more information about Transition Bay St Margarets please visit transitionbay.ca
Shown above, from left: Sarah Morgan, Judy Keating, David Wimberly and Richard Learning
March 18, 2:30-4:30 pm
The Climate Change Movement in Atlantic Canada
Tantallon Public Library, 3646 Hammonds Plains Road
April 15, 2:15-4:30 pm
Seedopolis: Everything you Need to Know About Seeds & Seed Libraries
Tantallon Public Library
May 5, 1-4 pm
Crossroads Educational Vegetable Garden – 2018 Spring Planting
St. Margarets Bay Crossroads, 5209 St. Margarets Bay Road
Since its launch in 2011, the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts has grown from a dream into a full-fledged coastal celebration of local artistic talent; its main focus is St. Margaret’s Bay with its iconic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, but it also includes other bays, harbours and coves such as Prospect Bay, Shad Bay, Head Harbour, Hubbards Cove and Mahone Bay.
Festival 2018 opens on the evening of Wednesday, July 4th at Shining Waters Marina, featuring live music, refreshments, a silent auction of art and craft works, demonstrations by artists and artisans creating works in a variety of media, and a “Community Canvas,” created by attendees.
This year’s festival has two highlights: the Studio Tour (July 6-8), where more than 60 studio artists, galleries and art groups welcome visitors through their doors. This is a unique opportunity to meet and interact with painters, potters, sculptors, wood and glass workers and jewellery artists at work in their studios.
The final activity (July 14-16) is a three-day plein air painting event,with 35 artists participating, in the village of Peggy’s Cove. Artworks produced will be offered for sale in a large Mongolian yurt located a short walk from the lighthouse. There will also be demonstrations by local artisans and a children’s art tent, offering a variety of free creative activities.
For more information please visit peggyscoveareafestivalofthearts.com
Shown above, from left: Daphne Trenaman, Beth Mathews, Wendy Madore and Jerry Walsh
A group of high school and elementary school youth from St. Margaret’s Bay area recently went into town to go skating at the Oval. “One of our programs is called Big Bunch, whereby high school student mentors (grades 10-12), are matched with elementary age children (grades three to six) on our waiting list throughout the school year,” says Nancy Webber, BBBS mentoring coordinator. “All activities are done as a group about once every two weeks, under the guidance of an adult mentor.
The program has been running for 21 years at Sir John A.
“The young ones learn how to interact socially, while the teenagers have the opportunity to interact with children — maybe that’s something they decide to do in a career — to learn leadership skills, and include that involvement on a university or scholarship application.”
There’s also a community-based program in St Margaret’s Bay, whereby youth apply to have a one-on-one mentor.
“We hope to have more in-school mentoring in the St. Margaret’s Bay area as well,” says Webber. “The hope is to grow that program — it’s quite active in the city — where a community-based or in-school mentor would go to the school and spend an hour a week, one to one, with a child in his or her school.
If you or you know of anyone who would like to be involved in a Big Brothers program, please contact Nancy Webber, 902-701-4841 or email@example.com
Shown above: Bernadette Fegan, Nancy Webber, Tammy Hodge and Carol Rowland
Honorarium funds will be used towards the cost of running our district camp in June, says Girl Guides of Canada deputy district commissioner Megan Boyko. “For example tent purchase, tent repairs, lifeguard fees.” This camp is attended by approximately 130 girls from the St. Margaret’s Bay area.
Left (l to r): Dolores Boutilier, Angie Kinley, Melissa Murray, Melanie Deviller
For Linda Swim, fundraising for St. Margaret’s Bay & Area Association for Community Living — this week’s honorarium recipient — is personal. She started the group in 1987, she says, because there were no community programs in the Bay area for her daughter, Debbie, and other people who were mentally challenged or developmentally delayed. “Debbie left school at 21,” says Linda. “And then what?”
The association offers two programs per week: Tuesday morning there’s life skills training at St. Luke’s Church; on Thursday morning there’s an exercise class, crafts or games and lunch in the community room at Superstore. In summer there are outings.
Anyone can be a member for $5/year. If you pay an additional $20/year you can participate in the programs. Currently four or five people attend the Tuesday program; the Thurs group also includes six students from Sir John A. Ages range from 15 to 75.
“Some have autism or epilepsy; some are more high functioning than others,” notes Linda, who is the St. Margaret’s Bay Branch Director for Nova Scotia Association for Community Living, a province-wide, not-for-profit association of people with intellectual disabilities, families, and others. (When asked if she has a background in social work her quick response is, “No. I am a mother.)
“We pay for the instructors but everyone else is a volunteer. Otherwise the money goes towards room rentals, insurance, program supplies, things like that. We don’t qualify for a lot of funding because we don’t actually have a building,” Linda says.
“Our annual budget is $22,000; each program runs about $10,000. We have one fundraiser per year where we make about $13,000 in personal fundraising and corporate donations.
Debbie, now 55, likes the social aspects of the programs; interacting with others, says Linda. “And still, as far as I know, there’s no one else doing what we’re doing in the Bay.”
“I didn’t want Debbie to go to Bedford or Sackville or Halifax. I wanted her to stay in our community. I still do.”
For more information about St. Margaret’s Bay & Area Association for Community Living, please contact Linda Swim at 902-826-7328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shown above, from left: Sue Channer, Linda Swim, Joyce Dagley, Renee Staples.
“Our mandate/objectives are to foster, promote and encourage good sportsmanship, social development, work ethic and volunteerism of youth through performing arts,” says Nina Reddick, association director. “We also want to provide a representative body that brings together diverse individuals interested in the development and pursuit of dance education and opportunities for youth.”
The $500 honorarium funds will be used towards the cost of providing workshop/performance opportunities for youth, adds Nina. The association is based in Timberlea.
Shown above (l to r): Rhonda Fancy, Lori Lunney and Nina Reddick. Missing from the photo is Sean McCarthy.
The Schoolhouse Rug Hookers meet twice a month at the Bay Community Centre, from September to June.
The group had a significant drop in membership in 2016 following the passing of several of its core members, and the movement of others out of the Bay area. Through the efforts of new leadership and generous donations of both time and supplies by members, free introductory lessons (including materials) were started to attract new potential members, allowing beginners to try the craft before purchasing their own equipment.
This initiative has doubled the membership and at the same time created a storage issue, whereby three members were carrying the group supplies in very large totes back and forth to each meeting.
The $500 honorarium will allow for the purchase of a lockable storage cabinet so group materials can be kept on site, as well as the purchase of hooking equipment (e.g., hooks and hoops) for beginners to use.
Shown above (l to r): Patsy Gorveatte, Celia Charlton, Judy Sadler, Lorna Ash.
Shown left (l to r): Lydia Boutilier, Reg Sollows, Margot Fraser.
Not shown is Richard Feetham, who wanted to keep counting
toonies when the photo was taken.
“The $500 will be put to good use,” says SMBG Club volunteer Heather Wood. “Gardeners are very frugal!” Some of the activities members take on are plant sales, garden tours and workshops, as well as maintaining the gardens both at Upper Tantallon Crossroads and at Hubbards Barn, for all to enjoy. The group is always looking for new members, notes Heather.
Left (from l to r): Dianne Giffin-Boudreau,
Gerry Thibeau, Heather Wood, Carole Ross.
Funds will pay for treatments that some of the rescued animals require, such as recent surgeries to fix the cleft palates of two puppies who would otherwise have been euthanized.
Left (from l to r): Charlotte Edwards, Kelly
Mattinson, Jennifer Schofield, Amanda Lutz.
Left (from l to r): Roma Kennedy, Juanita Stevens,
Louise Sullivan, Glenn Stevens.
Left (from l to r): Nancy Gilbert, Darrell
Blakney, Linda Swim, and Renee Staples
Funds will help with the oral history project, whereby seniors in the community are interviewed about past life in Hammonds Plains. The next step is to provide funding to edit the videos.
Left (from l to r): Ruby Haverstock,
Dave Haverstock, Ruth Haverstock,
Left (from l to r): Reg Sollows, Margot Fraser,
Carlos DeCarvalho, Lydia Boutlier
Funds help with the cost of running the Life Skills program held at St. Luke’s United Church Community Hall and an Art and Exercise Program held at the Community Room at Tantallon Superstore for persons in St. Margaret’s Bay who have an intellectual disability.
Funds are used to buy food for clients.
Left (from l to r): Pat Lade, Shirley
Conrad, Stephen Lade and Gwen
Funds are used to support festival events; expenses include advertisements, road signs, promotional print materials, facility rentals and supplies.
Left (from l to r): Steve Belding, Sue Belding,
Daphne Trenaman, Connie Ivany.
Honorarium funds will go towards an overhaul of equipment and new sails.
Left (from l to r): Susan Swan, Meg Harris,
Ray Mattholie and Sarah Kirby.
The group will use its $500 honorarium to support training activities.
Left (from l to r): Lisa McElman, Andy Clarke,
Julie Clarke and Judy Romans Hebb.
Honorarium funds are used to provide medical assistance equipment (wheel chairs, lift chairs, crutches) to those in need in St. Margaret’s Bay.
Left (from l to r): Peter Lund, Margot Fraser
and Reg Sollows.
Honorarium funds will be used to support the World Tuna Flat Races, a part of Hubbards’ heritage for 35 years. Boats are getting old; some need repairs or to be replaced.
Left (from l to r): Marsha Wilson, Greg Simms,
Darrell Blakney and Ruth Ann Blakney.
ONE SMB is a group of St. Margaret’s Bay non-profit organizations and local small businesses collaborating to build a prosperous future for the residents of SMB. Honorarium funds will be used to assist building a SMB brand and community portal website, which will introduce local residents and visitors to events, recreational opportunities, volunteer groups and other resources and services available in the community.
Honorarium funds will be used to support mentoring programs for youth, which can have a lifelong impact for not only the young people involved, but their families and communities too.
Left (from l to r): Maddy Kiesekamp, Mitchell Aguinaga,
Owen Piercey, Anne-Marie Evans.
Roots and Boots used their funds for outdoor programming with children in the community. They purchased supplies for making nature crafts, tools to teach skills, and healthy snacks for the Forest School recreational program—all helping to launch this not-for-profit group that connects kids to nature in St. Margaret’s Bay. Find out more about Roots and Boots online.
Left: S. Pelton and Kellie Allen accept the
$500 cheque for Roots and Boots
Forest School Society.
Representing the Hubbards and Area Business Association (L to R): Lori Dale, Sarah Parsons, and Maureen Moore
The Hubbards and Area Business Association volunteer group will use their $500 honorarium for the Hubbards Community Garden beautification project, and providing free education for people seeking employment.
Representing the Through the Years Community Centre Daycare group (L to R): Mary Ellen Shatford, Dawn Coffin, Carol Coolen, and Gladys Shatford accept their Treasure Chest honorarium cheque.
The Through the Years Community Centre Daycare group will use their $500 honorarium to purchase new bicycles and tricycles for the children to ride around in their court space.
Representing the Three Brooks Homeowners Association: Beth Rogers (L), Heidi Clough (C) and Tim McClare (R) accept their Treasure Chest honorarium cheque. Three Brooks volunteer Laura Johnston also assisted.
The Three Brooks homeowners group will use their $500 honorarium to repair and upgrade a community playground to create a natural setting for young children to explore and develop.
Representing the SMB Lions Club: Reg Sollows (L) and Margot Fraser accept the honorarium cheque from BTC volunteer Harry Ward (R). Lions members Lydia Boutilier and Richard Fetham also assisted.
The Lions Club will use the $500 honorarium to support their free medical equipment lending service (e.g. crutches, hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, etc.) and other programs supporting local residents.
Representing the SMB Gardening Club (L to R):Diane Giffin-Boudreau, Gerry Thibeau, Carole Ross, and Heather Wood
The Gardening Club will use the $500 honorarium to buy plants and maintain the Crossroads Garden. The Gardening Club also holds garden tours and workshops in the local area.
Representing the Bay Refugee Program (L to R): Shaza Zayood, Gail Kelly, and Lynn Whyte
Funds from the $500 honorarium will go toward driving lessons for the refugee families and dental care.
Tantallon Village Farmers Market represented by Cam Farnell (L) and Nora Clohossey (R).
The Tantallon Village Farmers Market is a non-profit organization that will use the $500 honorarium to acquire tents, tables, signage, and other supplies as well as contributing to the insurance and fees required to operate the market. See www.TantallonVillageFarmersMarket.ca for more information.
BTC Volunteer Lynn Coward (L) presenting a $500 honorarium cheque to SMB Girl Guides represented by (L to R) Marie Cron, Angie Kinley, Natalie McRae, and Holly Jean.
Each year St. Margaret’s Bay Girl Guides offer a district wide camp for all girls and guiders. Last year the camp was attended by 180 girls and guiders. This is a 2 night night camp, where everyone enjoys games, crafts, hiking, swimming and having fun. The approximate cost of the camp last year was $8,600 and any funds received from BTC would be used to fund this camp.
1st St. Margaret’s Scouters represented by (L to R): Mike Smith, Catherine Higginson, Heather and George de Berdt Romilly.
The Scouters provide a variety of activities that help the members develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals that are better prepared for success in the World. Through the Scouts program the members have a lot of fun discovering new things and experiences they would not have elsewhere. The $500 honorarium will allow for the purchase of much needed equipment to undertake outings, focus on skills building, and to undertake camping trips to Scout Island (located in the Bay).
The Association Volunteers were represented by: (L to R) Ann Marie Griswold, Lesley Publicover, Lorie-Ann Mills, and Marg MacGrath
The $500 honorarium will be used to help bus children to after-school water safety and swimming classes to help keep children safe in their seaside community.
The Bay Chorale was represented by: (L to R) Janice Topp, Susan Morse, Alison Bell, and Anne Connors Lorriman.
The Bay Chorale will use the $500 honorarium to offer bursaries to any choir member who may be unable to pay choir fees, and to hire young musicians to play at the 10th anniversary concert in December.
The Bay Refugee group was represented by: (L to R) Jack Lansing, Jeanne Clough, Beverly Carlsen, Najdat Barbar and Tabitha Bainbridge.
The Bay Refugee group will use their $500 honorarium to assist 6 adults from the three St. Margaret’s Bay Syrian refugee families to receive safe driver training from a licenced driver training school
Transition Bay was represented by (L to R): Anne Angus, Bob Angus, Kelly Schnare, and Robert Cervelli
Transition Bay sponsors a number of workshops throughout the year. Monies received from BTCA will be used toward the purchase of materials.
The 250 Vimy Air Cadets were represented by (L to R) Colin Bond, Pamela Lovelace, Raegan Obirek, and Colleen Bennett
The Vimy Air Cadets plan to use the $500 to support the activities of the 90+ cadets as a part of their leadership program. In particular to fund a workshop for senior cadets to include mentorship and instructional techniques.
Norman Picton, Chair, Bay Treasure Chest presenting $500 cheque to Peggy’s Cove Festival of the Arts represented by (L to R) Suzanne Day, Margaret Jones Callahan, Mary Lynne MacKay, and Sue George
The PCAFA plans to use their $500 to help support Festival events.
The St Margaret Sailing Club was represented by: Front row (L to R): Megan Harris and Commodore Sarah Kirby, Back row (L to R): Peter Gregson, Hugh Roddis, and Chris Pelham
The Sailing Club will use the $500 honorarium to service boats, sails, lines and dollies, etc. for their Junior Sail training programs.
The Sea Cadets with their $500 honorarium cheque. Represented by (L to R) Daphne Demond-Rose, Joselle Barrington, Holly Jean and Mike Chiola
St. Margarets Bay Sea Cadets will be using the $500 honorarium to help support the cadet’s activities.
Norman Picton (L), Chair of Bay Treasure Chest Association presenting a $500 honorarium cheque to the SMB Food Bank represented by (L to R) Louise Sullivan, Gwen Christie, Roma Kennedy,and Donna Vienneau
St. Margarets Bay Food Bank will be using the $500 honorarium to offset the increasing cost of food as their client numbers are continuing to rise.
(Text from a recent letter) “On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of the St. Margaret’s Food Bank, I wish to express our sincere thanks for the Food Bank being accepted as an applicant to the Honorarium Program of the Bay Treasure Chest Association. Enclosed is an unofficial receipt for $500.00 received in October from our first visit to the Program. We are so very grateful, as receiving cash permits us to keep the Food Bank running successfully, as well as being able to purchase food and other items which are needed but not always donated. This year we have noticed an increase in the number of clients needing assistance and such a generous monetary donation will help tremendously. Please express our thanks to all members of the Association. Yours sincerely, Gwen Christie, Secretary”
Susan Picton (L), Bay Treasure Chest Community Volunteer Coordinator, presenting cheque to the SMB Association of Community Living represented by (L to R) Pat Swim, Nancy Gilbert, Linda Swim, and Audrey Doucette.
Bay Treasure Chest Association kicks off its Volunteer Honorarium Program with the SMB Association for Community Living!
The non-profit organization plans to use their funds to help with the cost of running life skills, dining, art, and exercise programs for persons in St. Margaret’s Bay who have an intellectual disability.
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