Municipality of the County of Inverness
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Inverness County to Celebrate Volunteers in May

INVERNESS COUNTY, N.S. – The Municipality of the County of Inverness is calling for residents to nominate dedicated volunteers that deserve recognition during its annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to take place on May 13th, 2020.

Organizations and individuals are encouraged to nominate deserving volunteers who have made a significant impact in service of their community this past year. The early-bird deadline for nominations is February 21st, but nominations are accepted until April 24th. Names of all early-bird nominees will be put in a draw to have a chance to represent Inverness County at the Provincial Volunteer Recognition Ceremony in Halifax on April 27th, 2020.

“Every community across the County has seen volunteers accomplish some extraordinary work this year,” said Betty Ann MacQuarrie, Warden of the Municipality of the County of Inverness. “From selflessly helping others in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, to organizing countless festivals and events that draw visitors from around the globe and everything in between, volunteers make Inverness County such a great place to live.”

55 volunteers were recognized last year, and the Municipality hopes to celebrate as many or more in 2020. To nominate someone today, visit https://invernesscounty.ca/eservices/forms-a-z/ or contact Lisa Organ at lisa.organ@invernesscounty.ca.

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Inverness County Partners Receive Rick Hansen Difference Maker Award

Photo: Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11th, 2019

Inverness County Partners Receive Rick Hansen Difference Maker Award

TRURO, N.S. – During the 2019 Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities Spring Conference, the Municipality of the County of Inverness was awarded the Rick Hansen Difference Maker Award, presented in person by Rick Hansen.

The Inverness Development Association (IDA) and the Inverness Accessibility Committee in partnership with the Municipality of the County of Inverness and the community of Inverness as a whole, has been recognized nationally for its work in making the popular Inverness Beach more accessible, by building ramps, washrooms and parking spaces, installing mats along the beach, and making two beach-friendly wheelchairs available to visitors along with floating chairs that allow people to go in the water safely.

The Rick Hansen Difference Maker Award acknowledges everyday people, organizations or communities who accomplish extraordinary things. They make positive change and a difference in the lives of others. Their efforts change the world, one good turn at a time. The recipient(s) could be anyone in the community who has removed a barrier, shown great courage and determination, and who has made a difference in their community. In doing so, the recipient(s) have demonstrated leadership, determination, courage and teamwork.

The Municipality of the County of Inverness was nominated for the Rick Hansen Difference Maker Award by Gerry Post, Executive Director of Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Directorate for the development of the most accessible beach in Atlantic Canada.

“This is a great honour for the Municipality of the County of Inverness and the community of Inverness,” said District 2 Councillor Laurie Cranton, who accepted the award on behalf of the working group who coordinated the project, and who was also recently named chair of the Province of Nova Scotia’s Built Environment Standard Development Committee, which will focus on the accessibility of buildings and public spaces. “This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of people like Councillor Jim Mustard, the Inverness Accessibility Chair Callum MacQuarrie, and the innumerable volunteers and supporters of this project. This is something everyone in Inverness and in the County can be proud of.”

“NSFM is proud to highlight the accomplishments of our members and their community partners,” said Waye Mason, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities and Halifax City Councillor. “The Municipality of the County of Inverness exemplifies the great work Nova Scotia municipalities are doing across the province to meet the needs of our citizens. They are one of three municipalities to have been awarded the Rick Hansen Difference Maker Award at the NSFM conference in May. Halifax Regional Municipality and the Town of Wolfville joined the Municipality of the County of Inverness in being recognized as leaders across the province on accessibility and inclusion for all our Nova Scotians.”

The Municipality of the County of Inverness wishes to extend sincere congratulations to all those involved in the Inverness Beach Accessibility project and for being an accessibility leader of in Nova Scotia.

 

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Contact:

Karolyn Aucoin

Communications and Community Engagement Specialist / Spécialiste en communications et engagement communautaire

Municipality of the County of Inverness / Municipalité du Comté d’Inverness

375 Main Street, Port Hood, NS  B0E 2W0

Ph: 902.787.3519

karolyn.aucoin@invernesscounty.ca

 

Municipality OHS Specialist Erin Gillis Wins Safety Award

 

Safety award honourees including Municipality OHS Specialist Erin Gillis (far right) at the 2019 Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium. Photo: Cape Breton Partnership

SYDNEY, N.S. – On May 15th, 2019, the Cape Breton Partnership in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia welcomed over 200 delegates from all over Cape Breton Island to Cape Breton University in Sydney for the 7th annual Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium. Among the delegates was Municipality of the County of Inverness Occupational Health and Safety Specialist Erin Gillis.

Originally from Southwest Margaree, Erin has worked for several large-scale manufacturing firms in Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia, before returning to her roots and joining the Municipality of the County of Inverness team in 2018. Her dedication to ensuring the health and safety of her Municipal colleagues earned her the Engagement Ally Award at the 2019 Safety First in Cape Breton Awards. It also represents the first Safety First in Cape Breton award merited by a Municipality or an employee of a Municipality.

The Engagement Ally Award is given to ‘training providers or OH&S managers who have done a superior job educating clients or employees about the importance of creating a positive workplace health and safety culture [and] have created a culture where people feel valued, respected, and satisfied in their jobs while working in a safe and healthy environment’ (Safety First Cape Breton, 2019).

“Ms. Gillis embodies all these qualities and more,” said Keith MacDonald, CAO of the Municipality of the County of Inverness. “The occupational health and safety of team members is a priority at the Municipality of the County of Inverness, and the Municipality is proud to have a leader like Ms. Gillis on the team and wishes to congratulate her on being honoured with this well-deserved award.”

“The Cape Breton Partnership is very proud of the Safety First in Cape Breton Award winners, especially the Municipality of the County of Inverness’ own Erin Gillis,” said Carla Arsenault, President and CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership. “Though Ms. Gillis is at the beginning of her work in establishing inverness County as a standard in Municipal workplace health and safety, her dedication and passion for safety were noted in two separate nominations in support of this well-earned recognition. On behalf of the Cape Breton Partnership, and our partners at the Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, I wish to again congratulate Ms. Gillis and the Municipality on this award.”

The Cape Breton Partnership is Cape Breton-Unama’ki’s private sector-led economic development organization, and can be found at www.capebretonpartnership.com. For more information on the Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium and the award winners, visit www.safetyfirstcapebreton.com.

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