Nova Scotia’s Community Spirit Award
Bound by shared heritage, values or geography, strong communities leave an indelible mark on the individuals within them. They contribute to the greater whole, they nurture, they foster belonging and they impact lives by creating adaptable citizens and raising inspiring leaders. Through both work and play, communities strengthen people and shape the places we call home.
In recognition of the significant role vibrant communities play in the lives of Nova Scotians, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor is proud to oversee the Community Spirit Award. First introduced in 2008 by former Lieutenant Governor Mayann Francis, the award’s legacy continues today thanks to the direction of Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d).
As a long-time resident of rural Nova Scotia, Lieutenant Governor Grant has a special connection with those dedicated to preserving and enhancing life, particularly in medium and smaller towns and villages. Through the Community Spirit Award, His Honour aims to recognize the many unsung heroes of Nova Scotia that, collectively, make their community a great place to live.
Each year, up to four outstanding communities are selected as award recipients. These are communities that actively welcome new ideas and people into their public spaces and events. They engage and encourage their youth, while honouring the wisdom gained by their elders. They are resilient, healthy communities that deserve to be showcased as examples of what is possible in all parts of our province. Lieutenant Governor Grant hopes that the exceptional community spirit recognized by these awards will become an inspiration for others.
Any community is eligible for nomination and the submission process is open to all residents. Through a written response, nominators will convey the ways in which their community builds upon its unique strengths; demonstrate that the community has a high degree of citizen participation in a wide variety of projects; provide clear evidence of the community’s pride; and give examples of efforts made to create an enduring community.
In addition to a written entry, a nomination form is required to be completed. The form can be found on the Community Spirit Award webpage, along with the Award’s criteria and guidelines.
Winning entries will be honoured through celebration and recognition that best suits the community. It could be a picnic, regatta, concert, tea party, dinner or dance. Lieutenant Governor Grant will attend the festivities to present an original piece of Nova Scotian Crystal etched with a representation of each community’s story and there will be province-wide public recognition.