Celebrating Communities Conference Winners Announced

Economic and Rural Development

Published Friday, September 25, 2009

Six winners from Cape Breton to Clare are celebrating their innovative collaboration and success after the three-day Celebrating Communities Conference and Awards in Truro.

The three-day conference hosted delegates representing more than 200 community organizations, advocacy groups, post-secondary institutions, governments and the private sector, gathered to discuss the best in community development.


Congratulations to all the award nominees and to the winners who certainly demonstrate the flavour of community excellence. I am very proud of these achievements and trust that they will inspire similar innovation and collaboration in communities across the province. It is only by working together that we can achieve our vision.” Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development

This conference is a showcase for all the excellent community economic development work being done in this province. I congratulate all the award winners and finalists for their vision and dedication. The individuals who are being recognized this evening are contributing to the long-term economic prosperity of Nova Scotia and Canada, just as our government is doing with the Economic Action Plan.” Peter MacKay, National Defence Minister

We are pleased to be celebrating so much success here in Truro-Colchester Region. The award winners, and every finalist too, have such great stories of inspiration, determination and accomplishment - my congratulations is extended to all of them.” Jo Ann Fewer, Executive Director, Colchester Regional Development Agency

There are challenges everyday, but you get through them. Winning this award is so great for these students.” Gerard, Livingstone, Unama'ki Student Firewood

Award Winners

  • Client Service Excellence, New Ross Family Resource Centre.
  • Excellence in Collaboration, the Community of St. Andrews.
  • Excellence in Community Development, Caisse Populaire de Clare.
  • Outstanding Volunteer Achievement, Murray Hill.
  • Excellence in Youth Leadership, Eastern Communities Youth Association, Youth Council.
  • Innovation In Community Development, Unama'ki Student Firewood.

Quick Facts

  • There were 37 finalists for the 2009 Celebrating Communities awards.
  • The awards were the highlight of a three-day conference dedicated to sharing the community development best practices.
  • This year, Truro hosted the conference and awards show for the first time.
  • Videos of all 18 finalist were shown at the awards presentation for the first time and can be viewed on Celebrating Communities' website.

Learn More

Media Contacts

Heather Deighan
Economic and Rural Development
Cell: 902-219-1507
Alan Johnson
Colchester Regional Development Agency


Gerard Livingstone (right) and his company partners from Unama'ki Student Firewood accept the Innovation in Community Development Award at the Celebrating Communities event in Truro.
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Murray Hill of Pictou County holds his Outstanding Volunteer Achievement.
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Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis speaks to the audience during the Celebrating Communities event in Truro.
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Danielle Bond (left) and Jenna Myatt, of the Eastern Communities Youth Association Youth Council in Canso, hold the Excellence in Youth Leadership Award at the Celebrating Communities event in Truro.
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CBC-TV news anchor Ian Hanomansing serves as master of ceremonies at the Celebrating Communities award ceremony.
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Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis talks about "kindred spirits" at the awards ceremony.
Awards show master of ceremonies Ian Hanomansing talks about diversity.
Anne Perigo presents the Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award to Murray Hill.
Ian Thompson presents the Excellence in Community Development Award to Paul-Emile Leblanc of Caisse Populaire de Clare.
Peter Hogan presents the Innovation In Community Development Award to Gerard Livingstone and his company partners from Unama'ki Student Firewood.