The Town of Wolfville began consultation on a master plan exercise for the East End Gateway in January 2018. The East End Gateway encompasses Willow Park trail connections, and the leased Nova Scotia Power land on the opposite side of Main Street. The master plan aims to create a sense of arrival and place, create a welcoming space for people entering the town via Main Street, improvements trail connections throughout the area, and creation of a public open space that reflects the unique landscape of Wolfville and surroundings.
Please have comments submitted by April 25 to be summarized for Council in the staff report. Hardcopies of the draft document can be requested at Town Hall.
Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC):
The Town of Wolfville has been appointed as a test pilot for developing an Accessibility Plan under the Accessibility Act, and as such, requires the help of volunteers to serve as part of an Accessibility Advisory Committee (ACC).
The Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) provides advice to Council on identifying, preventing and eliminating barriers to people with disabilities in municipal programs, services, initiatives and facilities. The Committee plays a pivotal role in helping the Town of Wolfville become a barrier-free community and ensuring obligations under An Act Respecting Accessibility in Nova Scotia (2017) are met.
At least one half of the members of the ACC must be persons with disabilities or representatives from organizations representing persons with disabilities.
Disability includes a physical, mental, intellectual, learning or sensory impairment, including an episodic disability; that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders an individual’s full and effective participation in society.
Applications are available online or can be picked up at Town Hall. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 at 4:30 pm and may be submitted by mail, in person or by email to:
Address: 359 Main St. Wolfville, NS B4P 1A1
Subject line: Accessibility Advisory Committee Volunteer
Nova Scotia’s new Accessibility Act has a goal of an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. In Fall 2018, the Minister of Justice will release a strategy and implementation plan for how we will achieve that goal.
The Accessibility Directorate is committed to ensuring that Nova Scotians are consulted in the development of this strategy. As one part of this consultation, the NS Accessibility Directorate has developed an online survey that seeks input from persons with disabilities, and those who provide services to persons with disabilities.
The purpose of the survey is to receive feedback regarding:
The Nova Scotia Accessibility Directorate is asking for your help to publicize this survey to persons with disabilities and those who provide services to persons with disabilities by sharing it with your contacts. We welcome you to share the information via email, your website, social media, or other communications channels.
Any questions about this survey, or requests to receive the questions or submit responses in an alternate format, can be directed to the Nova Scotia Accessibility Directorate (contact info below).
Thank you so much for helping to spread the word!
Nova Scotia Accessibility Directorate
Department of Justice
Phone: 902.424.8280 / 1-800.565.8280 (toll-free in NS)
TTY: 902.424.2667 / 1-877-996-9954 (toll-free in NS)
MLA Keith Irving read a Statement into the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, March 23, 2018 with regard to the Town of Wolfville's 125th Anniversay
View the Statement ( click link )
In reference to the budget approval, the CAO noted that “this is the second year that the Town has endeavoured to provide a comprehensive four-year budget and Operations Plan” and that “the 2018/22 Operations Plan will build on the successes and initiatives of the 2017/18 Fiscal Year and will ensure continued accountability and transparency related to operational activities”. The plan will be updated/amended annually during the budget process which will assist Council in prioritizing and planning various services intended to benefit the community. Council has once again managed to maintain and enhance its commitment to major infrastructure projects, while at the same time increasing the capacity for community infrastructure and programming. Key to this will be the celebrations throughout the year to mark the 125th anniversary of the Town’s incorporation.
The approved residential tax rate of $1.46 per $100 of assessment means that 89% of residential accounts will, on average, see an increase of 0.58% which is less than the 2017 cost of living increase of 1.1%. The majority of remaining accounts relate to new construction/major renovation. The operations budget continues, and in several areas enhances, Council priorities for the community. In 2018/19 the Town will:
The commercial tax rate of $3.57 per $100 leaves 50% of commercial accounts paying, on average, 2.56% less than previous year. Another 25% of accounts will see, on average, an increase of only 0.28%. Economic development continues to be a priority for Council and this year’s pan includes a number of projects/initiatives in support of this priority, including:
The Capital Budget continues Council’s focus on improving the basic street infrastructure as well as, community parks and amenities. Two residential streets are scheduled for infrastructure renewal; Gaspereau Avenue storm sewer upgrades, and Kent Avenue rebuild. Community Infrastructure projects include continued upgrades to Evangeline Park and year one of a multi-year enhancement to the East End Gateway. Year one of the East End Gateway includes expanding, milling and paving of the parking lot across from Willow Park. Overall, $3.48 million in capital projects are planned for 2018/19 as part of the Town’s ten year capital investment plan which totals over $34.03 million.
The complete 2018/19 Operations Plan will be available on the Town of Wolfville's website at www.wolfville.ca.
For Additional Information Contact:
Erin Beaudin, CAO
Mike MacLean, Director of Financial Services
As Nova Scotians, it is important to stay healthy and well. When we have a health concern, we visit our family practice. Our health needs are changing and family practice is changing too.
Collaborative family practice teams have doctors, nurse practitioners, family practice nurses and other health providers working together to provide primary care in communities.
We know that accessing a family doctor or nurse practitioner can be a challenge for some people. Nova Scotia Health Authority is creating more and strengthening existing collaborative family practice teams across the province to improve access to the primary care you need.
We would like to share more about collaborative family practice teams, hear your thoughts, and learn what we need to know to make these teams a success in Nova Scotia.
Please join us for a conversation about collaborative family practice teams on:
Please refer to the attached document and contact Wolfville Soccer Club directly!
The Town of Wolfville has embarked on a master plan exercise for East End Gateway, encompassing Willow Park trail connections, and the leased Nova Scotia Power land on the opposite side of Main Street. The master plan will aim to create a sense of arrival and place, create a welcoming space for people entering the town via Main Street, review and make recommendations regarding recreational uses of the site, improvements to trail connections throughout the area, and creation of a public open space that reflects the unique landscape of Wolfville and surroundings. The resulting design will provide the Town of Wolfville with a plan that can be implemented in stages over time.
The consultant for this project, Ekistics Plan + Design, has developed 2 high-level concept options for the site, which are available to view below. We are seeking your input on which concepts you prefer, what are your priorities for implementation, and what level of programming you feel is appropriate for Willow Park.
Concept 1 - Connecting with the Creek
Concept 2 - The Harvest
Judith was chosen as Wolfville's nominee for the Provincial Volunteer Awards Luncheon and Ceremony in April.
Judith has supported 14 Syrian refugees, and is helping work to bring a 15th refugee to Canada.
Her work with the Wolfville Refugee Support Network and the Wolfville Baptist Church have been very important to many lives. We wish Judith all the best at the Provincial Awards!
Join us on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Wolfville Farmers' Market to help celebrate some of our outstanding community volunteers.
All volunteer groups that operate in the Town of Wolfville (and ALL of their volunteers!) are welcome.
Enjoy a coffee, tea and snacks on us, and enjoy the company of the many volunteers that help make Wolfville a great place to live!
The Town will also announce our representative for the Provincial Volunteer Awards Luncheon and Ceremony.
The Eastern Kings Memorial (EKM) Health Foundation recently celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its Grants Program. The Trustees and Staff of the Foundation are proud to have served the 63 communities in the Eastern Kings catchment area since 1996.
The EKM Health Foundation is a charitable organization that funds health-related projects within Eastern Kings County.
The Foundation evolved from the closure in 1994 of the former Eastern Kings Memorial Hospital. Donations previously made to the former hospital were transferred to the Foundation with the intent that the income from these monies supports health-related projects in the local communities. The Foundation is directed by a volunteer Board consisting of 9 Trustees, along with an Administrative Assistant who manages the Office.
The EKM Health Foundation is pleased to accept donations, bequests, and other gifts. These gifts enable us to support healthier communities through giving. The Foundation also receives requests for financial support from various health-related organizations, funding projects through a bi-yearly grants program.
How does the EKM Health Foundation promote a healthier community?
The Foundation disburses approximately $150,000 annually to support:
Contact EKM Health Foundation
For further information, contact the Administrative Assistant at the Foundation Office at 902-542-2359, visit our Website at www.ekmhealthfoundation.ca, or check out our Facebook Page at EKM Health Foundation.