2021 East Hants Municipal Volunteer Recognition

Each year we recognize and celebrate very important resources in our communities, volunteers. They have voluntarily chosen to undertake a service or duty, making a difference for our communities. Whether it is providing a beautiful community to live in, keeping our culture and history alive, providing safety and protection, coaching a sports team, mentoring youth or helping a friend or neighbour, they have made a difference.

Fire Fighter Municipal Long Service Awards:

Volunteer Fire Departments may nominate a fire services member for a Canadian Volunteer Fire Service Association Municipal Long Service Award medal for 30 years of Service and additionally long-service bars for 35, 40 and 45 years of service.  There is also a 50 year medal available.


2021 Recipients:

Lawrence Colbert Enfield Volunteer Fire Department 30 Years
David Barkhouse Milford & District Volunteer Fire Department 30 Years
Herbert Romkey Milford & District Volunteer Fire Department 35 Years
Kevin MacLellan Milford & District Volunteer Fire Department 35 Years
Wayne Barchard Enfield Volunteer Fire Department 35 Years
Cecil Dixon Enfield Volunteer Fire Department 40 Years
John Kingston Uniacke & District Volunteer Fire Department 45 Years
Ralph Wardrope Milford & District VolunteerFire Department 45 Years
Earl Isenor Lantz Volunteer Fire Department 50 Years
Ron Hanrahan Lantz Volunteer Fire Department 50 Years
Francis Ledwidge Enfield Volunteer Fire Department 50 Years

Thank you for providing your service and all you do for our communities!


2021 Shining Star Awards:

Please join us in celebrating this year’s Shining Star Awards which are bestowed upon individuals who give their time and talents freely to the benefit of the residents of the Municipality of East Hants.


Debbie Fleury

Debbie took on an incredibly important role with East Hants Minor Hockey this year.  Hockey Nova Scotia required each club to have a Safety Officer under their Rebound Plan.  COVID-19 affected everyone, but in a hockey season full of questions, changes, protocols, and restrictions Debbie has stepped up as a champion in this role.  Debbie has volunteered countless hours for trainings, meetings and communication, along with the coordination of 20 individual team safety reps.  As her nominator put it: “No Safety Officer, no minor hockey”.  Over 350 kids have had a hockey season because of Debbie’s dedication to keep players, coaches, and fans safe.  Thank you Debbie for volunteering!

David Hamilton 

David was nominated by Hants North Baseball and Hants North Recreation & Development Associations. For 3 years, David has volunteered in Findley Park helping with maintenance of the park, the trails, and the equipment.  In the summer months he supervises the student employees and covers off the rest of the year.  From garbage collection to flooding the ice surface he takes care of this park and checks in daily, so community members can enjoy the park’s assets to their fullest potential.  Thank you David for your valuable contribution to the community!



Allie Kell

Allie has been very involved in her community since she joined the local Uniacke Cadet’s Corps when she was 12 years old.  She volunteers for various events in the community such as the Uniacke Legion monthly brunch, weekly bingo and assists with the yearly Poppy Campaign by manning poppy locations and assisting with the Remembrance Day service.  Allie also donates her time to the Uniacke Wish Givers events by helping with dinner and the childrens’ activities.  Allie is now at university but still volunteers her time even with her studies and her part-time job.  Thank you Allie for caring and giving back to your community!



Glenda Kent

Glenda is a valued member of the Home and School Committee at Rawdon District School.  You can find her reaching out to the community for donations, fundraising to provide fun activities for students such as the holiday turkey dinner, or giving her time to help paint the school.  She has a huge heart, creativity and 100 per cent focus on helping make decisions to achieve goals, stay within budget and most importantly, create fun and great memories for the students and staff. Glenda also volunteers with the Relay for Life event and Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation annual fundraiser.  Thanks Glenda – we are lucky to have you as a part of our community.

Shona Lake

Shona was nominated by the Mount Uniacke Girl Guide community for the 21 years of service she has given especially the past year lending her time, patience, organizational skills, and bookkeeping know-how to help leaders, Guides, and their families navigate the at-times confusing paths of Guiding.  Shona took the lead and helped all units in the Carter District make the transition to a new finance system and she also arranged and led a Girl Guide trip to India.  Shona inspires her Guides in Mount Uniacke to look beyond what they believe is possible and leads by example.  Thank you, Shona, for being a great role model in our community.


Norma MacIntyre

Norma has been volunteering in her community for many years. She started in her childrens’ schools as a chaperone for many activities and was the founder of the Elmsdale School craft sale.  She is a valuable member of the HEART Society and provided support in times when the group was in need and spends time in assisting the families.   Norma also volunteers her time as the school liaison with the Caring and Sharing Foodbank helping with their Christmas program and was co-founder of the Angel Tree for Adult Angels program.  She works very hard to make sure everyone is provided for.  In addition, she is also a dedicated volunteer with the East Hants Family Resource Centre.  Thank you Norma for giving your time to so many great organizations in our communities.

Arie Oosterom

Arie is a local business owner in the community of Rawdon and always goes over and above to assist community volunteer organizations in any way he can help.  He has assisted in many fundraising events and activities by supplying prizes, food, gift certificates and providing a place for groups to sell tickets and promote events.  The community would like to recognize him for the continuous support he provides the volunteer organizations such as the fire departments, schools and others in the area.  Thank you Arie for helping make your community a great place to live!


Diana Stead

Diana has been volunteering for numerous groups in the community for the past 10 years.   When Diana accepts a role, she does it wholeheartedly.   Her service on the Student Advisory Council (SAC) and Home and School shows her commitment to education and the importance of making it the best possible experience for not only her children, but all children.  Diana gives her time to the local Girl Guide group in Enfield by planning meetings and bringing in members of the community who are powerful role models for the girls. She has also given time to the East Hants Family Resource Centre and East Hants Havoc Basketball.  Thank you Diana for making a difference in our communities.


Eric & Janet Sullivan

Eric and Janet have given countless hours volunteering with the Nine Mile River Trails Association to help improve and upgrade the trails.  Eric has been the trail maintenance leader for the past 4 years. He organizes all of the work days on the trail, prioritizes work and keeps the association aware of any potential issues that need to be addressed.  Janet has been the association’s secretary for the past 3 years. She spends a lot of time doing admin tasks but the bulk of her volunteer time is still spent working on the trail with Eric.  They spent almost every weekend in 2020 during COVID times working on the trails.  The impact this work has had on trail users is remarkable.  Thank you, Eric and Janet, for contributing your time and efforts on a great asset for our community.

Wayne Whalen

Wayne has been a principal member at the Milford Recreation Association since 1980.  He dedicates much of his time to volunteering at events by being an integral part of MRA’s fundraising activities such as dances, weddings and other events. He arranges all of the necessary staff to serve guests when they attend functions at the MRA.  Wayne has also donated countless hours by keeping the hall operational and overseeing infrastructure needs by donating time to repair and improve electrical systems, installing new equipment and general needed repairs in the building and on the grounds. Thank you Wayne for your commitment and dedication!

Katie Wootton

Katie has been volunteering her time with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) East Hants for 11 years.  She is always willing to help with whatever needs to be done such as road checks with the RCMP, road tolls, and selling tickets – always with a smile on her face.  No task is too big for her to take on.  Katie also volunteers on the East Hants Family Resource Centre’s board of directors.  Thank you Katie for your dedication and time you give to our communities!




Model Volunteer Award:

The Model Volunteer Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies extraordinary caring and commitment through volunteering their time and expertise on several projects to help make their community a better place in which to live.   The award is based on the evaluation of the overall impact their contributions have had on their community.

The recipient of this award will represent the Municipality of East Hants at the 2022 Provincial Awards Ceremony hosted by the province of Nova Scotia.  All of our volunteer nominees were considered for this award.

The recipient of the 2021 Municipality of East Hants Model Volunteer of the Year is:

Norma MacIntyre

Norma was presented with her Model Volunteer award by Councillor Norval Mitchell (pictured below). Congratulations and thank you Norma!

Congratulations to all of our 2021 recipients, you definitely make East Hants a great place to work, live and play!