We love all the volunteers who work hard to make East Hants an awesome place to live, work and play! Our Community Development Coordinator is here to serve you.

East Hants Municipal Volunteer Recognition

Volunteers are the heartbeat of the community.  The strength and commitment that you and your fellow volunteers show in supporting our communities to become richer and stronger is important and second to none.

In past years, we have held a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony to honour our Shining Stars for all of their hard work and dedication. In light of concerns around the spread of Covid-19, the Municipality of East Hants is taking direction from public health and have decided to celebrate our volunteers in a different way than our usual event.

Visit the 2020 East Hants Municipal Volunteer Recognition page to meet our 2020 Shining Stars, Long Service Fire Fighters and Model Volunteer!

East Hants Volunteer Workshop Series

We are pleased to announce a new Networking Series for community groups and volunteers in East Hants.  Given current public health directives we will be doing online sessions this fall.

Fall 2020 Networking Series:

We want to offer community associations and their dedicated volunteers a chance to gather and discuss some key issues, learn from each other, and ask questions.  Join Jo Swinemer, Community Development Coordinator, at the following virtual sessions:

(registration required; meeting link will be sent prior to the session)

October 27th – Volunteer Recruitment & Retention

  • Join us as we discuss current trends (and limitations) in the volunteer world.  How do you find new volunteers?  How do you keep them?  Share your ideas, learn from others, and pose some questions to the group!

November 16th – All Things Insurance

  • Do you know what insurance your community group carries?  Do you know why?  What questions might you have?  There are risks to associations by not carrying appropriate coverage.  We will be using your questions and discussion to help create a resource document.

December 3rd – Grant Opportunities and Applications

  • Join Jo and Corrine for all things Grant related.  We will talk about what is out there, how we can help, what are best practices for applications, and more!  Come prepared to ask questions and to share challenges and successes.

To Register: 

Contact Jo Swinemer at 902-883-7098 Ext 152 or email jswinemer@easthants.ca

Current Volunteer Opportunities



If you are looking for a local volunteer opportunity, or if you have a volunteer opportunity you want to promote VolunteerNS.ca is the place to go.

This is a new service from the Province to help volunteer groups find volunteers and volunteers find volunteer opportunities.


Volunteer Fire Service

Our local fire departments are always recruiting new members. Contact your local fire department to pick up an application.

We want to help volunteer groups in East Hants grow to their fullest potential.

Contact our Community Development Coordinator if you need help with:

  • Finding volunteers
  • Promoting volunteer opportunities
  • Retaining volunteers

The complete list of Community Development services can be found on the Community Development page.


COVID-19 Information