As I sit and write this piece for the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia newsletter, the mountains on both sides of the valley are ablaze with fall colors of our maple and oak trees. There seems to be extra vibrant colors this year and I think “the powers that be” are providing us with this color show before we head into the winter and the continuance of COVID-19 .
2020 has been a busy year for RCFofNS with a new logo, the Nova Scotia Youth Art Gallery directed by Eirinn Fraser and certificates signed by Premier Stephen McNeil for the 52 youth who participated.
There have been two rounds of the Emergency Community Support Fund and of the gender Equality Fund injecting over $1million into rural communities of Nova Scotia. The granting committee has been very busy with selections from the many applications for this funding.
The RBC Future Launch Challenge programs are ongoing in 7 rural areas and some of these have to have been adjusted because of COVID but all are underway and are to be completed by March 2021.
The Fund Development and Communications committee have developed going forward policies.
2020 was the 20th anniversary of the RCFofNS organization. We had hoped to carry out celebrations across the province but COVID-19 prevented us from doing so.
Christmas is a very special time of year, and for all who celebrate this event, on behalf of the Board of RCFofNS whose vision is for Nova Scotia’s rural communities to be dynamic, healthy and prosperous; we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Remember to take care of each other, be safe and stay healthy.
Jean Ward, Chair
Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia