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Student from Halifax gets royal nod for starting free tutoring service

“…When Rebeccah Raphael launched a free, volunteer-run tutoring service to provide schoolchildren in Nova Scotia with learning support during the COVID-19 pandemic, she had a feeling it would grow to meet a crucial need….”

Author: Noushin Ziafati
Date of Article: July 15, 2020
Source: The Chronicle Herald
Website: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/local/student-from-halifax-gets-royal-nod-for-starting-free-tutoring-service-473850/

CRA needs volunteers in N.S. for program that helps people file tax returns

“…The federal government is on an urgent search for more volunteers to help with a program that completes free tax returns for people with modest incomes, after it was forced to turn some families away in Nova Scotia last year….”

Author: Carolyn Ray
Date of Article: January 29, 2020
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/cra-community-volunteer-income-tax-program-nova-scotia-volunteers-1.5443570

Municipal units in southwestern Nova Scotia preparing for Volunteer Week

“…In his capacity as director of Yarmouth Recreation, Frank Grant is close to the local sports scene and he appreciates the importance of volunteers, so as he and his colleagues prepare for this year’s Volunteer Week activities, Grant looks forward to seeing more people recognized for their volunteer efforts….”

Author: Eric Bourque
Date of Article: January 28, 2020
Source: SaltWire Network
Website: https://www.saltwire.com/lifestyles/local-lifestyles/municipal-units-in-southwestern-nova-scotia-preparing-for-volunteer-week-403821/?location=yarmouthsouthwest-nova-scotia

Helping nature: One property at a time, Nature Trust property guardians helping to preserve environment

“…Harold and Dianne Clapp from Smith’s Cove, N.S. spend most of their volunteer time walking in the woods or paddling around a lake. They’re property guardians with the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and their job is to keep an eye on privately-owned land in their area that has absentee landowners….”

Author: Heidi Tattrie Rushton
Date of Article: January 27, 2020
Source: The Chronicle Herald
Website: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/lifestyles/homes/helping-nature-one-property-at-a-time-nature-trust-property-guardians-helping-to-preserve-environment-403431/

Hop to it: Rescue group holds ‘bunny blitz’ adoption event

“…Folks looking for a fluffy new friend will get the chance to meet some adoptable bunnies Sunday afternoon.

The first rescue group in the Maritimes focused on the long-eared lagomorphs — 10,000 Carrots Rabbit Rescue — is holding a “bunny blitz” in Halifax. More than a dozen of the twitchy-nosed animals can be scoped out by potential new owners….”

Author: Alex Cooke
Date of Article: January 26, 2020
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/10000-carrots-rabbit-rescue-adoption-1.5440660

You don’t need a background in tax preparation to volunteer at free clinics

“…Volunteers are needed for upcoming tax preparation clinics.

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program hosts free clinics where volunteers help those who are eligible file their tax returns….”

Author: Meghan Groff
Date of Article: January 24, 2020
Source: HalifaxToday.ca
Website: https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/you-dont-need-a-background-in-tax-preparation-to-volunteer-at-free-clinics-2046332

Fundraising goal reached for Halifax wilderness park

“…A fundraising effort that will see an urban wilderness park established in Halifax has finally passed the finish line.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada and local conservation groups held a celebration Monday with the establishment of the Shaw Wilderness Park in the Williams Lake area….”

Author: John McPhee
Date of Article: January 21, 2020
Source: The Chronicle Herald
Website: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/local/fundraising-goal-reached-for-halifax-wilderness-park-400718/

Halifax’s airport gets Gold Accessibility Rating from the Rick Hansen Foundation

“…When visiting Halifax Stanfield in 2020, it’s hard to believe the terminal building that exists today is nearly 60 years old. With bright interiors and large windows, modern washrooms and other passenger amenities, Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) has made strategic investments over the past two decades that put passenger needs, like accessibility, at the forefront….”


Date of Article: January 20, 2020
Source: HalifaxToday.ca
Website: https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/halifaxs-airport-gets-gold-accessibility-rating-from-the-rick-hansen-foundation-2032957

Volunteers needed for municipal boards and committees

“…The Halifax Regional Municipality is seeking interested residents for a variety of important opportunities on Regional Council advisory committees and boards.

Citizens interested in connecting with the community are encouraged to apply for these volunteer opportunities no later than Monday, Feb. 10….”


Date of Article: January 17, 2020
Source: HalifaxToday.ca
Website: https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/volunteers-needed-for-municipal-boards-and-committees-2027891

Halifax emergency shelter has more space, fewer restrictions after move

“…After months of searching, the Out of the Cold emergency winter shelter has a new home.

On Monday, the shelter moved from St. Matthew’s United Church on Barrington Street to its new digs on College Street….”

Author: Kristina Pappas
Date of Article: January 17, 2020
Source: The Signal
Website: https://signalhfx.ca/halifax-emergency-shelter-has-more-space-fewer-restrictions-after-move/