A Giving Community 
Coats for Cumberland 
*Seven stores (Amherst, Oxford, Springhill, Port Greville, Pugwash, River Hebert, Parrsboro)
*Close to 1,000 coats distributed!
*Over 300 in Amherst location alone
*Approximately 140 distributed through schools and daycares
*Received 12 boxes of new coats from Knights of Columbus
*Received a grant for $2,500 from the Christie Foundation that will go to the purchase of snow pants to be distributed through the schools

A job well done - Thank you to the Empowering Beyond Borders team!

Pumpkins for Poverty Campaign (7th Annual)
Over $800 raised
$120 collected
And a pick-up truck full of food!
All donations go to the Amherst Food Assistance Network
All pumpkins donated by Marty and Janet Rose of Linden

Another job well done for the Empowering Beyond Barriers team!
Light The Way Campaign (18th Annual)
*Hosted by the Cumberland Health Care Foundation
*Money raised goes to much needed medical equipment at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre (CRHCC)
*This year's goal was $84,450.
*The campaign raised $87,300!!  The surplus will be put toward other needed equipment

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Property Valuation Services Corporation Notices
Understanding the PVSC Assessment  Notices
The Property Valuation Services Corporation will be mailing Assessment Notices on January 8th, 2016. Questions should be directed to PVSC 1-800-380-7775 or by visiting Property Valuation Services Corporation

   Please have Assessment Account Number ready.
Parrsboro Dissolution
Update on Dissolution Process
The Town of Parrsboro has released a Dissolution Information Newsletter for December 2015. To read the newsletter, or to locate other documents relating to the dissolution, please visit  Parrsboro Dissolution.

Springhill Geothermal Research Project
Cumberland Energy Authority Partners with Dalhousie University 
Dalhousie University students have conducted an analysis of geothermal energy potential in Springhill and have developed a communications plan for the potential development of the Springhill Geothermal Green Industrial Park Initiative.

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January Council Date
January 20
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland Council will meet on Wednesday, January 20 at the Upper Nappan Service Centre. Council session will begin at 2:30pm. Please visit our website for more information about Council.  

Staff Feature - Municipality of the County of Cumberland
Mike Carter - Emergency Services Fire Protection Services Coordinator
Mike has the primary responsibility of preparing analysis and recommendations relative to fire protection services and coordinating the implementation of approved initiatives. Know your target audience. Mike's duties include:
            • Developing and monitoring training programs
            • Purchasing apparatus and equipment
            • Fire inspections
            • Developing policies and standards
            • Program development
            • Fire investigations (if required). 
Springhill & Area Outdoor Skating Rink
Outdoor Skating Returns to Springhill
With the help of Ray McCormick & Sons Ltd., outdoor skating is returning to Springhill this winter. The Springhill & Area Outdoor Skating Rink, on the site of the former Springhill Arena which collapsed in 2001, will be ready for skating in the coming weeks. 

The outdoor rink is an exciting endeavour for the Municipality, promoting fun outdoor physical activity for everyone!

Anyone looking to help volunteer can contact Scott Munro, Manager of Facilities & Parks at 902-763-3010.
Opportunities in Cumberland County
Tantramar Seniors College - Winter Registration
Tuesday January 12, 2016 
4:00-5:15 pm
Trinity-St. Stephen's United Church
1 Ratchford Street, Amherst
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2016-17 Primary Registration
   Chignecto Central Regional School Board
   PRIMARY REGISTRATION - School Year 2016-17

   Grade Primary registration at elementary schools across    CCRSB will take place from January to March. This            short video explains what parents and guardians need to    know to register their child for the 2016-2017 school            year.

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Grant Opportunities
 Clean Foundation - Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps  
 Call for submissions from Community Partners. Currently accepting  project proposals for summer 2016.  The NSYCC provides full-time  students, ages 15-30, with hands-on paid environmental work placements throughout Nova Scotia where they gain countless transferable skills for life-long learning while making a positive impact in their communities. Students work on projects created and submitted by community-based organizations while Clean provides these organizations with financial, administrative and HR support which increases community capacity to host students and carry-out environmental projects in their region. 

Deadline for proposals is January 13, 2016.

For more information, as a participant or a community partner, please visit the links below.
Community Partners
Doctors Nova Scotia Strive Award
Community organizations working in the areas of physical activity, healthy eating and/or mental health are invited to apply for the Doctors Nova Scotia Strive Award. The award has been given annually since 2011 to a Nova Scotia community group making innovative and strategic actions to support and promote health. The award recipient will receive a $10,000 grant for the advancement of health promotion initiatives in the community.

Deadline: January 15, 2016
Prevention Innovation Grants
Although it can sometimes seem too large to solve, we know that sexual violence is preventable. With multiple organizations, groups and communities directing prevention initiatives, the responsibility of preventing sexual violence is shared by the collective community. With the long-term goal of reducing sexual violence, we must focus our approaches on ways to stop sexual violence from happening in the first place.

Let's experiment with new ideas and methods, use technology, and try things that have not been done before. We want to expand the field of best practices for sexual violence prevention work and this is a key way to do it. Get your creative juices flowing!

*    There are 2 grant packages - one for amounts up to $5,000 and the other up to $50,000
*    This is a one year, non-renewable grant program
*    Applicants are welcome to apply again next year
*    Grants are due on  January 15, 2016
Student Summer Skills Incentive (SKILL)
The Student Summer Skills Incentive (SKILL), formerly known as the S tudent Career Skills Development Program, offers wage assistance to non-profit organizati ons o fferin g career-related summer jobs for students going into university or community college in the fall.

The name has been simplified and it has moved to a new, self-service platform called LaMPSS.  The program criteria is unchanged.

Deadline to submit is January 29, 2016

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 Annual Violence Prevention Grants
 The Canadian Women's Foundation is now accepting proposals  for the 2016-2017 Annual Violence Prevention Grants.

 Organizations can apply for one of the following types of grants:
 A. Prevention: Prevent violence against women and girls in  Canada through work involving girls, or teens (11 to 19)
B. Rebuilding Lives: Support women's organizations and programs in Canada to help women and children rebuild their lives after the crisis of experiencing violence
C. Loan Funds: Provide interest-free loan funds to women who have experienced domestic violence to aid them in becoming financially independent
D. Collaborative Projects: Support groups working together in a region, province, and territory or nationally to provide training, to share resources, to advocate or to support women survivors' participation or leadership in policy issues.

Approximately 40 grants will be provided up to a maximum of $25,000 each. 

Deadline: February 8, 2016

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Canada Summer Jobs
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

The application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2016 will be from January 4, 2016 to February 26, 2016.

Grant Feature
 Council granted $1,500 to the 5th Annual Age of Sail  Marathon, through the Grants to Organizations program.

 The course takes runners through historic shipbuilding  communities of the Minas Basin on Route 209, from the  Museum and Lighthouse parking area, through Port  Greville, around the rolling hills of Fox River, along the open blueberry fields on the Diligent  River flatland, the foothills of the ancient Cobequid Mountains in Wharton and onto Western  Avenue into the town of Parrsboro. 

The event was a great success. There were 45 runners in total, with 19 runners completing  the full 42.2km marathon, with winner Andrew Wagstaff setting a great time of 3:30:21.

The Women's marathon winner was Nelly Chen from Wolfville, NS, who was joined by her family from Taiwan.   There were participants from as far away as Ontario, Quebec and Ohio, as well as from throughout the Maritimes.  According to some, all accommodations in the area were full as far as Five Islands and Springhill.

There were 40 volunteers, including four first responders, three bike patrol support riders, ten water station staff, a volunteer nurse, and Race In Progress plus 5km, 10km, Half and Full turn sign volunteers.

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