2021 Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award – Call for Submissions

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The call for submissions for this year's award was announced today.  The award, established by then Lieutenant Governor Mayann Francis in 2007, celebrates the power, strength and diversity of communities across Nova Scotia.  It profiles their achievements and increases their visibility through a formal recognition program. 

“I am delighted that we are able to resume the Community Spirit Award after taking a pause in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemics,” said Lieutenant Governor Arthur J. LeBlanc.  “I was greatly impressed with the way Nova Scotia’s municipalities, towns and villages found innovative ways to continue their activities while we were all in lockdown and restricted.  It is only fitting that we recognize and applaud those communities that went above and beyond to make their part of the province a very special place to live.” 

The award is administered by the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and up to four communities are honoured each year. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee based on community applications that best fit the award’s criteria. Communities that are selected promote citizen engagement, civic pride and have a positive outlook on the future. 

The Lieutenant Governor will visit the winning communities to participate in the celebrations and present an award. 

Since 2008, 44 communities have received the award.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the2020 Community Spirit Award was suspended.  Any nominations received for the 2020 Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award program will be considered for 2021.

The winning communities in 2019 were:

- Glace Bay
- Petite Rivière
- Port Williams
- Potlotek First Nation

The deadline to submit applications is midnight on Friday, May 14, 2021.

Applications can be found online at https://cch.novascotia.ca/investing-in-our-future/community-spirit-award