Contract Announcement Expands Cadet Program, Job Opportunities
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defense, along with Mr. Greg Kerr, MP for West Nova, announced on May 14th the awarding of a contract valued at approximately $11 million to the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre in Cornwallis, to provide the facilities and services required to operate HMCS Acadia, the largest Sea Cadet Summer Training Centre in Canada, for nine weeks over the next three summers and to provide year-round storage facilities.
It is estimated that this contract will sustain 100 jobs in Cornwallis to support HMCS Acadia.
Cadets from across the country take part in music, sailing, drill and ceremonial, sports and fitness, air rifle marksmanship, and seamanship programs at the training centre each summer. The Annapolis Basin Conference Centre will provide services needed to conduct cadet training at HMCS Acadia, including but not limited to: offices, storage, a medical clinic, a theatre, classrooms, and training facilities as well as accommodations, food, transportation, janitorial, and laundry/dry cleaning services. Some of the training during the summer may take place off-site, and there may be optional spring and fall training weekends.
West Nova MP Greg Kerr has also made several funding announcements in recent weeks for the New Horizons for Seniors Program.
The Lawrencetown & Area Seniors Association and the Annapolis Valley Exhibition Society, both of which provide services to seniors, will be receiving close to $35,000 in total funding from the Government of Canada for their projects aimed at helping the elderly.
The North Street Ladies Auxiliary in Middleton will receive over $5000 for its project to update facilities and support inclusion of seniors.
Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded over 12,200 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. This year, the Government of Canada will contribute more than $ 33 million to about 1,750 community projects.
Local residents were honored at the 39th Annual Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony in Halifax on April 15th. Orris Orlando represented the County of Annapolis, Roy Hall came from Annapolis Royal and Bridgetown’s volunteer was Thurston Marshall.
Receiving the Model Volunteer Community Award was the Town of Digby and the Municipality of the County of Digby.