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Wind turbine funds doled out to West Hants community groups

WINDSOR, N.S. - The West Hants Community Fund grant program recipients were announced at the Hants Community Hospital on Jan. 28, with three cheques presented by Family & Community First.

The Windsor Senior Citizens Bus Society received the largest grant, $20,000, which will go towards the purchase of a new, fully accessible bus.

That grant puts the society within $50,000 of their goal, something society chair, Leslie Porter, is hoping they can achieve very soon.

The other recipients include Quick as a Wink Theatres Society, with a $3,000 grant to support their summer youth drama camps, and the West Hants Middle School, with a $3,500 grant, to purchase physical activity equipment for indoor tennis and pickleball.

Maria Slater, co-chair of the Family and Community First committee said she was excited that her organization was able to be a part of the process.

“This is the first time we’ve been able to provide such a great amount to groups like this,” Slater said. “We’ve supported other programs in the past, but this was a really exciting day for our community.”

Slater said she was thrilled with the grant recipients because all three encompass important initiatives within the community.

“With this, we’re really reaching a large proportion of our population, youth and seniors, and that is our goal,” she said.

The West Hants Community Fund was established in 2016 through a partnership with the Family & Community First and the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia to facilitate philanthropy in the community.

A funding agreement that was signed in early 2018 with Scotian Wind, which operates several wind farms across Nova Scotia, including in Martock. Scotian Wind is the primary source of funding for these grants. Grants will be given out each year.

Terry Norman, president of Scotian Wind said that one per cent of the revenue generated from their wind turbines goes to community funds like this.

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