Bridgewater receives awards

Bridgewater has received yet another two awards in recent months.

AWARD 1: In the summer Bridgewater was one of three communities who received the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award.

This award celebrates the power, strength and diversity of vibrant communities across Nova Scotia. Bridgewater’s receipt of this award again confirms that it is a community that is brimming with local spirit and community activity. The events and projects which drew the recognition of the award committee included:

  • Moving the Bridgewater Library from downtown to it’s new location
  • Bridgewater’s efforts towards sustainability and community engagement
  • The Bridgewater Community Gardens Network
  • The Community Christmas Dinner
  • Senior Friendly Bridgewater
  • Kinship Project
  • Recreation Rocks with the Kraft Summer Tour
  • The United Way of Lunenburg County
  • The innovative Youth Engagement work going on
  • The AfterGlow Art Festival
  • Bridgewater’s Fire Department Band

To read the full submission go to: Bridgewater Spirit Award

 Award 2: At the Bright Business Conference, hosted by Efficiency Nova Scotia, the Town of Bridgewater was the recipient of a prestigious Bright Business Award!  Joining the ranks of other leaders in energy efficiency, the Town was recognized for its success in cutting energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities by 15% over a 5 year period, as well as its broader sustainability efforts. This great video highlights the town’s energy commitments and success with a shout out to the Community Gardens Network.

Note: for some reason the link below doesn’t go right to the Bridgewater Award video, so click on ‘play all’ and then search on the right for the 7th video which is the ‘Community Award, Town of Bridgewater’ Thanks!

 

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Afterglow Free Arts Festival Sept 28th

Afterglow

Free Arts Festival

Bridgewater

Saturday September 28, 2013

6:00 – 11:00pm

As the moon sets there is a hue, an afterglow if you will, in the sky, a time of magic and wonder. Come out to King street to witness and take part in community art. Showcasing 25 + artists included performances at the gazebo, wandering poets, aspiring filmmakers and one-night-only art galleries. Program of events will be available online one week before the event at www.afterglowbridgewater.com or visit the Bridgewater Public Library to pick up a copy.

There are lots of great opportunities for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please contact afterglowbridgewater@gmail.com

These photographs were from 2012, the inaugural year.

Portraits in the Library

Portraits in the Library

The Bandstand, King Street Court

The Bandstand, King Street Court

Portraits on King Street

Portraits on King Street

Films on the Wall

Films on the Wall

Acoustic Music under the parkade

Acoustic Music under the parkade

Poetry in Motion in ActionPoetry in Motion in Action

Salsa in the Bandstand under pouring rain

Salsa in the Bandstand under pouring rain

Heritage Skills and Youth Engagement

Here is another example of local young people who care about and are active making a difference in Bridgewater. This innovative project was a great collaboration between Community Services, HeartWood, The DesBrisay Museum (http://www.bridgewater.ca/desbrisay-museum/welcome-to-our-museum.html), and Lighthouse Media group (southshorenow.ca).

It ran for 10 weeks from Jan until April and built employability skills through service learning in the community. The museum had a genuine need for skilled film-makers and there were young people looking for work experience and an opportunity to build their confidence. With support from Community Services, HeartWood (www.heartwood.ns.ca) delivered this program.

See the results for yourself of when young people are given a meaningful task and provided with some skill building to support their success.

Many thanks to Jason, Dawn, Jordan, Celia, Matthew and Martin for a dynamic and successful program!

South Shore Sustainability Expo

Check out this great event happening at the Nova Scotia Community College this Saturday, March 31. Lots of great ideas on products, services and ways to get involved towards Sustainability and Resilience. This event is one of many steps towards seeing our community as part of the global Transition Town Movement…and the more local Revolution Through Doing Good Things (check out the Revolution in Action pages on this blog).

Expo

I Love Bridgewater

Where did the “I heart Bridgewater” pins and campaign originate? We were at a meeting introducing ourselves and when it came to Cate she said, “I’m Cate and I love Bridgewater.” Anna who was across the circle and grew up in LaHave, dropped her jaw and said “I’ve never heard anyone say that before!”

This started a big discussion about people’s perceptions of Bridgewater, and  when Anna went to Parkview she’d only pass through Bridgewater on the school bus and didn’t have an opportunity to build a relationship with the town. During the meeting we shared a bit more about the exciting things happening and the idea evolved to make pins that say “I heart Bridgewater”.

Anna, also an artist, took on the task to design the pins. We borrowed a button maker and during the Community Christmas dinner preparation had a group of teens making 500 buttons. We then gave them out to the 400 guests and volunteers at the dinner.

Check out this great video that’s all over facebook! (Video credit: Patrick Hirtle)

Training for Transition

Five of us just returned from the Transition Network‘s Training for Transition held over the weekend in St Margaret’s Bay. It was hosted by Transition Bay and very inspiring to hear of the great work they are doing there. Marion Moore, Jason Voth, Cate deVreede, Geraline Blijleven and Brian Braganza all participated representing Team Bridgewater!

Among all the great learning, opportunities to connect with people from across the province working on transition their own communities, we were able to share some of the dynamic work going on in Bridgewater.

A special highlight was sharing “I love Bridgewater” pins with Lauren and K8 (former Lunenburg County residents) and having them come around to the notion that after all they were hearing, they could actually love Bridgewater!

Change the story, change the culture!

More to come about Transition in Bridgewater, but for now–Bridgewater is Mulling!

Here’s a teaser: trailer for the upcoming Transition movie