Bernie gave an overhead presentation on the CAP program.
Geographic area of the communities
The areas generally follow the school district lines.
Harritsfield/Willimaswood goes from the Irving 4-way stop to Sambro. Ketch
Harbour is from Duncan's Cove to the Williamswood bridge. Sambro and Ketch
Harbour are 2 distinct communities.
The Community Centre is located beside the elementary school in
Harrietsfield. It is an HRM owned building (previously the fire hall) that
is run and managed by a volunteer board. Originally there were 15 board
members but currently there are 8. There will be a community meeting in
March to select a new board.
This centre would be the logical location for the
Harrietsfield/Williamswood area. There is plenty of space.
There is no computer at the centre now. The community has lots of seniors
and shut-ins. It is estimated there are few computers in the community and
those households that have one do not necessarily have internet access.
Dock and Dory?
- Ketch Harbour
Ketch Harbour Market - it is a store and the owner, Donna Fleming might be
In Ketch Harbour there is the School Advisory Council and the Ketch Harbour
The Greater Chebucto Community Development Association (GCCDA) has 10
volunteer directors and covers the area from Bear Cove to the Williamswood
bridge. So, technically does not include the Williamswood/ Harrietsfield
area. However, Alana indicated she would be willing to work with them on
this project. The discussion centered on the fact that GCCDA could be a
catalyst for bringing this program forward and giving appropriate support.
It was cautioned that CAP requires that the community be committed to doing
the work and managing the sites. Separate committees should be established
that have sole responsibility for putting an application together and
managing the access sites/arrangements
Elementary school for Ketch Harbour and Sambro is in Sambro.
All children from these communities and Harrietsfield/Williamswood go to
Herring Cove - jr. high and JL Isley - high school.
Urban vs Rural
From the discussions it seems that the communities see themselves as
distinct coastal communities that would be interested in working together
to find common needs, share information and resources. They do not see
themselves as part of the urban "Sryfield neighbourhood cluster". People
from these communities do access the Captain William Spry Library and
Centre and it certainly could be a resource (eg: training possibilities).
One idea discussed was to explore the possibility of having library orders
and deliveries to CAP sites.
- Ketch Harbour - need to hold a meeting that would include more people
from the community. The
School Advisory Council needs to be included. Donna Fleming from the Ketch
Harbour Market should be approached.
- Alana indicated a presentation on CAP could be included in the community
consultation meeting next month.
- In the meantime, Alan would like to hold a "kitchen discussion" with
several handpicked people. Alana to coordinate. Cathy Babineau would like
to attend and bring someone from her community. The possibility of having
someone from Terence Bay to talk about their experiences was suggested.
- Cathy Babineau will take information from this meeting back to her board
and also talk with the school principal.
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