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Councillor Melanie Sampson
WHEREAS 2022 marks the 26th anniversary of the Gaelic Nova Scotia Month which is a time to recognize, honour and celebrate the history, culture, language, contributions, and achievements of Gaels across the province; and
WHEREAS Gaelic culture is an integral part of the identity of Nova Scotia and one of the earliest non-Indigenous cultures to settle in Mi`kma`ki; and
WHEREAS new generations of language learners and cultural champions carry on the legacy of Gaelic Nova Scotia`s tradition bearers; and
WHEREAS government remains committed to collaborating with Gaelic communities to support opportunities for enhanced learning to ensure Gaelic language and culture will thrive in Richmond County;
THEREFORE I Warden Amanda Mombourquette of the Municipality of the County of Richmond do hereby proclaim May 2022 as Gaelic Nova Scotia Month in the Municipality of Richmond County.
Moved by Councillor Mike Diggdon, seconded by Deputy Warden Sampson that the followingproclamation be adopted:
WHEREAS, it is estimated that 1 in 66 people across the country are on the autism spectrum, and 1 in 34 people—approximately 30,000 individuals— in Nova Scotia are on the autism spectrum; and
WHEREAS, many dedicated Autistic individuals/people with autism, parents, teachers,researchers, and professionals, including those at Autism Nova Scotia and other communitybased organizations, work tirelessly throughout our province to make the communities where we live accessible and inclusive for utistics/individuals with autism, and their loved ones; and
WHEREAS, with 11 locations throughout the province and with the support of the autism community, Autism Nova Scotia builds understanding, acceptance, and inclusion for Autistics/individuals on the autism spectrum and their families through leadership, advocacy, education, training, and programming across their lifespan; and
WHEREAS, this month of April marks Autism Acceptance Month, and Saturday, April 2ND, marks World Autism Acceptance Day, when people across the globe will come together as a community to celebrate autism and promote acceptance and inclusion.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, I, Warden Amanda Mombourquette, on behalf of Richmond Municipal Council do hereby proclaim April 2022 as Autism Acceptance Month throughout the County of Richmond and encourage all of our citizens to recognize the Autistic individuals/people with autism, family members, caregivers, educators, and other professionals who strive to make Nova Scotia an inclusive and accessible place for us all to call home.
WHEREAS the Municipality of the County of Richmond has adopted the principles of openness, transparency and accountability; and
WHEREAS Part XX of the Municipal Government Act gives citizens a right of access to information in the custody or under the control of the Municipality of the County of Richmond; and
WHEREAS access to information ensures citizens of Nova Scotia have the opportunity for meaningful participation in the democratic process; and
WHEREAS a celebration of the right of citizens to access information will facilitate informed public participation in policy formulation, ensure fairness in government decision-making and permit the airing and reconciliation of divergent views; and
WHEREAS Municipality of the County of Richmond joins all other Canadian jurisdictions and democracies world-wide in acknowledging international Right to Know Week;
THEREFORE be it resolved that I, Warden Amanda Mombourquette, Municipality of the County of Richmond, do hereby proclaim September 27 to October 3, 2021 to be Right to Know Week in the Municipality of the County of Richmond.
WHEREAS: Richmond County seniors are valued and recognized as contributing members of society. Seniors impart a wealth of experience and wisdom in our communities. They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. It is our collective responsibility to ensure they live safely and fully engaged within the community that cares about them.
WHEREAS: The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action, proclaimed this day to recognize the significance of elder abuse as both a public health and human rights issue; and
WHEREAS: 2021 Marks the 16th Anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Its recognition will foster a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older adults; and
WHEREAS: Elder abuse is not limited to race, gender, culture, or circumstance, and regardless of whether the abuse is physical, emotional, or financial, it has a significant impact on the lives of individuals and families; and
WHEREAS: Seniors are at risk of being abused and social isolation and ageism are contributing risk factors; and
WHEREAS: Municipality of the County of Richmond recognizes the importance of taking action by funding the Richmond County Seniors’ Safety & Social Inclusion Program which works to create social change, prevent elder abuse and raises awareness, through education about the Rights of older adults; and
WHEREAS: Preventing abuse of older adults will help improve their quality of life and allow them to live independently and contribute to the vibrancy of Nova Scotia for as long as possible; and
WHEREAS: Where there is Respect there can be no abuse; therefore, residents of Richmond County, Nova Scotia are urged to join this global movement to Stop Abuse and Restore Respect.
WHEREAS, the week of May 30th – June 5th, 2021 is recognized as Access Awareness Week; and
Access Awareness Week aims to celebrate achievements made both by and for persons with disabilities in the areas of accessibility, transportation, housing, employment, recreation, education and communication; and
This is the 34th year that this public awareness initiative has taken place in Nova Scotia; and Access Awareness Week promotes the inclusion of all Nova Scotians with disabilities as full citizens within our communities; and
Through public awareness, community partnerships and education, this campaign aims to foster an environment of equal participation for persons with disabilities within the County of Richmond.
THEREFORE, be it resolved that I, Warden Amanda Mombourquette on behalf of the County of Richmond, do hereby proclaim May 30th – June 5 th, 2021 as “Access Awareness Week” in the County of Richmond. Motion carried.