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Municipal Council

The Municipality of the County of Richmond issues proclamations designating a special day, week or month in recognition of the efforts and commitments of an event or organization that enhances our communities through educational/awareness programs, charitable fund-raising, or similar activities.

Browse through our proclamations listed below.

2024

Autism Acceptance Month

WHEREAS, it is estimated that 1 in 66 people across the country are Autistic/have autism, and 1 in 32 people - approximately 30,000 individuals - in Nova Scotia are Autistic/have autism; and

WHEREAS, many dedicated Autistic individuals/people with autism, parents, teachers, researchers, and professionals, including those at Autism Nova Scotia and other community-based organizations, work tirelessly throughout our province to make the communities where we live accessible and inclusive for Autistics/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 the lifespan; and

WHEREAS, this month of April marks Autism Acceptance Month, and Tuesday, April 2nd, marked World Autism Acceptance Day, when people across the globe came 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 2024 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.

Signed at Arichat, Nova Scotia on March 25th, 2024.

Purple Day for Epilepsy

WHEREAS, Purple Day is a global effort dedicated to promoting epilepsy awareness in countries around the world, and

WHEREAS, epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions, estimated to affect over 50 million people worldwide and 42 people in Canada are diagnosed every day, and

WHEREAS, one in ten persons will have at least one seizure during his or her lifetime, and

WHEREAS,  the public is often unable to recognize common seizure types, or how to respond with appropriate first aid, and

WHEREAS, Purple Day will be celebrated on March 26 annually to increase understanding, reduce stigma and improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy throughout the country and globally.

THEREFORE, be it resolved that I, Warden Amanda Mombourquette on behalf of Richmond County Municipal Council, do hereby proclaim March 26, 2024, “Purple Day”, in an effort to raise awareness of epilepsy in Canada.

Signed at Arichat, Nova Scotia on March 11, 2024

AMYLOIDOSIS AWARENESS MONTH 

WHEREAS, March is Amyloidosis Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness, funding research, and supporting those living with amyloidosis and their loved ones; and

WHEREAS, Amyloidosis is a group of diseases that occurs when an abnormal protein, known as amyloid, builds up in the tissues and organs of the body. Left untreated, the disease can result in organ failure and can be fatal; and

WHEREAS, Amyloidosis can mimic the signs and symptoms of more common medical conditions and the disease can be challenging to diagnose; and

WHEREAS, Amyloidosis often affects people who are older or middle aged; however, younger people have been diagnosed with this disease; and

WHEREAS, Some of the signs and symptoms of amyloidosis can include shortness of breath, weight loss, fatigue, swelling in the ankles and legs, numbness in the hands and feet, foamy urine, carpal tunnel syndrome, bruising around the eyes, and an enlarged tongue; and

WHEREAS, Early diagnosis can lead to better outcomes for both patients and their families; and

WHEREAS, Raising awareness about all the amyloidosis diseases, including hereditary and non­ hereditary forms of the disease, can contribute to the building of healthier communities across Canada.

THEREFORE, be it resolved that I, Warden Amanda Mombourquette on behalf of Richmond County Municipal Council do hereby proclaim March 2024 as "Amyloidosis Awareness Month" in the Municipality of the County of Richmond.

Signed at Arichat, Nova Scotia on February 26, 2024

2023

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
December 3, 2023

WHEREAS, December 3 is recognized globally by the United Nations as International Day for Persons with Disabilities; and

WHEREAS, Canada is a signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability, and Nova Scotia was the third province to pass Accessibility Legislation to prevent and remove barriers for people with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, International Day for Persons with Disabilities promotes an understanding of disability issues and the importance of equal access for Nova Scotians with disabilities in all aspects of society; and

WHEREAS, through public awareness, community partnerships, and municipal accessibility initiatives this day aims to foster an environment of equal participation of individuals with disabilities within the Municipality of the County of Richmond.

THEREFORE, be it resolved that I, Warden Amanda Mombourquette on behalf of Richmond County Municipal Council do hereby proclaim December 3, 2023 as “International Day for Persons with Disabilities” in the Municipality of the County of Richmond.

Signed at Grande Greve, Nova Scotia on November 28th, 2023.

RIGHT TO KNOW WEEK
September 25 to October 1, 2023

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 the 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, on behalf of Richmond County Municipal Council, do hereby proclaim September 25 to October 1, 2023 to be Right to Know Week in the Municipality of the County of Richmond.

Signed at Arichat, Nova Scotia on September 25th, 2023.

FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER (FASD) AWARENESS WEEK
September 2023

WHEREAS: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability. Individuals with FASD will experience some degree of challenges in their daily living and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, communication, emotional regulation, and social skills to reach their full potential. Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges.

WHEREAS: fasdNL is a pan-provincial organization that educates, provides support and resources, and raises awareness about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in Newfoundland and Labrador and Atlantic Canada; and WHEREAS: fasdNL is leading a three-year FASD prevention, awareness, training, and collaborative action project in the four Atlantic provinces; and

WHEREAS: FASD Awareness week is devoted to raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD and broad public awareness helps to put FASD the ‘map’; and

THEREFORE:  I, Warden Amanda Mombourquette , on behalf of Richmond County Municipal Council,  do hereby proclaim the month of September 2023 to be FASD Awareness Month in Richmond County.

Signed at Arichat on this 25h day of September 2023.

Access Awareness Week
May 28th – June 3rd, 2023

2023 Theme: Access Includes Everyone: Moving the Bar on Quality of Life

WHEREAS, the week of May 28th – June 3rd, 2023 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; andThis is the 37th year that this public awareness initiative has taken place in Nova Scotia; and  The theme for 2023 Access Awareness Week is Access includes Everyone: Moving the Bar on Quality of Life; and 

WHEREAS, barriers to inclusion are many and interconnected, removing and preventing them is central to improving the quality of life for all persons with disabilities; The foundation of Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act is to provide, support, and protect the rights of persons with disabilities to full inclusion and accessibility by the identification, prevention and removal of barriers; and 

WHEREAS, 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 Richmond County.

THEREFORE, be it resolved that I, Warden Amanda Mombourquette, on behalf of Richmond County Municipal Council, do hereby proclaim May 28th – June 3rd, 2023 as “Access Awareness Week” in the Municipality of the County of Richmond.      

Dated at Arichat, Nova Scotia this 29th day of May, 2023.

VON WEEK
May 21-27, 2023

Whereas, The Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada is a charitable community-based healthcare organization that has addressed community health and social needs for over 125 years.

Whereas, VON Cape Breton nurses, home support workers, community service coordinators and many other staff and volunteers have been caring for the lives and well-being of residents of CBRM and Richmond County since 1900 and in Richmond in 2019;  and VON’s nursing, health promotion and support services make a contribution to the health care system in Nova Scotia.

Therefore Be It Resolved that I, Amanda Mombourquette Warden of the Municipality of the County of Richmond, on behalf of Council, hereby proclaim May 21-27, 2023 as VON Week here in Richmond County. I would like to encourage all residents of Richmond County to support VON and our community by sharing positive messages and financially supporting VON charitable programs. 

Dated at Arichat, Nova Scotia This 23rd  day of May 2023

GAELIC NOVA SCOTIA MONTH
Saying Yes to Gaelic!
May 2023

WHEREAS 2023 marks the 27th 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 2023 as Gaelic Nova Scotia Month in the Municipality of Richmond County.

Dated at Arichat, Nova Scotia this 8th day of May, 2023 

LYME DISEASE AWARENESS
MAY 2023

WHEREAS Lyme disease is a serious illness caused by the bite of a black-legged tick infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi: and

WHEREAS black-legged ticks carrying a variety of diseases or illnesses can now be found in all parts of Nova Scotia; and 

WHEREAS awareness, education and practicing preventative measures, such as daily tick checks and proper tick removal, can help reduce your chances of contracting tick-borne diseases; 

THEREFORE, be it resolved that I, Warden Amanda Mombourquette, on behalf of the Municipality of the County of Richmond do hereby proclaim May 2023 as “Lyme Disease Awareness Month”.

Dated at Arichat, Nova Scotia this 27th day of March, 2023 

PURPLE DAY FOR EPILEPSY
March 26, 2023

WHEREAS Purple Day is a global effort dedicated to promoting epilepsy awareness in countries around the world, and

WHEREAS epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions, estimated to affect over 50 million people worldwide and 42 people in Canada are diagnosed every day, and

WHEREAS one in ten persons will have at least one seizure during his or her lifetime, and

WHEREAS the public is often unable to recognize common seizure types, or how to respond with appropriate first aid, and

WHEREAS Purple Day will be celebrated on March 26 annually to increase understanding, reduce stigma and improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy throughout the country and globally.

NOW, THEREFORE, I do hereby proclaim March 26, 2023, “Purple Day”, in an effort to raise awareness of epilepsy in Canada.

Dated at Arichat, Nova Scotia this 13th day of March 2023.

AUTISM ACCEPTANCE MONTH
April 3rd, 2023

WHEREAS, it is estimated that 1 in 66 people across the country are Autistic/have autism, and 1 in 32 people—approximately 30,000 individuals— in Nova Scotia are Autistic/have autism; and

WHEREAS, many dedicated Autistic individuals/people with autism, parents, teachers, researchers, and professionals, including those at Autism Nova Scotia and other community-based organizations, work tirelessly throughout our province to make the communities where we live accessible and inclusive for Autistics/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 the lifespan; and

WHEREAS, this month of April marks Autism Acceptance Month, and Sunday, April 2nd, marked World Autism Acceptance Day, when people across the globe came 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 2023 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.

Dated at Arichat, Nova Scotia this 3rd day of April 2023

2022

THE YEAR OF THE GARDEN

WHEREAS: The Year of the Garden 2022 celebrates the Centennial of Canada’s horticulture sector; AND

WHEREAS: Gardens and gardening contribute to the quality of life of our municipality and create safe and healthy places where people can come together; AND

WHEREAS: The Year of the Garden 2022 will highlight and celebrate the important contribution of gardeners, our local gardening organizations, horticultural professionals and local horticultural businesses which contribute to garden culture and the experience garden of our municipality; AND

WHEREAS: Gardens and gardening have helped us face the challenges of the COVID pandemic; AND

WHEREAS: Communities in Bloom in collaboration with the Canadian Garden Council, invites all municipalities to celebrate the Year of the Garden;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED: That I, Warden Amanda Mombourquette, on behalf of the Municipality of Richmond County, do hereby proclaim 2022 as the Year of the Garden in celebration of the contribution of gardens and gardening to the development of our country, our municipality and the lives of our citizens in terms of health, quality of life and environmental challenges, and that;

The Saturday before Father’s Day, June 18 in 2022, be recognized as Garden Day in the Municipality of Richmond County, and that;

The Municipality of Richmond County is committed to being a Garden Friendly Municipality supporting the development of its garden culture, and that; All municipalities across Canada be invited to proclaim 2022 to be the Year of the Garden in their respective municipalities, and that a copy of this resolution is provided to the FCM, and for that purpose.

Dated at Arichat, Nova Scotia this 25th day of April 2022

GAELIC NOVA SCOTIA
May 2022

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.

Dated at Arichat, Nova Scotia this 13th day of May 2022

WORLD AUTISM ACCEPTANCE MONTH
April 4th, 2022

WHEREAS, it is estimated that 1 in 66 people across the country are on the autism spectrum, and 1in 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 community-based organizations, work tirelessly throughout our province to make the communities where we live accessible and inclusive for Autistics/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 the lifespan; and

WHEREAS, this month of April marks Autism Acceptance Month, and Saturday, April 2nd, marked World Autism Acceptance Day when people across the globe came 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.

Dated at Arichat, Nova Scotia this 28th day of March 2022

ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK
May 29 – JUNE 4, 2022

WHEREAS, the week of May 29th – June 4th, 2022 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 35th 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 Richmond County;

THEREFORE, be it resolved that I, Warden Amanda Mombourquette on behalf of the Richmond Municipal Council, do hereby proclaim May 29th – June 4th, 2022 as “Access Awareness Week” in the Municipality of the County of Richmond.

Dated Arichat, Nova ScotiaThis 24th day of May 2022

FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER (FASD) AWARENESS WEEK
September 2022

WHEREAS: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability. Individuals with FASD will experience some degree of challenges in their daily living and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, communication, emotional regulation, and social skills to reach their full potential. Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges.

WHEREAS: fasdNL is a pan-provincial organization that educates, provides support and resources, and raises awareness about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in Newfoundland and Labrador and Atlantic Canada; and WHEREAS: fasdNL is leading a three-year FASD prevention, awareness, training, and collaborative action project in the four Atlantic provinces; and

WHEREAS: FASD Awareness week is devoted to raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD and broad public awareness helps to put FASD the ‘map’; and

THEREFORE: I, Amanda Mombourquette, do hereby proclaim the month of September 2022 to be FASD Awareness Month in Richmond County.

Signed at Arichat on this 13th day of September 2022.

LYME DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH
May 2022

WHEREAS Lyme disease is a serious illness caused by the bite of a black-legged tick infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi: and

WHEREAS black-legged ticks carrying a variety of diseases or illnesses can now be found in all parts of Nova Scotia; and

WHEREAS awareness, education and practicing preventative measures, such as daily tick checks and proper tick removal, can help reduce your chances of contracting tick-borne diseases;

THEREFORE, be it resolved that I, Warden Amanda Mombourquette, on behalf of the Municipality of the County of Richmond do hereby proclaim May 2022 as “Lyme Disease Awareness Month”.

Dated at Arichat, Nova Scotia this 25th day of April 2022

2021

RIGHT TO KNOW WEEK
September 27 to October 3, 2021

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 worldwide 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.

Dated at Nova Scotia on this day of September 27, 2021,

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15, 2021

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: The 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 raise 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.

Dated in the County of Richmond, Nova Scotia this 25th day of May 2021

ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK
May 30th – June 5th, 2021

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; andThis 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 5th, 2021 as “Access Awareness Week” in the County of Richmond.

Dated in the County of Richmond, Nova Scotia this 30th day of May 2021

PURPLE DAY FOR EPILEPSY
March 26, 2021

Whereas Purple Day is a global effort dedicated to promoting epilepsy awareness in countries around the world, and Whereas epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions, estimated to affect over 50 million people worldwide and 42 people in Canada are diagnosed every day, and

Whereas one in ten persons will have at least one seizure during his or her lifetime, and

Whereas the public is often unable to recognize common seizure types, or how to respond with appropriate first aid, and Whereas Purple Day will be celebrated on March 26 annually to increase understanding, reduce stigma and improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy throughout the country and globally.

Now, therefore, I do hereby proclaim March 26, 2021, “Purple Day”, in an effort to raise awareness of epilepsy in Canada.

Dated at Arichat, Nova ScotiaThis 22nd day of March 2021