GUYSBOROUGH – After news that Nova Scotia had successfully weathered the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic with few cases compared to the rest of the world, many Canadians flocked to the province to take advantage of the new work-from-home regime, low real estate costs, access to nature, and low population density.
Community organizations and businesses gathered on May 26 outside at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex to welcome new residents who have chosen the Guysborough area as their new home over the last two years.
The community welcome event, sponsored by the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG), the Guysborough Community Health Board and Nova Scotia Health, brought newcomers — including three new doctors — out to explore what Guysborough and area has to offer.
Organizations taking part in the event included the Chedabucto Curling Club, Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society (GOALS), the Guysborough branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, Circles of Support and Change, the Guysborough and Area Foodbank, the Guysborough and Area Garden Club, Guysborough Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Guysborough Historical Society, ArtWorks East, Mulgrave Road Theatre and more.
While many newcomers took advantage of the evening to learn about the organizations and services in the area, long-time residents also got a chance to catch up with each other after two years of very little contact due to the pandemic, and learn about new opportunities that have taken root in the area in recent years.
Door prizes were handed out at the end of the evening with many newcomers walking away with useful gifts such as a family pass to MODG pools, a curling club membership and much more.
Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal