Volunteer Appreciation Week 2018

National Volunteer Week takes place this week! We would like to take this time to thank each of our amazing volunteers. This year 1672 volunteers worked a grand total of 5010 hours and removed approximately 47 tons of garbage from the sides of our roadways. This week and every week, we thank everyone who has donated their time over our 25 years!

2018 Volunteer Information Session

Our 2018 Volunteer Information Session is fast approaching and  we are very excited about our line-up of speakers and informative presentations.  We hope to deliver an interesting and exciting session again this year. This years session will be held at the Debert Hospitality Centre on Saturday,  April 28th, 2018.

There Is NO Registration Fee For This Session
However, you must register to attend as seating is limited.

You may register by completing our registration form and returning it to our office by email, mail, or fax. You may also register by calling our office at 902-843-9467.

This session is also open to the general public and we have limited seating available for those wanting to learn more about our program. If you know of someone that may be interested please have them contact our office and we will be happy to register them. If you have any questions or concerns we encourage you to call our office, we will be happy to help.

Our tentative agenda is available, Click Here to view.

For our registration form please Click Here.

For directions to the Debert Hospitality Centre, please Click Here.

Again, thank you for participating in the Adopt-A-Highway Program, and we hope that your spring roadside litter cleanups go well. We look forward to seeing you in April.

Litter Sweep Contest Winners 2017

First Place Winner:
The Lake Echo and District Lions Club found several boxes of live ammunition and a rifle scope. They immediately contacted the RCMP who promptly arrived at the scene to remove the items. The Lake Echo and District Lions Club had a very successful litter cleanup this year with extra help from The Lakers Ball Club players, coaches, parents, members of the LE Seniors club, and community residents with a grand total of 35 participants!

Live Ammunition

Lake Echo and District Lions Club Litter Sweep Contest Entry

Second Place Winner:
Congratulations go out to St. James United Church. They completed their spring cleanup and found this love letter! They have captioned the entry as “Young Love, True Love”, how fitting! We hope that this letter found its way to Gabriel before ending up along the St. James United Church’s cleanup route. The St. James United Church cleans Exit 32 on Highway 7 in Antigonish.

Love Letter

St. James United Church – Antigonish

Third Place Winner:
RO-WIN-LEA 4-H found a kitchen in their cleanup, or at least all the necessary items in a kitchen. The cleanup included: a bread maker, microwave, and a refrigerator. The cleanup took place in June; they had 12 participants, and collected approximately 20 bags of garbage in under three hours.

Kitchen Found


Missed this year’s contest?
Next year’s contest will run from April to June 2018. To enter, please send us a picture of any unusual litter that you find during your cleanup, by July 13, 2018. Please send a brief description and your pictures by email to aah@eastlink.ca, or to our office by mail before the above deadline. The winners will be announced in the Fall 2018 newsletter.

Volunteer Information Session 2017

We are excited to announce that plans have been made for our Volunteer Information Session for this year. It will be held in at the Joggins Fossil Centre on Saturday, April 8th.

Our presenters will be:

Shannon Arnold – Marine Policy Coordinator – Ecology Action Centre: There are many significant projects concerning marine, oceans, and fisheries ongoing at the Ecology Action Centre.   Shannon’s presentation will fill us in on some of the important work being done by their staff and volunteers.

Mary MacPhee – Facilities Manager, Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy  (FORCE)  This facility near Parrsboro is a leading research centre for in-stream tidal energy. Mary will give us an overview of this innovative development and its potential for the future.

Brenda Rioux – Waste Reduction Coordinator- Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority (CJSMA) Brenda will provide information on the many recycling and waste reduction programs and services offered by the CJSMA.

Adopt-A-Highway Program Coordinator –  Gina Bain This update will include the notable events occurring in the program in 2016 and a review of the cleanup results for the year.

We will also have a time to have a tour of the Joggins Fossil Centre and adjoining cliffs, and discuss issues and experiences with other AAH groups.

We hope that many of our volunteers will be able to attend our conference in Joggins. Please contact the office if you are interested in our program.


AAH Committee

The AAH Committee is a great group that get together three times a year to discuss issues related to litter and other environmental issues. We recently met at the Sackville Lions Club and received updates from our members about initiatives within their organizations.

This picture was taken in the fall of 2015 but many of our members are still the same.

AAH Committee- June 2015

Pictured are Front Row: Shannon Betts (HRM), Coni Murray (Women’s Institutes of NS, Co-Chair), Ellen MacGillivary-Simpson (Women’s Institutes of NS, Co-Chair), Wendy Owen (NS Lions-Environmental Chair) Jan Deveaux (Sackville Lions Club).

Back Row: Gina Bain (AAH Program Co-ordinator), Mark Durnford (Coldbrook Lions Club), Karel Deneve (NS Lions-former Environmental Chair), Darcey MacBain (Department of Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal), Charlynne Robertson (Clean Foundation), Nancy Veinot (Volunteer-at-Large).

Missing were Ashley David (NS Environment)  and Dale Lyon (Divert NS).

Our present member for NS Lions Environmental Chair is Tami Maillet.