Year-long celebration

Guysborough kicks off Canada 150

By Lois Ann Dort    
February 22 2017

GUYSBOROUGH – The Heritage Day holiday in Guysborough was spent by many at the Guysborough Legion where plans for a year’s worth of celebrations and activities were unveiled for the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canada.

Those attending the event came from all areas of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, many dressed in red to mark the beginning of the anniversary year. Nancy O’Regan emceed the event and highlighted the diversity in our communities. She outlined the theme for the Guysborough celebrations, ‘Against all Odds’, noting that against the odds of outmigration, changing economies, being off the beaten track, and an aging population we continue to thrive and grow.

The Guysborough area has young families, long-time residents and newly retired professionals who are bringing creativity, innovation and vibrancy to this corner of Nova Scotia. It is our past, present and future that will be celebrated in the events planned for this coming year.

Cindy Lelliott, one of the event organizers representing the Guysborough Board of Trade, spoke of the talent and creativity of local citizens. She garnered much applause when she announced that funding had been approved by the province for the Guysborough Celebrates Canada 150 grant application. She also announced the district volunteers who would serve as the communication point in each district throughout the municipality.

MLA Lloyd Hines took the opportunity to address those assembled and said it was very uplifting to see so many people turn out for the launch of this initiative. “This turn out today shows that we are on the right track.”

Municipality of the District of Guysborough Warden Vernon Pitts spoke about the history of the land and the people including the early aboriginal settlements in the area as well as the Acadians and all that followed. Such diversity is what makes us who we are, he said.

The steering committee includes members of the Board of Trade, staff from the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, and other identified stakeholder groups such the Acadian community, the African Nova Scotian community, youth, and many more.

Some of the events already on the planning board are the Lobster Palooza which includes the Eastern Lobster Run on Sunday, May 7; a Rhubarb Festival in June; Canada Day Celebrations in communities across the municipality, a tribute to the Centennial Voyageur Canoe pageant in late July and an arts and culture celebration for mid-October. As more communities and community members get involved in the festivities more events are expected to be added to the schedule. Visit the Guysborough Celebrates Canada 150 facebook page to keep informed.


District Ambassadors:


  • District 1 – Mary Armstrong
  • District 2 – Martha Jane Mansfield
  • District 3 – Mike Nicholson
  • District 4 – Christine Rhynold
  • District 5 – Judy Horne
  • District 6 – Edward Avery
  • District 7 – Chelsea Burk
  • District 8 – Marjorie Nickerson


Sector Committee:


  • John Cleary
  • Colleen Pelley
  • Bill MacMillan
  • Mark Haynes
  • Jude Avery
  • Rebecca MacKeen
  • Carmel Avery MacDonald
  • Lorraine Brymer