Community - Geography –population of prospect communities - approx. 7500
The diverse, primarily rural/coastal villages, collectively known as the Prospect communities, encompass an area spread over a 40-kilometer radius from Goodwood through West Dover in Western HRM. Most of the communities are strung along the circuitous route 333, with others off on side roads. These picturesque villages are separated from one another by distance but are well connected through the people who call the Prospect communities home.
The villages in our area are mainly residential with a smattering of neighbourhood businesses and service providers. Set amongst vast tracks of unspoiled nature, our pristine lakes and shorelines provide the perfect background for country living.
Traveling along route 333, it is good to know of the hidden treasures that lie off the main road in the Peninsula communities. A trip down any of these side roads allows you to weave your way alongside rivers and streams as they turn into bays and finally join force with the power of the mighty sea. The breath taking vistas of sparkling ocean and rocky shorelines showcase the gloriously stark beauty of this place.
Many of our villages sit at the water’s edge, blueberry plants, stunted but sturdy, cling to the rocks, changing colour with the seasons, while the ocean provides a dramatic and always changing backdrop.
Some of these small communities were traditional, self-sustaining fishing villages whose economies are in the process of changing since the collapse of the fisheries, causing economic hardship in areas with rich cultural heritage. Some of these communities have been recognized internationally for their arts and crafts, weaving, rug hooking, woodworking, folk art, painting, and sculpture.
Throughout the area there are countless community initiatives undertaken by residents. What keeps these initiatives alive is community engagement and connectedness. There are many small successes to be celebrated and we are able to share these through prospectcommunities.com
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Seniors 6 community reps – 30 + attend weekly events – 80 + trips – 100 + special events
Some of the community’s greatest resources are our senior citizens. The older lifelong residents of these small communities collectively hold our communities’ history. They remember when times were different, communities were self-reliant, and neighbours knew and cared for each other.
When given the opportunity to share their memories, our seniors draw on their past to re-create the harsh realities and simple pleasures that made growing up in the Prospect communities unique.
The relationships between villages lining this rugged coastline connected more closely by boat than road, all of which have traditionally relied on the sea for a living, create rich stories and a great pride in our heritage.
We are fortunate to have captured some of these tales of yesteryear using today’s new technologies. Visit prospectcommunities.com : you can access our multimedia history site and enjoy stories and pictures from community, families and individuals. A visit to prospectvillage.ca will provide you with extensive research and documentation on the history of Prospect.
Today our senior citizens seem to be getting younger – certainly more active and energetic. The Prospect Area Seniors Network, formed in 2002, has grown in size and welcomed numerous new members. Through the Seniors Network a year round schedule of activities is planned and promoted. There are opportunities for social, physical, and recreational gatherings as well as learning opportunities through agencies such as the RCMP, Community Health Board, and local initiatives like computer classes at the Resource Opportunities Centre. The Network organizes bus trips, hosts picnic and bar-b-cues, and weekly card and games socials.
Having an active seniors group in the community is a great benefit. By coming together on a regular basis, seniors help to break down the barriers of isolation, and combat issues of loneliness by creating relationships with each other. This social networking provides a number of checks and balances that help create a safe, healthy and welcoming community for our older residents.
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The Prospect communities are blessed with a wide assortment of very active faith groups. Each congregation worships in their own way, but often come together for inter-faith services and occasions, presenting a united front.
One element that each of our faith communities has in common is the support for individuals to step up to the plate to assume a leadership role. Countless initiatives are quietly undertaken by a powerful army of church community volunteers. From local food banks, to youth rock bands, to elder care, to lay ministries and social gatherings, these faith communities provide inspiration and support to their members and the community at large.
The selfless dedication of countless parishioners help keep our church properties in good running order. Whether it is running a bingo as a fundraiser or baking cookies for a bake sale, again and again the congregations of our faith groups comes through with flying colours and gives joyously to the common good.
Our faith communities are welcoming and offer a wide variety of programs that appeal to a broad cross section of the population, regardless of religious beliefs. Every effort is made to be inclusive, so programs run the gamut from pre-school to quilting bees, with the focus always on coming together to support and sustain each other in faith.
As with all communities, leadership of our faith groups change over time. Parishioners of the Prospect communities always extend a warm and enthusiastic welcome to new and visiting clergy and take pride in their acceptance of new leadership.
Religion plays an important role in the lives of many residents of the Prospect communities. Our churches vary from grand structures to makeshift gathering spots, but each is a pillar of our community, bringing residents together in celebration, fellowship, and shared values. A listing of local churches is available on prospectcommunities.com
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Schools Approx. 1200 students
The Prospect communities are home to a wonderful family of schools that feed into Halifax West High school.
Young people are our future, and the values instilled in our young people are reinforced in all of our schools daily.
Our school communities each work in concert with the community at large. Every opportunity to bring community into our schools is extended, from the RCMP dropping by to say good morning, to the local artists who give freely of their time and talent to complement the arts programs in our schools.
These valuable relationships are developed by dedicated school staff to ensure our children have the best possible educational opportunities.
We are indeed fortunate to have school staffs who value the input and influence of volunteers, as it is through exposure to the selflessness of community volunteers that our children learn the value of giving back.
We are proud that each of our schools practices PEBS – positive effective behavior support – and that each belongs to the League of Peaceful Schools, all of which contribute to a positive learning environment for our children.
Volunteers play a large roll in school life at all levels. From classroom helpers, to library support, chaperones on field trips, and leaders of fundraising efforts. Each of our schools has their own Home& School group and each has an active School Advisory Council made up of parents, community, staff, and students. All of these dedicated individuals contribute to a well rounded and inclusive school system.
The focus of our schools is student excellence, which is apparent in the accomplishments of our students in recent assessments and evaluations.
Our schools are a tremendous community resource and our students are wonderful ambassadors for the schools and the Prospect communities at large.
Our local schools are listed on prospectcommunities.com
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COP 30+ volunteers
There is no more essential service than keeping a community safe. That is what drives the success story of the "Citizens On Patrol' group, which monitors Highway 333 between Goodwood and Peggy's Cove.
The group, founded in 1998, currently numbers thirty volunteers in their twenties to retirees, from all walks of life. These men and women share the common goal of keeping their community safe.
The Prospect communities rely on the Tantallon RCMP detachment for policing; located 40 kilometers away.
The 30 COP volunteers use their own vehicles and their own time to patrol the community, watching out for people in trouble, fires in homes, dangerous or drunk drivers, and they also aid in search and rescue efforts.
In 2007, the volunteers donated 2000 hours to the community, traveling more than 17000 miles in their own vehicles.
In addition to patrolling, the volunteers also organize fundraising to pay for equipment and office maintenance.
COP is run in co-operation with the RCMP and Halifax Regional Municipality. COP participates in the Safe Seniors program and is part of the HRM's Joint Emergency Management plan and trained to deal with disasters in this and other communities.
Volunteers are on call to help with search and rescue and played a key role in a recent search when an elderly woman with Alzeimer's disease was lost in the woods. With the help of COP she was found alive and well.
COP is a vital service for the Prospect Communities, one which relies entirely on the dedication of its' volunteer members. They sacrifice their time at all hours of the day and night to monitor and report on suspicious behavior as well as checking on the vulnerable and elderly in our community.
No group is more deserving of our thanks and respect, we are fortunate to have COP.
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Local Businesses & Craft Crawl 250 + businesses 40 = crafters – annual visitors approx. 400
While primarily a rural area, the Prospect communities host more than 250 local businesses, many that have been around for generations. A number of these businesses don’t have storefronts, but are known by reputation and word of mouth. These businesses provide some of the basic needs for homeowners, such as plumbing and electrical services. In order to share information about these hidden business resources there is a community directory on prospectcommunities.com
Given that the Prospect communities is an area of incredible natural beauty it is not surprising that we host a number of beautiful bed & breakfasts, and active eco tourism businesses, along with golfing and a variety of fine eateries, which gain their popularity from their extraordinary settings.
October 13th & 14th 2007 marked the 12th anniversary of the Prospect Road Craft Crawl
This annual event grows in popularity with each year.
In the spirit of the Prospect Communities local crafts people work for months behind the scenes to organize and promote the Craft Crawl. See link from prospectcommunities.com Local crafters join forces and open up their homes one weekend a year to proudly display and sell their wares.
The selection of crafts available runs the full gamut from delicious edibles through whimsical creations to imaginative and useful items that make perfect gifts for family and friends.
The enticing smells of warm apple cider and cinnamon greet you at the doorway to crafters homes. Stepping over the piles of shoes from fellow crawlers, the eye catching crafts pull you into an Aladdin’s cave of wondrous creations.
Going on the Craft Crawl is more than a shopping experience – you visit with neighbours and friends – you can truly appreciate the many talented individuals who call the Prospect communities home –as a community we are able to showcase our community and welcome visitors to our innovative and entrepreneurial community.
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Voluntary sector 50 plus groups & activities
There are many community initiatives undertaken by volunteers that compliment and make our community special. Volunteers work in our schools, daycares, with our seniors, with law enforcement and emergency services, in healthcare and as members of grassroots organizations such as the ROC and the SS Atlantic Heritage Park Society.
The SS Atlantic Heritage Park Society is a fine example of the community rallying to honour our community’s history.
In 1998 local citizens of Terence Bay and Lower Prospect organized the SS Atlantic Heritage Park Society. The Society's intentions: to preserve the resting place of 277 victims of the sinking of the SS Atlantic in 1873. However, over the years, the Society's successes far surpassed their initial intentions. Near the mass burial site in Terence Bay, there is now a boardwalk that wraps around the coastline, overlooking the serene ocean from Sandy Cove. The area around the memorial to the victims has been landscaped and interpretive panels have been installed. An Interpretation Centre, completed in 2002, containing a small museum of SS Atlantic artifacts, interpretive panels and a craft shop. The Centre also houses a gift shop featuring items created by Nova Scotia artisans.
Each year on the last Sunday in July, Society members are joined by residents, visiting dignitaries and guests for an inter-denominational service “Blessing of the Boats.’ This annual event provides a unique glimpse into the community and showcases community hospitality at its best.
Other annual events put on by volunteers include “Village Days” in East Dover, Prospect Lobster Supper, “community clean ups”, ‘Canada Day celebrations” “Fun in the Fog” in Lower Prospect, the Seniors Christmas dinner hosted by the Legion & the Lions and numerous sporting events, to name but a few. Community members are able to freely advertise their events on prospectcommunities.com
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Since the early 1990’s Prospect Rd & Area has worked collaboratively with our HRM Councillor’s to provide grants and advice to community groups wanting to improve recreational opportunities on HRM lands in the area. Through the work of Prospect Rd & Area Recreation Association most communities now have parks, playing fields and tot lots for use by residents and visitors alike.
For years community has consistently identified a need for a community centre to serve the area. In 2004 residents showed up en-masse at an HRM Indoor Recreation Facilities Master Plan meeting. We are now in the process of making this dream a reality.
A dedicated group of 14 residents, representing a number of community groups, has worked with HRM staff since August 2005 to design and build the new community centre. Through the groups’ hard work, public consultation and diligence, they recently presented plans for the proposed community centre to residents from Goodwood to West Dover. The plans were greeted with enthusiasm, and community voted to increase their Recreational Area Tax Rate in order to make the facility a reality. We are very excited by the possibilities the new community centre presents, and we greatly look forward to making this building a focal point for the area.
The most exciting aspect of the new community centre will be the building’s ability to provide a gathering space for residents. At present most of the extra curricular activities take place in schools. This sometimes causes scheduling difficulties and conflict with school activities. While our school facilities will continue to serve as locations for recreational activities and community meetings, the new community centre will feature an indoor “community street” area that will ensure that the building is welcoming and inviting to everybody, whether they are active participants in a specific activity or just hanging out. Our new community centre is scheduled to open in 2009 – we can’t wait!!!
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ROC story – 2000+ visitors this year - 50 classes’/workshops 400+ participants
361 registered users of prospectcommunities.com 530000+ hits
The Resource Opportunities Centre – ROC- is a grassroots community development association that began life 10 years ago, as a rural CAP site in Terence Bay.
The Board of Directors worked diligently to address challenges and achieve successes through board development, community consultation, visioning, strategic & succession planning.
The ROC’s work in the community since 1998 has shown repeatedly a need for better communication within and between communities and the need for a community centre.
The ROC is viewed as a neutral or non threatening connector organization, which has and will continue to nurture the development of meaningful partnerships that support community projects.
The role of the ROC is to act as a hub of local information exchange.
The ROC has a long history of successful community projects, from digital histories collection, to delivery of employment services, which have created more than 70 employment and work experience positions.
The ROC has designed and delivered hundreds of workshops and classes, provided access to technology to school and community at large, liaised with Community Health and business sector for public consultation, created and disseminated regular newsletters, established and supported the Seniors Network and numerous other community groups and initiatives. The ROC has also been a strong advocate and active in the process of working collaboratively with HRM to build the new Community centre for the area.
Presently the ROC is engaged in the on-going development of prospectcommunities.com
This interactive web portal is the flagship of a 3 year project to build a Community Learning Network – funded by HRSDC -. The basis for the web portal was community asset mapping, however through the use of open source technologies this dynamic site allows residents to continually add content and value by keeping information current. This highly interactive web portal has grown in popularity as registered users can submit news and events, take part in community discussions, share photos, post and search for local jobs, advertise their business or organization, and post classifieds… all for free!
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Kitchen Conversations – 250 attendees
Because of the organizations history in the community, the ROC was well aware that open invitations to general meetings are not always well received, and often attendees don’t voice their opinions or concerns. The intention for the ROC’s Kitchen conversation series was to make the gatherings fun and welcoming, in an attempt to break the traditional mold of community meetings and to let everyone have their voice heard.
The ROC Staff and Board availed themselves of many opportunities to learn emerging techniques from pioneer leaders. The Nova Scotia Department of Economic Development provided tremendous support that has allowed the ROC to tap into a wealth of knowledge and new methods of self organization, such as Open Space, World Café, Circle Practice, Appreciative Inquiry and much more. As participants of the Shambhala Institutes Authentic Leadership summer program, ROC personnel have created invaluable relationships that have resulted in richer networks and more learning opportunities that built skills to enable staff to successfully host the Kitchen Conversations.
As a result, the Kitchen Conversations – funded by the Rural Secretariat Agriculture and Agri-food Canada - were a great success and produced rich and rewarding information that can be found in the summary report, available on prospectcommunities.com
Through the conversations the ROC built new relationships and increased the value and use of the web portal and gained more community support.
We also sense a positive shift within the community. The Kitchen conversation project was for a limited time; however we now recognize a strong desire to keep holding these events in the Prospect communities.
The ROC knows that our web portal and methods of reaching out to form strong community networks could be a model for other communities. We want to share our successes and learning’s with other communities within Nova Scotia.
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