Community Spirit Award

Nominations open for 2023 Community Spirit Award

Nova Scotians can show their community pride by submitting nominations for this years Lieutenant-Governor’s Community Spirit Award.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award celebrates the power, strength, and diversity of vibrant communities across Nova Scotia. It profiles their achievements and increases their visibility through a formal recognition program.

Up to four Nova Scotian communities are honoured each year. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee based on community applications that best fit the award’s criteria. Communities selected for the award promote citizen engagement, civic pride, and a positive outlook on the future.

Successful communities are honoured through celebration and recognition. The Lieutenant Governor attends a community celebration, presents a hand-crafted award, and unveils a sign to display in the community. There is also province-wide public recognition through the media.

Essential Criteria: 

Any community that can demonstrate through evidence, measurement, anecdote and/or illustration each one of the following key criteria can apply for this Award:

  • ability to build on unique strengths within the community
  • a high degree of citizen participation in community projects of a wide variety, range and interest
  • includes others and encourages diversity in all its forms
  • clear evidence of community pride and
  • a focus on creating an enduring community

Supportive Criteria:

The following criteria will strengthen your nomination. If any of these apply to your community include them as well. Please use evidence, measurement, story and/or illustration as outlined in the Criteria checklist found here.

Your community also:

  • recognizes history, tradition, and cultural heritage
  • welcomes newcomers and encourages them to stay
  • finds solutions to community challenges by working together
  • is adaptable and flexible
  • has a willingness to start positive change
  • has wide-spread support for recreational and cultural activity
  • demonstrates youth involvement
  • has an authentic respect for seniors
  • forms unique and lasting partnerships (formal and/or informal)
  • listens to one another in order to form better decisions
  • respects the environment as shown through activities or programs
  • respects faith-based or spiritual groups as contributors to a healthy community

When looking at how to support your nomination through measurement, statistical data can complement your community’s stories. Listed below are some suggestions – but don’t be limited to these:

  • number of self-generated community initiatives
  • number of residents attending community events (including cultural, social, and sporting events)
  • number of citizen-sponsored programs for children, teens, and/or seniors
  • community voter turnout number of volunteer agencies (also include approximate number of volunteers)

The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, May 15, at 11:59 p.m.

Applications can be found online here.

All completed application forms and submissions must either be:

  • emailed to and
  • or faxed to (902) 424-0710
  • or mailed to:
    Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage
    Attn: Community Spirit Award
    P.O. Box 456
    1741 Brunswick Street, 3rd Floor
    Halifax, NS B3J 2R5