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    Tatamagouche Regional Academy Official Opening

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    Karen with students and staff at the Official Opening of Tatamagouche Regional Academy

  • Boston Tree

    Karen was pleased to enjoy the hospitality of the City of Boston during the annual Christmas Tree Lighting !

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    Karen and an RCMP officer were guests on the Channel 5 broadcast of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Boston.

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    50th anniversary of the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital

  • Take your MLA to Work Day

    Karen with Pharmacist Todd MacKinnon for Take your MLA to Work Day at Bayside Pharmacy in Bass River

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    Karen and Chuck Porter, Minister of Municipal Affairs, with North River Fire Brigade receiving funding from the Emergency Services Provider Fund

Welcome

profile sm4As the MLA for Colchester North, I'm pleased to provide this website as a useful and informative resource.

My committment as a MLA is to be open and approachable to all residents of Colchester North. I invite you to share your ideas, concerns and/or questions. Together we can seek solutions.

Karen Casey

2019 Order of Nova Scotia Nominations !

PROTOCOL OFFICE--2019 Call for Nominations for Order of Nova Scotia
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Nova Scotians are encouraged to nominate someone in their community for the Order of Nova Scotia.

The order is the province's highest honour and recognizes outstanding citizens for making significant and lasting contributions to their communities. Past recipients have included academics, athletes, volunteers, advocates and artists.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 15.
"The Order of Nova Scotia is a perfect means by which exemplary citizenship is recognized in this province," said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc, Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia.

"Those people appointed to our province's highest honour have contributed to the well-being of their fellow citizens or have excelled in their field of endeavour and it is important that we recognize their tremendous efforts."

Since its creation in 2001, 99 recipients have been invested into the order, including ten posthumously. In 2018, a record 128 nominations were submitted.

"This honour reflects the appreciation we have for our fellow citizens who make outstanding contributions," said Premier Stephen McNeil. "I encourage Nova Scotians to think about those deserving of this honour and put forward their names for consideration."

Nomination forms are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, Province House in Halifax, MLA and MP offices, municipal offices and online at www.novascotia.ca/orderofnovascotia .

Nominations will be accepted by mail, fax or email. To renominate someone, a photocopy of the previous nomination package with a new nomination form may be submitted.

For more information, contact the Protocol Office at 902-424-2467, orderofnovascotia@novascotia.ca or visit www.novascotia.ca/orderofnovascotia .

Heating Assistance Rebate Program

Applications are now open for Nova Scotia's Heating Assistance Rebate Program. An additional 5,000 people are eligible this year for up to $200 in savings on their home heating bill.     For More Information CLICK HERE

No Child Should Ever Go Hungry

Through Nourish NS, your Nova Scotia Liberal government is expanding the school breakfast program to provide a healthy breakfast to every single student in the province, five days a week.

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Caregiver Benefit Program

About 600 more Nova Scotians will receive support for providing care to adults living at home through the expansion of the Caregiver Benefit Program.

For More Information CLICK HERE

Coding has been gaining a lot of attention over the past year. As reported in the Globe and Mail in January, Nova Scotia is leading the country in introducing coding into schools. Coding has been identified as a priority for all classrooms under Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education, and students in grades Primary to 3 were introduced to coding in September 2015. I was pleased to announce that as part of Budget 2016-2017, the province has invested $1 million to expand support for this initiative.

Coding is integral to the successful development of students and their critical-thinking, problem-solving and creativity skills. These skills are directly linked to many of the growth industries in Nova Scotia, including computer programming, marine, manufacturing and communications. This investment in coding means our young people will have the skills they need to be successful in a digital workforce.

Starting with our youngest students, programmable floor robots will be available in P-3 classrooms in every elementary school. This helps in teaching sequencing and problem solving. Students in grades 4 to 6 will learn more about coding as part of a renewed curriculum and every elementary school in Nova Scotia will receive Innovation and Exploration Kits, which include leading-edge technology and support devices. These kits will contain iPads, Chromebooks, PASCO wireless probes and software – and Sphero robots and Makey Makey invention kits, some of which our young students are demonstrating.

High school students will have access to Computer Programming 12 through the Nova Scotia Virtual School. Students will continue to participate in events like the Hour of Code and STEAM Olympics – which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Art, and Mathematics. Partnerships with organizations like Brilliant Labs and Acadia Robotics promote coding, technology use and innovation.

This investment will provide teachers and students with the support they need to be successful. Professional development to all grades 4-6 teachers will begin in May and June of this year, and will continue at the IT Summer Camp for Teachers as part of the Summer Learning Academy. Last October, the province hosted an Education Day for Nova Scotia high school students at the international Big Data 2.0 Congress in Halifax. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for high school students from across the province to engage with some of the world’s leading technology-based companies to learn about the impacts of technology in the classroom and on everyday life.

In December, tens of thousands of Nova Scotia students from grades Primary to 12 participated in the Hour of Code, a global learning event that introduces the basics of coding, technology and design, and opens young minds to a world of career options. Nova Scotia had the highest percentage of growth in the country for the number of Hour of Code events, and the third highest participation rate in all of Canada, placing just behind Ontario and British Columbia.

In February, students from ages 9 to 18 years representing schools across the province participated in the Acadia Robotics competition. Winners in this competition have now advanced to the North American Championship in California. Our high school students also enjoyed the competition in the Robofest category, and will participate in the World Festival. In April, the theme for Nova Scotia Education Week, which celebrates the exceptional work of teachers and educational partners throughout the province, focused on Media Literacy and Empowering Critical Thinking in a Digital Media World.

Coding is everywhere. In Nova Scotia, we are proud to be recognized as a leader in coding and are working to provide the best possible opportunities for our young people to learn the technology skills they need to pursue careers of the future. The learners of today will be the leaders of tomorrow.

Karen Casey, MLA

Colchester North

Minister of Education & Early Childhood Development

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Contact Information

Our New Office Location
10653 HWY. 2, MASSTOWN
Debert, Nova Scotia  
B0M 1G0
(grey office building beside the Petro Can opposite the Masstown Market)
 
Phone: 902-641-2200
Fax: 902-641-2266
 
Send Karen an Email: Click Here
 
Monday – Thursday  8:30 – 3:30
 
Tatamagouche office: 
3rd Thursday each month at the Tatamagouche Fire Hall
Hours: 1:30 – 4 pm