It was my great pleasure to help ring in the new year than in the Village of Tatamagouche. I was happy to join community members and others at the New Year’s Levee on January 1, 2017. Something unique and special about this year’s Levee was that the Tatamagouche Fire Brigade and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 64 joined forces in the spirit of cooperation and hosted the Levee together. Lots of good food, drinks, friendship and positive attitude filled the room at the Legion. What a great way to wrap up 2016 and welcome 2017.

As I have stated many times, Tatamagouche is one of the most progressive communities in rural Nova Scotia and I am proud to represent the area in the Provincial Legislature. Tatamagouche is a community where good ideas become realities, whether it is new businesses establishing themselves in the community or existing businesses expanding; whether it is new school construction or successful doctor recruitment; whether it is the “one of its kind in Canada” – on land train or an ever growing cadet squadron, these are all projects and developments that have been driven by residents along the north shore. They all help to drive the economy of the area and to provide services and supports to residents and their families.

I have worked hard with the Department of Health and watched closely throughout the recruitment process and was very excited to hear that two locum doctors will be providing service two days a week until a newly recruited doctor is established permanently in the community. I want to thank Doctors MacDonald, Glasgow and Bush for providing emergency service to those in need since the retirement of Dr. Moss.

It is the strength of that Collaborative Care Practice with a team of doctors, nurse practitioner and nurses, as well as other medical support staff that give folks along the north shore the comfort of knowing that their health care needs can be met close to home. As your MLA, I thank you for your support in the past and look forward to a happy and prosperous 2017.

Karen Casey, MLA

Colchester North