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We are now into the holiday season with Christmas shopping and folks are busy with Christmas baking, craft sales, church services, Christmas concerts and homes and businesses well decorated. All of these activities provide opportunities for us to celebrate with family and friends.

Christmas is also a time for giving. Children are excited and wait in anticipation for the gifts that they will receive on Christmas morning. The happiness and excitement shows in their faces. It is important however, to remember that not all children are fortunate enough to experience this happiness and excitement and many of those children are here in our own communities.

Many of you do take this opportunity to “make” Christmas for the less fortunate. There is nothing more exciting than shopping for a family who you know is in need. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the appreciation on the faces of those who answer the door when you drop off their gifts.

We often forget that those in need may be our neighbours. One of the strengths of our province and its rural communities, is that people do care for one another. Pause for a moment, think about the folks in your community and make a commitment to make some child’s Christmas morning something positive to remember. The gift may be small, but it may be the only gift that child receives and even though the gift is small, the reward is huge. The sense of satisfaction that you feel in your heart is one not easily forgotten. Your own Christmas morning will be better knowing that you have helped put a smile on the face of some child.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.

Karen Casey, MLA Colchester North

2019/2020 Legislative Page Program

The House of Assembly is accepting applications for the 2019/2020 Legislative Page Program.

The Page Program allows students and recent graduates to participate in the legislative process.  As well as being a great educational opportunity, it is a way to earn income during the academic year.

To learn more about the Legislative Page Program, students can go online to the Nova Scotia Legislature website – CLICK HERE.  Or alternatively, going to nslegislature.ca and proceed to the employment section listed under Get Involved.

Grow your career. Serve your community.

Serving on an agency, board, or commission can help you grow personally and professionally while making a real impact in your community. The deadline for some applications is November 19, 2018. It’s easy to apply with our new online application.


To learn more and apply visit novascotia.ca/abc or call 1-866-206-6844 (toll free).

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

 

I am pleased to announce our Minister of Health and Wellness, Randy Delorey, is taking the time to travel across the province to meet with and listen to health care professionals who deliver quality care to Nova Scotians every day. I am very pleased that Tatamagouche and the Lillian Fraser CEC was chosen as one of those visits on August 29th and while there the Minister had a tour of the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital.

 Minister Delorey met with health care providers, including Dr. Rob Bush and Dr. Dan MacDonald, the nurse practitioner, social worker and others in what Minister Delorey described as a most meaningful conversation. They talked about the CEC and collaborative care models, what has worked, what some of the challenges have been and ideas moving forward. I have been working with Dr. Bush to provide an opportunity for him to speak directly with Minister Delorey and being part of the provincial tour provided an excellent opportunity for them to meet.

Hearing first hand from these professionals is the best way for Minister Delorey and our Government to understand the challenges and to listen to and respect their solutions. Being on the frontline of health care delivery gives them a perspective that needs to be shared.

During the provincial campaign in May 2017, our Government heard very clearly that improvements were needed in the delivery of health care. This tour by the Minister is designed to hear directly and in a constructive environment exactly what those improvements should be.

As the Minister of Finance, I will be delivering a Budget on September 26th. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to respond in a positive way to provide supports that will improve the delivery of health care. This will build on many initiatives that were presented in the spring budget. Our goal is to continue to listen, to learn, and to support our health care professionals so they can continue to provide quality health care in a timely fashion to all Nova Scotians.

The model for delivery and the financial support for that model will be reflected as we move forward. Nova Scotians returned our Liberal Government with a second consecutive majority government and we thank Nova Scotians for the confidence they have placed in our leadership. Establishing a strong fiscal plan and living within our means will allow us to continue to invest in services like health care and education…services Nova Scotians deserve and expect.

Karen Casey, MLA

Colchester North

Christmas Office Hours

Closed - December 21, 2018

Opening - January 2, 2019

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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