May 2020

May 2020

The last month has not been easy on our province. From ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the tragic loss of life through disease and a wave of violence that swept across our communities, we are feeling the impacts. We hope you are coping with these grim circumstances.

However, there is still hope in these sad times. Nova Scotia’s rate of spread is declining. The sun is breaking through the clouds more often than not. Communities are pulling together and supporting each other in new and imaginative ways.

We know we are part of the solution as well. From extending our free transportation with the Community Rider to opening our Community Freezer to all who need it, we are taking steps to help where we can. We hope you will let us know if we can help you or someone you know. Give us a call at 902-883-4716 and we will find our way forward together.

Do you have suggestions for where we can further assist? Let us know!

FREE Transportation extended
Our vans are still on the road, helping our community one passenger at a time. We’re extending our free service until Mid-May to ensure there are no barriers to essential travel in our region. Typical rides these days include trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, bank and hospitals for appointments.

Food banks are becoming increasingly important and we’re providing transportation to them as well. This includes food banks in Sackville if those are closest to you. Just let us know which food bank you need to go to and we’ll be happy to get you there.

We’ve also opened our service to transport more than people. Our drivers can pick up and drop off pre-paid grocery orders, allowing you to stay safe at home.

Anyone can use our service – it just has to be essential travel for the moment. Give us a call at 902-883-4716 and we’ll do everything we can to help you get through the weeks ahead.

Please get in touch:
call (902) 883-4716

FREE Food for Anyone
The Elmsdale Community Garden is lucky to have committed community members that help us fill our Community Freezer. Meals from the freezer are always free, but with staff working from home, the freezer has become harder to access.

This is why we are offering FREE meal drop off with the Community Rider! Give us a call at 902-883-4716 and we will arrange a time to drop off meals from the Community Freezer. Just let us know how many meals you need and how many you will feed. Here’s what is currently available:

  • Minestrone Soup
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Turkey Dinner
  • Chicken Parmesan
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information on the Elmsdale Community Garden as the summer gets closer. We’re doing our best to keep healthy food available to everyone.


Let us know if you’d like something from the freezer:

call (902) 883-4716

Learning Technology 
From Zoom to e-learning, our world has become a lot more technology-centric in these days of quarantine and physical distancing. If you or someone you know is struggling with technology, we’d love to help.

Our instructors Jean and Tom are eager to help anyone with their learning goals and are offering educational assistance over the phone and digitally. Whether you’d like to find out more about getting your GED, build your technological know-how or just want to get more comfortable with your phone, tablet or computer, we’re a free resource for everyone in the community.

East Hants Chamber of Commerce is also offering a webinar for growing your business online – check it out here.

For more information, please get in touch:

call (902) 883-1608

A Bit of Trivia
Last month’s question:
Where in Canada might you find a pingo?

Answer: Pingos can be found all across the Arctic, but Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories has a large concentration of them. They are mounds formed from ice underneath the soil. The largest grow up to 70 m in height and up to 600 m in diameter. They can take decades or centuries to grow, making them an amazing feature of the northern landscape.

This month’s question:

Which alliterative Canadian city is named after a science fiction character?
Check out the newsletter next month for the answer!
Thank you for reading. See you next month!


Phil Laven
Communications Manager
East Hants & Area Community Rider
(902) 883-1608