2005 Holiday Message

first_imgAs the Queen’s representative in Nova Scotia, and on behalf of my husband Larry, and our family, I am pleased to extend holiday greetings to all Nova Scotians. As I fulfill my duties as Lieutenant-Governor, I have met incredibly dedicated individuals of all ages who continually put the needs of others and their communities before themselves, and who give their talent and time to ensure a brighter future. Each of you are an inspiration to those around you and the unsung heros in our midst. Nova Scotia’s cultural diversity, nationally recognized educational institutions, beautiful scenery and competitive business climate are what draws people from around the world to our shores. We are blessed to have a vibrant dynamic arts community in our province which plays a significant role in our heritage. The newly created Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award Foundation will recognize, reward, and encourage excellence in the artistic community and that its Masterworks Award will highlight the achievements of artists with strong connections to our province. 2005 has been declared by the Government of Canada as “The Year of the Veteran”, a year dedicated to remember those who sacrificed their youth and their lives to bring us the freedoms we enjoy today. Our veterans are the pride of our nation and we stand in gratitude for their unparalleled service to Canada. Nova Scotians appreciate the precious gift of stories and memories which they have generously shared with our youth. We thank you for passing the torch of courage and lighting the way into the future. Our community is proud of our young people’s participation in preserving the legacy of the veterans. As a lasting tribute to our veterans on your behalf, I planted a red maple tree on the grounds of Government House to serve as a reminder for years to come of the significant role played by the brave men and women who protected our democracy. As we share the joys of the holiday season with friends and family, we think about the men and women who are presently serving overseas. Their contribution make our country a safer place in which to live. On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I thank them for the courage and commitment they share in the face of the dangers and challenges of their daily jobs. As we look to a new year, let us remember those in our midst who are experiencing ill health, personal loss or challenging circumstances. Let us affirm the basic dignity owed to all our neighbours and do our best to reach out and support those in need. I wish all Nova Scotians happiness, good health and love of family and friends. May each of you share in the joy of the holiday season and have a safe and prosperous new year. -30-last_img

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