Day One

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Virtual via Zoom

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.Opening Greetings

NSFM Acting President’s Report
Mayor Amanda McDougall, CBRM

Update from CEO
Juanita Spencer
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.Keynote Speaker – Bill Carr

Living with Resilience: The Art of Bouncing Back!

Why do some people bounce back from tragedy and others fall apart? How do some people stay upbeat during tough times while others collapse? What makes one person thrive while another person barely survives in exactly the same circumstances? The answer to all of these questions is ‘resilience’.

Resilience is that strength of spirit that lets you bounce back and make a go of it, despite adversity. Resilience is a skill mindset that can be developed. The key to resilience is perspective; How you see the world, how you see yourself and how you see the two in relation to one another, are critical considerations that make all the difference. In both his keynote and in his workshop on resilience, Bill discusses such things as; self-talk, mirror neurons, toxic and tonic people and how they affect your day-to-day reality, understanding change as transformation, learning to be gentle with ourselves, learning not to “jury-rig” in times of transformation, taking care with what you feed your head and heart, the negative role all media can play, and how all this and much more affects your perspective, and finally how to nurture and grow your resilience when you need it most.

Like any skill, once you understand the mechanics and assemble the tools and apply yourself, you can become a master. The last year was a difficult one and this year looks every bit as challenging – never has resilience mattered more and been more sorely needed.

Let Bill guide you with wit and wisdom in his newest offering – Living with Resilience: The Art of Bouncing Back!

Bill Carr is known as a multi-medium artist, an actor, humorist, writer and motivational speaker. For over twenty-five years, Bill has been making people laugh at what’s trivial while helping them think deeply about what counts. Bill helps people see their world in new and exciting ways. Bill’s unique blend of humour and insight inspires laughter and consideration; offering his audience a fresh perspective on what they face every day.
10:15 a.m. -10:45 a.m.Honourable Brendan Maguire
Minister of Municipal Affairs, Province of Nova Scotia
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Collaboration Success Stories

Rural Internet and a Global Geopark: Cumberland and Colchester’s Collaboration Success Story

The neighbouring Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester recently collaborated on two significant projects that are now set to improve quality of life and propel rural economic development in the region. One will result in a $62.1 Million rural broadband network with capacity to serve all areas of the two counties, the other, a UNESCO Global Geopark designation that places the area’s Fundy Shore firmly on the international stage. Learn how shared vision, tenacity, and most importantly – effective teamwork – led to historic collaborative success between these two municipalities.

Presenters: Mayor Christine Blair, County of Colchester; and Mayor Murray Scott, County of Cumberland

The Mentoring Plus Strategy: A Collaborative approach with the Towns of Kentville, New Glasgow and Truro surrounding Municipalities

Many regions across the Province of Nova Scotia are facing many issues such as, the changing nature of work, an increasing number of retirees, increasing health care costs and a reduced labor force to mention a few. The Mentoring Plus Strategy is attempting to address these issues by drawing upon the skills and knowledge of retired/near retired people to help support individuals 16-plus including the unemployed and underemployed to explore and connect to career paths. Examples will be provided.

Presenters: Gordon Michael, Executive Director, The Mentoring Plus Strategy, Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education; Geralyn MacDonald, Assistant Director and Mentoring Plus Coordinator, Town of New Glasgow

Pictou County REMO

Pictou County REMO is an agency that oversees emergency management planning, preparation, response, and recovery in Pictou County. It is comprised of representatives from the six municipal units in Pictou County that work to ensure government, emergency and community services can continue during a crisis. The collaboration between the six municipal units and many community groups strengthened during the pandemic and helped make Pictou County a more resilient area.

Presenters: John Davison, Coordinator for Pictou County Regional Emergency Management Organization (REMO); Jon DeCoste, Alternative Coordinator for Pictou County REMO
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Lunch Break
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.Cape Breton Central MLA Kendra Coombes
NDP Municipal Critic
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Partnerships and Collaboration Moving Asset Management Forward in Nova Scotia

Local municipalities are making incremental yet significant progress with asset management planning. Dedication to these on-going efforts will continue to support our municipalities in developing the long-term plans, investments, and resource allocations needed to effectively manage service expectations (such as, regulatory requirements and public expectations).
Please join us for an overview of how contributions from the Nova Scotia Infrastructure Asset Management Working Group (IAMNS) have positively impacted the re-alignment and ongoing evolution of the Nova Scotia Asset Management Program. This overview will include success stories relating to the development of meaningful partnerships and collaborations from both the provincial and municipal perspectives.
Jennifer Duncan, Nova Scotia Asset Management Program Representative, Department of Municipal Affairs; 
Troy Burgess, Manager of Operations, West Hants Regional Municipality
Valerie Williams, Manager, Asset Management and Capital Planning, Halifax Water
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Break
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River MLA Dave Ritcey
PC Municipal Affairs Critic
3:30 p.m.Prize Draw!

Win a 10.2” 128G Apple iPad! You even get to select your own color (silver, space grey or gold)

Prize provided by Frank Cowan

Must be present on ZOOM call to win
3:35 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.Networking!

Join in the fun and play some “getting to know you” virtual games with your fellow municipal colleagues – hosted by one of the NSFM planning committee members.

You will have the opportunity to join three randomly assigned 15-minute networking games.