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MUNICIPALITY OF CLARE WELCOMES NEW CLARE HEALTH CENTRE MANAGER
Little Brook, NS: The Municipality of Clare welcomed Chantal Pottier in her new role as Manager of the Clare Health Centre on May 11, 2020. She replaces Janice Bilodeau, who held the position since 2008.
“We are pleased to have Chantal on board as the Manager of the Clare Health Centre. We believe she has the experience and the know-how to fill the position successfully,” says Stéphane Cyr, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Municipality of Clare. “We would also like to take this moment to thank Janice Bilodeau for her years of commitment and professionalism at the Clare Health Centre. We wish her the very best in her retirement.”
In her new role, Ms. Pottier will be managing all the daily operations of the Clare Health Centre, including both human resource management and financial oversight. She is responsible for overseeing all activities of the municipal employees employed at the health centre while also supporting and collaborating with physicians on issues relating to their practice. Reporting directly to the CAO, Ms. Pottier will serve on the municipality’s senior management team and will also act as the liaison between the Clare Health Centre and the Office of the Municipality of Clare.
“I am excited to be taking over the role of Manager and following in the footsteps of Janice who has blazed the trail of excellence here at the Centre,” says Ms. Pottier. “I bring with me a passion for patient-centred care, and will constantly strive to ensure that the Centre continues to be a champion in health care in this community.”
Ms. Pottier has more than ten years of progressive leadership experiences in a variety of nursing environments in both urban and rural settings. In her most recent role as a VON Canada Registered Nurse in Digby County, she addressed gaps in patient care by collaborating with local healthcare providers and community supports to coordinate more consistent patient-centred care.
Ms. Pottier holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dalhousie University.
Settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1879, the Municipality of Clare is located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia with approximately 8,000 residents. The Municipality of Clare is the only municipality in the province that conducts business and offers services in both official languages, French and English.
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COMMUNITY OF CLARE TO CELEBRATE ITS VERY FIRST—AND ENTIRELY VIRTUAL—PRIDE WEEK JUNE 8 TO 12
Clare, NS – May 15, 2020: The Acadian community of Clare, Nova Scotia, is hosting its first ever Pride Week from June 8 to 12, 2020. At a time when many festivals are postponing their activities due to COVID-19 complications, organizers of Fierté CLARE Pride are fully embracing social distancing measures with the slogan Physically apart, together in heart.
A partnership between the Municipality of Clare, la Société acadienne de Clare, Université Sainte-Anne, the Enchanté Network and Rising Youth, the goal of the event is to show love and support from and towards the LGBTQ2 community with a week of entertaining, informative and inclusive programming for everyone. In order to respect the social distancing directives laid out by the federal and provincial governments due to COVID-19, the event will take place entirely online via its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FierteClarePride).
Natalie Robichaud, Executive Director of la Société acadienne de Clare and Fierté CLARE Pride organizing committee member, notes the common experiences of the Acadian and LGBTQ2 communities. “In Nova Scotia, francophones are a minority that are sometimes marginalized. Members of the LGBTQ2 community are too often marginalized. Diversity and inclusion are tools that make us stronger. I am very proud that there is now a Pride Week in my community of Clare. We are also very excited to host this event online, which just adds to the inclusivity of the event. Everyone—from everywhere—is welcome to check it out.”
In 2019, the Municipality of Clare was among 50 municipalities across Canada to raise the pride flag to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. The event was met with positivity and openness by residents of the community. It is for this reason that Fierté CLARE Pride chose to build on that momentum with a weeklong celebration.
“People often ask me if I plan on moving to a bigger city,” says Fierté CLARE Pride organizing committee member Tristan MacAlpine, who identifies as gay and who studies Social Work at Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point. “I tell them that I’m not going anywhere for now! Things are changing here in Clare, and it is so rewarding to help bring that change.”
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The Nova Scotia Government has announced the easing of restrictions on municipal and provincial parks and trails. The following sites within the Municipality of Clare are therefore once again open:
✅ Cape Saint Mary Lighthouse Municipal Park
✅ Joseph and Marie Dugas Municipal Park
✅ Major's Point Historic Site
✅ Wentworth Municipal Park
✅ Smugglers Cove Provincial Park
The following sites remain closed until further notice:
⛔️ Meteghan Family Park
⛔️ Mavillette Beach Provincial Park
⛔️ All playgrounds
Please note that social distancing measures still apply. To safely enjoy our public spaces, only go with people you live with. Continue to maintain a social distance of 2 metres from others. All public gatherings must not exceed 5 people. Thank you for your continued patience and diligence.