rear view of attendees at June 9 meeting sitting in chairs in ballroom

June 9 2022: Gaspereau Valley Elementary School Playground

The 100-Plus Who Care Giving Group Annapolis Valley met June 9 in a combined in-person and virtual format for its second 2022 quarterly meeting, as three nominated Valley non-profit projects pitched their work for 100-Plus funding support.

Members had the opportunity to hear from the Black Rock Trails Society, the Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History and the Gaspereau Valley Elementary School playground project. The meeting was streamed via our YouTube channel, but did experience a technical drop midway. An edited recording is now available on our YouTube channel.

Presenting Charities

Cystic Fibrosis – Walk To Make Cystic Fibrosis History (Dartmouth Walk)

Nina Brien and her brother, David, represented their nephew, Blake, and many other people affected by Cystic Fibrosis. This fatal illness has no cure, and people with the disease – and their families, live with increased health challenges, financial costs and challenges to access drugs and therapies, frequent travel to specialty clinics and regular and unpredictable health issues. Nina and David are doing what they can to support Blake, and others, by participating in the Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History. Funds raised add to local and national efforts to advocate for and assist people with Cystic Fibrosis. 100-Plus support would make the Briens’ Dartmouth walk event the largest in Canada.

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Black Rock Trails Society

The Black Rock Trails Society opened its first public trail loops on 2003, and has since expanded to 14 kilometres of trail in various lengths and connections, featuring wooded paths, scenic Bay of Fundy look-offs and amenities, including a gazebo shelter and composting outdoor toilet. Society co-founder Irmgard Lipp said the society’s annual spring plant sale and Thanksgiving weekend “fairy walk” event help cover insurance, trail maintenance and signage. The society plans a sensory trail and pollinator garden, a space where people can “slow down and tune in to themselves and nature” through touch, smell and hearing. 100-Plus funding would help develop that “hands out of pockets” experience for the hundreds of trail users who visit from the local area, and around the world – as indicated in the trail guest book.

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Gaspereau Valley Elementary School – Playground Committee

Mary Kenny – a former student, parent and now grandparent of students at Gaspereau Valley Elementary School, is helping the school and community on a $100,000 playground project, started after a pre-pandemic inspection saw the removal of all by eight swings and a set of monkey bars from the school playground. With no opportunity to fundraise, the community is now determined to host events, break ground on a playground next spring and have it complete for the fall of 2023.Some children leaving GVES have not been able to play outdoors for over three years; others have started at the school and never had access to a playground.

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And our Vote Goes To: GVES Playground Committee!

Online voting between the meeting, and a 24-hour period for members to watch the recording and cast their ballots, determined the GVES Playground Committee as the 100+ group’s financial recipient, with the Black Rock Trails and Cystic Fibrosis both receiving Rewind 89.3 advertising promotional support to help them in their work.

Donate Online

Please donate online using the fundraising page we’ve created for our group:

We would prefer all donations are made online. When you do, please choose the option to display your name publicly on the supporter wall – if you don’t, your donation shows as anonymous and we have no way of tracking your commitment! If you prefer to mail your cheque, please send to: Gaspereau Valley Elementary School – Playground Committee,  2781 Greenfield Road, Gaspereau, NS B4P 2R1. Then please send us a quick note that you’ve done so.

Please be sure to write “100 Who Care” in the subject line of your cheque so that the charity knows your donation is part of our group. You can also include a self-addressed stamped envelope to help reduce their mailing costs.

Watch Again

Miss the meeting? You are welcome to watch the recording anytime. Due to a glitch in the livestream, we are presenting the recording in two parts. Please remember, members commit to donate to the chosen charity regardless of your meeting attendance.

The 100-Plus Who Care Giving Group Annapolis Valley will continue to meet in whatever format is safest to host: online or with an in-person component, typically hosted at the ballroom in Mainstreet Station, Kentville, with the next meeting planned for September 15. The group meets quarterly to hear from three member-nominated community non-profit groups. After five-minute presentations from each organization, members vote on which group will be the recipient of each member’s $100 donation. New members are welcome. Visit for information on past non-profit recipients, joining details and upcoming events.

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