VANSDA is a not-for-profit community development organization which operates
through project based funding. This funding is provided through proposal submission
approval by various Government of Canada and Nova Scotia Government Departments.
The organization is guided by a representative community volunteer group that make
up its' Board of Directors and a secondary group of Associate/Resource members
representing community partners. The individuals come from various parts of the
Valley with an interest in the development of the African Nova Scotian community.
VANSDA has successfully completed numerous initiatives and has grown in stature
as one of the most active community organizations in Western Nova Scotia. With a
motto of "Joining Hands to Build Better Partnerships" the organization strives to
impact the lives of the community members through the development of a broad base
of service delivery partnerships.
Need Help With Your Basic Income Tax? - Apr 29th
Free Income Tax Clinics are being offered at St. Joseph's Parish Centre, Belcher Street, Kentville on the following Thursdays:
April 3, 10, 24 and on Tuesday, April 29.
from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:30 pm
(Please note: there will be no clinic on April 17 due to Holy Week)
YOU MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT
To book an appointment please leave a message at 690-2194
2014 REP Provinciial Spelling Bee - May 31st starting at 1:00 PM.
2014 REP Provincial Spelling Bee
May 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS
For information & registration
424-7036 or 1-800-565-3398
KAMP KUJICHAGULIA 2014 Information Package - Jul 6th to Jul 11th
KAMP KUJICHAGULIA 2014 Information Package
Kamp Kujichagulia at Acadia University, Wolfville Nova Scotia
July 6, 2014 – July 11, 2014
Together in partnership Acadia University and The Black Educators Association are pleased to now be accepting applications for this year's Kamp Kujichagulia. KUJICHAGULIA (pronounced koo-gee-cha-goo-LEE-ah) is the second of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Kujichagulia means Self-determination. This year 30 African Nova Scotian students in grades 9,
10, and 11 (ages 14 - 18) are invited to gather for the event. (Students entering grade 9 who are 14 years or older will also be considered, depending upon space.) The objectives of the initiative are as follows:
• Motivate African Nova Scotian Learners to attend university/college through positive exposure and participation in university campus life;
• Reflect and provide education from an Africentric perspective;
• Demonstrate the possibility of combining sports, technology, culture and academics in one’s life;
• Stimulate consideration of future employment/career options;
• Provide opportunities to interact with other African Nova Scotian learners and with African Nova Scotian role models.
• The Application Form must be completed and signed by the candidate and a
• The Recommendation Form must be signed by one of the following:
school principal, vice-principal, teacher, guidance counselor, EA/TA, Regional
Educator, clergy, social worker or Student Support Worker.
• Candidates must include with their application a written submission (maximum 1 page) as to why they would like to attend. It can be in the form of an essay, poem, rap/song, letter, short story, etc.
• All candidates and parents/guardians must agree to the "Participant Expectations" guidelines (attached)
? Deadline for submission of applications is Friday, June 13, 2014. Applications may be sent by mail, dropped off in person, or faxed in to the Kentville Black Educators Association office. Successful candidates will be notified by Friday, June 20, 2014.
Black Educators Association
Provincial Building 136 Exhibition Street
Fax: (902) 679-6181
Once participants are selected, they are required to pay $75.00. Please bring payment for the first day of camp. Cheques or money orders are payable to "Acadia University" with the memo stating “Kamp Kujichagulia”. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.
*If special payment/financial or transportation arrangements need to be made, please do so before the start of camp by contacting the Camp Coordinator at the information below and we will do our best to assist.
On Sunday, July 6th participants are expected to arrive between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. for registration and orientation. All meals and accommodations will be covered for the duration of the program. As this is an overnight camp, all participants and camp counselors are required to remain in the residence each night.
Pick-up time on Friday, July 11th is between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Acadia University.
For further information, please feel free to contact me at (902) 678 3390 or e-mail me at: email@example.com
Kamp Kujichagulia Coordinator
BEA Valley Regional Educator
EXPECTATIONS OF PARTICIPANTS
? Participants are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner.
You must attend all events of the week: workshops, camp sessions, socials, etc.
? No alcohol or drugs permitted by participants; if found, this will result in immediate dismissal from Kamp Kujichagulia at participant's and/or parent's/guardian's expense (this includes tobacco products).
? Profanity and derogatory remarks are prohibited. Your language and attitude
should always be respectful.
? Participants should contact their camp counselor with any problems at any
time throughout the week.
? Participants are not to leave the premises or the assigned area without permission and/or accompanied by a counselor.
? Participants are LIABLE for any DAMAGE or LOSS caused by his/her actions to university property.
? Participants should leave personal valuables at home.
? All participants must remain each night in the campus residence.
? There will be no changing of rooms by any participants. Boys are not permitted in girls rooms and vice versa.
? Once camp counselors have indicated lights out, all participants must be in their assigned rooms. (Room checks will be done.)
? Participants must comply with the policies and procedures of Acadia University.
? Failure to fulfill any of these expectations could lead to dismissal of participant at parent's or guardian's expense.
? AND REMEMBER, HAVE FUN FROM THIS LEARNING EXPERIENCE!!