Canada - ATLANTIC Region
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island
November 2016 Report to the Board
Regional Representative: Angie Jack
Meetings/conferences held and/or scheduled since last report:
A small, but enthusiastic, group of Atlantic Canada Region ALHFAM members met at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site on September 7–9, 2016. Attending were Michele Raymond, Urban Farm Museum; Angie Jack and Rosemary Hiltz, Sherbrooke Village; Barry Hiltz, Ross Farm; and numerous staff members of Fortress Louisbourg.
Friday evening, the group gathered for a ‘meet & greet’ bbq inside the walled fortress. Rustic, but comfortable overnight accommodations were in the King’s Bastion soldiers barracks.
Saturday began early with a breakfast buffet, featuring smoked salmon from St. Mary’s River Smokehouses. Morning presentations by Troy Allen on “The Power of Partnerships” and Barry Hiltz on “Tancook Cabbage” were informative. Lunch was served 18th century style at the Hotel de la Marine. The afternoon included several guided tours of Fortress Louisbourg, including “The Healing Gardener” and “Time Travel”. Following dinner in the modern town of Louisbourg, the group joined in the Artillery Forge to “Escape the Room” a fun time unlocking mysteries.
On Sunday morning, Barry Hiltz gave a talk on heritage breeds at Ross Farm. Troy Allen shared a lively video presentation on his work as Historic Weapons Programes Officer and using historic fireworks.
Angie Jack, regional representative, led a brief members meeting. She expressed gratitude to Troy Allen and Fortress Louisbourg NHS for hosting the Regional Meeting and for the attendees for taking the time, at relatively short notice, to attend. The group discussed timing and location of a future regional meeting. It was agreed that Ross Farm would host in mid-October 2017, date to be confirmed. The consensus was that a way for the group members to keep in more frequent contact would be beneficial. Angie will create a regional members Facebook page to assist in staying connected. It was agreed to reconnect with former members and encourage them to renew their memberships and share in the benefits of being part of ALHFAM.
The meeting concluded with a renewed commitment to furthering the work of ALHFAM in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces.
Upcoming Meetings/conferences planned: dates, theme, location and any other information:
Newsletters & other publications (Actual and scheduled. Attach your region’s bylaws or procedures manual if you have one): N/A
Other activities or achievements: Created a facebook page for promotion and Regional members to keep in contact. https://www.facebook.com/AtlanticCanadaRegionALHFAM/
Number of ALHFAM members currently in the region: 9