Lack of volunteers on executive forces group to dissolve
The Uniacke Heritage Society is about to become a part of history itself.
Ken Isles, president of the non-profit group, says the average age of the remaining eight members is in the ballpark of 80 years old.
“We can get all kinds of people to come and work on a program but we can’t get people to take over,” he said in a phone interview.
The society strives to preserve the history and culture of Mount Uniacke, enhance the visual appearance of the East Hants community and promote recreational events.
Due to an unfulfilled need for new executive members, a motion calling for the dissolution of the 20-year-old society was passed in November.
The membership decline has made it difficult to continue offering the programs the society runs within the community year after year.
The society hosts an annual inclusive fishing derby at Murphy lake, organizes community cleanups and supports the firefighters’ parade, community map and signage projects, tourism initiatives, Canada Day events, heritage publications and beautification programs.
The Uniacke Heritage Society may soon be gone, but the legacy it leaves behind in the community it served will continue.
The group led the way in projects that resulted in the trail and barrier-free, 80-metre boardwalk along Murphy Lake.
The heritage society’s assets will be donated to non-profit groups serving the Mount Uniacke area.
Isles says any money left over when the society is dissolved will go into a bursary for a local high school student, the sports program at the Uniacke District School, new books for the library and cemetery maintenance.
Isles admits it is sad to see the heritage society meet its end, but “it’s just one of those things.”
Area councillor Rosanne Bland says the society will surely be missed.
“This is a long-running group in our community and it's a shame that it must come to an end but without younger blood there's nothing they can do,” Bland said. “They are a fine group of people and our community will not be the same without them.”