Former Wolfville mayor Bob Stead honoured for leadership by AVH

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Former Wolfville mayor Bob Stead is honoured at the Eastern Kings Memorial Community Health Centre. From left are Tricia Cochrane, vice-president of community and continuing care, AVH; Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum, also chairman of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities; Stead; Betty Mattson, chairwoman of the AVH board of directors; Christina Swetnam, co-chairwoman of Smoke Free Kings; Janet Knox, president and CEO of AVH; and Dr. Rob Strang, chief public health officer. - Bruce Dienes photo

A gathering at Eastern Kings Memorial Community Health Centre was held to honour former Wolfville mayor, Bob Stead, recently.

The event celebrated Stead’s leadership in healthy communities, particularly with a focus on tobacco and alcohol-related harms.

On Nov. 7, Stead received the first biennial Ken Simpson Memorial Award for Outstanding Public Service and Leadership in Nova Scotia Municipal Government from the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. In recognition of this prestigious award, members of the Annapolis Valley Health team, local municipalities, Smoke Free Kings and many others gathered to celebrate Stead’s visionary leadership, fearlessness and ability to motivate others.

“I always found in the community a group of people that were interested in, and more than capable of managing, the kinds of issues that they wanted leadership on,” Stead explained. “And, if I was able to provide that leadership along the way – wittingly or unwittingly –  I would have done it all over again.

“What I would like us to do is keep encouraging others to do what we've done...great projects that a lot of you had great visions about and were really keen and concerned about getting on with and making those work as a part of the conscience of this community. I am grateful...we have accomplished so much together."

Organizations: Annapolis Valley Health, Public Service

Geographic location: Wolfville, Nova Scotia

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