What Happened in Ellershouse NS

Ellershouse is a small rural community of 450 souls about 30 minutes outside of Halifax Nova Scotia. It has always been an active community with a number of events going on in their community hall. Even so, there was a growing concern that the sense of community was slipping away. It was a great place to live, but there was little for youth to do and volunteerism was declining.

Jennifer Whynot stepped forward and said she wanted to do something about it. She reached out to the Happy Community Project at the peak of the Covid pandemic. Together, the Happy Community project and Jennifer created a vision, and a plan.

Jennifer decided the best way to bring the community together was create a community park. With training, coaching and mentoring, Jennifer was able to bring 200 people together to support the idea.

Over a 3 month period, the park emerged. The land was donated, materials were donated and people rolled up their sleeves and built a beautiful ¾ acre community park. Of course there was a celebration complete with ribbon cutting and fireworks. And they did it themselves.

More importantly, the community has taken on greater pride and has come to notice how many people in their small community care and how many people used to be strangers who now are known in the community.

This is what happens when a community Champion reaches out to the Happy Community Project.


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