|Quality of Life is defined as the general well being of the residents of a community. How would you, as a Port Hawkesbury resident define yours? Quality of Life can be interpreted in many different ways, and should not be confused with the concept of standard of living, which is based primarily on income, and financial well-being. Instead, basic indicators of the quality of life include not only wealth and employment, but also the built environment, access to healthcare, education, recreation and leisure time, and social belonging.|
So, if we look at Port Hawkesbury in the bigger picture, what are some of the key characteristics that contribute to our Quality of Life? Long since recognizes as a regional center, our Town boasts shopping and service facilities that includes lending institutions, legal services, esthetic services, car dealerships, and retail. For a town of our size we certainly have a wide variety of amenities. Are there any services that are not present here that you think could exist, and thrive here?
Access to health care services/professionals is also a much sought after and indeed necessary attribute in any community. Here in Port Hawkesbury we have a number of practicing physicians, pharmacists, chiropractors, optometrists, and dentists – a wide range of medical professionals for a Town of just 3,500 people. But are there medical services that we are lacking; perhaps medical specialists, or even a health centre that could accommodate a number of professionals?
A wide variety of educational services are available our residents. In addition to the public school system, our local Literacy Council provides alternative pathways to learning and there is a broad selection of post secondary programs and courses available at the Nova Scotia Community College, Strait Area Campus. In addition, there are a number of resources and networks, enabling individuals to access information, and assistance with issues such as job searching, literacy skills, personal and vocational training. In previous Imagine2030 articles, we discussed the importance of our educational assets to learning, and to our economy – certainly Port Hawkesbury has a great deal to offer in this area.
We are fortunate to live in a community that takes advantage of its many natural attributes. Assets on land and sea include an extensive trail system and a marina and yacht club. Residents enjoy close proximity to numerous sporting clubs, fitness classes, and leisure activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, and during the summer months, outdoor activities and entertainment are provided through the Festival of the Strait, and the Granville Green Concert Series.
From a newcomer or youth engagement perspective, are there ways to grow participation in community activities/assets that would be more inclusive (and potentially contribute to the retention of these segments of our population)? This is an interesting question, given the declining population challenge that Port Hawkesbury has faced since the mid-1970s.
At the end of the day, Quality of Life is somewhat subjective – based on a person’s past experiences and values. So, tell us about your perspective - what are your favorite aspects of living here? What additional facilities and services could also prosper here? Let us know what you think. Bring your ideas forward. Let’s get started Growing our Town, Together!
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