Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings—Hants, speaks from a podium in the Alumni Room in the Acadia Athletics Complex

A genuine team effort has resulted in exciting news at Acadia University's campus –the artificial turf on Raymond Field will be recycled and replaced in the coming months.

Today, Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings—Hants, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; along with the Honorable Keith Irving, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Kings South; and Dr. Peter Ricketts, President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia University, announced funding for upgrades to Acadia University's Raymond Field, one of the two outdoor artificial turf playing fields in the Annapolis Valley.

 

Having a regional workforce development strategy is something that could help set the Annapolis Valley apart in the eyes of potential employers and job seekers.

Valley Regional Enterprise Network (REN) Economic development officer Richelle Brown Redden said they began exploring a regional workforce development strategy before the pandemic hit, in response to what they were hearing from businesses and industries they were working with.

Dr. Peter Ricketts addresses the audience from a podium at a Campaign for Acadia event

Following approximately five years in a quiet phase, Acadia University in Wolfville went public with Campaign for Acadia in October 2018. The campaign had a lofty goal — raising $75 million — but this was exceeded by nearly 16 per cent. A total of $86.8 million was raised by December 2020, two years earlier than the campaign was expected to conclude.

Acadia University president and vice-chancellor Dr. Peter Ricketts said one example of how the funds are essential to positioning Acadia for the future includes the provision of financial and academic awards to students, which gives the university a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

The provincial and federal governments are investing in new equipment at the Acadia Laboratory for Agri-food and Beverage to support its work for local beverage producers. The province, through the Department of Agriculture, is providing $145,950. The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Innovative Communities Fund, is providing a $99,500 non-repayable contribution.

The new investment will allow the laboratory to introduce new equipment for faster and accurate analysis of local producers' craft beer, spirits, and cider. It will also help ALAB work towards achieving ISO certification.

Acadia University announced today the retirement of Kevin Dickie as the Executive Director of Acadia Athletics. Dickie has enjoyed a 34-year career in sport as a coach and administrator, including thirteen years at the Wolfville, Nova Scotia campus.

In his ten years at the helm as athletics director, Acadia Athletics has hosted an unprecedented ‎four consecutive U SPORTS national championships and boasted many national Top-10 teams and awards, a 77% increase to the cumulative team winning percentage, and eleven AUS championship titles. During his tenure, Dickie also served terms as both a U SPORTS board director‎ and Atlantic University Sport president.

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