Our Community Development Department provides the programs, services and facilities, including parks and open space properties, that enhance the health and quality of life for the residents in the West Hants Regional Municipality. 

The Department’s vision for physical activity is one where being active is the norm throughout the four seasons; where residents have the skills to benefit from recreation opportunities and where individuals and families are willing and able to access physical activity opportunities and infrastructure. 

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Plans and Strategies

There have been several plans developed over the past number of years that help guide the work our team does. 

The Avon Region Active Transportation Plan was designed to improve options for safe and convenient non-motorized transportation across the Avon Region. View the Plan pdf (17.94 MB) here.

The Parks and Open Spaces Plan was developed to direct the management of our recreational spaces such as operations, maintenance, acquisition, divestment, funding, programming, and education. The main body of the Parks and Open Spaces Plan can be viewed or downloaded here

The Active Living Strategy was created to develop an action plan to get people moving and outlines the steps to be taken to provide communities and residents with the opportunities and knowledge needed to participate in more physical activities more often. The Active Living Strategy can be viewed or downloaded pdf (7.56 MB) here.  

The West Hants Trails Plan was created to inventory eighteen trail sites across the Municipality and included ideas for how West Hants could invest and develop these sites in order to ensure maximum use and community benefit. View or download the document here.

Meet Your Community Development Team! 

Meet the Team

Director of Community Development, Kathy Kehoe, is responsible for the overall management of the Department which is comprised of Recreation and Facilities, Parks and Grounds and Community Economic Development. Contact Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 902-798-8391 ext.123.

Our Community Development Admin, Julie Brown, can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 902-798-8391 ext. 124.

Manager of Community Economic Development, VanEssa Roberts, is responsible for overseeing the activities and operations and identifying opportunities for community economic development. Reach VanEssa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 902-798-8391 ext.213.

Diane Levy is our Manager of Recreation and Facilities and designs and oversees implementation of programs and services that serve the long-term health and recreational needs of our residents. She also manages recreation and recreation facility staff and provides support for the special projects related to special events, tourism & recreation. Contact Diane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 902-798-8391 ext.214.

Our Active Living Coordinator, Bekah Craik, designs and implements active living opportunities to promote healthy lifestyle choices with a focus on the health and wellness of individuals, family members and the community. She is also responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Regional Municipality's Active Living Strategy, the Active Transportation Plan, and the Trails Plan. Contack Bekah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 902-790-9647.

Community Recreation Coordinator, Kathy Johnston Isenor, is responsible for the ongoing planning, development, facilitation and evaluation of sport, recreation, healthy living and leisure programs in our communities. Contact Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 902-790-7976.

Our Community Relations Coordinator, Chrystal Remme, works to develop communications strategies and activites to encourage community participation focused on community and economic development. Reach Chrystal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 902-798-8391 ext. 109.

Our Manager of Parks and Grounds, Ricky Sanford, is responsible for the oversight and maintenance of all municipal parks, playgrounds, open spaces and outdoor facilities under the Department's purview. Ricky can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 902-798-8508.

John Sweet is our Community Centre Cordinator. Contact John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 902-798-8391 ext.215.

Our Sports Complex and Aquatic Coordinator is Glen Wentzell. Glen can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 902-798-8391 ext.216. 

Chuck Greaves is our Sports Complex Attendant and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Greg MacAskill, is our Cemetery Services Coordinator. Contact Greg at gThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 902-790-2504.

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