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Collectivité · 1909-

The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) was founded in Canada in 1900 by Margaret Polson Murray of Montreal. She aimed to form an organization based on "patriotism, loyalty and service" that would allow women to provide assistance on the home front during the South African War (1899-1902). The first chapter was established in Fredericton, New Brunswick, then in 1901, the headquarters moved to Toronto, and the federation was formally incorporated nationally. The stated objectives of the IODE included the “stimulation of patriotic sentiment, the fostering of a bond of union and united action among women and children throughout the British Empire; care for the dependents of military personnel, and the preservation of the memory of brave and historic deeds”.

The first primary chapter formed in Nova Scotia was the Princess Louise Chapter in Halifax NS in 1909. By 1920 there were 20 chapters and a Provincial Chapter to coordinate them was formed in October 1920. The first national project the Nova Scotia chapters supported was the War Memorial Plan, which provided scholarships to children of men killed or disabled in the First World War (1914-1918) and also provided memorials of the war to schools. They continued to assist in the war effort during the Second World War, raising funds and providing comforts for service personnel. Besides encouraging patriotism, Nova Scotia IODE members were involved in the promotion of health, welfare, and education (which became the focus after the Second World War). They assisted in the construction and maintenance of medical facilities; provided bursaries and scholarships for students at all levels of education; supported special education projects; assisted immigrants; and promoted good citizenship and interest in the British Commonwealth. They also sponsored Girl Guide troops, Junior Chapters and Children of the Empire Troops. In the 1970s they adopted the name IODE. In the 1980s and 1990s the IODE contributed input, opinions, and briefs to different levels of government concerning the status of women, the Canadian Constitution, human rights, and citizenship. As of 2024, the organization continues its work of service to the community.

Collectivité · 1949-

The Maritime Division of the Canadian Council of the Blind was formed on 22 January 1949 in Sydney, N.S. by delegates from local CCB clubs (chapters) including the Fundy Club of St. John, N.B., Fraser Club of Halifax, N.S. and Island Wide Club of Sydney, N.S. The principle objectives of the council are "to promote the wellbeing of the blind through higher education, profitable employment, social association, and to create a closer relationship between the blind and sighted..." It also aims to promote measures for the conservation of sight and prevention of blindness. The Maritime Division convenes an annual conference for its chapters, coordinates activities within its jurisdiction, and acts as a voice for provincial concerns both within the CCB and in relation to government and other organizations. The division is governed by an executive committee and is financed by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind which acts as the national service agency for the blind in Canada. The division was later reorganized with new divisions and jurisdictions established. As of 2002, these divisions are the Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Division and New Brunswick Division. As of 2024, each province has its own Division.

Almon family

Doctor William James “W.J.” Almon (1754-1817), British Loyalist, physician and surgeon, was the first generation of Almons to live in Nova Scotia, Canada. Born in 1754 to James Almon and Ruth (Hollywood) Almon in Providence, Rhode Island, United States, he fled to Halifax, Nova Scotia during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) and in June 1776 joined the British military as a surgeon’s mate. After the War, he settled in Halifax with a private medical practice, and was appointed surgeon-general of the military there. In 1785 he married Rebecca Byles (1762-1853) daughter of Rev. Mather Byles Jr. (1735-1814), another Loyalist. Their son Dr. William Bruce “W.B.” Almon (1787-1840) was the 2nd generation of Almons in NS. He graduated from University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1809 and succeeded his father as physician and surgeon in Halifax, NS. Dr. W.B. Almon married Laleah Johnston (1789-1869) in 1814.

In 1816 the birth of Dr. W.B. and Laleah Almon’s son the Honorable Dr. William Johnston “W.J.” Almon (1816-1901) started the 3rd generation of Almons to practice medicine in Halifax. Dr. W.J. Almon was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1872, then appointed Senator in 1879. He married Elizabeth Lichtenstein Ritchie (d.1886) of Annapolis, NS in 1840. Their son Dr. Thomas Ritchie Almon (1843-1901) also became a physician in Halifax, the 4th generation of Almons to do so, and married Frances Egan (1845-1942) of Quebec.

Dr. Thomas and Frances Almon’s children made up the 5th generation of Almons. Cotton Mather Almon (1846-1883) married Ellie Dodd (d.1906) in 1873 and his younger brother Lt. Col. William Bruce “W.B.” Almon (1875-1961) became a professional soldier, served in the Royal Canadian Artillery and then was private secretary to the Lieutenant-Governor of NS for 23 years. W.B. Almon married Mary Hill Dickey of Amherst, NS in 1908.

The 6th generation were children of the 2 brothers above. Cotton and Ellie Almon had 3 children: Dr. William Bruce “Bruce” Almon (1875-1940), Susanna W.A. Almon (1877-1958), and Caroline “Rollie” Almon. Lt. Col. W.B. and Mary Almon had 2 children: Nancy (Almon) Carscallen (1916-2017) who married Henry M. Carscallen, and Laleah (Almon) Cunningham (d.1994).

J.P. Messervey
Personne · 1890-1982

John Perham “J.P.” Messervey (1890-1982), mining engineer and government administrator, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada October 6, 1890 to Albert Frederick Messervey and Miriam Louise (Perham) Messervey. A graduate of Nova Scotia Technical College, J.P. Messervey joined the Nova Scotia Department of Public Works and Mines in 1922 and became Deputy Inspector of Mines in 1936. He directed rescue operations at the Moose River mine disaster that same year. From 1947 to 1958, Messervey was Deputy Minister of Mines, retired in 1958. Messervey wrote 3 pamphlets on minerals in Nova Scotia, taught mining at the Nova Scotia Technical College in Halifax, NS (dates unknown), and was involved in creating films for training miners. He married Hilda Louise Massey (1913-1997) in 1965. He died in Halifax on September 6, 1982.

Earl Bailly
Personne · 1903-1977

Evern Earl Bailly (1903-1977), artist/painter, was born July 8, 1903 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia to Harris Edwin Bailly and Willetta Maud Curll. He contracted polio at the age of 3, left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. As a child he learned to draw and paint with the brush in his mouth, later took art lessons at Eastport, Maine, USA, from George Pearce Ennis in 1931. He painted in water colour and oils, specialized in seascapes, fishing scenes and coastal landscapes of Nova Scotia. He was mobile in a wheelchair, with the help of his younger brother Donald (Don) Bailly (1913-2007), and together they traveled extensively, including a trip on the schooner BLUENOSE to the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Earl Bailly’s work has been exhibited in the National Gallery of Canada; Warm Springs Foundation, Georgia, USA; Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, NS; Philadelphia Art Alliance; Four Arts Society of Palm Beach FL; many private collections and the former Earl Bailly Art Gallery in Bermuda. He was a member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists and the Nova Scotia Society of Artists. He received an honourary degree from St. Francis Xavier University in 1972. He died July 1, 1977 at his home in Lunenburg at age 74.

Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association
Collectivité · circa 1977-

The Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association (NSPA) is a professional healthcare organization and a branch of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). Its role is to promote excellence in practice, serve as the voice and advocate for physiotherapists, physiotherapy residents, physiotherapy assistants and students across Nova Scotia. The Association is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors supported by an Executive Committee and two standing committees. Members who join CPA automatically become members of NSPA. Officially registered under the current name in 2009, it was previously known as the Nova Scotia Branch of the national association as far back as 1977. The Canadian Physiotherapy Association was founded in 1920.

Collectivité · 1951-

Founded in 1951, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (C.A.U.T.) is the national voice for academic staff representing 70,000 teachers, librarians, researchers, general staff and other academic professionals at some 123 universities and colleges across the country. CAUT is an outspoken defender of academic freedom and works actively in the public interest to improve the quality and accessibility of post-secondary education in Canada.

William Perrot
Personne · 1953-present

William (Bill) Perrot was born in 1953, in Portsmouth, Virginia. He grew up in Petersburg, Virginia,. Bill graduated from Westminster Choir College Princeton, NJ, in 1975 and has been involved in school, church, and community choirs since his arrival in Nova Scotia that same year. It was in 1982 as past-president of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation (NSCF) that he met Liz Batstone who joined the NSCF as Executive Director. Liz welcomed Bill to stay with her family when they had NSCF meetings, and Bill became a friend of the Family. Bill lives in the Annapolis Valley at present, and remains active in the choral world.

Elizabeth Marion (Bradbrook) Batstone
Personne · 1945-present

Elizabeth (Liz) Batstone was born in 1945, in Greenspond, Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland. Her love of choral singing started with Church and school choirs, and continued throughout her life. In 1982, Liz’ husband Munden was accepted into a master’s program at Dalhousie University, and they moved to Halifax temporarily so he could pursue his degree. While in Halifax, Liz took a job as Executive Director of the NSCF, where she met Bill. When Liz and her family moved to St. John’s Newfoundland in 1986, Liz began working with the Newfoundland Government, spending nearly 10 years as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Culture. In 1999, Liz and Munden moved back to Nova Scotia, settling in Bedford, where they remain.