About Us

We’re about creating a stronger, more vibrant community, by bringing together the private sector, the voluntary sector and aspiring entrepreneurs. It’s about being a space unlike any other space that currently exists within the St. Margaret’s Bay area.

 The St. Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre (SMB CEC) is a facility where local volunteer groups and businesses can come together to work and share community projects, experiences, resources, and knowledge. It’s a place for everyone to work together to help businesses and community groups improve life for everyone in the St. Margaret’s Bay area.

It all started back in November 2014, after a very well-attended ONE St. Margaret’s Bay community meeting, organized by the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association. At the meeting, it was agreed by various community groups and development agencies that there was a great need for a physical location to provide a local hub for meeting, working, sharing, supporting, and inspiring.

That needs were outlined and identified:
• Somewhere for drop-in conversation, socializing and networking; 
• A permanent location for the Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay and other not-for-profit members; 
• Serviced office and meeting spaces, staffed by volunteers from the location’s partners;
• Resources for social enterprises and entrepreneurs; 
• Space to deliver training programs for local volunteer groups and businesses; 
• Somewhere that would help with and facilitate accessing grants and other funding, including ;  allowing for the delivery of government services in the area.

And so, the Community Enterprise Centre was born.

We invite anyone who wishes to be part of the CEC community and help build on what has already been created to get in touch with us by email at info@smbcec.org, by calling us at 902 826 1680, or by stopping by during our regular hours, 9 am to 4 pm, weekdays.

Our Vision, Mission & Values

Our Vision

An active and mutually supportive community of people who access and use all the resources they need to succeed.

Our Mission

The St. Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre provides a common interactive forum for local not-for-profit and business interests to support social and commercial entrepreneurship within our community.

Our Core Values

The St.Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre is a place where collaboration, communication, and mutual support are key to our success.

In working together as a team, we  adhere to the following  core values or guiding principles:

Integrity – We conduct our affairs with a high degree of moral and ethical standards.

Teamwork – We work together with a collaborative spirit, open communication and mutual support.

Respect – We  seek to hear, understand, recognize, and respect diverse opinions, even if they are different from ours.

Our Board

Board of Directors 2021-2022

Keith Ayling, Bay Chamber
Fred Dolbel, CEC Life Member
Brian Dorey, Sipekne ‘takik First Nations
David Eisnor, Futurepreneur
Bob Joyce, Fair Winds Financial Coach
Paul Langdon, Ulnooweg Development Group
Richard Learmonth, The Masthead News
Audrey Milley, Member
Jennifer O’Quinn, CBDC Blue Water
Chris Pelham, CEC Life Member
Chantal Pelham-Edwards, Third Sector Enhancement
Melan Sapp, CEC Life Member
Mamadou Wade, Black Business Initiative
Shelley Webb, St. Margaret’s Bay Regional Tourism Development Association
Rebecca Weickert, Bay Treasure Chest Association

Officers

PRESIDENT – Chris Pelham
VICE-PRESIDENT – Richard Learmonth
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER – Audrey Milley
SECRETARY – Jennifer O’Quinn

Our Members

Bay Treasure Chest Association
The Bay Treasure Chest weekly 50/50 Toonie Draw was established in early 2014 by five local not-for-profit service organizations as a fundraising partnership in the St. Margaret’s Bay area. The partnership has expanded to eight groups, comprising fourteen organizations. Volunteers from the partner groups spend many hours on the weekly draws, and local retailers kindly support the program by making room for the chests on their premises. From their share of Treasure Chest proceeds, the partners deliver programs, services, recreation and other activities to benefit individuals, families, the environment and our community.

Other community groups are eligible to receive honoraria by helping with a draw. Since 2016, Bay Treasure Chest has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to local secondary school students.

In 2020, the organization added a Monthly Online Draw when the Toonie Draw was twice suspended during the pandemic.

BBI (Black Business Initiative)
The Black Business Initiative is committed to growing a stronger Black presence in Nova Scotia’s business community. We act as a catalyst for job creation, equitable participation, and advancing the economic prosperity of Nova Scotia. In 1996, the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia founded the organization to address the unique needs confronting the Black business community in Nova Scotia.

Carol Cone on Purpose
Carol Cone On Purpose was launched in 2015 as a flexible, authentic, experts-at-the-centre purpose-consulting model to advance organizations’ reasons for being beyond profit. From discovering what purpose means to your organization, through to an introductory workshop, to strategy development, leadership positioning, employee engagement, and partnerships, we work with brands, nonprofits, and corporations.

CBDC Blue Water
CBDC Blue Water is one of 41 Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) serving Atlantic Canada.  Being a CBDC, we promote economic development in rural areas by providing financial assistance, training, and counselling to small businesses. As a CBDC, we assist in the creation of small businesses and in the expansion and modernization of existing businesses by providing financial and technical services to entrepreneurs. We are not-for-profit community-based organizations run by volunteers from the local business community who firmly believe in improving the economic viability of their communities.

GPI Atlantic/GPI Youth 
GPI Atlantic/ GPI Youth is a nonprofit organization based in Nova Scotia, and working globally. GPI Atlantic measures what matters most, like clean air and water, fertile soil, nurturing families, and vital societies. GPI offers training in research methods for sustainable development, and partners with youth and communities in Nova Scotia and globally.

Pam Lovelace
Deputy Mayor Pam Lovelace has been a member of Regional Council since 2020, elected as Councillor for District 13, following a 20-year career in communications and project management.

After graduating from Mount Saint Vincent University with a BA(Hons) degree in business administration, she worked for CBC Maritimes in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick producing television and online programming. Pam has also worked in various communications and project management roles with federal, provincial, and municipal governments. She has an MA in adult education and worked for Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Health, and as an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Pam has volunteered with many groups throughout Atlantic Canada and has received Volunteer of the Year awards from Halifax and the Province of Nova Scotia. In 2020, she was awarded national certification in Agile Project Management.  

Pam currently serves on many municipal committees, boards, and commissions, and continues to look for opportunities to make positive contributions as an elected official. She lives in Hammonds Plains with her husband, David, and their children, Ava and Callum.

Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay (Bay Seniors)
Established in 2009, the Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay (Bay Seniors) is a not-for-profit registered society whose purpose is to help seniors in the St. Margaret’s Bay area realize their retirement dreams, maintain control over their lives and identify opportunities for sharing their skills and experience. Bay Seniors is inclusive and helps local seniors participate in social, community and wellness activities.

St. Margaret’s Bay Chamber of Commerce
The St. Margaret’s Bay Chamber of Commerce was formed to support the many businesses surrounding the Bay area, and to represent them in promoting their many unique ventures. They have been around for close to a decade and invite you to join them in some of the many opportunities they have to offer.

St. Margaret’s Bay Region Tourism Development Association
The St. Margaret’s Bay Tourism Development Association (SMB Tourism) grew out of a community group consisting of volunteers focused on enhancing visitor experiences. Formally incorporated in 1999, the organization’s mission is “to foster the growth and development of a sustainable tourism industry in the St. Margaret’s Bay region and to strengthen its position as a destination, while maintaining the cultural and environmental integrity of the region.”

SMB Tourism continues, with limited human and financial resources, like many volunteer organizations, to serve tourism interests in a variety of ways to promote the area as a premier destination.

St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association

The Masthead News
The Masthead News is a well-established family-friendly community newspaper that is currently distributed to over 29,000 households and businesses in the South Shore region of Nova Scotia. The newspaper’s content is focused on what is happening in our communities, and tells stories by and about the people who live and work here.

Third Sector Enhancement Ltd.
Our collective community development experience spans nearly 40 years. We have been working with communities, non-profit organizations, businesses and governments for decades – helping them identify their goals and the pathways to achieve them. We have worked in government, in nonprofits, and in private business, and understand the unique complexities of those environments. We believe that decisions should be influenced by those who will be most impacted by them. All our activities are based on this fundamental premise.

Ulnooweg
Ulnooweg, pronounced [Ul-noo-wegg], is a Mi’kmaq word that, broadly translated, means: “to make indigenous or to adapt beliefs, customs, etc. of the Mi’kmaq.” In this context, Ulnooweg Development Group would translate to an “Indigenized” Development Group incorporating the beliefs, customs, values, etc. of the Mi’kmaq nation.  In this way, Ulnooweg operates as an extension of communities, uniquely stewarding their needs and supporting their business leaders and entrepreneurs. We are all one team working together toward a vision of self-sustaining, healthy communities.

As the Atlantic Indigenous business organization, Ulnooweg and its portfolio of strategic initiatives are pleased to engage with the St. Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre. Increasing participation by Indigenous entrepreneurs and innovators in the Atlantic economy is the goal, and we see ourselves as the conduit, or connector, of the two ecosystems. In the role of connector, working with other accelerating organizations of the CEC, we look forward to a positive increase in Indigenous entrepreneurs and innovators. Ulnooweg has been providing loans and business services to Aboriginal entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada since 1986. With representatives in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia, we offer convenient, personalized service to our clients to help them succeed.

Our Volunteers

These are the people who give their time, skills and dedication to support us, thereby supporting our community.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who:
• Dreamed a place like the CEC could happen here.
• Worked so hard to establish the CEC.
• Is part of our participation in our community today.

Our special thanks to our founding board of directors and the dozens of individuals, organizations, businesses and government departments that made the St. Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre possible

If you are interested in volunteering, email us at info@smbcec.org

ADDRESS
Unit 1 – 5229 St. Margaret’s Bay Road
Upper Tantallon, NS
B3Z 4R9

HOURS
9AM-4PM, Monday to Friday, excluding holidays

PHONE
(902) 826-1680

EMAIL
info@smbcec.org

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