RCS Nova Scotia believes that the Commonwealth is an important influence for good in the world. The value of this society lies in the great diversity of cultures and creeds and political beliefs it represents, and in its ability to communicate and act constructively for peaceful ends. Contacts forged among peoples of the Commonwealth, and particularly among the countries’ youth, comprise a vital element in creating and sustaining understanding and tolerance among different peoples and communities.
The Nova Scotia Branch of The Royal Commonwealth Society holds meetings and social events throughout the year, with special speakers and entertainment with a Commonwealth flavour. In the summer there is a Lobster Dinner, followed in the fall by a Wine and Cheese Event and during winter the annual formal Christmas Tea is a highlight. On Commonwealth Day in March we hold a Church Service and Luncheon. His Honour reads Her Majesty’s message, and the special speaker has a topical presentation. Finishing off the year, there is a Brunch and AGM in May.
Our branch has a focus on youth. Commonwealth students studying at the local universities are offered on a first- come first- served basis a guided bus tour of our scenic South Shore in the fall. This tour has been offered now for 27 years. At Christmas, University Commonwealth students are invited to a Christmas Reception at Government House hosted by his Honour, the Lieutenant Governor, and Her Honour. School students are encouraged to participate in the Queen’s International Essay Competition, the oldest and largest in the world. Nova Scotia has had Award Winners who are then recognized by His Honour, our Lieutenant Governor, at a special reception event at Government House.
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