Committees of Council - Call for Volunteers!

Committees of Council Positions

Do you know what’s happening in your Town? Would you like to have input into what’s being done? Volunteer! Get involved! The Town of Berwick regularly has openings for citizen appointees to committees and commissions. These include the following:


Community Development

Planning Advisory

Police Advisory

Berwick Electric Commission.

You must be a resident of the Town and have a broadly based interest in the subject of the committee. Commitments vary from one meeting a month to every two months. Orientation is provided.

For more information or an application contact Chantal Pineo-Atwood at 538-8068x4006 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Additional information is available at

The Town is committed to ensuring that membership on its committees reflects our community. We are actively seeking applications from racially visible persons, persons with disabilities, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups.

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Outdoor Fires

As we head into the weekend, it's time for a reminder of the burning restrictions, and outdoor fires bylaw, in the Town of Berwick!

More information, including the bylaw, can be found on our website:

Under provincial regulations, the Department of Lands and Forestry advises Nova Scotians to consult their municipal bylaws prior to burning.

Be sure to know our local bylaws!
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Budget Presentation



Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 6:30pm

Via Webex Virtual Meeting

If you would like to attend this online meeting

please contact Chantal Pineo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or by phone at 902-538-8068x4006 by March 19, 2021


March Break

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Our Rec team has been busy, and we have planned a full week of activities for families to enjoy!
Covid-19 protocols will be in place, including limiting numbers of participants at indoor events, masks and contact tracing.
🌻 FAQ 🌻
What is a pop-up play? A pop-up play is an opportunity to try new things, and simply "play" outdoors! We will have equipment on hand and our recreation staff will be there to play with you too! This is an event for the whole family, and parent participation is encouraged - when was the last time you played?
What is a play day? A play day is the equivalent of our Pop Up plays, brought to you by our friends at the
Municipality of Kings Recreation Services
What is Open Gym? Open gym is similar to our pop-up plays, but simply indoors! This is limited to a smaller number of participants (25!) which is why it is taking place at the same time as the outdoor pop-up play at the Town Hall.
What are the rules for public skating? See our event page
FREE Public Skating
for full details but we can have a maximum of 50 participants on the ice at a time, with no spectators. Masks must be worn on entry and exit to the facility, and helmets are required.
We're SO looking forward to having fun with you this March Break in Berwick!

International Women's Day - Women of Berwick

For International Women's Day, on March 8th, the Town of Berwick wishes to recognize notable women from the Town of Berwick.
This may be a woman who was born in Berwick, grew up in the Town or lived here at any period of her life. We asked for submissions from our community of who they would felt was worthy of recognition.

Here are some of the nominations received:

Charity Huntley:
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Charity has been a strong voice in our community promoting diversity and inclusiveness. She was instrumental in organizing a number of events supporting and educating about the Black Lives Matter movement, and is a strong ally to the BIPOC communuty. Charity is always looking to help others find their voice in our community and is very proud of the progressive steps taken by our council and residents to make Berwick a safe and welcome town for everybody.

Barbara Lipp:
Barbara goes above and beyond her job responsibilities as management of the Berwick and District Library. 

Kelsey Best:
Kelsey is a talented athlete and friendly face at the Berwick Fitness Centre!

Catherine (Kay) Balch:
Supports local organizations, volunteers with the Lions, volunteers to BBQ for the seniors who reside in the little subdivision beside Shurgain, volunteers to BBQ for the Waterville field day annual event.

Heather Morse:

Heather Morse is a retired educator and principal with a passion for community volunteering. She currently serves as Chair of the Western Kings Community Health Board (CHB) where she has been a member since 2017. Heather is committed to the health of the community, and food security in particular. She has filled many roles throughout her time on the Community Health Board, including working on the Kings County Food Council, reviewing grant applications on the Wellness Fund Committee, assisting in school food initiatives in Berwick, and participating in the Community Alcohol Partnership. Heather also volunteers with the Kingston Greenwood Mental Health Association and Valley Restorative Justice and is on the Board of Directors of Nourish NS. Heather is a dedicated leader and volunteer whose work has made a difference in her home community of Berwick and the surrounding area.

Amy Sentis, Stephanie Anderson, Tracey Wilson, Angela Bentley, Jennifer Carey, Del Filippone, Lauren Bonner, Angie Dorey, Donna Conrad:
Berwick is lucky to have a wide range of local businesses owned by courageous and brilliant women.
Marlene Connell:
She is the reason we continue to have Ringette in Berwick! She spends more of her time volunteering with organizations like Berwick & District Ringette and Somerset Soccer or substitute teaching our kids than she does doing anything for herself!!
Mandy Burgess:
Mandy puts so much of her free time and energy into volunteer coaching our young kids in Berwick & Distract Ringette AND the Central Kings Girls Hockey team! She is am awesome role model!
Sally (Parker) Horsnell:
Sally was born and raised in the Town of Berwick and is a long-time resident. An accomplished artist, Sally paid tribute to her home town by completing a series of over thirty paintings each portraying an historical building in Berwick. Some of these paintings now hang in the Berwick Museum and Art Gallery where the gallery is named in her honour. Prior to her stroke several years ago, Sally was also active in the United Church and as a young woman she worked at the Berwick Hospital.

Margaret Marshall Saunders:

Margaret Marshall Saunders who lived her childhood years in Berwick during the 1860’s is primarily known for her novel Beautiful Joe, which follows the perspective of a cruelly abused dog who recalls the story of his life in his old age after being rescued. Her novel touched the hearts of many, and became a favourite among children and adults alike. Beautiful Joe quickly became a best-selling novel and was the first Canadian novel to sell over one million copies. Saunders’ love for animals and opposition to cruelty was reflected in her everyday life as well, as she often involved herself in humanitarian and social issues. She is commemorated as a Person of National Historic Significance by the Government of Canada for her literary achievements and humanitarian work.
Amy Sentis:
She is the owner of Sweeties and during the pandemic, in my opinion was a big light! She came up with innovative ways to bring smiles to everybody, especially children when she designed a chute on halloween to make sure lods could enjoy contact free trick or treating. I know during all of this she has had a tough time with some personal issues but her infections smile never waivers !
Robyn Rix:

Robin is a leader for the 2nd Berwick Scouts program. She is also an EA at Somerset elementary. Her dedication to youth in the area is admirable and her focus both at Beavers/Cubs/Scouts is fostering independence and nurturing the children’s love for the outdoors. Her love for then outdoors transfers over to her work as an EA as well and she advocates for ideas that also foster these same ideals in a school setting. She is very much deserving of this recognition.
Betty Woodworth:

Margaret Elizabeth (Betty) Woodworth is a lifelong resident of Berwick.   She graduated in 1965 from the Payzant Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.  She worked for 28 years in Berwick’s long term nursing home GVM. Over those years she developed special bonds with many residents, their families & her coworkers. She worked as Floor Nursing Supervisor, Assistant Director of Nursing and retired as Director of Nursing Care.  Since retirement Betty continues to volunteer at GVM bringing smiles to the residents faces  In her down time she has written a book called “Gems of Old” Annapolis Valley Gold. This book has little sayings of old that Betty has  collected over her years.  She is a member/ volunteer with The Capital Apple Museum in town.   Betty has a heart of gold and would help anyone in need.    Betty & Husband Bill reside in South Berwick enjoying retirement   She is very proud of her roots and her town!  Picture provided is Betty at her graduation receiving an award for Operating Room Practices

Carol Boylan-Hartling:

Carol was a community champion for the Town of Berwick. She had a passion for the people and the places of this community that will never be rivalled and worked hard to ensure everyone felt welcome and included.

Cyndi Palmer:

Cyndi dedicated her life to her family and community. She loved working with children as she did for many years in the Berwick and Somerset schools. She was a member and past president of the Berwick Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, member and past president of the Berwick School Band Parent Association, served as a 4-H leader and was a past president of the Berwick Gala Days committee.

Marjorie Saunders:
Marjorie is a dedicated community volunteer and well known spokeswoman of the Town of Berwick.

Edith Bethune:
Bethune's interest in photography began with her taking casual snapshots around Berwick where her husband was working as a physician. She became involved with the Annapolis Valley Pictorialists and began manually coloring her photographs. She exhibited her photographs at the Canadian Salon of Photography. Her photographs appeared in Maclean's magazine (identified as Mrs. R.O. Bethune), The Camera magazine, American Photography magazine, the American Annual of Photography, and Photo-Era magazine. She won the Kodak Competition twice, in 1929 and 1931.
Diane Louise Alcorn:
A sister of Sally Horsnell; A professional musician and mezzo-soprano, Diane was a recipient of numerous honours, including the Nova Scotia Talent Trust Award. She attended Dalhousie University in Halifax and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In addition to her performing career, including work with symphony orchestras and nationally broadcast concerts (CBC Radio), she was a beloved choir director, private teacher, and a member of the music faculty of St. Francis Xavier University.
Pat Jodrie:
Pat Jodrie is a passionate community champion of the Town of Berwick.
Dr. Amanda Steadman - Briner:
Since 2009 buying her dental practice from Dr. Allen, she has given very generously to her community- Berwick School and the Library for example. 
Mrs Hiram Thomas, first elected female councillor in the Town of Berwick.

Madeline Rice, Acclaim counsellor in the Town of Berwick.

Anna Ashford Morton and Beth Easson, both elected in 2004, first females elected in 32 years to the Town of Berwick Town Council.

Marianne Woodworth, elected in 2008 to the Town of Berwick Town Council.

Jane Bustin, elected in 2012 to the Town of Berwick Town Council.