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Province looking for Nova Scotians to serve on agencies, boards and commissions

Applications are now being accepted and all residents of the province are eligible to apply
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Nova Scotians have an opportunity to serve their community and grow their careers by becoming a member of one of the province's 150 agencies, boards or commissions. Applications are now being accepted and all residents of the province are eligible to apply.

"Being a member of an agency, board or commission has given me access to other like-minded individuals, and the opportunity to have a say in government policy," said Amy Parsons, member of the Accessibility Advisory Board.

"There are many opportunities available. For example, if a person has interest in agriculture, policy and procedures, the arts or other areas, they can choose which ones to apply for based on their own personal interests."

People can apply to serve on a variety of agencies, boards and commissions, ranging from colleges and boards of self-regulated health professions, such as the colleges of chiropractors, counselling therapists, physiotherapists and paramedics, to cultural organizations, such as Arts Nova Scotia, and police advisory boards. 

"Nova Scotians can gain great experience by volunteering for an agency, board or commission while also making a difference in their communities," said Leo Glavine, Minister of the Voluntary Sector. 

"We need people from all walks of life and with diverse backgrounds and abilities to serve in these important roles. I encourage Nova Scotians to take a look at the many opportunities available and apply for those that grab their interest."

Applications for some opportunities are due by Nov. 19. Applications for many other positions are accepted year-round. To find out more and apply, visit, or call 902-424-4877 or 1-866-206-6844. 

Applicants are assessed based on their skills and qualifications, taking into account the needs of the individual agency, board or commission. Applications will be considered for both current and upcoming vacancies. Typically, appointees are reimbursed for expenses, and in some cases, paid a modest amount for their services.

In order to increase the diversity of the agencies, boards and commissions, applications are encouraged from women, Mi'kmaq and other Indigenous people, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities, Acadian Nova Scotians, immigrants and newcomers and persons from the 2LGBTQ+ community.

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