When the United Way of Halifax and Region (UWHR) asked organizations in seven city neighbourhoods if they were interested in the ANC project, Spryfield stepped up to the plate. The UWHR removed uncertainty about federal funding by guaranteeing support themselves, and they hired local residents to direct the project – two guiding values that would stand the project in good stead.

The Spryfield Community Action Coalition (SCAC) collaborates with the Captain William Spry Community Centre Board of Directors (now renamed the Chebucto Community Development Association [CCDA]), although each organization has its own particular focus.

In the first year, eight action grant projects were approved:

  • Two to help green a public housing complex
  • Two to promote local business
  • A research project to investigate establishing a child- and youth-centred services hub in Spryfield
  • An environmental monitoring project to protect a local river
  • A Spryfield residents’ association website
  • A youth arts program to be operated by the local Boys and Girls Club and the Spry Centre board

The publication of We are Spryfield, a record of demographic, economic, social and environmental information as well as the collective experience and wisdom of the neighbourhood, garnered much response and served as a catalyst for change.

The positive outcomes have included the adoption of a long-term UWHR neighbourhood strategy, the development of many important interagency and government relationships, and the increased commitment and participation of Spryfield residents in neighbourhood renewal efforts.

Second year initiatives broadened to include:

  • A gardening project for seniors
  • Music, dance and art workshops aimed at youth
  • A collective kitchen
  • Funding to remove graffiti and create a community mural
  • Refurbishment of recreational facilities
  • Leadership programs for young women and students

A youth worker situated at the library helped train 15 young people to produce broadcast-quality radio programs. A six-part series that described what it is like to be young in Spryfield aired on participating community and public radio stations

One resident summed up the impact of the ANC project by thanking UWHR: “They got all the right groups talking and have helped build mutually supportive relationships at levels residents were unable to access by themselves.”

As a result, residents are gradually assuming a larger role in the affairs of the neighbourhood.

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Key Contacts

Paul Shakotko
Manager, Neighbourhood Change
United Way of Halifax Region
7th Floor, Royal Bank Building
46 Portland Street
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1H4
Tel: (902) 461-3086
Email: pshakotko@unitedwayhalifax.ca

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Spryfield, a farming community since the 1770s, was annexed by the City of Halifax in 1969. It is in the Mainland South of Halifax, a diverse area of urban, suburban, and rural development. The road into Spryfield snakes through the often heavily-congested Armdale Rotary (traffic circle) at the head of Halifax’s northwest arm, then travels up a steep hill onto the mainland. Residents have a sense of being separate from the rest of Halifax – the rotary acts as a traffic barrier and the hilly climb leaves the rest of the city ‘down below’. More...

Key Documents

Caledon Story -
ANC in Spryfield, Halifax Celebrates Two Years of Action and Renewal (May 2007)

Quartiers en essor Spryfield, Halifax fête deux anneés d’action et de renouveau (May 2007)

Our Vibrant Neighbourhoods Strategy
Governors Brook
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Guardian Ancestors
*large download 43MB

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No Boundaries
*large download 26MB
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Spryfield Spirit
*large download 27MB
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ANC Five Communities: Spryfield
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Clarification profile of Spryfield 2006 Community Profile
Spryfield 2006 Community Profile

Caledon Story -
A Return to ANC in Spryfield: Fresh Ideas Spring into Action
(April 2006)

Un retour sur l’initiative Quartiers en essor de Spryfield: Idées nouvelles qui se traduisent en actions concrètes (Avril 2006)

Spryfield community meeting (January 2006)
The 7 Spryfield Themes (January 2006)
Neighbourhoods seek own solutions - An article from The Daily News (January 2006)
We are Spryfield (January 2006)
Residents want to get Spryfield walking – An article from The Daily News (November 2005)

Caledon Story –
Spryfield Chooses Halifax ANC
(October 2005)

Spryfield choisit l'initiative Quartiers en essor – Halifax – octobre 2005

Spryfield – A Community On The Go! (June 2005)
Spryfield Chosen to Participate in National Project (May 2005)
Our Community is on the Go! – A Spryfield Community Forum

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