Former MLA appointed to community foundation board

HALIFAX: Former Cape Breton-Richmond MLA and provincial cabinet minister Michel Samson has been named to the board of the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia (CFNS).

“I was honored to be asked to join the board and bring a voice from rural Nova Scotia and our Acadian communities,” Samson said. “After being elected for 19 years, this is a great way for me to serve our province and help communities grow.”

Robert Orr, chair of the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia board of directors, officially welcomed Samson at the board of directors’ meeting on March 14. Orr said Samson’s connection to rural and francophone communities is a tremendous asset to CFNS and its mission to build strong, vibrant and diverse communities throughout the province by enabling and inspiring effective philanthropy.

“We are thrilled to welcome Michel Samson,” Orr said. “His new role on the board will support the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia’s continued development of philanthropy as a catalyst for economic development in Nova Scotia’s rural communities, where its potential is still not fully realized.”

A bilingual graduate of Dalhousie Law School, Samson began his law practice in Port Hawkesbury before spending 19 years as a Member of the Nova Scotia Legislature for Richmond and Cape Breton-Richmond. His cabinet assignments included acting Minister of Justice, Attorney General and Deputy Premier; Minister of Energy and Trade; Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie; Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism; Minister of Environment; and Government House Leader.

Samson currently serves as counsel in the Cox & Palmer Halifax office and said he is excited about the new volunteer position.

“I look forward to promoting the work of the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia and letting Nova Scotians know the positive impact they can have on their communities through philanthropy,” the former MLA stated.

The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia is an action centre for philanthropy. It provides the knowledge and support for communities, charities, and citizens to realize their individual potential and collective possibilities. Their mission is to build strong, vibrant and diverse communities throughout Nova Scotia by enabling and inspiring effective philanthropy. The foundation is part of the Community Foundations of Canada movement that collectively manages more than $6 billion and granted more than $250 million in 2016. Community foundations have a history dating back to 1921 in Canada.

The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia was established in 2008 and currently has more than $6 million in philanthropic investment under management with disbursed and committed grants of more than $3 million.