INVERNESS: The 3rd Annual “Welcoming our Youngest Citizens” celebrations are taking place across western Cape Breton to coincide with Universal Children’s Day on November 20.

Universal Children’s Day offers an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote, and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.

This is an opportunity to welcome and introduce young citizens and their families to the wider community and to local services through a fun-filled agenda. Parents and children benefit from connecting to welcoming community spaces to find friends from multiple generations and walks of life. The area’s youngest citizens benefit from meeting their neighbours and from an increased sense of belonging.

This annual coming together reinforces the call to action to do more for the youngest citizens, and that they are deserving of a regionally coordinated response to meet their needs.

Raising the Villages hopes the public is able to attend a celebration near them. They include: Baddeck from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, November, 23 at Bras d’Or Lakes Day Centre; Inverness from 10 a.m.-12 noon on Saturday, November, 23 at Mill Road Social Enterprises; in Port Hawkesbury at 824 Church Street from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 29; and in Cheticamp at a date, time and location to be announced.

For more information, contact municipal councillor Jim Mustard at: or see their Facebook page: