August Newsletter


Annual General Meeting

You are invited to our Annual General Meeting
    Tuesday August 11th, 2015
    7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    751 West Ship Harbour Rd. Lower Ship Harbour

Come at 6:00 p.m. for pre-meeting pizza and tours of the property. We will be screening two short videos illustrating some of our programs.
All are welcome to attend but only members may vote. Memberships ($20) can be purchased on the 11th at the door.

The most powerful way you can support The Deanery Project is to sign up for our monthly membership program. A monthly pledge helps us to manage our budget so that we can fulfill our mandate more effectively. You can sign up for your monthly membership online here, or anytime you are visiting the Deanery Project.

Nova Scotia Sea School Makes Waves at the Deanery Project

The summer season is a busy time at the Deanery Project and one of our highlights has been hosting a group of amazing youth from the Nova Scotia Sea School. This year we had the pleasure of spending a week with eight energetic and enthusiastic girls from Alfred Lake Camp in Maine who are completing a 6-week adventure trip with the Nova Scotia Sea School.


SeaLight SkyLight Festival

Celebrate the wonders of the Perseid meteor shower and summer ocean phosphorescence with us in Ship Harbour.

SeaLight SkyLight is our annual festival of astronomy and phosphoresence. There are two evenings of light-themed activities, glowing entertainment, and a magical procession of lanterns to the shore.

August 13 & 14, 2015, 7:30-11:30

  • Adults $10
  • Youth $5
  • Under 12 FREE

Please bring a flashlight, a blanket or lawn chair for outdoor viewing, and bug protection. Binoculars & telescopes encouraged also!


Super Cyclers Day Camps

This August 17-18 and 20-21 the Deanery Project will be running two day camps for kids ages 6-10. The camps will focus on adventure and bicycle skills including: safety, straight line riding, turns, hand signals, changing gears, and basic bike maintenance. There will be games and stories to teach the Super Cyclers about road and bicycle safety as well as good ol’ fashioned outdoor summer games. The family rate is $30 per child with other sliding scale options available on request.  Read More




Breaking News!

We have new driveway access into the Deanery Project off West Ship Harbour Rd. This is a project we have been working towards since we first purchased the property.
Many thanks to the Russell family for their patience and support. Ralph Bayers and crew did a wonderful job crafting a graceful lane that looks like it was always there. Thanks also to Councillor David Hendsbee, Chris Weisenberger, and many others for their support of this huge next step in the evolution of the Deanery Project.

Notice: Our Address Has Changed
Our new mailing address is:

The Deanery Project
751 West Ship Harbour Rd
Lower Ship Harbour
Halifax, NS   B0J 1Y0



Our New Website!

We are proud to announce the launch of our new website. You can check it out at  It is still in its infancy, so please email us any errors, omissions or inactive links. Thank you!!

Special thanks to our Communications Guru, Carolyn Hocquard, who has guided this whole process with great patience and good humour!

Summer Crews

We have been blessed this summer with some wonderful summer interns who are helping in all manner of ways.
   Megan Hyslop - Garden Goddess and programmingThe_Deanery_Image2.jpeg
   Megan Best - Bike Hub
   Mark Roberts - The Tiny
   Elissa Christie - Programming
   Isabelle Phillips - Energy efficiency research

They support our hardworking core staff: Carolyn Hocquard, Steven Barkhouse, Gale Keenan and Kim Thompson. We have alos benefitted from help from Arno Albers, Steve Sekerak, Gary Staple, Dominic Watson Wall, Chris Giffiths, Michael Barton, and Volker Klum.

Our board, youth group, and many other Deanery Project friends continue to give generously of their time and skills to make so much possible. Many, many thanks to all!!

If you would like to volunteer on a project or event, please email or call 902-845-1888. There are tasks from mixing mud and working in the gardens to helping organize files, volunteers, and membership. We are especially looking for people to help with some fund raising events.

Wish List

Some times when you wish aloud, your wishes come true....
If you can help us with any of the items below, that would be wonderful!!  Call for more information, 902-845-1888.

  • lawnmower
  • hand tools for our wood shop (hammers, drills etc.)
  • chain saw & safety gear
  • a small sound system for amplifying events
  • flashlights
  • perennial plants including: lilac, willow, ash, and fruit/nut tree saplings
  • large table cloths
  • cooking pots, clocks, coffee maker
  • sturdy table lamps, solar lights
  • bicycles (we'll pass them on)

Stay in Touch

Open Houses - The first Sunday of every month from 1:00 - 3:00, we welcome visitors to see what we are up to. There are tours, hikes, and great conversation. August's open house featured iced coffee and roasted corn on the cob. Our next open house is September 6th.

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Questions, ideas, rentals.... call 902-845-1888 or email:

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