The Highland Region Recreation Coordinators Association (HRRCA) formally announced the renaming of their Leadership Development Fund to the Gary Boone Leadership Fund at the Annual Recreation Nova Scotia Conference on October 22, 2013.

Gary Boone was the N.S. Department of Sport and Recreation’s Regional Representative for the Highland Region (Antigonish, Guysborough and Pictou County) from the mid 70’s to 2001. Gary was also one of the original staff members of the N.S. Department of Sport and Recreation, now known as the Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation branch of the Department of Health and Wellness.

Gary supported the growth of sport and recreation in the Highland Region in the formative years, providing critical and essential leadership in establishing Recreation Committees/Commissions and full time Recreation Coordinator positions in the region. Gary’s commitment to leadership development, community development, and a strong conviction to collaboration resulted in the establishment of the HRRCA. Gary mentored many municipal recreation coordinators, commission and committee board members as well as countless volunteers in the sport and recreation sector; always with the desired result of building leaders in the Highland Communities.

Gary’s foresight into the value of inter-municipal collaboration helped to sustain the longevity and relevance of the Highland Region Recreation Coordinator’s Association and by extension the association’s ability to deliver joint projects and programs such as this leadership development program. Gary’s professional and volunteer leadership contribution also has a presence in many local, regional, provincial and federal initiatives.

The fund provides financial assistance for individuals wishing to improve their leadership and coaching skills in the physical activity, sport and recreation sector.

"If You Have the Knowledge, You Have the Responsibility"…this is one of the leadership quotes which Gary practiced himself and for which the HRRCA will continue to support and instil in others through the "Gary Boone Leadership Development Fund".


The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to new initiatives in leadership training and development, which result in:

  • Increased youth involvement in Physical Activity Leadership Roles.
  • Increased and Improved Physical Activity leadership skills of Community Recreation and Sports Leaders.


The fund was developed and designed in a manner that values and adopts the following strategic principles of the Nova Scotia Physical Activity Strategy for Children, Youth and Families:

  • Quality leadership from service providers is essential to physical activity opportunities that maximize healthy child development
  • The strategy will identify & build on what is currently offered by existing groups, organizations & institutions in the community
  • Collaborative effort among agencies, government & non-government organizations is a proven method of achieving results


Community Application Program Details

  • Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year and must be submitted prior to event/activity.
  • Maximum amount to be funded is 50% of the proposed cost up to a maximum of $500.00 per application
  • Eligible cost shareable expenses include instructor fees, accommodation, travel, instructional material, etc.
  • Approved contributions will be made upon successful completion of the project and submission of a financial report.
  • Organizations must apply on behalf of individual.


Examples of Eligible Projects

  • Provide Fitness Leadership Training.
  • Providing training or support for Community Leaders, which leads to increased Physical Activity in their programs. (i.e. Boy Scouts/Girl Guide Leaders implementing Physical Activity components in their program).
  • Training for sport coaches on how to maximize the amount of physical activity by participants.

Gary Boone Leadership Development Fund Application

For further information, please contact the Recreation Dept. in your community:

Town of Trenton  902-752-1019 
Town of Stellarton  902-752-8944 
Town of Westville  902-396-1059
Town of Pictou  902-485-4372 x255
Town of New Glasgow  902-755-8363
Municipality of Pictou County  902-485-8528
Municipality of St. Mary's    902-522-2598
Municipality of Guysborough    902-533-3508 x223
Municipality of Antigonish  902-863-1141
Town of Antigonish  902-867-5595
NS Dept. of Communities,
Culture & Heritage