Welcome Regional Coordinator Andy Thompson

Halifax, NS: Community Links is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Thompson to the role of Regional Coordinator for Pictou and Antigonish Counties, effective immediately.

Andy has extensive experience working to ensure the wellbeing of older adults and all citizens of Pictou County as a Municipal Councillor for District 11 since 2008. He has hands-on experience supporting community groups across the district by securing over $825,000 in funding for improvements to local community halls and facilities, knowing that with safe, accessible amenities, older adults can remain active, engaged and socially connected in the areas they call home.

“It’s not about fixing a building; it’s about what activities spin off after making the spaces accessible for all ages,” he says.

Andy understands the importance of recreation and age-friendly communities, having co-chaired the 2015 Nova Scotia 55-Plus Games and served as a member of the Pictou County Age Friendly Communities Committee.

He also recognizes the changing nature of volunteering and the challenge of getting older men involved; issues which need attention as older adults emerge from the social isolation of COVID-19 and determine how to safely re-engage.

Andy brings a depth of experience in communications, customer service and community leadership to his role. As Regional Coordinator, he will help spark connections and facilitate collaboration among older adults and representatives of senior-serving organizations, businesses, government, and individuals to address aging well, including physical and mental health, active living, social connection, and appropriate, affordable housing in Pictou and Antigonish Counties.

Andy will also continue the work of facilitating the Pictou and Antigonish Aging Well Together Coalitions carried out by Dian Day, offering members opportunities to learn, share resources and increase their collective impact.

Community Links is a provincial non-profit that promotes and supports age-friendly communities by connecting individuals and organizations, with a vision that all Nova Scotians can age well.
Please join us in welcoming Andy.

Helen MacDonnell
Executive Director