About Us

The Destination Dartmouth Association was incorporated as a Society in August 2016. The formation of the organization, its mandate, and appointment of Gloria McCluskey as President were officially announced in January 2017.

Our Mandate

Our mandate is to promote Dartmouth’s identity, preserve its heritage, and encourage the development of a healthy and inclusive community by:

  • Building awareness of all of Dartmouth’s many attributes
  • Communicating these attributes to residents and visitors alike
  • Forming partnerships with local and regional organizations
  • Advocating, through community engagement and other means, the development of a vibrant, progressive community
  • Promoting Dartmouth-based events, organizations, news, activities and points of interest

Advocacy & Promotional Work

During 2017, the Association’s work included:

  • Developing the Destination Dartmouth Facebook page and presence
  • Requests to include the name Dartmouth on the cover of HRM’s Centre Plan
  • A set of provincial policies submitted to all Dartmouth area candidates in the May 2017 provincial election
  • Establishing a sponsorship program and preliminary fundraising work
  • Promoting Dartmouth’s business districts where possible: Downtown, Burnside, Main Street (Village on Main)
  • Requesting that Halifax Water Commission use the proper name of the Municipality in its public notices
  • Establishment of a Shubenacadie “Canal District” initiative, in cooperation with the Shubenacadie Canal Commission, Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, and Waterfront Development Corporation
  • Development of a web site (“Explore Dartmouth”) to promote Dartmouth’s many assets, including tourism and investment opportunities
  • Creation of "Destination Dartmouth" local cable TV show
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