East Hants Adult Learning Association
In 2001, "the Hants Regional Development Authority contracted Chaytor Consulting Services Ltd. to conduct research on the need for literacy programs in Hants County. With funding through the Labour Market Development Agreement and Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), the research investigated programs in place in the West Hants Learning Network and how new programs could be created to reach a larger population." (The Future for Literacy Programs in Hants County, Chaytor Consulting Services Ltd., 2001)
As a result of this research, in February 2002, a Coordinator of East Hants was hired who in working with a Partnership Working Group would expand the range of educational opportunities available for adults in East Hants. The Coordinator was also tasked with recruiting volunteers from stakeholder organizations and the community to create an East Hants Working Group. This group met on Apr. 9, 2002, with the West Hants Learning Network. The outcome of this meeting was the formation of the Hants Learning Network Association with a Board of Directors having equal representation from both East Hants and West Hants and with a mandate to work in partnership with other community stakeholders to serve the needs of all adult learners in Hants.
As a result of evolving needs in the East Hants area, the East Hants Working Group held multiple meetings between February and March of 2004 and formed the East Hants Adult Learning Association. The East Hants Adult Learning Association was incorporated as a non-profit organization with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies on April 22, 2004. In October 2004, the East Hants Adult Learning Association received its charitable status.
Governed by a volunteer community-based Board of Directors, The East Hants Adult Learning Association provides adult learning programs and an accessible transportation service for residents of East Hants.