The residents of Port Williams enjoy life in a thriving and picturesque Village. An agricultural community with excellent schools, continuous residential growth, business opportunities, fine recreational facilities, easy access to all amenities, all surrounded by the beauty of Minas Basin tides and dyke lands. Its history is rich with the legacy of the Mi'kmaq, Acadians, and Planters. Its future is bright with the promise of those who choose to live, work and raise their families here.
Port Williams is located in Kings County, Nova Scotia, between and to the north, of the towns of Wolfville and Kentville. The Village area comprises all the land between the Canard and Cornwallis Rivers, extending approximately two miles east to Starr's Point and two miles west to Tiny Parish Road.
Visitors may reach the village via Nova Scotia Highway 101 west from Halifax or east from Yarmouth at Exit 11. Signs for Prescott House Museum and Blomidon Park are located at this intersection.
The parking area before the bridge at the entrance to Port Williams offers an excellent opportunity to view the Minas Basin tides facing the old wharf which was once a hub of activity (see History). Tourists and residents often choose to enter the pathway to the dyke at this point and enjoy the flora, fauna and salt air of the marsh and dykeland.
Geneve’s volunteer efforts in the village began when her children were young as she took an active part in their schools, activities and sports teams. This included being president of the PWES Parent-Teacher Association and member of the Hot Lunch Program, treasurer of the Horton Band, member of the Recreation Committee, and project leader in the Cornwallis Project 4-H Club.
All three children were involved in soccer and particularly hockey. She served as a volunteer soccer coach and manager of various teams in the Port Williams Soccer Association, East Kings Soccer Association and at Horton High School. Her hockey volunteering was not just limited to the team level where she was manager of various East Kings and Acadia Minor Hockey teams and Horton High School Boys’ and Girls’ hockey teams but included many positions of responsibility. She was treasurer of East Kings Minor Hockey, board member of the Valley High School Hockey League, executive member of Acadia Minor Hockey serving as the Female Hockey Co-ordinator for 12 years, Zone Representative South Conference for the Nova Scotia Female Hockey Council. Her countless hours of volunteering helped to ensure that female hockey was a priority at the local, high school and provincial level and enabled the girls of her community and province to have the same opportunities to participate in competitive and recreational minor hockey as their male counterparts.
Geneve, a member of a 9thgeneration farming family, is passionate about bringing agricultural awareness to schools because she feels that it is important for the public to understand where their food comes from and to value those who produce it. This work starts at home as she is an active agricultural ambassador hosting tours of the Cornwallis Farms for schools and groups. As well she is a member of the Agriculture in the Classroom program which brings the science and technology of chick hatching into grade 2-6 classrooms, is involved with Canadian Agriculture Literacy week which brings famers and agrologists into the classroom each spring and served on the Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee.
Village organizations that benefit from Geneve’s current involvement are the Port Williams Women’s Institute, the Chipman Corner Cemetery (treasurer), the Belcher Street March Body (secretary-treasurer) and the Town and Country Quilt Guild (president).
She initiated a special project that combined the efforts of a group of local women with provincial and national organizations to benefit children in another land. The Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia participate in Project Canaan: a 2,500 acre farm in Swaziland that provides care and education to orphaned children, training and employment to families in the region and a sustainable source of nutritious food. Geneve challenged the Quilt Guild to make quilts for the babies in the Project Canaan Orphanage. Anticipating approximately 20 quilts, over 100 were made, and later displayed at the Egg Farmers of Canada AGM in Ottawa before being shipped to Swaziland.
She is also an active member of the Kings Presbyterian Church and is a participant in fund raising for the Canadian Food Grains Bank.
Volunteering and helping others was, is and will continue to be, a way of life for Geneve, whether those in need are in close to home or far away.