Accessibility Webinars

Monday, January 13, 2020 11:00 am
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AMANS hosted  4 webinars on accessibility with respect to the following subjects:

  • Assistive Technology & Benefits of Digital Accessibility
  • Audio & Visual Accessibility
  • Microsoft Word Accessibility
  • Accessible PDF Documents

These webinars were incredibly informative and provide a range of solutions and information for municipalities to consider when it comes to accessibility. These webinars were recorded and are now available to municipalities for a small fee of $140 + HST for the entirety of the series (6 hours of webinars), including handouts. This is a one-time fee for each municipality opposed to an individual fee. If your organization is interested in accessing these webinars please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the links along with a corresponding invoice will be sent to access these recordings. These recordings will be available for 8 months.

If you have any questions about the webinars please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Kolstee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Accessibility Plans and Actions Workshop

Friday, September 25, 2020 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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The Accessibility Directorate in collaboration with AMANS hosted a Webinar designed to inform Municipal Accessibility Leads and other staff about Accessibility Plans and actions, and the different ways to approach meeting the obligations of prescribed public sector bodies as identified in the Accessibility Act.  This webinar is geared specifically to municipalities. 

The Webinar will feature two presenters:

Sarah Kucharski, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg Communications Officer and Joint Accessibility Committee Team Lead

Sarah has shown tremendous leadership as the Accessibility Lead for a Joint Working Group whose partnering municipalities include MODL, Town of Bridgewater, Town of Mahone Bay, Town of Lunenburg, and the District of Chester. This joint committee has taken the approach of developing a united framework and universal standards, with individual operational plans. Sarah will share her experience in forming and leading this joint committee, and the work they have accomplished so far.

Rachel Bedingfield, Director of Parks and Recreation in Kentville and Kentville Accessibility Lead

Rachel has led the accessibility work in the Town of Kentville, assembling their Advisory Committee and showing exemplary leadership in the Town’s approach of working to meet the obligations identified in the Accessibility Act. She will share her experience in recruiting membership for their Accessibility Advisory Committee, and other successes.

The recorded webinar and presentations are available through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Financial Management For Elected Officials Part 1

Monday, November 30, 2020 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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The Association of Municipal Administrators, NS is pleased to offer its Financial Management Training Module for Elected Officials virtually.

  • A must have for newly elected officials as part of their orientation
  • A refresher for more seasoned elected representatives.
  • Overview of Council’s role in the financial management of the municipality
  • Reviews all stages of budgeting from planning, to creating, to monitoring
  • Three 90 minute sessions

Important Note: All sessions are interconnected so it is important to attend all three sessions.

Facilitator: Greg Herrett, CPA, CA, CAO, Town of Amherst; Co-Facilitator: Bonnie Coulter, CPA, CA, Director of Corporate Services, Town of Truro

Part I-Setting Operating and Capital Budget Priorities

  • Legislative framework and Council’s role in municipal finance
  • Relationship between strategic plan and budget priorities
  • Identifying and setting priorities
  • Operating and Capital Budgets
  • Decision making

Registration: To register for the workshop, please complete our registration form found here. If you are registering more than one individual, please complete one form per individual. Registration numbers will be limited.

Cost: The cost to attend is $300 if you register before November 6th and $350 after November 6th.  Once you have registered a calendar appointment with a zoom link for each session will be sent to you.

Financial Management For Elected Officials Part 2

Friday, December 04, 2020 10:00 am - 11:30 am
This event does not repeat

The Association of Municipal Administrators, NS is pleased to offer its Financial Management Training Module for Elected Officials virtually.

  • A must have for newly elected officials as part of their orientation
  • A refresher for more seasoned elected representatives.
  • Overview of Council’s role in the financial management of the municipality
  • Reviews all stages of budgeting from planning, to creating, to monitoring
  • Three 90 minute sessions

Important Note: All sessions are interconnected so it is important to attend all three sessions.

Facilitator: Greg Herrett, CPA, CA, CAO, Town of Amherst; Co-Facilitator: Bonnie Coulter, CPA, CA, Director of Corporate Services, Town of Truro

Part II-Financial Statements and Reports

  • Interpreting Financial Statements & Reports
  • Ensure proper Financial Controls are in place
  • Financial Condition Index

Registration: To register for the workshop, please complete our registration form found here. If you are registering more than one individual, please complete one form per individual. Registration numbers will be limited.

Cost: The cost to attend is $300 if you register before November 6th and $350 after November 6th.  Once you have registered a calendar appointment with a zoom link for each session will be sent to you.

Financial Management For Elected Officials Part 3

Monday, December 07, 2020 10:00 am - 11:30 am
This event does not repeat

The Association of Municipal Administrators, NS is pleased to offer its Financial Management Training Module for Elected Officials virtually.

  • A must have for newly elected officials as part of their orientation
  • A refresher for more seasoned elected representatives.
  • Overview of Council’s role in the financial management of the municipality
  • Reviews all stages of budgeting from planning, to creating, to monitoring
  • Three 90 minute sessions

Important Note: All sessions are interconnected so it is important to attend all three sessions.

Facilitator: Greg Herrett, CPA, CA, CAO, Town of Amherst; Co-Facilitator: Bonnie Coulter, CPA, CA, Director of Corporate Services, Town of Truro

Part III- Monitoring Budgets

  • Monitor budgets and making appropriate adjustments
  • Asking staff important financial questions
  • Communicating budget decisions to the public

Registration: To register for the workshop, please complete our registration form found here. If you are registering more than one individual, please complete one form per individual. Registration numbers will be limited.

Cost: The cost to attend is $300 if you register before November 6th and $350 after November 6th.  Once you have registered a calendar appointment with a zoom link for each session will be sent to you.