Off Leash East Hants working hard towards park

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ELMSDALE: Leisa Oldreive’s love of dogs is apparent from the moment you meet her.

For us, our first official meeting was when she came to The Weekly Press office to bring me up to date of the activities of OLEH, or Off Leash East Hants—An organization is a part of working diligently to bring an off leash dog park to Elmsdale.

More often than not, I’m not the only member of my little family in the office. I’m fortunate enough to work in a dog friendly office, and my two dachshunds accompany me often.

Once Oldreive entered my office and saw my two little sidekicks, her love of everything four-legged exploded out of her. She immediately was at their level and giving them both the lovins and attention they’re more than accustomed to.

Oldreive’s spirit was contagious. Her true yearning to bring more opportunities to our furried family members is a fraction of what OLEH shows. And it’s this spirit and love of animals which is turning into a true testament of what passion can bring.

What started off as a pipe dream of sorts has snowballed into a committee, a location—the space behind the Elmsdale Legion—and now needs community support.

The park will cost approximately $65,000 to complete and they would love to see it come to fruition within a year. Now, a small but mighty group is looking to attract more volunteers to help with new and exciting fundraising ideas; applying for grants and other funding streams; helping with engagement; and more.

They are also reaching out to the corporate community for help in raising funds and have many unique opportunities available, including sponsorships for fencing, gates, and areas.

“We have been conscious of supporting local business for all of our needs.  We have had many fundraising events, as well as being regulars at the Funky Farmgate Farmers market. We have partnered with Home Hardware, Pet Value, Elmsdale Legion just to name a few, and we would like to continue with our mantra of East Hants supports East Hants,” said OLEH.

Oldreive was so enthused to share that Bowlin Farm Doggie Adventures in Sackville has come on as their first gold sponsor.  Pet Valu has also been a valuable resource and supporter of OLEH’s efforts.

Memorial tags are also available, as a way to honour our favourite family pets that have crossed the rainbow bridge.

Be sure to search for OLEH on Facebook, like their page and, and visit their website at  Consider helping bring an open space for our four legged friends to the Corridor.