Guysborough Community Health Board celebrates 11 Wellness Fund recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GUYSBOROUGH, N.S. – Eleven community groups in Guysborough County have received funding from Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) for projects that support local health care priorities.

Grants from The Wellness Fund are awarded annually to non-profit organizations across the province working to improve health in their communities, based on priorities identified by community health boards. The Guysborough County Community Health Board (CHB) hosted a cheque presentation celebration Wednesday, Jan. 23 at The Guysborough Legion to recognize this year’s recipients.

“The diversity in the number of applications from local organizations covered all our priorities of the collaborative community health plan, which are food security, poverty, early childhood education and social inclusion,” Guysborough County Community Health Board chair Mary Desmond said. “It is exciting to see that more local organizations are aware of the Wellness Fund and submitting initiatives for healthier communities.”

The Guysborough County Community Health Board received a total of 21 applications this year, with 11 organizations receiving Wellness Fund grants. The successful 2019 Community Health Board Wellness Fund recipients are as follows:

1. Canso and Area Community Events Association
2. Canso Area Shamrock Club
3. Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy
4. Eastern Communities Youth Association
5. Guysborough County Adult Learning Association
6. Mulgrave Garden Club
7. Municipality of the District of St. Mary's
8. Schools Plus Guysborough County
9. Sherbrooke Opportunities Society
10. Upper Big Tracadie/ Lincolnville Education Committee
11. Youth Health Committee

"Eastern Communities Youth Association (ECYA) is a registered charity that serves school-aged youth in Canso and surrounding communities,” ECYA chair Janet Delorey said. “Our recreational programming is always focused on assisting kids to make good life choices. These funds support our upcoming pre-teen healthy cooking classes.  Developing healthy cooking (and eating!) skills at an early age is a fun way to teach kids to care for themselves; something we hope they carry with them well into adulthood."

To learn more about the Wellness Fund program, please visit https://www.communityhealthboards.ns.ca/wellness-funds or contact community health board coordinator Dorothy Bennett at 902-867-4500 ext.4 272, or dorothy.bennett@nshealth.ca.

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