North Inverness community health board celebrates 2018 Wellness Fund grant recipients

The North Inverness CHB recently celebrated its 2018 Wellness Fund grant recipients and their programs. Seated: Nadine Clark, Margaree Wave Volleyball Team and Marie Aucoin, chair of the North Inverness CHB. Middle row: Summer Deveau, Margaree Wave Volleyball Team; Jane MacKinnon, Margaree Wave Volleyball Team; Nadine Poirier, Meals on Wheels-Foyer Père Fiset and Denise Bourgeois, Foyer Père Fiset Day Program. Back row: Faith MacKinnon, Eric Chiasson and John Payne, all North Inverness CHB board members.

In 2018, eight community groups in the North Inverness area 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 North Inverness community health board (CHB) hosted a celebration on Thursday, June 6 at École NDA in Cheticamp to recognize local recipients and their programs.

“Thank you to all the groups who took the time to apply for a grant from the Wellness Fund grant program,” said Marie Aucoin, chair of the North Inverness CHB. “So many great projects were presented. These projects have been developed by community organizations to encourage a healthier and more active community. We enjoy seeing the projects in action and the differences they are making in the participants’ lives.”

The successful 2018 Community Health Board Wellness Fund recipient programs were:

1. Touch for Health – Belle Cote Community Centre
2. Master Chef - Schools Plus
3. Day Program - Foyer Père Fiset
4. Girls Leadership Conference – Schools Plus
5. Home Alone-Babysitting Program – Schools Plus
6. Minor Hockey Season and Powerskating – Trail Minor Hockey Association
7. Meals on Wheels – Foyer Père Fiset
8. Enhancing the Growth and Development of Girls Volleyball – Margaree Wave Volleyball Team

Twice a week for 23 weeks each year, the Foyer Père Fiset Day Program regularly transports seniors and special needs young adults who live in the community to the local nursing home. Here, program participants spend the day socializing with one another and staff, and enjoy organized activities. A healthy lunch and snacks are also served. Furthermore, the participants are provided on-site support from caregivers and staff who can refer them to the health care professionals at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre if they feel there is a need.

“This vital community service addresses social isolation, food insecurity, and the lack of transportation that our vulnerable population experiences on a daily basis,” said Denise Bourgeois, recreation program director, Foyer Père Fiset. “It also tracks their well-being and helps them adapt to and more readily accept nursing home life when the time comes for them to make the transition.”

Applications are now being accepted for the next group of Wellness Funds. Applications and additional information are available on the CHB website at www.communityhealthboards.ns.ca/wellness-funds. The deadline for applications is midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Interested groups can also contact Connie Ross-MacDonald, CHB coordinator at 902-258-5381 or connie.ross-macdonald@nshealth.ca for more information.