Victoria County community health board celebrates 2018 Wellness Fund grant recipients

The Victoria County CHB recently celebrated its 2018 Wellness Fund grant recipients and their programs. Seated: Ruth Schneider, CHB member and Nancy Smith, CHB chair. Middle row: Rose Mary Algar, North Highlands Nordic; Linda Murray, president-North Highlands Nordic; Brenda Duchesne, St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group Association; Taryl Hanam, CHB member and Connie Ross-MacDonald, CHB coordinator. Back row: Debbie MacLead, Barrie Carnet, Jim Morrow and Merrill MacInnis, CHB members.

In 2018, 13 community groups in the Victoria County 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 Victoria County community health board (CHB) hosted a celebration on Wednesday, June 12 at the Celtic Tea Room in Indian Brook to recognize local recipients.

“Thank you to all the groups who took the time to apply for a grant from the Wellness Fund grant program,” said Nancy Smith, chair of the Victoria County 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 Victoria County CHB received a total of 20 applications in 2018, with 13 organizations receiving Wellness Fund grants. The successful 2018 Community Health Board Wellness Fund recipients are:

1. Find Your Outlet – Baddeck Academy
2. Healthy Eating at Baddeck Academy
3. Baddeck Duathon
4. Healthy Snacks and Seed 2 Snack program – Bras d’Or Lakes Day Camp
5. Cabot Fitness Centre
6. Cape Smokey Home and School
7. Recreational Summer Soccer Club – Iona Soccer Club
8. XC Ski/Snowshoe Project Enhancement – North Highlands Nordic
9. Senior Sundays – Smokey Recreational Society
10. Senior Healthy Lunch Program – St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group Association
11. Gabb Danns – Nova Scotia Highland Village
12. Unama’ki Riders
13. The Grove in the Bay – North Highlands Orchard Project

During the celebration, Linda Murray spoke on behalf of North Highland Nordic, one of the recipient groups

“Our Wellness Fund grant allowed us to enhance our season pass program by giving the pass holder the opportunity to bring a guest to our twelve kilometres of trails at no charge thanks to the community health board,” she said.

North Highlands Nordic maintains cross country ski and snowshoe trails in Cape North.

“This season, over 2,500 people used our facilities which are located in the Cape North Community Centre,” said Murray. “We are very grateful to the Victoria County CHB for your support and for helping us promote healthy activities for everyone from preschoolers to seniors.”

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.