Eastern Zone community health boards announce Wellness Fund recipients

SYDNEY, N.S. – The nine community health boards (CHBs) in Nova Scotia Health’s Eastern Zone are pleased to announce that nearly $147,000 of funding has been provided for projects that support local population health priorities.

Grants from the CHB Wellness Fund are awarded annually to non-profit organizations across the province that are working to improve the health of their communities, based on priorities identified by CHBs. This year, a special emphasis was placed on projects that mitigated the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eastern Zone’s nine CHBs cover communities in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM), rural Cape Breton, the Strait Richmond area, Guysborough county and Antigonish town and county. In total, the CHBs received 148 applications and provided grants to 42 organizations.

“These organizations are doing outstanding work contributing to the well-being of our residents,” said Marie Aucoin, North Inverness County CHB chair. “In my years with the community health board, I have found it rewarding to witness first-hand the goodwill, hard work and effort that local service organizations dedicate to help make this a healthy, safe and welcoming place to live.”

Projects selected support the priorities identified in the Eastern Zone Health Plan: poverty, equitable access to health services and information, and social inclusion. Embedded throughout these priorities is a focus on mental health and wellness. The overall plan is a collaboration of the CHBs’ three separate community health plans. Project areas funded this year include food security, mental wellness, physical activity, youth programs, and social supports.

Wellness Fund recipients for communities within CBRM:
Funded by Central Cape Breton County, East Cape Breton County, and Northside the Lakes CHBs
Meal-it-Forward – Enactus Marconi Campus
Sleeping Rough During COVID-19 – Ally Centre of Cape Breton

Funded by East Cape Breton County and Northside the Lakes CHBs
Loving Those Living with Addiction Community Support Program – Hope Project Addiction Services

Funded by East Cape Breton County CHB
Healthy Youth Program – Undercurrent Youth Centre
Garden Beds for Seniors – Knox United Church
Intergenerational Lawn Games – Warden United Church
Project Connect and Express – Schools Plus Glace Bay/New Waterford

Funded by Central Cape Breton County CHB
Growing Together Wellness Program – Cape Breton Farmers’ Market
Waltes Bowl Resilience - Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association - Jane Paul Centre
Mental Health First Aid Training for Exercise Educators (Fitness Instructors) – Nova Scotia Fitness Association
Busy Bees, Helper Bees, and Collective Bees: Supporting an Active, Giving & Cohesive Environment at the Pollinator Garden Space – Southend Public Gardens Society
Helping Hands – Spanish Bay Women’s Institute
Active Arts! Programming – VON Cape Breton
Prayers for the Planet Cape Breton – Sydney-Riverview Y Service Club

Funded by Northside the Lakes CHB
Elders Meals on Wheels – Eskasoni Health Centre
Focus on Food – Community CARES Youth Outreach

Wellness Fund recipients for communities within Strait Richmond, Antigonish town and county and Guysborough county:
Funded by Antigonish Town & County CHB
Moving and Growing Together – Antigonish Affordable Housing Society
Songs in Streets – Antigonish County Adult Learning Association
Sparking Interest – Early Childhood Development Intervention Services
Kindness Boxes – École Acadienne de Pomquet

Funded by Strait Richmond CHB
Project Period Kits – Antigonish Women's Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services
Expansion of Peer Support Services – Fresh Start Peer Support Society
Webs of Social Connectedness – Seniors Take Action Coalition

Funded by Guysborough County CHB
ArtWorks Everywhere – ArtWorks East
Awesome Activities – Autism Nova Scotia
Winged Blossom Project – Canso Garden Club
Family Literacy/Children Books – Early Years Networking Committee
Food Pantry – Mulgrave and Area Medical Centre

Funded by Antigonish and Guysborough CHBs
Make and Take – COVID-19 Style – Kids First Association – Antigonish/Guysborough/Pictou

Wellness Fund recipients for communities within rural Cape Breton:
Funded by Victoria County CHB
Raising the Villages – Bras d’or Lakes Day Camps Association (BOLD)

Funded by Central Inverness CHB
Ulnooweg Development – L’Arche Cape Breton

Funded by North Inverness CHB
La Cooperative de Transport de Cheticamp – Le Club Kinsmen de Cheticamp

CHBs are often looking for new members to help fulfill their role, as well as new partnership opportunities. Contact information for your local CHB is available at www.communityhealthboards.ns.ca/find-your-chb.

To learn more about the Wellness Fund program, visit www.communityhealthboards.ns.ca/wellness-funds or contact your local CHB coordinator:
Dorothy Bennett, CHB coordinator – Antigonish, Guysborough & Strait area, 902-867-4500, ext. 4272 or dorothy.bennett@nshealth.ca
Connie Ross-MacDonald, CHB coordinator – rural Cape Breton (North Inverness; Central Inverness; Victoria County), 902-258-5381 or connie.ross-macdonald@nshealth.ca
Brenda Moore, CHB coordinator – CBRM (Central Cape Breton; East Cape Breton; Northside the Lakes), 902-578-8017 or brenda.moore@nshealth.ca

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Media Contact:
Aron Ashton, Manager, Public Engagement and CHB Support
aron.ashton@nshealth.ca
902-574-3913

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