COVID-19 testing continues to be available to Nova Scotians experiencing symptoms. In an effort to ensure all Nova Scotians have access to COVID-19 testing as needed, especially those in rural communities where testing is not available nearby, the Public Health mobile units will be offering testing in communities across the province.
The Early Years, Starting Strong - creating welcoming spaces to connect and belong.
-Raising the Villages Cooperative Ltd
On Sunday, June, 12th, a gathering was held to launch the Welcoming Community Spaces/Hubs Pilot Project at Bay St. Lawrence Community Centre (BSLCC). Celebrating the ongoing growth of this important centre for all ages, people from infants to elders participated in a celebration of food, song, and conversation. BSLCC will become a demonstrative model for rural communities, of a universally accessible, coordinated, and responsive hub that can be across Cape Breton communities and the province.
Growing up in rural Nova Scotia, Gillian Varner recalls her mother Wendy was often called upon to put her nursing training to work to help friends and neighbours.
“Our house was the unofficial rural, rural emergency department,” said Varner. “I still have a memory of a neighbour who had stomped on a nail and driven it up through his foot. His wife brought him over to our house and cried ‘Wendy, where are you?’”
In the early stages of the pandemic, it became clear that some communities were at higher risk than others and would be disproportionately affected by the virus.
Even before the province declared a state of emergency, leaders in the Black and African Nova Scotian community understood that protecting and educating their community about the virus would also involve working against systemic racism and inequities within the health system.