Community Health Boards celebrate Wellness Fund recipients

The Antigonish Town and County Community Health Board presented their 2018-19 wellness cheques during a presentation held at The People’s Place Library in Antigonish on January 22. The group provided funding towards 12 projects totallying $17,493 towards nonprofit communtiy groups and organizations.

ANTIGONISH: Eleven community groups in Antigonish County AND 11 groups in Guysborough 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 Antigonish Town and County Community Health Board (CHB) hosted a cheque presentation celebration on January 22 at The People’s Place Antigonish Town and County Library to recognize this year’s local recipients.

“Thank you to all groups who took the time to apply for a Wellness Fund grant,” Antigonish Town and County Community Health Board co-chair Fearghus MacDonald said. “These projects will improve and contribute to a healthier and wholesome community. We look forward to hearing from the groups awarded the funds and seeing these projects in action.”

The Antigonish Town and County Community Health Board received a total of 18 applications this year, with 12 organizations receiving Wellness Fund grants.

The successful 2019 Community Health Board Wellness Fund recipients are as follows: Antigonish Food Security Association; Health Equity Action Team; Keep Well Antigonish Society; Mini Trail Community Centre Association; Municipality of the County of Antigonish; Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library; Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library; Revive and Renew Nova Scotia Breast Cancer Retreat; Société acadienne Sainte-Croix; St. Andrew’s Consolidated Home and School Association; St. Andrews Junior School Wellness Committee; Town of Antigonish Recreation; and Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library.

“We are so pleased that our project will receive a grant to help us support our school,” St. Andrews Consolidated Home and School Association chair Kim Langille said, adding the Wellness Fund grant will provide equipment that will keep the entire community moving.

“Active living activities are important for all members of our school community, which includes students, staff and those who live in St. Andrews and the surrounding area.”

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The Guysborough County Community Health Board handed out their wellness cheques for 2018-19 on January 23 at the Guysborough legion. Receiving 21 applications from non-profit community groups and organizations, the highest amount out of the three regions, the community health board were happy to provide funding towards 11 projects totallying $11,668.

The Guysborough County Community Health Board (CHB) hosted a cheque presentation celebration on January 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: the Canso and Area Community Events Association; Canso Area Shamrock Club; Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy; Eastern Communities Youth Association; Guysborough County Adult Learning Association; Mulgrave Garden Club; Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s;. Schools Plus Guysborough County; Sherbrooke Opportunities Society; Upper Big Tracadie/ Lincolnville Education Committee; and the 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.