Still On – 3rd Annual Skyline Trail “Ultimate” Guided Snowshoe Hike 2018

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3rd Annual Skyline Trail “Ultimate” Guided Snowshoe Hike 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

11:00 am – FREE

(Trail Update – Feb. 23rd, 2018): The road crew have salted the parking lot. Trail has more icy patches than snow. So it’s doable on foot but probably not on snowshoes).

Please bring snowshoes. Moderate Level Trail. The Skyline Trail is located 27 minutes north of Cheticamp on the Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Find directions here: http://tiny.cc/gxyo7x  Free 7.5 kms, 2 to 3 hours. in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Find directions here: tiny.cc/gxyo7x . Meet at the Shelter on the Cabot Trail in front of the Skyline Parking Area.

Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018 and as part of the 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and the 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca / http://www.naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/winter-activefest/

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NS Hiking Summit May 11-13, Ingonish

Hike Nova Scotia’s seventh annual Hiking Summit is May 11 to 13 in Ingonish.

A celebration of hiking culture, it includes best practices, stories, networking
opportunities, a new kids’ program and hikes.

Learn more and register here:

www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects/hiking-summit/.

 

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211 Nova Scotia

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211 Nova Scotia provides an invaluable service to Nova Scotians. If you dial 2-1-1, Information and Referral Specialists who are fully trained to deal with the most complex and sensitive questions and how to get to the real issue affecting a caller, can help you understand and find services like food and housing assistance, emergency shelters, employment counselling, services for seniors programs, home support, legal assistance, child care, english-language classes and much, much more.

211 is a free, confidential information and referral service to more than 3,000 community and social services across Nova Scotia. It is available throughout the province – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A non-profit society, its mission is to connect people with information and services, thus enhancing social infrastructure and enabling people to fully engage in their communities.

The service helps Nova Scotians by reducing the frustration of trying to find the right community or social resource across multiple sources. In turn, it allows those same organizations and government agencies to rely on highly-trained 211 staff to handle inquiries they might once have had to spend valuable time assessing and redirecting.

It will also allow them to quickly direct people to services that are outside of their organization’s scope or area of expertise, and possibly connect with other service providers whose goals and mandates complement their own. The end result is a collaborative system that will continually evolve to meet the needs of Nova Scotians as they look for help in their communities.

Since 2013, 211 has been helping Nova Scotians access human and social services provided by all levels of government and the non-profit sector. Through partnerships, 211 has continued to grow and enhance its services.

In late 2014, police chiefs across the province began utilizing the service to help officers direct the public to available services and recently, took on two toll free lines from the Department of Seniors. They also expect that, with the closure of the Feed NS Helpline, more people will be calling them for assistance. The 211 service is funded by the Province and the United Way of Nova Scotia. The service is available by phone 24/7, online at http://www.ns.211.ca and by email at help@ns.211.ca . Translation services are also available in over 100 languages as well as TTY.

211 Nova Scotia Helping Service Providers

What if someone called you and asked about licensed daycares in the province? If you didn’t know who to call, who would you ask? Would you know where to direct someone who needed financial assistance to sign their child up for swimming classes? What would you tell a senior who has run out of medication and can’t afford to buy more? 211 can help.

Last year many of the calls to 211 came from service providers themselves, reducing time spent looking for resources for clients, increasing the accuracy and appropriateness of their own referrals and providing education about services they may not have known about. 211 is a single access point to a community’s full range of social, health, and government services and can help service providers connect their clients to the services they need quickly and efficiently. The service is available by phone 24/7 or online at www.ns.211.ca. Interpretation services are also available in over 100 other languages as well as TTY.

By dialing 211 or visiting the 211 website, users can easily and quickly connect to the community and social services they need, anywhere in the province, regardless of where they’re located –

See more at: http://www.ns.211.ca/microsites/nova_scotia/about_us/mission#sthash.VYANvyfX.dpuf

A bit about NS 211:

 • 211 is a free, confidential information and referral service to more than 3,000 community and social services across Nova Scotia. It is available throughout the province – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – by dialing “2-1-1” to speak to a helpful staff member or by searching the easy-to-use online database at http://www.ns.211.ca
• 211 strives to be accessible to all members of the community by reducing or eliminating barriers posed by language, location, physical impairment, social circumstance, or other factors. The service works to achieve this goal by providing multi-lingual access to information and referral through both a hearing-impaired accessible phone number and a website
• The 211 call centre is staffed with Information and Referral Specialists who are fully trained to deal with the most complex and sensitive questions and how to get to the real issue affecting a caller
• The service helps Nova Scotians by reducing the frustration of trying to find the right community or social resource across multiple sources. In turn, it allows those same organizations and government agencies to rely on highly-trained 211 staff to handle inquiries they might once have had to spend valuable time assessing and redirecting. It will also allow them to quickly direct people to services that are outside of their organization’s scope or area of expertise, and possibly connect with other service providers whose goals and mandates complement their own
• The end result is a collaborative system that will continually evolve to meet the needs of Nova Scotians as they look for help in their communities.

Mission

Our mission isto effectively and compassionately connect people with appropriate information and services, enhance Canada’s social infrastructure and empower people to fully engage in their communities.”

VISION

  • Listen and support with care and empathy
  • Be accessible to everyone
  • Demonstrate standards of excellence
  • Connect people with their community

VALUES 

The values that 211 service will continually strive to include:

  • Inclusivity & diversity – services for all while respecting unique communities
  • Warmth and respect
  • Partnership at local, provincial & national levels
  • Engagement – enable people to be full participants in their lives and in their communities

See more at: http://www.ns.211.ca/microsites/nova_scotia/about_us/mission#sthash.VYANvyfX.dpu

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Participant Funding

Attention Parents – Important Information!

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http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/en/

CANADIAN TIRE JUMPSTART PROGRAM

The Jumpstart program is a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged children participate in organized sport and recreation. The program helps to cover registration fees, equipment, and/or transportation costs. You can apply at any time through the year (Effective January 16, 2017).

Funding Guidelines

1. For children aged 4 – 18 years old.

2. Open to individual children, not groups or teams.

3. Funding available for multiple children within the same family for the same season.

4. Funds awarded for registration fees, equipment and/or transportation costs.

5. Funding up to $300 per child per application.

6. Children can apply for successive seasons in an activity, up to a maximum of $600.

7. To receive assistance for equipment, the applicant must show proof of registration.

8. Cheques are made payable to a league, association or club. Cheques for equipment are made payable to a sporting goods retailer.

Apply online at: http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/en.html

Canadian Tire Jump Start 100% of donations go directly to help kids. Help us spread the word by sharing with your Facebook friends! http://bit.ly/2fDIqTQ

Jumpstart and KidsportHelp reduce financial barriers for children who would like to play sports or get involved in activities but can’t afford to. 

To apply for Jumpstart and KidSport funding in your community, contact:

 

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Canadian Tire Jumpstart helps financial disadvantaged kids get involved in organizaed sport and recreation by covering the costs of registration, equipment, and/or transportation.

Helps children get physically active, build social skills, boost self-esteem and confidence, all toward our mission of creating a better quality of life.

Application Deadlines: May 21, October 21

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Application

For assistance or more information, contact CBRM Recreation Program Coordinator Jonathan Penny jcpenny@cbrm.ns.ca 902-563-5512

The Big Play Funding for Hockey Season

Jumpstart began accepting electronic applications for The Big Play funding for the hockey season.

Parents or guardians who inquire about funding for hockey for their children should be directed to apply online at jumpstart.canadiantire.ca for funding through The Big Play if they qualify for financial assistance. You cannot create a manual submission for them for this funding.

Should you have any questions, please contact your Regional Manager. Jumpstart Operations:

Contact: CBRM Recreation Program Coordinator Johnathan Penny. He can be reached at the following email address: jcpenny@cbrm.ns.ca if you have any questions or would need further information.

KidSport Program

A national children’s program that helps children overcome the financial barriers preventing or limiting their participation in organized sport. The KidSportJ program believes that no child should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports.

The next deadline is March 1. Future deadlines are: May 1, July 1, September 1, November 1, January 1.

Funding Guidelines

1. Funding is granted for registration fees and equipment costs only.

2. Total funding will not exceed $300. Funding for equipment only will not exceed $200.

3. A child can only receive one KidsportJ grant in any calendar year.

4. Preference is given to athletes who are being introduced into organized sport for the first time.

5. Cheques for registration funding will be made payable to a league, association or club. Cheques/ vouchers for equipment will be made payable to a sporting goods retailer. (KidSportJ reserves the right to request proof of purchase.)

Questions? or for more information visit http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/nova-scotia/

KidSport is a national children’s program that helps kids overcome the financial barriers preventing or limiting their participation in organized sport.

Managed and operated in Nova Scotia by Sport Nova Scotia since 1994, KidSport Nova Scotia has assisted over 24,000 children totalling over $5.5 Million. KidSport Nova Scotia provides funding of up to $300/year/child for sport registration and/or equipment.

KidSport is a national children’s program that helps kids overcome the financial barriers preventing or limiting their participation in organized sport.

To help children get physically active, build social skills, boost self-esteem and confidence, all toward our mission of creating a better quality of life.

Application Deadlines: May 1, July 4, September 1, October 2, November 1

KidSport Application

For assistance or more information, contact CBRM Recreation Program Coordinator Jonathan Penny jcpenny@cbrm.ns.ca 902-563-5512

http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/

http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/nova-scotia/

Application

A copy can be obtained by going to the Sport NS website: http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/nova-scotia/cbrm-victoria/

KidSport‎ Contact: CBRM Recreation Program Coordinator Johnathan Penny. He can be reached at the following email address: jcpenny@cbrm.ns.ca if you have any questions or would need further information.

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Victoria County Age Friendly Committee / Action Plan

Victoria County Age-friendly Action Plan 2017

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Connecting Seniors to Active Living and Physical Activity

Providing opportunities for seniors to be healthy and independent and promoting the benefits of regular physical activity will support their efforts to lead healthy, active, and productive lives.

Regardless of age, when an individual commits to a healthy, active lifestyle they reduce the likelihood their senior years will be complicated by the chronic diseases and disabilities that may occur if they are inactive.

Increasing the physical activity levels of seniors will greatly enhance efforts underway across the province to ensure Nova Scotia supports the well-being of seniors, a key component of Nova Scotia’s Strategy for Positive Aging.

Click here to download ‘Connecting Seniors to Active Living Project’, an initiative led by Recreation Nova Scotia and supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Department of Seniors. For the executive summary, click here

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Proud to have Participated and be part of the Official Launch of the Victoria County Age-friendly Action Plan September 23rd, 2017

1st Age-friendly Municipality in Cape Breton. So nice to have a great turnout for the announcement with NS Dept of Seniors Minister Leo Glavine, MLA Keith Bain, Municipal Council including Chair of the Victoria County Age Friendly Committee Fraser Patterson and Warden Bruce Morrison, Victoria County Age Friendly Committee including Noreen-Aging well together coalition, partners, Kate Oland Baddeck Library, businesses including Graham MacKenzie, Baddeck Pharmasave, Victoria Standard (Jennifer Ripley) etc. To all involved, kudos, well done on the accomplishment, with a great spirit of cooperation

Victoria County “Age Friendly” Committee

Victoria County Launched Age-friendly Communities Plan Sept. 23, 2017

Hats Off to All Involved on A Great Initiative, Action Plan for Victoria County Moving Forward. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) Proud to be Part Of. Looking Forward to being at the Launch Tomorrow!

http://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/2017/9/22/victoria-county-to-launch-age-friendly-communities-plan-on-satur.html

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Victoria County is at the forefront of age friendly initiatives that allow people to stay healthy and their own homes and communities. “Age Friendly” initiatives may deal with transportation, nutrition, health, fitness, community design, and more.

Currently, the Age-friendly Committee is updating their Community Plan with an Age-friendly Community Planning Process that began May 14, 2016 & continues June 25th.

In December 2010, the Victoria County Municipal Council passed a motion “Endorsing the concept of age friendly communities“. This launched the development of a strategy to make the Municipality of Victoria County an “Age-Friendly Community”.

1st – Community Consultations were organized. From this, Age Friendly Advisory Committee determined aspects of our county that presently met age-friendly requirements and those that did not. This information assisted in setting priorities and creating action plans for making communities as age friendly as possible.

County documents were researched to garner previously identified information that could also be considered an age friendly priority. From the Victoria County Strategic Plan 2009 and (ICSP) Victoria County Integrated Community Sustainability Planning documents a number of priorities were identified including transportation, housing and a need for seniors assistance plan. These priorities aligned with results of the age friendly community consultations and so, became, as our Committee Chairman (Victoria County Deputy Warden) Fraser Patterson says “A good place to get the discussions started”.

The committee assembled is a good mixture of community people – seniors, those with experience in sustainable housing, nutrition, transportation, health and three Victoria County Councilors.

As the committee worked on an Action Plan to address the priorities, it became clear that a plan was needed to get the word out beyond the committee. A Communications Consultant was hired to develop an awareness strategy which identified key messages, one of which is to ensure that an age-friendly lens and way of practice is integrated into ongoing municipal activities, plan and policies.

Victoria County Council has been a champion of incorporating Age Friendly strategies into the community in a variety of ways. This municipal engagement has encouraged Age Friendly in the following ways:
-Passing a Motion “Endorsing the Age Friendly concept”
-Providing regular updates in municipal council meetings ensures Age Friendly is embedded into budget planning, the budget itself and other municipal policies
-Engaging the services of a communications consultant to assist in creating a strategy to engage stakeholders.
-Seeking funding for and issuing a Request for Proposals for a Transit Feasibility Study.

1st NS Age Friendly Conference – “Charting the Course” (Held September 2014, Baddeck)

http://ourbaddeck.com/2014/08/26/ground-breaking-age-friendly-conference-in-baddeck/

in which Naturally Active was on Organizing Committee and Organized the Recreation Program:

Downloadable Video of Amoeba Sail on the Bras d”Or Lake

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Usige Ban Falls Hike

Willie Roberts: Fit 87-year-old walks, cycles every day:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1236137-willie-roberts-fit-87-year-old-walks-cycles-every-day

Conference Testimonials:

Thank you everyone for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing team !! Now I just have to get community links and seniors issues on the agenda ! Looking forward to getting together with everyone. By the way  great video Vince“. Yours in Aging well together – Noreen

It was a great day. Fantastic work everyone!” – Alicia Lake

Hi Vince.  I really enjoyed the Age Friendly Conference.  Well done.  Thanks to all the organizers” – Debbie Martell, Community Health Coordinator – Cape Breton District Health Authority

(Seniors Participating in Naturally Active’s Annual International Trails Day)

Presentation / Audio #434 Age Friendly Communities Evaluation: “How to Incorporate Evaluation into your Existing AFC Initiative”.

Please see link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m29alhbpcvqlzx3/AADMXdncdBfecDJCh_RwNI3fa?dl=0

Helping Older Adults Connect With Mobile Technology
The C@P Program helps older adults learn how to use mobile technologies like tablets and smart phones. Want more information, visit  http://www.vccaps.com/

Free copy of Health Canada’s Physical Activity Guide for

Older Adults and Handbook – call 1-888-334-9769 or visit the website: http://www.healthcanada.ca/paguide

DENTAL PLAN

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A dental plan for those Nova Scotians that have attained their 55 birthday. Those who meet those two criteria will be interested in learning more about this unique offer. The Federation of Senior Citizens & Pensioners of Nova Scotia has partnered with a Health Care Insurance Provider to assist in getting the message out. Many don’t want a comprehensive package that offers addition health care as well as travel insurance. The Dental Plan being promoted by the Federation has an excellent track record of meeting the dental needs of its clients since 2008 The plan has two options and the choices are, Single, Couple or Family. There is no examination only an application. The only other requirement is becoming a member of the Federation. All information on the Dental Plan & membership can be found by contacting David Lawand : Email-  employee.benefits.plus@gmail.com  or david.lawand@f55f.com                                                  Phone: 902-445-0229.

Age Friendly Chair –  Fraser Patterson

(Councilor, Victoria County)
PO Box 1645, Bras d’Or, NS B1Y 3Y6
Phone: 902.674.2703 / Fax: 902.674.0906
E-mail: fraser.patterson@countyvictoria.ns.ca

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Municipal Physical Activity Leadership Program

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Municipal Physical Activity Leadership Program (MPAL)

The Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage partners with municipalities in this cost-share program to implement comprehensive local physical activity plans/strategies intended to increase participation in health enhancing physical activity. Funding is provided to increase the number of physical activity practitioners in local governments

Participating municipalities are responsible for planning, funding, implementing and evaluating their municipal action plans. These plans aim to raise awareness and increase participation in structured and unstructured physical activity. These multi-level plans are formed on participation trends, community asset mapping and consultation with public and stakeholders from various sectors

In some cases, adjacent municipalities partner to develop a common plan and share certain resources. Often the participating units have some form of a committee with professionals and volunteers from community health boards, health district authorities, school boards, schools, and various municipal departments such as tourism, economic development and recreation.

http://novascotia.ca/dhw/pasr/akhk-municipal-leadership.asp

Victoria County MPAL Reports – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Thank you very much Vince (Municipal Physical Activity Leadership Program: MPAL Report 2016-17)” – Larry Maxwell, Cape Breton Regional Representative, NS Dept Communities, Culture and Heritage. (June 19, 2017) /  “Thank you to all those who have submitted their annual report!. Thank you for your ongoing work to address physical inactivity in Nova Scotia!” – Elaine Shelton, Manager of Physical Activity – Communities, Sport and Recreation Division – Communities, Culture and Heritage (June 20, 2017)

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Municipal Physical Activity Strategy

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Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

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Municipal Physical Activity Strategy  Progress Report – Oct. 30, 2017 

“Hi Vince: Excellent presentation StrategyProgressReportYear7Oct302017PDF

StrategyProgressReportYear7Oct302017   (Coordinator Proud to Present the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Progress Report – Year 7 (Oct. 30th, 2017) to Council). Great job! Thanks for your assistance and support” – Ann Marie MacNeil, Iona Rep – Victoria County Action Network (VCAN) (Nov. 1, 2017) / Good work Mr. Forrestall! ” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (Oct. 31, 2017)

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