Provincials and Loppett at North Highlands Nordic This Weekend


Update: We’ve got a great provincials race course in place for this Saturday and Sunday and we’re going ahead with the Loppet on Sunday. The start time for Sunday has been changed to 1 pm.

The Nova Scotia Provincial Championships will be hosted at North Highlands Nordic and is scheduled for Saturday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 4th. The classic event will occur on Saturday and the free-technique race will take place on Sunday. There will be TWO ways to register – online through the clickable link, or, by filling out the form in person at the ski room. Detailed information regarding the event are posted in the “race packet information” link below:

Provincial Race Packet Information: Provincials Race Packet


Update: We’re going ahead with the Loppet on Sunday. The start time for Sunday has been changed to 1 pm.

The Loppet will take place on Sunday, March 4th, 2018. The Loppet will NOT be a timed race. If you would like to participate in a timed racing event, you must sign up for Provincials which takes place on the same day. The deadline for provincial registration is midnight on March 1st.The event will be free style with a mass start. The race begins at 1 pm with registration ONLY taking place in the ski room from 9 am-10 am. The following prices include a medal, BBQ, and a chance at many fantastic draw prizes!

Registration fees: $30 for adults and $20 for students. Season pass holders: $20 for adults and $10 for students. $40 max. per family who have skiers in youth programs. $5 for preschoolers for cookie race – does not include meal or rentals.

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St. Ann’s Seniors Healthy Luncheons

Seniors Lunch

St. Ann’s Bay United Church Tea Room.

Speaker at 11:00 am, lunch at 12:00 noon.

Mar 7—Carole Lee Boutilier, “Adventures in Oregon”

Mar 14—TBA

Mar 21—Personnel from EHS

Mar 28—Dennis Laffan, “Arbor Day”


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7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest Continues till March 31, 2018


***Please note: Due to this years challenging winter conditions, please check ahead to make sure the hike and/or snowshoe is still being held. Thank you

Friday, March 2

Hector’s Point Moonlight Snow Shoe Walk

Join us for our special “Hector’s Point Moonlight Walk” – a moonlight snowshoe hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so buy your tickets on line • Walks begin at 7 pm Meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

Contact Name: Dan Franklin / Contact Phone # 902-622-2190

Contact Email:

Cost $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own

Location of Event (street, park, trail, etc.): Frolic n’ Folk Pub, Iona Heights Inn

$5 to rent snow shoes

Tickets must be purchased on-line: Website: &

Facebook: &

Twitter: &

Saturday, March 3, 2018

MacLean Road Guided Snowshoe Hike

1:00 pm

Local Guide Mary Ivey

2.5 kms

Hunter’s Mountain- at the end of the MacLean Rd. Take TCH west from Baddeck. Turn right at the red barn onto the Cabot Trail. Follow this road almost to the top of Hunter’s Mountain. Watch for MacLean Rd on your left. Turn left onto MacLean Rd (Roughly 5 kms from the red barn) – you’ll see a blue cape cod house on your left. Drive to the end and park to the side (If you get to the Highland Rd you’ve gone a bit too far; turn around and watch for MacLean Rd on your right). There will be some lovely views! Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Baddeck 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and 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

Saturday, March 3

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

March 4, 2018

7th Annual Baddeck Middle River Old Time Commute Trek 2018

1:00 pm

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

FREE – Please bring your own shoes

8.9 km

Challenging hike from MacMillan’s Mtn Rd to the Two Churches in Middle River. Take the Cabot Trail from the Red Barn entry to MacMillan Mountain Rd. on the right and park at the end of that road. Watch

for further information. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 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

Saturday March 10

Red Island Trail Lunch and Guided Hike 

March 10th / Storm date March 17th, 2018

For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472.

St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group Society Red Island Trail Lunch Guided Hike March 10th/Storm date March 17th, 2018

Saturday, March 10

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Sunday, March 11

Hector’s Point Moonlight Snow Shoe Walk

Join us for our Sunday afternoon “Hector’s Point Snow Shoe Walks” – a snowshoe hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets on-line. Walks begin at 1 pm – meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

Name: Dan Franklin

Phone # 902-622-2190


$15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own

Location of Event: Frolic n’ Folk Pub, Iona Heights Inn

$5 to rent snow shoes; Tickets must be purchased on-line:

Website: &

Facebook: &

Twitter: &

March 17, 2018

Warren Lake

10 am

Hike the Highlands Festival

Saturday, March 17

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Saturday, March 24

Dennison Road Guided Snowshoe Hike

10 am

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

6 km snowshoe round trip

Will go to a peak to the old Dennison Farmhouse with spectacular views! Bring Your Camera. Directions: Turn off the TCH 105 Ext 9 and go across the overpass on Margaree road (Turnn right if coming from Sydney-do not cross overpass)). Turn right on the Big Baddeck Road towards Baddeck Forks and travel 5 kms. Dennison Road Trail on the right. Park on the right side of the road. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018 and 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County

Saturday, March 24

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Saturday, March 31

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program


Winter Guided Snowshoe Hikes 2018 – Cape Breton

Participants may win a “trail” prize. Thanks to our local partners for organizing the hikes on the ground and to Goose Lane Editions and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support. Hikes are free or low-cost and pre-registration is required unless otherwise indicated. See the details below for each hike. When winter hiking or snowshoeing, always be prepared for the conditions. Learn how to prepare here . Looking for snowshoes? Check out our Where to Borrow, Rent or Buy Snowshoes guide here .


Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Surround Yourself in the Majestic of the Highlands by Breaking Your Own Trail


Where the mountains meet the seas…in the highlands of Cape Breton Island. Where you’ll find some of the highest snowfall accumulations in Eastern Canada. Where there is plenty of space to explore on or off the beaten track, away from it all! Fun for all age groups. Where our unique downhill (Ski Cape Smokey) and telemark ski areas offer you panoramic views of the magnificent Cape Breton Highlands and the Atlantic Ocean! CBHNP Trails:   – you will not regret this healthy experience in our natural environment.

 Grab a Partner & “Break Your Own Trail” in Victoria County during the winter, especially in Cape Breton’s Highland National Park

North Highlands Nordic Trails in Cape North

nhn7  / Ski Room 902.383.2479 . NHN Programs and Events:

  • Tuesdays: Ski Snowshoe & Tea– Adults, Tuesdays, join your friends or meet new friends at 10:00 am for a leisurely ski, snowshoe and return to the heated ski room for a cup of tea. Group rates apply. North Highlands Nordic, Cape North.

Enjoy Ingonish River – Kalapa Valley

Anybody who enjoys snowshoeing is welcome to explore Kalapa Valley (for directions see Ingonish and enjoy the beauty and flatness of it trails. The trails will be maintained regularly during the winter. Anyone using the trails does so at their own risk and should carry appropriate first aid and safety equipment. Please remove any garbage you take in, treat the valley and its animals with respect and have some great winter fun. When parking please do not block the gate. Look forward to seeing you on the trails.

St Ann’s Afternoon Community Hikes

Great social and physical activity on Saturdays (Nov to March). Meet at 1:00 pm, dogs permitted

Go to the St. Ann’s Community Event Sheet Calendar for further, updated information:

Equipment Available to Support your Snowshoeing Adventures:


Where to Borrow, Rent or Buy Snowshoes

Guide found here:

Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program (Since 2016)

activeoutdoorgearloanprogramc Snowshoes & poles for individuals, groups, schools & workplaces supporting your outdoor play for loan, FREE to loan for a week! (No down payment) with a Cape Breton Regional Library Card! 

BAM if you see Wildlife in your Active Adventures:


B – back away A – act big M – move away:

13 items to have with you every time you Hike A Trail

Snowshoeing in Victoria County, Northern Cape Breton Another blizzard, another opportunity to dig out the snowshoes and enjoy being naturally active on our great natural environment on the trails. While you can bring whatever you like with you in your pack while out for a hike, there are about 13 items you should consider to have with you every time you hike the trail. Don’t forget to tell somebody where you are going & how long you will be out: 1.Knife 2.Water 3.Compass 4.Whistle 5.First Aid Kit 6.Map 7.Extra Clothes 8.Rain Gear 9.Flashlight 10.Extra Food 11.Walking stick 12.Nordic Poles 13.Horn (Blaster).

Winter is here, with lots of snow as usual! – Victoria County’s fabulous winter wonderland brings snow enthusiasts out each year. Before you seek out your thrills, be sure that you are well prepared and that you have all the right gear to make every winter outing safe and enjoyable.

Things to Do

Whether it is events in the great outdoors or getting inside for a ceilidh, Cape Breton Island has a full schedule of winter events from January to March 2018.

Where to Stay

Get Cozy – From cabins to luxurious suites to Mongolian yurts, we have a range of accommodation options to meet your taste. We recommend you book early, especially on weekends, to ensure you get your preferred accommodation.

CAPE NORTH & DINGWALL: Area code is 902

 Channel Breezes B & B, Dingwall  902-285-0650
 Inlet B & B, Dingwall  902-383-2112


Backcove Cottages 902-336-2812
Oceanview Cottage (3 bedrooms) 902-336-2212


  • Knotty Pine Cottages   (housekeepng)                        1-800-455-2058
  • Castle Rock Country Inn   (B&B)                                 902-285-2700

Driving times from Cape North:

·       Dingwall 5 minutes
·       Neil’s Harbour 15 minutes
·       North Ingonish 30 minutes
·       Ingonish Ferry 40 minutes
·       Pleasant Bay 25 minutes
·       Cheticamp 1 hour


511 Nova Scotia

A Free Traveler Information Service Operated by NS Gov’t Accessed Via Phone, Mobile Device or Computer

Winter 2018 Festivals & Events

Whether it is events in the great outdoors or getting inside for a ceilidh, Cape Breton Island has a full schedule of winter events from January to March.


Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County


2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck Event 2018

Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County

Box 370, 495 Chebucto St, Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0

Tel: 902.295.3661 / Cel: 902.295.0387 / Fax: 902.295-1864





Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) in Partnership with Hike NS, Hike Victoria Thanks the many Victoria County Volunteers, Leaders, Community Groups, Facility Operators, Service Providers, Businesses, Municipal Council and Staff for their Continued Support, Efforts & Contribution to A Successful 2018 Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest  benefiting Residents & Visitors! See you in 2019 for our 8th! 
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Website Statistics to Date (Feb. 27, 2018)

Thank You for Visiting Our Website in 2018 Contributing To Our Successes, It’s Truly Appreciated:

  • Views: 4,258
  • Visits: 2,383
  • Views Per Visit: 1.79
  • Posts Published: 23

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1st Winter Gathering 2018 of Unama’ki Cape Breton Outdoor Network A Success

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) enjoyed participating, being A Partner and an Instructor (Hiking Safely) at the 1st Winter Gathering Unama’ki-Cape Breton Outdoor Network Feb. 23-25th at Camp Bretondean. 


Great Food, group activities, lots of fun during Ancient Games of Waltes (Rosie Sylliboy), Outdoor Activities (Jennifer Anderson); Caper & Regional Library’s Outdoor Recreational Equipment Loan Program (Erin Phillips); Guided Hike; Disability Inclusion in the Outdoors (Patti Sampson); Keynote Speaker; S’mores by the fire; Blue Dot Movement, (Paul Strome); etc.  

Thank you to all (Especially’ Pat Maher, Emily, Catalina, Patti and Terri) on a great weekend on networking, enjoying the great outdoors, presentations, food, etc.  

Unama’ki-Cape Breton Outdoor Network Professional Winter Gathering Schedule Included:

Friday, February 23rd

4:00pm – 5:30pm Registration Check-in

6:00pm Welcome Dinner

7:30pm Group activity

Saturday, February 24th

8:00am Breakfast

9:15am – 10:15am Ancient Games of Waltes, Rosie Sylliboy

Nutritional break

10:30am – 11:30am Blue Dot Movement, Paul Strome

11:30am – 12:30pm Blue Dot Movement, Paul Strome

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch

1:45pm – 2:45pm Cape Breton Regional Library’s Outdoor

Recreational Equipment Loan Program, Erin Phillips

2:45pm – 3:45pm Guided Hike, Vince Forrestall

Nutritional break

4:00pm – 5:00pm Disability Inclusion in the Outdoors, Patti Sampson

5:15pm- 6:30pm Group activity

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Keynote Speaker

8:30pm S’mores by the fire

Sunday, February 25th

8:00am Breakfast

9:15am – 10:15am Open Workshop

Nutritional break

10:30am – 11:30am “Next Steps” discussion & Closing remarks

11:30am – 12:30pm Grab n’go Lunch

12:30pm – 1:00pm Departure

 We Look forward to the 2nd Annual Winter Gathering in 2019.


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3rd Annual Ultimate Skyline Guided Hike A Success! (Feb. 25, 2018)

3rd Annual Ultimate Skyline Guided Hike A Success! (Feb. 25, 2018)

Enjoyed Cape Breton Island’s Great Outdoors (Feb. 25th) as NA4LVC led a guided hike to Skyline Trail with 27 out! Trees covered in white frozen snow was unbelievable and the ice formations on the Cabot Trail leading to the trail was incredible, along with the warmth of the shining sun!

Thank you to all participants and partners for contributing to its success. “Another magical memorable moment / outdoor outing on Cape Breton Island” yesterday, soooo spectacular! Glad to see so many out on a nice Feb. 25th winter day! Great pics (Photo Cedits: Thank You Theresa MacKenzie) showing a great day.

Even the “Bear in the Area” sign was up at the parking lot and at the trailhead!

Thanks Victoria County residents Larry Gibbons and Jennifer Lindgren for assisting with the sweeping! We’ll see you at the 4th Annual in 2019!

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Sharing Testimonials in Partnership Since 2011


Volunteers, Leaders, Community Groups, Service Providers, Facility Operators, Partners, Victoria County Council & Staff for the continued Support, Contribution & Tremendous Efforts to the Success of the Victoria County Municipal Physical Activity Strategy – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), it’s truly appreciated benefiting Residents & Visitors



Hi Vince: People are becoming more active in Victoria County. Thanks to you!” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Victoria County Action Network Strategy Implementation Team for Iona, Washabuck Peninsula), March 1, 2017 Re: Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program Usage Report (Jan. 14-Feb. 23, 2017)

The Children in Victoria County are blessed to have you! So many wonderful opportunities to help them grow into a healthy lifestyle!  You are truly helping to create a very healthy generation of children who will grow into healthy adults” – Patsy MacKenzie, Jan. 10, 2018

We really appreciate what you do for our libraries!!” Cheers – Rosalie Gillis, Cape Breton Regional Library (Jan. 6, 2018)

It was my pleasure to be able to help (4th Annual 7mas Skates 2017).  We are definitely game for next year. If something crosses your desk that needs a supporter, let me know and I will do what I can.  Thanks so much for all that you do Vince.  You are really making a difference.  Hats off to you Sir and All the Best of the Season to You and Yours! Thanks so much” – Scott, Midway, Dec. 7, 2017

Thank you so much for the support thus far!” – All of us at North Highlands Nordic, Jan. 30, 2018

Thanks for everything Vince  (KettleBell Programs)” – Patricia Fricker, Workplace Wellness Leadership (Feb. 2, 2018)

Thank you so much Vince for all you do for this community!!!” – Iris Kedmi, WOW Victoria County and Pedaller’s By the Bay (Feb. 12, 2018)

Wonderful! Thank you so, so much Vince (NA4LVC Letter of Support for Hike NS Seniors Hiking Project Age Friendly Grant Application)!!” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director, Hike Nova Scotia (Feb. 1, 2018)

Wanda Hart MacLeodYou are so awe inspiring Vince Forrestall!!!” (March 30, 2017)

How I (Cheryl MacDonald) know you (Vince Forrestall)…through our work. First impression…how kind you are and how knowledgeable. Favorite memory….one of the first meetings I attended for active I remember how enthusiastic you were about the new ideas and I thought this guy is good to do great things for Victoria County. I was right glad to know you” – Cheryl MacDonald (VCAN-Victoria County Action Network Member Representing Neil’s Harbour), July 21, 2017

Hi Vince, I want to say to you – Thank you for taking up what I shared with you about the program in Lunenburg County (that was in November 2016) and taking it seriously enough to pursue in ‘official’ channels. We would not have created the program without your initiative. As I have said before to you, I respect what you are doing for Victoria County residents in the way of being physically active outdoors and indoors. I believe you should feel happily responsible for stimulating a lot of that activity! I am grateful. Thank you for your work and help with the program” – Judy King, GO Girls Only Get  Outside in Nature Program Leader  (November 24, 2017)

Hi Vince – Thank you for submission of a very comprehensive Final Report 2016-17 for Facility Access. I look forward to receiving your application for 2017-18 on behalf of Naturally Active Victoria County and the Municipality of the County of Victoria” – Larry Maxwell, Regional Manager – Cape Breton Communities, Sport and Recreation Division Communities, Culture and Heritage (Aug. 30, 2017) / “Thanks for this (Provincial Facility Access Application for 2017-18 on behalf of Naturally Active Victoria County and the Municipality of the County of Victoria). I’ll be forwarding it on to our central office for final consideration. Good work (Approved: $18,000 for 2017-18)!” – Larry Maxwell, Regional Manager – Cape Breton Communities, Sport and Recreation Division Communities, Culture and Heritage (Nov. 7, 2017)

Thank you for sharing all this information (NA4LVC) with me. My wife Joanne and I followed up by looking at all these websites and we are really impressed. Victoria County is very progressive regarding outdoor and environmental activities and they set the bar very high. I really appreciated all our discussions and I will gladly work with you anytime to bring about the positive change we envision. Thank you for sharing those photos of your Sunday hike. You are a real trooper and a terrific example for others to emulate. I look forward to seeing you again soon” – Paul Strome B.A., B.Ed, Cheticamp, Nova Scotia (Feb. 26, 2018) – Participant, 1st Winter Gathering Cape Breton Unama’ki Outdoor Network

Great job on the summit (Hike NS Summit May 11-13,2018), Vince.  It is all coming together nicely and you are doing really good work at being prepared well in advance.  Thanks for your good work for our region” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (Nov. 30, 2017)

Vince and I had a great presentation for Victoria County Council (Jan. 8, 2018 -7th Annual Hike NS Summit 2018) today. They were all pleased and all council members were in favor of supporting our Summit.  Had some really strong supporting remarks.” – Thanks Percy Rasmussen, Smokey Recreation Society,  Jan. 8, 2018 / “That’s wonderful news! Thank you Percy and Vince for your efforts!!!” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director Hike Nova Scotia, Jan.9, 2018 / Norm Mac Donald Good work last night Gentlemen (Jan. 9, 2018)

Molly RitchieA good time to say thanks, Vince, for the free yoga at the library. It’s really great for anyone but especially for seniors like me“! (Tuesday, 9:30 with Patsie MacKensie), Dec. 11, 2017

Norm Mac Donald (Councilor District 8) “Thank you sir for your continued work in the district and County very appreciated indeed” (July 17, 2017) / Norm Mac DonaldYour a good man Vince well respected and the County surely benefits from your continued work and enthusiasm towards the well being of Victoria County” (Oct. 16, 2017)

Norm Mac DonaldGood work Vince a beauty isn’t it!” (July 17, 2017)

Thank You Vince for helping our local organizations to keep our community members healthy” – Paul MacNeil, District 1 Councillor, Victoria County (Nov. 29, 2017)

You are doing great work for the community and we appreciate it. Thanks for your recent letter of support for our Cape North Farmers Market and North Highlands Orchard projects” – Claudia Gallagher, Cape North Farmers Market, Jan. 18, 2018

Thanks for the kind words (President Resignation due to move). You and Jenna are inspiring to follow on Facebook and I am very happy to see how the Baddeck area just keeps on doing more. All the best” – Chantal Phillips, Former President Velo Cape Breton (Aug. 30, 2017)

Rhonda and I enjoy the outdoors and people as much as you do Vince. You make it easy to be part of this (Snowshoe Hikes in Victoria County 2018). Take care” – Darryn Sampson (Nov. 30, 2017)

Hi Vince. Thanks for keeping me posted!  I am really happy that after the bell is still a go for Boularderie & Baddeck. Many of the parents have been asking when it will start. As always, thank you for all your support to keep our Community active!” – Patsy MacKenzie (Yoga Instructor & VCAN-Victoria County Action Network Strategy Implementation Team Member), Sept. 6, 2017

Thank you your dedication to the community” – Brian MacLeod (Baddeck Youth Group, Baddeck Rugby Club, Minister), Sept. 26, 2017

Thank you for all your support. SRS has been open for skating over the last couple of days. Hope to see you on the Ice” – Percy Rasmussen, Smokey Recreation Society (Dec. 31, 2017)

Excellent news Vince ($18,000 Provincial Funding-Facility Access Program 2017-18)!  Thank you for all of your hard work benefitting residents of Victoria County!” – Patsy MacKenzie Dec. 1, 2017

Thanks so much (Info, registration 7th Annual Middle River Baddeck Old Time Commute Trek Guided Snowshoe Hike (2018)! Looking forward to the outing!” – Annie Maxwell, Jan. 25th, 2018

Raising the Villages

Has had an amazing start to this new year!  Our Planning for Action summit took place on Wednesday, Jan. 24th, 2018.  This date had special significance, as it was held on the movement’s one year anniversary.  We would like to thank all who came and participated in the summit (Naturally Active for Life Victoria County A Proud Participant at the Summit and the past year) – (Feb. 20, 2018)

Thanks, Vince! Nice to see lots of activity happening in Victoria County (NA4LVC Newsletter Submissions for Consideration)!”Jessica Farrell, Regional Convenor – Cape Breton Region, Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia (Feb. 1, 2018)

Tracey CampbellThis is a fabulous program (GO-Girls Only: Get Out in Nature Program 2017)! The girls are really enjoying it!” (Nov. 7, 2017) / “Thank you. Eilish really enjoys the hike” – Michele Matheson (Nov. 14, 2017) / “I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the GO Girls Program. Chloee is really enjoying the program and I am thrilled she became involved.  I thank you for your time and effort you put forward into the program” – Gloria MacAskill-Hart (Nov. 17, 2017) / Tracey CampbellGo girls is such a great program!!!!! Thanks Vince Forrestall!”  / Doreen Shaw-Norman “Thank you to everyone involved” / Rita Campbell ” Glad to be able to help out this wonderful project”  December 1, 2017 


You are doing a great job as activity coordinator for the county” – Mary Ivey (Nov. 25, 2017) / “You are doing a doing great job” –   Bonni Kutcha (Nov. 25 and 29, 2017)

Everyone is really pleased with all the events (Christmas in Baddeck  2017)”  – Belinda Garland, Nov. 25, 2017

Thanks as always (Winter ActiveFest 2018 Interview), (Dec. 1, 2017)” / “Awesome, Vince” (Bike to Bite Event 2017), Oct. 6, 2017 /  “Thanks again for all your help” (6th annual Victoria County Fall Harvest Activefest), Sept. 29, 2017 / “Thanks, Vince. Keep those emails coming (Municipality receives AMANS Gold Certificate Award 2016-17). The more I know the better. Cheers, my friend“, Sept. 25, 2017 – JEREMY FRASER, General news and sports reporter, Cape Breton Post

Thank You for the (Leadership) assistance funding for my course (Girls on Fire Program certification). Really appreciate your support” – Patsy MacKenzie (Oct. 12, 2017)


Hi Vince, It’s good to see pics of you and your groups doing amazing hikes in northern Cape Breton! – Claudia Gallagher (Nov. 6, 2017) / “That’s wonderful news, Vince. Thank you so much (Approved for Facility Access Assistance Fund from Naturally Active)!” – Claudia Gallagher (March 2nd, 2017)

Excellent Lots of action in town (Christmas  in Baddeck 2017) ! Keep up the great work” – Errol MacInnis (Tim Hortons), Nov. 26, 2017

Morning Vince: Thank you for the update on the Strategy (November 29, 2017). Much appreciated” – Ann Marie MacNeil, Dec. 4, 2017 / “Great work Vince!” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant / “Hi Vince: Thank you for sending along the information (Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Settings in Victoria County Assistance Fund 2017-2018). Have a great day” – Ann Marie MacNeil, Dec. 4, 2017

Thank you Vince (Wellness Zone January 2018 Publication), I need the inspiration!” – Ann Marie MacNeil, Jan.2, 2018

This is great (7th Annual Hike Victoria SnowShoe Fest 2018) ! Thanks for keeping me in the loop!” – Stacey St. John, Destination Cape Breton Association

Thank you to all for your time and engagement (Cape Breton Island Physical Activity Focus Group- Jan. 18, 2018)” – Larry Maxwell, Regional Manager – Cape Breton, Communities, Sport and Recreation Division, Communities, Culture and Heritage (Jan. 22, 2018)

Thanks so much Vince (Cape Breton Winter Videos / Events / Info),” – Nathan Coleman, The Weather Network, Feb. 8, 2018

NA4LVC Participates/Part of Launch of Victoria County Age-friendly Action Plan / AMANS Workplace Wellness Gold Award / Celebrating Females Coaches in NS – Elyane Saul: Well done Vince and members of the Age-friendly planning committee! This is a great accomplishment and is a testament to all the hard work that has committee members and community citizens alike have been able to do to solidify this great accolade! It is quite apparent that Victoria County is blazing a trail for Cape Breton and the rest of Nova Scotia when you’re continually recognized as a the precedent for Workplace Wellness. Bestowed with this kind of an award means that Victoria County is challenging themselves to think outside the box and be innovative, which means changing with the times to ensure that their employees are part of the planning in helping make their workspace a better place for everyone! Congrats to Elyane too for her work ethic on and off the pitch! Women Active N.S. is a great way to bring about awareness and celebrate the volunteers in our community that are helping build and strengthen our communities! And another shout out to Vince Forestall and his relentless leadership that he continues to exhibit as a spokesperson for Naturally Active Victoria County! Well done Vince and to all the committee members, volunteers and staff that provide Vince with the support that he needs to make Victoria County one of the prime locations to live and visit in Nova Scotia!” – Aron Ashton, NS Health (Sept. 25, 2017) / “Congratulations and thank you to Vince, the committee and Elyanne for all you do” – Debbie MacLean, PDt, Eastern Zone NSHA, Victoria County Memorial Hospital (Sept. 26, 2017) / “Well done Vince and congratulations to all involved.  Very impressive. Congratulations Elyane on your recognition as a female coach in Nova Scotia. Way to go!” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Sept. 27, 2017) / Aron George Ashton – “My pleasure Vince and I look forward to continuing to work with you and Naturally Active Victoria County in the near future!”, (Sept. 27, 2017) / “Congrats Vince and to all involved in this initiative!  Great work! Also nice to see Elyane honoured by Women Active.  Way to go!” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (Oct. 4, 2017)

Thanks for all your support with our endeavors” – Murdell MacNeil (Central Cape Breton Ventures Inc.), Sept. 26, 2017

Thanks for everything Vince (Strategy Management Partnership Member)” – Claire MacLean, Retired Community Health Promotion Coordinator, Eastern, Nova Scotia | Heart and Stroke Foundation (Nov. 2, 2017)

Great work on this (Baddeck & Area Groomed Ski Trails), Vince.  It will be a real benefit for the community.” – Dr. David Heughan (Feb. 1, 2017) / “Looks Great Vince! It’s fantastic that this is happening! Thanks for all your hard work!” – Sarah Penney (Baddeck Ski Committee)

Thanks Vince for the great letter (Letter of Support for Seniors into Winter – From New Horizons for Seniors Programs–Community Based Projects)..   Hopefully your support will help us receive funding” – Rosemary Algar (July 11, 2017)

Hi Vince, Your letter of support is spectacular Many thanks. It’s also a nice summing up of our situation north of Smokey, as regards ageing population, sustainability and why this area is so special. I’ve shared it with the rest of our farmers market board” – Claudia Gallagher, Cape North Farmers Market, Feb. 8, 2018


Awesome- thanks (Elyane Saul re: “Celebrating female coaches for Victoria County” – re: WomenActive for the upcoming Nationals Coaches Week!!)” –  Gabrielle Gallagher, Project Manager, WomenActive-NS (Sept. 24, 2017)

Thank you kind sir (Canada Summer Jobs 2018) ” – Norm. Norman MacDonald, District 8 Councilor, Victoria County Jan. 18, 2018

Vince, we really appreciate your ongoing support (first-ever apple cider pressing in the fire hall’s front room at 11:30 am, Sept. 16, 2017. Come and see this deluxe manual press in action (co-funded by H.E.R.S.S and the Cape North Farmers Market, give the wheel a turn and have a drink of fresh cider!) !” – Claudia Gallagher, Cape North Farmers Market (Sept. 15, 2017)

Thanks for all you do“, – Belinda Garland, Hello Winter Baddeck Event 2017 and Baddeck Heritage Day Event 2017 (August 1, 2017)


Hi Vince: Thanks for sending along (Funding: Canada Summer Jobs 2018)” – Ann Marie MacNeil, (Jan. 18, 2018)

Thanks for supporting (Fit Yoga) Vince” – Patsy MacKenzie, Dec. 18, 2018

As always thank you for your support (Community Yoga Program) we really appreciate having you in our corner” – Ryan Costello, Ingonish Development Society (Feb. 6, 2018)


Bernadette MacLellanWow Vince (Nathan Coleman, The Weather Network contacts Vince Forrestall, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County on Promotional Materials for Winter in Victoria County, Cape Breton Island). Your fame is spreading near and far. You do such a good job. Is it any wonder? (Nov. 9, 2017)” / Joanne FraserWe all loves Vince (Nov. 9, 2017)” / “Thank you so much Vince, this is perfect! I will certainly let you know if I am able to travel there for an event this upcoming Winter. Would love to be there in person! Best Regards” – Nathan (Nov. 9, 2017)

Wonderful news Vince! Great to hear Victoria County continues  to support their people (6 Victoria County Participants for TumbleBugs ProgramTraining Session, Nov. 2017)“. Sharla Mombourquette Municipal Physical Activity Leadership Coordinator (Nov. 6, 2017)

“Hi Vince. Yoga at the (Baddeck) library going for the fall-winter (2017-18). Patsy is an excellent leader and the gentle yoga workout she gives is good for all. There were quite a few senior participants in the programme that ended recently at the library and for that reason alone it should be considered for continuance. I thoroughly enjoyed her morning workout and I think the other people involved did too. I’m sure these people would love to participate for longer if this is possible…thanking you for getting this going and hoping you can start it again”. Marlene MacLean (Oct. 20, 2017) / “Thanks Vince. I know this program has been very well received” – Rosalie Gillis, Cape Breton Regional Library (Oct. 24, 2017)

Jason Smith

(Nov. 1, 2017) – Baddeck & Area Men’s basketball will start next Friday on Nov 9 th. We have been fortunate enough to have rent paid for by Vince Forrestall and the Victoria County healthy living initiative! Thanks you Vince. It open to any male 18 to 65 of age. Try to bring a black and white shirt. So it will be easier to split the teams. The time will be 6 to 730. Here’s to a fun and exciting basketball season

Thank you so much Vince! Appreciate everything you’ve done for me” – Lindsay MacInnis (Sept. 6, 2017)

Thanks Vince. If wasn’t for you and your initiatives. our program would be the success that it is” – Jason Smith, Leader-Baddeck Men’s Basketball Program (Sept. 5, 2017)

Hi Vince, Thanks again for supporting the Library (Yoga Fall 2017 Program at Baddeck Library)!” – Rosalie Gillis, Cape Breton Regional Library (Sept. 18, 2017)

Great spot (Community Wellness Room – Baddeck Academy)” – Tanya Borgal, Dec. 12, 2017

Thanks Vince (Victoria County Submission: Elyane Saul, Middle River) – National Coaches Week Sept 23-30, 2017 Celebrating Women Coaches in Sport 2017)” – Gabrielle Gallagher, Project Manager, WomenActive-NS (Sept. 18, 2017) /

Twitter: @WomenActiveNS / Facebook: WomenActive-NS

“Thank you so much. I am extremely grateful for your help and this opportunity (Leadership Development Assistance Fund – Yoga Certification)! I look forward to serving this community once I get my certificate! Thanks again, Truly appreciated” – Keshia Fortune (Sept. 7, 2017)

Thanks for helping us spread the word Vince (IWALK – International Walk to School Month 2017)!  Baddeck Academy was the first school to sign up this year – so great!   :)” – Stephanie Johnstone-Laurette, Youth Active Transportation Coordinator (Sept. 19, 2017)

Thank you for sharing (Many Hands Many Voices Conference-Invite 2017)!; Thanks, Vince! You’re the best!” –  Nicole Cammaert, Director, Skills & Learning  |  Regional Convenor, Cape Breton, Community Sector Council of NS (Sept. 19, 2017)

Thanks, Vince. Keep those emails coming (A Bit More Info for AMANS Gold Certificate Award If You Will). The more I know the better. Cheers, my friend” – Jeremy Fraser, Reporter Cape Breton Post (Sept. 25, 2017)

Valerie MasonThis is a great service for the community Vince, thanks (6th Season for Baddeck Community Wellness Room 2017-18)!”, Sept. 26th, 2017 /  Valerie Mason –  “Super (Updated schedule for 6th annual baddeck community wellness room 2017-18)! Many thanks to you, Cecil, and the school administration for making this work for the kids“!, Sept. 27, 2017

Thanks for your continued support to our community” – Katie MacRae, Middle River Recreation Association (Oct. 27, 2017) 

Judy’s GO Program (Girls Only Get Outside  in Nature) great Mary is enjoying it” Perla MacLeod, District 2 Councillor (Nov. 10, 2017)  

1st session went really well“- Patsy  MacKenzie, GO Girls Only Fit Yoga Program (Oct. 25, 2017)

Nice Testimonials received from Saturday’s Cape North Farmers Market Presenting the First-ever Apple Cider Pressing in the Cape North Fire Hall Front Room at 11:30 am, Sept. 16, 2017:

Testimonials (Sept. 16, 2017)

  • Yvonne Daisley – “Juice was delicious
  • Claudia Gahlinger (Cape North Farmers Market) – “Everybody loved the cider

Norm Mac DonaldThey tasted amazing ” (Sept. 18, 2017)

Thank You and kudos to Everyone Involved Benefiting Residents & Visitors, it’s truly appreciated. Proudly Supported in Partnership by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) under the Victoria County Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Facilities Program & Policy

Thanks, Vince. That’s exciting news (First-ever Apple Cider Pressing in the Cape North Fire Hall Front Room, Sept. 16, 2017). Hopefully we can get some coverage of the event” – Andrew Brooks, Publisher + Editor, The Victoria Standard


Thank You Vince!! I might be giving you a call for some more assistance on these programs (Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Funding Assistance Programs). Thanks Again!!” – Paul MacNeil, District 1 Councillor, Victoria County (Sept. 6, 2017)

Sounds good thanks for the info (Refs Clinic & Minor Hockey Funding) and help as always” – Andrew MacDonald, Rink Manager, Victoria Highland Civic Centre, Sept. 12, 2017

Thanks so much, Vince. Greatly appreciated (Funding sources for Baddeck Karate Club 2017-18). Sincerely, Leo Donovan (Cape Breton Highlands Karate Club), Sept. 11, 2017

Thanks, Vince for your continued support.  NHN will definitely be following up on your suggestions (Assistance Funds from NA4LVC to assist and support 2017-18).” – Linda Murray, North Highlands Nordic Ski Facility (Sept. 8, 2017) / “Thanks again for your continued support” – Linda Murray, North Highlands Nordic (Oct. 12, 2017)

Bricin Lyons THANK YOU SO MUCH Vince Forrestall WERE STILL GETTING SETTLED IN AND FIXING A FEW THUNGS OVER HERE IN CAPE NORTH BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS INFO! (Funding Assistance Programs 2017-18 through Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Est. 2011 in Partnership) CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU ALL!! (Oct. 15, 2017) / Bricin Lyons WOW THIS IS AWSOME (211 ) ! (Oct. 15, 2017)

Great work..(re: Winter Campaign Pilot Project-Report 2017 Successes) Here’s to 2018! Wishing you a great summer Kind regards” – Mary Tulle, CEO, Destination Cape Breton (June 22, 2017) Sign up for industry updates at: For everything Cape Breton: / “Looks great (Naturally Active for Life Victoria County-Thank You & We Look forward to Building on Winter Campaign Pilot Project-Report 2017 Successes!) We are always ready to help so feel free to contact me anytime” – Mike Eddy, Snowmobilers Association of Nova Scotia (SANS) – June 22, 2017

Thank You for all you do. You are amazing“- Tamara Stevens, NS Health, Victoria County Community Health Board (Oct. 11, 2017)

Hi Vince, I just want to thank you again so much for your time and contribution to our research. I really appreciate it, and it was nice to talk to someone who is so passionate about the Shared Strategy for Recreation in Nova Scotia. Thanks again” – Liam Mulcahy, Recreation Management, Dalhousie University (March 30, 2017) / RE: Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia “Wow – nice email!  Going to share with working group!” – Rhonda Lemire, Executive Director, Recreation Nova Scotia (March 30, 2017) / “Good work Vince!  Thanks for representing us so well” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (March 31, 2017)

“I have heard of all the great opportunities you have been helping to create in the area through the Naturally Active Programs” –  (Apr. 22, 2017), Mike Gorey, Manager at North Highlands Community Museum and Culture Centre / “Thank you once again for funding our yoga program (North Highlands Community Museum and Culture Centre). We are a devoted group and there is increased interest in our series this spring . Along with Patricia Frickers trampoline classes, we seem to be re-energized . Thanks again” – Gloria MacDonald (Apr. 25, 2017)

Thank you, thank you Vince (Facility Access Assistance Fund Application with a scheduled Open House at NHN Jan. 14, 2018 through Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Est. 2011), Sounds exciting (Active Access Pass)!” – Linda Murray, North Highlands Nordic, Oct. 6, 2017

My pleasure Vince – thanks for plugging us into this (North of Smokey Chronic Disease Program Development Committee Meeting – 211 Presentation Oct. 5th)” – Mike Myette, Executive Director (Oct. 6, 2017)

Iris Kedmi – “Thank you Vince Forrestall for all your initiatives and support for our county keep on moving ” (July 20, 2017)

Thanks Vince. I really appreciate you sharing so many options (Funding supports for Ski Exchange Event). I will review these, then make some decisions about where to go from here” – Daniel Murray, Ski Exchange in Victoria County (Oct. 17, 2017)

Tamara Tammy Stevens Congrats



Andree Crepeau Congratulations!



Jeannie Bonnar congrats Vince Forrestall



Florence Hill Congrats



Joan Murphy Congrats!!!


Chantal Schmouth Congratulations Vince!!


Bernadette MacLellan Congrats Vince.



Percy Rasmussen Congrats Vince Well deserved!



Mary MacAskill Congratulations! Vincent.


Mary Hill Congrats Vince – well deserved.



Barb O’Hanley Congrats Vince well deserved I’m sure


Iris Kedmi Congrats you deserve this award !!!!!



Wanda Hart MacLeod Well deserved Vince!!



Mona Anderson Congratulations, Vince. Well done sir.



Anna Lee MacEachern Congratulations Vince. You deserve it.


Donna Mac Leod · 7 mutual friends

Congratulations Vince!

Fortunate to be living in a great place to Live, Work and Play – 10 months old when Jenna arrived. 7 years Old now! – Wanda Hart MacLeodI think we are the lucky ones, Vince!!!” – Sept. 27, 2017

I’ve truly enjoyed being involved with board colleagues and community members across the county.   The  level of interest and participation in Naturally Active  initiatives is wonderful to see. it is truly hard to believe the Partnership is in its 7th year.  it has been a real treat to have participated since the beginning, help build the Strategy and be part of a terrific team of diverse perspectives. Keep up the good work! And a sincere thank you for the opportunity” – Eileen Woodford, Former Chair-Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Partnership (Oct. 20, 2017)

Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it (Sharing The Dangers of using a Mobile Phone behind the Wheel Resource)” – Michael Morris, Feb. 7, 2018

Great news Vince (Fit Yoga Program Fall 2017 – Baddeck Academy After the Bell, After School Time Period. Thank you., Thanks again ” – Patsy MacKenzie, Program (Oct. 16, 2017)

Hi Folks, thank each and every one of you for your roles and great leadership that you provide on a daily basis to the County and for helping me along this new road, ”Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all , love of what you are doing or learning to do.”- Norm MacDonald, District 8 Councillor Victoria County (Oct. 7, 2017) / “Thank you Norm same to you and all the County, You and I are lucky to have great and support Council and staff and I’m thankful to have you ALL  and give us the support and experience in this job.  thank you for be there” – Perla Macleod, Councillor District #2 Victoria County (Oct. 7, 2017)

Thank you Vince I appreciate you as well” – Rebecca Wall, Spin Class Instructor (Oct. 11, 2017) / “Feeling pretty blessed with the testimonials coming thru. Thank you Debbie Pierrard and Mary Ellen Thank you Vince Forrestall and Baddeck Academy for making this possible! (Nov. 28, 2017)


A great partnership with our county” (Bike to Bike Event , 2017) – Pedallers By the Bay, (Oct. 14, 2017)  –

Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College shared your post. –  “Thanks for helping spread the word Naturally Active For Life Victoria County Est. 2011 Save your Wednesday evenings for ceilidhs at the College this fall, running ’til Dec 13″. (Oct. 31, 2017)

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Participates in 5th Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge 2017

Hi Vince, Here’s a link to select pictures from yesterday’s 3-Peak Challenge. I really enjoyed the hike with you and I think we both challenged each other to complete the hike. Cheers” – Sam Schwartz (July 17, 2017)!AuIocdWNu7G9jyBzqm86jj1aZPe0


3-Peak Challenge – Vince ForestallShared via OneDrive

Thank you for your quick response. Again, thank you very much for your support! (July 7, 2017) / “Thank you for your support! I am looking forward to the Cape Breton rides (Big Bike Ride) and appreciate your spreading the word in helping us find volunteers” – Maryclare MacIsaac, Administrative Fundraising Assistant | Heart & Stroke (July 10, 2017)

Thank you very much for all the wonderful information (Summer Day Camp, Active Living, social media links in Victoria County)! Enjoy your weekend – Irene Clouter, Family moving to Victoria County (May 26, 2017)

“Thank you Vince. I really appreciate the resources (Funding supports, Fall Harvest Active Fest Asst / an outdoor hunting league). Thank for your support on social media and with your detailed responses.” – Jay Rawding, Highland Bow & Arrow (Aug. 31, 2017)

Thanks Vince. You are  always so supportive!” – Patsy MacKenzie, Yoga Instructor, After School Time Period Leader and VCAN-Victoria County Action Network Strategy Implementation Team Since 2011) (Sept. 15, 2017)

Hello everyone, I just wanted to let you know about a few sponsored ice times that are available to you and your family to bring your little skaters out for some more skating time for free (3rd Annual After the Bell, 3rd Annual Pond Hockey, 4th Annual Merry 7mas)! We are very lucky to have these opportunities!” – Bonni Kucha, Learn to Skate Program Organizer (Nov. 9, 2017)

Hi Vince: Thanks for sending along the information (Wellness Zone / Active Living Subsidization Program / CB Minute / St. Ann’s Event Sheet). Have a nice evening” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Aug. 3, 2017)

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Aboriginal Day and a Happy Summer Solstice!  I am very impressed with the work we have done over the last few years to build partnerships between all our communities in Unama’ki (Cape Breton).  I look forward to working together on a path of reconciliation for many more years to come” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (June 21, 2017)

Thanks for sharing the excellent news, Vince! Our HERSS (Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings) Policy is finally approved. Now we can look at the next steps for promoting and strengthening the support for the policy. We want to continue to secure funding that you have worked so hard to obtain. “ – Sarah Ross Public Health Nutritionist Nova Scotia Health Authority (June 13, 2017) / “Wow! Yeah awesome news Vince and thank you for allowing us to be part of the process! It was an unforgettable experience. I learned many things that I’ll take with me going forward. Thanks again Vince, and thank you Sarah for the learning process!” – Aron Ashton Public Health (June 13, 2017) / “This is great Vince. Though I really don’t think you should be thanking me for anything!! I appreciate all the hard work you have done over the years in getting the people in this county moving and more healthy. Keep up the great work” – Debbie MacLean, PDt, Eastern Zone NS Health Authority, Victoria County Memorial Hospital (June 13, 2017) /  “Awesome work for sure. Totally agree with all Aron said. Thanks for all your commitment and passion” – Debbie MacLean, PDt, Eastern Zone NS Health Authority, Victoria County Memorial Hospital (June 14, 2017)

Thank you for the update (Municipal funding for BDLDC Summer Day Camp) and the kind note, Vince” – Carolyn Barber, Bras d’Or Lake Day Camp Association (July 10, 2017)

Good work! Great quotes (An Outdoor Destination – Victoria County has a lot to offer Labour Day Weekend Adventurers: Cape Breton Post Article Aug. 31, 2017)!” – Jocelyn Bethune, Communications Officer, Public Works, Municipality of the County of Victoria (Aug. 31, 2017) –

PowerTalk Leadership Course (2017) – One thing I really like about your (Vince F.)presentation (Don’t take where we live, work and Play – Victoria County for Granted) is:-Good action shots. Great pictures. Well put together; Very friendly, well done; Your enthusiasm about outdoor activities in Victoria County; Showcased great areas of the county (Victoria); Very passionate and a good storyteller; Cheerleader of the great outdoors we live in (Oct. 4, 2017) / Dropbox link below to access and download your presentation videos:

We really enjoyed the PowerTalk session with your team! All the best“, Derrick Whalen, PowerTalk Communications


Wow u r fast!! (Active Living Subsidization Program Application Request: May 26, 2017) – Dorothy Best / “Thanks so much for the quick response (2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018 Meeting)” – Jo-Lanna Murray, (Destination Cape Breton), Nov. 20, 2017

Great Vince! Glad to hear and yes, the new job is busy but I am always engaged and glad that I can refer back to my former partners in job past for perspective and support. I may be seeking some suggestions from Naturally Active VC down the road re: our CHB’s. As always Vince, great to hear from you and talk soon” – Aron Ashton, Public Health Services (Aug. 23rd, 2017)

Hi Vince: Thanks for sharing the information (2018-2019 Chronic Disease Innovation Fund)” – Ann Marie MacNeil, Iona Rep.  VCAN-Victoria County Action Network (Oct. 27, 2017)

Hi Vince — thanks for your help getting the word out (Willow House Community Outreach Sexual Assault Program 2 Day Youth Camp in Baddeck  August 28 and 29, 2017 Knox Hall)” — Marcie MacKay, NS Health (June 28, 2017)

Thanks Vince (Assistance Funds Grant Applications Available Through NA4LVC)“! JODY NELSON, Community Food Coordinator, Cape Breton (Aug. 2, 2017)

Thanks so much Vince (Meeting & Office Space)! Take care” – Jody Nelson (Community Food Coordinator, Cape Breton), Aug. 1, 2017

Thanks a lot Vince (FREE WEBINAR notice: Insurance and Risk Management for Nonprofits!)” – Aron Ashton (July 31, 2017)

Thanks, Vince (Victoria County Contacts for stories, etc.) Cheers” – Jeremy Fraser, Reporter (Cape Breton Post), July 21, 2017 

Thanks Vince! (A. NS Ombudsman Youth Summit & B. Call for Program Organizers (6th Annual VC Fall Harvest ActiveFest 2017) Thanks again Vince” – Aron Ashton, Public Health Services (Aug. 23, 2017)

Vince, Thanks for all the reaching out and info gathering! (Bras d’Or Lakes Day Camps Society)” (Apr 21, 2017) Sharon Mcintyre <> / “Thanks Vince!  Appreciate the input (Job Descriptions for Summer Day Camp), l’m growing more excited about this project’s potential as the days pass :)” – Madison Greening, Board Member, Bras d’Or Lakes Day Camps Association (May 11, 2017) / “Thanks Vince – you’re never off the clock, eh (Summer Transportation)?” – Bras d’Or Lakes Day Camps Association (June 6, 2017) / “Brilliant Vince. Thanks again – I really appreciate you hoofin’ it so hard on our behalf . You have been an amazing resource and we appreciate your wisdom and do it attitude” (June 6, 2017) – Bras d’Or Lakes Day Camps Association / (Community Grants 2017 Confirmed) “Thanks for that Vince! You rock” – Bras d’Or Lakes Summer Day Camps Association (June 6, 2017) /  “Thanks for these, Vince. Very useful (Summer Day Camp 2017 Forms for Consideration). I’m putting together necessary forms for registration.” – Carolyn Barber, Bras d’Or Lakes Summer Day Camps (June 9, 2017)



Northern Victoria Community CentreThanks for all your support Vince! ” (April 5, 2017)

Andrew MacDonaldThanks Vince for all your continued support for the Baddeck Badminton Club!!” (May 2, 2017)

Hey Vince, Thanks a bunch for this (JJ McDermott Half Marathon Long John Jaunt), and great to meet you as well! Thanks for all you do. Cheers” – Cyril MacDonald (Apr. 7, 2017) / “Thanks Vince. We really appreciated the support during the JJ. It went so smoothly” – Bernadette MacLellan, Kids’ Run Club, Cape Breton Representative Doctors Nova Scotia (Apr. 13, 2017)

Thank You Mr. Forrestall for the Opportunity to Access the Community Wellness Room at Baddeck Academy this season, it was great and we appreciate it” – Participants Chance Blackstone and Fraser MacLeod (May 3, 2017, Bras d’Or Yacht Club)

Thanks Vince – this newsletter looks great – I am excited to get started on one for our area!! I really enjoyed the meeting yesterday and am hoping we get lots of new programs going:) (North of Smokey Chronic Disease Program Development) See you in July” – Michelle LeBlanc, Buchanan Memorial Hospital Dietitian (June 28, 2017)

thank so much Vince! (Mental Health NS Health and Wellness Resources for North of Smokey Chronic Disease Program Development)” – Heather Budge, PHN, Public Health Services (June 28, 2017)

Thank you for the info! (Victoria County Facility Access Assistance Fund) – Christine Villneff, Health Promoter, Healthy Communities, Public Health Services (Aug. 23, 2017)

“Hi Vince: We would like to invite you to the official opening of the Bras d’Or Lake Water Route, a part of the Great Trail and the Access Point at Iona Port on June 11th and –  Àros na Mara World Oceans Day Festival. Hope you are able to attend. Thank you for your support” – Ann Marie: Ann Marie MacNeil and Murdell MacNeil (May 30, 2017) / “Hi Vince: Thank you for attending the event and supporting us. All your help is greatly appreciated. Come over again anytime!  Also, thanks for the pictures” – Ann Marie MacNeil, Cape Breton Ventures Inc. (June 12, 2017)

Jason Smith (May 5, 2017) – I want to thanks everyone who showed up for the men’s league this year. We didn’t have many cancellations this year due to storm ! We also got to play a team form nfld this year too. I’d like to thanks Vince Forrestall and his support to the program. It is great to have a supporter to make basketball inexpensive and accessible to everyone. Normally , if you were in the city. This kinda of hobby would set you back a couple of hundred dollars a year. Well until next year. Enjoy the summer !”

Sharon McIntyre – President, Bras d’Or Lakes Day Camps (May 4, 2017) Re: Summer day Camp Facility (NA4LVC Confirms 6 weeks at Baddeck Academy/2 weeks at Victoria Highland Civic Centre) “Another indication that the support is here for us in the community to solve an age ole problem. More good news today! Things are so nicely falling into place“.

Thanks again for your efforts Vince and thank you for keeping me in the loop. Good luck with everything going forward (Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings Program and Policy)!” – Aron Ashton, Public Health Services (June 1, 2017)

“I won’t assume to take credit (38 Registrants for June 1, 2017 Unama’ki Cape Breton Outdoor Network Gathering Meeting) but I’ve been pushing it a lot today. Vince has too. Must be helping. Great news!” – Wayne MacKay, Cape Breton Region Physical Activity Consultant (May 26, 2017)

“Thank you, Vince (Mica Hill Guided Hike: 6th Annual Victoria County Trails Day 2017 ). I’ve got an old computer, and it usually balks at Youtube and many other things, so I couldn’t view this. But that’s okay–I was there! And very glad of that. Thanks also for the chat” – Bonnie Thompson (June 6, 2017) / “Thanks Vince for sharing, we are happy to support (6th Annual Victoria County Trails Day 2017: Franey and Mica Hill Trails Guided Hikes)” – Éric Le Bel Superintendent, Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada Parks Canada /  Government of Canada (June 4, 2017)

Jacques CotéHey Vince Forrestall we would be fool to not benefit of your great and innovative leadership? See you sometimes soon“.  (June 12, 2017)

Thanks Vince I appreciate your support (Yoga, drum and dance session)” –  Rhoda MacCormick, Leader (June 23, 2017)

Hi Vince, such a nice message (Missed – Show & Sale on Friday & Saturday August 18-19: Vince on Vacation: Look forward to promoting in the future. Hope and trust you are having a great summer)” – Jane Alderdice (Aug. 24th, 2017)

Much appreciated (More Share The Road Signs Baddeck and area Request to NS TIR) Vince Thank You” – Pedallers by the Bay / Keep up the great work you do for this county  – Iris Kedmi (Oct. 10, 2017)

Wanda Hart MacLeodWha????! (Hike NS 7th Annual hiking summit Heading to Nature’s Home Ingonish May 11-13, 2018. Announced this afternoon at the 6th Annual Summit in Tatamagouche with a large applause – some 200 hikers are expected! Naturally Active for Life Victoria County looks forward to working with all of our volunteers, leaders, groups, businesses, partners) Your like a bird! Here there & every where!! Way to go Vince Forrestall!” (Apr. 29, 2017)


April 25, 2017 (Victoria County Hosting Hike NS Summit May 11-13, 2018) “Great News Sir, Thank you for the update muchly appreciated” – Norm. Norman MacDonald, District 8 Councilor, Victoria County

Alas, we’re finally thinking Spring.  North Highlands Nordic has closed for the season.  It’s been a good three months with lots of snow and many happy users of the trails in Cape North.  Thank to all for your support.  See you on the trails again next winter” – North Highlands Nordic (Apr. 4, 2017)

Thanks Vince for your quick response (Assistance Funds with NA4LVC In Support of Initiatives in Partnership), thanks” – Percy Rasmussen, Smokey Recreation Society (June 28, 2017)

I have enjoyed working with you, and look forward to a new year (2017) of interesting challenges. I hope  you enjoy this special break in a busy routine” – Loreto Doyle (Dec. 24, 2016)

CBRR Schedule: CapeBretonRoadRunners2017ScheduleHey Vince, I just wanted to say thanks for getting the CBRR schedule out to Victoria Co. Someone mentioned they were seeing copies of the schedule all over the area. Thanks again” – (March 5, 2017) Bernadette MacLellan, Kids’ Run Club, Cape Breton Representative, Doctors Nova Scotia / “Thanks to both of you.  Great to get the word out there” – CM  Chris Milburn, 15 Howe Court  Sydney NS, B1P 0B2  902-539-6852 (March 6, 2017)

Thank you very much (Wellness Fund Grants—Community Health Boards across Nova Scotia are now accepting applications for Wellness Fund Grants)” – Linda Murray, North Highlands Nordic (Aug. 17, 2017)


Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program


(May 3, 2017): RE: Report on Victoria County Active Gear Loan Program 2017 – “Hi Vince Thank you for this Vince. You do a good job of capturing results, outcomes and outputs in your evaluation. This is an important step in the process” – Larry Maxwell, Cape Breton Regional Rep, NS Dept Communities, Culture & Heritage / Elyane Saul, May 2, 2017: Report on Victoria County Active Gear Loan Program 2017 “Nice one Vince

Report on Victoria County Active Gear Loan Program 2017: “Hi Vince, I am attaching a copy of the Cape Breton Regional Library’s Report on the Victoria County Active Gear Loan Program for 2017. I think you will be impressed with the numbers and the comments from borrowers” – Erin Phillips, Cape Breton Regional Library (May 2, 2017) / Some final words from our library users:

* The skis are much better than my abilities Lots of fun, though, and good exercise.

* My eight-year-old used them for her first skiing experience and enjoyed it. It tired her out, too!

* Wonderful to borrow! My boys had a great time, and we’re hoping for more snow so we can borrow again.

* This has really changed how I feel about winter. I’m loving it! And if this program hadn’t existed, I never would have tried skiing.

* Good quality snow shoes – nice and light.

*Fantastic idea! Kudos for this wonderful program. I’ve always wanted to get the family into cross country skiing and you made it possible. Looking forward to doing it again. Thanks again. Let it snow!

* Great service to have these snow shoes at the library. Thanks so much and will be looking to borrow these next season.

* I very much enjoyed the shoes and poles. Many wonderful outings!

* I’d recommend anyone to try them, and the service straps are really good (on snow shoes). If I purchase some, I’ll get the same kind.

* Excellent, great idea. Maybe there should be a youth cross country skiing club?

Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program 2017 Report:


Thanks a lot Vince (Gear Loan Programs info in Victoria County and on Cape Breton)! Greatly appreciated as always! Enjoy the rest of your day!” – Aron Ashton (May 4, 2017)

Attached is a short letter confirming completion of the refrigerator initiative and recognizing your assistance (Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports SettingsAssistance Fund 2016-17). Thanks so much for your help” – Regards, Don, South Haven Community Society (Apr. 23, 2017)

Hi Vince, Thank you so much I’m going to look at this (Victoria County Cycling Scenic Routes Map) and start to work on routes. Thank you for all your support !! Cheers” – Iris Kedmi (April 7, 2017)

Thanks Vince – lots of great information (Municipal Workplace Wellness E-Newsletter- April 2017 Edition)” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Apr. 7, 2017) / “Hi Vince: Thanks for sending along (Municipal Workplace Wellness E-Newsletter- May 2017 Edition) lots of great tips” – Ann Marie MacNeil (May 2, 2017)

Hi Vince, It was a good meeting (Hike NS Summit May 2018, Ingonish, Victoria County) – very much looking forward to planning the Cape Breton Summit! Please prepare two Pecha Kuchas. We’ll have you do the one on the 2018 in the final session of the Summit on the Saturday (Hike NS Summit 2017, Tatamagouche) – in the wrap up session we’ll announce the 2018 summit location and then we’ll cue you to do your Pecha Kucha!” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director Hike Nova Scotia (Apr. 7, 2017)/ “Hi Vince, Great meeting today (Hike NS Summit 2018 in Ingonish) –Thanks” – BRENDA DUCHESNE| CONFERENCE SERVICES, WEDDING & SPA MANAGER KELTIC LODGE AT THE HIGHLANDS / “Thank you also (Inaugural Hike NS Summit 2018 Meeting), Your right should be a great time” – Percy Rasmussen (Apr. 7, 2017)

Thank you for coming today Vince (Raising the Villages Session)” – Perla MacLeod, Councilor, Victoria County (Apr. 11, 2017)

To all Staff – I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your dedication and commitment to the Municipality and the personal support you have provided me. I wish each of you good health and prosperity. Thank you” – Sandy Hudson, Retiring CAO Victoria County (July 19, 2017)

Thanks again, Vince. (Victoria County Contacts for stories, events, etc.) Cheers” – Jeremy Fraser, Reporter (Cape Breton Post) July 21, 2017

Thanks Vince for the update on the replacement (Jeremy Fraser) for Julie Collins (Cape Breton Post)” – Tom Wilson, Victoria County Recreation, Tourism and Broadband), July 20, 2017 

Thanks a lot Vince! Greatly appreciate this (Available meeting SPACE in Victoria County Suggestions)!!” – Aron Ashton, Strategic Partnership Engagement Consultant, NS Health Authority (April 21, 2017)

I’m interested in helping out (Hike NS Summit, Ingonish 2018) .  Good work.”  – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (April 11, 2017)

Pecha Kucha Presentations at Hike NS Summit Apr. 28-30, 2017 – “Earns Your Views” Naturally Active in Victoria County A Winter Wonderland and  Announcement of Hike NS Summit May 11-13,  2018 in Victoria County – “Hi Vince, I received both Pecha Kucha files – they look great! Thanks for sending them in before the deadline!” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director Hike Nova Scotia (April 18, 2017)



I’d love to share this (6th Annual Bike Victoria Week 2017) and more, so if you have anything similar you’d like to have me share through our weekly mail outs, please let me know and I’ll be sure to pass it on. BTW, I love your Bike Week logo!” – Stephanie Johnstone-Laurette, Youth Active Transportation Coordinator (Apr. 12, 2017) / “Thank you Vince for all your support (Victoria Week 2017-Bike to Bite Bike Event):” – Pedallers By the Bay (May 15, 2017)

Thank you Vince we will apply for this one (2017 ACOA Festivals & Events Funding Opportunity). Thanks – Iris Kedmi, FestiVille Baddeck (May 17, 2017) / “Thanks Vince” – Claudia Gallagher (May 17, 2017)

Great event (Bike to Bite Cycling Event – 6th Annual Victoria County Bike Victoria Week 2017) Vince” – Andree Crepeau, Velo Cape Breton (May 17, 2017)

These are great (Victoria County Photo Submission for Cape Breton Vince! Thanks so much” – Emma Jerrott (Apr. 21, 2017)

Thank you for a great season (Sundays on Snow Program 2016-17)! It was a great season.  I truly enjoyed your company and exploring our many trails together. A big token of gratitude to those who helped lead outings (NA4LVC – Feb. 12, 2017 to Uisge Ban Falls) and shared their special places with us  We are so lucky to live in an area that has the very best nature has to offer Stay tuned for plans for a closing potluck supper Thank you!” – Eileen Woodford (April 9, 2017)

Hi Vince: Thanks for the information (6th Annual Bike Victoria Week – June 2 to 11, 2017 : Assistance Fund Available $200 In Support Of)” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Victoria County Action Network Strategy Implementation Team for Iona, Washabuck Peninsula)

Thanks to the launch subcommittee for their great work (Cape Breton Connect) and to Nancy for her support” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (Apr. 10, 2017) / Jennifer L. Collins, CBRM Recreation Manager –  Re: Cape Breton Connect Launch Plan update…”Agreed- Great work…moving in a great direction” (March 29, 2017) / “Thanks. Great work over the last 2 days! (Cape Breton Connect Launch) It was a very productive meeting with some great ideas brought forward by all.” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (March 29, 2017) / “Excellent work! Magic, Great stuff Wayne and team!! (Cape Breton Connect Launch)” – Deano Morley, Cape Breton Community Sport Development Coordinator, Sport NS (March 29, 2017) / “Awesome work all around (Cape Breton Connect Launch)! Thanks” – Larry Maxwell, Regional Manager – Cape Breton Communities, Sport & Recreation Division, Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (March 28, 2017) / “Thank you Wayne for the updates and the team for your work on this” – Donna MacDonald  |  DIRECTOR Recreation/Tourism Department Municipality of the County of Inverness / McKay, Wayne (April 21, 2017) – “Hello everyone.  Thanks for your participation on the call today and for all your work on the Connect Launch Plan.  Your efforts really helped move it forward and I appreciate all your work

Happy to be able to support your efforts (Facility Access Funds: Kettle Bell Program & Baddeck & Area X-country groomed trails skiing) in Victoria County” – Larry Maxwell, Regional Manager – Cape Breton, Communities, Sport & Recreation Division, Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (March 10, 2017) / “Excellent. Thanks for pursuing this! GREAT NEWS (Approval of $3,900 Provincial Facility Access Funding Program: Groomed Cross-country Ski Trails in the Baddeck & Area (South of Smokey including Bell Bell Golf Course)”. – Eileen Woodford, Chair, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Partnership (March 10, 2017)

That Excellent News Sir (North of Smokey Kettle Bell Program – $6255 Provincial Funds under our Facility Access Assistance Fund)” – Norman MacDonald, District 8 Councilor, Victoria County (March 10, 2017)

Thank you Vince, I actually got a good email this morning from ACOA so I just hope we can move with this project (re: Chipmunks on Chebucto – Baddeck) Thank you for all your support” – Iris Kedmi (Apr. 4, 2017)

Hi Vince, Nice hearing from you. Thanks for sending the pictures (Smokey Mtn Towers Snowshoe Guided Hike – March 26, 2017), they are great. I enjoyed snowshoeing with you guys. Thank you” – Sam Shwartz (Apr. 3, 2017)

“Hi Vince: Thank you…thank you!” – Ann Marie MacNeil re: Leadership Development Assistance Fund & Active Living Subsidization applications in support (March 28, 2017)

Hi Vince, I enjoyed the weekend snowshoeing (Skyline Trail March 25, 2017 & Smokey Mountain Towers March 26, 2017). I’m attaching the photos I took in the attached link. Please feel free to share them or use them in your website. Thanks for organizing the event“- Sam Schwartz (Participant at both-March 26, 2017)!AuIocdWNu7G9jVVx7nTwdrsir4YE

“Those photos are just too awesome (Skyline Trail March 25, 2017 & Smokey Mountain Towers March 26, 2017)!  I think we need to use them for something!! (if allowed!)” – Rhonda Lemire, Executive Director, Recreation Nova Scotia (March 28, 2017)

Pretty wonderful time of year for up there (Smokey Mountain Towers). Great you still take people up there” – Marcelle Lavoie (March 27, 2017) / “Wonderful! Thank you! (Smokey Mtn Towers Guided Snowshoe Hike)” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director Hike Nova Scotia (March 27, 2017) / “HI Vincent, Thx for the photos. I had a great time and the scenics were wonderful (Smokey Mtn Towers Guided Snowshoe Hike). The trees all covered in ice and the snow and the sun and the mountains were great for photo taking” – Larry Gibbons (March 26, 2017) / “Hi Vince, thanks for organizing such an amazing day (Skyline Trail Snowshoe Guided Hike March 25, 2017)! So amazed that the fog broke right at the time that we were ready for the view. Here are some pictures from the day, feel free to use them for anything!” – Lorraine Margaret (March 27, 2017)

Jim Jr Connors shared your photo. March 25, 2017

“Had a great day on the Skyline trail snowshoeing today with a great group. It was a magical day with some silver thaw on the trees and fog hanging on the mountain. While we were resting up at the viewing plane at the end are view of nothing magically cleared . A must see in the winter time – Done today with a group of 22 – thank you #hikens !!!”

Lorraine Pye-VarnesAwesome day” (March 25, 2017)

Joanne Fraserawesome” (March 25, 2017)

John JohnsonThanks for sharingVince Forrestall! (March 25, 2017)

Karen BrewerThank You to Vince Forrestall and Naturally Active for Life Victoria County“!!!

March 26

Hi Vince, Thank you so much for the photos (Skyline Trail Snowshoe March 25th)! They gave me a really good idea about what to expect when I head over. Thank you again for the documentation and time” – Lorraine Albert (March 26, 2017)



March 27, 2017 – Dear Vince Forrestall: “On behalf of the Cape Breton University Students’ Union, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your participation in this year’s Health Fair. We received a lot of positive feedback from students and staff, and they appreciated the diversity of the booths.  There were many positive comments on how interactive the booths were, and I wanted to pass these comments on to you. I hope you will join us again next year, and once again, thank you for your participation. All the best in the year ahead. Sincerely” – Dawn MacDougall, Executive Assistant, CBU Students’ Union

Ann Marie MacKay MacNeil (Feb. 8, 2017) Subject: Facility Access and Winter ActiveFest Assistance Funds: “Hi Vince: Thank you for supporting the Wellness Walkers and the Snowshoe/Fitness events.  The funding is greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help

North of Smokey Communities Kettle Bell & Health Bounce (Trampolines) Programfor residents North of Smokey with knee, hip replacements, all cancer patients and cardio activity for anyone who is obese/out of fitness, bad knees. Program Leader is Patricia Fricker:

March 10, 2017 – “Awesome (GREAT NEWS, $6,255 funds for Kettle Program – North of Smokey Kettle Program). I am so excited I have been preparing the girls (GO-Get Outside After-school Program at Cabot Education Centre) for these amazing workouts

April 3, 2017 – “Thanks for everything (North of Smokey Communities Kettle Bell & Health Bounce (Trampolines) Program for residents North of Smokey) ”

April 18, 2017 – “Hi there my classes (North of Smokey Communities Kettle Bell & Health Bounce (Trampolines) Program for residents North of Smokey with knee, hip replacements, all cancer patients and cardio activity for anyone who is obese/out of fitness, bad knees) are fully booked and we start the Health Bounce tomorrow, so exciting, I am getting so much more interest than I expected, getting requests from all over to have classes”…. Dr Masalmeh is delighted.

April 24, 2017 – “Hi Vince I received the hall rental payment, thank you. Classes (North of Smokey Communities Kettle Bell & Health Bounce (Trampolines) Program for residents North of Smokey with knee, hip replacements, all cancer patients and cardio activity for anyone who is obese/out of fitness, bad knees) are fully booked in all communities as of now, they all love it. Huge success, more than I hoped for

April 25, 2017 – “Thanks for everything (North of Smokey Communities Kettle Bell & Health Bounce (Trampolines) Program)”

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Proud to have Supported a Great Event, Great Race Director, Volunteers, Partners & Sponsors, Participants, Spectators, etc. – 2017 Ingonish Triathlon Cancelled  

“After 9 years in as race director, however, I decided to step back from my leadership responsibilities last fall.  I still scheduled the triathlon in 2017 with hopes that a suitable new management plan would fall in place.  However, we’re at point in the year where it’s more appropriate to cancel. While people have been very understanding of my decision, they are sad to see it cancelled.  They reminisce about how the Ingonish Triathlon was their first triathlon, or the best triathlon, or the best way to visit northern Cape Breton, or the triathlon that helped them fall in love with the sport, etc. Simply put, the Ingonish Triathlon means a lot to many people. And who can blame them?  Pardon my bias, but Ingonish hosted the best triathlon in the province.  It is renowned not only for it’s spectacular race course, but also for the infusion of community spirit and exceptional organization.  The Ingonish Triathlon has been a medium that truly connected Ingonish & northern Cape Breton with the rest of the province…and even with the world on occasion.  It was never easy to be a race director for such a big event, so your assistance helped the Ingonish triathlon make a massive impact on many people’s lives. I’m speaking specifically to you because I sincerely thank you for supporting me during my tenure as race director. The legend of the Ingonish Triathlon could not have been pulled off without the many levels of support from businesses, community organizations, and government departments.  I feel lucky to have worked with so many good people who made the extra effort to accommodate my needs (er…demands) as a race director. Thank you. We don’t yet know if a 2018 edition of the Ingonish Triathlon will arise, but if so, your excellent services will be called upon again. Kind Regards” – Daniel Murray, Former Race Director – Ingonish Triathlon (March 30, 2017)

Thanks greatly appreciated, that (HERSS – Health Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings Funding Assistance 2016-17) will help out emensely. Thank you for all you help” – Andrew MacDonald, Victoria Highland Civic Centre (Baddeck Rink), March 6, 2017

Linda Murray, North Highlands Nordic), Wednesday, May 17, 2017 re: After the Bell final Report – “Here you go, Vince.  Thanks again for your continued support. Take care.”

Hello Winter” logo which is now being used by myself and Vince when promoting winter events/ activities. Heritage Day was a great success with lots of positive feedback so we are looking at a bigger and better event next year. Thanks to everyone for their support and interest in helping get our winter tourism venture off to a great start”  – Belinda  Garland, Hello Winter Baddeck Event (March 13, 2017)

Strategy Renewal Presentation to Municipal Council – Feb. 27, 2017

by Partnership Chair Eileen Woodford

-Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Renewed-

Feb. 27, 2017 saw a presentation to Municipal Council to Renewal the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy by Eileen Woodford (Chair of the Strategy Partnership Management representing Residents) – The Strategy was renewed (Motion Feb. 28th).

March 20, 2017 Ashton, Aron – “Hey hey! Great news indeed Vince! Well done!”

Elyane Saul, March 20, 2017 – “Sweet!! Amazing Vince!

Ann Marie MacKay MacNeil, March 20, 2017 – “Excellent news  and congratulations on a great job Vince!” 

Patsy MacKenzie, March 20, 2017 – “Congratulations Vince & Eileen! Fantastic work for residents of Victoria County.  We are lucky to have you!”

Wonderful program, – 100% feedback…Continue to do what you are doing” – Norm MacDonald, Councilor, District 8 (Feb. 27, 2017)

Has had an impact North of Smokey, especially youth & seniors; Very successful open house held at Ski Cape Smokey; Presentation had points well taken” – Larry Dauphinee, Councilor District 6 (Feb. 27, 2017)

Congratulations and keep up the great work” – Fraser Patterson, Councilor District 5 (Feb. 27, 2017)

Congratulations to both Vince and Eileen presenting and thank you for taking it upon yourselves in keeping us alive longer! Keep up the great work” –   Merrill MacInnis, Councilor District 4 (Feb. 27, 2017)

Great job, you are my favorite people” – Perla MacLeod, Councilor, District 2 (Feb. 27, 2017)

Increase in Physical Activity and Social is great with economic benefits – benefits everybody” – Paul MacNeil, Councilor, District 1 (Feb. 27, 2017)

Hats off to you both, especially Eileen” – Warden & District 3 Councilor Bruce Morrison  (Feb. 27, 2017)

Thanks. Good news / Excellent news Vince” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (March 20, 2017)

Hi Vince: You are doing a fantastic job – Thanks” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Victoria County Action Network Strategy Implementation Team for Iona, Washabuck Peninsula), Feb. 27, 2017

Thanks for getting back to me Vince. We will be sending a request for assistance to the Municipal grant 2017. We especially need help  for the upcoming festival as most of our income throughout the year is going toward putting a new roof on the hall. Your enthusiasm is appreciated” – Beth MaCormick, Englishtown Community Hall/Mussel Fest (March 18, 2017)

Patricia Fricker – March 26, 2017 : “Hello everyone , just an update about upcoming fitness classes in April. I am in the process of finalizing my insurance needs ,gathering all necessary equipment and preparing for upcoming classes. I am hoping the second week of April to host an introductory class at Cabot High school and Ingonish Church hall about the programs that will be offered to our community . The first will be a Health Bounce , a 30 minute class that is for everyone who may have knee, hip back or joint pain of any kind, especially beneficial to those who have fibromyalgia, Breast cancer, lymphoma or osteoporosis. The health bounce actually helps your body engage the Lymphatic system there for helping rid toxins from the body…beneficial for everyone and Age Does Not matter!!! The second part of the program will be a Cardio Tram workout, this is high energy, low impact workout with the same benefits as the above but geared toward those who wish to get toned, lose weight and have fun! The use of Kettle Bells will also be included. I will post again soon as things get finalized. I have been doing fitness in this community for years and have listened to all your concerns, with the wonderful people and companies that have supported me and all the help from Dr Masalmeh and the staff at Buchanan Memorial I hope you will enjoy the programs I have to offer. I am truly thankful for all the support and am very excited see you at class!”Patricia FrickerMuch thanks to Vince Forrestall” March 26, 2017


Just wanted to thank Victoria County Active Living for sponsoring a fabulous day at the ski hill on Saturday (Feb. 11, 2017). The conditions were beyond amazing – even the cold was bearable. Best ski conditions I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy in a long time. It was great to see so many new faces out enjoying the hill and fresh air. Thanks again!” – Dorothy Best, Victoria County employee, residents (Feb. 13, 2017)

47 participants out at Uisge Ban Falls Winter Snowshoe Guided Hike Feb. 11, 2017 (Glace Bay to Stewiacke to Margaree Valley to Sydney to Muldrave to Mill Creek, lots from North Sydney + Sydney to Isle Madame to Millville, etc.) . Thanks for all the assistance Gert, Linda, Bob, Jennifer and all who participated to the falls and some took the river trail! It was fun-Winter Wonderland!

Linda MacRae It was a great outing! Thank you for hosting!” (February 11, 2017)

Karen Breen WeltonWow 47 is impressive! I had a friend up from Glace bay today, went snowshoeing as well. She couldn’t believe the snow we had either!” February 11, 2017


Gert GielenWe had fun Thank you :)” February 12, 2017

It was beautiful out there (Uisge Ban Falls Winter Guided Hike – Hike NS Winter Series)!  Thank you” – Laverne MacRae (Feb. 11, 2017); “It was a great hike, Vince” – Leanne Paon, Participant (Isle Madame, Richmond County) – Feb. 13, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the hike yesterday…and our lunch at 3 Doors Down…it has been many yrs since we first hiked the falls but will will be back sooner that later…” – Karen Brewer, Member of Cape Breton Outdoor Adventurers (Feb. 12, 2017)

Wonderful! Thank you. Great turn out (Uisge Ban Falls Guided Snowshoe Hike)!” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director Hike Nova Scotia (Feb. 13, 2017) / “Fantastic Vince!” – Brian Mrkonjic, Hike NS Board Member (Feb. 15, 2017)

Rebecca Jean Wall – “Thank You to Naturally Active for Life Victoria County for leadership (Development Assistance Fund) incentive!” Vince Forrestall (Jan. 30, 2017)

You already do so much, so for thanks very much for joining us (Hello Winter Baddeck 2017)  appreciate your help!” – Belinda Garland, Baddeck Winter Event 2017 (Jan. 25, 2017)

Skates (After The Bell, After-school Skates) are going good thanks for the support” – Andrew MacDonald, Victoria Highland Civic Centre (March 9, 2017)

Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Jan. 14 to Feb 23, 2017 Usage Report: victoriacountyactiveoutdoorgearloanprogramreportjan14tofeb232017

Quick Facts:

  • Number of Borrowers: 50
  • Number of New Library Members as a Result of the program: 15
  • Number of People Who Renewed Memberships as a Result of the Program: 8
  • Skis Checked Out: 23 sets
  • Ski Poles Checked Out: 23 sets
  • Snowshoes Checked Out: 43 sets (15 men’s, 14 women’s, 7 youth and 7 kids)
  • Snowshoe Poles Checked Out: 37 (29 Adults, 8 kids)
  • Ski Boots Checked Out: 24 pairs
  • Ice Traction Cleats Checked Out: 10 sets


Jennifer Dominey shared your post “Picked ours up today! Love love this program“! (March 7, 2017)

The vast majority of borrowers commented that they “had always wanted to try skiing or snowshoeing, but had been reluctant to invest in the equipment in case they ended up not linking the sport“. People have been “pleased to be able to borrow equipment and try these activities at no cost“.

Good Quality equipment – nice & light“.

This has really changed how I feel about winter. I’m loving it. And if this program hadn’t existed, I never would have tried skiing.”

Our friends were coming to visit the area and we were trying to think of things to do with them. This allowed us to take them out on the trails and see the area

Hi Vince, We’re very happy to be part of this initiative (Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program) and others. It is going to be great for the community and we’re hoping we’ll get new people through the door, Thank you!” – Rosalie Gillis, Cape Breton Regional Library (Jan. 19th, 2017)


Kate OlandMany thanks to Vince Forrestall of Naturally Active Victoria County for making this program possible :)” – Jan, 24, 2017

Susan ZettellWhat a great idea! Hope you find it works really well and lots of folks use the service” – Jan. 24, 2017

Kate OlandTwo sets of skis out the door already today!” – Jan. 24, 2017

Vince ForrestallThank You Kate for your patience, positive attitude, partnership, leadership, commitment – it’s truly appreciated. Thank You all partners for making this happen and their tremendous support: Victoria County, NS Dept Communities, Culture & Heritage, Cape Breton Regional Library Naturally Active For Life Victoria County Est. 2011 Baddeck Library, North Victoria Library Branch , let us build on this now and in the future Let’s “Take The Roof Off Winter”” – Jan. 24, 2017

Robin HendersonThis is awesome (Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program)! Good stuff Kate!!” – Jan. 24, 2017

Joy BarberAmazing program Baddeck Library (Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program)! You should be really proud.” – Jan. 24, 2017

Kate OlandVince brought this program idea (Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program)! to the library. It’s a great example of what can happen when community members or organizations contact their libraries with good ideas. We’re always open to discussion!” – Jan. 24, 2017

Nona MacDermid‎ to Vince Forrestall (February 21, 2017)

I see your posts all the time. It seems like you have mastered time travel or you have a helicopter. Either way, I am slightly jealous You seem to criss-cross Victoria county like it was a tiny patch of lawn in an overbuilt metropolis even though our county is a mammoth tract of terrain – gorgeous, but large. For some time your posts have been staying with me, lingering on my mind, and today I feel compelled to write a note. You may not know this, you may not sense i…t, and maybe you don’t hear it very often – I hope I am wrong on all three guesses. Regardless, I want to send a little note to tell you how much you have added to Victoria County by being here, by bringing such passion and joie de vivre to the work you do. I see so many pictures of you and groups of happy, active people exploring and experiencing our amazing natural wealth -in sun and snow and rain and fog. Although I am not able to participate just now, you and your merry bands of collaborators inspire me. I am REALLY looking forward to the day when I can join in all the fun you folks are having. I am also delighted to see so many people getting out and enjoying the obscenely gorgeous island that we are privileged to call home. Thanks for all you do Vince, you are a great addition to Vic Co

You, Wallace Bernard, Carolyn Forrestall and 87 others


Minerva MacInnis Well said.

February 21


Jennifer Lynn Morrison Words I have been tying to get out for years. Thank you Vince Forrestall February 21


Bev Bryson very well said Nona – many many people agree with you – Vince is a very valuable asset to our community, and very very supportive February 21

Donna Campbell What they all said February 21


Mary Vandommelen-Ivey Well written, Vince can use these words of praise when he under review for his position February 21

Iris Kedmi You captured my thoughts! Vince Forrestall does an excellent job and he is passionate about it cheers

Feb. 21

Leona Donovan Stockley Vince certainly “walks the wall” and is an inspiration.

February 21 – Leona Donovan Stockley ooops “Walks the walkFebruary 21

Vince Forrestall Thank You so much Nona MacDermid. appreciated. need a bit of time to respond – teary eyed! Seeing and hearing all the face painted smiles, happiness, socializing, positive energy, being outdoors, being active with community spirit, made it all worthwhile, it was fun to be part of! I’ll be back to you soon. I do know the first immediate thing I thought of was the work of Stephan MacDermid and his vision, Goals + Objectives and leadership of Victoria County in developing Naturally Active for Life Victoria County since day one and the same spirit of cooperation, vision remains the same as it did back then. He was a mentor, leader and a great asset, who taught me soo much just being around him and in his presence working on the strategy and initiatives and how to work and respect people. Have a great day! Thank You again. February 21

Nona MacDermid Oh, thank you so much for remembering my brother. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss him, so it means a lot that you shared your memory of working with him and the impact you felt from his time here. Thanks Vince. February 21

Norm Mac Donald After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value. ~ George Macauley Trevelyan Good stuff Vince we in the North appreciate you very much.

February 21

Bernie MacDonald Concur wholeheartedly!! February 21


Paul Diekelmann I get exhausted just reading Vince’s posts…sometimes wondering how he manages to do so much in one day. He is the driving force for encouraging and marketing active 4 season living in Victoria County and Cape Breton. I always look forward to his upSee More February 21

Jennifer Westhaver So proud to know this amazing man. February 21


Michele Stephens A big huge: Hear! Hear! February 21


Mary Hill Vince deserves the warm fuzzy – he has been working all out since he came to town 6 or more years ago! Thanks Vince. February 21


Terry Murray What a beautiful testimony to someone who ‘walks the walk’! Well done Vince Forrestall. Well deserved. February 21


Sharon MacLeanThanks for all you do certainly appreciated and it shows!!Great work February 21

Marcelle Lavoie – (Feb. 28, 2017) Today’s Painfree Program (Ingonish)  “Hi Vince, I feel today’s session went real well.  Nine people showed up and I was pleased.  I had expected about 6.  The next session on Thursday is on the hip”.


Theresa MacPherson · “An awesome day! Thanks so much“. (March 5, 2017)

Annick Levesque (March 6, 2017) – “What extra hiking with my group! 9 km on the historic road used by the Scots of yesteryear in middle river. And as a reward, a feast with the chief George. The Cape Breton and most importantly, its people, never cease to impress me by their sense of community. And these treasures, we must discover them, because the tourist can’t find them. It is only by asking the people here that we find out all their collective activity.”

acques CotéThird time around for this great Annual event, Kudos to Vince Forrestall for all to organizing and memorable pictures” Jacques Coté This hike has been on our calendar since a while. Always fun to take on challenging events but that one yesterday has proven to be on top of all we’ve done this season“. (March 6, 2017)

Jennifer Lynn MorrisonYou always find a way to make the best out of everything Vince Forrestall ” (March 5, 2017)

Mary MacAskillYou are certainly active. Keeps one healthy. Nice pictures” – March 5, 2017

Thanks for all the great photos (Middle River Baddeck Trek) Vince!” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director Hike Nova Scotia (March 6, 2017)

“Thanks for your support for the Baddeck Lions Club” – Roland Palmizi (Jan. 18, 2017)

Thanks for leading today (Guided snowshoe Uisge Ban Falls for Sundays on Snow Program)”; “Vince led a group of 10 to Uisge Bhan Falls and over the River Trail this afternoon- Thank you Vince and to Larry who helped You’ll see from the pictures they had a great hike.  Look at the depth of snow on the bridge- up to the top of the handrails” – Eileen Woodford, Sundays on Snow (Feb. 12, 2017)

Great article re Open House and Barb (Costello) on facebook.  I’m not on facebook, but Sandra forwarded it to me. Barb came out with us again for Ski & Tea on Tuesday” – Linda Murray, North Highlands Nordic (Jan. 18, 2017)

Norm Mac Donald – “Good work Vince” (Feb. 3, 2017)

Joanne Fraser – “keep up the great work Vince” (Feb. 3, 2017)

“We received your funding assistance to support our skating program. Thank-you” – Maxine Hardy, Cape Smokey Elementary (Jan 18, 2017)

Thanks for everything you do Vince!!” – Alicia Lake, Coordinator, Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-op (Jan 17, 2017)

Looks Great Vince! It’s fantastic that this is happening (Baddeck & area Groomed Ski Trails)! Thanks for all your hard work!” – Sarah Penney (Feb. 2, 2017)

“Hi Vince, Thank you so much for supporting the grant to SABDA that will fund the Minute for Fitness programme we’re doing at the seniors lunches. This is another great example of how Victoria County organizations collaborate towards the common good!” – Jitka Zgola, Chair (SABDA-St. Ann’s Bay Development Assoc.), Jan 16, 2017

Thank-you for taking time from your busy schedules to attend and participate in this morning’s meeting (Humes River Falls Wilderness Trail), I believe that there is enough momentum, will, and cooperation to see this project through to a successful end” – Stephen Kerr (Jan. 18, 2017)

Hi Vince, I see the skis arrived (Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program), I’m so excited! I have some fundraiser money I can use for the snowshoe bags” – Erin Phillips, Cape Breton Regional Library (Jan. 6, 2017)

Thank you for everything you’ve done to help me over the past few years!! Naturally Active is a wonderful program!!” – Sheena Williams (Dec. 21, 2016)

Grant from Victoria County to Support the Work of the Cape North Farmer’s Market Coop Ltd

In 2017, the cape North Farmers’ Market received grants totaling $2,700 from the Naturally Active for Life Program of Victoria County, in support of our Market’s goal on increased local food production in our North of Smokey communities. 2016 proved to be a very successful year for the Market in terms of activities undertaken, number of vendors, number of visitors, and vendor revenues. On behalf of the Cape North Farmers’ Market, I would like to thank the Naturally Active for Life Program for its encouragement and support of the Farmers’ Market and is efforts” – Sincerely, Rob MacDonald, Secretary-Treasurer, Cape North Farmer’s Market Coop Ltd  (Dec. 16, 2016)

Thanks always for your support (NHN Accessing Facilities Open House Application)” – Linda Murray, North Highlands Nordic (Oct. 22, 2016)

Thanks for all the continued support” – Jackie MacLellan, Wagmatcook (GO-Get Outside) After the Bell, After-school Program Leader, (Nov. 29, 2016)

Thank you Vince. You are a great partner!” – Claire MacLean, Community Health Promotion Coordinator – Eastern Region, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia (Sept. 22, 2016)

That (Funding Assistance Opportunities) sounds great Vince!  Thank you for your continued support” – Chester Whitty, Smokey Recreation Society, Ingonish Outdoor Rink (Dec. 19, 2016)

Strategy Renewal Presentation to Council (Feb. 27, 2017)

By Partnership Chair Eileen Woodford

Ashton, Aron, February 27, 2017:

Good luck Vince. I won’t be there in person but I will be thinking about all the great things that people will be sharing about the great work that Vince and Naturally Active Victoria County has done since its inception 6 years ago. Personally it has been a pleasure to be part of such a collaborative, and inclusive process.

Vince has great vision for Victoria County and how he realizes the great potential that Victoria County has based on the people that live there. The relationship that he has been able to maintain with the Health Authority has been very successful and Vince has been very transparent in the work that he does with the Health Authority for Victoria County. Good luck Vince

Good Luck to you and Eileen with tonights presentation. Thanks for all the work you have done over the past number of years…we (Victoira County) have come so far in such a short time!! Thanks” – Debbie MacLean, PDt, Eastern Zone NSHA, Victoria County Memorial Hospital  (Feb. 27, 2017)

Hi Vince: I won’t be able to attend this evening. You are doing a fantastic job. Thanks” – Ann Marie MacNeil, VCAN-Victoria County Action Network Strategy Implementation Team Member Representing Washabuck Peninsula (Feb. 27, 2017)


Thank you for your support (Christmas in Baddeck 2016)” – Iris Kedmi, Oct. 31, 2016; “Always thank you for your support we couldn’t have done it without your support!!!” – Iris Kedmi (Organizer), Nov. 22, 2016; “Thank you Vince  for everything” – Iris Kedmi, Nov. 27, 2016; “Thank you Vince for all your support” – Iris Kedmi (Dec. 6, 2016)

Tanya Hawley “Your good to North of Smokey!!!:) – (3rd Annual Santa’s Workshop 2016) – Dec. 3, 2016

That’s wonderful Vince (Baddeck Academy After the Bell, After-school Yoga Financial Support)!” – Karen Welton, Teacher – Baddeck Academy (Dec. 12, 2016)

Worked out (211 NS Presentation at St Ann’s Healthy Luncheon). Weather held some back. There were 30. Thanks you for your part” – Nancy Smith, St Ann’s Bay Health Group Society (Dec. 14, 2016); Thanks Vince – I felt that the St Ann’s luncheon event went well – several positive comments from attendees. Thanks again for your help with this – Mike Myette, Executive Director of NS 211 (Dec. 20, 2016)

Thanks for sharing the challenge (Fun Holiday Challenge 2016 Shared with Networks)” – Claire MacLean, Heart & Stroke, Walkabout (Nov. 30, 2016)

Thanks for everyone continued hard work on this (Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings in Victoria County Tool Kits) & ! looking forward to seeing it be used as a public document down the road! Thanks” – Kirstie Clynick, (NS Health Authority) , Dec. 2, 2016

Thanks so much for these contacts (Contacts for Professional Development Opp’s/funding support). I sent a request today” – Chantal Phillips, Velo Cape Breton President (Dec. 8, 2016)

Thanks Vince (Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings Funding Assistance Information)” – Jody Nelson, Ecology Action Centre (Dec. 12, 2016)

Thank-you! This is great news (Learn to Skate-North of Smokey Funding Support)” – Maxine Hardy, Principal-Cape Smokey Elementary (Dec. 14, 2016)

Thanks for everyone continued hard work on this (HERSS Tool Kits) & ! looking forward to seeing it be used as a public document down the road! Thanks” – Kirstie Clynick, (NS Health Authority) , Dec. 2, 2016

Glad the County is going in this direction, glad I came (Victoria County Healthy Eating Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings Leader, Organization Meetings)” – Participant, Oct. 27, 2016

After the Bell, After-school Skating 2016

100 participants over the 2 free hours (After the Bell, After-school Skating)! “Great turn out today (Nov. 24, 2016) at the rink (Victoria Highland Civic Centre), thanks again to naturally active and remax for sponsoring the ice time. Same time next Thursday (Dec. 2, 2016)! ! 3:30 – 5:30 pm” – Andrew MacDonald

Thank you Andrew MacDonald + Minerva MacInnis for the Partnership benefiting residents + visitors, it’s greatly appreciated. Fun skating last night with all! Yes, spread the word” – Vince Forrestall

– Minerva MacInnis – “Happy to hear the turnout was good. It will grow. Spread the word folks“.

– Lennan MacIsaac – “Loved it, the ice is great Andrew!”

-Julia Margaret Smith – “We enjoyed it!!”

Thank You Vince!! (Funding Assistance for Leadership Development: Square Dance Leaders) – Paul MacNeil, District 1 Councillor, Victoria County (Nov. 7, 2016)

Thank you Vince for all your support (Chipmunks on Chebucto, Baddeck) – Iris Kedmi (Dec. 6, 2016)

Thanks Vince! (Funding Assistance Notice: Victoria County Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings, Deadline: Jan. 13, 2017) ” – Sharon McIntyre, Manager – Bras d’Or Yacht Club (Dec. 9, 2016)

Thanks so much Vince! (Victoria Highland Civic Centre Info)” – Corene Gillis, Port Hawkesbury Physical Activity Coordinator – Dec. 6, 2016

Hi Vince: Thanks for the information (Fun Holiday Challenge-12 Days of Healthy Living/Welness Zone/2nd Annual Christmas Skate/ etc.). Will power!” Ann Marie MacNeil (Nov. 30, 2016)

Victoria County Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings Meeting (Oct. 27 & Nov. 2, 2016)

So nice of you and Aron (Ashton) to travel to Neil’s Harbour” – Michelle LeBlanc, Dietician, Buchanan Memorial Hospital (Nov. 2, 2016)

Thank you” – Clifford Aucoin (Letter of Support of the Cabot Trail Snowmobile Project for OHV Infrastructure Fund Application), Nov. 7, 2016

“A big thank you…Very much appreciated (Promoting NS Falls Prevention Week in NS 2016)” – Noreen LeBlanc, Regional Coordinator-Cape Breton, Community Links (Nov. 17, 2016)



Thank You so much for your support and help in spreading awareness about 211 service” – Suzy Teubner, Director of Communications & Outreach (211 Nova Scotia), Oct. 26, 2016

Thanks for everything” – Andrew MacDonald (Victoria Highland Civic Centre/Baddeck Rink) – Dec. 6, 2016

Thank you Vince (3rd annual 7mas free skates & After the Bell, After-school Free Skating 2016 information and school flyers)” – Marjorie Pierro, Principal, Wagmatcookewey School (Nov. 21, 2016)

Those photos (Snowshoe Guided Hikes in Victoria County) are just too awesome!  I think we need to use them for something!! (if allowed!)” – Rhonda Lemire, Executive Director, Recreation Nova Scotia (March 28, 2017)

Elementary Yoga Books Distributed – Sept. 20, 2016

Holy smokes!  What a data base (Funding opportunities)!  Thanks” – Linda Murray (North Highlands Nordic), Oct. 20, 2016

Hi Vince: Thanks for sharing (TD’s Canada 150 Fund) ” – Ann Marie MacNeil, VCAN – Strategy Implementation Team, Iona (Sept. 20, 2016)

Vince – Thanks for helping to sweep today (North River Falls Guided Hike). Greatly appreciated especially with 45 hikers. Thanks again” – Tom Wilson, Chair, Hike the Highlands Festival Chair (Sept. 16, 2016)

Good morning Vince Thanks for your support Vince. (Baddeck Academy  a go for Yoga stating October 4th, also Boularderie School – We are starting September 26th). We are all excited to get started. I have had quite a few inquiries about when we were starting so kids & parents are really enthused. ” – Patsy MacKenzie VCAN Strategy Implementation Team & Certified Yoga Instructor (Sept. 19, 2016)

AWESOME!!! thank you so much Vince!! (BOWS Winter Event 2017 Information) ” – Ceiline Poirier (Dec. 1, 2016)

Hi Vince: Thanks for the information (AMANS Municipal Dec Wellness Newsletter / Wellness Zone Publication Dec 2016).  Recipe sounds yummy! Have a good day” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Dec. 6, 2016)

ACBC – Active Cape Breton Communities, Sept. 16, 2016

Had an incredible meeting today with my municipal and Mi’kmaw community colleagues in Membertou. I’m very fortunate to work with such an amazing group of recreation/physical activity leaders and we are able to do many great things together to make our island a better place. For every fun, recreation opportunity you and your family have, one or more of these fine people is most likely working behind the scenes to make it happen. Krista Devoe Jeannine Faye Denny Terry Bernard Wallace Matthew Ashley Ellen J C Penny Colleen Clare Claire MacLean Corene Marie Gillis Vince Forrestall Maynard Marshall Josette Marchand  ”  – Wayne MacKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (Sept. 17, 2016) – “Thanks everyone for all your engagement and ideas.  Lots of exciting things happening. Thanks”  – Wayne McKay (Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant) – Sept. 19, 2016

Thanks Vince for the great information (5th Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest ActiveFest 2016) you put on Our Baddeck This morning – Much appreciated” – Athol (Grant), Councilor District 2, Victoria County (Oct. 11, 2016)

Thank You for a great job you are doing with the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy (Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Est. 2011) – Athol Grant, District 2 Victoria County Councilor (Oct. 11, 2016)

“Thank you Vince”! – Robert Garza, Pacific Medical Training (Resources for wildlife safety wilderness first aid basics) on Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Website, social media) Sept. 28, 2016

I always appreciate your visuals and pictures – photos I could use in a slide show (Provincial Presentation), to capture some of the infrastructure we have in Victoria County” – Thanks, Larry: Larry Maxwell, Regional Representative Cape Breton, Communities, Sport & Recreation Division, Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (Sept. 28, 2016) / Many thanks V”! – Larry (Sept. 28, 2016)

Thanks Vince (NA4LVC Leadership Development Assistance Fund to assist Summer Intensive 200 hr Yoga in Schools/Studio Teacher Training).!” – Marie Hawley, VCAN-Strategy Implementation Team, Ingonish & Yoga Instructor (Sept. 19, 2016)

Excellent! Thanks (Card of Thanks” article, Victoria Standard: Clean NS Partnership including Naturally Active for Life Victoria County)” – Dawn MacKinnon, Clean NS (Baddeck 2016) Organizer, Sept. 17, 2016

Thank you Sir as well, been following your great work for a while now, look forward to meeting in the coming weeks” – Norm MacDonald (Victoria County District 8 Councilor elect), Oct. 17, 2016

Awesome Vince! Thanks so much for all your help on this – much appreciated! (Tool Kit Input for Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings in Victoria County)” – Kirstie Clynick

Great information (Assistance Funds Supports available). Thank you again for all your support” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Sept. 16, 2016), VCAN (Victoria County Action Network) Strategy Implementation Team, Iona

Hi, Last February (2016) our group stayed at Knotty Pines in Ingonish for a weekend of snowshoeing, cross country skiing and outdoor activities. We were fortunate to take in a snowshoe hike with your organization. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We are planning another such weekend for February 17 2017. Is it possible that there is another such activity that weekend?” Cathy MacAulay-Spencer (December 5, 2016)

Strategy Renewal Presentation to Council

” Council thanked Mr. Forrestall for his work over the past five years (2011-2016, Municipal Physical Activity Strategy) and indicated that they have seen the results in their districts. Warden Morrison extended a thank you to Mr. Forrestall” – (Council minutes – Feb. 22, 2016)

This/above was today’s session (Family Summer Yoga Program 2016 at Baddeck Library) , As always Thank you.” – Leader Patsy MacKenzie, Aug. 16, 2016

Thanks Vince

NSSAF NS School Athletic Federation Table Partner

always supportive of our students. Thanks” – Barb MacDonald (Principal, Baddeck Academy) – Sept. 12, 2016

Great! (Huckle Buckle 2016 – 5th Annual Fall Harvest ActiveFest Assistance Funds) Thank you!” – Lee Williams, Event Coordinator, Ingonish Development Society (Sept. 13, 2016)

Great, thanks so much Vince” (After-school Time Period Support – Wagmatcookewey School), – Jackie MacLellan, (Nov. 9, 2016)

Thanks very much Vince (Promotion of Women’s Sports Programs – Hockey & Basketball, Baddeck)” – Elyane Saul (Program Lead), Nov. 21, 2016

Wonderful,  thanks so much Vince (Dingwall Recreation Society receives Physical Activity Funding Assistance re: Yoga with Faye Chipchase Fall 2016 at North Highlands Museum, Cape North)! Have a great weekend” – Meghan (Sept. 9, 2016)

(Dec. 9, 2016)

Norm Mac Donald – “Congrats Vince keep doing what your doing …. because you do it well

Delroy Mac Innes – “job well done vince ..congrats

Keith Bain – “Keep up the good work, and Merry Christmas to you and yours

Kim Rideout – “Congratulations, Vince!! Very well deserved!”

Lisa Dixon – “Congrats Vince. Well deserved”.

Rebecca Jean Wall – “Well deserved. I’ve worked with a lot of community advocates and your vision and facilitator qualities rank so pro”.

Beverly Brett – “Well Deserved Vince! You have made a real difference and brought lots of people enjoyment and appreciation of the beautiful world we live in”.

Donna Mac Leod · “Congratulations !”

Wanda Hart MacLeod – “Congratulations from both of us (Jim Elbridge)!!!!! You are a power house, Vince Forrestall! YOU have put Victoria County on the map! You have guided so many individuals to a healthier way of life!!! Keep doing what your doing!!! ”

Tanya Hawley – “well Deserved!!!!! love it, congratulations kno wone i know deserves this more than you!!!!:)”

Joanne Fraser – “great job Vince”.

Kaye Pinaud – “Congrads, Vince

Iris Kedmi – “Congratulations Vince Forrestall keep on moving & moving us‍️‍”

Angela Rambeau – “Congratulations Vince, very well deserved!”

Frances MacKinnon – “Congratulations Vince…a job well done”.

Andrew MacDonald – “Congrats vince, it doesn’t surprise me ! Keep it up sir!

Donna Campbell – “Congrats!! Great work!”

Johnny Buck – “Congrats . As i always said a wonderfull addition to Victoria County .. all you do is appreciated

Claudia Gahlinger – “Congratulations on 5 years and wishing you many more”.

Grace MacDermid – “Great job, congratulations

Darlene Ellsworth – “Great Job Vince..congratulations

Louise Witzell – “Congrats

 “Congrats on your 5-yr plaque.  It’s nice to get a tap on the back sometimes hey?” – Jacques Cote, Velo Cape Breton (Dec. 12, 2016)

Very nice plaque to recognize your contribution over last 5 years Vince” – Larry Maxwell, Regional representative Cape Breton, Communities, Sport & Recreation Division, Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (Dec. 12, 2016)

Rick Gilbert, Keith MacDonald and 32 others


Molly Ritchie A good time to say thanks, Vince, for the free yoga at the library. It’s really great for anyone but especially for seniors like me! (Tuesday, 9:30 with Patsie MacKensie).


Vince Forrestall You are most welcome Molly Ritchie. Thank you for your interest and participating. Vince Forrestall

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Molly Ritchie I go every time it’s offered.

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Vince Forrestall great to hear!

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Rejean Chamberland Thank you Vince for not ignoring us North of Smokey.

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Mary Vandommelen-Ivey Wonderful award to someone who worked so hard. Great job vince




Norm Mac Donald Congrats Vince well deserved sorry I missed the award. was under the weather but coming around finally

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Keith Bain Congratulations, Vince……thank you for all your hard work.

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Jeannie Bonnar Congrats VinceForrestall.

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I look forward to continuing and expanding the great work we are doing through ATB (After the Bell: AS – After School Time Period) in Cape Breton.  Thanks” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (Aug. 9, 2016) – “I look forward to continuing the great work that we are doing through ATB (After-school time period) in Cape Breton” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (Aug. 30, 2016)

Vince, Thanks so much for your support. I’m thrilled you were able to help our efforts to get an AED for Baddeck Academy” – Angela MacMillan (Sept. 8, 2016)

Great Vince Thank You for all your Help!! (Square Dancing Program – Iona) – Paul MacNeil, District 1 Councillor, Victoria County (Nov. 7, 2016)

Thanks much for the information (Assistance Funds Opportunities) Vince! and Letter of Support (NS Seniors Safety Funding), Oct. 28, 2016 – Deidre Fraser, Bay St Lawrence Community Center

Thank you so much Vince (Assistance Fund Opportunities)” – Lindsay MacInnis (After-school program leader), Sept. 8, 2016

I am happy to know the good things u r doing (HERSS: Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings) – all of this helps supports schools and the greater community” – Debbie Madore, Nutrition for Learning Dietitian, CBVRSB (July 18, 2016)

Hi Vince, Thanks for meeting yesterday” (Victoria Standard Understanding of Strategy) – Carolyn Barber, Nov. 25, 2016

5th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Weekend Physical Activity Challenge 2016

They were successful but would not be very profitable without assistance. Thanks for everything” – Robin Stuart (Sept. 1, 2016); “Many thanks Vince (Baddeck Runners Club & Englishtown Community Hall receives assistance funds for the 5th annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge 2016)” – Robin Stuart (Sept. 13, 2016).

Wow Vince thanks so much for this and thank you for being a part of the walk (Aging Well Together Coalition–Eastern Region Age Friendly Community Walkabout – July 27) it was so nice to smell the roses!!!!!!!!!” – Noreen MacLean, Coordinator-Aging Well Together Coalition Eastern Region, July 28, 2016 – “Hi there. That’s perfect thanks so much (Aging Well Together Coalition – Eastern Region Age Friendly Community Walkabout HELD July 27, 2016 – Baddeck)” – Noreen MacLean, Coordinator-Aging Well Together Coalition Eastern Region (Aug. 4, 2016)

Minga O’BrienThank you Vince Forrestall. You’re a dynamo and are doing a tremendous job getting people outside and active in Cape Breton” (Apr. 25, 2016)

NaturallyActiveforLifeVictoriaCounty‬ Proud to Be Invited & Attend the 2015-2016 ‪#‎BaddeckAcademy‬ ‪#‎AwardsNight‬“You support us in so many ways” – Barb MacDonald, Principal (June 10, 2016)

Thanks for all your support” – Hugh Wakeham (July 5, 2016); “Thank You for your support & contribution, it is greatly appreciated” – Rosie Pineo (July 6, 2016); “Hi Vince: I received Assistance Fund from Naturally Active for Life Victoria County for Festiville. Thank you so much” – Iris Kedmi, Organizing Committee (Sept. 15, 2016)

Thank you (Walkabout Award Nomination For FestiVille Baddeck 2016 by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County)!” – Iris Kedmi, FestiVille Baddeck Organizing Committee (Sept. 29, 2016)

Thanks for all your patience and support. It is truly exciting and inspiring to be working on such an exciting project with you all and I truly feel that our Active for Life Cape Breton Connect Partnership project will be the start of a powerful movement. Thanks” – Dean Morley, Sport Nova Scotia – Cape Breton Community Sport Development Coordinator (Sept. 29, 2016)

Thank You for your support” (Healthy Snacks for Junior Sailors, 2016 BYC Regatta Week) – Kathy Ann Woodford, Bras d’Or Yacht Club (Aug. 8, 2016)

Thanks Vince! You are doing a great job!” – Rhoda MacCormick (Resident & Community Certified Leader – running, yoga, etc.), May 13, 2016

Your posts (Kayak to Kidston Island) get people places –‘ bravo ” – Lyn Stuart (Resident, Baddeck), Aug 10, 2016

I am very privileged to be able to be participating in initiatives like this (Community Walkabout – Baddeck Event Set July 27th) and many others that I do and have done with you and Victoria County. So thank you for keeping me engaged and enjoying all the amenities that beautiful Victoria County has to offer!” – Aron Ashton, Public Health Services, (Jul 19th, 2016)



Hello Vince, On behalf of the Cape North Farmers’ Market Coop, I would like to thank you for your support for the Victoria County grant which the Farmers’ Market has received.  This grant will be very helpful in our efforts to promote healthy, local food production in northern Cape Breton Island. Sincerely” – Rob Macdonald, Secretary Treasurer, Cape North Farmers’ Market Coop Ltd (July 8, 2016)

Good presentation (HERSS: Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings in Victoria County Policy to Council – July 25, 2016)” – Alicia Lake, Coordinator, Cape Breton Food Hub (July 26, 2016); “Great work on the presentation this evening” Graham MacKenzie, Owner, Stone’s Pharmasave  (July 25, 2016); “A big thank you to you Vince for all of your hard work!!! You, Aaron and Sara did an excellent job presenting (HERSS VC) Monday evening (July 25, 2016) and have put in so much time to get this up and running”  – Michelle LeBlanc, Buchanan Memorial Hospital Dietician (July 27, 2016); “Job well done (HERSS VC) with your great leadership” – Debbie Madore, Nutrition for Learning Dietitian, CBVRSB (July 28, 2016);  “Glad to hear it (HERSS VC) went well. Great work!” – Eileen Woodford, Chair – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Partnership (July 27, 2016)

Thank You for all you do (Vince, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County)” Dr. Chris Milburn at ST. ANN’S BAY COMMUNITY HEALTH GROUP AGM (May 4, 2016)                            

Thanks again for your help (Curling Stones for Sale)” – Northern Victoria Community Centre, October 14, 2016

“Hope you enjoy the rest of your time off. Well deserved! See you on the trails! Thanks again (Tenarefe Trail Information request)“ – Emma Aucoin (August 17, 2016)

Thanks for all your great work and support. Active For Life Cape Breton Connect (Partnership) is a game changer” – Dean Morley. Sport Nova Scotia – Cape Breton Community Sport Development (June 27, 2016)

Well done Vince (Re-branded Municipal Physical Activity Strategy-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Continues to Make A Difference in the Lives of Residents & Visitors)!!” – Aron Ashton, Physical Educator-Public Health Services & Strategy Implementation Team VCAN (Jul 13, 2016)

Thanks, Vince! This all helps” – Andrew Brooks, Publisher + Editor, The Victoria Standard (Jul 11, 2016) – Request: Do you happen to know if there are any baseball or soccer leagues down North or Iona way?

Victoria County HERSS (Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Sports Recreation Settings) Draft Funding Assistance Application 2016-2017 – “Thanks for your work on this, Vince” (June 9, 2016) – “Thanks, Vince for your excellent additions to our presentation (HERSS Victoria County Council on July 25, 2016)” (July 15, 2016) – Sarah Ross Public Health Nutritionist Nova Scotia Health Authority (June 9, 2016)

Hi there, love the info on this page (Naturally Active for Life Victoria County FaceBook Page)” – Jennifer Jesty-Leblanc (June 3, 2016)

Hi Vince: Thanks for the information (Wellness Zone-Employee Health & Wellness Newsletter July 2016 Issue)” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Victoria County Employee), Jul 11, 2016

Hi Vince: Thanks for passing along the information (Wellness Zone August Publication & Walkabout Summer Challenge 2016)” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Municipal Staff Person and VCAN/Strategy Implementation Team) – August 2, 2016 / “Hi Vince: Thanks for the information (Wellness Zone September Publication; AMANS Workplace Wellness Newsletter (Sept) ;  Municipal Active Living Subsidization Program 2016-2017)” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Municipal Staff Person & VCAN/Strategy Implementation Team) – Sept. 9, 2016

Thank you for that (Leadership Assistance Fund in Support of Victoria Athletic Club) Vince. The help is really appreciated” – Elyane Saul – Victoria Athletic Club & VCAN Strategy Implementation Team (Sept. 12, 2016)

5th Annual Victoria County Trails Day 2016 A Success

(June 4 & 5, 2016)

North River Falls Video (5th Trails Day 2016):

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Keep up the good work Vince, all the best to you & yours” – Merrill MacInnis, Municipal Councilor (June 8, 2016)

Hi Vince, I saw some pictures from the hikes and they looked great. You’re doing a fabulous job!” – Lisa Finney (June 9, 2016)

“Wow – great shots (5th Trails Day) and a nice turn-out!” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director – Hike Nova Scotia (June 7, 2016)

“Awesome pictures! Thank you so much. Really enjoyed the hike – thanks Marshall!” – Veronika, Sofia & Dorena Brzeski (North River Falls Hike – June 5, 2016)

Lindsey Dauphney – “Awesome pic guys!” (North River Falls Hike – June 7, 2016)

@gammaboxer: “Group shot from Saturdays (North River Falls) Hike” @PAStrategyVC @ourbaddeck

“Dear Vince and Marshall and Wally, Thank you so much for guiding our hike to North River Falls on June 4, 2016. Vince, you have been the subject of much positive discussion down here on the North Shore–most recently after church on Sunday, as Marion Thompson, Dianne Grant, and I huddled together and praised your work as our county’s activity coordinator. You are a low-key, easygoing, encouraging booster. Your presence on that hike–and on all the hikes you attend–is a bit of quiet power under our feet and in our hearts. Thank you, also, for forwarding all those wonderful photos to each of us. Marshall, you are a dream guide and hike leader! Your endless good cheer, your reminders of how far we had come and how well we were doing, your lying about how far we still had to go (!), your watchfulness, your hand over rough places, your care along vertical drops, your quiet passion for this activity, your hopefulness about your future here–you kept our minds at peace and our hearts strong. And thank you for going to the trouble of taking and then sending out all those wonderful photographs. Wally, I am so glad you made the effort to drive out to the Oregon Road and join our trek. I look forward to hiking with you again some day, next time I get up the courage and make the time. As I clambered over rocks, your outstretched hand made it all easy. You are clearly a careful, skilled, alert, and encouraging presence, to be wished for at any outdoor activity. I hope the Spinnagan was a pleasure, and that you have pleasant adventures with many other people in the days ahead. And that you can stay in our county and be a quiet force for good. I just keep telling everyone that I was accompanied Saturday on a hike with four (counting Danny Keigan, whom I don’t know at all) of the gentlest men with whom I have ever spent time in the woods. Stay safe! And many more to come!” – Bonnie Thompson, Indian Brook 7, 2016) – “Yes, Vince, share my praise around. That’s fine. And those are the thoughts of more people than just me! – Bonnie Thompson (June 8, 2016)

Thanks for sharing Vince! Great job by you and Wally. Top class” – Larry Maxwell, Cape Breton Regional Rep, NS Dept Comm, Culture & Heritage – (June 9, 2016)

That is a wonderful testimonial! Thank you for sharing” – Patsy MacKenzie (June 10, 2016)

Yvonne Megens “It was amazing! Going back very soon!” (Spinnigans Trails Hike – June 6, 2016)

Jenn Anderson “Amazing!” (Spinnigans Trail Hike – June 6, 2016)

“Hi Vince – It was a great day up (5th Trails Day) at the spinnigan (‘s Trail)” – Brigitte Buehlmann, Guide (June 06, 2016)

“Thanks for sending along the photos (Trails Day 2016)! Glad the events went well. If you ever have something happening that you want us to promote on social media feel free to drop me an email. We’d be more than happy to share” – Cory Richard, NS Trails, Communications & Office Assistant (June 7, 2016)

Good morning Vince & Terry (Bernard) – Wagmatcook GO (Girls Only) Program: “We’ve had a great spring with the girls and we’re planning on hiking to Uisge Ban next week and then going out for supper. Thanks to both of your for your support” – Jackie MacLellan, Program Leader (May 25, 2016)

“Thanks a lot Vince, we really appreciate your support and our community loves the yoga classes!” – Meghan, North Highlands Museum Assoc (May 12, 2016)

Awesome – thank you so much (Leadership Development Assistant Fund)” – Bev Bryson (Yoga Certified Instructor), Sept 8, 2016

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Thanks again for your support – A HUGE Thank You to Our Supporters: Naturally Active for Life Victoria County & NS “Thrive” – Linda Murray (North Highlands Nordic) : May 4, 2016

We had fourteen participants last night with Patsy and our Beginner Yoga.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for your support”  – Connie MacAskill, Giant MacAskill Heirs Association (May 3, 2016)

Thanks so much Vince!! I really appreciate all that you do for me (Leadership Development Assistance Fund)” – Sheena Dixon Group Fitness Instructor, North of Smokey, Victoria County (April 15, 2016)

Good of you to have your pictures so well organized.  Great pictures too bringing back fun memories”  – Jacques Cote, Velo Cape Breton (April 19, 2016)

It has been an absolute pleasure meeting & working with each and everyone of you (Trails, Cape Breton, special events (ACOA), etc.) and I genuinely look forward to the time our paths cross again. All the best” – Kelsey Peters, Destination Cape Breton Association (Apr. 11, 2016)

Thanks for everything Vince, you’ve been my role model since day 1” – Wally Bernard, Physical Activity Coordinator, Waycobah (June 7, 2016)

Thank you so much (Bald Mountain Trail Information)” – Brenda Morrison (June 20, 2016)

That (ACOA Festivals & Events Funding Opportunity) is excellent Vince, thank you very much, we will apply” – Sarah Penney (Baddeck Duathlon), June 15, 2016

“Hi Vince – The Health & Wellness Fair (4th Annual at Baddeck Academy 2016) was a HUGE success once again!” –  Karen Welton (Wednesday, June 8, 2016)

Northern Victoria Community Centre

What an awesome weekend of hockey. Congrats to the winners The Aspey Bay Pirates, to the runners up The Young Outlaws, third place team The Bay Bruins also great show for The Rubber Duckies and The Misfits. A big shoutout to all the volunteers who mad it all possible. We would also like to thank Naturally Active Victoria County for their support for this event. Hope to see all the teams again next year  (April 17, 2016)

The NVCC would like to wish all teams taking part in the tournament good luck. We would also like to thank all the volunteers to help around the Centre to get it ready for the weekend. Also we would like to thank Naturally Active Victoria County for their support toward our event this weekend. Again good luck to all and enjoy (April 16, 2016)

“Thanks for the information on North River (Falls Trail). That is very helpful –  Thank you again for the information and enjoy your week!” – Annie Maxwell (Oct. 17, 2016)

#‎NaturallyActiveVictoriaCounty‬ is a Proud Partner of ‪#‎BaMCapeBreton‬ (Since 2012) Benefiting Our ‪#‎Youth‬ in ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬ and all of ‪#‎CapeBreton‬: Conference – ‪#‎Eskasoni‬ April 15-17, 2016 Successful:

Well said: “Today – “Perfect day! The best BaM Cape Breton day ever!” You know your job is incredible when you get to spend a weekend in Eskasoni with youth from all around the island who are incredibly positive leaders for their communities. Youth can’t be the leaders of the future if they don’t have opportunities to build leadership skills today” – Wayne MacKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (April 16, 2016)…/bam-cape-breton/

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Vince, we are so very pleased to get this news (Health Eating Assistance Fund Grant 2016-2017 from Naturally Active for Life Victoria County). Thank you for your support (North Highlands Orchard Project). This will cover our basic needs. Which is enough for this year  – we love our Grove in the Bay so work there doesn’t seem like work” – Claudia Gallagher (May 13, 2016)

Thanks so much Vince for the information, we can now make some plans! Looking forward to the March 4th 7th Annual Middle River Snowshoe hike 2018” – Annie Maxwell, Jan 16, 2018

Thanks for sponsoring Family Yoga (Summer 2016) at the (Baddeck) Library” – Patsy MacKenzie, Yoga Leader & Strategy Implementation Team (VCAN-Victoria County Action Network) – July 26, 2016

Patricia FrickerWell said he has been a proven leader and motivator for all NOS (North of Smokey, Victoria County), you helped us help many others…. Job well done!” (Apr. 14, 2016)

-“Hi Vince, I agree with Jitka” – Eliot Frosst (Ross Ferry and VCAN Strategy Implementation Team Co-Chair) – April 13, 2016

-“So true! Congratulations ” – Patsy MacKenzie Big Bras d’Or Rep and VCAN Strategy Implementation Team (April 13, 2016)

-“Excellent! well said! I couldn’t have said it any better myself!! Well done Vince!!” – Aron Ashton (Physical Health Educator and VCAN Strategy Implementation Team Member) – Apr. 13, 2016

-“Very well said  indeed – Great job Vince” – Ann Marie MacNeil, Washabuck Peninsula Strategy Implementation Team VCAN (Apr. 13, 2016)

-“Making a big difference in all communities …” – Councilor John Buchanan (District 8) – Feb. 23, 2016

Hey Vince, yes last night was great. Good crowd attended as well” – Marshall Kaiser (Apr. 7, 2016) & “Thanks Vince for tonight’s meeting – it was great” – Athol Grant. Victoria Co. District 2 Councilor (Apr. 8, 2016) – “I am delighted at the response we received in the talks. I wish you success in your future efforts” – Presenter Michael Haynes (May 2, 2016) re: Michael Haynes Presentation, Baddeck Library April 8, 2016


Hey Vince, thanks for the great pics. Thanks for the great hike (Skyline Trail – 5th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2016) Yesterday. Cheers” – Marshall Kaiser, Participant (March 14, 2016):

“Thanks….and just thanks for being you and doing all you do” –  Marian Whitcomb (Resident, Feb. 26, 2016)

Strategy Renewal 2016 – 2021 Presentation to Council (Feb. 22, 2016)

Council thanked Mr. Forrestall for his work over the past five years and indicated that they have seen the results in their districts. Warden Morrison extended a thank you to Mr. Forrestall.


Alicia Lake with Vince Forrestall.

February 22 at 5:24pm ·

  • Vince presents 5 years of wellness at Victoria County (Renewal of Physical Activity Strategy Presentation To Council – Feb. 22, 2016) – Great work Vince!!”

Your very welcome. Making a big difference in all communities …” – District 8 Councilor John Buchanan – JB, Feb. 23, 2016

Hi Vince – Glad it (Renewal of Physical Activity Strategy Presentation To Council – Feb. 22, 2016) went well” – Eileen Woodford, Chair of Strategy Partnership (Feb. 23, 2016)

Andree Crepeau – President, Velo Cape Breton: Congrats!! (Renewal of Physical Activity Strategy Presentation To Council – Feb. 22, 2016) – Feb. 23, 2016

Wallace Bernard – Physical Activity Coordinator, Waycobah”Congrats buddy:) (Renewal of Physical Activity Strategy Presentation To Council – Feb. 22, 2016)” – Feb. 23, 2016

Wanda Hart MacLeodWay to go Vince Forrestall! You are amazing!!”

Feb. 22 at 6:05pm – (Renewal of Physical Activity Strategy Presentation To Council – Feb. 22, 2016); Wanda Hart MacLeod “Awesome!” – Feb. 24, 2016

Lennan MacIsaacGreat job Vince Forrestall ” – (Renewal of Physical Activity Strategy Presentation To Council – Feb. 22, 2016) – Feb. 22, 2016

Strategy Reaches Milestone – 5 Full Years (June 13, 2011 to June 13, 2016)

Terry Bernard“Great working with you Vince Forrestall always a pleasure” June 12, 2016

Aron George Ashton“Same here Terry! A great community leader Vince!”  June 12, 2016


-“Great news (Strategy 1 Year Renewal 2016-17): StrategyRenewal1YearNewsReleaseVictoriaCountyCouncilApprovesPhysicalActivityFundingApr152016PDF) “You are doing great work for the people of Victoria County.  I look forward to working with you in the coming year” – David Fraser, Northern Victoria Community Centre (April 14, 2016)

Great to hear that it’s been renewed for another year, let’s hope that leads to a longer term. You’re doing great work!” – Jackie MacLellan, ASTP & Yoga Leader (Apr. 18, 2016)


The Victoria County Naturally Active Strategy has been very successful and much has been accomplished,” said Warden Bruce Morrison. “The strategy’s goals were to raise awareness, create partnerships and get the residents of Victoria County moving. We are definitely on the right path”, he said

Launched in 2011, the program saw consultations with community groups and leaders. From these talks came the creation and development of physical activity programs for youth, seniors, First Nations Communities, women and more

We have built a strong foundation for the future of physical activity, healthy eating and general health and wellness for our residents,” said the warden. Health & wellness policies have been developed within the county and in area schools and partnerships are now in place

Before this program, for example, many area schools – with excellent wellness facilities, were out of reach for community members after school hours. This program has seen partnerships and policies created, that provide access to the facilities in the schools for our residents”

A recent phone survey found that Victoria County residents had increased their level of awareness and their level of physical activity since the launch of the strategy.

It was a pleasure to talk trails with you over the awesome hiking Summit (5th Annual – Digby, 2016). Your contributions to the hiking community is appreciated” – Garnet MacLaughlin, Hike NS President; Cobequid Consulting (May 2, 2016)

“Thanks Vince for this funding information- this is extremely helpful!!! I enjoyed the meeting today (Victoria County HERSS: Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings) – thanks for including me” – Michelle LeBlanc, Buchanan Memorial Hospital Dietician  (June 16, 2016)

Thanks for all your help“– (5th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge 2016) – Robin Stuart (June 19, 2016)

Destination Cape Breton Association genuinely appreciates your organization, and looks forward to a great 2016 season of festivals & events (5th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge 2016: $500; 5th Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest ActiveFest 2016: $855 & 6th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2017: $800)” – Kristine Mills, Marketing Coordinator, Destination Cape Breton (June 30, 2016)

Spring 2016 Navigation Course A Success

Thank You to Instructor Minga O’Brien and All the Participants on Completing a Very Successful Navigation Course April 9 & 10, 2016 – Baddeck Forks Community Hall

Naturally Active Victoria County (Est. 2011) Working For You and Your Health with “Skill Development” Opportunities

Course Testimonials:

I’m thankful to Minga O’Brien and the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy for offering a free, two-day navigation course. My husband and older son attended, and enjoyed themselves immensely. Liam learned a lot about using a map and compass, and GPS – both useful skills that boosted his understanding of both geography and math. I’m glad Brooke and Liam had some time to learn and hang out together, and grateful that the County is supporting positive activities like this one” – Kate Oland (April 10, 2016)

awesome!” – Jane Maree

Great class!” – Mb Whitcomb (Participant)

Thanks Kate Oland, and thanks Vince Forrestall for making the navigation course possible. Happy to hear Brooke & Liam enjoyed it” – Minga O’Brien (Course Leader).

Thanks for all your great work on this (After School Time Period Programs). A relatively small amount of funding is having a large impact on our (Cape Breton) region” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant  (March 31, 2016)

“Great work once again this year (2015). Thank you for your dedication to Victoria County & residents” – Larry Dauphinee, Councilor District #6 Municipality Of The County Of Victoria & Ski Cape Smokey – Dec. 24, 2015

Hi Vince: Thanks for sending along the information (Physical Activity, Leadership & Healthy Eating Assistance Funds available through the Strategy 2016-17). A huge help! Much appreciated” – Ann Marie MacNeil, Iona & Strategy Implementation Team (VCAN-Victoria County Action Network) Since 2011 (May 4, 2016)

Thank you for your leadership & commitment (Victoria County Physical Activity Coordinator since June 13, 2011)” – March 22, 2016

“I remain impressed with the positive work that has arisen out of the Victoria County Naturally Active Physical Activity Strategy, the partnerships you’ve developed, and the integration of Facility Access and After the Bell. Keep up the good work Vince” – Larry Maxwell, Cape Breton Regional Representative, NS Health & Wellness Active Living Branch (Sept. 2, 2015)

“Your work on the physical activity program in Victoria County is impressive. Keep up the good work” – Athol Grant, Victoria County Councilor (Oct. 2, 2015)

Hi Vince belated congradulations on your accomplishments, and keep up the good work” – Merrill MacInnis, Victoria County Councilor (Oct. 7, 2015)

“I would like to take this time to thank Vince Forrestall for opening the door at our school (Wagmatcookewey) last year. He dropped in for a visit and invited us to join in the Victoria County Active Living Initiative. He was very welcoming and encouraged us to participate. With his guidance we were able to pursue a few dreams and his continuing interest in our youth have made us very excited about different programs that exist outside our realm. baby steps have matured. Thank You Vince – Wela’Lioq, Marjorie Pierro, Principal, Wagmatcookewey School

Vince, you are so great at what you do. Take care” – Joanne Fraser, Resident (April 7, 2016)

Hi Vince. Your support has already opened up many doors. I sincerely greatly appreciate your commitment and efforts. Meeting with Scott (Inverary Resort) went super. Very nice to meet you as well” – Lindsay MacInnis, Yoga Instructor / Girls Only After-school Program Leader (Nov. 6, 2015)

“Just want to thank you for everything in the past 2 years. It was a pleasure meeting you and working with naturally active. You are truly a great guy with lots of love for the outdoors and your community. You did so much for north of smokey and that area is so lucky to have you. Also, thanks for the certificate of appreciation from naturally active. That was great. I hope your work year is great, I’m sure it will be and whoever gets the pleasure to work with naturally active. Again, thanks for everything. Take care” – Melissa Rose Hines, North of Smokey Crime Prevention Coordinator (Sept. 1, 2015)

“I think you deserve huge thanks, Vince. What a difference you have made!!!!”Beverly Brett (Jul 6, 2015 & Sept. 10, 2015)

You work very hard for Victoria County and Residents” – Ann Marie MacNeil, Iona (VCAN-Strategy Implementation Team), October 15, 2015

Thank you John, Carol, Larry and Vince for your leadership and work on this (Rural Chronic Disease Subcommittee – Physical Activity Leadership with YMCA Cape Breton: Older Adult Fitness Certification) It is very exciting” – Eileen Woodford, Chair –  Rural Chronic Disease Committee (Jan. 22, 2016)

“Well done sir!!” (REVIEW of the 4th Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest Active Fest 2015) – Aron Ashton (Nov. 2, 2015)

Great thanks (Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Est. 2011 is pleased to announce roughly $5,000 for After-school Time Period Initiatives for Baddeck Academy  Fall / Winter / Spring 2016-17 in Partnership)” – Barb MacDonald, Principal, Baddeck Academy (Oct. 3, 2016)

That is great Vince (Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Est. 2011 is pleased to announce roughly $5,000 for After-school Time Period Initiatives for Cabot School  Fall / Winter / Spring 2016-17 in Partnership), thank you!” – Donnie Simms, Principal, Cabot School (Oct. 3, 2016)

Vince – You are most welcome. Thank you as well! Together, we are better, stronger, more effective. I’ve always believed that and I go with the horse I have. I’m very committed to working with and supporting others who commit on behalf of their community. You do that and have been doing so since you got here. Not everyone does, including people who were here long before you. Loved your presentation (Accessing Facilities Summit, May 25 & 26, 2016)! I knew you’d deliver” – Larry Maxwell, Regional Representative Cape Breton Communities, Sport & Recreation Division Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (May 27, 2016) AccessingFacilitiesSummitPresentationMay252016PDF



Again thank you for your on going support of our projects. We are hoping our efforts will help with the overall improvement of our community and what we have to offer residents, cheers” – Kyla Dunphy-Williams, Ingonish Development Society (Oct. 13, 2015)

Thank you Vince.  For this and your time and input today…. Much, much appreciated and very  helpful” – Laurel Reid, Consultant – Cape Breton Winter Tourism Market Study (February 26, 2016)

“You’ve done a fantastic job Vince” – Lisa MacDougall, Executive Director, Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL CB), Oct. 8, 2015

Keep on Keeping it going Vince, you’re doing a great job!” – Jonathan Saul, Resident Middle River (Jan. 20, 2016)

Our first Sq. dance at the South Haven Community Hall was tonight (Jan. 26, 2016)…….25 attended…some more hope to be there next week….two hours of dancing is a great work out and a lot of fun…Thanks for your support“-Cheers Jim Eldridge, South Haven Community Hall

Lars WillumGreat to see all those winter activities in our County:)” – Feb. 2, 2016

First time walking OVER a lake where I swim in the summer:) Thanks Vicki Borden, Vince Forrestall, and Eileen Woodford for the nudge to invest in snowshoes” – Marion Whitcomb, Resident – January 31, 2016

Thank you for supporting yoga with people on the island it is changing their lives” – Faye Chipchase (Yoga Instructor), Sept. 1, 2015

Victoria County Municipal Council Proclaimed June 4th  National Health and Fitness Day in Victoria County

Victoria County, Cape Breton (Nova Scotia) Municipal Council at their May 30, 2016 bi-weekly  Council Meeting Proclaimed June 4th National Health & Fitness Day for Victoria County

On behalf council ,Vince , you are most welcome. Thanks for bringing the proclamation to Victoria County” – Warden, Bruce Morrison (June 1, 2016)

“Thank you for providing the services you do, they benefit our community center in countless ways!” – Angela MacKinnon, Northern Victoria Community Centre Coordinator (Sept. 23, 2015)

“Municipal Wellness Award event: congratulations for the honor!” – Jim Morrow (Victoria Standard) – “Hi Vince. Congratulations on your efforts to secure the wellness award for the County” – Jim Morrow (Dec. 9, 2015)

Municipality of the County of Victoria received the highest number of award points for their outstanding health and wellness accomplishments (Municipal Wellness Awards 2015). One of their greatest accomplishments over the past years has been the approval of their Employee Active Living Subsidization Program” – AMANS Municipal Newsletter (Municipal Highlights of the Month-Nov. 2015)

Excellent” (Steps in Flight Walking Program Returns 2015-16: Monday through Friday (except Christmas/New Years week from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm)! – Eileen Woodford, Director of Rural Health, Naturally Active Partnership Chair – Dec. 1, 2015 /  “Great. Thanks Am so happy access to AGB (Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site) is back” – Eileen Woodford (Dec. 9, 2015)

5th Annual Middle River‬ Baddeck‬ Old Time Commute Snowshoe‬ Trek 2016 (March 6, 2016)


– “Tks it was fun

– “Your organization skill paid off. Great day, Great people, exceptional conditions

-“Thanks for the pictures! I really enjoyed it, and I will be ready for the next hike!”

-“Thanks for sending all the photos!”

-“Thanks for facilitating a truly wondrous experience for me today, a bit of every type of outdoor hike; both against and with the elements, and with other hikers and alone in the woods  Very beautiful Winter’s day with a scrumptious ending chez George & Cora Lee…It is was a real work-out, proud to have completed it all! Thank you Thank you

-“Thanks for the photo. It was an enjoyable hike and a nice meal too

-“As you said:  Team work – I guess that keeping good relationships with “doers” is the secret. Doers usually show up among the crowd.  All one need to do is supporting their initiatives. You already have the recipe and you handle it very well” – Jacques Cote, Velo Cape Breton

‪#‎CabotTrail‬ ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬ ‪#‎novascotiawinter‬ ‪#‎TourismCB‬ ‪#‎HikeNS‬ ‪#‎NSTrails

Brenda HutchisonGreat program” (FORTheGirls After-school Time Period at Baddeck Academy) – Dec. 1, 2015

Steven Rolls – “There is so much free fun and activity on this island. The stuff they are doing in Victoria County is amazing” (Jan. 1, 2016)

Most of the stuff happening in Victoria County is as a result of the Municipal/Mi’kmaw Physical Activity Leadership program. It is a program supported by provincial and municipal government to develop and implement a community wide physical activity strategy. Three municipalities and 5 Mi’maw communities have coordinators hired under this program and lots of great things are resulting from the program. Vince Forrestall, the coordinator in Victoria is doing a fabulous job in that community”  – Wayne MacKay, Cape Breton Region Physical Activity Coordinator), Jan. 1, 2016

Rhonda Douglas CardwellYour (Winter) fun activities make me wish that we lived up there in the winter!” (Feb. 2, 2016)

This is perfect (Baddeck Community Wellness Room Preparations), Thank you for everything”  – Lindsay MacInnis (Community Wellness Room Leader) – Nov. 6, 2015

Thanks so much! I’m super excited! (Leadership development assistance fund – International Sports Science Assoc Fitness Nutrition Certification)” Sheena Dixon, North of Smokey Group Fitness Instructor (Feb. 8, 2016)

This is great! Thanks for organizing the Ingonish piece. Thank you, both!” (211 Presentations in Victoria County), Nicole Cammaert, Nov. 24, 2016

Thank you so much for all the information! All great stuff. I am certain it (Duathlon – Baddeck Area 2016) will be a great event for the community and will hopefully grow into an annual event. I will start contacting all of your recommendations and keep you posted. Again I appreciate all the information” – Sarah Penney (Dec. 7, 2015)

Good news Vince” (Accessing Facilities Grant – St. Ann’s Yoga Program Fall 2015) – Mary Ann Wilson, St Ann’s Bay Health Group Society (Nov. 26, 2015)

“Patsy (Yoga Instructor – Patsy MacKenzie, After-school yoga) has been here 3 times already which is Wonderful!!” – Angela Currie-Simms, Principal, Boularderie School (Sept. 24, 2015)

“I feel strongly that the job you are doing is important and I’d like to do what I can to help and to encourage people to ‘get out’ and hike” – David Rasmussen

All the work you put into Victoria County is so inspiring, and I hope we can partner in the Fall to continue this work with children and youth through STP, All the best!” – Stephanie (Stephanie Johnstone-Laurette)Cape Breton Youth Active Transportation Coordinator

“Keep up the good work” ………   Councilor Athol Grant (Aug. 26, 2015)

Oh thank you so much (Play Sand)!  The kids are excited!” – Karen Welton, Teacher, Baddeck Academy (Nov. 10, 2015)

“Many thanks for your help Vince”  – Robin Stuart, Annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge  (Sept 19, 2015)

Thanks for your support (Letter of Support: Water Route of TCT-Trans Canada Trail) ” -Ann Marie MacNeil (Central Cape Breton Community Ventures) – Nov 25, 2015

I hope that they will support. Certainly deserve it!” (Strategy Renewal Scheduled for June 13, 2016) – Julia Sable, Corporate Strategist, Youth and Entrepreneurship at NS Dept of Economic & Rural Development (Oct. 9, 2015)

“I appreciate your support and the grant and all your work on the yoga program at North Highlands Museum” – Rosemary Algaar (Sept. 19, 2015)

“The strategy has made a difference in the county” – Kathryn Gwynn-Brett (Sept. 19, 2015)

“Great work Vince, Thanks again” (Accessing Facilities Grant 2015-16) – Larry Dauphinee, Ski Cape Smokey & Councillor District #6 Municipality Of The County Of Victoria – Sept 14, 2015

Community Wellness Room – Baddeck Academy

(Season 4 completed: 2015-16)

Lisa DixonIt’s a great facility with good leadership. Would love to see it continue” (April 19, 2016)

I had the pleasure of using the gym at the (Baddeck Academy) school last night for the first time. Great facility and seemed to be in high demand last night as there were 7 people there during the time I was there. So job well done on this…job well done and look forward to making it part of my workout regiment” – thanks Katie (Feb. 2, 2016)

Team Naturally Active Victoria County Workplace Wellness Enjoyed the 5th Annual Kidston Island Curling Classic 2016 last Saturday. The Baddeck Lions Club have been running the Kisdston Island Swimming Lessons, Boat & Lifeguards for over 60 years!

“Fantastic news, Vince”  (Accessing Facilities Grant 2015-16) – Linda Murray, North Highlands Nordic Ski Facility

“I have been thinking about all of the really amazing people who move to Cape Breton and add so much to our community! We are lucky to have you! I can’t post you all here so I want to showcase just one because he is my neighbour and he is awesome. Vince Forrestall moved here a few years ago to take the job as coordinator of the physical activity strategy for the county. Since this time Vince has coordinated a tremendous number of activities from all over the spectrum, an…d has offered support to probably 100s of other projects. Vince is also a genius at finding grants and approaches everything with a cando attitude. He and his family attend every event and promote everything going on here. Vince also volunteers on lots of boards and I am happy to sit on the farmers market board with him. Thank you for moving here Vince, and family!”  “You are doing a great job since your arrival, lots happening” – Alicia Lake, (Sept. 11, 2015)

“Vince is great!” – Medical Officer of Health Cape Breton – Sept 11, 2015

“Yes !!! Vince is a great asset to the community . I know myself and quite few of my friends appreciate him and his family” – Jason Smith (Baddeck Mens Basketball Leader) – Sept 11, 2015

“Well done Vince” – John Hudec  (Assistant Professor, Community Studies and Sport & Human Kinetics-CBU) – Sept 11, 2015

“Amen to Vince & family, and to your sentiment!” – Natalie J Gordon – Sept. 11, 2015

Terry Murraythanks for joining Stephen last evening. He was pleased to see you and Jenna at the Curling Rink giving archery a try. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Bras d’Or Archers Association!” (Sept. 23, 2015)

Worth a read – (Timeline: Rural Chronic Disease Committee) you should be very proud of your accomplishments. The group amazes me with their ideas, commitment and let’s keep it moving ahead ”  – Eileen Woodford, Director of Rural Health & Chair Rural Chronic Disease Committee) – Nov. 24, 2015 Please Note: Victoria County Represented on the Committee by the Coordinator of Municipal Physical Activity Strategy

Thank You for your on-going support of our (Ingonish Development Society) projects (Community Gym, Little Penguins and Blast Ball). We are hoping our efforts will help with the overall improvement of our community and what we have to offer residents” – Kyla Dunphy-Williams, Ingonish Development Society (Oct 13, 2015)

“Wonderful!  Warms my heart when there is more efforts (NEW Victoria County Trails Map) to help public to access trails and inform users well” – Natasha Warren, Physical Activity Coordinator (Provincial), Active Living Branch, Department of Health and Wellness (Se[t. 16/2015)

Looks (Navigation Course Information) good Vince. Nice work” – Minga O’Brien (Navigation Course Instructor Nov 14 & 15) – Nov. 9, 2015

Carla Mac KinnonThis (Santa’s Workshop, Bay St Lawrence 2014) is great my children really enjoyed this last year” – (Dec. 18, 2015)

Hi Vince, I appreciate the speedy response and I think highly of our Partnership and all the Great Work You Do! Talk soon” –  MORGAN BOOK, Project Coordinator, Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps

Hi Vince, I just wanted to thank you for all the hard work you have putting in to assist us here at the NVCC.  Thanks again” – Angela MacKinnon, Facility Development & Enhancement Coordinator, Northern Victoria Community Centre

“Thanks for all the work you’ve done to support Wagmatcook and other Mi’kmaw communities” – W  (Wayne McKay) Mi’kmaw Physical Activity Project Coordinator

Congratulations Vince. You have done a phenomenal job. Your emails are so informative and send out so quickly. I really appreciate you taking the time to keep us all informed” – Bernadette MacLellan, Doctors NS, Youth Runs, Fiddlers Run (Oct. 2, 2015)

“I am here to support you and love working with all the great sport organizations we have in Cape Breton” – Deano Morley, Cape Breton Community Sport Development Coordinator

“Lots of great volunteers and community effort within all of Cape Breton. There are many people on this island that want success and that isn’t always measured monetarily. Many say, and we all hear them, that the island is fading and there are less activities and things in general to do. Nope, not at all. So a big thank you to all involved and to Vince Forrestall and many many others who make these great things happen. Cape Breton is an amazing place to live in this crazy world so some have to embrace this and be open to change and enjoy our island because it’s pretty awesome” – Jason LeBlanc, Ingonish (

  • Margaret Rideout – “Very well said Jason”
  • Jason LeBlanc – “Well said and thanks again Vince Forrestall”
  • Tanya Hawley – “Thanks Vince! but you are a true gem behind the scenes that sometimes that no knows!!!! So THANK YOU for what you do North of Smokey!!!”
  • Kyla Dunphy-Williams – “Thank you Vince but without your support also- a lot of what has been accomplished so far would not have been possible! Thanks for recognizing Ingonish as a great example of a community of energy and leadership- onward and upward as they say wink emoticon”
  • Melissa Denise Fraser – “Well said smile emoticon”

“I would like to thank you personally for attending our workshop today. Community halls are very important  our communities and your attendance further demonstrates your commitment   to them ..  I personally learned much from our sharing today …..and…  I  firmly believe that by improving our communication and by working together…we can  help each other  achieve our success….. TOGETHER WE ARE MUCH STRONGER!!….. I look forward to your further participation . Thanks again” – Jim (Jim Eldridge)

“Vince ….thanks for your participation at our meeting today…..I firmly believe that we ( halls and the Municipality )  only by working  and communicating together can we move forward. …..Any help in improving our communication and in forming partneships is much appreciated Thanks again” – Jim Eldridge

Hike NS Summit Package from Victoria County – wonderful: 

Hello Vince – My thanks to you and Victoria County.  On September 23 – 25, 2016, I was able to make use of the Hike NS Summit Silent Auction (World Famous Cabot Trail) Package that was provided by Victoria County.  Thank heavens for a propane furnace in the Otentik.  It was such a nice evening.  We played cards, had some refreshments and enjoyed ourselves.  The rain kept us inside more than we would have been but the experience of the otentik was great.  My group consisted of my husband and I, and my sister and her husband, from Musquodoboit.  It was the first time for all of us to stay in Cape Breton National Park and our first otentik experience.  It was spacious, beautiful – looked brand new this season.  We stayed in the otentik in Cheticamp.  Although we initially thought it might be damp or cool in the otentik, it was too warm for anyone to consider sleeping on the upper bunk area.  Lots of room for all of us on the main level and a good temperature. Saturday morning  the weather was nice and we hiked the Acadian Trail – beautiful; no wildlife but great views and a dozen hikers.  Then we hiked the Skyline Trail.  It was 12 years since we were there.  What improvements!  We saw two moose on the trail – on the loop coming back, just when we thought we weren’t going to due to the many, many hikers. Just before getting to Baddeck, in Indian Harbour we saw a moose in a bog.  Another Kodak moment. We stayed at the Inverary Inn on Saturday night and by the time we arrived it was raining again.  We had a beautiful meal at the Baddeck Lobster Supper – we all ate too much.  Our room at the inn was very nice. Sunday morning we stopped at the Bean There Café and had breakfast before heading toward home. Again, thank you.  The details all came together and I do appreciate all the work that you put into making it work. Angelo said that if I get back next season I can make use of the sea kayak offer – wonderful! Looking forward to seeing you at the (Hiking) Summit in April 2017” – Nancy Veinot (Nov. 9, 2016)

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for attending this year’s Health Fair at CBU (Feb. 3, 2016).  We received a lot of positive feedback from students and staff on the various booths, and they felt the information you provided was very informative. Thanks once again for your participations, and we hope you’ll join us again next year!” – Dawn MacDougall, Dawn MacDougall, Executive Assistant, CBU Students’ Union (Feb. 5, 2016)

Nice comment from Yolande LeVert, Velo Cape Breton, Health Fair at CBU (Feb. 3, 2016) You are doing a great job in promoting physical activity in Victoria County” – Naturally Active Victoria County

“This is excellent! Great work!” (5-2-1-0 on-ice promotion at Baddeck Rink)  – Jennifer Kendrick, NS Health Authority (Sept. 17, 2015)

“Thanks Vince, great work! We really value and appreciate it! (GO-Girls Only After-school Time Period Funding 2015-16, Cabot School) Barb at Cabot :)” – Barb Costello, Principal, Cabot School, Neil’s Harbour (Sept. 28, 2015)

Thanks Vince, appreciate the speedy reply. Thanks again for helping out! The organizing committee and the Mammo Warriors really appreciate the support!” – Cyril MacDonald (Feb. 8, 2016)

Always welcome Vince, (CB Region to Receive $39,37100 (80%) for After-school Funding) without the work we wouldn’t have a job” – Natalie MacPherson, Administrative Assistant, Nova Scotia Health and Wellness, Active Living Branch (Oct. 14, 2015)

Good to hear about ‘Naturally Active’ Bring Back Pond Hockey this morning on CBC Radio. I like it. And a funny story…. After our last meeting in Wagmatcook, I stopped down the highway for lunch. I brought some of my ‘Naturally Active’ documents in with me. The waitress noticed and asked me if I was Vince Forrestall!! I said no, but I just met him, I would think the branding and awareness of the strategy has taken hold quite strong in Victoria County” – Larry Maxwell, Cape Breton Regional Representative, NS Health & Wellness Active Living Branch (Nov. 26, 2015); – “Wow! pretty cool. This is great news that the word is spreading” – Aron Ashton, Public Health, Physical Educator; “That’s terrific” – Eileen Woodford, Chair Naturally Active Partnership & Director of Rural Health

Hi Vince. (Sun) Gym looks good with the new floor and is also getting some use.  Thank you so much (Accessing Facilities Grant) There is even some left over for an exercise ball and replacements for a couple of boxing gloves.  It’s good to have all the repair behind us.  Hope to see you sometime this winter on some excursion“.  Margrit Gahlinger – Feb. 8, 2016 Bay St. Lawrence Health Society

I hope that they will support (Renewal of the Strategy). Certainly deserve it!” (Strategy Renewal Scheduled for June 13, 2016) – Julia Sable, Corporate Strategist, Youth and Entrepreneurship at NS Dept of Economic & Rural Development (Oct. 9, 2015)

“Way to go!!  Congratulations” (Municipality of Victoria County to Receive GOLD Workplace Wellness Award @ AMANS Conference 2015) – Eileen Woodford, Physical Activity Partnership Chair & Director of Rural Health (Oct. 10, 2015)

hi vince. i want to say THANK YOU very much for the generous money ($1,500) Naturally Active Victoria County gave the Sun Gym (at Bay St Lawrence Community Centre). it is very appreciated. hope you an your family have a great Christmas” – joanne.f. (Victoria County Resident) – Dec. 23, 2015

Subject: Re: Grant application (s) Approved – Accessing Facilities Grant: “Dear Vince.  Please accept the hug coming across cyberspace.  That money gives us enough to replace a couple of sets of boxing gloves which are in sad repair, maybe add an exercise ball.  The gym is getting attention from a broader base and I’m hoping for the best.  Would like to see it flooded with use.  I’ll take this week to get the gym ready for being away.  It looks wonderful with the new floor in.  – Margrit Gahlinger, Sun Gym – Bay St Lawrence

4th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge 2015

A Success

If we did not obtain the financial assistance from Naturally Active Victoria County, the county (Councilors Merrill MacInnis & Bruce Morrison) we would not make a profit. I had very few shirts left over. Its about changing sedentary life styles. As always thanks for your help. I couldn’t do it without you”  – Robin Stuart, Event Organizer & Naturally Active Victoria County Action Network (Strategy Implementation Team) Community Member

“Looks good Vince, Good job” (JCP-Job Creation Program, Facility Development & Enhancement Coordinator, Timeline Update: Northern Victoria Community Centre) –  Johnelle Gallant, Employment NS

(Northern Victoria Community Centre – Job Creation Funding Info) – “Thanks Vince for getting back to me so quick” – David Fraser (Nov. 20, 2015)

Thanks so much for info on Humes River Falls” – Jenna MacEachern (Aug. 21, 2016)

Once again, the Municipality of the County of Victoria raising the bar – not just here in Cape Breton, but province-wide. Congratulations” (It’s Official – Municipality of Victoria County to Receive Gold Workplace Wellness Award at Upcoming AMANS Conference) Larry Maxwell, Regional Representative – Cape Breton, Active Living Branch NS Department of Health and Wellness (Oct. 6, 2015)

“Lots of great things going on Vince, Great work, Congratulations to you and the participants” (JCP-Job Creation Program, Marketing and Data Entry Clerk Coordinators, Timeline Update: Cape Breton Connect) –  Johnelle Gallant, Employment NS

“Thank you Vince couldn’t do it without your support and positive attitude !!!!!! “ – Iris Kedmi, Cape Breton Connect Marketing Coordinator

Thanks so much (Healthy Snacks Assistance Fund for Bras d’Or Yacht Club Junior Sailing, Regatta Week 2016)” – Eileen Woodford (July 6, 2016)

“It’s been a pleasure of seeing all the wonderful programming you’ve been offering! I wanted to say that it’s been such a pleasure to support you with the ATB (After the Bell) -After School Time Period Program and to thank you for helping to increase physical activity levels in junior high girls in our rural areas. Ellen” – Ellen Polegato, Regional Physical Activity Consultant, Cape Breton, Active Living Branch, Department of Health & Wellness

“Vince-  this (Interest of Northern Victoria Community Centre Hosting 2016) is fantastic, it would be such a shame to see AHC (Across the Highlands Mountain Bike Event ) fold” – Andree Crepeau Nov. 23, 2015)

Strategy Update Session St. Ann’s – June 3, 2015


“Thank you for the invitation. Ella was so impressed and excited about the whole evening. She may try to contact you to pick your brain!!!” Thanks again – Deb (Debbie) MacLean, PDt

“HI Vince:  it was a pleasure to participate (Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy Review/Update Session, June 2015).  Happy to come up again, whenever the timing makes sense for you” -Elaine Shelton, NS Manager of Physical Activity (Strategy Update Session St. Ann’s June 3, 2015)

Good luck with keeping Victoria County active. You’re doing a great job” – Larry Gibbons, Resident-Middle River (Dec. 2, 2015)

Thanks for believing in the program (Accessing Facilities Grant for Men’s Basketball, Baddeck Academy Fri’s). If it wasn’t for you, it probably wouldn’t be as successful! Thanks again” – Jason Smith, Leader (Dec. 12, 2015)

Keep up the great work” – Wanda Hart MacLeod, Victoria County Resident (Jan. 26, 2016)

Vince … just wanted to say “good luck” (not that hard work needs good luck!) with this evening’s gathering (Strategy Update Session, June 3, 2015 St Ann’s Bay United Church Hall Tea Room with Partnership and VCAN-Implementation Team; Facilitator Victoria County Resident Ruth Schneider). You’ve worked diligently in providing leadership for the Strategy’s development and  implementation. GREAT WORK!” – Ellen/Ellen Polegato, Regional Physical Activity Consultant, Cape Breton

“Hello Vince, … great to see that Baddeck and Cabot are both still onboard with BaM Cape Breton! I always appreciate you checking in with the schools” – Ellen (Ellen Polegato, Regional Physical Activity Consultant, Cape Breton Active Living Branch, Department of Health & Wellness

“This (Unplug & Play Back to Nature Youth Rally (Wagmatcook: Apr 10 & 11, 2015) looks fantastic – congratulations to all the planners and I am sure the youth will have a great experience – and loads of fun! Looking forward to connecting more with your group and helping to get participants recognized in the Duke Award. Cheers” – Connie (Connie Miller), Executive Director | The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Nova Scotia

“Vince: It was great to have you and Jenna out for archery last evening. You shot well for your first try” – Stephen Kerr, President Bras d’Or Archers Association (Sept. 23, 2015)

“Great work to all the organizers! From the look of the itinerary, the youth will have a valuable weekend experience” – Ellen (Ellen Polegato), Regional  Physical  Activity  Coordinator,  Cape Breton

Thank you  for the funding information” – Rhoda MacCormick, (Ross Ferry Stewardship Society) – Nov. 20, 2015

“Hi Vince – You are most welcome! I don’t know how you managed to accomplish that detailed level of coordination –(Celebration of Strategy Oct. 20 & 21, 2014) from the big stuff, right down to the smallest detail.  But you did it. Vince, by doing what you do, and more importantly – how you do it – you are inspiring others in Cape Breton to achieve more. Or at least make an attempt to be bolder and not be afraid to reach for more. The level of awareness of ‘Naturally Active’ and the depth and breadth of engagement of partners is something you ought to be proud of. Cape Breton is fortunate to have you in our region” – Larry Maxwell, Cape Breton Regional Representative, NS Health & Wellness Active Living Branch (Oct. 28, 2014)

Vince we think very highly of you and all your initiatives and hard work you are a mover , shaker & an example of how to have a dream and works towards getting it. There are a lot of people in this community that appreciate and cherish what you did, do & will do for this community! You have a great supportive family Carolyn, Jenna & June and also all of us here in Baddeck. I personally wanted to thank you so much for your believe in me  & my capabilities and giving me the opportunity” – Iris Kedmi, Coordinator – Cape Breton Connect (Dec. 18, 2015)

4th Annual 2015 Trails Day in Victoria County A Success

Wagmatcook Fresh Fruit Fridays

“Friday May 15 was our final day of fresh fruit Friday’s. We had Mary, our community dietician, and Gary, produce manager from the Atlantic Super Store, graciously donate their time and meet with the students to reinforce the health benefits of eating fresh fruit and veggies. We would like to thank Mary and all the volunteers who have made our fresh fruit Friday’s possible. Thank you to the Victoria County Health Board and Naturally Active Victoria County for donating funds to make our program possible. We hope to have the program up and running again next year!!” Gloria MacAskill-Hart Administrative Assistant, Wagmatcookewey School

“Good work Vince! Re Council comments on the programs and strategy: I have heard nothing but positive comments from community members. Everyone very pleased with outcomes. I think if we can continue in the direction that you started then the programs will be a great success. It’s a very good sign when everyone I talk to knows who Vince is. Shows that you’ve spent the time to be involved in the communities and organizations. Keep up the great work Vince” – Cheers; Larry Dauphinee, Councillor District #6 – Municipality Of The County Of Victoria

“Keep up the good work Vince. We are lucky to have you in Victoria County” (March 24, 2015) – Robin Stuart, Englishtown (VCAN & Cabot Trail Relay, Mussel Fest, Dan MacDonald Race Organizer)

Hello Vince, Really like the activities I have been hearing about.  Humes river and the Highlands into Middle River.  Very nice.  Wish I could have been there for both.  Gold Brook to the mines would be a nice one too, pretty in the winter but better in the fall colors. I was at most of the free skates.  Kids loved it.  I would go for sponsoring something like that too – Scott, Midway Motors

“Keep doing what you’re doing” It’s great, lots of stuff going on” – Elyane Saul, VCAN

“This is an important initiative for health, also when talking of physical activity the importance of social well-being, very supportive of social, economic and physical well-being, explicit what you are talking about, I am supportive of the strategy and it’s in the right direction” – David Rasmussen, Bay St. Lawrence Meeting

Thanks Vince. Good work by all (Baddeck Clean-up 2015)” – Jim Morrow, Victoria Standard / “Good community family (Forrestall’s)!” (May 26, 2015), Thank You Errol, Appreciated: Back to You and Your Family for all you do for the community as well:

Naturally Active Victoria County 2014-15 Year End

(March 31, 2015) Summary

“Great!!” – Eileen Woodford, Chair/Strategy & Director of Rural Health, NS Health Authority

“Hi Vince,  I appreciate all your help in the past, current & future (” – Iris Kedmi, Coordinator (Nov. 23, 2015)

“NICE TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE THIS (Physical Activity Strategy for Victoria County) GETTING STARTED” – Andrew Van Dommelen (Boularderie)

Perfect thanks Vince I’ll  put some (Posters for Merry 7mas Skates) around” – Andrew MacDonald, Victoria Highland Civic Centre – Nov. 19, 2016


Navigation Course Fall 2015 A Success! (Nov. 14 & 15, 2015)

“Naturally Active Victoria County would like to thank Instructor Minga O’Brien and all participants on a job well done this past weekend Nov 14 & 15. Spring 2016 Session is full!

Learned many helpful and useful skills that I would not have been able to learn on my own; Absolutely – excellent material & Instructor-very informative & practical; Vince Forrestall was very helpful; Excellent was to navigate properly-great; This was a great course & presentation was well done-especially for beginners; Vince was quick to respond – it was clear as to everything needed to do / bring-easy/well done; Minga O’Brien/great instructor/knowledgeable/good pace of teaching/if needed clarification Minga provided further instruction were both extremely helpful/everything useful; and quick to respond via e-mail/prompt to my inquiries and info was promptly sent;-well done-perfect; Loved what we learned; We were given everything needed to exceed-wonderful; Great space (Facility) Comfortable-wonderful area to learn; It was great/perfect instruction, no complaints; Loved that we did mix of class work & work outdoors-cool to put into practice what you learned in class; A great learning experience, 100%-I was not too knowledgeable on this topic, I feel much more prepared to go on a hike; Fun/Informative/useful; an absolutely excellent wonderful course/learning experience; very well done/useful; Would highly recommend. Empowering as a woman taught by a woman; lots of fun; Thank You” – Testimonials from Evaluations

Hi Vince, Thanks for making the effort of coming to our Open House (Jan. 11, 2015) and bringing along your delightful daughter.  95 people signed in but I’m sure we missed a few people.  Nonetheless it was a great success” – Linda Murray, North Highlands Nordic

Thank you to Victoria County who have supported us through this transition and who played host to the staff” – Deano Morley (Sport NS), Former Managing of Cape Breton Connect (June to December 2016)

Thanks so much, Vince. You are so clearly dedicated to your work and care deeply about creating a healthier environment in Victoria County. Keep it up! We all need you to” – Warmly, Julia Sable, Nova Scotia Moves

“Was very impressed at the work you do and I’m wondering about your GO (Girls Only Program). Would like to know more about it” – C (Christa Dicks), Recreation Manager, CBRM

(Victoria County Municipal Council Approves Strategy May 27, 2013) -“Great news about your strategy:)” – Rhonda Lemaire, Executive Director-Rec NS -“great news !! CONGRADULATIONS” – Elaine Allison RNMN; Health Nurse Manager-Wagmatcook First Nation

-“Congrats that is awesome and look forward to more Collaborating in the future” – Aron Ashton Physical Activity Health educator, Public Health Services

Lots of smiles in the pics! Great work Vince & Team” (#For the Girls After-school Program Concludes Successful Winter/Spring Season 2014) – Larry Dauphinee, Councillor District #6

“Thank you very much for your support Vince. Cheers” ($500 Grant Approved-Ingonish Running Group) – Daniel Murray

“You do outstanding work in promoting what’s being done in Victoria County! “ – Ellen Polegato, Regional Physical Activity Coordinator, Cape Breton, Active Living Branch, Department of Health & Wellness

Remarks – Larry Maxwell, NS Health & Wellness (Active Living Branch) During “Celebration” of Strategy Oct 20 & 21, 2014:

” Good morning everyone. My name is Larry Maxwell. I’m the Regional Representative for the NS Department of Health & Wellness …(Active Living Branch). It is my pleasure to work day-in and day-out with people who dedicate their time and efforts to creating a healthier future. Our department has a cost-shared partnership with the Municipality of Victoria County to develop and implement the physical activity plan (Naturally Active Victoria County).

Good health is a shared responsibility and the partnership we’ve developed here in Victoria County is working very well. The future we want for our children, youth and citizens is to live long, happy, healthy lives. But many things threaten that future. Right across North America, we are struggling with a society that needs to be more active to secure that healthy future. And that’s exactly what we’re doing – together – here in Victoria County.

Vince Forrestall is doing a great job leading at the front of the physical activity plan. Fortunately, he also has a lot of support – the municipality’s CAO (Sandy Hudson) and the Warden and Council are behind the physical activity plan 100%. But it doesn’t stop there. I also want to acknowledge all of the community leaders, champions and volunteers at the local level. You are all doing an amazing job providing those opportunities and creating those conditions for people of all ages to be healthy and active.

There is a wonderful spirit of cooperation here in Victoria County. Everyone here today – the students and staff at these schools, your parents, community leaders, and our partners are an example of people coming together to get things done for the betterment of the community. I look forward to continuing to work with the Municipality and all of you”.  – All the best. Thank You. – Larry Maxwell, NS Department of Health & Wellness, Active Living Branch (Naturally Active Partnership)

Humes River Falls 2015

“Thanks, Vince, for the great pics! And thank you for all the work you do to make this sort of thing possible. That was a great day!” – Judy King (Resident).Back to Nature – Girls Outdoor Retreat at Cabot Shores: March 2014 GOOutdoorBACKTONATUREWinterRetreatMarch2014PDF

“I am glad we were able to support this very important initiative Vince. Keep me in the loop for other retreats. Thank you” – Craig Yorke, Staff Sgt Supervisor, RCMP Victoria County

“Hi There Vince, just dropping you a note to let you know that the session we did was a big hit. The girls were interactive and very comfortable with our leaders and the teachings. We look forward to working with you in the future”. – Angela Spinazzola, Mentoring in the Outdoors Leader.

“Your program (GO-Girls Only After-school) looks amazing! Great job!!” – Christa Dicks, CBRM Recreation Manager

Wow that’s great so many interested (Navigation Course Fall 2015).  Nice work on the promotion” – Minga O’Brien, Leader – (Nov. 11, 2015)

Awesome (Funding for Wagmatcookewey Girls Only After-school Program)!, Thanks again” –  Jackie MacLellan (Program Leader), Jan 15th, 2016

Baddeck Fitness Circuit

“The program is going great and we are even getting more people coming” – Kim Dixon

“Vince, you’re getting it done! AT and workplace wellness hot off the presses. Victoria County has been raising the MPAL bar and you folks should be proud of your accomplishments and advancements. Your municipality has been a very bright light in the Cape Breton Region and our MPAL program province-wide” – Larry Maxwell, Cape Breton Regional Rep, NS Dept Health & Wellness Active Living Branch

“You are doing excellent work!, Thanks” – Ann Marie McNeil, Washabuck Peninsula Rep, VCAN

“I thank you Marie Hawley for organizing yoga in Ingonish. Our first of 5 week sessions was attended by 30 people last night. It is when I glance around a room to see people on their mat breathing and flowing to their own yoga, my hearts swells with appreciation” – Namaste – Faye Chipchase, Certified Fitness Instructor (Naturally Active A Proud Supporter)

Wagmatcook Healthy Hearts Program

Thank you for your involvement in our children and youth this past year regarding Active & Healthy Lifestyles. The feedback I received from our participants and from their parents was very positive and supportive. Majority of our young boys came back to school asking when the next group outing will be.Thank you for introducing to our boys that there is so much out there for them to pursue in hobbies and in physical active living. Living in a small First Nation community has its restrictions and boundaries. Investment and commitment was vital to have a program likes this one take off the way it did. I believe this program brought many of our boys closer together. Many of the activities involved team work, communication, trust, physical endurance, etc. which I believe made this program such a hit. At the end of the day, the boys learned a lot and their parents were very impressed with the whole program. Our Chief and our elders were also very supportive of the 3 day workshops. Thank you for believing in our students” – Marjorie Pierro, Principal – Wagmatcookewey School, Wagmatcook,N.S.

Victoria County received some nice comments from Julia Sable, Dept. of Energy, after presenting our Victoria County Moves Project Update: “Thanks, Glad things are going so well. Fabulous job!” – Julia Sable, NS Dept. of Energy

“Good sunny morning Vince! Congratulations! That is fantastic news! We had our 1st Yoga Class @ Cape Smokey. Great turnout! Everyone is really excited to have it & the girls love that it was “GO”. Also Wagmatacookewey Yoga is going really well! Fantastic group of young people! They really want it. Thanks for everything Vince”. – Patsy MacKenzie, Yoga Instructor & VCAN (Victoria County Action Network) Strategy Implementation.

“Hat’s off to Baddeck Lions Club. Great participation and organization and Hat’s off to you Lion Vince (Forrestall) “Rookie of the Year” The amazing Lobster team set a new record time for serving, I do believe (Cabot Trail Relay 2015). Another Lions Club success in our community. Makes one proud to be a Lion” – Daniel T. Chaisson, Baddeck Lions Member

“Hi Vince Congrats on the nice article (One Step at A Time-Dec. 4, 2014: Cape Breton Post) in the Star you deserve it !!!!!, Cheers” – Iris Kedmi, Marketing Coordinator Cape Breton Connect

After the Bell, After-school Kids Yoga Programs at Baddeck Academy and Boularderie (Winter Spring 2015)

“Thanks Vince for all of your support!” – Patsy MacKenzie, Big Bras d’Or, VCAN Member and Yoga Instructor; Susan Martin I am impressed! / Women Unlimited What a fabulous initiative! Great turn out!

Thanks, (Capstick Manor Exercise program).  This may be some of the best money the county has spent” – Margrit Gallagher – March 20, 2015

Thrive After-school Funding Announced for Wagmatcookewy & North of Smokey Areas – Fall 2013: “Great news”! – Eileen Woodford, Chair-Naturally Active; CBDHA Director of Rural Health

Steps in Flight Walking Program

“Really Enjoying the Program” – Robyn MacLean, Participant

Tammy MacSween “So glad this is back. Will definitely be there with the kids!!”

December 10, 2015

Sharon McIntyre “We missed this! See you there!!”

December 10, 2015

Donald Hamm “Great news! Thanks Vince”

December 10, 2015

“The site looks amazing, congratulations! I am so impressed, keep up the good work!” – Rhoda MacCormick, Boularderie

Cape Breton Connect (Region On-line Database Hub Initiative)

“Vince, I know it been a lot of extra work on your end with this process, so I just want to say how much I appreciate your commitment to the CB Connect” – Ellen (Ellen Polegato, Regional Physical Activity Coordinator, Cape Breton Region-NS Dept of Health and Wellness)

Strategy Supports North of Smokey Elementary Schools Play Days

“Play Day was amazing! The children were so excited and were beaming from ear to ear! Thanks for all your help Vince. Have a great summer” – Cheryl MacDonald, Cape Breton Family Resource Centre (June 23, 2013-North of Smokey)

Uisge Ban Falls

“We went to Uisage Bahn Falls on Sunday evening. It was great! The scenery is amazing and next time we’ll take the longer River trail”. I look forward to trying out the other trails suggested. Thanks” Sarah Baldwin

“Great – two new members (CBHNP, NS Environment – Strategy Partnership) this week, good job” – Eileen Woodford, Partnership Chair

CBHNP will be happy to attend and continue its participation (Strategy Partnership) in this positive and exciting initiative (Strategy)”.

“Hi Vince: Good to hear from you and congratulations on all the success and recognition that  Naturally Active Victoria County is enjoying! We will certainly ensure continued CBHNP representation on the partnership Derek A/ Superintendent, CBHNP. Kelly Deveaux, our acting Visitor Experience Manager will attend to represent CBHNP.  I’ll try to join as well but may not be available” – Derek Quann, CBHNP

Naturally Active Presents to Victoria County Community Health Board

“Thank you Vince. I enjoyed your presentation (Naturally Active Update) at the Gaelic College – Victoria County Health Board. Sincerely” – Stephanie Kirste

“I have been advertising the Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Weekend Challenge again Keep up the good work. Your efforts on maintaining a healthy and fit life style has been exemplary” – Robin Stuart, VCAN Rep for Englishtown

“You’re doing good work in the county Vince. Glad you came to Cape Breton with your family” – Larry Maxwell, Cape Breton Regional Rep-NS Health & Wellness

“Hello Vince, A great piece on the “one-and-only-one” in Saturday’s Cape Breton Post!” – Ellen Polegato, Regional Physical Activity Coordinator, Cape Breton Region

“Vince (Recreation Nova Scotia Conference, Sydney, NS 2013: Chair-Tradeshow & Grant Potter Hockey) Appreciate the kind words and all the great work that you did. It’s been my pleasure. Will be up to see you with a little Thank-You” – Frank Bruleigh, Chair 2013 Recreation Nova Scotia Conference

Bridging the Gap Conference in Membertou

“Thanks for coming to Bridging the Gap! I am very happy that you are doing the job in Victoria County. They are lucky to have you! Wayne :)” -Wayne McKay, Physical Activity Coordinator, Cape Breton Region

“I really enjoyed your presentation yesterday because of the program and your target group plus how you gave me an understanding how some projects such as GO (Girls Only) can take off. I look forward to being part of those type of projects and working collaboratively and being one of the characters in your presentation since we live so close to your area and Wagmatcook. I also enjoyed it because of how you got in contact with a mikmaw community and included them in your “Girls Only concept”. Again thanks”. – Jason Bernard- MKPAL – Waycobah

“Thank you so much. It was an exceptional morning indeed. Such a wealth of information you have to share, and so generously too. I am most grateful for your help. With these links and contact names you have given me, you have cut my research time at least in half. I just knew that you were the right person to talk with – Mona Anderson, Victoria Standard

“I loved it! Well done” – After the Bell Provincial Meeting: Cape Breton Programs Presentation from the Assembly: Victoria County GO (Girls Only) Program – Eileen Woodford, Chair-Naturally Active; CBDHA Director of Rural Health

I’d like to share a neat After The Bell Presentation that Ellen Polegato, Regional Physical Activity Coordinator (Cape Breton Region) did at the Provincial Assembly in Truro last week summarizing our after-school programs in Cape Breton Region: (*Must play all three videos separate!)

Thanks to Vince (County Naturally Active Victoria County Coordinator) and Tom (Victoria county rec and tourism)

This fall (2014) we will be having Gaelic lessons, sending 3 volunteers away for tumblebugs training for out little people, training our own swimming instructor for our community, the list goes on and. On we at the centre and many other organizations in our area owe a big thank you to these two gentlemen their continued support is appreciated and essential……thanks Tom & Vince!

“Thanks for the photos Vince. Also thanks for instigating this walk (Wreck Cove Hydro Snowshoe 2013)…it was fun…and beautiful”. – Marcelle Lavoie, Guide

“Thanks for facilitating. It was great to have you and that perspective (Physical Activity) as part of the program at CBDHA Rural RendezVous 2013” – Eileen Woodford, Chair-Naturally Active; CBDHA Director of Rural Health

“Thanks, Vince!!! It was a great experience and a lot of wonderful people…thanks for jump starting the opening of the gym! Thanks a million!!” – Trent Austen, Leader of Baddeck Community Wellness Room

“I appreciated all the help and guidance you gave to me the last 6 months, perhaps something else will come along next year, and that you can keep me in mind, thanks” – Jennifer Westhaver, Smokey Rec Society Programmer

“BY the way, thank you for hooking me up with Tom. I thought the coaching clinics went well. We now have 10 youth qualified to coach u-6, u-8. And a couple of parents too! The grant we received was a big help!! – Elyane Saul, Baddeck & Area Soccer 2014

YOGA: Residents North of Smokey had an amazing experience of learning yoga from two knowledgeable and passionate Certified Yoga Instructors: Patsy MacKenzie and Faye Chipchase, for four weeks in May. Participants were encouraged to go at their own pace, listen to their body and breathe. Thank you to Ski Cape Smokey for the use of the facility, the Ingonish Triathlon for organizing the sessions and Naturally Active Victoria County for providing financial support to make the sessions possible!

“Hats off to you on your recent award 2014 Jacques. Well deserved” – Vince / “Thanks Vince. It’s a team work! YOU included..” Jacques Cote  Velo Cape Breton

“I am happy to promote this (NSYCC job postings: 2 Nature Ambassadors) and the position in Wagmatcook (Physical Activity Coordinator) for you. Who says there is no work in VICTORIA COUTNY? It is all what you make of it Thanks Vince for all your hard work” – Melanie Garland , Baddeck Employment Centre

Hi Vince: Thanks for sharing (Walkabout Walkability Awards and Save the date Walkability Workshop)” – Ann Marie MacNeil (VCAN-Victoria County Action Network) Strategy Implementation Team, October 5, 2016

“I get to work longer with wonderful folks like you!!” – Ellen Polegato, Regional Physical Activity Coordinator, Cape Breton, Active Living Branch, Department of Health & Wellness

“You are doing a great job and I commend you for it. Take care” – Robin Stuart, Englishtown

“Congratulations! Hard work does pay off! Will get this in the next issue” (Victoria County to receive GOLD Building a Healthy You Municipal Wellness Award 2015) – Jim Morrow, Victoria Standard (Sept. 25, 2015)

“I thank you Marie Hawley for organizing yoga in Ingonish. Our first of 5 week sessions was attended by 30 people last night. It is when I glance around a room to see people on their mat breathing and flowing to their own yoga, my hearts swells with appreciation” – Namaste – Faye Chipchase, Certified Fitness Instructor (Naturally Active is a Proud Supporter)

“Thanks, Vince! I really enjoyed the day yesterday (Population Health Day Panel Presentation Nov. 20, 2014 – Accessing Facilities as a Cape Breton Region)! I made a lot of new connections for follow up. And a lady from one of the schools here asked to meet with me soon about a new project she has in mind. So it was all good!” – Colleen Clare, CBRM MPAL

“Wow, thanks Vince.  I appreciate it” – Jane Gesner, Instructor – Zumba Cape Breton on Accessing Facility Grant for access to Baddeck Academy School for community-use

I appreciate all the work you do and support provided to me” – L. MacInnis Yoga: Dec. 13, 2015

“Vince, thanks for working with us! This is something that I can always count on when working with Victoria County. Thanks Vince” – Aron Ashton, Physical Activity Educator, Public Health Services

“It is not just an online presence that is making this strategy work. The work that Vince has done for Vic. Co. is something I can hardly wrap my head around”. – Jennifer Morrison, Former VCAN Member

“We have 4 of the leading experts in the field of community engagement and recreation!!! We can give the audience another 5 minutes to comment on all the great work that you guys are doing!!” – Aron Ashton, Panel Facilitator, Population Health Day (Nov. 20, 2014) Physical Activity Educator, Public Health Services

“They sure know how to do it out there in Vic. County. They have some pretty outgoing people doing some terrific work there. Keep it up Vince. I’m there whenever you need me”. – Aron Ashton,  Physical Activity Educator, Public Health Services

“Vince has once again passionately driven us towards the next goal (Humes River Falls)” – Jonathan Saul, BNTA – Biosphere Northeast Trails Association

Hi Vince, As for the trail maintenance (St. Ann’s Trail Improvements Project), it’s completed as of last week, and it’s getting rave reviews from landowners for excellent work by the two-man team. Gordie Kennedy is highly recommended by everyone. Overall, a very good project. I’m in the midst of collecting all information for final reports (I hope to hand deliver one to Larry Maxwell on the 16th), and will copy you in on both of them once I’ve got them written. Thanks so much for your help!” – Ruth Schneider, St. Ann’s Bay Health Group

Thrive! After school (After the Bell) Funding Announced 2014-15:

($9,120 for Victoria County Fall/Winter 2014-15)

“Great feedback and.great work. Thanks Vince” – Eileen Woodford, Chair of Strategy Partnership

“Great job you are doing. If there is anything I can do at this end just let me know. I am a big supporter of being physically active” – Leona Donovan Stockley, North Victoria Library

“Hi Vince,   I just want to let you know that I have completed the Group Fitness Instructor Course. I want to thank you again for your assistance with this program. I have only just received my certificate late last night so today I will be working on insurance and venues for January. I am very much excited to begin classes and begin helping people be the best they can be!! Attached you will find a copy of each certificate I have received. Thanks again”Sheena Dixon, Ingonish



“This project has greatly improved the trail infrastructure in our community. The Health Group has been pleased to work with the Victoria County Municipality, Naturally Active Victoria County, and Nova Scotia’s Department of Health and Wellness, Community Recreation Capital Program to achieve it” – Ruth Schneider, St. Ann’s Health Group Society  

January 15, 2015: “Enclosed is the final report for the St. Ann’s Bay/North Shore Trails Improvement Project. The trails are definitely being used, and we thank Vince Forrestall of Naturally Active Victoria County and Municipal Council for your help in completing this project. We’ve had between twelve and thirty people on each Saturday Community Hike since November, and the numbers seem to be growing. Landowners are happy, our trail team is pleased with the work they completed, and the Health Group is delighted at the number of hikers who are turning out for the improved trails. Please pass our thanks on to those who were responsible” – Sincerely – Ruth M. Schneider, Chair, St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group

“Vince. Thanks for all the info. The bike idea I’ve said for years. I think it’s a great idea and promotes like crazy, the two destinations. I’m meeting with our group again next week on Monday. I will be bringing this up. Thanks Vince. What you do for the island is incredible and it shows. A lot of people talk about what you do. And I have the upmost respect for that. So thanks again. And I will be in touch once I chat with the society:)” – Jason Leblanc – Ingonish Development Society and Coastal Restaurant Co-owner

Thank you for contributing to the list of AT assets! Ellen” – Ellen Polegato, Regional Physical Activity Consultant, Cape Breton Active Living Branch, Department of Health & Wellness

MacLeod Brook Nature Reserve Snowshoe“Hi Vince. Hope you enjoyed the walk (MacLeod Brook Nature Reserve Snowshoe-4th Annual Winter ActiveFest) today (March 1, 2015). Here is a photo I took from the walk today. Great weather and nice turnout. Nice job organizing Winter Fest” – Minga O’Brien, Hiking Guide


“Active Living in Victoria County – Through the Eyes of Naturally Active (Physical Activity Strategy Inc. 2011) Presentation



Seemed to go well with memorabilia passed out. Thank You Everyone who attended the Presentation March 26, 2015 at Baddeck Library: Received a nice testimonial from a participant last night: “You do a great job for this county with enthusiasm that I never seen before, hope others will follow, that’s the only way we can thrive on this unique island” – Iris Kedmi, Marketing Coordinator, Cape Breton Connect

Good Morning Vince: We very much enjoyed your presentation at the library last week. How long is the Naturally Active program scheduled to run?  I’m hoping it’s indefinitely – Mona Anderson, The Victoria Standard

“Active Living in Victoria County – Through the Eyes of Naturally Active (Physical Activity Strategy Inc. 2011) Presentation


Seemed to go well with memorabilia passed out. Thank You Everyone who attended the Presentation April 21, 2015 at North Victoria Library: Received a nice testimonial from a participant last night: “You are certainly on the right track” – Leona Stockley, Librarian

“Vince I have one thing to say and one suggestion ok. You are a good man and remember that ok” – A. (Amy MacKinnon), Bay St Lawrence Community Centre“Hi Vince, Some of the GO group (Wagmatcookewey School After-school program,) went snowshoeing on the trail behind the school today. It was awesome –  and the weather was beautiful. Thought I’d send a few pictures along your way” – Jackie (Leader)

“Good evening, Here are a few photo’s from my Kids Yoga participating in the after-school After the Bell Programs at local schools Boularderie and Baddeck in Victoria County in Partnership with Naturally Active Victoria County, Victoria County, NS Thrive, CBVRSB, ns health and wellness active living branch. They are going really well. – # 1 and #2 are Boularderie School. They loved their hoodies! Thank you! – #3 and #4 are Baddeck School. What a great group of Kids! as always, Thank you!” – Patsy MacKenzie, Program Leader

“Thanks again for making me a part of your strategic planning and implementation programming! It has been quite a ride and thank you for the acknowledgement!! I look forward to future collaboration” – Aron Ashton, Public Health Physical Educator and VCAN (Victoria County Action Network – Implementation Team) Strategy Member

“ACBC Partnership-It’s been great growing with you!” – Ellen Polegato, Regional Physical Activity Consultant, Cape Breton Active Living Branch, Department of Health & Wellness

“You certainly are a dedicated Activity Coordinator for the County” – Lloyd Stone, Resident (Sept. 25, 2015)

I have had lots of good feedback already!” (Baddeck Academy Kids After-school Yoga Program Fall/Winter 2015-16) – Patsy MacKenzie, Certified Yoga Instructor

Thanks Vince and we’ll flip these same acknowledgements (Well done. Appreciate your efforts, leadership, expertise, commitment to HERSS in Victoria County which was on display last night and showed. You and your organization (s) both should be commended on your preparedness and presentation leading to the approval of the draft HERSS in VC. Nice turnout of the working group and always nice to hear the nice comments) back to yourself too! Like I said before, our commitment to this initiative showed through last night, seeing as how we were able to put the presentation and the draft policy together in such short notice. It shows a lot of resourcefulness on our part and you’re right, we all can be commended, Thanks again for making me a part of this great project!!” – Aron Ashton, Physical Educator, NS Health Authority Eastern Zone Public Health (July 26, 2016)

Physical Activity Strategy Official Copy – Naturally Active Victoria …”I strongly support this program. It is wonderful to read and witness all the activities among the young and old enjoying with good leadership. Keep you the good work, Vince” – Mary Vandommelen-Ivey commented on Strategy (Oct. 6, 2015)

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