Cape Breton Connect Active For Life


We are your gateway to information about Active Living on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – This is the starting point for families to find recreation, sport, and physical activities in Cape Breton, Inverness, Richmond, and Victoria County

Cape Breton Connect & NS Connect is a collaborative initiative, supported by several partners who are working to create a comprehensive online directory of active living opportunities for residents and visitors. The goal of this initiative is to make it easier and more convenient to find out what is going on in Victoria County and across Cape Breton Island.

Once completed, the Cape Breton Connect will allow our residents & visitors to have access to information on recreation, sport & physical activity at their fingertips!

Supporting partners are the NS Department of Health & Wellness Active Living Branch, CBRM, Town of Port Hawkesbury, Municipalities of the County of Inverness, Richmond County, Victoria County & Sport NS.

It is anticipated that the Cape Breton Connect will officially launch June 2017. Until that time, you may hear talk of the initiative from our Physical Activity and Recreation Departments. For further information, please contact: Vince Forrestall , Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator, E-mail: / Tel: 902.295.3661 / Fax: 902.295.1864

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with the Cape Breton Active for Life Connect Partnership Welcomes Intern Laurena Fraser


Laurena Fraser: Cape Breton Connect Intern,  Cape Breton Connect:

(Jan 9 – March 31, 2017) who’ll be updating records of Victoria County on the Initiative (Searchable hub of physical activity, sports, leisure, social, etc.) before launching in June 2017!

3 others hired as well in Cape Breton including a Coordinator. Laurena works out of the Northern Victoria Community Centre, Cape North

Increase accessibility to active living opportunities for Nova Scotians by increasing awareness and use of regional active living online databases – connect project brief (Fall 2014)

Cape Breton Connect Active For Life

The Active Cape Breton Communities Partnership is a public, internet-based, searchable directory available to all residents and visitors of the Cape Breton Region (Island) whereby up-to-date information can be accessed on active living opportunities relating to physical activity, sport and recreation programs, resources, facilities and services in communities.

The active living directory is known as the Cape Breton Connect (CBC) and serves to increase participation in active living through increased awareness of opportunities. (Examples of Connect directories in other regions of Nova Scotia can be found at  and )


Cape Breton Connect “Active For Life” Hub Update (Jan. 12, 2016):

CBRM is now Managing (Jan. to Sept. 2016) led by Christa Dicks, Recreation Manager.

NS Dept Health & Wellness Active Living Branch assisted with funding to see the project through to December 25, 2015. DHW recognizes the importance of this project, the benefit it will have for all residents of Cape Breton and also the amount of effort, energy and collaboration that has taken place among partners and to support the momentum.

CBRM is also the Financial Host & Manager of Staff.

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)

Iris Kedmi, Past Coordinator of the Project (Completed Position Dec. 25, 2015), was very busy with training, working with municipalities and gathering info for the database. She worked for Victoria County under a JCP (Job Creation Program, Employment NS) to support her position.

Past Marketing Coordinator with Cape Breton Connect, Iris Kedmi gave an introductory interview with Steve Sutherland, CBC Sydney Morning Radio, on the initiative benefiting Cape Breton Residents and Visitors.

Nova Scotia Connect “Active For Life”

NS Connect –

Managing Director: Janet Barlow

  • There is Management Team Across the Province


Courtesy of Council was extended to Iris Kedmi, Marketing Developer & Coordinator, Cape Breton Connect; Ellen Polegato, Regional Physical Activity Coordinator, Nova Scotia Health and Wellness; and Vince Forrestall, Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator.

Mr. Forrestall thanked Council for the opportunity to present on the Cape Breton Connect Partnership Initiative.

Ellen Polegato indicated that the Cape Breton Connect Initiative is a partnership initiative between CBRM, the Town of Port Hawkesbury, the Municipalities of Inverness, Richmond and Victoria, Sport Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

Their mission is “To educate, inspire and empower residents and visitors on Cape Breton Island to be “Active for Life”. The website & user friendly database will provide a one stop shop that offers up to date information and opportunities related to recreation, sport and physical activity.”

Ms. Polegato indicated that the ultimate purpose of Cape Breton Connect is to help increase participation in sport, recreation and physical activities through an awareness of active living opportunities. There will be an internet-based, searchable directory whereby the public can access up-to-date information on active living. Connect is recreation, sports, outdoor recreation, active transportation, professional development/leadership opportunities and funding opportunities.

Iris Kedmi advised that she and Devon Pierre are the two JCP Program employees for Cape Breton Connect. Devon Pierre does Data Entry and is responsible to collect and enter data from the partners, collect missing data, train municipal staff and support partners after staff training. Iris Kedmi is the Marketing Developer & Coordinator and she is responsible to build the website, develop and implement the strategic marketing plan, coordinate the CB Connect launch and administrative tasks.

The launch date for the website was questioned on Ellen Polegato indicated the target date is December 2015/January 2016. The maintenance of the database and the responsibility for this maintenance was discussed.

After further discussion, Warden Morrison extended a thank you for the presentation and information provided and requested that updates be provided to Council in future.

Two 1 Year “JCP” Positions (Naturally Active Jan. 5, 2014 – December 2015)
Old Post Office Baddeck – 532 Chebucto Street 
JCPProgramEmployeesOldPostOffice(L) Devon & Iris (R)
  •  Iris Kedmi – Cape Breton Connect Marketing Coordinator
  • Devon Pierre – Cape Breton Connect Data Entry Coordinator
Naturally Active Victoria County appreciated having these new positions provided by Employment NS (NS Labour & Advanced Education) through the Job Creation Program (JCP) benefiting residents through increased leadership and the development of an on-line data base for the Cape Breton Region – Cape Breton Connect.Further information forthcoming as initiatves come together.

Naturally Active Victoria County is a proud Partner of Cape Breton Connect and Partner in Your Health:

-NS Dept of Health & Wellness Active Living Branch

-Sport NS

-Victoria County

-Naturally Active Victoria County


-Inverness County

-Richmond County

-Port Hawkesbury

-Employment NS (NS Labour & Advanced Education)


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