Get Active Cape Breton E-News

Get Active Cape Breton E-News

Issue 10

January 19, 2017

Welcome to the Get Active Cape Breton E-News.  In this newsletter, you will find news, research, job postings, events and other items related to the world of physical activity in Cape Breton.  If you would like to include any items in the newsletter, please send them to me by email.  Also, please follow Get Active Cape Breton on Facebook. Thanks!


Winter Walk Day is coming

1 FEBRUARY is Winter Walk Day across Canada. It’s the perfect opportunity for parents and kids to get outside together and stretch their legs.

For tips on how to dress for winter walking and ideas for celebration events, visit Active and Safe Routes to School. You’ll find Winter Walk Day resources available for download, including posters, sample announcements, and sticker templates.

Schools celebrating Winter Walk Day in February can register their event online and receive a certificate of participation from Canada Walks: Follow Canada Walks on Twitter (@CanadaWalks) or Facebook for regular Winter Walk Day news and updates. Don’t forget to share your experiences with the hashtag #WinterWalkDay and #WalktoSchool



Winter Walk Day photo contest

SHARE THE magic of your winter walking experiences by entering our Winter Walk Photo Contest. Entry is simple: submit your photo to the contest by posting it on Facebook, Twitter OR Instagram with the hashtag #winterwalkphoto any time before the end of March 2017. You can also submit your photo by email at

Canada Walks will review the entries each month and feature the most inspiring photos in subsequent newsletters for subscribers across Canada to enjoy.




Take the roof off winter

NOVA SCOTIA is promoting winter walking with its Take the Roof Off Winter campaign. Schools and youth groups can register to receive promotional materials and be entered into a draw to win one of two Mountain Equipment Co-op $50 gift cards. More information here.

CBC news : Inside a Halifax gym where you’re never too old to start With many people resolving to get in shape this time of year, one gym in Halifax’s north end makes fitness easier for seniors, including those with dementia, to get in shape.


Shared from the CBC News App for iPad





Support America Walks



Learn and Engage with America Walks in 2017!


America Walks is excited to announce our 2017 Webinar Series. Join us on the second Wednesday of each month as we explore the topics, questions and resources that are critical to building the walking movement.


Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information on each webinar!


 Click Here to Learn More About the Webinars


America Walks 2017 Webinars


Series 1: Walkable Communities in the 21st Century

The walking movement is growing and so is the definition of what is incorporated in walkability. Explore the power and possibility of walking and walkability as we look at Walkable Communities in the 21st Century.

  • Beyond the First Step: The Many Benefits of Walking and Walkability (January 11) – Register Here!

Series 2: The Great Outdoors

The benefits of walking outdoors and engaging with nature are well-documented. How do we create environments and communities that offer the opportunity to be physically active outside? What possibilities does this work offer to engage new partners, expand our thinking and explore new areas of walkability.

  • Exploring the Outdoors: Partners in Outdoor Spaces (April 12) –  Register Here! 

Series 3: The 2017 National Walking Summit 

Ahead of the 2017 National Walking Summit in St. Paul, MN, we want to offer our network exclusive access to inside looks and up to date information on the exciting developments.

  • A City in Transformation: A Look at St. Paul, MN (July 12) –  Register Here! 

Series 4: What’s Ahead for the Walking Movement 

We expect 2017 to be a big year for the walking movement. What can we do to prepare for the future and make sure the walking movement continues to grow and develop? These webinars will explore some of the ideas, resources and partnerships available to prepare the walking movement for 2018 and beyond.

  • Creating Vibrant Communitites with the Community in Mind: Development and Gentrification (November 8) – Register Here!


 Click Here to Learn More About the Webinars



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Tel: (503) 610-6619


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Skating through the woods: thousands flock to new woodland skating path


Hike NS Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series 2017

Hike Nova Scotia and 33 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2017 Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series in January, February and March. There are over 50 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Most hikes are free and require pre-registration unless otherwise indicated in the schedule. Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as NS Trails and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support. Check out the list of events here:




Master of Ed in Leadership: Focus on Outdoor Education
The St. FX Faculty of Education plans to offer a province-wide Master of Education in Leadership with a focus on Outdoor Education for qualified in-service teachers and administrators beginning in the summer of 2017. Educators will develop their curricular planning and instructional leadership abilities in relation to outdoor and experiential education. Learn more here.



Racism, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Cultural Safety


Shelagh Rogers interview with Senator Murray Sinclair

January 26, 2017

10:30am – 12:00pm PST

1:30 – 3:00pm EST


We pleased to invite you to attend our upcoming webinar in the Indigenous Cultural Safety Learning Series.


Racism, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Cultural Safety


Shelagh Rogers interview with Senator Murray Sinclair

January 26, 2017

10:30am – 12:00pm PST

1:30 – 3:00pm EST


To register for the webinar, please fill out the online registration form:


About the Presenters:


Senator Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25years. He was the first Aboriginal Judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second. He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015. On April 2, 2016 he was appointed to the Senate of Canada. He served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Manitoba. He was very active within his profession and his community and has won numerous awards, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Manitoba Bar Association’s Equality Award (2001) and its Distinguished Service Award (2016).


A veteran broadcast journalist, Shelagh Rogers is the host and a producer of The Next Chapter, an award-winning CBC Radio program devoted to writing in Canada. In 2011, she was named an Offi­cer of the Order of Canada for promoting Canadian culture, and for her volunteer work in the fields of mental health, adult literacy and reconciliation. Reconciliation is a passion for Rogers and in 2011, she became an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. She is the co-editor of two books “Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential School” and “Reconciliation and the Way Forward”. She was the 2014 recipient of the Queen’s University Alumni Humanitarian Award.


Thank you everyone and looking forward to seeing you online on the 26th!



Discover whether a facilitated waiver program increased program participation in a blog of new findings from Active Living Research.


Wayne McKay

Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant

Office: (902) 563-3751

Cell: (902) 574-3227

Call for Winter 2017 Guided Snowshoe Hikes



Call for Winter 2017 Guided Snowshoe Hikes

Deadline: December 21, 2016

Once again, Hike NS invites groups across NS to partner with it on delivering winter guided snowshoe hikes in January, February and March of 2017. The purpose of the event series is to: 1) get more people in NS hiking and snowshoeing; 2) highlight local trails and increase their use; and 3) promote Hike NS and local trail groups. Hike NS will help promote events, provide a how-to guide and provide trail prizes to giveaway.


If you and your local municipality or organization can organize a snowshoe hike (or already plan to host a hike), please register your event here by December 21, 2016 for events between January 14 and March 12, 2017. Note that one organization may register only up to five hikes. Thank you!



We’re also looking to update our Where to Borrow, Rent or Buy snowshoes guide found here: So please let us know if it needs updating. Thanks.


Most Influential Women List 2016 Nominate an influential woman today!

Each year, we shine a spotlight on exceptional women in sport and physical activity annually with the Most Influential Women List. The List is made up of leaders, game-changers and builders, recognizing them for their achievements and their contributions to a stronger sport and physical activity system for all Canadians.    For more information on the program and how to nominate, visit our websiteDeadline for submitting nominations: December 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST.



WISE Fund Application process opening November!

The Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund was created to support women leaders’ development and organizations that are currently offering or creating diverse opportunities and programming, along with positive experiences for girls and women in sport and physical activity. Ten recipients will receive a grant of $1000 each to support professional development or programming. CAAWS will be accepting applications beginning on November 21, 2016. Visit the CAAWS Website for more information about the WISE Fund.

New Walking Group at Greenlinks Trail


Making Tracks: Walking Safety Leader Training Session




Making Tracks: Walking Safety Leader Training Session

with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry


This session will provide adults and older youth with the safety knowledge and skills they need to lead the Making Tracks Walking Safety program with youth and children in their community.  It will also provide participants with the tools to become more confident, knowledgeable and skilled pedestrians.  Topics covered will include general safety, preparedness, rules-of-the-road and etiquette, choosing a walking buddy and walking route, and community awareness and safety.  At the end of the session all of the skills participants have learned will be put into practice with a pleasant community walk.


Date: Wednesday, November 23rd

Time: 3:30pm-7:30pm

Location: Municipal Building Port Hawkesbury, Shannon Studio Room, 606 Reeves St., Port Hawkesbury, NS

Required: Suitable clothes for the weather; snacks; water

Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required

Registration: To pre-register or for more information contact Wayne McKay at or 902-563-3751.


JULIAN WEST, Making Tracks Coordinator

tel. 902.538-0520 (Berwick)



NSCC Recreation for Healthy Communities Program (RECH) The RECH program was launched this fall.  Thus far we are most pleased with the results of the program renewal experience.  Thanks to all of our community/ industry partners, we feel we have designed a relevant, quite fantastic,  post secondary experience for future graduates entering the Recreation practitioner work force.   Now it is time to get the word out to our prospective students, and we welcome your assistance in this endeavor.


Kids’ Run Club Stakeholder Update Kids’ Run Club Kicks Off 13th Year

Doctors Nova Scotia is excited to be offering Kids’ Run Club (KRC) to schools and community groups across the province again this year. Thanks to volunteer coaches at 270 schools, 17,500 children and youth got active through running last year. We’re looking forward to seeing even more kids running this year.



• 17,500 participants from 270 schools and groups, including 61 new schools

• All Nova Scotia school boards/regions participated, including the Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, which had students at five schools running

• 85% of KRC schools were elementary schools

81% of elementary schools in Nova Scotia took part in KRC last year

• 11 junior/senior high schools implemented the girls-only program

• KRC representatives made almost 200 school visits throughout Nova Scotia, meeting with coaches and offering healthy-living presentations and running clinics for students

• The @KidsRunClub_DNS Twitter follower count grew by more than 1,000, allowing KRC reps to engage directly with schools, parents, runners and the general public

• Doctors Nova Scotia distributed more than 17,500 running logs and finisher’s prizes and 450 running shirts for coaches

• 14 students from Dalhousie Medical School got involved with KRC, coaching students in programs at two schools in Halifax and assisting with programming at two schools in Cape Breton

• The Alberta Medical Association and Ever Active Schools, which offer a running program based on KRC, also had a very successful year, helping 22,000 Alberta youth get active

• With help from Doctors Nova Scotia, the Ontario Medical Association introduced its own Kids’ Run Club in partnership with the provincial physical and health educators’ association OPHEA


PLANS FOR 2016–17

    • Continue promoting active, healthy lifestyles to thousands of Nova Scotia youth through KRC
    • Continue finding ways to improve KRC, ensure the program is achieving its goals and determine its value going forward. Doctors Nova Scotia will be conducting a comprehensive program evaluation which will include stakeholder consultation, so watch for more information about this soon
  • Introduce a modified KRC that can be implemented during PE or by classroom teachers that supports Nova Scotia Department of Education Learning Outcomes
  • Provide KRC running visors to thank coaches for their leadership in implementing KRC
  • Engage even more Dalhousie Medical student volunteers to support KRC at various schools throughout Nova Scotia





November Enews





Funding Sources
Family Nature Clubs The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) now has funding available to US and Canadian families and groups to support them in connecting more families to nature. Learn more here.


Lucky Duck Lotto Recreation Nova Scotia’s Lucky Duck Lottery is designed for non-profit groups – school clubs, sports teams, theatre groups, choirs, etc. – to raise funds without costing the organization anything. Learn more here.




Featured: Nature Playbook
Developed by the Canadian Parks Council, The Nature Playbook is a strategy to connect young people with Nature in Canada. Meant to guide and inspire actions that all Canadians can take to connect a new generation with Nature, it features seven strategies or “plays.” Just as the plays in a coach’s playbook spark movement and bring the team together, The Nature Playbook is designed to inspire action—bringing Canadians into the Nature game.


NS Outdoor Network| Recreation Nova Scotia ||







Setting a marathon record at age 85, training in a cemetery and 20-year-old racing shoes: 20 Questions with Ed Whitlock


Vicki Hall, National Post Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ed Whitlock is hardly hibernating after setting a new world record in the 85- to 89-year-old age category on Sunday

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