2015-16 (Year 5 End Report/Highlights)




Your Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy Working For You!
Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011):


2015-16 Initiatives in Partnership Benefiting Our Residents & Visitors – Physical Activity & Healthy Eating:

Leadership Development:

FitEast CanFitPro Training in Hfx – 1 Community Leader
ISSA International Sports Science Assoc Fitness Nutrition Certification – 1 Community Leader
50 hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training Program – 1 Community Leader
Chakra Ma, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Course – 1 Community Leader
Hatha Yoga Certification – 1 Community Leader

-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County provided 1 Position (Physical Activity Leadership Outreach Coordinator) 6 months in Partnership with Employment NS “JCP” Job Creation Program : Supported position to attend the 2015 NS Fitness Expo (Halifax)

-NCCP Archery Level 1 Coaching Course: 1 Community Leader

Ingonish Fall Fitness Fair 2015 – Part of Ingonish Huckle Buckle

Fitness Leaders Smorgasbords:
1. North of Smokey Smorgasbord & 2. South of Smokey Smorgasbord


Skill Development:

-Velo Cape Breton – Bike Maintenance & Basic Repairs Workshop (BikeVictoria Week 2015)
-Field Hiker Certification Course
-High Five Sport Training / Workshop
-Re-connecting to Nature Workshop

-2 Navigation Courses (Fall 2015 & Spring 2016) led by Minga O’Brien


Physical Activity and Healthy Eating:
Ingonish Development Society Little Owls Program
North Highlands Community Organization Yoga with Faye Chipchase
Bay St Lawrence Community Centre  Exercise
Baddeck Academy Health & Wellness Fair Day
Washabuck Community Centre Annual ALS Walk (NB/NS)
Cape North Farmers Market Promoting Local Healthy Food
Annual International Trails Day  4th Annual Victoria County Trails Day 2015
Middle River Recreation Association Yoga
Cape Breton Regional Library Summer Kids Yoga
Ross Ferry Stewardship Society Boularderie Walk, Learn to Run & Yoga Program
Bras d’Or Yacht Club Healthy Snacks Junior Sailors
Bay St Lawrence Community Centre Grades 3-5 Healthy Eating Program
Bay St Lawrence Community Centre End of Summer 2015 Event
Cabot Shores Yoga Retreat Spring 2015
Bay St Lawrence Volunteer Fire Department  Pole Walking Exercise Group Program
Cape Breton Regional Library Beginner Gentle Yoga
Middle River Highlands Seniors Club Chair Yoga
Bay St Lawrence Health Society Sun Gym
Dingwall Recreation Society Lifeline Model Exercise Program
North Highlands Civic Centre January Moonlight Ski
South Haven Community Society Square Dancing
Smelt Brook Community Hall Society Exercise & Healthy Eating for Kids Program (s)
Wagmatcook Mi’Kmaw Zumba Wagmatcook Band Council
Wagmatcook Learn to SnowBoard & Ski Wagmatcook Band Council
Smokey Recreation Society “Little Penguins” Learn to Skate Program
North Highlands Nordic Ski Club March Break Fun Day
Bell Museum, Parks Canada Steps in Flight Walking Program
Bell Museum, Parks Canada



Bay St Lawrence Community Centre


Nova Scotia Clean Foundation, in Partnership



Mini Steps Discovery Centre Walk & Play Program



Santa’s Workshop (Dec. 2015) – Apples, oranges, candy canes


Trails Ambassador (Summer position, program)




Accessing Facilities:  


Merry 6Mas Skates (2014) Victoria Highland Civic Centre
Heart Health Fitness Patricia Fricker St Johns Anglican Church Hall
Community Wellness Room – Baddeck Academy Baddeck Academy
 North Highlands Nordic Ski Facility  Active Pass
 Access St. Johns Parish Hall
 Cyndi Ingraham Fitness  Masonic Hall
Baddeck Mens Basketball Baddeck Academy Baddeck Academy
Baddeck Adult Badminton Baddeck Academy
Central Cape Breton Ventures Inc. Wellness Walkers Rankin School of the Narrows
St.Ann’s Bay Community Health Group – Space for Yoga Indian Brook Community Hall
2nd Annual Merry 7Mas Skates 2015 Victoria Highland Civic Centre
Bring Back Pond Hockey Play Victoria Highland Civic Centre
Noon Blast Workplace Wellness Fitness Cyndi Ingraham Fitness
Sun Gym Bay St Lawrence Health Society
Open House North Highlands Nordic
Ski Cape Smokey Open House Ski Cape Smokey Society
Masonic Hall & foam blocks for yin yoga-Comprehensive Yoga Program L. MacInnis Yoga
Ski Cape Smokey Community Fitness Room Ingonish Development Society
ASTP – After School Time Period (Fall/Winter/Spring 2015 2016):
– GO (Girls Only) After-school Time Period
ASTP: Victoria County – Host (Administering Cape Breton Region Funds)
Inverness County
Richmond County
ASTP: First Nation Communities
Wagmatcookewey – “E’pite’ji’jk Pasik”
CB Region
ASTP: Cabot School (GO – “Girls Only”)
Faye Chipchase – ASTP Yoga
Fitness 4 Life Program (Gr 9-12)
PIYO – Strength Yoga
Healthy Snacks
Basketball Jerseys & Shorts
ASTP: Baddeck Academy (#FORTheGirls)
Girls After-school Basketball
After-school Yoga
Lindsay MacInnis – Leader
Consultations with students (Planning, input sessions)
Yoga Books – Baddeck Academy & Boularderie Elementary School
Girls Basketballs
ASTP: Other
Boularderie School – Fruitilicious Fridays
Cape Smokey Educators – Yoga Training
Boularderie – ASTP Yoga
Cape Breton Regional Library
Little Penguins & Blast Ball Girls After-school Programs


Workplace Wellness:
-Active Living Subsidization Program for Municipal Workplace Wellness – 20 Participants
-Workplace Wellness Network Luncheons: 1. North of Smokey Luncheon & 2. South of Smokey Luncheon
-Municipal Community Garden Plot : Donated funds to Helping Hands South of Smokey Food Bank

Wellness Zone Monthly Newsletter Publication Municipal Workplace Wellness
Cyndi Ingraham Fitness Workplace Wellness Noon Blast Fitness Program
Baddeck Lions Club Naturally Active Victoria County Team Kidston Island Curling Classic


Walksin Partnership with Heart & Stroke Walkabout

– NS Walk Day 2015 (1. Lunchtime & 2. Early Riser Walks)


Cape Breton On-line Hub Portal: 

Cape Breton Connect Partnership “Active For Life” Hub: Victoria County is A Proud Partner Represented by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County

Victoria County Played Host 2015 (Admin & Office) & included

MS Excel & WordPress Training Sessions for Staff

Naturally Active Victoria County provided 2 Positions (Marketing Coordinator & Data Entry Coordinator) for 6 months in Partnership with Employment NS “JCP” Job Creation Program


Special Events:

3 Special Event Street Banners & Pull-up Banner

4th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge 2015: Englishtown Community Hall & Baddeck Runners Club

4th Annual Fall Harvest ActiveFest 2015

Fall Harvest Assistance Fund Grants: Tarbotvale Hike & Refreshments for Participants

5th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2016:

Winter ActiveFest Assistance Fund Grants : Bras d’Or Yacht Club –

Intro to BKS Lyengar Yoga (Yoga Alignment Workshop)
Washabuck Community Centre – Annual Snowshoe Event
Harbour Authority of the Big Bras d’Or Society – Yoga, Drum & Dance
Winter ActiveFest Assistance Fund Grants : North Highlands Nordic
The Dancing River Sprite: 5th Annual Middle River Baddeck Trek 2016 Refreshments
Lawrence Barron – Ingonish River Guided Snowshoe Hike
Central Cape Breton Ventures : Snowman, skate & snowshoe
Wreck Cove Snowshoe Hike led by Local Guide Marcelle lavoie- Wreck Cove General Store
  • 4th Annual JJ Mcdermott Jaunt 2016 (Winter ActiveFest) – Cape Breton Fiddlers Run Association
National Aboriginal Conference (Membertou)  2015- Coordinator of Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy Presented on Wagmatcook Initiatives in Partnership
Cape Breton Region Engagement 101 Session (Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre) – Naturally Active Victoria County Participated
  • Participated in Annual NS Clean Day (Since 2013) 

Supported Lanyards to the Host Organizing Committee for Provincial Midget AA Hockey Tournament Hosted By Cape Breton  West at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre (April 7-10, 2016)

Physical Activity Strategy (Est. 2011) Update / Review for Renewal 2016-2021:

Strategy Review Session – June 3, 2015 (Strategy Partnership & VCAN Implementation Team) with Facilitator Ruth Schneider, (Local Resident) at St. Ann’s Bay United Church Hall Tea Room

Nova Insights Victoria County Physical Activity Community Survey (Nov. 2015)


H.E.R.S.S : Healthy Eating in Victoria County Physical Activity & Recreation Sports Settings Initiatives / Policy

Naturally Active Victoria County in Partnership with NS Health Authority, Public Health, Victoria County, etc. to provide healthier food options/choices to residents & visitors at Victoria County venues following the 2015 NS HERSS Recommended Guidelines moving  forward


Victoria County Moves:

  • NEW – Victoria County Trails Map 2015
  • Updated – Victoria County Cycling Map


  • Bikes Racks & Bike Haven


Professional Development:

  • Physical Activity Coordinator attended Hiking Summit 2015 – Pictou County


Strategy Renewal 2016-2017

  •  Victoria County Municipal Council Renewal the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy after 5 years (June 13, 2011) for 2016-2017

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