Sharing Achievements in Partnership Since 2011

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Thank You

Leaders, Volunteers, Community Groups, Service Providers, Facility Operators, Partners, Victoria County Council & Staff, Residents and Visitors for their continued support, contribution and tremendous efforts to the success of the Victoria County Municipal Physical Activity Strategy – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011, it’s truly appreciated benefiting Residents & Visitors

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Kidston Island, Humes River Falls & MacNaughton Brook Falls Guided Hikes – October 6 and 7, 2018

Part of the Hike NS Fall Hiking Series 2018 and the 7th Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest ActiveFest 2018 – Partners in Your Health: Victoria County, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Est. 2011 Hike Nova Scotia Waycobah First Nation, Wagmatcook First Nation:

Hey Vince, Thanks for another great hike (Humes River Falls Oct. 7th) in Cape Breton. The falls were spectacular yesterday! What a gem to have in your backyard! Will send u some pics! Thanks again for a lovely day…certainty lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Weekend! Cheers!” – Annie Maxwell (Oct. 8, 2018)

Joyce Landry – “Our great guides. Thanks so much Vince and Wally!!” – Oct. 9, 2018

Annette LeBlanc (Humes River Hike) –  “It was FANTASTIC!! We even did the bonus falls (MacNaughton Brook falls) which really was a BONUS!! Worth every step and every bead of sweat!” (Oct. 8, 2018)

Joyce Landry – (October 7, 2018) “Absolutely Amazing hike (Humes river Falls) today!! Thanks Vince!!”

Annette LeBlanc – “It was an awesome day! So much to be thankful for (Humes River Falls and MacNaughton Brook Falls Oct. 7th!)”, (Oct. 9, 2018)

Annette LeBlanc  – “More excellent pictures! So glad that we continued on to this falls (MacNaughton Brook 25 ft waterfall) and that I went down to the very bottom!” (Oct. 8, 2018)

Joyce Landry – “My 2 days with hikers (Humes River Falls-Oct. 7th, 2018) were amazing. The turkey dinner was an added bonus to ending our day for Thanksgiving 😊” (Oct. 8, 2018) / “It was truly an amazing day hiking Vince and Wally. Thank you so much for guiding us!” – Joyce Landry (Oct. 8, 2018) / Joyce Landry – “All in all a terrific day discovering falls in CB on Sunday😎”(Oct. 8, 2018)

Wenda De – “Loved the hike (Humes River Falls)!! Thanks again to for taking us to the second falls (MacNaughton Brook Falls). Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!! And happy hiking!!” (Oct. 8, 2018) / “We had a terrific day. So thankful for all that you do to promote hiking and getting outside to see our beautiful province. Vince and Wally” (Oct. 8, 2018)

Annette LeBlanc – “It truly was a great day (Humes River Falls and MacNaughton Brook Falls Oct. 7th!)”, Oct. 8, 2018

Norm Mac Donald, Councillor, District 8 – “Promoting Health and wellness Great work Vince, Thank you for your continued dedication to residents and Happy Thanksgiving Sir to you and the Family” (Oct. 8, 2018)

Wenda De (Oct. 7) – MacNaughton Brook Falls 25 ft waterfalls:  “Thanks Vince for stopping at the second falls today”/ Annette LeBlanc – “So worth the extra steps!”(Oct. 8, 2018)

CrystalJourneyThank you for all your support” – Iris Kedmi (Sept. 11, 2018) / “It was well attended for the facility and was a good, beneficial show, I enjoyed it. Thank you for complimentary ticket at Baddeck Library” – Mary Jessome Pierro (Sept. 9, 2018) / “Event went great, I opened the event with mentioning and thanking NA4LVC – Vince; Councilor Perla MacLeod was there too, Lots of people including some seniors. There will be coverage in the Victoria Standard (I asked Andrew to mention the sponsorship of NA4LVC). Thank you for all your support” – Iris Kedmi (Sept. 10, 2018) / “Such a powerful and uplifting experience this past weekend in Baddeck with some dear friends. David Hickey and his Crystal Journey show was beyond amazing. I personally experienced some incredible clearings, specifically within my spine ~ low back and sacrum decompression and my t-spine extension improved greatly! I also witnessed some very deep clearings within the larger group, to where half the crowd fell into such a deep state of relaxation, it only took 5 minutes into the first set for the sounds of snoring to emerge. Sound and vibration is a universal language that our souls will always recognize!” – Lori Horvath (Sept. 10, 2018) / “Thank you again for all your support” – Iris Kedmi (Sept. 11, 2018) / Hi Vince, Wanted to thank you for the initiative as always ty for your support – Iris Kedmi (Aug. 31, 2018)

Crystal Journey – Dingwall

Thank You for your support in bringing sound healing, a form of stress management (Crystal Journey-Dingwall, Sept. 13th) to the residents of Victoria County” –  David Hickey, Crystal Journey (Sept. 12, 2018)

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Kate Oland (Aug. 20, 2018) “This has been a fabulous program, Vince! Baddeck Library and Naturally Active Victoria County make a great team – and Matthew Carmichael did a stellar job of leading this group. We’ve enjoyed it so much, in fact, that the group members are going to continue to meet and walk Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 am through the fall!” 

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Sun Gym – Bay St Lawrence Community Centre

Appreciate all the help (NA4LVC-Assistance Funds in Partnership). Encouraged that people are using the gym. It has its own momentum” – Margrit Gallagher, Sun Gym (Aug. 21, 2018)

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FestiVille Baddeck Grows in Popularity Each Year (2018)

(3rd Annual Held July 9 & August 6, 2018)

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https://www.festivillebaddeck.com / https://www.facebook.com/FestivilleBaddeck/

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Victoria County Receives Silver Award from AMANS

for Workplace Wellness Program 2017-18

AMANS Wellness Committee will honor the Municipality of Victoria with a Silver Workplace Wellness Award at the AMANS Fall Conference (October 17-19th). We will be recognizing the municipality with this award during the Wellness Luncheon October 17th from 12:30- 1:20 pm. We would like to invite your wellness champion Vince Forrestall to attend on behalf of the municipality and accept this award. Congratulations! – Rebecca, Rebecca Kolstee | Municipal Wellness Coordinator, Association of Municipal Administrators, NS www.amans.ca

Rise & Shine Walking & Fitness Program Proves Popular

Mary Ellen Mac Lean – “This program is amazing.I enjoy it so much Matthew is terrific,always coming up with some different type of exercise.it’s great that it starts at 8 am (Tues & Thurs, till the end of August)..Leaves you feeling terrific with lots of energy the rest of the day” (Aug. 1, 2018)

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011 A Proud Partner of this New Program with Cape Breton Regional Library and the Baddeck Library, Benefiting Residents and Visitors. Tuesday & Thursday Morning 8 am with A Walk, Stretching, etc. with Local Leader Matthew Carmichael:

The program is directed at seniors in the surrounding areas. The goal is to introduce/continue a variety of physical activity in the lives of people in the area. Exercise has major benefits for older adults such as reduced risk of of heart disease, increased bone and muscle density, reduced risk of dementia, increased mental health functionality, etc.

The sessions take place twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday, 8 am-9 am), and run for an hour. The first 30 minutes consists of outdoor walking session around the Village of Baddeck (Water St, the bay, the museum, walking track, etc.). The next 30 minutes consists of a form of resistance training and a light stretch that would address the full body. A lot of these exercises done with resistance bands. Exercises such as chair squats, overhead presses, bridges, leg lifts/extensions, etc. Matthew has resistance and body weight programs for older adults, these can be modified depending on the fitness level of the participants.

The program is a great opportunity to take in the beauty of Baddeck in the summer time, socialize with fellow participants, and improve overall health. The program is focused on the senior population, but open to anyone that wants to join in.

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Hi community sport leaders – Over the last six years in the role it has been a pleasure working with hundreds of volunteer led community and sport organizations, municipalities (NA4LVC, Victoria County) and schools. It is inspiring seeing all the quality work that takes place island wide and it has been a privilege to have worked with so many of you to create and enhance opportunities for children and youth to benefit from the power of sport and physical activity. I look forward to remaining in close contact and please reach out to me to discuss all opportunities for CBU athletes to play a role in supporting community sport and coach development in Cape Breton. Please continue the great work you all do. Thank you for such a positive and powerful six years” – Deano Morley (Aug. 10, 2018).

Wagmatcook & Waycobah Youth Enjoy Humes River Falls Adventure Aug. 10, 2018

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August 10 at 5:48 PM · We just got in from the hike to Humes river falls. Just want to say thank you to Wally BernardRodney S MartinVince Forrestall and Morgan Charles Toneyand to the kids who came on the hike. Proud of you all. Especially Casey Paul!
Morgan Charles Toney is with Wallace Bernard and Vince Forrestall.
August 10 at 8:56 PM · Incredible 6 hour hike to Humes River Falls! Thank you Amanda Simon Googoo for this experience! Thanks Wallace Bernard and Rodney S Martin for joining us and bringing your crew. It was nice to walk up to the falls together 🙂Incredible day with incredible friends.

NS Trails Strategy

We appreciate you taking the time to assist us with our Strategic direction and helping to take our organization to new heights over the next three years. Kindest regards“, (Jul. 13, 2018) Vanda Vanda Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, NOVA SCOTIA TRAILS FEDERATION

 

Successful After the Bell, After School Time Period Programs 2017-18

Thanks for your help with getting the final regional report done for After the Bell.  I completed it today and it was a very successful year of programming.  Collectively, we reached over 800 youth! Thanks!” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (June 22, 2018)

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Looking forward to another great year of After the Bell.  Thank you all for your great leadership in ATB and in your communities” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (Aug. 29, 2018)

Kids Run Club (KRC) Stakeholders Report 2017-18

Kids Run Club is wrapping up for another year and we’re really pleased to report that year-14 was a great one! Despite the ongoing challenges within the education system this year, and thanks to help from more than 525 coaches, we managed to engage 17,000 kids from 214 schools/groups in KRC (Kids Run Club). Attached KidsRunClubStakeholderSummary2018pdf you’ll find a program summary that provides more details about KRC this year and plans for the future. We’re excited for what the future has in store for KRC and hope you’ll join us on our journey to help every Nova Scotia child have a healthy tomorrow” – Kerry Copeland, Kids Run Club Coordinator (June 29, 2018)

A Successful Field Hiker Course Held in Baddeck & Area June 16 & 17, 2018

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Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011 was Proud to have contributed with the local promotion, along with supporting Victoria County Leader to attend with our Strategy Leader Development Assistance Fund 2018-19. Happy Certified Field Hiker Leaders.
 
Testimonials:
I’m really enjoying it”– Kelly Ingram (June 16, 2018)
 
Kelly Ingram – “What a great weekend in Baddeck on course for Field Leader Hiker. A great course by Hike NS. We hiked Uisge Ban and part of North River Falls. I’m really looking forward to leading some hikes soon” (June 17, 2018) /
 
Kelly Ingram – “I love being part of this great community and the support of active living” (June 18, 2018)

So good to hear – thanks for the photos Vince!!” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director, Hike Nova Scotia (June 19, 2018)

Learn to Camp Pilot Program at Bell Museum June 16 & 17, 2018 A Huge Success

Wow – A sight to behold. What a sight at the Bell Museum this past weekend. A 1st Learn to Camp. feeling so proud for all involved (partners and members, volunteers and participants and parents) including Naturally Active for Life Victoria County – A great way to begin our 8th year with a continued great spirit of cooperation, partnerships and collaboration with organizations, leaders, volunteers – can’t say enough. Thank you.

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Testimonials:

Participant, Tammy MacSween – “Had an amazing time camping at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum last night as part of the Learn to Camp program. Learned so much about the Mi’kmaq culture…stories, smudging, dances, etc! We tried some 4 cent cake (or bonnach) cooked over the open fire, moose meat, participated in a friendship dance, watched a Mi’kmaq play, roasted marshmallows and more. Topped it off with breakfast this morning and a boat ride over to Kidston Island to hike the walking trail. The cold night wasn’t so fun…made even worse knowing my warm bed was so close. But we all had a blast despite the cold. Thank you to all the organizers!!!” (June 17, 2018)
I don’t know to even begin to thank all of you for your hard work in pulling off this first time Learn to Camp at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site event. I am so grateful to each and every one of you for your efforts and contributions. The event was amazing and the feedback from attendees is all more than positive! It could not have happened without all of you bringing your talents and resources to the table. I think we did something amazing together. Please know how much everyone here at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, especially me! appreciates your involvement and support. My most sincere thanks to all of you!” – Madeline Harvey, National Historic Site and Visitor Experience Manager, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site / Parks Canada / Government of Canada (June 18, 2018)
Participant, Julia Margaret Smith – ‘What a fun weekend. Thanks to all the organizers for the learn to camp event. We had a blast!” (June 17, 2018)
It was so much fun!!! I was pleased to be a part of it! Thanks” – Kelly Holley
Jordan’s Principle Service Coordinator, Eskasoni, Eskasoni Health Centre (June 18, 2018)
Hats off to everyone that was involved to make it happen and a big thanks to all the parents/guardians and kids that came and toughed it out. It was fun! I’m so glad to be part of such a fun and successful event. Weather held out and the cold added to our adventure which gave a deeper appreciation of how Mi’kmaq and other people survived in the great outdoors, especially during the cold months. I loved how all the kids and parents shared stories and cultures. All the kids played so well together. Activities were great and I found people enjoyed them very much. Everyone was very receptive and respectful to all of the traditional and cultural experts that came to share their knowledge with us as well. The kids had open minds and were willing to learn, which is usually a reflection of good parenting” – Richard (Buddy) Young (June 18, 2018)
Great job everyone! So great to see partnerships like this that lead to great events like this. Kudos all around! ” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (June 19, 2018)
It was a blast being part of this event, so many thanks to everyone involved” – Valerie Mason, National Historic Site and Visitor Experience Manager (June 19, 2018)
I also wanted to express how grateful we are for this collaboration. All of our hard work paid off, the result being lots of smiling faces and positive memories for those families that participated from several different communities. Everyone came together from several communities to create a wonderful outdoor experience. A great turnout, meaningful programming and a strong foundation to build on in the future. With these partnerships and friendships the sky is the limit! The effort extended beyond our logistics group. Please help me in expressing our thanks to those who provided advice (Nadine and Wayne in particular), provided in-kind (marina, BBQ, fire pit, take-home bags), the funding sources (CBU, Victoria County) and to all those who led the traditional healing activities” – Chris Bellemore, Partnership and Engagement Specialist Cape Breton Field Unit, Parks Canada (June 18, 2018)

What a beautiful photo!  I’m so glad everything turn out great.  Sounds like everyone had a wonderful time!  Good job everyone!” – Terri-Anne Johnson, Jordan’s Principle Service Coordinator, Wagmatcook & We’koqma’q (June 20, 2018)

It was a pleasure to help out. It was so fun. Great JOB Everyone!” – Wallace Bernard, Mikmaw Physical Activity Leadership Coordinator

Erica Lockman – “Had an amazing time camping” (June 18, 2018)
Susanne Macsween · “Great idea” (June 17, 2018)
Hi Vince, I saw the presentation you did in Ross Ferry (Jul. 19, 2018: Summer Thursdays Information Sessions – Ross Ferry Stewardship Society on Facebook).  Congratulations on the 22% increase in physical activity in Victoria County that’s very impressive” – Andree Crepeau, Velo Cape Breton (July 20, 2018)

COI – Communities of Interest: Naturally Active for Life Victoria County A Proud Member, Partner Contributing to Cape Breton Hiking Pilot Project Successes

NA4LVC attended a session in Membertou on Aug. 29, 2018 on this exciting concept and the learnings from Community of Interest projects to date with Rob McCloskey, Director General of Tourism Atlantic.

Over the past few months, Destination Cape Breton, in partnership with ACOA, Destination Canada and Parks Canada, has been conducting a pilot Communities of Interest (COI) project focused on Hiking Enthusiasts. This has involved reaching interest-based community of travelers through working with a passionate network of local advocates/ambassadors and hosting social media influencers to create compelling and relevant content that captures attention and engages the hiking community.

Based on experiences with the Hiking pilot, combined with the knowledge gained from other pilot projects throughout the region, providing an overview on how the COI program has worked and whether there may be an opportunity to explore additional programs for 2019.

Other areas of interest were also looked at that maybe explored were also discussed.

Effective September 30th 2018, Heart & Stroke will no longer be implementing the Walkabout program

Dear Physical Activity Experts, Thank you for being a champion and providing your expertise to Heart&Stroke Walkabout over the years. The success of Walkabout is owed to committed physical activity leaders like you” – Kathryn Rand. Director, Government Relations and Health Promotion – NS | Heart & Stroke (Aug. 23, 2018)

Facility Access Program Since 2013

Naturally Active has been a respected partner for years and you have made great strides in regards to physical activity and recreation since the Municipality of the County of Victoria has joined our MPAL program” – Larry Maxwell, Cape Breton Region Rep, NS Dept Communities, Culture and Heritage (Oct. 5, 2018)

Hike NS Fall 2018 Guided Hiking Series

This year we have over 58 hikes scheduled with 30 partnering groups like you (NA4LVC)! Thank you for partnering with Hike NS on this event series. Special thanks also go out to MEC, Goose Lane Editions and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director, Hike Nova Scotia

15 Participants Enjoy New Rise and Shine Fitness Program:

Partner Kate Oland (Baddeck Library) reported – “FABULOUS first day (June 12, 2018, 8 am), with 15 of us walking and stretching! We’ll have to shift more furniture at the library for future sessions! It was great fun, and Matt is a terrific leader. I’m going to be SO FIT by the end of the summer
 
Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011 is A Proud Partner, along with Partners for Your Health: Victoria County & the Cape Breton Regional Library

7th Annual Victoria County Trails Day Celebrations 2018 A Success – We’ll See You June 2019 

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Photos above – included this year a hike to the spectacular 60 ft Humes River Falls and Uisge Ban Falls June 1st and Franey Trail and Mica Hill Trail June 2nd, wrapping up with a hike to the stunning, spectacular 105 ft North River Falls June 3rd.

“International Trails Day is an annual celebration of trails to promote trail development, the use of trails & the healthy lifestyle they encourage”. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011 in partnership has been celebrating International Trails Day since June 2012. This was the first year that the Victoria County Trails Day event was a whole weekend event (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and included a partnership with the Cape Breton highlands national Park on a Parkfit Day – Free entry into the park june 2 promoting health and wellness.

Thank You Partners For Your Health:

-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011

-Victoria County

-Cape Breton Highlands National Park

-Nova Scotia Trails Federation

Testimonials:

Tara Helen Lewis – “It truly was an amazing time and such wonderful group. We just love meeting others who are passionate in hiking as much as we”. (June 3, 2018)

Paul Strome – “I love your photos of your journeys with like-minded explorers so please continue to post and share”. (June 3, 2018)

Wanda Hart MacLeod – “Many thanks to you both Tara Helen Lewis & Tristan!” (June 3, 2018)

Mary Vandommelen-Ivey  “It was a super hike (North River Falls)” (June 3, 2018)

Barbara Stokes – “Thanks Vince for putting this together. It was a great hike to Humes River Falls” (June 4, 2018)

Yesterday we were so blessed to have been part of the group that hiked to the North River Falls. 18 km return. Our group of 13 left at 10 am & returned at precisely 604.pm. It was a very difficult hike due to bridges being washed out and having to cross precariously to safety over rushing water with the aid of fellow hikers & maneuvering along ridges fit for a mountain goat. With that being said it was because of our fellow hikers time was well spent & enjoyed. It was well worth the hike! We want to thank Vince Forrestall for coordinating this hike & to all participatiing hikers for making this an enjoyable day.! WE!” – Wanda Hart Macleod (June 4, 2018)

Wanda Hart MacLeod  – “And special thanks to you Vince Forrestall!” (June 3, 2018)

“Wow, another big hike to see another beautiful water falls in north river. 14 people in the group and wonderful team work to get over the raging brooks. It was an 18 km adventure” – Mary Ivey (June 3, 2018)

Paul Strome –  “Way to go Vince! 🙂 Keep sending those great photos (Humes River Falls)!” (June 3rd 2018)

Wow oh wow! What a hike to humes rear water falls. They are beautiful. 12.41 km up mountains, across large brooks and travelled with a super group of hikers. It was a great adventure with leader Wally Bernard, Vince forrestall and two wonderful sweepers. Can’t wait to do north river water falls on Sunday at 10 am. (Mary Ivey, June 1, 2018)

Facebook posts with comments, testimonials:

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https://www.facebook.com/vince.forrestall/posts/1705514482876907

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Thank You All for Contributing to A Successful 7th Annual Victoria County Trails Day June 1-3, 2018 – We Look Forward to Seeing You for Our 8th Annual June 2019

Coordinator of Naturally Active for Life Since 2011 Attended 2nd Annual Cycling Summit May 28 and 29, 2018

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If you (Representing Velo Cape Breton Association as well) attended the Summit in May 2018, thank you! The delegates were what made the event such a success. Over 160 people attended, which included keynote address from Lars Strömgren, eight focused panels, an evening reception (hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Caucus) and Bike Day on the Hill. As stakeholders, Summit delegates were unanimous in their agreement that the Federal government has a key role to play in advancing cycling in Canada. Delegates also unanimously agreed that building dedicated cycling infrastructure is key to getting more people on bikes. Eighty-six per cent of delegates want the Federal Government to provide funding for cycling. Delegates met with 21 MPs, from all parties, to garner support for a National Cycling Strategy and funding for dedicated cycling infrastructure. Draft copies of a letter to the Finance Minister and a copy of the Vélo Canada Bikes Position Paper on the federal role in cycling Delegates traveled from 10 provinces, representing 115 private and public organizations across Canada, including All Party Cycling Caucus, provincial and local Cycling Advocacy organizations, the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). The second day wrapped up with a working lunch to determine next steps”. 

Facility Access Program Since 2013

You’ve (NA4LVC) been doing great work in this area (Facility Access Program) in the past and we look forward to supporting your efforts this coming year” – Larry, Larry Maxwell, Regional Manager – Cape Breton, Communities, Sport and Recreation Division, Communities, Culture and Heritage (Jul. 26, 2018)

“Thanks for Being a Participant in the 2018 Winter Campaign!” 

We do hope you will plan to participate in any future promotions.  Thanks again!” – Jo-Lanna Murray, General Manager, Destination Cape Breton Association (May 9, 2018)

“Hi Vince, The brochure is Scenic Hiking Routes – Victoria County.  It is an excellent brochure because there is a map of Cape Breton with the 35 hiking routes indicated on the map and then there is a description for each hiking route indicating the level of difficulty and the estimated time to complete the hiking route: https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/hikingmapfinalproofsept152015.pdf . Thanks!” – Dawn MacKinnon, Victoria County Visitor Information Centre (Jul. 17, 2018)

Year End Report 2018 – North Highlands Nordic

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A HUGE thank you supporters of NHN (May 6, 2018) including:

  • Naturally Active for Life Victoria County

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7th Annual Hike Nova Scotia Summit 2018 A Success

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Just want to say “job well done”! The Hiking Summit was a great experience and at every turn the work that went into planning it was obvious. The Keltic was a great place to stay with great accommodations and meals. The hikes were many and varied and the guides were friendly and knowledgeable. The workshops and presentations offered something for everyone. Can’t wait till next year!” – Theresa and Dave MacPherson, participants (May 13, 2018) 

Victoria County District # 8 Councilor Norm MacDonald – (May 12, 2018) “Would like to extend a Huge Success to all participants this weekend Vince Forrestall, Percy Rasmussen, thank you for all your hard work towards this initiative 👏👏👏Bravo!”

We’re so appreciative of Victoria County’s support of the Summit!!!!!​” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director, Hike Nova Scotia (Apr. 9, 2018) / “(Victoria County) Council to wish your committee a successful weekend with the 2018 Hiking Summit. Congratulations on being part of the biggest hike to date. Sounds like a great event” – Victoria County Municipal Council (May 8, 2018)

http://www.capebretonpost.com/news/hike-nova-scotia-summit-held-in-ingonish-209929/

Presentation – 2018 Hiking Summit

“I write on behalf of Hike Nova Scotia to thank you (Vince Forrestall & Wally Bernard “We Are An Island” Pecha Kucha: HikeNSSummitWeAreAnIslandShortenedPechaKuchaWallyandVinceMay122018HikeNSSummitWeAreAnIslandShortenedPechaKuchaWallyandVinceMay122018PDF ), for presenting at the 2018 Hiking Summit in Ingonish from May 11 to 13. This was our most successful Summit yet, with the highest attendance to date at 250 people. We had excellent positive feedback from Summit attendees to the venue, food, hikes and Summit program. All of our co-hosts, sponsors, partners and presenters helped to make the 2018 Hiking Summit truly one to remember. This success is due in part to your contribution to the Summit program. Thank you for taking the time to prepare and deliver a presentation at the Summit. Such preparation takes time, and we appreciate this. Once again, thanks for your contribution in making the Hiking Summit a resounding success!” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director, Hike Nova Scotia (June 13, 2018)

TumbleBugs Spring Program Iona

Getting lots of people registering” – Kelly MacMillan, Youth Health Centre Coordinator, Iona, Waycobah, Wagmatcook (March 22, 2018)

Steps in Flight Walking at Bell Museum 2018

Great Place to Walk!” – Participant, March 19, 2018

Community Wellness Room at Baddeck Academy 2017-18

Gym is going good-lots of participants. Great to have, beneficial, lots using with all ages” – Sharon MacLean, March 19, 2018

7th Annual Hike NS Summit  2018

Update – Summit (March 7, 2018) Keltic Lodge – All 88 rooms at the Lodge are booked up for the Summit weekend! An amazing 170 people (including 6 youth/students and 12 children) registered so far. We’ve never had so many people register this far in advance for past Summits. The capacity for the Lodge is 225 people for the event and I expect registration will get to that and that we’ll have to turn people away. This will be our biggest Summit yet” – Janet Barlow, Hike March 6, 2018.

7th Annual Middle River Baddeck Old Time Commute Trek March 4, 2018

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MiddleriverBaddeckOldTimeCommuteTrrek2018IMG_2083Thank you so much for the great day at Middle River today Vince. We all enjoyed it and have created great memories of yet another great outing of our great province! We have so much to do and see here….Look forward to another outing in Victoria County soon! Take care!” – Annie Maxwell, March 4, 2018 / “Great to hear Vince. Thanks for all that you do!” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director Hike Nova Scotia (March 6, 2018) / “Thanks for organizing the hike” – Larry Gibbons (March 6, 2018) / “Great pictures, I enjoy looking at them” –  Michelle Young Recreation Coordinator (March 5, 2018)

 After the Bell After School Time Period 2017-18

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ASTPGOPROGRAMReviewOctober2017toMarch2018

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I’m over the moon happy with the ATB programs this year. You folks are doing incredible partnership work.  Thanks and keep it up. Thanks again!  You all rock!” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (March 1, 2018)  “Thank you for forwarding positive feedback, Vince – always good to hear! It has been a great pleasure to be part of the After The Bell program!”  Judy King (March 3, 2018) /  “Thank you Judy and Deborah for taking the time to participate in the Go Girls Program with the girls. A great program for sure and I believe they all enjoyed getting outdoors with you both! Thanks to Debbie Bell as well“- Tanya Peterson (March 2, 2018) / Thank you as always for all your ongoing support for the GO program. It wouldn’t have happened without your encouragement“- Judy King, GO Leader Program at Baddeck Academy, March 1, 2018 / “Thank you very much for all your support. It would not have happened without your encouragement” – Best wishes, Judy King (March 8, 2018) / Our Yoga Sessions @ Baddeck Academy are finished.  Thanks for all of your support Vince.😊 – Patsy MacKenzie, Fit Yoga Leader at Baddeck Academy (March 7, 2018) / “Thanks for supporting this (Fit Yoga) Baddeck ” – Patsy MacKenzie Feb. 21, 2018)

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

 

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Enjoyed Cape Breton Island’s Great Outdoors yesterday 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 residents Larry Gibbons and Jennifer Lindgren for assisting with the sweeping! / “Thanks for the photos, you had some nice ones there, especially the one with the focus on the board walk” – Thanks, Vincent. Larry Gibbons Feb. 27, 2018 / “Thanks for organizing the hike” – Larry Gibbons, Feb. 25, 2018. We’ll see you at the 4th Annual in 2019!

1st Winter Gathering A  Success

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“Wela’lin for participating in the Unama’ki Cape Breton Outdoor Network Winter Gathering! This was a wonderful weekend filled with learning, fellowship, fun, connections and inspired visions for the future! “  – Unamaki CB Outdoor Network unamakicboutdoornetwork@gmail.com (Feb. 27, 2018) / “I have been inspired by all of you and your positive energy relating to outdoor and environmental education so that is why I have indulged myself in the three R’s (researching, reading, and registering) ever since our inaugural UCBON conference. I am researching, reading and compiling a list of resources for us that we can share and I have registered for the Nova Scotia Outdoor Network Provincial Summit that you may want to attend as well. Thank you for indulging me” – Paul Strome, Cheticamp, Nova Scotia (Feb. 28th, 2018)

NA4LVC Enjoyed Participating, Being A Partner and an Instructor (Hiking Safety-“Guided hike I heard it was great” – Larry Maxwell, Feb. 27, 2018) 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 and 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.

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7th Annual Hike NS Summit (May 11-13, 2018)

We are doing great for registrations for the Summit – we have 110 registered already. Our target was 200 and I think we’ll actually go over that number judging by the rate of registrations coming while we’re still two and half months out!” –  Janet Barlow, Executive Director Hike Nova Scotia (Feb.27, 2018) / “Congratulations” – Michael Haynes, Feb. 27, 2018

Leadership Development Assistance Fund 2017-18

Its cold but a beautiful day at Ben Eion!!! DAY 2…Very proud of this achievement and thankful she (Shakira Hawley) had the opportunity (Snowboard instructor) to be able to take her learning back to Ski Cape Smokey!!! Vince Forrestall (NA4LVC Leadership Development Assistance Fund)!!! – Tanya Hawley (Feb. 20, 2018)

2nd Annual Heritage Day in Baddeck (Feb. 19, 2018)

NA4LVC  contributed over $800 (Swim, Skating, Pond Hockey, Archery and Comfort Station) “Many thanks to Belinda (Garland) and Vince (Forrestall) for your work and support in putting together the Heritage Day Events 2018. We had great attendance throughout the day with 60+ people stopping by (Masonic Hall) and 48 people registered for Archery. We are hoping that some of that interest will transfer to club membership down the road. Regardless, lots of folks – ages 5 to 65 – tried archery yesterday with lots of smiles and laughs. Once again thanks to you both for making this happen” – Stephen Kerr, Bras d’Or Archers Association (Feb. 20, 2018) / Doreen Shaw-Norman Thank you Belinda! We had a great day of activities!” (Feb. 19, 2018) / Bonni Oostdyk Thank you so much for all your hard work (Belinda), it was such a great job with so many great ideas! (Feb. 20, 2018) We’ll see you in 2019 for the 4th Annual.

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Many thanks for your advice & support (Youth Running Session in Baddeck, April 22nd, 2018)!”(April 18, 2018) / “Thanks a million“/”I appreciate your offer of assistance” (Apr. 17, 2018) – Daniel Murray, Cape Breton Fiddlers Run Assoc. 

GO – Girls Only Get Outside in Nature After-School Program 2017-18

We have really enjoyed doing it (At Baddeck Academy) with the very enthusiastic group of girls, and hope it will continue in some form or other” – Leaders, Judy King and Deborah Baldwin, Feb. 26, 2018

3rd Annual Bring Back Play Pond Hockey 2017-18

We’ll sponsor again next year (2018-19). It’s a good thing. Heard all kinds of great things from parents and participants” – Dr. John Ritter, March 1, 2018

Bras d’Or Archers Association

Thank-you very much for supporting our club.  The club is looking to hold an open house on Sunday September 16th to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. We will be inviting all of our sponsors to attend to try archery to commemorate the anniversary.  I have attached a Thank-you letter” – Stephen Kerr, Bras d’Or Archers Association (July 23, 2018) 

Raising the Villages

Has had an amazing start to this new year!  Planning for Action Summit took place on Wedn, 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

North Highlands Nordic 2018 Open House – (Jan. 20th)

We would like to give a sincere thank you to Victoria County Naturally Active and Victoria County Sport and Recreation for sponsoring the 2018 Open House! We truly appreciate all of the support we have received from VCNA and VCSR on our projects. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make the day such a success! (Jan. 29, 2018) / (Feb. 5, 2018) – At North Highlands Nordic we were ready for the Open House. The greeting room was in great shape, we were blessed with good snow conditions, the trails were groomed, the signage had been put up, the equipment was readied. Seventy-five participants signed in. Most of these were from Victoria County but also included 10 cadets from the Sydney area.  We had local entertainment in the room in the afternoon which was enjoyed by all. The Facility Access Assistance Fund we received from Naturally Active, Victoria County was very much appreciated and helped assist in the overall costs of hosting a free day. Once again, thank you to Naturally Active for supporting the programs at North Highlands Nordic” – Linda Murray, North Highlands Nordic / “Thanks for your continued support (Moonlight Adventure; Open House; After the Bell)” – Linda Murray, North Highlands Nordic (Feb. 5, 2018)

26 January 2018 – “The GO (Get Outside in Nature) after school program for girls grade 6-9 we’ve set up, initiated in fall with support from Victoria County Recreation Director Vince Forrestall” –  Judith King, Program Leader

Barbara Stokes Spinning is amazing! November 2, 2017 It was phenominal, nothing like you expected – it was a good workout. I enjoy it. All the other girls said to they couldn’t believe how quick you started to burn calories” – Debbie Pierrard (Nov. 16, 2017) / “All of the others going think its awesome! and me personally feeling terrific and helps me a lot. Great instructor, keeps me motivated and she knows what she’s doing” – Mary MacLean (Nov. 23, 2017) / “The spin class has helped me so much, I feel my strength is coming back, gone as far as I can with physiotherapy. Thanks” – Mary Ellen Maclean (Jan. 22, 2018)

This is great Vince, I’ll make this announcement (Free February 2018 Saturday’s Students Ski / Snowshoe). Thanks” –  Donnie Simms, Principal, Cabot Education Centre (Feb. 2, 2018)

The program (Minute for Fitness Program in conjunction with the Health Centre) has been very well received. You should see everyone get up and participate to the level each can” – Jitka Zgola, St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group Society, Jan. 8, 2018

Petra LeBlanc It was great (Christmas in Baddeck 2017)…PJs had fun…thank you for organising!” · Nov. 24, 2017 / Everyone is really pleased with all the events (Christmas in Baddeck  2017)”  – Belinda Garland, Nov. 25, 2017 /  “Wow!! Great numbers. I am hearing lots of positive comments as well (Christmas in Baddeck  2017)!! Bravo!” – Belinda Garland (Nov. 27, 2017)

“Excellent news, Vince!” (Jan. 10, 2018) / The document (Provincial Funding Application for Victoria County Physical Activity Healthy Eating Conference 2018) looks great. Thank you for all your hard work, Vince (Jan. 11, 2018) / Great work, Vince (Jan. 8, 2018). ” – Sarah Ross, Public Health Nutritionist – Nova Scotia Health Authority

SmokeyRecSocietyValentinesskateFeb142018Congratulations to Organizers, Volunteers, Partners, Participants, etc – Valentine Community Skate 2018 had a great turn out over 60 participants. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy – Est. 2011 Proud to Support.

3rd Annual Bring Back Play Old-Fashioned Pond Hockey 2017-18 A Success

We’ll sponsor again (2018-19) . it’s a good thing. Heard all kinds of great things from parents, participants” – Dr. John Ritter, Sponsor (March 1, 2018) 

Wagmatcook Walking Club

Terry Bernard (Wagmatcook Physical Activity Coordinator) added 6 new photos. (February 12th) – “Our first Wagmatcook walking club on Feb. 12, 2018 we had a total of 13 people show. Great turn out hope to see more on Wednesday“.

Spin Class Program – Fall/Winter 2017-18

Thank you for this opportunity to lead classes at Baddeck Academy. Arichat has contacted me thanks to your leadership“- Leader, Rebecca Wall, March 4, 2018

 2nd Annual Franey Trail Guided Snowshoe Hike – Jan. 20th, 2018

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Magical & Memorable Franey Trail Guided Snowshoe Hike on Saturday (Jan. 20th, 2018) with Great Company, Physical Activity and Leadership (Darryn Sampson and Rhonda Sampson). 17 on Franey! Hiked up and back, 4.25 hours on the regular trail. Low visibility, storming at the peak, look-off upon arrival, but like so many magical, spectacular Cape Breton moments – it cleared off for us to enjoy the panoramic views!

Thank You everyone on a great day in our great outdoors as part of the Hike NS Guided Winter Hike Series 2018 and the 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 in partnership with Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) :

Testimonials from Franey Trail Guided Snowshoe Hike – Jan 20th, 2018:

*Darryn Sampson, Ingonish – “Had an amazing weekend which started off hiking Franey on snowshoes, was so much fun”. (Jan. 21, 2018).

*Jeff Clarke, Sydney, NS (Jan 20, 2018) – “Made some new friends on the Franey today

*Rhonda Sampson, Ingonish (Jan. 21, 2018) “It was awesome hiking with you guys today

*Fallon Fraser, Sugar Loaf, Victoria County (Jan. 21, 2018) “Great hike with some great people

*”Wow, that looks like a lot of fun!!!! Thanks for sharing Vince,  I hope that we can make it your way over the winter to do a hike or two!” – Michelle Young Recreation Coordinator, Town of Pictou

Awesome Pics Vince! Keep sending info my way! :)” – Stacey St John, Destination Cape Breton,  Jan. 25th, 2018

(Photo Credits: Local Guide: Darryn Sampson & Participants Jeff Clarke)

Big Baddeck Guided Snowshoe Hike – Jan. 20th, 2018

“Six of us snowshoeing today Vince. Everyone loved the trail. Judy King form Big Baddeck, Jim MacDonald from Baddeck, George Jessen from Sydney, couple from Glace Bay and myself. Went up to the second pumphouse, total 5.5 km. Sorry forgot my camera”. Guide, Arie Schopp (Jan. 20, 2018) / Karen Brewer (Jan. 21, 2018) – “Great snow shoe hike today, Arie was a great host and guide…thanks!!”

TumbleBugs – Nov. 26, 2017

Thanks for sponsoring (Leadership Development Assistance Fund) TumbleBugs Workshop on Sunday. It was a great program. Met the girls from Iona. David was a great Instructor” – Patsy MacKenzie / “Hey Vince, Had a great time at Tumblebugs trainer course. I’ll also be contacting you in 2018 to help us promote our Tumblebugs on Naturally Active CB. Thanks” – Kelly MacMillan (Nov. 27, 2017)

Magical Winterland Wonderland – 2nd Annual Uisge Ban Falls

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Great stuff. Thanks for sharing (40 Participants at WWL on Saturday at Uisge Ban Falls)” – Matt MacAulay, Operations Manager, Inverary Resort, Feb. 12, 2018

NA4LVC Participated in NS Trails Member & Stakeholder Survey-March 8, 2018

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

“Hi Vince: Excellent presentation StrategyProgressReportYear7Oct302017PDF

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

Kids’ Run Club Stakeholder/Supporter

Thanks to support from coaches, sponsors and supporters like you, we are excited to be helping impact the lives of thousands of Nova Scotia children and youth by providing them with an opportunity to be active through running and to learn about the importance of healthy living. Our participation goal this year is to return to our 2015-17 numbers of 17,500 youth/270 schools and groups. We will keep you up-to-date on our progress throughout the year  2018.

North Highlands Nordic Total Eclipse Moonlight Adventure Ski / Snowshoe  Jan. 31, 2018 A Success

 

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Pictured are some of the hardy outdoor enthusiasts who came out in minus 15 degree weather to experience the rare opportunity to snowshoe or ski on the cross country trails at North Highlands Nordic on Wednesday, January 31st during the Super Blue Blood Moon. NHN would like to thank Victoria County Naturally Active for sponsoring this event.” – Thank you,-Linda Murray Feb. 5, 2018

Bricin Striker Lyons – “UNREAL NIGHT! THANK YOU ” Victoria County Naturally Active and Victoria County Sport and Recreation!! And of course north highlands Nordic and everyone that showed up! NICE BIG CREW HERE IN THE HIGHLANDS!” Meredith CoppIt was a beautiful evening! Thank you to all who made it happen!”

Norm MacDonald – Jan. 31, 2018 – “Great Work Mr. Vince Forrestall on your Continued Initiatives for our County and Residence👏👏http://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/victoria-countys-active-gear-program-in-demand-at-local-libraries-181940/  – Victoria County’s active gear program in demand at local libraries (Cape Post Article) 

Baddeck Academy Grades 6 – 12 Fit Yoga Program – Fall 2017

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The girls loved their hoodies. Thank you.😄” – Patsy MacKenzie, Leader (Dec. 6, 2017)

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

The Cape North Farmers Market board is jumping for joy at the news about HERSS (Healthy Eating in physical activity settings assistance funding and policy) for the cider/juice press. Thank you so much. The possibilities are many and exciting. Going by the response to my facebook survey, the community will be pleased too. Two of our board members are food industry professionals. Both will be working at the farmers market this summer and they are especially looking forward to trying out this new piece of equipment” – Claudia Gallagher (March 7, 2017)

“Cooking with Squash Seminar” – Fall 2017

On behalf of the Baddeck Farmers Market Board and Market Manager, I want to thank you for your support of our recent “Cooking with Squash Seminar” – Regards, Bernie LeBlanc,Chair, Baddeck Farmers Market (Nov. 17, 2017)

If you weren’t at today’s workshop, you definitely missed out! NSCC Chef Brooks Hart lead 15 participants through a three course meal that featured local squash all along the way! We learned a lot, laughed a lot, and ate very very well! A special thank you to those who helped make today such a success!
– Baddeck Farmers Market
Naturally Active For Life Victoria County Est. 2011
Pebble and Fern Market Garden
Martin’s Fine Bakery
– Miller’s Farm
– Baddeck Academy
Select Nova Scotia
– Baddeck Curling Club

A special thank you to The Victoria Standard who also stopped by to check out the action. Bon Appétit!

5th Annual  Bay St Lawrence Santa’s Workshop 2017 A Success

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) Proud to Assist, Support, Participate and be in Attendance for this great annual event – our 5th straight year with Christmas Apples and Oranges, candy Canes! Hats Off to All Involved enhancing the festive season. Thank You to Jeannie Bonnar and her team and organization and Tim Hortons Baddeck for the hot chocolate and timbits.

Santa’s workshop was a huge success because a lot of people helped to make our 5th year great . I loved seeing so many faces from the community . Its so cute seeing even some small kids barely holding on to the items they picked because they are so young. Thanks to you all for being so caring and making today’s event happen and it was an even extra special year for Santa’s workshop because all my daughters were there and also my 5 week old granddaughter. Amy Fraser MacKinnon you missed a great time but your hard work was seen by all. Vince Forrestall thank you for the yummy treats always so appreciated by all. Patsy MacKinnon, Margaret Fraser, Deidre Fraser, Robert, Trix Mackinnon , Linsey you guys were awesome wrappers . Again thank you to all who donated items to make this year a great one

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

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1st Age-friendly Municipality in Cape Breton. So nice to have a great turnout for the announcement with NS Dept of Seniors Minister Leo Glavine, MLA Keith Bain, Municipal Council including Chair of the Victoria County Age Friendly Committee Fraser Patterson and Warden Bruce Morrison, Victoria County Age Friendly Committee including Noreen-Aging well together coalition, partners, Kate Oland Baddeck Library, businesses including Graham MacKenzie, Baddeck Pharmasave, Victoria Standard (Jennifer Ripley) etc. To all involved, kudos, well done on the accomplishment, with a great spirit of cooperation Victoria County “Age Friendly” Committee. Hats Off to All Involved on A Great Initiative, Action Plan for Victoria County Moving Forward. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) Proud to be Part Of. http://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/2017/9/22/victoria-county-to-launch-age-friendly-communities-plan-on-satur.html

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I had 15 students the first 2 weeks on the elementary yoga! It’s awesome!” – Karen Welton, Program Leader (Oct. 26, 2017) 

Successful 1st Bike to Bite Event Held Oct. 14, 2017

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Participants enjoyed 10 Km Bike Ride during the Bike to Bite event on Saturday which included a visit to Weaver Pioneer Cemetery as part of the 6th Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest ActiveFest 2017. Thank you Participants, Pedaller’s by the Bay on a memorable morning! Look for more Bike To Bike Events in the very near future! “A great partnership with our county” (Bike to Bike Event) – Pedallers By the Bay, (Oct. 14, 2017) 🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️https://www.facebook.com/vince.forrestall/posts/1474479312647093

 

Hikers Enjoyed Humes River Falls Trail on Sun, Nov. 5th, 2017

Patti Macaulay – “It was an awesome hike with great company thanks to you both” (Nov. 5, 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)

Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Supports St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group Society Healthy Seniors Luncheons 

We truly appreciate the funding (Healthy Eating Assistance Fund for Healthy Seniors Luncheons 2017-18) you are providing to enable us to continue to provide these healthy lunches” – Brenda Duchene (Nov. 6, 2017)

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We are hoping to get down to do Smokey Towers this weekend. We did it last year and really enjoyed it. Hope to see you on Sunday” – Shirley Campbell, Jan. 24th, 2018

 

7th Annual Cape Breton Fiddlers Run Expo – Sept. 9, 2017

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (East. 2011) Proud to have Participated with a Display (Our 2nd Annual Expo) during the 7th Annual Cape Breton Fiddlers Run Expo on Saturday at Membertou Sports & Wellness Centre.

Lots of people, engagement & networking with participants, organizations & fellow professional counterparts. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hi, fill out a ballot and inform people of the great assets we have in Victoria County. Had a great assistant who was a big hit too! — Also looked after the Velo Cape Breton Display (Board Member)

A BIG Congratulations to our Door Prize Winners:
-Kate Finney 902.241.2712
-Bonnie Carr 902.304.5834
-Sheldon Googoo 902.579.4059
-Cameron Greencom 902.562.6544
-Rener MacDonald (Bras d’Or) 902.565.5963
-Lorraine 902.794.1551
-Elaine Gibeny 902.578.4662
-Tanya Hutchinson 902.259.2051
-Audrey Eisner 902.275.0446
-Dianne 902.794.4707
-Keli MacLennan 902.322.7550
-Lisa MacDonald 902.877.7166
-Cheryl Butler 902.304.0191

Health Expo Organizer Colleen A. Clare caclare@cbrm.ns.ca CBRM Has the prizes for the above if you have not picked up already! Thank You Everyone.

“Good afternoon everyone! Thank you so much for taking part in this year’s Active Living Expo! I really appreciate you taking the time to spend the day with us! You brought your enthusiasm and energy and that’s always appreciated! It made the day go so much better for everyone! There were so many smiles! If there’s anything we can do here at CBRM Recreation to help promote your programs/events or if you’d ever like to partner on anything, please feel free to give me a call! Together we make our community better! Thanks again!” – Colleen Clare, MCIP, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Recreation Department, Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator, 320 Esplanade, Sydney, NS, B1P 7B9 (Sept. 18, 2017)

Victoria County Receives Workplace Wellness Gold Standard Certificate for 2016-17 from AMANS

The Municipality of the County of Victoria received a certificate within the gold standard from AMANS-Administrators Municipalities Association of Nova  Scotia for Workplace Wellness efforts for 2016-17! AMANS awarded three municipalities within each category with a plaque based on meeting the criteria and points achieved at the AMANS Awards Ceremony held Sept. 27th, 2017.

Victoria County Received Workplace Wellness Gold Standard Certificate at the AMANS Awards Ceremony on Sept. 27, 2017

Victoria County received a Workplace Wellness Gold Standard Certificate at the AMANS Awards Ceremony on Sept. 27th and was accepted by Victoria County representatives Kelly Brett & Leanne MacEachen. This is the Municipalities 3rd straight year for Gold! Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Thanks Council & Staff and all Partners, including AMANS for their continued support and contribution to our workplace wellness initiatives. Making a Difference.

The Municipal Workplace Wellness Program Continues to Make A Difference to the active and healthy lifestyles of Victoria County Management, Council & Staff. With the recent approval (June 12, 2017) of the Victoria County Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports & Municipal Setting Program & Policy, the continuation of building on the very successful Victoria County Active Living Subsidization Program supporting employees to be Naturally Active for Life (2016-17: 22 participated with the municipality contributing cost-shared for Golf Passes & Lessons, Fitbits, Food advice, nutritional consulting, Boxing Equipment / Stand and Bag, fishing rod, reel, hooks, walking shoes; naturopaths naturotherapists; Hiking Boots, Walkers/Runners; Hiking Bag; Running Sneakers, ski pants, sneakers, Ski Passes at Ski Cape Smokey, Simply For Life Program, Fitness Training/Dietary Advice and yoga-10 classes), staff barbeques, birthday celebrations, skating party, Workplace Wellness Monthly Newsletter Since 2012 all assists in employees’ health – mentally, socially, physically and environmentally. On behalf of the Victoria County Workplace Wellness Committee, we wish to Thank You Staff, Council, Partners and AMANS for your continued exemplary assistance, support and contribution of the program benefiting residents. Thank You AMANS for Victoria County Being Recognized for A Gold Certificate Award, it’s Truly Appreciated.” – Vince Forrestall, Municipality of the County of Victoria Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator & Chair of the Victoria County Workplace Wellness Committee.

Victoria County AMANS Workplace Wellness Report 2016 – 2017

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Dear FestiVille Baddeck Sponsor: Thank you for your support of FestiVille Baddeck 2017” – FestiVille Baddeck Committee (July 26, 2017)

Student Gardens at Cabot Junior-Senior High

In 2016, the Naturally Active for Life Program supported ongoing work at the student gardens at Cabot Junior-Senior High. With the enthusiastic help of teacher Susan Whitty, Rejean Chamberland and I had the opportunity to mentor students throughout the spring and fall. The kids got to head out of the classroom to dig, sow, mulch, water and weed; handle shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows; and generally have fun getting their hands dirty. In the fall they harvested potatoes, carrots, onions and kale. Two students took a vendor’s table at the Cape North Farmers Market. They got to experience the market’s high energy and made $35 in sales of produce. These funds will be put toward seeds and supplies for the upcoming gardening season. The support of Naturally Active for this ongoing project was very much appreciated!” Sincerely, Claudia Gahlinger Mentor, Cabot Student Garden

SUCCESSFUL 3rd Annual Students “FREE” Skating 2017 HELD 

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Bring your fellow students, friends, parents, grandparents, relatives, neighbor’s, co-workers and meet new friends, etc.

  • HELD – November 17, 2017

11:00 – 1:00 pm:        FREE – Open to Everyone!

  • HELD – November 23, 2017

3:00 – 4:00 pm:          FREE – Open to Everyone!

4:00 – 5:00 pm            FREE SKATE FOR ALL sponsored by REMAX

  • HELD – November 30, 2017

3:00 – 4:00 pm:          FREE – Open to Everyone!

4:00 – 5:00 pm            FREE SKATE FOR ALL sponsored by REMAX

  • HELD – December 7, 2017

3:00 – 4:00 pm:          FREE – Open to Everyone!

4:00 – 5:00 pm            FREE SKATE FOR ALL sponsored by REMAX

  •  HELD – December 14, 2017

3:00 – 4:00 pm:          FREE – Open to Everyone!

4:00 – 5:00 pm            FREE SKATE FOR ALL sponsored by REMAX

  • HELD – December 21, 2017 – INCLUDES BBQ AND REFRESHMENTS FOR ALL!

3:00 – 4:00 pm:          FREE – Open to Everyone!

4:00 – 5:00 pm            FREE SKATE FOR ALL sponsored by REMAX

 Proud Partners for Your Health:

  • Remax – Minerva MacInnis (Realtor and Associate Broker)
  • Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
  • Municipality of Victoria County
  • CBVRSB
  • Baddeck Academy
  • NS Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage
  • Victoria Highland Civic Centre

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Participates in World Oceans Day and The Great Trail Event June 11, 2017

Hats off to all involved on a great World Oceans Day Event Yesterday at Iona Wharf and Port, along with the Official Opening of the Waterways Launch for 24,000 km The Great Trail – (Trans Canada Trail).

What a setting, viewscape for this part of the TCT – Kudos to all for making this happen. Thank You Ann Marie MacNeil, your Team (s), Organization(s) for all you do and the Invitation to Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) to Participate – it’s greatly appreciated.

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3 Peaks Challenge 2017 Photos have been posted to Hike the Highlands website. Click here to see team photos, Aspy Trail, Tenerife and Coastal trails photos. Thanks again for your great support of this event and to the many photographers who contribute photos – Brenda Morrison, Lauren McVeigh, Sara Deveau, Kim Bailey, Sherry MacDonald,  Arlene MacAskill, Leonard and Annette LeBlanc, Jennifer Moss, Deb Hawkes, Sam Schwartz, Rose Murphy, Vince Forrestall,  Freda Smit -McKie, Camilla Murphy and Tom Wilson.

Thanks Vince – this is so helpful (St. Ann’s Event Sheet Info/history)!! Answers all of the ins and outs of getting a newsletter up and running. Their website is fantastic” – Michelle LeBlanc, Dietician, Buchanan Memorial Hospital and North of Smokey Chronic Disease Program Development Committee (July 25, 2017)

The basketball clinic went very well and we are in hopes to provide a clinic for kids under the ages of 10 come spring (Cape Breton West Basketball: Dec. 2017- June 2018, Females: Ages 13-18). Thanks” – Rae Germani, Victoria County Athletic Club  (Dec. 6, 2017)

Bras D’Or Archers Association

Hi – As most of you know, we are done shooting at the Baddeck Curling Club for the 2017 season.  Many thanks to the Baddeck Curling Club (BCC) for letting us use their facility for archery again in 2017.

Although attendance was down slightly this year relative to 2016, we are still moving upward & onward and looking forward to next year already. We have confirmed with the BCC for the use their facility again next year and applied for a small grant with Sport Nova Scotia. Similar to last year, we had many guests; in addition to regular archers, come and try archery while visiting the Baddeck Area – estimated at 100 + with about 400 person-shoots throughout the year.

We would like to thank the many 2017 supporters of our club and encourage people to support and/or patronize these businesses, people, and/or service organizations:

Baddeck Curling Club

Victoria County Physically Active Strategy (Vince Forrestall)

Minerva MacInnis, RE/MAX Realty

Stone’s Pharmasave

Mark Morrison Motors

Two Rivers Wildlife Park

Tom’s Pizza

Victoria Farmers Co-Op Ltd.

Baddeck Home Hardware

S.J. MacRae & Son Ltd.

MacIntyre Chev Olds Ltd.

Victoria County Creates

Keith Bain, MLA Victoria-The Lakes

Midway Motors Ltd.

Bell Buoy Restaurant and Supper House

Cape Breton Gas

Mark Eyking, MP Sydney-Victoria

Baddeck Lions Club

East Coast Credit Union

Thank-you to everyone for their support – past and present. Follow us on our FaceBook page. Stephen Kerr, President, Bras d’Or Archers Association

SUCCESSFUL 4th Annual Merry 7mas Free Family Skates 2017 HELD

HELD – FREE Skating Party with “Santa”
November 24
7:00–9:00 pm Christmas in the Village Event (Baddeck)
HELD – FREE “Christmas Parade Day” Family Skate
November 25
3:00-4:30 pm Christmas in the Village Event (Baddeck)
HELD – FREE “Family” Skate – Includes BBQ Before
December 1
1:00–3:00 pm
HELD – FREE “Family” Skate – Includes BBQ Before
December 8
1:00–3:00 pm
HELD – FREE “Family” Skate – Christmas Fundraiser for the Baddeck Rink
December 22
6:00–8:00 pm
HELD – FREE “Christmas Break” Family Skate
December 28
1:00–2:30 pm
HELD – FREE “Christmas Break” Family Skate
December 29
1:00–2:30 pm
HELD – FREE “End of 2017” Family Skate
December 31
4:30-6:00pm
HELD – FREE “Welcome to 2018” Family Skate
January 2, 2018
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Proudly Presented by Your Partners in Health:
-Midway Motors
-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
-Victoria County
-Tim Hortons
-Victoria Highland Civic Centre
-NS “Thrive” & NS Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage

Cape Breton Island Winter Tourism 6 Minute Video (Password: 2017)

https://vimeo.com/213102057

Perfect!  Thanks Vince.  It’s great to see your support and excitement for this initiative (Winter Market Product, Cape Breton) and we do look forward to our discussions in the Fall” – Jo-Lanna Murray, Partnerships Manager, Destination Cape Breton Association (June 26, 2017)

Thanks for being a participant in the 2017 Winter Campaign Pilot ProjectDCBA’s marketing team prepared the enclosed report DestinationCapeBretonWinterCampaignPilotproject6th AnnualVictoriaCountyWinterActivefest2017 for you based on online analytics from January 1 to March 31, 2017.  The overall results of the 2017 Winter Campaign have been very positive.  In addition to the campaign, we conducted photography and video shoots that will give us great content to use in the planned 2018 Winter Campaign.  DCBA will be sharing the final report on the 2017 Winter Campaign with the Winter Product Committee in the fall as well as discussing any challenges. We do hope you will plan to participate in any future promotions.  Thanks again!” Jo-Lanna Murray, Partnerships Manager, Destination Cape Breton Association  (June 16, 2017) 

“Please find enclosed the Winter Campaign Pilot Project – Report 2017 DestinationCapeBretonWinterCampaignPilotProjectReport 2017.  DCBA’s marketing team prepared the enclosed report based on online analytics from January 1 to March 31, 2017.  The overall results of the 2017 Winter Campaign have been very positive.  In addition to the campaign, DCBA conducted photography and video shoots that will give us great content to use in the planned 2018 Winter Campaign.  DCBA has also sent individual reports to those who participated in this year’s campaign and a survey is being prepared to get further feedback.  We will be inviting the Winter Product Partners to a meeting in the fall to discuss the results of the 2017 Campaign, the feedback from the surveys, and any opportunities and/or challenges moving forward with the 2018 Campaign.  Thanks for your interest in the Winter Product. Have a great summer!” – Jo-Lanna Murray, Partnerships Manager, Destination Cape Breton Association (June 21, 2017) www.cbisland.com http://www.dcba-info.com / “Fantastic news and a great initiative, thank you. I believe that if we all get behind this it can be a game changer for this industry on this Island” – Scott MacAuley, CEO, Cape Breton Resorts (June 21, 2017) / “Thank you for this Jo-Lanna. Look forward to working with you all on this” (June 21, 2017) – Donna MacDonald|DIRECTOR Recreation/Tourism Department Municipality of the County of Inverness / “Thanks Jo-Lanna, We are certainly supportive of assisting in any way possible on winter marketing so count us in!” – Mike Eddy, Snowmobilers Association of Nova Scotia (SANS) – (June 21, 2017)

St. Ann’s Postural Therapy and Joint Pain Program held with Leader Marcelle Lavoie

http://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/2017/3/1/free-sessions-on-postural-therapy-and-joint-pain-set-for-st–ann.html

 St. Ann’s New Website

Hi Vince, Thank you! I appreciate the information you sent as well! Your link is added under Municipality here.

 I have Naturally Active in the Newcomers guide (under “Move to St. Ann’s”), as well as the page Community (under “Community Services”). I am happy to feature anything if you want to send me photos, etc. I will also do my best to keep my ears perked for news. Thanks again! – Jay Rawding, St. Ann’s New Website (June 13, 2017)

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

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Finale of the 4th Season of the South Haven Square Dance Program Held May 2, 2017 at South Haven Community Hall 

Good morning Vince. We would like to repeat our very successful square dance lessions at the South Haven Community Hall. Is their similar funding this year for this? Cheers” – Jim Eldridge (Dec. 6, 2017) 

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County are proud supporters, partners assisting the Program the last 4 seasons with Facility Access Assistance Funds in partnership through the province. We look forward to partnering and contributing to Season 5. Congratulations on a great program of physical (Participant Carolyn Grant registered 5,000 steps last night (Fitbit), social, entertainment (Kyle and Seamus with Barra MacNeil’s) and refreshments, etc. Kudos to Kathy and Clay on your leadership, commitment, passion, expertise contributing to the overall success of the program the last 4 years!

Thank You All for Contributing to A Successful 6th Annual Victoria County Trails Day June 3 and 4, 2017 – We Look Forward to Seeing You for Our 7th June 2 and 3, 2018!

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HELD – 6th Annual Victoria County International Trails Day Celebration June 3 and 4, 2017 A Success!  

6th Annual Victoria County Trails Day 2017 on Franey Trail Today (June 3, 2017)! Thank you Cape Breton Highlands National Park Interpreters and all participants, partners for a memorable hike! 

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Participants crossed Hiking Off their ParticipACTION 150 Play List today (June 3, 2017) as part of Victoria County 6th Annual Trails Day 2017 at Franey Trail

Proud Partners for Health included the Following:

-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

-Victoria County

-Parks Canada

-Cape Breton Highlands National Park

-NS Trails

-Hike NS

-ParticipACTION

Cape Breton Highlands National Park Interpreters & Local Hiking Guides led hikes for our 6th Annual Celebration ( https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/trails-day/  ) including one to Micca Hill Trail on June 4th with 12 participants. Participants crossed hiking off your ParticipACTION 150 Play List and received swag (Participaction 150 Play List back pack, water bottle, Frisbee, tattoo and post card)! Thank You to participant Jacques Cote for the video highlights of the Micca Hill Guided Hike: https://youtu.be/HtnjgbVp-mY

In Conjunction with the 15th Annual International Trails Day 2017

International Trails Day is an annual celebration of trails to promote trail development, the use of trails & the healthy lifestyle they encourage”. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) in partnership has been celebrating International Trails Day since June 2012.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park & Local Hiking Guides led hikes for our 6th Annual Celebration. Participants crossed hiking off their ParticipACTION 150 Play List and a won some swag (Back packs, Frisbees, water bottles, tattoos and post cards)!

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Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program 2017 A Success!

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)

2017 Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program Report:

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Great job highlighting this program (Victoria County Active Gear Loan Program  Est.2016)Vince!” http://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/victoria-countys-active-gear-program-in-demand-at-local-libraries-181940/

Jocelyn Bethune – Communications Officer, Public Works,Municipality of Victoria County (Jan. 31, 2018)

Nice Article in the latest Edition of the Victoria Standard, please see attachedHealthy Eating Recreation Sports Settings Policy, Assistance Fund. https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/healthy-eating/herss/

Hi Vince, The Cape North Farmers Market board is jumping for joy at the news about HERSS funding for the cider / juice press. Thank you so much. The possibilities are many and exciting. Going by the response to my facebook survey, the community will be pleased too. Two of our board members are food industry professionals. Both will be working at the farmers market this summer and they are especially looking forwrad to trying out this new piece of equipment. Thanks again,best,” – Claudia Gallagher, Cape North Farmers Market, (March 7, 2017)

Hike NS Summit 2017 Presentations Photos

Hi Vince, Nice meeting and your family at the Hiking Summit. Here’s the link to the photos” – Sam Schwartz (Summit participant, Howie Centre, Cape Breton)

https://1drv.ms/f/s!AuIocdWNu7G9jh8CaEtEg14P-MiV

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Proud to Support & Assist the Mi’Kmaw Surf Program Benefiting Wagmatcook First Nation Residents

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Proud to Be A Partner and Participant in Hike NS Winter Hike Series 2017 Success

Hike Nova Scotia and 32 host organizations across the province partnered up to offer the 2017 Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series in January, February and March. There were 47 hikes offered for over 940 people.

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Hosted Our 6th Annual Victoria County Winter Guided Snowshoe Fest 2017 Hikes at Uisge Ban Falls, Franey Trail, Smokey Mountain Towers, 2nd Annual Skyline Trail and 6th Annual Baddeck Middle River Old Time Commute Trek.

Hikes were led by local folks and participants qualified to win “trail prizes.” 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.

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)

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)

“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“!!!

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)

Report for Yoga Drum Dance Winter ActiveFest 2017

Date: March 12, 2017

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location: Big Bras D’or Fire hall

Instructors:   Shelley Allan (Drum/dance/music)

Rhoda MacCormick (yoga/dance)

Number of Participants: 12

Program:        30 minutes chair yoga/dance/ meditation

30 minutes: drum/dance/meditation/scarf movement

20 minutes Tea and sharing

Comments from Evaluation:

 Great way to start the morning- lots of energy to start the day

Wonderful workshop- felt happy and calm all at once

I am a stay at home mom with 2 young children also help run my husband’s business and this made me feel amazing. In this hectic life, we sometimes forget to do [something] for ourselves.”

I hope this becomes a weekly activity so much fun and the leaders were amazing.”

We scored 5 (Most) on all of the 5 questions except for one score of 4 and the participant had attended our session before and she was familiar with the session’s content. Evaluation Form is included with this report.

Instructors Evaluation:

Hall was clean, warm and inviting. Shelley and I enjoyed the space and the atmosphere of the hall.  Participants were all able to do the activity and it appeared they enjoyed the selection of music and activities.

We would like to sincerely thank Victoria County for giving us the funding and opportunity to offer the Yoga, drum, and dance session. Sincerely, Rhoda MacCormick and Shelley Allan (April 26, 2017 by Rhoda MacCormick)

 

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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

THANK YOU for Contributing to the Success of our 6th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2017

Hats Off and Thank You to Victoria County Volunteers, Leaders, Community Groups, Service Providers, Facility Operators, Partners, Municipal Council & Staff for their continued Support, Contribution & Tremendous Efforts Leading to Success of our recent 6th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2017 in Partnership with Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), it’s truly appreciated benefiting Residents & Visitors. We’ll see you again February 9 to March 18, 2018 for our 7th Annual!https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/winter-activefest/

Steps in Flight Walking and Mini-Steps Discovery Programs Enjoy Successful 2017 Season:

170 participants enjoyed walking in the friendly and safe environment at the Bell Museum National Historic Site this past winter, January to March 2017.
Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) wishes to thank all participants and partners including:
-Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
-Parks Canada
-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
-Victoria County
-Heart & Stroke Foundation
-Walkabout
on contributing to its success. We look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Thank You for Being Part of the 2017 Hiking Summit

On behalf of Hike Nova Scotia and the organizing committee, I would like to thank you for being part of the 2017 Hiking Summit.  We had a total of 200 people at the Summit – our biggest turn-out yet. It couldn’t have happened without our team of hard-working volunteers! (May 8, 2017) – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County had a display and presented 2 times (Hike NS 2018 Summit in Ingonish and Victoria County Winter Guided Snowshoe Hikes)

Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Renewed

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!” / “Thanks for all you do Vince.😄 Great job!” – Patsy MacKenzie (Feb. 28, 2017) / Feb. 28, 2017: “You have done a fantastic job of bringing increased Physical activity to Victoria County Vince.😄 Thank you for all of your hard work!” – Patsy MacKenzie

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). The following is from the approved minutes:

VICTORIA COUNTY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY STRATEGY (Feb. 27th)
http://www.victoriacounty.com/2017-council-minutes.html

The successes in the northern area of the Municipality were discussed indicating that cost and safety are two issues that are brought forward by the residents. The successful events taking place in District #5 were also outlined. Congratulations were extended from all Councillors on the events, promotions and successes as a result of the strategy. Along with the health of the community, it is also the social aspect that is equally as important.

Warden Morrison extended a thank you to Eileen Woodford and Vince Forrestall for the presentation and indicated that if there is anything Council can do, to ask.

VICTORIA COUNTY PHYSICIAL ACTIVITY STRATEGY (Feb. 28th)
http://www.victoriacounty.com/2017-council-minutes.html
Deputy Warden Dauphinee referred to last night’s presentation with regard to the Active Living Strategy and the fact that council did not renew the strategy at this meeting.

It was moved and seconded that the Victoria County Active Living Strategy be renewed. Motion carried.

6th Annual Middle River Baddeck Old Time Commute Trek 2017 A Success!

Postural Therapy Program A Success!

Update for you Vince. St Ann’s Bay first session had about 25 people.  6 from Sydney, 2 from Baddeck. People are so excited about getting their motion back without pain that they are driving quite a ways to see what this is all about.  Imagine all those out there who have stopped hiking and the like, discovering that they can actually resume these activities!  I get excited at the whole idea.  (which is why I got certified in the first place)” – Marcelle Lavoie, Certified leader (March 6, 2017) – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County was a proud partner in the Program and Marcelle’s Leadership Development / 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”.

$10,700 Funding from Province for Victoria County After School Time Period Programming 2017-18

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/be-active/after-school/

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) is pleased to announce that $10,700 has been approved by NS Dept of Communities, Culture & Heritage & NS Thrive in support of After-school Time Period Programming in Victoria County for its popular GO – Girls Only (Get Outside in Nature) Program for 2017-18 in Partnership with the Municipality of the County of Victoria, CBVRSB and Schools located in Victoria County, Baddeck Academy, Rankin School of the Narrows, Cabot School and the Cape Breton Family Place Resource Society. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County and Partners have been Proud Supporters since 2013.

  • Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) also received $15,000 in funding for the 2016-17 year
  • Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) received $10,000 in funding for the 2015-16 year
  • $26,620 was received in 2014-15
  • $13,270 was received in 2013Highlights from last year (2016-17) included the following initiatives benefiting residents:(April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017)

After School Time Period 2016-2017 Highlights

  • A Total of $75,590 has been received from the Province in After-school Time Period Funding Since 2013.
  • 3rd Annual Santa’s Workshop Bay St Lawrence Community Centre
  • Baddeck Academy & Wagmatcookewey School Skates
  • Boularderie School After-school Yoga
  • Baddeck Academy After-school Yoga
  • Cape Smokey Learn to Skate Program
  • Smokey Recreation Society Ingonish Outdoor Rink
  • Cdn Ski Patrol – Cabot Ski Cape Smokey
  • Bay St Lawrence Community Centre Hockey, B’ball, Crafts, Baking Nights
  • Youth Paint Nights
  • Victoria Highland Civic Centre After-school skates (Jan 26 to March 9)
  • Victoria Highland Civic Centre After-school Special Events
  • KettleBell Instructor 10 wk lymphatic drain through exercise, Asst from Dr. S Masalmen Teach Rebounder

& KettleBell and monitor walking and measure heart rate with use of Pedomter, Vital signs

  • North Highlands Nordic Cool Kids Cross-Country Skiing
  • ASTP Pull-up Banner
  • Cabot Education Centre Skiing at Ski Cape Smokey
  • Healthy Snacks for Students
  • After-school Yoga Baddeck Library
  • After-school- Baddeck Farmers Market Healthy snack making, planting, yoga, step dance
  • Sun Gym-  Bay St Lawrence Health Society
  • After-school Yoga – Middle River Rec Assoc

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).

Gentle Yoga at the Baddeck Library

Thanks so much for your support” – Leader, Patsy MacKenzie (Feb. 16, 2017)

Eat, Drink and Be Healthy Session Feb. 23, 2017 A Success!

Chef George Smith Presented to 10 participants at the popular Eat, Drink and Be Healthy Series at the Baddeck Library Feb. 23rd as part of the 6th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2017. George presented on “How to Cook Perfect Millet Every Time” Proud Partners for Your Health: Baddeck Library, Cape Breton Regional Library, Chef George Smith and Naturally Active for Life Victoria County. Here is the recipe downloadable for your convenience:

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2nd Annual Sobeys Winter Wellness Fair 2017 A Success!

Sobeys Prince Street Sydney 728 in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Here it is! A little video compilation from our Winter Wellness Fair:

Teamwork from all angles with our dietitian, chef, pharmacy, and store managers to host this in-store event and further connect our community to all that is taking place in our area. We received a lot of positive feedback, so we are happy you enjoyed it!

Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Jan. 14 to Feb 23, 2017 Usage Report:

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Looks like the goals are being achieved by the partners involved benefiting residents & visitors. A great start!

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

Testimonials:

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

Available to all library patrons in Victoria County via Baddeck Branch and the Victoria County Bookmobile. Call 902 295 2055 for information! Check them out FREE for two weeks at a time with your library card. In Partnership with Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), Baddeck Library now offers snowshoes and poles, cross country skis and poles, ski boots, walking poles, and ice grips!

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/active-outdoor-gear-loan-program/victoria-county-active-outdoor-gear-loan-program/

Your Partners for Your Health

-Cape Breton Regional Library

-Baddeck Library

-North Victoria Library Branch

-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

-Victoria County

-NS Dept Communities, Culture & Heritage

 THANK YOU PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) & our partners recognizes and acknowledges  the financial support of the Province of Nova Scotia for this great initiative. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotian’s.

North Highlands Nordic – February’s 2017 Moonlight Adventure! — at North Highlands Nordic.

The moonlight adventure on February 11, 2017 was a success! Thank you to Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) for sponsoring the event! To those who participated in the adventure, thank you for a memorable evening!

47 Snowshoed Uisge Ban Falls Provincial Park Winter During Guided Hike on Feb. 11, 2017. Thanks for all the assistance Gert Gielen, Linda MacEae, Bob Hill, Jennifer Lindgren and all who participated to the falls and some took the river trail! It was fun-Winter Wonderland! People from away couldn’t believe how much snow there was in Victoria County! If you are planning, be careful as you approach the bridge and to the falls.

Participants included from: Baddeck 8, Sydney 7, Sydney Mines 4, Glace Bay 4, NS Margaree 4, Mulgrave 3, Margeree Valley 2, Margeree Sentre 2, Mill Creek 2, North Sydney 2, Marion Bridge 2, Nyanza 2, Boularderie 1, Millville 1, Stewiake 1, Middle River 1, Isle Madame 1

Testimonials:

Shirley Campbell “Thank you very much for hosting this event. We had a great day!”

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 https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v7/fa5/1.5/16/1f642.png:)” 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”, Uisge Ban snowshoe hike (February 11, 2017) “It sure was beautiful!” – 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)

It was an event of the Hike NS Winter Series 2017 and the 6th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2017 in partnership with #HikeNS and #NaturallyActiveforLifeVictoriaCounty

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)

Thank You MLA Pam Eyking – Official Announcement of Provincial Funding of $16,870.00 for Victoria County Facility Access Program 2016-17

This funding continues to make a difference in rural, isolated Victoria County which supports and assists Victoria County Volunteers, Leaders, Community Groups, Service Providers & Facility Operators to have their facilities accessible for residents & visitors (i.e. North Highlands Nordic Open House Jan. 8th, 2017 with 115 participants)

The Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to Develop and Promote our Cultural Resources for All Nova Scotian’s.

Successful After the Bell, After-school Free Skating 2016 Held

Victoria Highland Civic Centre (Baddeck Rink)

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Student “Free” Skating HELD
  • November 24, 2016 – HELD

3:30 – 4:30 pm: FREE – Open to all!

 4:30 – 5:30pm FREE SKATE TO ALL sponsored by REMAX

  • December 1, 2016 – HELD

3:30 – 4:30 pm: FREE – Open to all! 

4:30 – 5:30 pm FREE SKATE TO ALL sponsored by REMAX

  • December 8, 2016 – HELD

3:30 – 4:30 pm: FREE – Open to all!

 4:30 – 5:30 pm FREE SKATE TO ALL sponsored by REMAX

  • December 15, 2016 – HELD

3:30 – 4:30 pm: FREE – Open to all! 

4:30 – 5:30 pm FREE SKATE TO ALL sponsored by REMAX

“Kids Just Want To Have Fun Christmas Party” HELD
December 15
3:30-4:30 pm
Victoria Highland Civic Centre (Baddeck Rink)
FREE (Free skate goes until 5:30 pm).
Parents – please contribute a snack for Thursday…it can be cookies, candy canes, cupcakes, juice boxes, veggies, fruit – whatever you can! It will be shared between all!
Please also contribute items for crafts…for the craft table for those that don’t skate so everyone can join in the fun. Errol & Holly MacInnis of Tim Hortons will provide hot chocolate for all.
Please contact Tammy MacSween (tmac2253@hotmail.com, 902-565-1273) or Bonni Kuchta (902-295-2527) as soon as possible so we know what we will have. (Please note this is not a supervised event, parents and caregivers are responsible for their child’s safety).

“After the Bell” and “Remax” Free skating – Victoria Highlands Centre, Baddeck, Thursdays 3:30 – 5:30. December 29, 2016 3:30 – 4:30 only

Proudly Supported by Your Partners in Health:

  • Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
  • Victoria County
  • NS “Thrive”
  • NS Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage
  • Victoria Highland Civic Centre
  • Remax
THANK YOU ALL (Participants, parents, partners, facility operator, sponsors, etc.) FOR  CONTRIBUTING TO A VERY  SUCCESSFUL After the Bell, After-school Free Skating 2016

Successful 3rd Annual Merry 7mas Free Family Skates Held 2016

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Victoria Highland Civic Centre (Baddeck Rink)

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  • Free Skating party with “Santa & the reindeers” HELD

November 25 – Christmas in the Village Event (Baddeck)

  • Free “Family” Skate HELD

December 2, 2016

1:00 – 2:30 pm

  • Free “Family” Skate

December 9, 2016 ***Due to school re-scheduled to Dec. 23, 10 am to 11:30 am

1:00 – 2:30 pm

  • Free “Family” Skate – Christmas Fundraiser HELD

December 22, 2016

6:00 – 8: 00 pm

  • Free “Christmas Break: Skate HELD

December 23, 2016

10:00 to 11:30 am

  • Free “Christmas Break” Family Skate HELD

December 28, 2016

1:00 – 2:30 pm

  • Free “End of 2016” Family Skate HELD

December 29, 2016

1:00 – 2:30 pm

  • Free “Kick-off 2017” Family Skate HELD

January 2, 2017

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Proudly Presented by Your Partners in Health:

  • Midway Motors
  • Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
  • Victoria County
  • Tim Horton’s Baddeck Store
  • Victoria Highland Civic Centre
  • NS “Thrive”
  • NS Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage
THANK YOU ALL (Participants, parents, partners, facility operator, sponsors, etc.) FOR  CONTRIBUTING TO A VERY  SUCCESSFUL 3rd Annual Merry 7mas Free Family Skates Held 2016 – it was greatly appreciated. See you at our 4th Annual in 2017!

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115 participated in the Open House at North Highlands Nordic (Jan. 15, 2017) “Flurries in the Highlands”!

115 participated in the Open House at North Highlands Nordic yesterday (Jan. 15th) – “Flurries in the Highlands”! (100 last yr)

Thank you Linda Murray and your great team / organization / Facility benefiting Victoria County Residents + Visitors – great skiing and social yesterday!

Proud Partners for Your Health:

-North Highlands Nordic Ski Facility

-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

-Victoria County

-NS Dept of Communities, Culture & Heritage

-NS Thrive

Very Successful 3rd Annual Bay St Lawrence Santa’s Workshop 2016 Held 

Thank You Jeannie Bonnar, Amy MacKinnon and all involved on a very successful 3rd Annual Bay St Lawrence Santa’s Workshop 2016 held Saturday, December 3rd with lots of great donated goods, Christmas crafts, hula hooping, present wrapping, Christmas apples + oranges, candy canes, Baddeck Tim Horton’s Hot Chocolate + Tim Bits. Great to be part of each year. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)Proud to support in Partnership (Our 4th Christmas Season Partnership with Bay St lawrence Community Centre). See you in 2017!

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Est. 2011 (Municipal Physical Activity Strategy) Participates in its 6th Straight Canada Health Day 2017 – A SUCCESS

 

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 Baddeck Duathlon (1st Held 2016)

The duathlon was a huge success last year and we are looking forward to this year (2017)!  As always, we greatly appreciate your support” – Sarah Penney (Dec. 12, 2016); “Perfect! Thanks for the info (Funding options & deadlines)” – Sarah Penney (Dec. 12, 2016)

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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

Molly Ritchie I go every time it’s offered.

 

Vince Forrestall great to hear!
Rejean Chamberland Thank you Vince for not ignoring us North of Smokey.

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👏👏👏

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

Jeannie Bonnar Congrats VinceForrestall.

 After the Bell, After-school 2016 Skates Successful

Thank You for participating in the free after-school, After the Bell skates Nov 24 & Dec 1, 2016, 3:30-5:30 pm at the Victoria Highland Civic Centre contributing to its success from your Partners in Health: Remax (Minerva MacInnis); Victoria County, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est 2011), Victoria Highland Civic Centre, NS Thrive + NS Dept Communities, Culture + Heritage – it’s greatly appreciated!

Cabot School Garden 2016

Cabot Students & Teacher Susan Whitty, harvesting & preparing the gardens for winter. “Your support & county assistance funding were greatly appreciated!” – Claudia Gallagher & Rejean (& Photo credits)

Picture of Cabot Students staffing a table at the last Cape North Farmers Market of the season, where they sold the vegetables they harvested – potatoes, kale, onions & carrots – making $35 to spend on seed for the garden next year.”They did a fabulous job. Congrats” – Lisa Bowers (& Photo Credit)

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) is a proud supporter of this great initiative. Kudos to all involved benefiting residents & visitors. THANK YOU for all you do.

Dear Vince, In 2016, the Naturally Active for Life Program supported ongoing work at the student gardens at Cabot Junior-Senior High. With the enthusiastic help of teacher Susan Whitty, Rejean Chamberland and I had the opportunity to mentor students throughout the spring and fall. The kids got to head out of the classroom to dig, sow, mulch, water and weed; handle shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows; and generally have fun getting their hands dirty. In the fall they harvested potatoes, carrots, onions and kale. Two students took a vendor’s table at the Cape North Farmers Market. They got to experience the market’s high energy and made $35 in sales of produce. These funds will be put toward seeds and supplies for the upcoming gardening season. The support of Naturally Active for this ongoing project was very much appreciated! Sincerely“, – Claudia Gahlinger Mentor, Cabot Student Garden (Feb. 24, 2017)

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County  (Est. 2011) Proud to Be A Partner of the North Highlands Orchard Project – Since 2013

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Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) Proud to Partner & Support the After the Bell after-school Yoga Program at Baddeck Academy Fall 2016

Hats off to all involved! THANK YOU for all you do.

Proud Partners for Your Health:
-Baddeck Academy
-CBVRSB
-Victoria County
-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
-NS “Thrive”
-NS Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage

Christmas in Baddeck Event 2016 Very Successful

Thank you Vince  for everything (Christmas in Baddeck 2016)” –  Iris Kedmi [Organizing Committee), November 27, 2016

THANK YOU to all who attended Dr. Chris Milburn’s Presentations last night (Nov. 24, 2016) at the Baddeck Library and at the North Victoria Library Branch on Wednesday (Nov. 23, 2016). “The Importance of being Active for Life” – it was greatly appreciated. Well received, successful, informative & inspirational with engaged residentsThank You Chris & Baddeck Library, North Victoria Library Branch, Cape Breton Regional Library & Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) for partnering on this initiative. Leona Donovan StockleyThank you Vince for the opportunity to hear Chris speak. It was a great evening. Anytime@” (Nov. 24, 2016)

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 (After the Bell After-school Skating open to all!). Same time next Thursday (Dec. 1, 2016)! ! 3:30-5:30 pm” – Andrew MacDonald

We did get a great turn out for the moonlit pumpkin walk! We were very happy overall with the attendance with the 3rd Annual Huckle Buckle Festival 2016” – Lee Williams (Event Coordinator, Ingonish Development Society (IDS)), Oct. 31, 2016

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(Sept. 20, 2016)

Summer Family Yoga 2016 A Success

5 free weeks of yoga held with certified yoga instructor Patsy MacKenzie! Patsy is the author of “Elementary Yoga” (Boularderie Island Press) and regularly teaches yoga to children: 

 

 

Baddeck Library at 902 295 2055 – Proudly supported in partnership by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

 

FestiVille Baddeck 2016 A Success

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Hi Vince: I received Assistance Fund from Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Partner) for Festiville. Thank you so much”  Iris Kedmi, Organizing Committee (Sept. 15, 2016); “Thank You for all your support“, Rosalie Pineo, Organizing Committee (Sept. 1, 2016)

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) Proud to Partner & Support the Yoga Program at the Baddeck Library this Fall! (2016)

Hats off to all involved! THANK YOU for all you do.

Proud Partners for Your Health:
-Baddeck Library
-Cape Breton Regional Library
-Victoria County
-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
-NS “Thrive”
-NS Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) Reaches Milestone:

5 Full Years June 13, 2011 – June 13, 2016

Terry BernardGreat working with you Vince Forrestall always a pleasure” June 12 (2016)
Aron George AshtonSame here Terry! A great community leader Vince!” 
June 12 (2016)

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/2016/06/15/physical-activity-strategy-reaches-milestone-5-full-years/

Strategy Receives 1 Year Renewal 2016-17:

VICTORIA COUNTY COUNCIL VOTES TO PROVIDE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY STRATEGY FUNDING FOR ANOTHER YEAR

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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

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 & 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 (22%) since the launch of the strategy June 13, 2011

Physical Activity Strategy Renewal 2016-2021 Presentation to Council

February 22, 2016:

Naturally Active For Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

(Municipal Courthouse, Baddeck) 

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February 22

 

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

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 MacLeodAwesome!” – Feb. 24, 2016
Lennan MacIsaacGreat job Vince Forrestall ” – (Renewal of Physical Activity Strategy Presentation To Council – Feb. 22, 2016) – Feb. 22, 2016

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY STRATEGY UPDATE – (Feb. 22, 2016):

Courtesy of Council was extended to Vince Forrestall, Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator, who was in attendance to provide an update and renewal presentation on the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy to Council (copy attached)

Mr. Forrestall indicated it has been five years since work began on the strategy and it has been a pleasure to serve as Coordinator and live, play, and work in Victoria County. He then provided a presentation on the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy which was viewed by those in attendance

Mr. Forrestall indicated that as the completion of the five year term was approaching, a review was conducted with a view to renewing the strategy for the next five years. He outlined the principles and values and the five goals for 2016-2021. The 5 goals:

• 1. Awareness and information

• 2. Partnership and Networks

• 3. Programs and Activities

• 4. Infrastructure

• 5. Policies

Mr. Forrestall indicated that there is still work to be done and he hoped Council would allow this work to continue and renew the strategy for the next five years: 2016 – 2021. He also outlined the key findings from the Citizens survey completed in November, 2015 -including 22% of residents increased their physical activity levels the last 3 years!

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.

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

Thank you for your RDG (Regional Development Grant) Application (Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program)seeking financial support for the above program. I am pleased to inform you, having reviewed it, that it will be on its way for final consideration to our Halifax office tomorrow. Thanks again” – Larry Maxwell, Regional representative Cape Breton, Communities, Sport & Recreation Division, Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (Oct. 26, 2016)

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

afterthebelllogoI 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)

Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Presents at St. Ann’s Seniors Luncheons (Nov. 16, 2016)

Thank you to all participants and the host group – St Ann’s Bay Healthy Group Society for having Naturally Active For Life Victoria County Est. 2011 present today – lots of nice comments, interest & engagement. Will be working on the pressing questions asked, benefiting residents & visitors:

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Cabot School Health & Wellness Day 2016 A Success 

#‎NaturallyActiveforLifeVictoriaCounty‬(Est. 2011) Proud to Partner & Support the very successful ‪#‎CabotSchool‬‪#‎HealthandWellness‬Day 2016 – Kudos to all involved including ‪#‎MarieHawley‬. “We had an amazing day” – Marie Hawley (June 13, 2016)

#‎NaturallyActiveforLifeVictoriaCounty‬ Proud to Support ‪#‎WagmatcookFirstNation‬ ‪#‎MiKmawAquatics‬ & ‪#‎MiKmawSurf‬ Successful Programs

6 ‪#‎Mikmaw‬communities participated in the Mi’kmaw Surf Program. For the last few summers, youth from these communities have been learning to ‪#‎surf‬at ‪#‎PointMichaudBeach‬. The program started as a partnership between ‪#‎EskasoniFirstNation‬, ‪#‎SurfAssociationofNS‬, ‪#‎NSDeptofCommunitiesCultureandHeritage‬and ‪#‎RichmondCounty‬

This spring 2016, ‪#‎Membertou‬used ‪#‎AftertheBell‬‪#‎funding‬to train 8 youth in ‪#‎bronzemedallion‬. Two of these girls went on to finish ‪#‎bronzecross‬and six will be completing bronze cross over the summer. Two will also be training as ‪#‎juniorsurfinstructors‬. Through this partnership, we are growing aquatics leadership in the ‪#‎CapeBretonRegion

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

Baddeck Academy Health & Wellness Day 2016 HELD

Proudly Supported & Partnered by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Since 2013)

  ONE

May 18, 2016

   SNACK

Jocelyn & Shandel

(Staff Room)

 LEARN TO

   RUN

Rae Harvey

(Mrs.

MacGrath)

 ST.JOHN AMBULANCE

Tony Deveaux

(Miss Baird)

      RUGBY

Brian MacLeod

(Big Gym)

      RCMP

Eric Latwaitis

(Mrs.

MacMillan)

 CIRCUIT

    TRAINING

Kait & Natasha

(Multi-purpose Rm)

ROTATION

    TWO

May 18, 2016    

     SNACK

Vermi-Compost

Jennifer Ripley

(Family Studies

Cooking Room)

LEARN TO        

     RUN

Carol Campbell

(Music Room)

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Kelsey & Deena

(Miss Baird’s)

HIP HOP DANCE

Northside Dance

Jenna & Marissa

(Mr.

Winter’s)

HEALTHY ACTIVE

JEOPARDY

 

 

(Mr.

Podetz’s)

    GAELIC

  COLLEGE

  Milling Frolic

David Rankin

(Art Room)

Naturally Active Victoria County For Life Congratulates Morgan Book – A Green Leader to Call Our Own 

Clean NS is thrilled to pass on the news that one of their staff, Youth Corps Coordinator Morgan Book, has been named one of the ‘Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders” by Corporate Knights, the Canadian “Magazine for Clean Capitalism,” in large part due to her excellent leadership on the NS Youth Corps Program

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County was included in this, as we were a key part of the NSCC Youth Corps Program Success as well (Trail Ambassador & Nature Ambassadors (2) summer positions 2014 & 2015)

2016 Hiking Summit A Resounding Success and Naturally Active for Life Victoria County was a Proud Participant!

On behalf of Hike Nova Scotia and the Hiking Summit organizing committee, I would like to thank you for being part of the Summit. Hike NS is grateful to have had top notch co-hosts in organizing the Summit: the Digby Area Recreation Commission and the Fundy Erratics hiking group. We also thank the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for its support. We had a total of 175 people at the Summit – our biggest turn-out yet! 

The silent auction – a first for Hike NS – raised about $3,000. Thank you to those who participated for your generosity in bidding for items. We also thank the generous businesses, organizations and individuals who donated items to the auction. To view photos from the Summit, please view Hike NS’s Twitter and Facebook accounts as well as the Fundy Erratics Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/169282586582217/. Read about the Hiking Summit Award recipients here http://tiny.cc/hoi6by Attached are the notes from the Future of Hiking in Nova Scotia – An Interactive Discussion session, facilitated by Steven Rolls. By special request, also attached are recipes for some of the gluten-free and vegan food at the Summit, provided courtesy of Anna-Marie MacKenzie Kelly. The folks in Digby are happy to welcome you back to the Digby area this summer and fall to experience the trails. 

We can’t wait for the 2017 Hiking Summit in Tatamagouche. Our co-host will be the Cobequid Eco-Trails Society. We’ll be celebrating Hike Nova Scotia’s tenth anniversary next year, so we hope to see you all there to help us mark this special occasion! Janet Barlow, Executive Director, Hike Nova Scotia info@hikenovascotia.ca / www.hikenovascotia.ca

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Participated in the NS Outdoor Network Launch (June 14, 2016) – ONLaunch-NewsRelease-June2016 (3)

http://globalnews.ca/video/2765965/outdoor-network

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#‎NaturallyActiveforLifeVictoriaCounty‬ Proud to Support & Partner with Wagmatcook First Nation on Successful ‪#‎Coaches‬ Certification in ‪#‎NCCP‬ & ‪#‎HighFive‬ June 11  12, 2016 in Membertou

“This past weekend was huge in the ‪#‎development‬ of ‪#‎sport‬ in our communities. As a joint effort between ‪#‎Membertou‬, ‪#‎SportNovaScotia‬, and #HighFive, 37 community members from 6 ‪#‎Mikmaw‬ communities, Membertou, ‪#‎Eskasoni‬, ‪#‎Potlotek‬, ‪#‎Wagmatcook‬, ‪#‎Waycobah‬, and ‪#‎Paqtnkek‬ are now #NCCP certified coaches in ‪#‎softball‬, ‪#‎soccer‬, ‪#‎basketball‬ and ‪#‎volleyball‬

We also have 29 coaches dedicated to making #sport and ‪#‎recreation‬ experiences positive, by becoming certified in High Five Sport. I want to send out a huge thank you to Sport NS, each sport trainer, and each community for supporting the growth of trained athletes in Mi’kmaw communities. Sport training has been on my radar for the last 3 years, and I am certainly not finished yet!!” – Krista Devoe, Physical Activity Coordinator, Membertou

NS Thrive Facility Access Funding Program in Partnership with Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Making A Difference in Victoria County For 3rd Straight Year 

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https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/2016/06/15/ns-thrive-major-sport-and-recreation-facility-access-program-continues-to-make-a-difference-in-victoria-county/

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

Great Accomplishments by so many students with so many activities, opportunities for students to participate in a variety of initiatives. Kudos to All!

 

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5th Annual Victoria County Trails Day 2016 A Success

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North River Falls (June 4th, 2016) with 14 Participants:

-31,500 Steps
-14.41 Miles
-5611 Calories Burned
-140 floors
-96 Heart Rate

Group Shot (s) from our 5th Annual ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬ ‪#‎TrailsDay‬ (14th ‪#‎InternationalTrailsDay‬) at ‪#‎NorthRiverFalls‬ – June 4, 2016, it was greatly appreciatedwith ‪#‎social‬, ‪#‎nature‬, ‪#‎physicalactivity‬, physical activity, physical activity…great for the ‪#‎mentalhealth

Great ‪#‎NorthRiverFalls‬‪#‎Hike‬on ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬‪#‎InternationalTrailsDay‬(5th Annual) & Guide Marshall Kaiser Proudly Presented by ‪#‎NaturallyActiveforLifeVictoriaCountyThank You Everyone for a Memorable Experience, social & ‪#‎PhysicalActivity

Thank You again – (Thank You Marshall Kaiser for the pics & guiding)
-On ‪#‎NationalHealthandFitnessDay‬+ #InternationalTrailsDay – June 2016

Thank You Wallace Matthew for the pics & Video!

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

That is a wonderful testimonial! Thank you for sharing😄” – Patsy MacKenzie (June 10, 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 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 (June 5, 2016)

Lindsey Dauphney  – “Awesome pic guys!” (June 7, 2016)

@gammaboxer: “Group shot from Saturdays (North River Falls) Hike” @PAStrategyVC @ourbaddeck https://t.co/sJofx3RZ4Vhttps://www.twitter.com/gammaboxer/status/739932764867317760

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 inour 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)

Enjoyed ‪#‎Spinnigans‬ ‪#‎Hike‬ with 14 Participants – June 5, 2016 – 5th Annual ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬ ‪#‎TrailsDay‬ – Thank You All & Guide Brigitta Buehlman on a fantastic wrap to Trails Day Celebrations Wknd

‪#‎NaturallyActiveforLifeVictoriaCounty‬‪#‎PhysicalActivityStrategy‬‪#‎NovaScotia‬‪#‎NSTrails‬‪#‎HikeNS‬#Hike ‪#‎InternationalTrailsDay‬‪#‎CabotTrail‬‪#‎CapeBretonIsland‬‪#‎TourismCB‬‪#‎Trails‬‪#‎Outdoors‬‪#‎Nature‬‪#‎Adventure‬‪#‎GaelicSingersHall

Yvonne MegensIt was amazing! Going back very soon!” (June 6, 2016)

Jenn AndersonAmazing!” (June 6, 2016) 

“Thanks for sending along the photos (5th Trails Day)! 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) 

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

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

4th Annual Baddeck Academy Health & Wellness Fair 2016 A Success

(May 18th) was ‪#‎BaddeckAcademy‬4th Annual ‪#‎HealthandWellnessFair‬2016

‪#‎Students‬, ‪#‎staff‬& ‪#‎community‬come together, had tons of fun, and learn a about leading a ‪#‎healthyactivelifestyle‬. The day was a grand success, and that’s almost an understatement.

Hi Vince – The Health & Wellness Fair was a HUGE success once again!” –  Karen Welton, (Organizer-Baddeck Academy Teacher), June 8, 2016

With the help of an amazing staff, the day (May 18, 2016) ran seemlessly and presenters commented on the wonderful behavior of our students. But beyond that was the ‪#‎magic‬ of the day… when some 250 staff & students rested in “savasna” after being led through a ‪#‎yoga‬ routine… when #students sang in unison a little ‪#‎gaelic‬ tune to the beat of their hands at the ‪#‎millingfrolic‬…when the Grade 12s led a dance where they all held hands, boys & girls together, as the entire school chimed in and copied their actions… when a certain little student was tickled pink to have won a lunchbox container… and truthfully I could go on…Many thanks to our 23 presenters, our Parent group, all the students, all the staff and ‪#‎NaturallyActiveforLifeVictoriaCounty‬, who partnered on the initiative” — Karen Welton, Event Organizer (Baddeck Academy)

Baddeck Clean-up May 14, 2016

 

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Beginner Yoga – Englishtown: Spring 2016

We had fourteen participants last night (May 3, 2016 with Certified Instructor) Patsy (MacKenzie) & our Beginner Yoga (Program). Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for your support” – Connie MacAskill (Giant MacAskill Heirs Association)
Tuesdays – Beginner Yoga
7:00 pm, #ShaunackieHall (behind the #GiantMacAskillMuseum).
Fee: Only $8/per class -Some mats available, or bring your own and some water
Proudly Supported By ‎#NaturallyActiveforLifeVictoriaCounty‬ in Partnership with ‎#GiantMacAskillHeirsAssocation‬ ‪‎#VictoriaCountyPhysicalActivityStrategy‬ #‎MPAL‬ ‎#Englishtown‬ ‪‎#VictoriaCounty‬ #‎CabotTrail‬ #‎Yoga

#‎NaturallyActiveVictoriaCounty‬is a Proud Partner of ‪#‎BaMCapeBreton‬ (Since 2012) Benefiting Our ‪#‎Youth‬in ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬and all of ‪#‎CapeBreton‬:

Conference – ‪#‎EskasoniApril 15-17, 2016 Successful:

#NaturallyActiveVictoriaCounty is a Proud Partner of BaM Cape Breton (Since 2012)

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 #CapeBreton Partnership Testimonials from De-briefing in #Wagmatcook, #VictoriaCounty (today – May 24, 2016) of Spring 2016 Conference Held in #Eskasoni:
•”Went exceptionally well; Really enjoyable; Mentors; Wonderful time; Positive feedback; Kids (Host committee) did an amazing job – hospitality & all teams that participated; all activities went well; liked all the cultural activities; Welcome baskets were well received along with Field Goods Wall and take home / keepers” / •”Elder Speaker talking of the history of #MiKmaw left a lasting impression with me” – Look for a great B.a.M Camp Fall 2016 – Details tba. Participants, teams do not want to miss this one!
#NaturallyActiveforLifeVictoriaCounty #Eskasoni #Waycobah #Membertou #NSDeptCommunitiesCultureHeritage #CBVRSB

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/…/bam-cape-breton/

‪#‎Wagmatcook‬‪#‎WagmatcookeweySchool‬‪#‎Memberou‬‪#‎Potlotek‬‪#‎CBRM‬‪#‎Sydney

BringBackWinterPlay
Bring Back Play with Old-Fashioned Pond Hockey HELD at the Rink!
NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW
A Big Thank You to Dr. John Ritter, Palliative Care and ALL Partners for their support:
Downloadable Schedule Included:

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Looking for in-service activities for you and your family?

“Bring Back Pond Hockey Family Play” with Old Fashioned Pond Hockey at the Rink – Sessions HELD FREE:

November 27, 2015
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

December 11, 2015
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

December 23, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 pm

February 15, 2016
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Taking a shot at putting the fun back in hockey… We hear about a program called “Bring Back Pond Hockey”, organizer Andrew MacDonald gives us the skinny on some games of shinny planned for the Baddeck Rink (Victoria Highland Civic Centre) this Winter. Everyone welcome! (runs 6:46)

Please note: ***Parents must have stick and helmet; Children youth must have stick and helmet with full cage

Proudly Supported by Your Partners in Your Health:
-Dr. John Ritter
-Naturally Active Victoria County
-Victoria Highland Civic Centre
-Victoria County
-NS Thrive! A plan for a healthier Nova Scotia
-NS Health & Wellness Active Living Branch

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 made 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 https://www.facebook.com/thenvcc/?fref=nf  (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 https://www.facebook.com/thenvcc/?fref=nf (April 16, 2016)

They were successful (5th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Weekend Physical Activity Challenge 2016) but would not be very profitable without assistance. Thanks for everything” – Robin Stuart (Sept. 1, 2016)

Naturally Active Victoria County Hosted Hiking / Trails Guru Michael Haynes – 3 Presentations in Victoria County April 6 & 7, 2016:

CBC’s Information Morning Sydney, NS Steve Sutherland Interviewed Michael Haynes Before his Victoria County Stop on April 6th:

(1.) Seniors Luncheon

April 6, 2016

St Ann’s Bay United Church Hall

#‎NaturallyActiveVictoriaCounty‬ Glad to see Participants Enjoyed ‪#‎MichaelHaynes‬ Presentation at St. Ann’s Seniors Luncheon

Great crowd, social, food, presentation with great feedback. Kudos to all involved and thank you for the nice comments on a nice initiative

‪#‎HikeNS‬ ‪#‎NSTrails‬ ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬ ‪#‎Trails‬ ‪#‎Hiking

North Victoria Library, Ingonish

(2.) April 6, 2016 – 6:30 pm

#‎NaturallyActiveVictoriaCounty‬ Proud to Host ‪#‎MichaelHaynes‬ ‪#‎Hiking‬ & ‪#‎Trails‬ Guru Who Presented at the ‪#‎VictoriaNorthRegionalLibraryBranch‬ in ‪#‎Ingonish‬ “Best of the ‪#‎TCT‬ ‪#‎TransCanadaTrail‬,”

Thank You Librarian Leona for making this happen! Turned out great. We wish to thank participants of the great comments on the presentation. but also the nice comments on the work of #NaturallyActiveVictoriaCounty (Est. 2011) – ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬ ‪#‎PhysicalActivityStrategy‬ it’s greatly appreciated. Vince Forrestall, Coordinator

Baddeck Public Library

(3.) April 7, 2016 – 6:30 pm

Thanks Vince for tonight’s meeting – it was great” – Athol Grant (District 2 – Councilor)

Pleasure to have ‪#‎MichaelHaynes‬Presenting at the ‪#‎BaddeckLibrary‬the final of 3 ‪#‎NaturallyActiveVictoriaCounty‬Hosted. Thank you to all who participated, each venue/organization & Michael. Very successful. THANK YOU Kate Oland, Cora-Lee & your team at the Baddeck Library in allowing us to do this, it’s greatly appreciated: “Thanks Vince for tonight’s meeting-it was great” – Athol Grant (District 2 Councilor)

We look forward to more presentations in the future on very topics benefiting you & your health‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬‪#‎TCT‬‪#‎TransCanadaTrail‬‪#‎NSTrails‬‪#‎HikeNS‬. ‪#‎Hiking‬‪#‎Trails‬‪#‎Cycling‬‪#‎PhysicalActivity‬‪#‎CBRL‬#BaddeckLibrary ‪#‎StAnnsSeniorsLuncheons

Presentation Title: The Best of the Trans Canada Trail in Eastern Canada.

Bio Sketch: Since starting hiking at the relatively late age of 31, Michael has hiked in every province in Canada, many parts of the U.S., Australia, and several countries in Europe and Asia. An inability to find accurate trail information lead to his first book, Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia, 7th edition, and since then, nine others. He has been a regular contributor to CBC Radio, and has published numerous articles about Canada’s outdoors, both locally and nationally. Michael has also been a presenter at the Canadian, Australian, and American national trail conferences. In addition to writing, Michael works in trail development and active transportation. He has been as a member of the consulting team producing trail plans for Sault Ste. Marie, Chatham-Kent, and North Grenville, and active transportation/bike plans for Oromocto, Corner Brook,Lunenburg, and Essex County. Michael tries to walk every day: In the three years, 2010-2015, he walked/ran 31,800,000 steps, or 26,700 km – a daily average of more than 12 km. When not hiking, he orienteers, runs, bikes, cross-country skis, and otherwise keeps active.

We had a good 8-hr snowshoe orienteering event in Wentworth on Feb. 6, 2016. If you want to see some pictures: https://www.pinterest.com/hikerhaynes/storm-the-mountain-2016/

Have fun, see you (relatively) soon. Michael Haynes – Nova Scotia, Canada – p: 902.478.1863 / e-mail: hikerhaynes@gmail.com / tel #: @HikerHaynes

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THANK YOU for Making the 5th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2016 A Success

A BIG THANK YOU To Our Partners in Health:
-Victoria County Volunteers, Leaders, Organizations, Service Providers & Facility Operators
-Naturally Active Victoria County (Est. 2011)
-Victoria County
-ACOA
-Destination Cape Breton

Testimonials:
-Rhonda Douglas Cardwell “Your fun activities make me wish that we lived up there in the winter!” (Feb. 2, 2016)

-Lars Willum “Great to see all those winter activities in our County:)” (Feb. 2, 2016)

-Howard MacKinnon “Nice shot (Ingonish River Snowshoe-see attached) Vince these folks stayed at our cottages (Knotty Pines) they were great!” (Feb. 21)

“Thanks so much Vince! It was a great day, and everything went so well. Hopefully it continues to get bigger and better for years to come. Thank you for you support, and I look forward to working with you again” – Cyril MacDonald – 5th Annual JJ McDermott Long John Jaunt 2016, Ross Ferry, Victoria County

5th Annual #‎MiddleRiver‬ ‪#‎Baddeck‬ Old Time Commute ‪#‎Snowshoe‬ Trek 2016 HELD March 6, 2016:

THANK YOU:

-“Hi Vince, Thanks for all the photos. It was a great hike. It was certainly a day I will remember for years to come. Great people, perfect conditions and good food! Thanks again for a memorable day! Hope to see u again on the trail! Take care” – Annie Maxwell (March 7, 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 as 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“.

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

“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

They were successful (5th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Weekend Physical Activity Challenge 2016) but would not be very profitable without assistance. Thanks for everything” – Robin Stuart (Sept. 1, 2016)

Spring 2016 Navigation Course A Success

Thank You to Instructor Minga O’Brien & All Participants on Completing the Very Successful 2nd Navigation Course April 9 & 10, Baddeck Forks
Naturally Active Victoria County (Est. 2011) is Working For You & Your Health with “Skill Development” Opportunities like this
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 – Participant (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)

10 participants Feb. 18, 2016 at the Gourd O’l Time Workshop last night…Great comments:

Great time, social, skill development, leadership (Georgia-Thank You) etc. at the ‪#‎GourdeOlTimeWorkshop yesterday evening at the ‪#‎BaddeckCommunityCentre with lots of great comments on the session, while asking for more of the same in the future…

Proudly Supported By:

‪#‎NaturallyActiveVictoriaCounty

‪#‎VictoriaCounty

‪#‎BaddackandAreaFarmersMarket

‪#‎VictoriaCountyCommunityHealthBoard

Recipes of the Workshop can be found at the following link (Feb. 18th – Under Gourde O’l Time Workshop): https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/winter-activefest/

Thanks for your support!” Errol MacInnis, Tim Hortons Baddeck (Nov. 22, 2016)

 

Nice to lead (Vince Forrestall -Naturally Active Victoria County) a great program ‪#‎SundaysOnSnow‬ with super participants enjoying social, ‪#‎physicalactivity‬ with nice scenery in a great place we live, play, work ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬ ‪#‎CapeBretonIsland‬ ‪#‎novascotiawinter‬ 3 degrees, yesterday (Jan. 31, 2016) ‪#‎winterwonderland‬ – the drive to was just worth the trip. Thank you all, including sweeper Marshall Kaiser and Eileen Woodford for the opportunity. Appreciated. “Looks like Vince & Marshall (Kaizer) led the group of 12 through an enchanted forest this afternoon. The woods were marshmallow coated, and frozen falls spectacular. Thanks so much Vince and Marshall! Looked like it was wonderful to be in the woods today” – Eileen Woodford, Program Leader.

Great Testimonial-“Morning watering of seeds planted at the Up!Skilling Food Festival yesterday — please let these make it to transplanting, and even better, to eating! A fantastic event put together by ACAP Cape Breton, New Dawn, and a host of other sponsors. Last year’s festival led to my first raised garden bed….this year I promise not to forget about everything I plant” – Monika Dutt (Apr. 18, 2016)

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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)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for attending this year’s Health Fair at CBU (Feb. .  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, Executive Assistant, CBU Students’ Union (Feb. 5, 2016)

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

AMANSVictoriaCountyAwardOctober2015Municipality 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)

Last night I had the wonderful experience of leading beautiful people through their practice of yoga in Cape North. Thank you to Vince Forrestall and Rose Mary for supporting a healthful way of being to the community. Wednesday’s at 4pm for 7 more weeks. Namaste” – Faye Chipchase May 21, 2015

Successful Snowshoes 2016

7 participated in the March 13, 2016 Hike NS Winter Guided Hike series on Skyline Trail, CBHNP in partnership with Naturally Active Victoria County 7.3 kms; 2 hrs 40 min’s – also St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Guided Snowshoe Hike included a snowshoe to a favorite; Spinnigan’s March 12, 2016 Breton Cove with 22 participants 5.36 kms; 1 hr 50 min snowshoe led by Brigitte Beuhman

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Victoria County Municipal Council has 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)

STRATEGY CELEBRATION – With Olympian: 2 Time Gold Medalist-Flag Bearer Heather Moyse (October 20 & 21, 2014)

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/testimonials/celebration/

Karen Breen WeltonWish she could come back and speak again! She was amazing!” (Sept. 14, 2017)

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2 Time Gold Medalist & Flag Bearer Heather Moyse Presents To Schools During “Celebration” Oct 20 & 21, 2014
Rankin School @RankinSchool – “No Regrets” @HeatherMoyse explains her motto as no excuses. We make choices that help us write our story – Believe in the Possibilities.” @PAStrategyVC
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Naturally Active – Celebrating 3 Years (2011 to 2014)
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Heather Led Interactive Races During Her Presentations – this one at Cabot School (Oct. 20th)

HI Vince. Happy New Year!!!! I’m so glad that I was able to be a part of the Celebration, and hopefully help in vamping up the exciting surrounding the Strategy! I hope you are doing well, and that 2015 has started off as a wonderful year for you, with lots of promise ahead. Smiles”…. Heather Live to inspire! www.heathermoyse.com @HeatherMoyseWagmatcookewey School Rankin School of the Narrows

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Perfect Day to be Outdoors & Naturally Active-North Highlands Nordic Open House 2016
What makes a perfect day in January (2016) in Northern Cape Breton?
-Around 120 eager participants found the answer to that question on Sunday January 10, 2016. North Highlands Nordic Ski Club hosted their annual Open House under sunny skies and near perfect conditions. Anyone wanting to go for a ski could do so for free thanks to the support of the Naturally Active Victoria County (Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Est. 2011) Program.
-First time skiers and experienced skiers from 2 years to 75yrs enjoyed the trails groomed by the dedicated volunteer groomers Dan McNeil and Maurice Curtis. Almost all the trails were open and in good condition. Inside the heated ski room Alison Fraser, the paid worker, had help from several volunteers making sure everyone had the right equipment. After their adventure, happy skiers and snowshoers gathered in the heated ski room to enjoy a snack.
-The Open House was an opportunity to let everyone learn about all the winter activities provided by NHN Ski Club. There is something for everyone.
• The ski room is open daily from 10 to 5 pm.
• Ski rentals and day passes are available for regular skiers- a season pass and season rentals are more cost effective.
• Special family rates.
• The Jack Rabbit learn to ski program for grades primary to 6
• the Jack Bunny program for ages 3 (as of Dec 31/15 )and 4 yrs olds
• Both programs starts January 17 and runs for 10 weeks weather permitting.
• Track Attack is for young skiers age 10 and up interested in racing All the instructors are volunteers.
• The School Ski Program is another opportunity for young skiers to experience the fun of winter.
• For the grown up skiers there is the Ski and Snowshoe and Tea every Tuesday morning. Ski club member are always willing to give some help for first time skiers or snowshoers Bring your lunch and join everyone in the ski room and share a cup of tea.
• Information on all the programs can be found on the ski club website at nshn.xcski.ca or by calling 902.383.2479.
-Special events are also happening this winter.
• The Provincial Cross Country Championships will bring skiers from around NS January 30 and 31. There is a special recreational category this year for those not ready to compete against the top in the province.
• February 14, in partnership with Hike NS and Victoria County Naturally Active, there is a Adult Snowshoe and Fondue.
• The Ski Loppet, a citizen event for all abilities will be held March 13.
• Daniel Murray, the Provincial Cross Country Ski Coach is offering an Introduction to Community Coaching course for those who want to get involved teaching their own children or helping out with the children’s programs.
-Attending all or some of the activities at North Highlands Nordic will make a perfect winter for everyone! – Prepared & Presented By Rosemary Algar, North Highlands Nordic & Resident of Victoria County (Jan. 14, 2016)

Re-connecting to Nature Cape Breton Region Workshop Hosted by Naturally Active Victoria County – Spring 2015

 

 

Navigation Course (Nov. 14 & 15, 2015) – Baddeck Forks

Navigation Course Group (Nov. 14 & 15, 2015). Thanks so much for the informative weekend. You (Minga O’Brien) did a great job & I think everyone enjoyed it” – Thanks, David Quimby (Participant)

Vince, Just wanted to mention that the (Navigation) course (Nov 14 & 15, 2015) was just what I needed. Minga did a great job with a group that was of different experience levels. Location was great. Thanks” – Spencer Wadden (Participant) Nov. 23, 2015

Navigation Course Evaluations:

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“.

Activator Walking Pole Research Project

Research Sub-Committee: John Hudec and Kathryn Gwynn-Brett reported that the activator walking pole research project had 15 women over the age of 55. The seventh class just finished. There was good participation with a minimum of twelve participants each week. Vince Forrestall, Naturally Active Victoria County provided $500 for the purchase of pedometers which have been great motivators. Kathryn will be doing the final reassessments over the next few weeks with the hope of being completed by Christmas. She indicated that stride length has been noted to have a high correlation with falls risk; participants in this research project have been noting an increase in their stride length with use of the walking poles.John has been sending data collected to a student for analysis. Discussion regarding what to do with the research: share locally, use to recruit for future programs, present to interdisciplinary council, reach out to elderly community dwellers. Query any elder friendly initiatives within the Eastern Zone, NSHA etc. Eileen Woodford (Chair-Rural Chronic Disease Committee)thanked John and Kathryn for their perseverance with the research study. (Nov. 30, 2015)

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

North Highlands Nordic Successful Open House Held – January 10, 2016

What a fantastic day we had today with over 100 participants at  our open house!” – North Highlands Nordic

Hi Vince, Thanks for coming to our Open House.  Jenna is a sweetheart! We had at least 110 participants when all was said and done.  We tried to showcase what we have to offer hoping to interest individuals in the youth programs, season passes and our other upcoming events” – Linda Murray, North Highlands Nordic (Jan 11, 2016)

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North Highlands Nordic In Cape North in partnership with Naturally Active Victoria County offered an experience of fantastic cross country skiing & snowshoeing:

Complimentary use of:

Ski Trails

Ski equipment

Snowshoes

Learned about NHN programs and events:

Bunny Rabbit Program for preschoolers

Jackrabbits for elementary students

Track Attack racing program

Tuesdays Ski Snowshoe & Tea for adults

Open House 2016 was Proudly Presented by Proud Partners in Your Wellness:

North Highlands Nordic

Naturally Active Victoria County

Victoria County

NS “Thrive”

NS Health & Wellness Active Living Branch

2nd Annual Merry 7mas Free Family Skates 2015 HELD

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Download Schedule:

Victoria Highland Civic Centre (Baddeck Rink)
2nd Annual “Merry 7mas Free Family Skates” Were Proudly Presented by Your Partners in Wellness:
• Midway Motors
• Naturally Active Victoria County
• Victoria County
• Tim Hortons
• Victoria Highland Civic Centre
• NS Thrive
• NS Health & Wellness Active Living Branch

BOWSHats off to your organization encouraging and make programs affordable for individuals and families – We have a full workshop for 2016 Winter BOW (Feb. 19-21, 2016, St.Ann’s – Gaelic College)  Participants come from all parts of Nova Scotia from Cape Breton County through to Mainland.  Thanks again” – Cheers, Gail Holman (February-19-2016)

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Naturally Active for Life Victoria County On RNS Conference Committee 2013

The Annual Grant Potter Memorial Hockey Tournament 2013 – Centre 200 

Hockey organized by Vince Forrestall, Coordinator – Naturally Active Victoria County

RNS Delegates Defeat CBRM Police/Firefighters in a Shoot-out

The annual Grant Potter Memorial Hockey Tournament took place Tuesday Night at Centre 200 as part of Recreation NS Conference 2013 at Sydney.

New uniforms were introduced, a video of Grant was shown, official dropping of the puck with two former nhl oldtimers. The Cape Breton Tradesmen Major Midget Hockey Players refereed the game.

Grant Potter was the Recreation Director of the town of Annapolis Royal. Grant was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on Parker Mountain Road. He left behind a wife, Gina, and his children.

In addition to his day job, Grant helped out in so many other ways around our community from helping to organize the Fun Day at our local elementary school to helping out with the dancing in the Farmers’ Market.

SUCCESSFUL RNS Conference 2013 Tradeshow HELD

Organized by Vince Forrestall, Coordinator – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County

 

 

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THANK YOU VICTORIA STANDARD FOR COVERAGE OF NATURALLY ACTIVE VICTORIA COUNTY – Since June 13, 2011

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Santa’s Workshop 2015 – Bay St Lawrence

I Jeannie want to thank everyone who donated items of all sizes and shapes to make our 2nd Santa`s Workshop a success again this year. Thanks to Vince Forrestall (Naturally Active Victoria County) and his team of partners who donated snacks and fresh fruit to help Santa`s workshop happen. We had a lot of kids and Youth and friends and family who came today to have a great time watching and talking to kids and youth. I love seeing all ages enjoying what our community has to offer which is the support of the community at all times. Amy Fraser MacKinnon and Corrine Mac Kinnon prob have sore fingers from all the wrapping they did for the kids.LOL. My kids are slowly growing up on me so it was nice to sit and talk to the younger kids as they did their crafts I miss those days. P.S Thanks to Trix Mackinnon and Frankie Mac Kinnon for setting up yesterday and lugging boxes with me .Love yas. See you all NEXT YEAR same place and same time” – Jeannie Bonnar (Dec. 19, 2015).

Local Yoga Books for Victoria County Children & Youth

Resident Patsy MacKenzie – Published a Yoga Book Circulated locally and to local residents.

Picture at Baddeck Academy to borrow the Kids Yoga Book. Angela Currie, Boularderie Principal took another photo on her camera at Boularderie School of the 1st 4 students to borrow the book. Kids were super excited to have it to take home. Thank you for your support!” – Patsy MacKenzie,, Certified Yoga Instructor & Member of the Strategy Implementation Team VCAN (Victoria County Action Network) Representing Big Bras d’Or

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County is a Proud Supporter in partnership with CBVRSB, Baddeck Academy, Boularderie School, Victoria County.

 

40 Attended Free “Christmas Family Skating Party” November 28, 4:30 – 6:00 pm – timbits. hot chocolate, candy canes and Christmas music were made available. Victoria Highland Civic Centre (Baddeck Rink) as part of the 2nd Annual Victoria County Mas Skates. “Merry 7mas Free Family Skates” Were Proudly Presented by Partners in Health: Midway Motors; Naturally Active Victoria County; Victoria County; Tim Hortons; Victoria Highland Civic Centre; NS Thrive; NS Health & Wellness Active Living Branch

SUCCESSFUL 2nd Annual Merry 7mas Free Family Skates Held 2015

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“Merry 7mas Free Family Skates” are Proudly Presented by Your Partners in Health:
• Midway Motors
• Naturally Active Victoria County
• Victoria County
• Tim Hortons
• Victoria Highland Civic Centre
• NS Thrive
• NS Health & Wellness Active Living Branch

Successful Skill Development Courses Held

Bike Maintenance and Basic Repairs & CAN-BIKE 1

Held June 6 – June 7 at Old Post Office – Baddeck

These sessions were for are for individuals 15 years of age and older who are cycling already and wanted to improve their skills and abilities. During the 3-hr Bike Maintenance & Basic Repairs session participants learned how to maintain and perform basic repairs on their own bicycle Review: brakes, drive train, wheels & tires, flats, clean and lube.

CAN-BIKE 1 is a nationally approved Safe Cycling Program to give participants more skills, knowledge as well as confidence which in turn heightens their overall cycling enjoyment.

CAN-BIKE 1 is a 9-hr, 3 parts program:

In-Class, 2. Parking Lot Skill Builder, 3. On-the-road Confidence Builder

Went over many aspects of safe bicycling and introduce some new

concepts and information. www.velocapebreton.ca

Program was offered FREE to citizens of Victoria County.

Presented by: Velo Cape Breton’s Jacques Coté, CB Instructor

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High Five Sport Training

http://www.highfive.org/take-action/get-trained/high-five-sport

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Held at Baddeck Academy, May 30th, 2015

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Field Leader – Hiking Course

Baddeck – June 13 & 4, 2015. St. Michael’s Parish Hall.

Provide participants with Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) national certification in Field Leader – Hiking.

This includes skills to organize and lead others in a one day, educational or activity based experience in a natural environment.

The course was two full days in length and provided successful candidates with the necessary skills to be a confident hiking leader.  The program was suitable for hiking club leaders, trail group volunteers, recreation department staff, teachers, 4H leaders, Scout and Guide leaders, parents or individuals interested in leading hikes. Courses are taught by OCC certified instructors.

The course was offered through Hike Nova Scotia in partnership with the Nova Scotia Chapter of the OCC, Naturally Active Victoria County, Victoria County and supported by NS Health and Wellness Active Living Branch

http://www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects/leadership-hiking-course/

Naturally Active Proud To Support Exercise Classes in Dingwall

Exercise Classes held at the Capstick Manor in Dingwall started on March 31, 2015 and ended June 2nd, 2015. The average attendance was between 8 and 10 participants. All seniors were very pleased with the program-very much appreciated” – Rita Goodman & Mary Burton. Hats Off to Margrit Gallagher as well on her efforts in securing funding and being involved in the start-up, Naturally Active very proud to support to the success to all involved. Hats Off to All.

That is great. Thank you for organizing Vince” (Humes River Falls Hike) – May 30, 2015

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Two 1 Year “JCP” Positions (Naturally Active Jan. 5, 2014 – December 2015)
Old Post Office Baddeck – 532 Chebucto Street 

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

-CBRM

-Inverness County

-Richmond County

-Port Hawkesbury

-Employment NS (NS Labour & Advanced Education)

Naturally Active Victoria County Celebrated NS Walk Day May 13, 2015

“Early Riser” – Highwheeler Café & “Noon Hour”  – Bean There

Proudly Supported by www.naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com in Partnership

 

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Walkabout Holiday Challenge 2016

The holidays can be a tough time to stay active and away from junk food. Beginning with the first holiday party and all the way through to our New Year’s resolutions we often find ourselves tempted by less than healthy food and lots of opportunities to make excuses to not work out. Why wait until January 1st to set a resolution to live an active and healthy lifestyle? Why not start right now? Let us help you with a pre holiday challenge…12 days of Healthy Living. The goal is not to avoid all fun activities but to remember to create opportunities each day to be healthy.

So what to do? Here is a 12 day challenge walkaboutholidaychallengens2016 .  Grab a buddy (or an elf) and agree to start on Dec 1 and keep going  until 12 days are over.

All you need to do is send an email to walkabout@heartandstroke..ca to let us know you are participating. No reporting needed. Just have some fun around your home or office! If you choose to let us know, we will put your name in the elf hat for a $25  certificate from a local grocery store.

Fell free to share with your networks!

Claire Mac Lean (Community Health Promotion Coordinator – Eastern Region)

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia

Park Lane – Mall Level 3, 5657 Spring Garden Road, Box 245

Halifax, NS B3J 3R4 / Phone: 1-800-423-4432ext-1137 | Fax: 902 492-1464 | E-mail  claire.maclean@heartandstroke.ca Life. We don’t want you to miss it.TM That’s why we lead the fight against heart disease and stroke. Our new logo is the face of our deeper transformation and bolder resolve to push even harder, lead greater change and save more lives. See it at heartandstroke.ca

Connect with us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram | LinkedIn

Walking Leader Virtual Training Held

Leading a walking group in workplace, neighborhood, or with your community group? Heart&Stroke Walkabout hosted VIRTUAL Leader Trainings April 14th that supports you in the role of volunteer walking leader. In this role you will inspire others to experience the joyful side of walking that comes from being part of a walking group. These Walkabout at Work leader training sessions happen from the comfort of your home or office for Community leaders. All you need is a computer with internet access and a phone. There is no charge to participate in this walking leader training. Please RSVP to walkabout@heartandstroke.ns.ca E-mail us your contact information and we will find a time for you.

Claire Mac Lean, Community Health Promotion Coordinator, Eastern, Nova Scotia | Heart and Stroke Foundation

Park Lane – Mall Level 3 5657 Spring Garden Road, Box 245 Halifax, NS B3J 3R4 T 902 -334-1137 |  or 1-800-423-4432 ext 1137 cmaclean@heartandstroke.ns.ca| / www.walkaboutns.ca  /  heartandstroke.ca

Dec. 17, 2015 – FREE SKATE FOR ALL GIRLS HELD 

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#ForTheGirls Program went skating at the Baddeck Rink from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. It was for girls only in all grades? ***Skates & helmets were available if needed. You can reach Program Leader Lindsay MacInnis at 902.574.4041

Great program – it couldn’t have been easy to organize with all the different schedules but they totally enjoyed it – thanks to those who made it happen!” – Valerie Mason, Baddeck Academy Parent­

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Held February 25, 2015 – Baddeck and Area / Ingonish and Area

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Winter is a wonderful time to walk. Don’t let cold, wind, snow or rain keep you and your friends/co-workers from heading out for a walk and social. Just dress for the weather. Enjoy the many opportunities to go for a walk during our beautiful Canadian Winter and have a chance to win some swag:

-Kate Oland Librarian at Baddeck Library led a walk on Feb. 25 – Baddeck Library. Librarian Leona Stockley led a walk on Feb. 25 from the North Victoria Library.  https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/2015/02/13/victoria-county-winter-walk-day-2015/

We encouraged workplaces to lead a walk. Winter Walk Day is a partnership between Naturally Active Victoria County, Victoria County, Cape Breton Regional Library, CBVRSB, Active & Safe Routes to School, Heart & Stroke Walkabout™, and Take The Roof Off Winter. Take the Roof Off Winter is brought to you by Recreation Nova Scotia encouraging residents of all ages to winter walk.

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Walkabout at Work Sites

Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ 6 week challenge entitled Walking Wednesdays Winter Challenge for workplaces.  To participate, a minimum of 3 employees from your worksite will commit to walk together (for at least 10 minutes) every Wednesday until February 25.  There will be weekly draws in addition to a grand prize draw for a healthy lunch for your walking team.

Its here – WALKING WEDNESDAY   Nice cool day so sneaker( check) Hat (check) Mittens (check). 2:45 front steps of the court house. Great way to help reach those 10000 steps per day. See you all there. PS . you can walk where ever you are today  as well just let me know how long.

Successful 2nd Wreck Cove Guided Hike Held 

Friday, March 18 – Proudly Supported by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Marcelle Lavoie led her 2nd hike (2013) to Wreck Cove Hydro for the Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest

 https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/be-active/hiking/hike-ns/hike-ns-winter-guided-snowshoe-hike-series/

Baddeck Community Wellness Room Concludes Yr 3 (2014-15)

Your Partners For Your Health: Victoria County, Naturally Active Victoria County, Thrive NS Obesity Strategy, NS Health & Wellness-Active Living Branch, CBVRSB, Baddeck Academy and Cape Breton Family Place Resource Centre

The Last day for the Baddeck Community Wellness Room 2014/15 was April 30th/2015. We returned Fall 2015 (Started Nov 12, 2015). Thank You to our Partners, Participants and leadership for another successful project benefiting residents & visitors of the area that accessed it.

Relay for Health 2012 – Bell Museum

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Walking Wednesdays Winter Challenge Held Winter 2015:

Participate in this fun and easy workplace challenge to help stay physically active and healthy during our Canadian winters. All the best, Claire Mac Lean, Community Health Promotion Coordinator, Eastern, Nova Scotia | Heart and Stroke Foundation, Park Lane – Mall Level 3 5657 Spring Garden Road, Box 245 Halifax, NS B3J 3R4 / T 902 -334-1137 |  or 1-800-423-4432 ext 1137 cmaclean@heartandstroke.ns.ca| –  539-8293
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After the Bell After-school Programs in Victoria County – Update to the Province – March 27, 2015

South of Smokey Fitness Smorgasbord Presentation 2015

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Back2Basics

Initiative which started in the Northside area to create affordable and sustainable recreation for communities. It helps people learn the basics of skating and helps get people, both young and old, out on the ice having fun. On January 3, Back2Basics went to the outdoor rink in Ingonish. The dedicated volunteers of Smokey Recreational Society worked hard creating the ice with the help of both Ingonish Beach and Ingonish Volunteer Fire Departments. The day was cold but none of the skaters minded! It was great to learn some basics to help make skating easier. There were about 22 people, young and old, who took part in the lessons. Naturally Active Victoria County generously supported the program and helped make sure all kids left happy with some hot chocolate to warm them up!

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The picture above is of the Learn With Me skating group for kids under 6 learning the basics of how to get up on their own with their skates on.

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Hello, Here are a few more pictures above from the day.  If you need any more information on Back2Basics you can contact Marylynn Hurley at  Marylynnhurley@gmail.com o 902-265-7740.  The picture of the adults are some of the volunteers at Smokey Recreational Society and those that helped organize the session.   There is also a picture of the instructor, Marylynn Hurley and Arianna Donovan of Ingonish who is three years old and learning to skate. Thanks!” – Marie Hawley

Bring Back Play – Old-Fashioned Pond Hockey on Nov. 27, 2015

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Taking a shot at putting the fun back in hockey… We hear about a program called “Bring Back Pond Hockey”, organizer Andrew MacDonald gives us the skinny on some games of shinny planned for the Baddeck Rink (Victoria Highland Civic Centre) this Winter. Everyone welcome! (runs 6:46)

Easter Weekend Busy at Ski Cape Smokey – April 2015

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Friday (April 3, 2015) an EASTER EGG HUNT was held. The eggs will be numbered and each kid that signed up to go in the hunt were given a number to make sure everyone had a fair egg hunt! 6 bigger eggs were hidden on the hill they are for prizes so if you find one of those you will get a prize! Anyone who was interested in taking part in this event inboxed Tanya Hawley or signup at the lodge (March 29th) or Friday morning (April 3rd)!

To any child that was learning how to ski, also hid eggs inside the lodge so everyone took part and had fun!

Hosted 2nd Annual Family Sliding Party (April 3rd) with free hot chocolate!

Open House Easter Sunday at Ski Cape Smokey Successful

We had a great day at Smokey on Sunday April 5th. The free day was a great success with many new faces on the hill. Lots from Victoria Co but also about 20 from Industrial CB and even 4 from France and Demmark“. “Weather was great and we received excellent comments on the facility and the event. Many wanted to pass on their thanks to Victoria County Active Living for enabling such an event. Once again thank you for all your work“!

Here’s a few stats:
-79 Lift passes provided, plus a number of people went striaght to lift without getting a pass.

With season pass holders we estimate:
-125+ on the mountain
-56 rentals were used

Proudly Presented By:
-Ski Cape Smokey
-Smokey Recreational Society
-Ingonish Development Society
-NS Thrive
-NS Health and Wellness Active Living Branch
– Naturally Active Victoria County
– Victoria County

On Behalf Of All Partners, Thank You Larry Dauphinee and the Team at the Ski Hill on a Great Asset for Victoria County. We Appreciate the Partnership & Efforts Allowing Residents and Visitors to Enjoy the Hill at all available times..

“Easter Sunday” FREE Open House – Ski Cape Smokey

Ingonish – Nature’s Home

Sunday, April 5th

11AM – 4:30PM

FREE Day for Everyone (FREE Lift & Rentals)

Come One, Come All – You do not want to miss this opportunity!

Proudly Presented By:

-Ski Cape Smokey

-Smokey Recreational Society

-Ingonish Development Society

-NS Thrive

-NS Health and Wellness Active Living Branch

– Naturally Active Victoria County

– Victoria County

Snowshoes Hikes were Successfully held in Victoria County During 3rd Annual Winter ActiveFest Feb. 14-March 16, 2014
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Winter Walk Day “Take the Roof Off Winter” – Held Feb. 25, 2015

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Winter is a wonderful time to walk. Don’t let cold, wind, snow or rain keep you and your friends/co-workers from heading out for a walk and social. Just dress for the weather. Enjoy the many opportunities to go for a walk during our beautiful Canadian Winter and have a chance to win some swag:

-Kate Oland Librarian at Baddeck Library led a walk on Feb. 25 leaving the Baddeck Library. For further information: www.ourbaddeck.com

Winter Walk Day was a partnership between Naturally Active Victoria County, Victoria County, Cape Breton Regional Library, CBVRSB, Active & Safe Routes to School, Heart & Stroke Walkabout™, and Take The Roof Off Winter. Take the Roof Off Winter is brought to you by Recreation Nova Scotia

3rd Annual Old Time Commute: Baddeck / Middle River Trek (2014)

Held March 2, 2014

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MacMillans Mtn Road to the Churches (Includes Gillis’s Look-off and Highland Road) in Middle River and then to Chef George Smith’s for food, refreshments and social immediately following the Trek. Led for the 3rd year in a row by Guide Jonathan Saul saulbags@msn.com

35 guided winter snowshoe hikes across Nova Scotia
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Hi Vince, Thanks for making the effort of coming to our Open House and bringing along your delightful daughter.  Ninety-five people signed in but I’m sure we missed a few people.  Nonetheless it was a great success” – Linda Murray, NHN – Included: Complimentary use of: Ski Trails, Ski equipment and Snowshoes

Hiking Summit Apr. 24-26, 2015

Hike Nova Scotia’s annual Hiking Summit held in Scotsburn, Pictou County April 24 to April 26, 2015 

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(Victoria County Hosted 2013 at Gaelic College)

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Held April 11 to 13, 2014 at the  Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro. The Summit was a celebration of Nova Scotia’s hiking culture, which includes sharing best practices, stories and networking opportunities. http://www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects/hiking-summit/

5th Annual CB Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge 2014 A Success

*6th Annual 3 Peaks Challenge: 18, 2005 – See You There!
This unique event  included 2 new mountains in 2014 to hike in one day on July 19th. They were Roberts Mountain (1126), and Sugar Loaf (1400) along with Franey (1400 ft.). Last year’s and this years events were sold out & attracted 24 teams from Quebec, PEI, South Shore, Truro and Cape Breton Island.

The Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge is hosted and organized by the Hike the Highlands Festival Society with assistance from Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and Royal Canadian Legion Branch #124.
http://www.hikethehighlands.com/3-peaks-challenge/introduction/

4th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge 2015 A Success

Hats Off to Organizer Robin Stuart (4th Year) and his team. Naturally Active Victoria County was Proud to Support the 4th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Weekend Physical Activity Challenge:

Those that completed the Mussel Fest Run, Dan MacDonald Run and St. Ann’s Bike completed the 4th Annual Canada Day Challenge 2015 – hats off to all participants, spectators, sponsors, especially the volunteers, organizing committee and Robin Stuart on a job well done.

The web site with many photos and all results for both events is found at:

Here’s the link for Englishtown: http://limitlessracetiming.com/event/34

Here’s the link for Baddeck: http://limitlessracetiming.com/event/35

Englishtown was a success in runners for both 5k and 1k and the 44k bike ride. All participants were very complimentary of the events.

“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 Vince thanks for your help. I couldn’t do it without you”  – Robin

Proceeds of the event goes to support the Baddeck Runners Club and the Englishtown Community Hall Committee

ACOA was also a proud supporter of the event as well. https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/canada-day-challenge/

4th Annual 2015 Trails Day in Victoria County A Success   

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/trails-day/

North Highlands Orchard Project – “Making More Fruit” NorthofSmokeyOrchardProject17 rob first peach sugar loaf NorthofSmokeyOrchardProjectRestorationAppleTreeresolution pam eyking doc

http://www.capebretonpost.com/News/Local/2014-01-12/article-3572668/Project-helps-residents-plant-fruit-and-nuts/1

North Highlands Orchard Project (Since 2014)
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The North Highlands Orchard Project is looking for donations of material to fill the holes/trenches we’ll be planting in next spring at the Bay St. Lawrence Community Centre. 250 highbush blueberries, hazelnuts, elderberry and more will be planted to create a community orchard called “The Grove in the Bay”.

I was inspired to post this request after a generous soul stopped by as we worked there last week, and asked if we wanted some bags of black earth she didn’t need. Thank you! We would be happy to accept as little or as much as you want to donate, or need to get rid of. Eg. bags of raked leaves, black earth, topsoil, peat moss, potting soil , pine needles, eel grass, wood chips, saw dust or wood shavings (from raw, untreated lumber)….You can drop materials off at the BSLCC, by the driveway near the row of ribbons where we did a planting last week. Or we can come and pick them up. If you know of a good place where we can scrounge leaves, pine needles, sawdust etc, that would be great too. Thanks. https://www.facebook.com/claudia.gahlinger?fref=nf

Open House Held Jan. 11, 2015

North Highlands Nordic In Cape North in partnership with Victoria County Naturally Active and NS “Thrive” held an Open House allow residents and visitors an opportunity to experience the fantastic cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

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Hi Vince, Thanks for making the effort of coming to our Open House and bringing along your delightful daughter.  Ninety-five people signed in but I’m sure we missed a few people.  Nonetheless it was a great success” – Linda Murray, NHN

Complimentary use of: Ski Trails, Ski equipment and Snowshoes

Valentines Day Special ❤ Held

“Pictured are members of the MacLeod Clan who came out on Saturday, February 14th to take advantage of the Sweetheart of a Deal Day  to ski or snowshoe at North Highlands Nordic, Cape North.  This Winter Activefest  activity  proudly supported by naturally Active Victoria County saw over 60 participants enjoy  perfect trail and weather conditions. The BBQ after a day on the trails was very enticing and added to the festive atmosphere.” Thanks for your support. Linda

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Grow Your Own Healthy Foods / Prepare Your Own Healthy Foods
Don Nicholson’s Community Garden Soil & Planting Tips A Success
Held, Saturday, May 31st at Baddeck Community Garden (Behind Baddeck Municipal Courthouse) FREE, Everyone Was Invited to Participate “Amend soil, physics, how to seed garden, work it and grow it”

Don Nicholson, PSS, has over 30 years of experience as a producer and horticultural consultant. Best known as the owner/operator of Brookside Gardens in Baddeck Valley, and as a regular columnist on CBC Radio’s Information Morning, Don shares his knowledge, and provides all the details necessary to begin your own healthy growing systems this spring Proudly Presented By the Baddeck and Area Community Market & Proudly supported by Naturally Active Victoria County and Victoria County Community Garden

Ski Girls Rock on Snow Program Popular – Winter 2014

Vince: “Here are a couple pictures of the first Ski Girls Rock on Snow Program .. taken a week ago. I was just arriving back at the ski room with the pizza as they were all gliding across the stadium area to a finish. And in the third picture you can see that the pizza was devoured. (Jen was working) It sure was lovely here and the skiing was fabulous” – Sandra (North Highlands Nordic) Proudly Presented by Sport NS, NHN, Naturally Active Victoria County, Victoria County, NS Health & Wellness

Santa’s Workshop – Dec. 21, 2014

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Great day for all that celebrated today at the centre that for the donations whether it was food for potluck gifts at Santa’s workshop for the kiddies lots of laughs and community spirit for sure smile emoticon the week of eating lol continues tmr night as things are happening down the road at the firehall tarbish 7pm and Tuesday they are hosting a tipsy eve 6-10pm. Lots of presents to choose from at the Center for your family treats thanks to Victoria County Naturally Active (Vince)

Wants to thank Jeannie Bonnar for having the Santa’s workshop today at the Baystlawrence Communitycenter. Lots of kids had the opportunity to pick from excellent gifts for their families, Vince Forrestall came with hot chocolate, apples and oranges, and Amber Bonnar helped with crafts. Also thanking Amy Fraser MacKinnon for her help with wrapping and setting up! It was a very nice afternoon. Thank You Deidre Fraser we enjoyed, especially Jenna. Hats off to you and all involved, glad to be able to contribute to a great Initiative. Thank You Errol MacInnis and Holly for Tim’s Hot Chocolate + Timbits. Partner

2nd Annual Ingonish Family Walk / Run 2014 – Partner

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Snowshoe to Humes River Falls – Held  March 21, 2015 

13 Enjoyed Snowshoe to Humes River Falls! Thank you to all participants for an awesome day of Physical Activity, Social and Snacks! (For the light packer) Thank You Minga O’Brien for leading to 60 ft Falls (Led to falls in Dec 2014 as well) – Falls, River Frozen, but well worth it. Look for a hike here on Trails Day 2015 (1st Sat in June possibly).

Thank You Participant Judy King on the Nice Comments, greatly appreciated: “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. Thank You again Guide Minga O’Brien, Chris Somerville and all the participants, a day we’ll never forget! – Vince Forrestall

Wagmatcook First Nation

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/communities/wagmatcook/

Taekwondo Instruction in Baddeck – Fall/Winter 2014-15 A Success

Thursdays, 6:30 pm at Masonic Hall

Ages 5 + up; (Active For Life: Children, Youth, Adults; Seniors)

Fee: Only $50 a month; Instructor Earl Burke has 2nd degree in taekwondo; Instructor Matthew has a 2nd degree in Wushu and a 2nd degree in Hapkido.

* Please wear comfortable clothing and you’ll be in bare feet.

After 3 successful try it sessions (Fall 2014) – a program for Baddeck & Area November 13th . Please register on-site at the program any thursday.

Proudly Presented By Your Partners For Your Health:

Naturally Active Victoria County; Victoria County; Burke’s Taekwondo and Mi’Kmaw First Nation Taekwondo Association

The Program will follow the Canadian Sport for Life “Active For Life” Taekwondo Model:http://canadiansportforlife.ca/find-quality-sport-programs/taekwondo

For further information &/or to register, please call: Earl Burke, 902.322.5714 or by email: bigearl007@hotmail.com

Taekwondo teaches participants fundamental movement skills, fundamental sport skills and the ABCs – agility, balance, coordination and speed – of physical literacy. This physical literacy is developed through learning different sparring techniques, martial arts (patterns), and self-defense.

Naturally Active 2014-15 Partnerships
***THANK YOU Volunteers, Leaders, Organizations, Service Providers, Facility Operators, Council, Partnership & Implementation Team (Action Network: Community based members in Victoria County) for your support & your significant contribution benefiting residents and visitors

***Residents wanted Action, Accountability in All Areas and All Ages:
-Ingonish Development Society – Yoga Classes

-Boularderie School – fruitilicious

-IngonishDevelopment Society – Running Club

-Friends of the Big Bras d’Or Fire Hall – Pre-school Program

-Cape Smokey Elementary – School Fun. day

-Cape Smokey Elementary – Girls Basketball

-Washabuck Community Centre – ALS Walk Run Washabuck

-Boularderie School-Student Yoga

-Cyndi Ingraham – Fitness / Workplace Wellness Program

-Don WM Nicholson Consulting – Growing Healthy Workshops

-Don WM Nicholson Consulting – Soil prep, crop selection and growing workshop

-Bay St Lawrence Community Centre – Learn to Run

-NSSAF Baddeck Academy-Table Partner – Baddeck Academy Celebration of Sport

-Baddeck Academy – Health & Wellness Day

-North River Kayaks – Intro Kayaking Courses in Baddeck

-North River Kayaks – Summer EDO-Camps for students

-St Ann’s Arbouretum – Arbouretum Spring Festival 2014

-St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group Society – North River Playground

-North Highlands Elementary School – Physical Activity Play Day 2014

-Ecology Action Centre – Wagmatcook Community Garden Project

-Community Wellness Room – Baddeck Community Wellness Room

-Pedometers – for Cyndi’s Fitness/Learn to Run Bay St Lawrence

-Cabot Shores – Yoga Retreats with Eastlink at Cabot Shores

-Municipality of Victoria County – Community Garden – Staff Plot 13

-North River Kayak Tours – Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Demo, Try It

-North River Kayak Tours – Learn To Kayak – Workplace Wellness

-Big Bras d’Or Ferry Wharf Restoration Society – Green Space Yoga Camps & Yoga at Boularderie School

-Ross Ferry Stewardship Society – Learn to Run

-Helping Hands South of Smokey Food Bank – Workplace Wellness Comm Garden Plot

-BIG BRAS D’OR FERRY WHARF RESTORATION SOCIETY – Summer Morning BBFH Yoga Camps

-Clean NS Foundation – Nature Ambassadors

-Baddeck Runners Club/Englishtown Community Hall – 3rd Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge 2014

-Bras d’Or Yacht Club – Junior Sailing Healthy Snacks

-Cape Smokey Elementary School – Dance & Gymnastics

-Cabot, Wagmatcookewey & Baddeck Schools – “GO” Girls After School Programs

-South Haven Community Society – Fall Yoga

-Ingonish Development Society – Fall Yoga

-Ingonish Triathlon Society – Ingonish Triathlon Family Run Walk

-Middle River Recreation Association – Ballet School Program

-ASTP-GO Wagmatcookewey – Wagmatcookewey Yoga

-Big Bras d’Or Ferry Wharf Society – Line Dancing Class (Projector)

-ASTP-Big Bras d’Or – After-school Yoga @ BBFH

-NS Moves Project – Bike & Trail Maps (NEW)

-VC Sports Summit (Spring 2015) – Planning Committees

-Cyndi Ingraham – Me Time “Noon Hour Blast” Fitness

-Mi’kmaw First Nations Taekwondo Association – Taekwondo Try It Sessions (3) for Baddeck & Area

-BIG BRAS D’OR FERRY WHARF RESTORATION SOCIETY – Chair Yoga

-Ingonish Development Society – 1st Annual “Huckle Buckle” Fall Fest

-Middle River Highlands Seniors Club – Chair Yoga (Alderwood)

-“Celebration” of Strategy – Oct with 2 time gold medalist Heather Moyse

-NS’s 1st Age-friendly Conference at Inverary Resort – Sept. 2014

-Yoga Books (Local – Patsy MacKenzie) Distributed to Libraries

-Population Health Day 2014-Panel Presentation: Accessing Facilities

-Accessing Facilities Support: PopulationHealthDayAccessingFacilitiesPresentationNov202014PDF

Thank you for sharing Vince. Those pictures tell the real story!” – Larry Maxwell

Regional Representative – Cape Breton, Active Living Branch,

NS Department of Health and Wellness

-Ingonish Huckle Buckle – Cape Smokey Elementary
-Taekwondo – Masonic Hall & Baddeck Academy
-Bras d’Or Archers Association – Baddeck Academy
-Men’s Basketball – Baddeck Academy
-Zumba – Baddeck Academy
-Noon Hour Blast Fitness at Masonic Hall

Leadership Development:
-Group fitness (Ingonish resident)
-Tumblebugs (Ingonish & Bat St Lawrence Residents)

LOOK FOR:
-Cape Breton Connect, on-line resource/website
-Outoor Active Gear Program (Library)
-Bike Haven & Rack at Baddeck
-11 new bike racks in Victoria County
-4th Annual Victoria County Winter Active Fest

Thank You MLA Pam Eyking for the Member Statement and Recognition 
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“Naturally Active Victoria County Management, Membership & Partners”,  It’s greatly appreciated…framed and in the office. Thanks again for your support.
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Annual Trails Day in Victoria County Initiated June 2012
3PeaksLogoVictoria County Team Represented & Participated (July 2012-2015) in Three Peaks Challenge
Supporter of ALS Washabuck Events Since 2013
Annual Victoria County Winter Active Fest Since 2012 (Includes Funding from ACOA)
Support Wagmatcookewey After-school Yoga (Includes NS “Thrive” Funding)
Victoria County Age-Friendly Committee Member (Overcoming Transportation Challenges)
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Naturally Active is A Proud Partner and Contributer
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Naturally Active Partners with “Thrive”: After-school; Accessing Facilities; Healthy eating in Recreation, Sport Facilities
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Active Girls Only Program at Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Cape Smokey Elementary & Wagmatcookewey Schools Participated
Cape Breton Region Partnership – BaM Cape Breton BAMCapeBretonPresentationSept2014PDF
GO (Girls Only) Programs Throughout Victoria County
-Wagmatcook, North of Smokey & Baddeck
Play it Forward Soccer Development Events in Partnership
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Partner & Committee Member on BNTA – Biosphere Northeast Trails Association
“Celebration” of Naturally Active – Oct 20 & 21, 2014 
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Naturally Active Presented at Cape Breton Region “Thrive” Session 
GO (Girls Only) Programs Presentation
Back to Nature Girls Only Retreat at Cabot Shores, Victoria County
Healthy Hearts for Boys Program at Wagmatcook & Camp Carter
Display at Wagmatcook Health Day
Girl Power Program at Camp Carter
Coordinator Volunteers at Wagmatcook Christmas Party
Smudging in Eskasoni on Cross Trail – BaM Cape Breton
Partner on Wagmatcook Community Garden
Wagmatcookewey Ski School at North Highlands Nordic
Held Moving Forward Together Symposium at Wagmatcook
Naturally Active Led Recreation Program at Age-friendly
Conference, Baddeck Sept. 2014

and was on Organizing Committee

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SkiCapeSmokeyWinterCPartner – “Open House” at Ski Cape Smokey (Accessing Facilities Grant (Included NS “Thrive” Funding)
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Yoga at the Baddeck Library Fall 2015 

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Proudly Supported by Naturally Active Victoria County in Partnership with Baddeck Library, Cape Breton Regional Library & Victoria County. Hats Off to All!

Supporter of Washabuck Peninsula Walk & Fitness Room

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Can-Bike Session at Bell Museum, Parks Canada (Thank You Velo Cape Breton for Leading)
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Partner – Relay for Health at Bell Museum, Parks Canada

 

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NATURALLY ACTIVE FOR LIFE VICTORIA COUNTY PROUD TO BE A PARTNER & PARTICIPANT SINCE 2013 IN CLEAN NS EVENTS THROUGHOUT VICTORIA COUNTY

Thanks again Dawn and when I (Vince Forrestall, Strategy Coordinator) was leading a workplace wellness walk today an older gentlemen stopped me on Grant St – “Complimented Everyone on the efforts of the Baddeck Community Clean-up May 23rd and said keep up the great work”. I gave credit to those involved you – Dawn MacKinnon Organizer; Baddeck Tim Horton’s, East Coast Credit Union, BABTA, Victoria County, Sponsors, Prize sponsors, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County, Clean NS, etc.” That was a nice compliment to be stopped, well appreciated and hats off to everyone involved including yourself (May 26, 2015)

HIKE VICTORIALOGOHike Victoria – New Logo/Branding Revealed (Feb. 13, 2015):

It was felt, that with the increased snowshoe guided hikes the past 3 winters and the increased guided hikes in the fall, summer, spring offered to residents and visitors through Trails day, Canada Day weekend, fall Harvest ActiveFest, Winter Activefest, Sundays on Snow, Wednesdays on snow Adventures, 3 Peaks Challenge (Hike the highlands) and Hike the Highlands and the many community groups leading hikes (i.e. St. Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Hikers) in Victoria County, we felt it was important to continue to offer and promote initiatives for residents and visitors to enjoy being naturally active on our great natural environment on the trails and have a logo/branding that can tie all the great initiatives on the many, vast trails we have in Victoria County…a lot advertised and promoted, but a lot of hidden gems that locals lead for us! Residents and visitors who are physical active on the trails in Victoria County, if it’s a peak, waterfall or other stunning scenery must “Earn Your Views” – Victoria County is NS’s Outdoor Destination when it comes to the natural environment and abundance of trails to hike benefiting residents and visitors, that having a Hike Victoria Logo, Branding made a lot of sense moving forward to umbrella the great initiatives being offered for residents to be physical active and socializing in pairs or as a group for wildlife safety aspect (Hence the two hikers-not alone)

125th Anniversary of the Municipal Courthouse in Baddeck: 1889-2014

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Steps in Flight Walking‬ 2016 Program A Success!

“The walking program at the museum this winter was very well received, and we still have little ones coming in to use the Discover area!” – Valerie Mason, Bell Museum National Historic Site (May 3, 2016)

Was held Mondays to Fridays (Jan – March 2016)

8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site‬
FREE, all ages, wheelchairs, strollers, male & female are welcome: Ages 16 & Under must be accompanied by an adult

***Bring along your children or grandchildren to walk and play in the ‪#‎Mini‬ Steps Discovery Centre Play Program (Books, toys, interactive displays, etc.) downstairs at the Bell Museum Mon – Fri 8;30 am to 3:30 pm, whichever time best suits your schedule….

#‎Walking‬ was the number 1 activity chosen by ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬ residents during the 2010 Ipsos Reid Survey and the 2015 Victoria County Community Physical Activity Survey. Walking can be tough during winter with slush, ice, snow, rain, etc. So, we have you covered with indoor walking away from the elements!

Walking was offered during a time that best fitted the participants schedule 8:30 – 3:30 pm at the ‪#‎BellMuseum‬. Participants had to bring indoor footwear and a coat hanger is was available to hang-up their outdoor wear.

Your Partners For Your Health:
-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County
-Victoria County
‪#‎ParksCanada‬
-Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
-Bell Museum
‪#‎HeartandStrokeFoundationofNovaScotia‬
‪#‎Walkabout‬
‪#‎HeartandStrokeWalkabout‬

***Cancellations for any reason were announced via social media, media.

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Est. 2011 Physical Activity Strategy wishes to Thank All of Our Partners in collaboration, including Madeline Harvey at the Bell Museum Parks Canada & Claire MacLean, ‪#‎CommunityHealthPromotionCoordinator‬, Eastern, ‪#‎NovaScotia‬ | ‪#‎HeartandStrokeFoundation

Mini-Steps Discovery Centre Play Program 2016 A Success!

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***See you in 2017!
“The walking program at the museum this winter was very well received, and we still have little ones coming in to use the Discover area!” – Valerie Mason, Bell Museum National Historic Site (May 3, 2016)
Was Held: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
FREE – Continued until Cruise Ship Season, Apr. 29, 2016 was the last day!
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Mini-Steps Discovery Program A Success in 2016!

Parents also Brought along their children or grandchildren to walk and play in the Mini Steps Discovery Centre Play Program (Books, toys, interactive displays, etc.) downstairs at AGBNHS Mon – Fri 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, whichever time best suited their schedule….

Community Outreach Leadership Development Coordinator 

A New Position was created for Naturally Active in Partnership with Employment NS (JCP: Job Creation Program) January 5, 2014 at the Old Post Office Baddeck – 532 Chebucto Street – 3rd Level (Also access the Boardroom).

Partners for Your Health:

-Naturally Active Victoria County

-Victoria County

-Employment NS

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Partner – Open House and Snowshoe at Ingonish Outdoor Rink
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Free Skates – Baddeck Arena (Includes NS “Thrive” Funding)
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(Thank You RCMP & Velo Cape Breton & Bicycle NS & Schools)
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AlderwoodHeritageWayVictoria, Subd. B-20130301-02448Promotes Alderwood Community Walking Area (All Seasons)
 TranscanadaTrailLogoPartner of Trail & Blue Waterways Development in Victoria County
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 BrasdOrArchersAssociationCurling Club Range_Sept2014Supports Bras d’Or Archery Program (Accessing Facilities Grant with NS “Thrive”)
VICTORIA COUNTY WORKPLACE PART OF THE VICTORIA COUNTY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY STRATEGY (EST. 2011): Municipal Staff & Council Enjoy Skating & Healthy Potluck – Dec. 17, 2015 – “Good Morning, On behalf of myself and the residents of District # 2- thank you for the kindness and hard work over the past year and every year.  May you all have a great holiday season and a Happy New Year” –   Athol Grant, District #2 Councilor (December 15, 2015)

Victoria County Workplace Wellness Committee Enjoyed Snowshoe After Monthly Meeting at Old Baddeck ½ Mile Horse Track, Baddeck –  Jan. 20, 2016

40% of Victoria County Municipal Employees, Council Participated in Active Living Subsidization Program 2015-16

For further information on the above, please visit  https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/workplace/victoria-county-workplace-wellness-network/

Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest Active Fest Since 2012

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Annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge Since 2012

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 Partner – Clean NS with Victoria County Community Groups Since 2013

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BaddeckCommunityWellnessRoomVictoria, Subd. B-20121114-00607Partner – Community Wellness Room, Baddeck (Including Funding from “Thrive” NS)
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CabotShoresLogoIMG-20130411-03390Partner – Yoga Sessions at Cabot Shores
Motivational8622_634052403272258_65526433_nPromote & Support South of Smokey Me Time & Partners on “Noon Hour Blast” Workplace Wellness Lunchtime Fitness Class & Assists in Facility Rental: Accessing Facilities Grants
LearntoSailBYCJul122012Partner – Bras d’Or Yacht Club Healthy Snacks During Junior Sailing Program
ZumbaFitnessPartner – Zumba for Baddeck & Area Residents (Includes Accessing Facilities NS “Thrive” Funding

NatureAmbassadorsHikeKidstonIslandAug2014Back to Nature – Nature Ambassadors Program Summer 2014 with Clean NS, Nova Scotia Corps Conservation

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 http://www.capebretonpost.com/Living/2013-05-29/article-3264758/Baddeck-Academy-students-learn-about-healthy-living/1
NSNaturally Active Victoria County A Proud Participant in NS Physical Activity Practitioners Exchanges (P.A.P.E) Since 2011 –  (Municipal Physical Activity Coordinators)

The Physical Activity Practitioners Exchange has been going strong for more than 8 yrs. Created in 2007, its vision is to “provide physical activity practitioners in NS with an interactive forum to learn, share, contribute & network”

We’ve come a long way!
8+ years
22 gatherings
24 session themes
28 physical activities
7 planning teams
21 planning team members
11 Venues in 5 different communities
40+ average total of participants attending the gatherings

Great planning teams, themes & physical activities

As the Department of Health and Wellness reorganizes and the Active Living Branch moves to the newly created Communities, Sport & Recreation Branch at the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH), the Physical Activity Practitioners Exchange needs to pause for some time. There is no gathering this spring 2016, as commonly scheduled

The Active Living Consultant—Physical Activity position is no longer with the Gov’t of NS and is scheduled to move to the NS Health Authority as of April 1, 2016

There may be a great training and professional development opportunity by the end of the new fiscal year (March 31, 2017)

P.A.P.E was created to support people working, for a variety of organizations, in positions mostly dedicated to increase population level physical activity

Building relationships and networks has been just as important as the programmed learning of each gathering. While the Exchange has been primarily about building capacity to do work here and now, it’s also been about taking steps to establish physical activity promotion as a profession. Participants’ job titles and descriptions have been varied—some reflecting comprehensive physical activity promotion, others focusing on active transportation, sport or quality recreation. What Exchange participants have in common is shifting policies, social and physical environments, systems and cultural norms to benefit more people through the activity forms that work for them.

I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the planning teams and all participants. Thank you to all the participants for showing up repeatedly and participating whole-heartedly. It was reenergizing to be among so many intelligent, passionate, dedicated, savvy, kind, good-humoured and fun professionals. The planning teams were committed to serving you well; we appreciated your feedback and support along the way. There are so many happy memories from these gatherings; some are captured in recap in photos. Also you’ll find contact information for participants to help you stay in touch. It’s a long and trying path to shift the factors in favour of positively influence physically active behaviour, but we’ll get there. Keep up the great work!” – Natasha Warren – Physical Activity Consultant (Provincial), Active Living Branch, NS Dept of Health & Wellness (March 30, 2016)

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Hike NS’s Re-Connecting with Nature Workshop Series has won the Recreation Nova Scotia Bluenose Achievement Award

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County hosted a Re-connecting to Nature Workshop June 19, 2015 at St. Ann’s. The award will be presented to Hike NS at an awards ceremony during the Rec NS Annual Conference in New Glasgow (Sept. 28-29, 2016). The dinner and awards presentation will happen on the evening of Wednesday, September 28. I am already registered to attend the conference in both of my Hike NS and Recreation NS roles (I work part-time at Rec NS as well). We have two free tickets available to the awards dinner (who wants one?).

Information on the conference is found here: http://www.recreationns.ns.ca/conference/ Bluenose Achievement Award: This Award recognizes an individual or community group that provides/supports activities and services that successfully achieves the values and benefits of recreation. Information on the awards is found here: http://www.recreationns.ns.ca/wp-content/uploadhere/2012/05/Bluenose-Selection-Criteria-and-More-Info-1.pdf

Janet Barlow, Executive Director Hike Nova Scotia

4th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2015 A Success

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Snowshoes Hikes Held in Victoria County (3rd Annual Winter ActiveFest Feb. 14-March 16, 2014)
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ZUMBA fitness
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Held March/April 2014  with Certified Instructor Jane Gesner facebook.com/zumbacapebreton

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1552979518292418/?ref=br_rs

February 6th-8th in Baddeck. ALL PLAYERS are welcome and encouraged to play. It will be an individual registration and players will be divided into teams. The cost in $40 per player. Registration deadline is Jan 31st. Come out and have some fun to honor the memory of a lover of sport! To register private message Jessica MacDermid or email stevemacdermidmemorial@gmail.com  In an attempt to organize teams please indicate your experience; beginner, intermediate or experienced

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3rd Annual Steve MacDermid Family Skating Party

 

 

 Please join us for a family skate to celebrate Steve and Kick off our week-end of Hockey. Donations at the door please and We will have hot chocolate and treats for everyone. Proceeds for the skate are split between the Victoria Highland Civic Center and the Scholarship fund.
Guided Hike Freshwater Lake, Ingonish Beach

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Saturday, February 7th. 10:00 am.2015 –  10:00 AM

Must bring your own snowshoes. Directions: The hike starts at the Cape Breton Highlands

National Park Visitor Centre, Ingonish Beach. http://www.hikethehighlands.com

Hike the Highlands Festival Society – hikethehighlands@gmail.com

February is Heart Health Month!

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Jumpstart YOUR heart at the Baddeck Library, with the latest in health resources. Borrow fitness DVDs, heart-healthy cookbooks, pedometers, and more!

Alderwood Winter Carnival 2015

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February 9-13 – February is Therapeutic Month

Daily Challenges between home areas for staff and residents

Alderwood Rest Home, Baddeck

For further information, please contact Wil van Hal, BACS, Director of Recreation

Phone: (902)295-2644 ext. 226 / Fax: (902)295-1698

Email: recreation@alderwoodbaddeck.ca

Seniors Luncheons

Wednesdays, 11:00 AM
St. Ann’s Bay United Church Tea Room, 46715 Cabot Trail, Barrachois
(Games and socializing after luncheon)

11:00 a.m. Speaker. Lunch at noon. 50/50 draw

February Speakers:

February 11 Speaker Gary Standing of North Sydney Superstore, “Fruitalicious”. 50/50 draw

February 18 – Anne-Claude Pepin, “India”

February 25   Maggie Roach-Gangway, “Caregivers NS Programs and Services”. 50/50 draw

March 4         Speaker To Be Announced. 50/50 draw

March 11       Speaker Alicia Lake, “Local Food for a Better Community”. 50/50 draw

For further information, please contact: Lisa Finney @ 929-2523 / sabhgs@bellaliant.net

Men’s Basketball Program
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Friday Evenings at Baddeck Academy – No school, no program. Jason Smith is Program leader. Community-use time proudly supported by Naturally Active Victoria County, NS “Thrive”, NS Health and Wellness Active Living Branch, CBVRSB and Baddeck Academy

Potluck Supper and Silent Auction

February 13, 2015

5:00 pm 

Indian Brook Fire Hall. Hosted by the firemen (not firewomen). Only $12.00/per person

Valentines Friday Supper and Gift Basket Draw

February 13

Iona Legion, Branch 124 – (http://www.rcl124grandona.ca/)

Regular Friday supper but with a special menu: Stuffed Chicken Breast and a selection of Decadent Desserts! Music by: The Roadies. New this year… a valentines basket draw with a selection of local products (including wine, chocolates & whisky). Tickets available at the bar ($2 ea.)

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs

Iona Legion, Branch 124 – (http://www.rcl124grandona.ca/)

Supper from 6 to 7 pm
Feb 13: Special Valentines Menu – Stuffed Chicken Breast dinner and a selection of decadent desserts
Feb 20: Grilled Haddock
Feb 27: Corned Beef & Cabbage

Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
Feb 13: The Roadies
Feb 20: tba
Feb 27: tba

BYCYACHT CLUB - VALENTINES

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Fresh Fruit Friday’s

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Wagmatcookewey School

Prepare and give each class a tray of fresh fruit on Friday afternoons.

Proudly supported by Naturally Active Victoria County and the Victoria County Community Health Board. Naturally Active is glad to be able to support a great initiative in Partnership. Healthy Eating – not eating the right amount of fruit and vegetables is the #3 health risk facing Victoria County residents. So a great initiative meeting the needs – hats off to all involved.

Sweetheart of a Deal Day

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Saturday, February 14.

North Highlands Nordic

NHN plans on charging “Two for the Price of One” to the general public and season pass holders can bring a guest.  There will be draw prizes and hot dogs on the BBQ available from 12-2. Proudly supported by Naturally Active Victoria County

Breakfast at the Baddeck Legion – All welcome

February 14, 2015 at 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Baddeck Nursery Dinner and Silent Auction
Saturday, February 14
Baddeck Community Centre
Tickets are $30/ea and an option of pork or salmon for main course. Dinner starts at 6 pm for the seated dinner and there is take out available for the same price and pick-up for the take outs is 5-6 pm. There is a small silent auction as well that night.
Saturday: Flea Market in Aid of Animal Rescue 

February 14, 2015 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Aid of Animal Rescue

St. Marks Masonic Lodge 24 Queen Street, Baddeck.

In aid of Rocking Horse Ranch & Kitty Cat Rescue Serbia. The Entrance fee is $1 and all proceeds go to Animal Rescue. For tables please contact 902.295.1329: large table $10, small $5. Weather permitting of course… Book your table early!

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St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

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Community Hikes – 1:00 p.m.

Feb 14, Councilor Merrill MacInnis will guide hikers along private coastal trails. Meet at 43877 Cabot Trail, Breton Cove

Feb 21, Donnie Dauphney guides a powerline hike starting at the Clucking Hen parking lot and finishing in the Plaister Park area.

Feb 28, Ruth and Aaron Schneider host hikers on their extensive trail system, 329 West Tarbot Road (approximately one in mile from the Cabot Trail, either end). Lake, marsh, waterfall.

For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at http://tinyurl.com/Event-Sheet

Valentine’s Dance 

Saturday, February 14

North River Hall

9:00 – 1:00.

Advance tickets $8.00; at the door, $10.00. Contact Beverly MacAskill, 929-2669.

For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at http://tinyurl.com/Event-Sheet

Heart and Hearth Open-House-Warming

To St. Ann’s Bay friends and neighbours.

Saturday, February 14 from 4:00 – 6:00

Terrie Zweep’s, 45916 Cabot Trail (across from Piper’s).

NO GIFTS please. Pot luck chocolate, Valentine hearts and other red playful food welcome. Valentine-themed clothing is encouraged. Questions, 929-2888

Valentines Day Special

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February 14th, 2015

North Highlands Nordic, Cape North

2 for 1  special

BBQ hot dogs & burgers will be available from 1pm to 3pm

More information at:  nhn.xcski.ca/ or 902-383-2479

Sundays on Snow 

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Sunday afternoons – both male and female are encouraged to participate if conditions are good – goes at 1:15 PM – location to be determined.
Eileen Woodford has an extra set of snowshoes if you know someone who wants to try it. If you have questions or suggestions please contact Eileen Woodford @ 295-2603 ewoodford@ns.sympatico.ca –  Eileen e-mails participants to let participants know of the location.

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National Flag of Canada Day in Canada – 50th Anniversary

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The national flag of Canada was inaugurated on February 15, 1965. The anniversary of this date is officially called the “National Flag of Canada Day”, which is often shortened to “Flag Day”.

 

45’s Card Games
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Rink Building – Ingonish Beach
Sundays … games start at 7pm … $3 per person… 50\50 tickets will be sold… and refreshments available..Come out and beat the winter blues and have some fun! https://www.facebook.com/westhaver?viewer_id=100002551166705

 

FAMILY WINTER DAY HOLIDAY – Viola Desmond Day, Nova Scotia

February 16, 2015

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February 16, 2015

Ingonish Outdoor Rink

In honour of Nova Scotia Heritage Day everyone is welcome to skate for FREE. Have fun skating!!!

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– Tuesdays: 4-6:30 pm at North Highlands Elementary School
– Thursdays: 4:30-6:30 pm at Cape Smokey Elementary School
Only a twoonie a class…For all ages
Visit their website: lgdonovan.wix.com/cape-breton-highlands

Winter Yoga

St Columba Centre, Iona

Tuesdays and Thursdays Ending March 19th). Daytime classes Tuesday and Thursday 9-10:30 am. Instructor: Linda Bryden. Fee $5 per class. If school is cancelled at Rankin School of the Narrows. Yoga will also be cancelled for the day. Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee. For further information please contact Ann Marie 725-2253 or Linda Bryden 379-2041.

Highland View Snowmobile Rentals

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February 17-26

Annual Special Victoria County Winter Activefest Offer just for you and your family!

Free Snowmobile Suit Rental with the rental of any snowmobile from February 17-26 ($40 value), includes a 2 piece suit, helmet, boots & gloves.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact: Sheldon Garland

295-1167 / 295-0511

kivany@hotmail.com  / highlandviewrentals@hotmail.com

Greenwood Pancake Supper

4-6 pm, February 17, 2015

Community pancake supper includes delicious homemade pancakes, served with bacon and/or sausage, fruit slice and choice of tea or coffee .

(Juice for youth) Dessert

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 

February 17, 2015

St. Ann’s Bay Uniter Church Tea Room

4:30 p.m. $10 per person. Pancakes, sausage, home-made beans and dessert

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Square Dancing Instruction 

South Haven Hall 

Tuesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

All levels and ages, $5.00 per participant. For information contact Clay, 929-2512 or Jim, 929-0842

Proudly Supported by Naturally Active Victoria County

Yoga 

Fire hall, Indian Brook,

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. Call Lisa for info, 929-2889

Our Journey to Better Health

Weight loss support group, Tuesdays and Fridays, 6:00 p.m., Englishtown Hall. Please contact Lisa Dixon for further information at 902-577-6207. Proudly supported by Naturally Active Victoria County

Wednesdays on Snow Adventures 

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Every Wednesday evening (Male & Female participants are all invited to participate)

Good for all levels of ability

Cross country skis or snowshoes

Karen Welton and Eileen Woodford lead a snowshoe or ski on Wednesday evening’s weather and conditions permitting. It is a good way to get out and enjoy winter. 630 PM for about an hour. Location will be sent by email/posted on Facebook by noon that day (somewhere close and relatively flat).

Meet at location and snowshoe or ski with the group. Headlamps helpful though not required- there will be enough people with them so that the group can see. Watch your email. Eileen has an extra set of snowshoes if you know someone who wants to try it.

For further information, please contact Eileen Woodford <ewoodford@ns.sympatico.ca> or Karen Welton <karenw@staff.ednet.ns.ca>. Please share with anyone you think is interested and let them to contact us so we can add them to the list – Karen Breen Welton (902-295-1815) and Eileen Woodford at 902-295-2603 or by e-mail: ewoodford@ns.sympatico.ca

Baddeck Free Wheelers – “Have a senior’s moment”

Baddeck Legion Basement

Every Wednesday morning at 9:30 am; Guest Speakers and Refreshments

T’ai Chi 

Indian Brook Fire Hall

Wednesdays, 9:30 am

Call Andy for information, 929-2243. All welcome

Heritage Day – February 18th

The Victoria County Municipal Heritage and Archives will host its annual Open House to commemorate National Heritage day on Wednesday afternoon, 18th of February, in the court room between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00.

This year’s theme is: Main Street – “At the heart of the community”. Also there will be special recognition of our Canadian flag which turns 50 years old on February 15th. Everyone is most welcome and encouraged to attend. Afternoon tea and light lunch will be served.

Belly Fit Classes

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Big Bras d’Or Fire Hall

Get Fit and Strengthen Your Core!

Thanks to the Friends of the Big Bras d’Or Fire Hall we are able to conduct Belly Fit Classes! There is no-preregistration required, just the desire to get fit and have fun. Come for one class or the month, whatever you like. For more info, please contact Patsy MacKenzie <patmk30@hotmail.com>

Gentle Yoga

Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Big Bras d’Or Fire Hall

Instructor: Patsy MacKenzie @ 674-2374 patmk@hotmail.com

Afternoon Fiddle Lessons (Adults)

February 18 @ 3:30 pm4:30 pm

Gaelic College

Fee: Only $10
For further information, please call 902-295-3411

Taekwondo  

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Thursdays, 6:30 pm at Masonic Hall

Ages 5 + up; (Active For Life: Children, Youth, Adults; Seniors)

Fee: Only $50 a month; Instructor Earl Burke has 2nd degree in taekwondo; Instructor Matthew has a 2nd degree in Wushu and a 2nd degree in Hapkido.

* Please wear comfortable clothing and you’ll be in bare feet.

Proudly Presented By Your Partners For Your Health:

Naturally Active Victoria County; Victoria County; Burke’s Taekwondo and Mi’Kmaw First Nation Taekwondo Association

The Program follows the Canadian Sport for Life “Active For Life” Taekwondo Model:http://canadiansportforlife.ca/find-quality-sport-programs/taekwondo

For further information &/or to register, please call: Earl Burke, 902.322.5714 or by email: bigearl007@hotmail.com

Taekwondo teaches participants fundamental movement skills, fundamental sport skills and the ABCs – agility, balance, coordination and speed – of physical literacy. This physical literacy is developed through learning different sparring techniques, martial arts (patterns), and self-defense.

Step Aerobics

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Thursday mornings at 10:30 am

Big Bras d’Or Fire Hall

Bring a stretch band or light weights.

Instructor: Patsy MacKenzie @ 674-2374 patmk@hotmail.com

Bras D’Or Archers Association

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Tuesdays (6-8 PM) & Sundays (9AM to 12:30 PM)

Baddeck Academy Gym.

Come join us for some fun and physical activity. Equipment available for use. For further information, please contact Stephen Kerr <brasdor.archers@yahoo.ca>