Sharing Testimonials in Partnership Since 2011


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



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

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

Vince, None of this could happen with out your hard work and leadership (8th Year-Physical Activity Strategy Share Year 7 End Report / Highlights April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018)!!” – Elyane Saul, Victoria County Action Network-Middle River (June 16, 2018) / Norm Mac DonaldExcellent work Vince!” (June 14, 2018) / Tanya Hawley Thank you Vince Forrestall! (June 14, 2018) / Keith Bain Congratulations on beginning your 8th. year, Vince, and thank you for all you are doing“.(June 14, 2018) / Minerva MacInnis – Congratulations. You are like the energizer bunny. Full of energy and everywhere!” (June 14, 2018) / Iris Kedmi – Congrats, and thank you for all you are doing for this County” (June 14, 2018) / Wanda Hart MacLeod – Glad to hear it! Thank you for all that you do!” (June 14, 2018) / Debbie Pierrard – Thanks Vince” (June 14, 2018)

Thank you so much Vince (Fall Yoga with Faye Chipchase: Physical Activity Assistance Fund 2018-19)! We appreciate the work that you do promoting healthy living in the area. All the best!” – Mike Gorey, Manager, North Highlands Community Museum & Culture Centre (Sept. 17, 2018)

MacNaughton Brook Falls Guided Hike – Sept. 29, 2018

DSCF0197I really enjoyed the hike to MacNaughton Brook Falls last Sat, and especially the views of the falls from above & below – it was all perfect! Thank you very much for all the work you do to organize these hikes. I am very grateful!” – Judy King (Oct. 2, 2018) / “Thanks for organizing the hike to the falls” – Larry Gibbons. (Oct. 3, 2018)

Thanks Vince. I haven’t sorted through my photos from archery but I will send them along. It was great to see you & Jenna at the shoot (Open House, Sept. 16th). It meant a lot to Stephen. thanks for your ongoing support and encouragement” – Terry Murray, Bras d’Or Archers Association (Sept. 24, 2018)

Jenn Anderson – “A friendship that inspired many a hike!!! Thanks for always being an incredible community leader, Vince! You rock!” (June 20, 2018)

Hello Active Cape Breton Communities members – I greatly appreciate all the good work that you do in your communities individually and collectively” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (March 7, 2018) 

Thank You MPAL’s (Municipal Physical Activity Leadership Program) on the great work you do, you are a positive vehicle for change” –  Bill Greenlaw, Executive Director Communities, Sport and Recreation @ Nova Scotia Provincial Government, Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (March 6 & June 15, 2018) 

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

Thank you again for this mornings meeting, I appreciate all you have done for the project, and all you continue to offer as support and guidance. Warmest regards!” – Madison Greening (Jul. 24, 2018), BOLD Camp Board Member

Wonderful! Thanks so much Vince (Pic and 20+ Participants for the Kidston Island Hike  (Oct. 6, 2018) Afternoon as Part of the Hike Nova Scotia Fall Hiking Series and 7th Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest ActiveFest 2018)!” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director Hike Nova Scotia / “Thanks Vince (Humes River / MacNaughton Brook Falls pics, testimonials) ” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director Hike NS!” – (Oct. 9, 2018) / “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)

As always, Thank you (Leadership Development Assistance Fund 2018-19 for Mindfulness in Schools workshop in Nov.)” – Patsy MacKenzie (Oct. 10, 2018)

afterthebelllogoAfter School Time Period (Since 2013)

Thank you all for your great leadership in ATB (After the Bell, After School Time Period) and in your communities” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (Aug. 29, 2018)

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

“Congratulations on being appointed President of Hike Nova Scotia.  Isn’t that wonderful.  We wish you all the best in your new role” – Jo-Lanna, Jo-Lanna Murray, General Manager, Destination Cape Breton Association Jul 18, 2018

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

Thank you so much for connecting me with Mike (Myette, NS 211 –, I really appreciate it – he is planning to come and speak on November 29th, 2018 (211 Presentation to Ingonish Lunch and learn Program) :))” – Michelle LeBlanc, Dietician, Buchanan Memorial Hospital (Sept. 9, 2018)

I would like to thank everyone for their help over the past year. I’ve certainly enjoyed my time sharing your stories and promoting the wonderful communities in my coverage area. With that being said, I’m looking forward to the new opportunity in the sports department.  I wish you all the best in your future endeavors, projects and years. Thank you“. – Jeremy Fraser, Cape Breton Post Reporter (Aug. 2, 2018)

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

Thanks so much Vince (Yoga for Seniors Workshop – Leadership Development Assistance Fund 2018-19).😄” – Patsy MacKenzie (Sept. 17, 2018)

Thank you for all your support for the successful FestiVille Baddeck this summer (2018). We’ll get together in the next two months to plan for 2019 – working together in partnership, meet with Council, etc.” – Rosalie Pineo, FestiVille Baddeck (Sept. 19, 2018) 

Fantastic news! Vince Forrestall and the generous folks at Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Est. 2011 are going to be sponsoring this event (Crystal Journey-Sept. 13th, Dingwall)! 💜💜💜A thousand rays of gratitude for Vince and the good folks at Natually Active For Life (Victoria County Since 2011) for gifting us all this opportunity to receive such a wonderful experience to de-stress and re-charge ~ a key aspect to healthy living!!! – Lori Harvath (Sept. 12, 2018)

That’s great to hear (Facility Access Funding 2018-19 for Baddeck Mens Basketball Program at Baddeck Academy). Thanks for being in our corner 😊 – Jason Smith, Program Leader, organizer (Sept. 6, 2018) 

I received your letter (NA4LVC Letter of Support for BOLD Camp) just in time to attach to my application. I cannot express my gratitude and abundance of sentimental emotion for your support and kind words. Your letter has uplifted and renewed my passion and spirit – and I did not expect such eloquence or detailed argument. I look forward to ongoing work with you. Thank you Vince. Most Sincerely” – Madison Greening, (July 25, 2018), BOLD Camp Board of Director Member / “Thanks so much for your support Vince. We really appreciate it” – Penny Chapman, BOLD Coordinator (July 25, 2018) / “Thanks for all your help and support” – Penny Chapman, BOLD Coordinator (Aug. 21, 2018) / “Hi again Vince, I’ve got an info-morning interview tomorrow – I hope it won’t be and issue if I reference your/NA4LVC ongoing support! I really appreciate all you have done and continue to do for us, It was really impressed upon me in the pre-interview how fortunate we have been to be so well received and supported. I look forward to further collaboration! We are the change we want to see 🙂” – Madison Greening, BOLD Camps 2018-19 (Sept. 5, 2018)

Thanks Vince – appreciate the pictures (Humes River Falls Wagmatcook and Waycobah Youth Groups Hike Aug. 10, 2018) and the work you do. Some good is coming from the work we carried out” – Athol Grant, Former Victoria County Councillor, BNTA-Biosphere Northeast Trails Association Board Member (Aug. 13, 2018)

Hi Vince! Thanks so much for your quick reply (Confirmed to Attend – Communities of Interest Meeting for Cape Breton Island)! I have marked you as attending the session” – Deb MacPherson, Destination Cape Breton Association (Aug. 16, 2018)

Thank you for all the work you (NA4LVC) do, you have assisted so many groups” – Andrew Brooks, Victoria Standard and Theatre Baddeck (Sept. 14, 2018)

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

Awesome, thank you so much (Reference request)!” – Lindsay MacInnis, Certified Yoga Instructor (Sept. 12, 2018) 

Hi Vince: Thanks for sending along the information (Assistance Fund Grants 2018-2019 Available for Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Settings in Victoria County)” – Ann Marie MacNeil, Iona & Strategy Implementation Team (VCAN-Victoria County Action Network), Aug. 14, 2018 

Hi Vince, I attended the Toronto Yoga Conference this past weekend.  Wow!  What an experience! Thanks (NA4LVC Leadership Development Assistance Fund 2018-19)” – Karen Welton, Leader (Apr. 17, 2018)

DSCF0197 I really enjoyed the hike to MacNaughton Brook Falls last Sat, and especially the views of the falls from above & below – it was all perfect! Thank you very much for all the work you do to organize these hikes. I am very grateful!” – Judy King (Oct. 2, 2018) / “Thanks for organizing the hike to the falls” – Larry Gibbons. (Oct. 3, 2018)

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

Wanda Hart MacLeod You are so awe inspiring Vince Forrestall!!!(March 30, 2017)

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

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

Hi Vince. We really appreciate your involvement and leadership (Learn to Camp at Bell Museum).Thanks, Chris” – Chris Bellemore, Partnership and Engagement Specialist, Cape Breton Field Unit, Parks Canada Jul 18, 2018

This Learn to Camp will be awesome thanks to your hard work, energy and participation.  It is so appreciated!” – Madeline Harvey, National Historic Site and Visitor Experience Manager, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site 

Hi Vince,  Thanks for the advice on insurance company (Englishtown Mussel Cup)” – Robin Stuart (June 27, 2018)

Thanks Vince for a very thoughtful and energizing read (Final Report), I think it looks fine in fact more than fine. I ’m so glad you were able to go to the Summit (2nd Annual National Cycling Summit Ottawa, May 28, 29, 2018), it’s clear it was a very worthwhile endeavor.  We will benefit from your experience. I really looking forward to hearing about this Summit in person either at our September meeting or before if our paths cross” – Andree Crepeau, Velo Cape Breton (August 3, 2018) / “Thank-you for attending this Summit.  Velo is a volunteer organization and it’s many accomplishments rest on the shoulders of people like you who have a passion for healthy lifestyles and conserving our bountiful and beautiful natural environment” – Andree Crepeau, Velo Cape Breton (August 2, 2018) / “Thank you for attending the conference and completing the report” – Paul Babin, Velo Cape Breton President (Aug. 2, 2018) / “Hi Vince, I finally got the opportunity to read your report, well done.  It was much more than I expected, I look forward to hearing your discussion about the summit in person” – Paul Babin, President, Velo Cape Breton (Aug. 10, 2018)

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

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

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

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

Molly 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), Dec. 11, 2017

This is wonderful VInce (Photos for redevelopment of the Recreation NS website)! Thank you so much” – Crystal Watson, Executive Director, RNS (Aug. 20, 2018) 

Thank you very much Vince for this information (Funding, contacts for Ball Field access).  I will get to work on this and see what happens” – Craig Yorke, RCMP March 21, 2018

Hi Vince, Wanted to thank you for the initiative (Crystal Journey) as always ty (Thank You) for your support” – Iris Kedmi (Aug. 31, 2018)

Hey Vince, Were having a BBQ to end our 100 day fitness challenge on Sunday 16 Sept 2018 6 pm at the rink. Your more then welcome to join us and bring your family if you wish. I’m having a fitness class at 5 pm also if you would like to join in. Thanks for all that you do for us” – Percy Rasmussen, Smokey Recreation Society), Sept. 13, 2018

Destination Cape Breton Association had a meeting which compared the Cape Breton Hiking Project 2018 (NA4LVC a Partner) to 6 other pilot projects happening within Atlantic Canada, Cape Breton is leading the way! Our major strength is our Local Ambassadors (Coordinator of NA4LVC is an Ambassador) and your commitment to the project. From posting your own social content using #HikeCapeBreton,  answering inquiries on your posts, guiding hikes for DCBA summer student, attending DCBA training session, and giving your input & more – everything is meshing together to help us all collectively position Cape Breton Island as a # 1 hiking destination!” – Kristine Mills, Destination Cape Breton Association (Aug. 1, 2018)

Hello Vince! Thank you for including us (Cape Breton Highlands National Park) in your wonderful events (Partnership Fall Guided Hiking Series (Hike NS, 7th VC Fall Harvest ActiveFest 2018) & 8th Annual VC Embrace Winter ActiveFest 2019)!” – Mariève Therriault, Product Development Officer, Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada (Aug. 11, 2018)

Excellent news (Province Will Partner on Support Request by NA4LVC: YMCA Wellness Coach & Certification to Area Leaders, Participants-Sun Gym, BSLCC)! We are so excited to get this started” – Anita O’Rourke, YMCA Cape Breton (Aug. 23, 2018)

Very pleased to hear that Vince (NA4LVC Looks Forward to Continued Participation, Partnership in Facility Access Program 2018-19)! I look forward to reviewing your application when submitted and sharing with others in our department for final consideration” – Larry Maxwell, Regional Manager – Cape Breton Communities, Sport and Recreation Division Communities, Culture and Heritage Aug. 22, 2018 (Aug. 22, 2018)

Hi Vince: That is great news (Provincial Facility Access Funding 2017-18 we have received)! Thank you for all your help with our programs” – Ann Marie MacNeil, Strategy Implementation Team (VCAN-Victoria County Action Network) for Iona and Central Cape Breton Ventures Inc. (Aug. 20, 2018) 

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

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

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

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

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

Invite Consideration for NS Facility Access Summit – Oct 24, 2018

Victoria County and all the work to advance on access and inclusion that has been done over the past several years through Facility Access (Since 2013) and other programs under the Naturally Active umbrella. It would be great if you and/or some of your key partners would consider sharing their experience and journey with access and inclusion work. It would be awesome to showcase some of what’s been happening in Cape Breton and shine a light on Victoria County! I would welcome an application under our CDG program to support folks in attending one way or the other” – Larry Maxwell, NS Dept Communities Culture and Heritage (Sept. 19, 2018)

Hello Kelsey (and Vince).  Thanks so much for the invite and it looks like it is going to be a wonderful summit (Victoria County Wellness Summit Oct. 18, 2018)” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (Jul. 25, 2018) 

“Kate & I are on board for the Yoga.😊😊, OCTOBER FEST Yoga will be Family Yoga for the last 2 Saturday’s in October.  20th & 27th. 1030 – 1130, The Library will forward the Application for Seniors Yoga for November.  I will email my Certificate to you😆, Kate is also excited to have the GO Fit Yoga starting soon. We just need to decide if it will be Tuesday or Wednesday.  I will let you know after she confirms the day. Thanks so much Vince”😊” – Patsy MacKenzie (Oct. 12, 2018) 

Hi Larry, I just wanted to take a minute to congratulate you on the initiative your staff and peers (NA4LVC a member and partner,) took in developing the Cape Breton Gender Equity Plan.  I believe it is a solid plan with achievable goals and I’m so impressed with the energy of the group” – Karen MacTavish, WomensActive NS (Jul. 13, 2018 )

Thanks for all your support. Thanks” – Ray Asaph, Baddeck and Area ATV Club, March 21st, 2018

Thanks for the help (Types of physical activity resources currently available for older adults Age 55+ throughout Victoria County – province)!” –  Lucas, Project Coordination Intern, Community Links (July 25, 2018)

We have enjoyed having you on the board, and appreciate your dedication to an active lifestyle and your input to the Velo Cape Breton Board. You are always welcome” – Paul Babin, Velo Cape Breton President (Aug. 28, 2018)

Thanks for all you do for Victoria county” – Percy Rasmussen, Smokey Recreation Society, July 11, 2018

Awesome, thanks so much Vince (Locals Know Newsletter)! And thank you very much, we try our best to do anything we can to help grow the island bit by bit. It’s folks like yourself that certainly make it possible as well :). Thanks again for your help” – Chris Lewis, Locals Know Coordinator, Destination Cape Breton  (Jul. 18, 2018) 

Thanks Vince (Wellness Zone/Resources, Links for Civic Holiday, August Ideas, Activities, Events!)” – Ann Marie MacNeil, Victoria County Municipal Employee (Aug. 3, 2018)

Hi Vince, Thanks for getting back to me so quickly (Uisge Ban falls Hike / Cave / Wellness Summit). I would be happy to speak on behalf of DCBA on our Winter Campaign (Victoria County Wellness Summit Oct. 18, 2018). You are always on the move. Thanks,” – Kristine Kristine Mills, Digital Marketing Officer, Destination Cape Breton Association (Jul. 31, 2018)

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

Vince, Working on the conference day (Victoria County Wellness Summit 2018) with you and Sarah (Sarah Ross, NS Health Authority) was definitely the highlight of my experience in Public Health this summer! I really enjoyed the planning, and look forward to seeing how the day (Oct. 18, 2018) unfolds. You are too kind!! Thank you so much, I really appreciate that :)” – Kelsey Fleming (Aug. 17, 2018) – WellnessSummitInformationProgramPackageAug162018

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

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

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

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

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

As always, we really appreciate your interest and financial aid to promote our little gem in northern Cape Breton  (After the Bell After School Time Period Final Report 2017-18) – Linda Murray, North Highlands Nordic, May 3, 2018

Hi Vince, This is great! (Free Earth Walk Kits (2) for Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program) Sounds like they’d be a lot of fun for kids. Thank you!” Rosalie Gillis, Coordinator Community Support, Cape Breton Regional Library (June 5, 2018)

Hi Vince. Thank you for your support (Crystal Journey)” – Iris kedmi (Aug. 27, 2018)

BOWSThe schedule and class descriptions for 2018 Fall BOWS are now available online! Go to to get all the details. Thank you for your continued support” (June 23, 2018)

Awesome, thanks Vince (Review/Edit of Locals Know Newsletter)!” – Chris Lewis, Locals Know Coordinator, Destination Cape Breton (Aug. 21, 2018)  

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


  • The camaraderie
  • Venue, vibe & sunrise hike
  • Guided hikes
  • Extremely well organized, large enough crowd that there was a lot of energy at the event, time to network during meals, nice guided hike offerings
  • The venue and food were great! Same with the networking opportunities, and the general atmosphere and attitude of the participants
  • The venue and introduction to CB trails
  • Meeting a group of people all interested in hiking
  • The location (very scenic views), the hikes, the food, the people!
  • Location
  • I enjoyed the time with my family. The opportunity to experience and share this incredible part of Nova Scotia with two of my grandchildren was an experience neither I nor they will soon forget
  • Everything
  • Everything
  • I loved the hikes, seeing old (and new) friends, learning new things at the workshops and having a get-away in beautiful Keltic Lodge. Kudos to the organizers. It was a great event!
  • I loved everything about the Summit – it was fabulous! The hikes, presentations, organization and venue were superb, as was the pervasive enthusiastic and friendly atmosphere. The entire weekend was a ‘feel-good’ experience
  • Including kids this year was absolutely awesome
  • Meeting new people and enjoying the hikes
  • Everything
  • Everything
  • The hikes and presentations
  • The organizational aspect of the Summit & the variety of hikes
  • Location and being amongst like-minded people. It was a fantastic event.
  • Great atmosphere; venue was excellent. Scheduled hikes and the guides where phenomenal, especially the night hike with historical stories.
  • Great atmosphere all around — met new people. Loved the unique night hike with local ghost stories. Appreciated child care options and kids thought it was great as they felt part of things rather than feeling babysat. Learned of useful resources for children/youth to get them interested in and engaged in outdoor experiences
  • Hiking, children’s programming option
  • Good venue, great hikes, overall organization and planning were superb.
  • Location, hikes, venue, most of the sessions, meeting other hikers, articles in CB post were great
  • Loved the venue and the guided hikes. The leaders and sweeps were great! It was also a great opportunity to network and meet new people from all around the province.
  • Camaraderie, effective use of schedule, with lots of choices, lodging and food of course, but most of all meeting people with the love for the outdoors. Hats off to the organizing committee and especially to Janet! You all did an awesome job!!
  • The trails
  • The sessions were great, the hikes were wonderful, and the venue was great. The organizers did an amazing job. Thanks so much!
  • The venue and hikes Loved all of it I would say everything Great atmosphere, cost was great, truly enjoyed well organized 1st summit.
  • Great organization! Spectacular location! I loved the variety of the hikes!
  • Location
  • Exploring new hikes, and learning about new ones – and connecting with old and new friends.
  • Superb location, excellent hiking opportunities, good programming, opportunity to network and learn about trails and trail work in regions other than my own.
  • Everything!
  • IT was a wonderful opportunity to meet other hikers, explore a new hiking area and staying at a wonderful venue.
  • Well organized. Great accommodations and opportunities to check out new hikes.
  • This was my 4th Summit. Loved it! Thanks for putting the talks in the mornings and evenings, thus leaving the afternoons to experience the local hiking trails. The facility was awesome, especially now that the Summit is so large. Good food and lots of it, plus a cash bar. Delighted to see a kids/family focus this year. Overall it was awesome. So well organized.
  • No shortage of hike options during “on your own” time
  • Location, hiking trails and networking.
  • It was my first time volunteering with NS hiking summit. I do hope to help again with future summits and events.
  • I really enjoyed the variety of hikes (having night and sunrise hikes were excellent ideas!). I also really liked the First Nations inclusion at the opening ceremonies. I also thought Hike NS did a stellar job of the general organization of something this size.Overall it was a fantastic weekend and thank you very much for putting this on!!
  • I loved everything about it. The lodging, food, workshops, hikes and workers and volunteers were great. The weather turned out to be a bonus. The hard work and planning of putting together such an event certainly showed. Hoping to be able to attend Summit 2019.
  • Nothing to dislike. Great venue, great speakers/presentations
  • Great hikes
  • I loved the summit. I’m so glad we did this. The timings were great – loads of time to make connections with people. The hikes were great.
  • Excellent venue, great choice of hikes and times of hikes, great weather a bonus
  • I really like the camaraderie this year. With everyone and everything under one roof, people were more likely to sit up and chat over a few drinks.
  • Everything
  • The children activities were great!! My kids enjoyed, and learned a lot. I also liked the ‘night hike’. It was nice to get a history of the area.
  • Great location
  • Very well organized. Hikes were great. Location fantastic.
  • The waterfall talk was awesome and made me want to spend the rest of my life seeking them out!
  • It is an excellent event, well organized and fun
  • Continue to include kids
  • This summit was my favorite – thanks!
  • Seemed to run very smoothly & on time.
  • It was excellent
  • Local entertainment
  • It’s going to be hard to top this year’s event 🙂 I have no suggestions. Love the snack station before the hikes. Food was great, communication was great, and people were awesome.
  • I really enjoyed the summit and we plan on returning next year for our third summit. It is a must on our to-do list.
  • This one was great!
  • Fine as is.
  • I dont think you could beat this years event
  • No improvement needed??
  • Hard to improve,
  • I really can’t think of much that needs improvement.
  • I don’t know how you will top this event!
  • My first summit and I enjoyed it. Not sure at this point how to improve it.
  • Build bigger venues and parking lots? Lol

“Thanks for the good introductory meeting yesterday (Health Promoting Schools Active Living Working Group…June 11 meeting).  I’m looking forward to getting this group rolling in the new school year.  Thanks again” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (June 12, 2018)

Hi Vince, Thanks for getting back to me so quickly (Uisge Ban falls Hike / Cave / Wellness Summit). I would be happy to speak on behalf of DCBA on our Winter Campaign. You are always on the move” – Thanks, Kristine Mills, Digital Marketing Officer, Destination Cape Breton Association (Jul. 31, 2018)

Thanks Vince. It’s really exciting work and I look forward to resuming our planning for the Victoria County Wellness Summit Oct. 18, 2018 at Gaelic College upon my return” – Sarah Ross, Public Health Nutritionist, NS Health Authority (Jul. 27, 2018)

Raising the Villages

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

We had a very successful and busy Heritage Day 2018. We hosted a Try-It Event as part of Baddeck’s Heritage Day Events and had 60+ people come in and try archery. It was a hectic 3 hours but lots of fun and a number of people picked up info packages about the club. We are hoping this translates into more members for the upcoming year. Thanks to Vince/NA4LVC for helping with this” – Stephen Kerr March 23, 2018

Wow guys! What a great meeting. We can do this…and yes Vince I am definitely glowing…Thank you so much for laying this groundwork.  One of the biggest highlights today was learning so much more about all of you. A good team we make! Full steam ahead”  – Sharon MacIntyre, BOLD Camp Board Director (May 4, 2017) / “Vince, Thanks for all the reaching out and info gathering!” – Sharon MacIntyre, BOLD Camp Board Director (April 21, 2017) 

Hi Vince, That’s fantastic, thanks so much for sending that over to me (Events occurring in Victoria County info and edit Locals Know Newsletter Cape Breton). Just looking through these briefly and there’s lots of things I’m sure I would have otherwise missed; I’ll be sure to include these in for my future newsletters. Thanks again for your help” – Chris Lewis, Locals Know Coordinator, Destination Cape Breton, July 3, 2018 

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

GO-Girls Only Get Outside in Nature After the Bell Program 2017-18

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 out doors with you both! Thanks to Debbie Bell as well” – Tanya Peterson (March 2, 2018)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Hi Vince, Thanks for the feedback (Locals Know Newsletter), Thanks again for your help” – Chris Lewis, Locals Know Coordinator, Destination Cape Breton Association (Jul. 30, 2018)

8th Year-Physical Activity Strategy (June 13, 2011), Share Year 7 End Report / Highlights (April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018)

Thanks Vince, great letter from Hike NS. Good job” – Larry Dauphinee, Deputy Warden, Municipality Of The County Of Victoria (June 13, 2018) / “Thanks Vince. Well done” – Bruce, Councillor District 3, Warden, Municipality  of Victoria County (June 13, 2018)

Thank you Vince for all your hard work (IAT-International Appalachian Trail Meeting Confirmed – Aug. 30, Waycobah – VC Appalachan Trail vision)” – Iris Kedmi, (Jul. 30, 2018) / “Hi Vince. That sounds awesome! August 30th sounds great for a meeting re- Camino Vision. Thanks so much!” – Claire MacNeil, IAT Rep with Hike NS (Jul. 26, 2018)

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

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

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

Hi Vince, Thank you for your support (Setting up Cape Breton Camino, IAT-International Appalachian Trail meeting with IAT Rep.)” – Iris Kedmi (Aug. 27, 2018)

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

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

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

Hi Vince.😊 (Fit Yoga for Fall Sessions @ Baddeck Academy 2018) As always Thank you.😇” – Patsy MacKenzie (Sept. 15, 2018)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 “Thank you for the Information (Wellness Wednesday and Wellness Wednesday Challenge)” – Ann Marie MacNeil (July 18, 2018)

Thanks for sending along the information (Assistance Fund Grants 2018-2019 Available for Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Settings in Victoria County) – Ann Marie MacNeil (Aug. 9, 2018) 

Hi Vince: Thanks for sharing (Wellness Zone / AL Subsidization 2018-19 / Caffeine / Salt / St Ann’s Event Sheet)” – Ann Marie MacNeil (June 8, 2018)

Hi Vince: Thanks for the information (2018 Festival & Events Program Applications Now Being Accepted)” – Ann Marie MacNeil (May 15, 2018)

Thanks Vince (Wellness Zone-Employee Health & Wellness 2018 Newsletter / Comfort Zone)” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Apr. 26, 2018)

Hi Vince: Thanks for the information (Wellness Zone / AL Subsidization Program / St. Ann’s Events Sheet)” – Ann Marie MacNeil (March 28, 2018)

Thanks for sharing the information (Connect2: Nova Scotia’s sustainable transportation grant program is now open for 2018-2019) Vince” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Feb. 27, 2018)

“Hi Vince: Thank you and much appreciated (Instructor and School Grant Application Rankin) Thanks” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Jan. 19, 2018)

Thanks for your help (Funding Assistance Centre and Instructors)” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Jan. 7, 2018)

Perfect Vince! I was able to include it (Winter Events in CBHNP) in the DCBA campaign. Let us know if more of these wonderful events are in the works! We’d like to assist you as much as we can” – Mariève Therriault, Product Development Officer, Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada (Nov. 30, 2017)

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

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

Hi Vince: Yes, I think you and Naturally Active being involved would benefit the project (MicroResearch Project). The project is the first to Cape Breton residents and means a lot to be chosen by Dr. Jacke Scott and her team. Thanks for your help and support” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Aug. 24, 2018) 

Thank you for the information (Wellness Zone/AMANS Wellness Newsletter/Wellness Wednesday)” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Jul. 4, 2018)

You are awesome, Thank you so Much (Victoria County Cycling Map Request Received)” – Christa Dicks (May 17, 2018)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Twitter: @WomenActiveNS / Facebook: WomenActive-NS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Testimonials (Sept. 16, 2017)
• Yvonne Daisley – “Juice was delicious
• Claudia Gahlinger (Cape North Farmers Market) – “Everybody loved the cider
Norm Mac Donald They tasted amazing ” (Sept. 18, 2017)
Thank You and kudos to Everyone Involved Benefiting Residents & Visitors, it’s truly appreciated. Proudly Supported in Partnership by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) under the Victoria County Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Facilities Program & Policy

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks so much Vince (Cape Breton Road Runners Schedule) Posted and included on our website” – Bernadette MacLellan, Kids’ Run Club, Cape Breton Representative, Doctors Nova Scotia, – (March 2, 2017)

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

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

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

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

Thanks Vince. I really appreciate you sharing so many options (Funding supports for Ski Exchange Event)” – Daniel Murray, Ski Exchange in Victoria County (Oct. 17, 2017) 

Tamara Tammy Stevens Congrats

Andree Crepeau Congratulations!


Joan Murphy Congrats!!!
Chantal Schmouth Congratulations Vince!!

Percy Rasmussen Congrats Vince Well deserved!


Mary MacAskill Congratulations! Vincent.
Mary Hill Congrats Vince – well deserved.

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

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


Mona Anderson Congratulations, Vince. Well done sir.


Anna Lee MacEachern Congratulations Vince. You deserve it.


Congratulations Vince!

JennaVCWelcomeSign22007423_1457622200999471_7468754558795994873_nFortunate to be living in a great place to Live, Work and Play – 10 months old when Jenna arrived. 7 years Old now! – Wanda Hart MacLeod I think we are the lucky ones, Vince!!!” – Sept. 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Big thanks to Vince for writing the proposal (Provincial CDG-Community Development Grant for NS AT Summit and National Cycling Summit, May 2018) and to Paul for shepherding through the system” – Andree Crepeau, Velo Cape Breton (June 14, 2018)

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

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


3-Peak Challenge – Vince Forestall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Northern Victoria Community Centre Thanks for all your support Vince! 😃(April 5, 2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

NHNComplimentaryDay4Apr62014Alas, we’re finally thinking Spring.  North Highlands Nordic has closed for the season.  It’s been a good three months with lots of snow and many happy users of the trails in Cape North.  Thank to all for your support.  See you on the trails again next winter” – North Highlands Nordic (Apr. 4, 2017)

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

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

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

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


Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program


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

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

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

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

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

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

* Good quality snow shoes – nice and light.

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

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

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

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

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

Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program 2017 Report:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



BIKE_VICTORIA_-_LOGO_1_COLOUR_with_drawn_wheel_I’d love to share this (6th Annual Bike Victoria Week 2017) and more, so if you have anything similar you’d like to have me share through our weekly mail outs, please let me know and I’ll be sure to pass it on. BTW, I love your Bike Week logo!” – Stephanie Johnstone-Laurette, Youth Active Transportation Coordinator (Apr. 12, 2017) / “Thank you Vince for all your support (Victoria Week 2017-Bike to Bite Bike Event):” – Pedallers By the Bay (May 15, 2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Partnership Chair Eileen Woodford

-Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Renewed-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wonderful!!!!!!  (Strategy Renewal Presentation Well Received Last Night-Feb. 27, 2017)” – Cheryl MacDonald (Feb. 28, 2018)

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

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


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

 47 participants out at Uisge Ban Falls Winter Snowshoe Guided Hike Feb. 11, 2017 (Glace Bay to Stewiacke to Margaree Valley to Sydney to Muldrave to Mill Creek, lots from North Sydney + Sydney to Isle Madame to Millville, etc.) . Thanks for all the assistance Gert, Linda, Bob, Jennifer and all who participated to the falls and some took the river trail! It was fun-Winter Wonderland!
Linda MacRae It was a great outing! Thank you for hosting!” (February 11, 2017)
Karen Breen WeltonWow 47 is impressive! I had a friend up from Glace bay today, went snowshoeing as well. She couldn’t believe the snow we had either!” February 11, 2017
Gert GielenWe had fun Thank you :)” February 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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



Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Quick Facts:

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


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

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

Good Quality equipment – nice & light“.

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

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

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


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

Susan ZettellWhat a great idea! Hope you find it works really well and lots of folks use the service” – Jan. 24, 2017
Kate OlandTwo sets of skis out the door already today!” – Jan. 24, 2017
Vince ForrestallThank You Kate for your patience, positive attitude, partnership, leadership, commitment – it’s truly appreciated. Thank You all partners for making this happen and their tremendous support: Victoria County, NS Dept Communities, Culture & Heritage, Cape Breton Regional Library Naturally Active For Life Victoria County Est. 2011 Baddeck Library, North Victoria Library Branch , let us build on this now and in the future Let’s “Take The Roof Off Winter”” – Jan. 24, 2017
Robin HendersonThis is awesome (Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program)! Good stuff Kate!!” – Jan. 24, 2017
Joy BarberAmazing program Baddeck Library (Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program)! You should be really proud.” – Jan. 24, 2017
Kate OlandVince brought this program idea (Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program)! to the library. It’s a great example of what can happen when community members or organizations contact their libraries with good ideas. We’re always open to discussion!” – Jan. 24, 2017

Nona MacDermid to Vince Forrestall (February 21, 2017)

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

Jennifer Lynn Morrison Words I have been tying to get out for years. Thank you Vince Forrestall February 21
Bev Bryson very well said Nona – many many people agree with you – Vince is a very valuable asset to our community, and very very supportive February 21
Donna Campbell What they all said❤ February 21
Mary Vandommelen-Ivey Well written, Vince can use these words of praise when he under review for his position February 21
Iris Kedmi You captured my thoughts! Vince Forrestall does an excellent job and he is passionate about it cheers🍷
Feb. 21
Leona Donovan Stockley Vince certainly “walks the wall” and is an inspiration.
February 21 – Leona Donovan Stockley ooops “Walks the walkFebruary 21
Vince Forrestall Thank You so much Nona MacDermid. appreciated. need a bit of time to respond – teary eyed! Seeing and hearing all the face painted smiles, happiness, socializing, positive energy, being outdoors, being active with community spirit, made it all worthwhile, it was fun to be part of! I’ll be back to you soon. I do know the first immediate thing I thought of was the work of Stephan MacDermid and his vision, Goals + Objectives and leadership of Victoria County in developing Naturally Active for Life Victoria County since day one and the same spirit of cooperation, vision remains the same as it did back then. He was a mentor, leader and a great asset, who taught me soo much just being around him and in his presence working on the strategy and initiatives and how to work and respect people. Have a great day! Thank You again. February 21
Nona MacDermid Oh, thank you so much for remembering my brother. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss him, so it means a lot that you shared your memory of working with him and the impact you felt from his time here. Thanks Vince. February 21
Norm Mac Donald After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value. ~ George Macauley Trevelyan👍 Good stuff Vince we in the North appreciate you very much.
Bernie MacDonald Concur wholeheartedly!! February 21
Paul Diekelmann I get exhausted just reading Vince’s posts…sometimes wondering how he manages to do so much in one day. He is the driving force for encouraging and marketing active 4 season living in Victoria County and Cape Breton. I always look forward to his upSee More February 21
Jennifer Westhaver So proud to know this amazing man. February 21
Michele Stephens A big huge: Hear! Hear! February 21
Mary Hill Vince deserves the warm fuzzy – he has been working all out since he came to town 6 or more years ago! Thanks Vince. February 21
Terry Murray What a beautiful testimony to someone who ‘walks the walk’! Well done Vince Forrestall. Well deserved. February 21
Sharon MacLeanThanks for all you do certainly appreciated and it shows!!😄Great work 👍 February 21
Marcelle Lavoie – (Feb. 28, 2017) Today’s Painfree Program (Ingonish)  “Hi Vince, I feel today’s session went real well.  Nine people showed up and I was pleased.  I had expected about 6.  The next session on Thursday is on the hip”.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Norm Mac Donald – “Good work Vince👍” (Feb. 3, 2017)
Joanne Fraser – “keep up the great work Vince” (Feb. 3, 2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Partnership Chair Eileen Woodford

Ashton, Aron, February 27, 2017:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After the Bell, After-school Skating 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So nice of you and Aron (Ashton) to travel to Neil’s Harbour” – Michelle LeBlanc, Dietician, Buchanan Memorial Hospital (Nov. 2, 2016)
Thank you” – Clifford Aucoin (Letter of Support of the Cabot Trail Snowmobile Project for OHV Infrastructure Fund Application), Nov. 7, 2016 

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



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

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

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

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

Elementary Yoga Books Distributed – Sept. 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strategy Renewal Presentation to Council

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

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

Thanks Vince

NSSAF NS School Athletic Federation Table Partner

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

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

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

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

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

mcov5yearsservicededicationawarddec92016 (Dec. 9, 2016)

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

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

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

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

Lisa Dixon – “Congrats Vince. Well deserved”.

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

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

Donna Mac Leod · “Congratulations !”

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

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

Joanne Fraser – “great job Vince”.

Kaye Pinaud – “Congrads, Vince

Iris Kedmi – “Congratulations Vince Forrestall keep on moving & moving us🏂⛹🏼♀🚵🏌️‍♀

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

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

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

Donna Campbell – “Congrats!! Great work!”

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

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

Grace MacDermid – “Great job, congratulations

Darlene Ellsworth – “Great Job Vince..congratulations

Louise Witzell – “Congrats

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

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

Rick Gilbert, Keith MacDonald and 32 others

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

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

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Molly Ritchie I go every time it’s offered.

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Vince Forrestall

Vince Forrestall great to hear!

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Rejean Chamberland

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

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Mary Vandommelen-Ivey

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

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Norm Mac Donald

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

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Keith Bain

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

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Jeannie Bonnar

Jeannie Bonnar Congrats VinceForrestall.

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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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5th Annual Victoria County Trails Day 2016 A Success

(June 4 & 5, 2016)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NHNYearEndReport2016 / NHNYearEndReport2016PDF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northern Victoria Community Centre

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Alicia Lake with Vince Forrestall.

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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!!”

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Spring 2016 Navigation Course A Success

Thank You to Instructor Minga O’Brien and All the Participants on Completing a Very Successful Navigation Course April 9 & 10, 2016 – Baddeck Forks Community Hall
Naturally Active Victoria County (Est. 2011) Working For You and Your Health with “Skill Development” Opportunities
Course Testimonials:
I’m thankful to Minga O’Brien and the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy for offering a free, two-day navigation course. My husband and older son attended, and enjoyed themselves immensely. Liam learned a lot about using a map and compass, and GPS – both useful skills that boosted his understanding of both geography and math. I’m glad Brooke and Liam had some time to learn and hang out together, and grateful that the County is supporting positive activities like this one” – Kate Oland (April 10, 2016)
awesome!” – Jane Maree
Great class!” – Mb Whitcomb (Participant)
Thanks Kate Oland, and thanks Vince Forrestall for making the navigation course possible. Happy to hear Brooke & Liam enjoyed it” – Minga O’Brien (Course Leader).
Thanks for all your great work on this (After School Time Period Programs). A relatively small amount of funding is having a large impact on our (Cape Breton) region” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant  (March 31, 2016)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


– “Tks it was fun

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

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

-“Thanks for sending all the photos!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Wellness Room – Baddeck Academy

(Season 4 completed: 2015-16)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hike NS Summit Package from Victoria County – wonderful: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

4th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge 2015

A Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Thanks for believing in the program (Accessing Facilities Grant for Men’s Basketball, Baddeck Academy Fri’s). If it wasn’t for you, it probably wouldn’t be as successful! Thanks again” – Jason Smith, Leader (Dec. 12, 2015)
Keep up the great work” – Wanda Hart MacLeod, Victoria County Resident (Jan. 26, 2016)

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4th Annual 2015 Trails Day in Victoria County A Success

Wagmatcook Fresh Fruit Fridays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Naturally Active Victoria County 2014-15 Year End

(March 31, 2015) Summary

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Humes River Falls 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baddeck Fitness Circuit

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

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

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

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


Wagmatcook Healthy Hearts Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Steps in Flight Walking Program

“Really Enjoying the Program” – Robyn MacLean, Participant

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

December 10, 2015

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

December 10, 2015

Donald Hamm “Great news! Thanks Vince”

December 10, 2015

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

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

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

Strategy Supports North of Smokey Elementary Schools Play Days

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

Uisge Ban Falls

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

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

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

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

Naturally Active Presents to Victoria County Community Health Board

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

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

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

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

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

Bridging the Gap Conference in Membertou

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I want to congratulate the Municipality of the County of Victoria for its work the past 4.5 years to promote physical activity and healthy eating across its communities. The strategy has focused on key goals and objectives such as increasing awareness, building partnerships, developing/supporting public policy, and increasing opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity for residents and visitors of all ages. Physical activity and healthy eating are important to promoting and maintaining good health and preventing illness. The Rural Chronic Disease Steering Committee was established in 2009 to increase support for people with chronic illness who live in rural communities. The committee’s work has focused on providing both education and specific physical activity for participants. In addition the committee has worked with many partners to advocate for and develop community based supports so that there are opportunities for people with chronic illness to eat well and be more physically active. The partnership with Victoria County has been invaluable in developing community wellness rooms, increasing access to school facilities, supporting community groups in increasing many opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity and in supporting leadership development. I encourage the County to continue to fund the Strategy for the next five years so that policy, infrastructure and programming can be solidified and sustained. That way physical activity and healthy eating will become a way of life for residents of Victoria County. On behalf of the committee, we encourage Victoria County to continue this important work for at least the next five years. Sincerely” –  Carol Ferguson, Co-chair, Manager Heart Lung Wellness Program, Eastern Zone, Nova Scotia Health Authority & Eileen Woodford, Co-chair, Director Rural Health, Eastern Zone, Nova Scotia Health Authority – October 13, 2015

Thanks for letting me know about the Skyline snowshoe hike (Jan. 3rd, 2016). It was fun. I also enjoy everybody’s enthusiasm. You (Vince) sure have a large supply” – Larry Gibbons, Middle River Resident (Jan. 4, 2016) 

“On behalf of the South Haven Community Hall, we would like to add our support for the renewal of the Muncipal Physical Activity Strategy for an additional five years. Many in our community have benefitted greatly from this strategy over the past five years from activities such as physical exercise programs, square dance classes, healthy eating events and other organized outdoor activities. Yours truly”Jim Eldridge, President –  South Haven Community Hall (Oct. 6, 2015) 

My name is Angela MacKinnon, and I had the pleasure of being the Facility Development and Enhancement Coordinator of the  Northern Victoria Community Center, in Cape North, Victoria County. This job opportunity was made possible through a Job Creation Program brought to us by Naturally Active Victoria County. Thanks to the work experience I earned, ( April – July 2015) I was ultimately offered a full time position being the Coordinator of the NVCC after my JCP work term ended. Our center did not have a Coordinator in 5+ years, and with the help of Naturally Active Victoria County, we finally had someone here to answer the phones, write the emails, and apply for the grants that we needed to develop our center once again. Our community center has counted on the support from Naturally Active Victoria County and coordinator Vince Forrestall immensely in the last 6 months.  With his great leadership, interpersonal skills and genuine care for residents and visitors, Naturally Active Victoria County has benefited our small community, the ”North of Smokey’ area, and the county as a whole. Renewing the strategy for another 5 years ensures this great work will be able to continue, benefiting all those involved. Thank you for your time and consideration” – Angela MacKinnnon, Coordinator, Northern Victoria Community Center 29235 Cabot Trail, Cape North, Victoria County  902 383 2515 (Oct. 6, 2015)  

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of support for the Physical Activity Strategy of Victoria County. Since its inception in 2011, I personally have seen and enjoyed the many initiatives that this strategy has produced. The County’s dedication to this program has enabled each community to have access to physical programs, information and resources that otherwise may not have been as easily obtainable. Mr. Forresstall’s resilience and friendly manner has moved the physical aspirations of individuals in a positive direction. Having access to programs and services of the strategy in our own backyards, so to speak, has provided individuals with entertainment, choices, triumphs and, of course, much needed physical activity. As a member of several community organizations within the County, I also see the wealth of information on grants and services that has been brought to the attention of county residents and organizations. I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Forrestall on a community level and enjoy his enthusiasm and hard work to make the strategy a benefit for everyone. Regards” – Donna MacDonald Nova Scotia C@P Regional Coordinator, Victoria County, NS (Oct 7, 2015)

Great job organizing (River Denys Mtn Hike, Dec. 20, 2015)” – Claire Drinnan (Dec. 18, 2015)

The investment in continuing to support the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy in Victoria County will have a payback many times greater than the dollars spent. We will not only save health dollars but we will have safer, happier communities. We will have more viable communities that will attract new residents. One of our greatest assets is the natural beauty of our wilderness, but we can only take advantage of it by staying healthy ourselves. A physically active lifestyle is the best way to insure the physical and mental health of our residents. Becoming physically fit is not a ‘one shot deal.’ A person does not engage in physical activity, get into shape, and then stay in shape. Fitness must be an ongoing process. Life style changes require sustained hard work over a long period of time. Our needs change as we get older. The activities we engaged in last year are not the same as the activities we need next year. As young people grow they need to have programs available to keep them physically active. School sports programs do not reach the majority of our students. The challenge of engaging young people in physical activity is becoming more critical and cannot be left to the schools. In our rural county we have few recreational facilities. But we do have many community halls and we are very sociable. We have a rich tradition of community gatherings. The coordinated leadership of the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy in the county has been able to capitalize on the many small diverse groups to get people together and to get them physically active. Activities like yoga, walking, hiking, snowshoeing, exercise groups are both social and healthy. But they require continual renewal and reinvention. Individuals with an idea need the help and support of a coordinator to bring the idea to fruition. A coordinator’s job is never done. As adults age, their needs and abilities change. Young people grow and require leadership to get out and be active. The composition of our communities is constantly changing. If we are going to maintain a physically active healthy community lifestyle we need a coordinator who can keep an overview of our changing needs. I urge Council to continue to support Vince Forrestall and the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy and to renew its funding for at least another five years. Sincerely yours” – David Rasmussen, Money Point Rd, Bay St. Lawrence NS B0C 1G0 (Oct. 12, 2015)

Excellent job! Your efforts deserve to be commended. Good on you” (It’s Official – Municipality of Victoria County to Receive Gold Workplace Wellness Award at Upcoming AMANS Conference) – Robin Stuart (Oct 5, 2015)

This is awesome news Vince! A job well done and an award well deserved. Yet another feather in the proverbial cap that is Victoria County! Again, well done to you all!” (It’s Official – Municipality of Victoria County to Receive Gold Workplace Wellness Award at Upcoming AMANS Conference) – Aron Ashton, Public Health Services Physical Educator (Oct. 6, 2015)

Should be commended along with the partners on what you are doing here” (HERSS-Healthy Eating in Recreation Sports Settings Municipal Policy Partnership Team) – Debbie Madore, Dietitian, CBVRSB Nutrition for Learning (Sept. 30, 2015)

Naturally Active Victoria County is a Proud Participant in the NS Physical Activity Practitioners Exchange (P.A.P.E) – (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)

Mary and I have recently discovered that Victoria County’s “Naturally Active” program will reach it’s fifth anniversary in June of 2016 and that a decision about it’s future is being made. What follows are some thoughts about the program. We often hear reports of health problems caused by lack of exercise, diabetes being the number one example. It’s also a well known fact that Nova Scotia is faced with a rapidly aging population. Each of these issues contribute to an ever-increasing, and probably unsustainable, burden on the health-care system. It therefore seems that programs focused on improving the health of the general population should be a priority. Council has the difficult task of determining how best to allocate available funds for the benefit of all residents. When faced with this challenge, organizations often resort to a cost-benefit analysis as a basis for gauging a program’s worth. Performing such an analysis on a program of this type would be a significant and very expensive undertaking… a consultant’s dream-come-true! Wouldn’t it be better to “go with your gut” and continue funding a program which seems obviously beneficial? And now, a few words about the current program coordinator…Vince Forrestall has been a tireless promoter of numerous forms of physical activity, many of which highlight our beautiful natural environment. I’ve participated in a number of his organized hikes to destinations such as Bald Mountain, the “Steam Boiler”, Goldbrook Mine, Humes River Falls, McNaughton Falls, MacMillan Mountain Look off, and, of course, Uisge Ban. Being a relative newcomer to the area, these events have introduced me to some unfamiliar and wonderful locations. I follow Vince on Facebook and I’m constantly amazed by his non-stop work to promote physical fitness. He’s always on the move – a great example for everyone. He and his family have been a wonderful addition to the area and Baddeck in particular. Mary and I would like to take this opportunity to express our full support for extending this very beneficial program for another five years with Vince as it’s coordinator” – Sincerely, Bob & Mary Hill (Oct. 7, 2015)

My name is Mary Ivey and I have worked with Vince Forrestall on several occasions with Active living for Victoria County.  In my opinion,, it has been wonderful working with Vince and the programs that he offers through Active Living.  Several programs which I particular enjoy is the hiking and having leaders to follow and the snowshoeing programs and also the yoga programs. I strongly support his hard work and please keep the programs in Victoria County on active living  alive. We have to keep the people active and interested in maintaining good health through exercise. Thank you” – Mary Ivey (October 9,2015)

We, at North Highlands Nordic are asking the Municipality to renew Vince Forrestall’s five year Naturally Active Victoria County, Municipal Physical Activity Strategy for at least another five years. At North Highlands Nordic, since 1985 we have maintained over 10 km of groomed trails behind the North Victoria Community Centre. We have a strong volunteer base that is proud of the facility that we offer in northern Victoria County. We hire a room manager for three months so that the facility can be open and have available both cross country ski and snowshoe equipment. The county has always been very generous in the support we have received over the years. We have seen Vince grow into his position over the last five years.  He has been easy to access and is a font of knowledge. He has made great efforts to get to know and understand us.  He has been very supportive of our initiatives. For example, he has not only provided funding for our Open House, but he has made the effort to attend it also. If we have a germ of an idea he helps make it happen.  For our Girls on Skis program he helped with our proposal and funding and even came down North to see how the program was going. We appreciate this enthusiasm. He has always shown a keen interest in what we are doing.  We do not want to loose Vince or the support he has been providing over the last five years.  There is still a lot to be done and we feel very fortunate that he even would want to continue in his position.  Any funds that are spent on keeping our residents physically active seem like a win-win situation.  At North Highlands Nordic we are as committed as Vince in seeing that this happens. Sincerely” – Linda Murray, President, NHN-North Highlands Nordic, Cape North, NS (Oct. 2015)

I am writing in support of, Vince Forrestall, and the Naturally Active Victoria County (Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Est. 2011 –  ) with a 5 year Renewal of the Strategy by the Municipality of the County of Victoria in Partnership with the Province-Health & Wellness Active Living Branch (MPAL: ). I am the Youth Liaison Officer for the Victoria County Royal Canadian Mounted Police, RCMP, detachment stationed in Baddeck, I work with students and schools to determine new and innovated projects to assist youth with issues that are precursors to criminal activity. The programs assist to prevent youth from entering the Criminal Justice System or minimalize recidivism. In this role I also look at other organizations and groups that offer extra-curricular activities and opportunities for youth.  Mr. Forrestall’s leadership and creativity with Naturally Active Victoria County is a prime example of a strategy that creates programs and opportunities that I seek out. I have had the opportunity to sit on the Body Active Mind (BAM) planning committee and have seen firsthand the knowledge and enthusiasm that Vince brings to the table. The Naturally Active Victoria County strategy with Vince at the helm has brought some fabulous activities to the County and residents with many more I am sure to come with a 5 year extension for the strategy and Vince. If there are any questions or concerns please contact me directly. Best Regards” – Cst Eric LATWAITIS, Youth Liaison Office, RCMP-GRC, Victoria County – Ph 902-295-2350 /

We moved to Victoria County in mid 2012 so do not have first-hand knowledge of the local activity situation prior to the implementation of this strategy.  However, it quickly became evident that a serious effort was being made by the Coordinator to boost the activity level of the residents.  My first exposure to the program was through weekly Saturday snowshoe hikes on various trails in the St. Ann’s Bay area.  Vince participated at many of these hikes and was a powerful advocate for getting out, enjoying the scenery and boosting our activity levels.  The  exertion varied from easy to challenging, depending on the specific terrain, but it is safe to say that over the last three winters we all benefited from the workouts and felt healthier for the effort. Vince was also a strong supporter of the Square Dance Classes at the South Haven Community Hall. I have heard comments from a number of first time participants that they were astonished at the level of physical effort required during these two hour sessions. As with the hiking, residents were benefiting from weekly physical activity while at the same time strengthening community involvement. As a director with the Biosphere North East Trails Association I witness Vince’s ongoing support during the past year for the development of additional trails within the County that will enhance the physical activity of residents and visitors alike. A side benefit may also be an increase in the number of tourist days and the dollars that flow. Unfortunately, many of us require prodding and/or incentives to escape our sedimentary lifestyle and become more physically active. In the long term it has to be a benefit to not only the participants but also reducing health care costs in general. Maintaining momentum now is critical to the realization of long term benefits. As a County taxpayer I support the continuation of this strategy” – Don Buchanan, Resident – 50972 Cabot Trail, RR 4 Baddeck (Oct. 9, 2015)

Sue and I permanently moved to Cape Breton about four years ago. Prior to moving to Nova Scotia I spent plenty of time hiking in a semi wilderness provincial park not far from our cabin. Most of my hiking was done alone. When we moved to Cape Breton I couldn’t help but hear that an organization had been set up to get people active, presumably to help increase the health level of the population and therefore cut down on mental and physical problems which can be very costly. Plus it was just a heck of a lot of fun. Because I wasn’t familiar with many trails around here, I joined a hike or two and was quickly involved in other hikes, and soon began guiding a few. It all just came naturally. Vincent Forrestall, who represents Naturally Active, was personable and easy to hike with. Vincent was as much into the activities as the rest of us were and always kept me aware of the up and coming events. Only a few days ago, Vincent gave me two maps promoting hiking and biking trails. This will be a big help to me and others. Also, it was Vincent’s enthusiasm that got me into snowshoeing and last year we had some great fun snowshoeing in the Victoria County mountains. I will be busy the next few months just keeping up with the number of hikes and events that Vincent and Naturally Active have scheduled. It is my hope that Vincent and Naturally Active will be helping to  keep Victoria County residents healthy for a very long time. Yours sincerely” – Larry Gibbons (Resident – Goldbrook Mine Road) (Oct. 14, 2015)



On behalf of the Bras D’Or Archers Association; as its president, as a member of the Baddeck Curling Club, as a member of the Bell Bay Golf Club, as an executive member of the Biosphere Northeast Trails Association, and as a resident of Victoria County, I provide this letter in support of the current Naturally Active Victoria County Strategy. The strategy and initiatives implemented are of great value to the community as a whole. As the initial phase of the strategy winds down, I think it is imperative that the County continue on with this initiative by extending it another 5 years. With an aging population and increasing pressure on our health care system, a strategy to keep people involved in physical activity will have long term benefits for our residents from a mental, physical, and social well-being perspective. Hats off to Vince and the many people who have worked hard to develop and implement the strategy and to keep it front and center in the County through social media and community postings. I think the initiatives and programs that have arisen from the strategy should make the County proud that it is actually implementing a strategy that appears to be working and achieving the goals and objectives it set – not an easy thing to do in today’s environment. The County has a good thing going and I think it should support the Naturally Active Victoria County initiative for another 5 years. Respectfully” – Stephen Kerr, Baddeck Bay (Oct. 24, 2015)

“Excellent. Thanks for your continued support!”Natasha Warren, Physical Activity Coordinator (Provincial), Active Living Branch, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (Oct. 8, 2015)

“Congratulations Vince and Victoria County!  Way to go!” (It’s Official-Municipality of Victoria County to Receive Gold Workplace Wellness Award at Upcoming AMANS Conference) -Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (Oct. 14, 2015)

I strongly support Vince Forrestall and the renewal of Naturally Active Victoria County Strategy. Vince has a wealth of knowledge and made connections all over the Island he has responded in a very timely manner to all of my request.  I feel he is completely dedicated to this program. The strategy has made it possible for me to pay hall rentals and buy equipments that has sustained my groups for the last number of years. I have recently joined the St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group and I understand that Naturally Active Victoria County Strategy has been a key partner for many years as well.  The members of our community need these programs and directors to continue their support. Victoria County needs more programs like this and more individuals like Vince. Yours truly” – Lisa Dixon, Coordinator of Our Journey To Better Health & Shaunackie Circuit Gym (October 22, 2015)

Angelo Spinazzola commented on Strategy Review / Update 2015

On behalf of Angelo Spinazzola and the staff at North River Kayak Tours, I would like to extend my support to Vince and Naturally Active. It is instrumental to have such an organization in the community. It creates a great venue for people to connect as well as get exercise at the same time and gives people a sense of accomplishment. I look forward to participating in the future. Great work Vince!” – (Nov. 4, 2015)

On behalf of Nova Scotia Department of Energy, I am writing to express my support for Naturally Active Victoria County to work on a 5-year renewal of the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy by the Municipality of the County of Victoria. The Department of Energy through our Sustainable Transportation Strategy: Choose How You Move launched in April 2013, promotes, encourages, and supports active transpiration. The vision of the Physical Activity Strategy complements our Choose How You Move strategy. Investments in active transportation have far-reaching benefits, from health and wellness to the environmental benefits and beyond. Strategies like this promote active living within our communities and among residents of all ages. Vince Forrestall has been an active stakeholder of the department in the past years and his work in completing the Victoria County Moves project (improving cycling capacity through bike racks, AT lanes, and AT Plan) under the NS Moves Grant Program has been greatly appreciated. We are happy to support Naturally Active Victoria County in its effort to promote the renewal of the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy. Sincerely” – Mana Wareham, B.Sc., MPA, Sustainable Transportation Program Administrator, Sustainable and Renewable Energy, NS Department of Energy

The Cape Breton Regional Library-We have worked closely with Vince Forrestall on a number of initiatives since this started that have been a great benefit to the residents of Victoria County. Below are the observation of Kate Oland from the Baddeck Library on this program. “Over Vince Forrestall’s tenure, he has made several efforts to find ways to partner with the Cape Breton Regional Library, and Baddeck Branch in particular. I’ve been particularly impressed that he reached out to the library, since it’s not often immediately thought of as a “fit” for physical recreation and wellness activities.  Some of our partnerships have included: * A Summer Bookmobile series which had a student from Vince’s department show up at various bookmobile stops to teach kids healthy, active games and activities.  This partnership gave us an opportunity to highlight related books and DVDs in our collection, and also to reach out to students who might not have connected with the bookmobile before. * A Winter Swim partnership in which Vince’s department paid the pool and lifeguard fees, and the library hosted a swim for area kids who had library cards.  It was a great way to connect the library to the wider community, and to reward card-holders for their library membership. * Baddeck Library has a permanent “Healthy Active Living” display at the branch, which features useful material from Vince’s department along with rotating displays on a variety of health and wellness issues. Again, this gives us a great opportunity to highlight items in our collection, and it helps our patrons get connected to opportunities in the community. * Baddeck Library is partnering with Vince’s department in an active gear equipment loan program, to be launched this winter. Patrons will soon be able to check out snow shoes, walking poles, ski sets, and other winter equipment using their library cards.  The program will increase access to expensive equipment and encourage more people to try winter activities; it may bring new patrons through our doors; and we’ll be able to deliver the equipment county-wide on the bookmobile. * Vince’s department has also sponsored two yoga sessions at Baddeck Library – one for children and families, and one for adult beginners, both of which have been very much appreciated. * Vince is also good to promote any of the library’s programs and services that coincide with this Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer Active Fests.” As you can see, there have been many collaborations with the Library over the last 5 years that have helped to promote wellness and healthy living for Victoria County. We hope that this initiative continues to provide unique opportunities for residents of Victoria County. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Kate Oland. Thank you“. -Rosalie Gillis, Coordinator Community Support Cape Breton Regional Library, 50 Falmouth Street Sydney, Nova Scotia Canada B1P 6X9, Tel: (902)562-3279 Fax: (902) 564-0765,

Keep up the great work, Vince.  I have a great letter in support (Physical Activity Strategy Renewal 2016) of all your work for council” – Jonathan Saul, Victoria County Resident, Volunteer Biosphere Northeast Trails Assoc. Member, Runner, etc. (Dec. 18, 2015) 

Angelo Spinazzola commented on Strategy Review / Update 2015

On behalf of myself and the staff of North River Kayak Tours we would like to express our support for the programming and exciting inititives Mr. Forestall has been involved in over the past number of years. The feedback has been nothing but positive. Mr. Forrestall is the man for the job and we do hope to have the Naturally Active Programming renewed for another 5 years. His work has put many smiles on many faces as well as giving people great opportunities to GET HEALTHY! Good work sir!!!” – Angelo (Nov 4, 2015)

Our community-based, not-for-profit company, Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, has been encouraged by your enthusiasm in promoting fitness in Victoria County. One of our Committees, is the Wellness Committee, which deals with physical and mental wellness to the residents and visitors of Central Cape Breton. We promote an active and relaxing atmosphere for people of all ages of Central Cape Breton to get “fit”. Without your support over the last 5 years this would not be possible. We would like to congratulate you for taking the many initiatives to improve physical and mental wellness throughout the County of Victoria and offer our support to the continuation of Naturally Active Victoria County. We look forward to continuing working with you. Sincerely” – Ann Marie MacNeil, Chair, Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Inc (Nov. 8, 2015)

As always, thank you Vince” (Support for Baddeck Kids Summer Yoga) – Patsy MacKenzie (Yoga Leader & Strategy Implementation Team (VCAN) – Aug. 15, 2015

(Municipal Workplace Wellness Skate & Healthy Potluck-Dec. 17, 2015) – Good Morning: Sounds like quite a feast – sorry I can’t make it. 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 (Dec. 15, 2015)

“Awesome that Physical Activity Leaders course (YMCA Older Adults Certification Course) will be held in Victoria County!” – Eileen Woodford, Director of Rural Health; Chair -Naturally Active Victoria County; Chair – Rural Chronic Disease Committee (Dec. 15, 2015)

Thank you much Vince (Yoga Leadership Development Assistance), Very much appreciated” – Bev Byson (Oct. 21, 2015)

(Published Yoga Book Circulated locally and to local residents) – “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 – Nov. 10, 2015

“Thanks so much. Really appreciate the support ($500 from Naturally Active for Bras d’Or Yacht Club healthy eating during Regatta Week)” – Eileen Woodford(August 3, 2015)

Hi folks; Nice to meet you all last weekend, and thanks Vince and Minga for a great course (Navigation – Nov 14 & 15, 2015” – Adrian Wilson (Participant: Nov 23, 2015)  

Navigation Course (Nov 14 & 15, 2015) was Excellent” – Claire McNeil, Participant (Nov 22, 2015)

“(Gym in the school in Baddeck)  The facility is pretty good but Trent and Megan (Leaders) are awesome!!!” – Lisa Dixon (Dec. 16, 2012)

As a chef, the importance of a healthy, nutritious diet has always been at the forefront of my use of local and sustainable ingredients when planning meals and menus.  I have always considered it part of my job to make people aware of healthy dietary choices coupled with an active lifestyle.  To that end I believe that Victoria County’s implementation of the “Naturally Active” Physical Activity Strategy is bringing about a more accessible, with the leadership of Vince Forrestall, means to that end. All too often I hear it said by those who lack knowledge and opportunity that they do not know where to start for a move towards a healthy and active lifestyle, so there is still more work to be done in Victoria County.  I have worked on several programs with Vince on bringing basic healthy cooking skills to places in the county where this guidance would not be otherwise available, and I believe this is a very important building block in the health of our area residents. Therefore, this strategy and Vince Forrestall’s work within it, should be built upon and not be removed from Victoria County’s health and wellness plan; thus continuing to provide both knowledge and opportunity for its residents. Thank you” -Chef, George Smith (Dec. 8, 2015)

That (Steps in Flight indoor Walking / Mini-steps Discovery Centre Play Programs Finalized Alexander Graham Bell site Baddeck) is so exciting! Wonderful news! Kudos to Vince & Madeline in particular” -Rose Anderson, Manager: Victoria County Memorial Hospital (Dec. 10, 2015) / “Excellent (Will be for strollers and wheelchairs as well)” – Eileen Woodford, Director of Rural Health & Naturally Active Partnership Chair (Dec. 10, 2015)

Tammy MacSweenSo glad this (Steps in Flight indoor Walking / Mini-steps Discovery Centre Play Programs Returns to Bell Museum 2016) is back. Will definitely be there with the kids!!” – Dec. 10, 2015

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 Gwynn-Brett, Researcher – Rural Chronic Disease Committee (Nov. 30, 2015)

FABULOUS program (#ForTheGirls After-school Program at Baddeck Academy)…” – Winnie Asaph Hutchison (Dec. 16, 2015)

“Great! thanks for all your work (Steps in Flight Walking Sign-in Sheet / Waiver)” –  Madeline Harvey, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Visitor Experience Manager (Dec. 10, 2015)

SpinClassFall2017JPEGPilot Spin Class – Fall 2017 Testimonials – Barbara Stokes Spinning is amazingNovember 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)

Bald Mountain Trail Hike Kicking Off November 2015 (Nov. 1, 2015) – “Thanks Vincent. Thanks for letting me know about the hike. It was fun and good to be with positive people. Take care” – Larry Gibbons (Brook Mine Rd, Middle River, Victoria County)

To Whom It May Concern – I am writing in strong support of a 5 year renewal of the Naturally Active Victoria County Strategy. Overall, this Strategy addresses an absolutely critical need in our County:  Improved health of our citizens through exercise and better nutrition. I have had direct, very positive contact with the Strategy and it activities in three main ways: 1.        The Strategy’s support of North Highlands Nordic Cross Country Ski Club:  I am a member of this Club which offers professional quality ski trails and programs.  I use its facilities both for skiing and for snowshoeing and as a senior, I appreciate the Club’s programs for seniors.  I also appreciate the in-person visits which Vince Forrestall makes to our Club.  The Club is one of the most important fitness opportunities North of Smokey during the winter, for very young children, youth, adults and seniors and thus is important in the County fitness Strategy. 2.       The Cabot High School Student Garden Project (with the Cape North Farmers’ Market):  The Cape North Farmers’ Market has as one of its goals the improving of the quality of nutrition in our North of Smokey communities through more local production of fresh produce.  As part of our strategy for achieving this goal, our Farmers’ Market is working with the teachers and administration of Cabot High School to “turn on” our youth to the benefits and pleasures of home production of food.  A student garden has been created as a learning tool for students at Cabot High.  The garden has been in existence for 2 years, 2015 being a better harvest year than 2014, as the fertility of the student garden improves. The student garden project is ongoing with the goal of reaching out and turning on more and more young people to home gardening.  In 2015, the Naturally Active Strategy provided financial support for this student garden/fresh local produce/better nutrition for better health project. 3.       As a volunteer in the Sun Gym at the Bay St. Lawrence Community Centre, I am aware of the several ways in which the Naturally Active Strategy has assisted the Centre to work with children, youth, adults and seniors on different activities intended to encourage regular exercise and nutrition in our community.  The Centre plays a hugely important role in our community and the Naturally Active Strategy has been one of the most important sources of support for the Centre’s fitness/nutrition programs. Based on my first-hand experience, I believe that the Naturally Active Strategy is playing a very important role in improving fitness and nutrition in our County and that its various activities have been successful in enhancing fitness, including improved nutrition in our County.  Vince Forrestall , in my opinion has done an excellent job as the Strategy coordinator working in a county with very dispersed communities.  He has worked effectively with local organizations to link their activities with the goals of Naturally Active and thereby achieved great “leverage” for Naturally Active’s various initiatives.  Improving fitness and levels of nutrition in any setting does not happen quickly.  A good start has been made.  I support a further 5-years for the Strategy. Sincerely” – Rob Macdonald, Dingwall  

BaddeckAcademyCompassFall2015(Compasses for Navigation Course Nov 14 & 15, 2015) Borrowed from the school. Thanks to Barb. Thanks for contacting her” – Minga O’Brien (Nov. 5, 2015)

(Strategy Update/Review Session: June 3, 2015) Improve communication at all levels: “We recognize since (Vince) MPAL Program has started it’s been much better” – Group 2

This (NEW Victoria County Trails Map) is INCREDIBLE!  Thank you, thank you.  I’m certain Garnet MacLaughlin and team will be thrilled to have this piece as they move forward with a trail inventory and map” – Kelsey Peters, Destination Cape Breton (Sept. 16, 2015)

Hi Vince: Thanks for the letter (Central CB Community Ventures Letter of Support for Trans Canada Trail Waterways Launch) it is much appreciated” – Ann Marie MacNeil, Chair – Central Cape Breton Community Ventures (Nov. 26, 2015)

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).

Hey Vince , thanks for everything we have 10 out there playing some pond hockey (Bring Back Pond Hockey Play)!!” -Andrew MacDonald, Victoria Highland Civic Centre (Baddeck Rink) – Nov. 27, 2015


I appreciate what you have done for me and the participants (After-school basketball jerseys & shorts)” – Pauline MacKinnon, Cabot Junior Basketball Team (Fall 2015)

There was lots of positive talk around it (Little Penguins Program, Ingonish) and people are asking if we can have it again this year.  It was $500 last time which directly benefited 27 families, some have mutliple children.  That money allowed them to access the facility the whole winter.  Thanks!” – Marie Hawley, Dec. 8, 2015


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)

That’s great news (Accessing Facilities Grant)!  Thanks for believing in the program. If it wasn’t for you, it probably wouldn’t be as successful ! Thanks again” – Jason Smith, Leader-Adult Men’s Basketball Program, Baddeck Academy (Dec. 11/2015 6:55pm)

Vince – I do it for you as I know how much you are doing for this community! Cheers” – Iris  Kedmi, (Resident) Feb. 1, 2016

It was a beautiful day (Dennison Rd, Guided Hike-Jan 10, 2016) Thanks so much for lending snowshoes to us.  Much appreciated” – Aliesje MacInnis / “Hi Vince, I put the snowshoes back where they were before. Thanks again-they worked out great” – Brendan Shaughan  / “Hi Guys – Great turn out today (Dennison Rd, Guided Hike-Jan 10, 2016) 19 in total. Conditions were excellent once we got past the first 1/2 km- a truck had gone up the trail that far and then turned off a side road. 5 participants from Baddeck area and the rest were from Sydney & North side areas” – Eileen Woodford, Leader – Sundays on Snow Program

We had a great ACBC (Active Cape Breton Communities) Meeting in Membertou & Rotary Park on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Thanks to all who attended for positive participation and thoughtful discussion.  I look forward to the next session”  – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant / “This was one of the most energizing meetings , ACBC has had in many years. I left feeling that there was so much each of us can do in our roles as MPAL, Recreation staff, public health  and health charity” –  Claire MacLean, (Jan. 21, 2016) / “Thanks everyone. Yes it was a very fun and energizing session. I enjoyed the stats that were shared at the beginning and it was nice to talk to people about the work they’re doing to promote physical activity and walking opportunities. I enjoyed my experience at Rotary Park, it was my first time there and it was an amazing day to participate in such a great walk! – Thanks everyone” – Aron Ashton, Public Health Services Physical Educator (Jan. 22, 2016)

Nice to lead (Vince Forrestall, Naturally Active Victoria County) a great program ‪#‎SundaysOnSnow‬with super participants enjoying social, ‪#‎physicalactivity‬with nice scenery in a great place we live, play, work ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬‪#‎CapeBretonIsland‬‪#‎novascotiawinter‬3 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 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.

Nice job on the presentation (Humes River Falls Wilderness Area Trail Proposal:  ), Vince. It’s a great tool for promoting our proposed trail, and we should be able to get a lot of mileage out of it” – Thanks, Minga O’Brien (Member-BNTA: Biosphere Northeast Trails Association) – Jan 13, 2014

Thanks for promoting this (Victoria County Snowshoe Hikes – 2016) Vince!!” -Janet Barlow, Hike Nova Scotia (Feb. 8, 2016)



RE: Support from Active Cape Breton Communities – Naturally Active Victoria County MPAL Renewal

“Please accept this letter of support from the CBRM Recreation Department for the above noted initiative – ACBC: Active Cape Breton Communities, a Cape Breton Regional Professional Development Organization, which Naturally Active Victoria County is a regular participant. There are many benefits to the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy and its impact on active living and healthy lifestyles in the Victoria County area. An intricate collaboration of partnerships has evolved from this program, from volunteers, leaders, facility operators and on all government levels that has lead to the success of Naturally Active.  Fostering healthy living initiatives, collaborative partnerships and a supportive strategy shows a Municipality’s commitment to positive lifestyle change. There is still more that can be done and by renewing the program as it benefits the community and visitors alike. We support the request for a 5 year renewal of this valuable strategy”-Regards, Christa Dicks-CBRM Recreation Manager (Oct. 27th, 2015)

BOWSVince – I agree that last winter certainly encouraged people to get out and try snow related activities ie snowshoeing, etc.  Hats off to your organization as well encouraging and make programs affordable for individuals and families – Thank you for your good wishes!!  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.  The snow has dropped but we are happy that there still is snow to work with. Thanks again” -Cheers, Gail Holman (February-19-2016)

Nice comment on the Nova Scotia FB Page the other day from resident who participated in the Spinnigan’s Hike – March 12, 2016: Wanda Hart MacLeod   “You live such an interesting and vibrant life, Vince Forrestall!!! Keep on rockin it!!! Victoria County is so fortunate to have you in our midst!!!” March 13, 2016


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Alicia Lake with Vince Forrestall.

February 22 at 5:24pm ·


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

Your very welcome. Making a big difference in all communities …” – District 8 Councilor John Buchanan – JB – District 8 Councilor John Buchanan (Feb. 23rd, 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
Wanda Hart MacLeod added 5 new photos.
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Square Dancing at South Haven Community Hall. Twenty six in attendance. Great time! Thank you ClayandKathy Carmichael
Vince Forrestall

“(Upskilling Food Event Apr. 17, 2016) As always Vince you are doing a great job for this county thank you so much Have a great weekend” – Iris Kedmi (Apr. 15, 2016)

#BaM #CapeBreton Partnership Testimonials from De-briefing in #Wagmatcook, #VictoriaCounty (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!
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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)

Hi Vince, like to take the opportunity to thank you for coordinating a silent auction package for the Hiking summit. We had a successful first annual silent auction and your donation and contribution helped us make approx $3,000.00 and we had over 50 donations. I know you put in quite the package for the World Famous Cabot Trail Package and if you can extend our appreciation and thanks to the partners on our behalf that would be great. I believe that the on-line presence for the early folks and the hiking summit silent auction brochure was a a useful way to showcase our regions, the various hiking opportunities and the business, accommodations and attractions that make this province a great place to explore. I know I learned lots about the hidden gems in the province during this process. We hope that our membership and the exposure that your received will benefit your region. “As stated earlier, Hike NS represents well over 5,000 hikers and our website draws an average of 5100 hits per month and we have a strong social media following of 9,700 likes on Facebook and 3,900 followers on Twitter ” Lots of great feedback and I believe folks that donated were pleased with the exposure. If you have any suggestions for next year please let me know and thanks” – Debra Ryan, Silent Auction Chair  2016, Hike NS Hiking Summit

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