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Leanne Graham, left, co-ordinator for the Western Kings Community Health Board, presented cheques to community groups at the April 9 Wellness Initiative Funds celebration in Berwick. Among the recipients was Berwick Recreation’s Carol Boylan-Hartling, right. The department received $500 to help fund its Between a Walk and a Heart Pace program. - Nancy Kelly, www.kingscountynews.ca
Community groups from across the Valley gathered at the Kings Mutual Century Centre in Berwick April 9 for the annual Wellness Initiative Fund (WIF) celebration.
A project of the five community health boards within the Annapolis Valley Health district, WIF grant funding is made available to non-profit groups and organizations working to address health concerns identified by the local community health boards.
This year, the boards were able to fund a total of 41 projects providing approximately $69,000 to community groups hosting wellness projects in Kings and Annapolis counties. Initiatives funded offer a wide variety of community health supports from breakfast programs to employment services and activity programming.
Grant recipients had the opportunity to share details about their programs at the celebration. On behalf of the WIF, committee Lisa Garand, co-ordinator for the Kingston/Greenwood CHB, accepted thanks from presenters, but was quick to turn the tables on the recipients.
“After hearing about all these projects, I feel inspired and hopeful. What you do is amazing. We appreciate your thanks, but we need to thank you for the work you do in your communities,” she said.
Garand said programs supported through the fund, which is provided by the provincial Department of Health and Wellness, help make “healthy communities” and their success “shows the power of collaborating around priority areas.”
Among the 35 Kings County recipients are the Evangeline Recreation Society, Landmark East Foundation, PeopleWorx, Community Inc., Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association, Centreville Park and Rec Association, SOAR, Woodville Community Centre, Valley Harvest Marathon, Chrysalis House, Scott Bay Rec Centre and Centreville Baptist Church.
Annapolis County grant recipients include LASA, St. Monica’s Church, Bridgetown Fire Department, Paradise Active Living Society, Bear River Oakdene Centre and the Town of Annapolis Royal.