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Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator for Victoria County Est. 2011

Hike NS Summit 2018 Heading to Nature’s Home-Ingonish, Victoria County

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Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) and Partners are Pleased to Announce that Hike Nova Scotia’s 7th Annual Hiking Summit will take place May 11-13, 2018 at Nature’s Home: Ingonish, Victoria County, Cape Breton

A celebration of hiking culture, it includes best practices, stories, networking opportunities and hikes in the hiking mecca of Nova Scotia – Victoria County, Nova Scotia’s All Seasons Outdoor Destination

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The following is the Announcement and Presentation by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Est. 2011 of Victoria County Hosting the 7th Annual Summit which took place on Apr. 29th, 2017 in Tatamagouche downloadable for your convenience:
Link to the announcement photos: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AuIocdWNu7G9jh8CaEtEg14P-MiV
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Look for further information on the 7th Annual Summit in Ingonish, Victoria County as it becomes available. Please note: Program, Hikes and Registration won’t be available until late 2017 or early 2018
2018 Hike NS Hike Summit Welcome from Victoria County Warden Bruce Morrison

Summit 2018 Proud Partners

  • Hike NS
  • Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
  • Victoria County
  • Parks Canada
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Ingonish Development Society
  • Smokey Recreation Society
  • Ski Cape Smokey Society
  • Hike the Highlands  
  • Cape Breton Partnership
  • ACOA
  • Destination Cape Breton
  • Golf North (Keltic Lodge)
  • Wagmatcook First Nation
  • NS Dept of Communities, Culture and Heritage
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Hike Nova Scotia’s 6th Annual Hiking Summit took place April 28 to 30, 2017 in Tatamagouche. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) Presented at the 6th Annual Summit on Winter Guided Snowshoe Hikes in Victoria County. The following is the Presentation – downloadable for your convenience:
Link to the Winter Guided Hikes in Victoria County Presentation Photos: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AuIocdWNu7G9jh8CaEtEg14P-MiV
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Mabel Hubbard Bell: The Wind Beneath Alexander Graham Bell’s Wings?

“Mabel Hubbard Bell: The Wind Beneath Alexander Graham Bell’s Wings?”
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Slide show presentation by guest speaker Madeline Harvey, site manager of the A. G. Bell National Historic Site. Wednesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bell Museum, Baddeck. (See poster attached)

Community Wellness Room

Community Wellness Room
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Baddeck Academy
Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays – 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Wednesdays, 5-7 pm
Ages 16 & up FREE
* Please note: No School No Program
Your Supervisors: Certified Fitness Instructor: Cyndi Ingraham cingpersonaltrainer@hotmail.com; Leader: Josh Green joshrupertgreen@gmail.com or 295-3215 or 371-3211. Your Partners in Health: Victoria County, Naturally Active Victoria County, Thrive NS Obesity Strategy, NS Health & Wellness, CBVRSB and Baddeck Academy

Community Wellness Room – Baddeck Academy

Community Wellness Room

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Baddeck Academy
Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays – 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Wednesdays, 5-7 pm
Ages 16 & up FREE – * Please note: No School No Program

CommWellnessRoomBaddeckVictoria, Subd. B-20121114-00607Your Supervisors: Certified Fitness Instructor: Cyndi Ingraham cingpersonaltrainer@hotmail.com; Leader: Josh Green joshrupertgreen@gmail.com or 295-3215 or 371-3211.

Your Partners in Your Health: Victoria County, Naturally Active Victoria County, Thrive NS Obesity Strategy, NS Health & Wellness, CBVRSB and Baddeck Academy

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

3rd Annual Old Time Commute: Baddeck / Middle River Trek
March 2
1:00 pm MacMillans Mtn Road to the Churches (Includes Gillis’s Look-off and Highland Road) in Middle River and then to Chef George Smith’s for food, refreshments and social immediately following the Trek. Led for the 3rd year in a row by Guide Jonathan Saul saulbags@msn.com

Health Benefits of Gardening & Growing for Nutrition

Health Benefits of Gardening & Growing for Nutrition
February 19
1:00 pm, Alderwood Community Room.
FREE-Everyone is invited to attend
Led by Don Nicholson, Plant Science Specialist.
*Proudly Supported by Naturally Active Victoria County, Alderwood & Brookside Gardens

Victoria County at Forefront of Age Friendly Initiatives

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Victoria County is at the forefront of age friendly initiatives that allow people to stay healthy and their own homes and communities. “Age Friendly” initiatives may deal with transportation, nutrition, health, fitness, community design, and more.

In December 2010, the Victoria County Municipal Council passed a motion “Endorsed the concept of age friendly communities”. This launched the development of a strategy to make the Municipality of Victoria County an “Age-Friendly Community”.

1st – Community Consultations were organized. From this, our Age Friendly Advisory Committee determined aspects of our county that presently met age-friendly requirements and those that did not. This information assisted in setting priorities and creating action plans for making communities as age friendly as possible.

County documents were researched to garner previously identified information that could also be considered an age friendly priority. From the Victoria County Strategic Plan 2009 and (ICSP) Victoria County Integrated Community Sustainability Planning documents a number of priorities were identified including transportation, housing and a need for seniors assistance plan. These priorities aligned with results of the age friendly community consultations and so, became, as our Committee Chairman (Victoria County Deputy Warden) Fraser Patterson says “A good place to get the discussions started”.

The committee assembled is a good mixture of community people – seniors, those with experience in sustainable housing, nutrition, transportation, health and three Victoria County Councilors.

As the committee worked on an Action Plan to address the priorities, it became clear that a plan was needed to get the word out beyond the committee. A Communications Consultant was hired to develop an awareness strategy which identified key messages, one of which is to ensure that an age-friendly lens and way of practice is integrated into ongoing municipal activities, plan and policies.

Victoria County Council has been a champion of incorporating Age Friendly strategies into the community in a variety of ways. This municipal engagement has encouraged Age Friendly in the following ways:
-Passing a Motion “Endorsing the Age Friendly concept”
-Providing regular updates in municipal council meetings ensures Age Friendly is embedded into budget planning, the budget itself and other municipal policies
-Engaging the services of a communications consultant to assist in creating a strategy to engage stakeholders.
-Seeking funding for and issuing a Request for Proposals for a Transit Feasibility Study.

Age Friendly Chairperson
Fraser Patterson, Deputy Warden, Municipality of the County of Victoria
PO Box 1645, Bras d’Or, NS B1Y 3Y6
Phone: 902.674.2703 / Fax: 902.674.0906
E-mail: fraser.patterson@countyvictoria.ns.ca