Antigonish Community Health Board celebrates 11 Wellness Fund recipients

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ANTIGONISH, N.S. – Eleven community groups in Antigonish County have received funding from Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) for projects that support local health care priorities.

Grants from The Wellness Fund are awarded annually to non-profit organizations across the province working to improve health in their communities, based on priorities identified by community health boards. The Antigonish Town and County Community Health Board (CHB) hosted a cheque presentation celebration Tuesday, Jan. 22 at The People's Place Antigonish Town & County Library to recognize this year’s local recipients.

“Thank you to all groups who took the time to apply for a Wellness Fund grant,” Antigonish Town and County Community Health Board co-chair Fearghus MacDonald said. “These projects will improve and contribute to a healthier and wholesome community. We look forward to hearing from the groups awarded the funds and seeing these projects in action."
The Antigonish Town and County Community Health Board received a total of 18 applications this year, with 12 organizations receiving Wellness Fund grants. The successful 2019 Community Health Board Wellness Fund recipients are as follows:

1. Antigonish Food Security Association
2. Health Equity Action Team
3. Keep Well Antigonish Society
4. Mini Trail Community Centre Association
5. Municipality of the County of Antigonish
6. Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library
7. Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library
8. Revive and Renew Nova Scotia Breast Cancer Retreat
9. Societe Acadienne Sainte-Croix
10. St. Andrew's Consolidated Home and School Association
11. St. Andrews Junior School Wellness Committee
12. Town of Antigonish Recreation/Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

“We are so pleased that our project will receive a grant to help us support our school,” St. Andrews Consolidated Home and School Association chair Kim Langille said, adding the Wellness Fund grant will provide equipment that will keep the entire community moving.

“Active living activities are important for all members of our school community, which includes students, staff and those who live in St. Andrews and the surrounding area.”

To learn more about the Wellness Fund program, please visit https://www.communityhealthboards.ns.ca/wellness-funds or contact community health board coordinator Dorothy Bennett at 902-867-4500 ext.4272, or dorothy.bennett@nshealth.ca.

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