Win $150,000 for our Community!

The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is helping strengthen communities through physical activity and sport because Everything gets better when you get active. ParticipACTION is awarding $150,000 to the community who rallies the most participants and accumulates the most active minutes during the challenge.

We encourage all residents of Yarmouth County to attend and support our Community Better event/program! Check out the events below or the full community calendar! 

Are You Ready?

Hey Yarmouth County, let’s get together and get active!

Yarmouth County has entered the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge! The challenge runs from May 31 – June 16 and is open to everyone, ultimately recognizing the community with the most tracked minutes (based on its population size) as Canada’s Most Active Community and awarding it with $150,000 to support local physical activity initiatives.
Help us earn the big prize by tracking your active minutes on the ParticipACTION app – the active app for everyone. Get ready Yarmouth County, because on May 31st we’re going to kick off Community Better Challenge festivities. Meet us at Frost Park at 12:15 to launch the challenge!

#CommunityBetterChallenge #CommunityBetter #EverythingGetsBetter

Our Yarmouth Recreation Sneaker Day Patrol will be all over town looking for you out and about wearing your sneaks. Enter to win a free pair of sneakers from Runners Attic and ask us how you can add your minutes to make Yarmouth County a Community Better winner! 

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Can you find the eggs hidden around Frost Park? Come and take a look! 10 egg maximum for all children. Special prize for whoever finds the prize egg!


Recommended for Children aged 3 to 10 years. Parental Supervision is required.If you feel your child would benefit from any added supports/ adaptations, please let us know.
Frost Park, Tuesday, April 16th, starts promptly at 4:00 pm
Registration is required. Space is limited! Please phone 742-8868 for more information and to register.

Community Wellness Funds

Yarmouth County Community Health Board Wellness Funds – What are they used for?

On Tuesday, March 5th the Yarmouth County Community Health Board met to celebrate the community organizations whose projects were approved for wellness funds.

Jeanine Muise with Schools Plus talks about a way to break down barriers to communication with families they serve through crock pot cooking and sharing.

Wellness Funds support local non-profit groups in developing healthy communities. Wellness Funds are available to support projects that advance community health board priorities and use a population health-based approach in addressing the social determinants of health such as income, education, social supports, early childhood development, etc. Grant funding is part of the NSHA annual operating budget.

Many community organizations, small and large received wellness fund assistance for their programs. Watch for Yarmouth County to become a healthier, happier place to live, work and play in part due to the work of these groups and individuals:

  • Acadia First Nation Native Women’s Group
  • Acadia First Nation Youth Centre
  • Families caring for a loved one with an eating disorder
  • Consent Film Fest committee – Schools Plus
  • Ecoles Plus – CSAP Argyle
  • Jeux de l’Acadie – Par-en-Bas
  • LBGTQ+ Alliance
  • Schools Plus – Yarmouth County
  • SHYFT
  • South West Nova Dental Hygiene Study Club
  • Southwest Employment Services
  • Canadian Mental Health Association – Southwest Nova Branch
  • The Friends of Ellenwood Park
  • Western Counties Regional Library
  • Yarmouth County Learning Network
  • YMCA of Yarmouth

Loren Cushing listens to how the Canadian Mental Health Association supports programs for youth in Yarmouth County.

Non-profit community groups and organizations that have been together for a minimum of six months and are able to receive, manage and track funding can apply. This includes groups associated with Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) and the Nova Scotia Regional Centers for Education (formally known as school boards). Grants typically range anywhere from $250 to $3000. Larger requests may be considered on a case by case basis. The application period for Wellness Funds will reopen in Summer/Fall of 2019. Additional information on Wellness Funds may be found here or contact your local CHB Coordinator.

Making Recreation a Priority

An expansion of Mariners Centre gets new life as it is given priority as a community recreation project.

What might be included?

Three and a half years ago a needs assessment was completed by community stakeholders and the three local municipal units with assistance from the Province of Nova Scotia. The full report is available along with possible floor plans on the Mariners Centre website.

AQUATIC CENTRE, GYMNASIUM, MULTIPURPOSE SPACE AND FITNESS

With the age of the YMCA building and the need for new facilities, the report recommends moving the operations of the YMCA to the Mariners Centre location and developing new fitness and aquatic spaces. This partnership is evident in the Pictou County Wellness Centre. A new standard size competition pool with a second warmer therapy pool would be more accessible and open up time and space for a number of aquatic recreation opportunities.

CURLING RINK

A curling surface is also an option for add-on and also needed in the region due to the age and upkeep of the current facility. Curling is accessible to people of all ages and also has a lot of local support for hosting bonspiels.

INDOOR WALKING TRACK

Facilities that include an indoor walking/running track indicate that it is very well used and a great investment in community recreation. Walking tracks are used by everyone; young and old and would be an obvious addition to a multi-purpose recreation facility.

MEETING SPACES, CHILD CARE, COMMUNITY KITCHEN, ROCK CLIMBING WALL AND FIELDHOUSE

Many other options exist both in the plan and in the minds of community members. Recreation services including programming and facilities are one of the most important items your tax dollars support. People choose to live and work in areas with good recreation opportunities for the whole family. Keeping recreation low cost is something our municipal units strive to do so it is accessible to all and keep our whole community healthier.