Letters to the Editor
A sister 'city' for Baddeck
I propose that Baddeck, Nova Scotia and Bayfield, Wisconsin become sister cities. They both have populations of 600. They are both beautiful towns on the water with sailing and marinas. They are both destination resorts that aren't on the way to anything. They both have French heritage with Acadians and French fur traders.
Canadians and Americans love each other and would defend each other in a heartbeat despite saber rattling in Washington and Ottawa. It's time to show the love.
Edward Gruhl Bayfield County, Wisconsin
An update on the Healing Gardens
The Hospice Society of Victoria County would like to express their gratitude to Rose Macisaac, Facility Manager, Victoria County Memorial Hospital, for including us in the consultation, planning and completion of the new parking lot. Understanding that the mandate of the Nova Scotia Health Authority is to provide quality health care and access to that care, we appreciate the efforts made to save the Healing Garden rather than transform it into much-needed parking. As a Board, we greatly appreciate the give - and take approach facilitated by Rose. We also want to express our thanks to the construction workers who carefully relocated shrubs for the gardeners.
There is a dedicated team of gardeners who have cared for the Healing Garden over the years. These gardeners have lovingly tended the beds, often bringing plants from their own gardens. The Board appreciates the patience of all who have a passion for this space.
When the Board reconvenes in the Fall, the Healing Gardens will be one of the many issues on our agenda. We are committed to continued stewardship of the gardens. We feel that time needs to be spent evaluating the functionality and accessibility of this space. As we move forward, we will continue to listen to those who have a passion for the garden and continue in the spirit of co-operation as we seek approval from the Nova Scotia Health Authority for any proposed changes.
Lavonne Grant Chair, Hospice Society of Victoria County
The value of Community Health Boards
The Community Health Boards (CHBS) of Central Inverness, North Inverness and Victoria County, would like to thank those community members who have responded to our community health surveys. Your responses are of great value and we appreciate you sharing your experiences and perspectives with us to help inform the development of our community health plan.
CHB’S are advisory boards to the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) made up of volunteers from local communities. As part of that advisory role, CHBS have a legislated responsibility to undergo a community health planning process every three years. As part of this process, CHBS work to identify the health needs of their communities and develop evidence-informed priorities and recommendations which aim to promote and improve the health of the individuals and communities they serve.
The survey you were asked to complete is one part of the public engagement component the CHBS will undertake. The survey is to be followed by public engagement sessions throughout our communities that will bring residents together to discuss what health and wellness means to them and the steps we as communities can take to improve the health and wellness of our communities. These sessions will take place in communities throughout each county this coming autumn. Once the public consultations are complete, the CHBS will develop a community health plan complete with priorities and recommendations based on the data and the results from the surveys and community consultations. The plan will then be shared with NSHA, other government bodies, local organizations and the community. The goal of this completed process is to advise and support NSHA and other organizations to address the priority areas identified by our communities
We realize that the needs and challenges being experienced by residents of our rural NS communities are serious. CHB’S are committed to promoting collaboration and developing partnerships within our communities which will address some of the challenges we face and CHB’S will continue to advocate on behalf of the communities they serve.
CHBS also undertake initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes within our communities. For instance, Wellness Funds support projects addressing local community health plan priorities and the social determinants of health, such as income, education, social supports and early childhood development. They are made available to local notfor-profit community groups and organizations. To learn more, visit www.communityhealthboards.ns.ca. Deadline for grant applications is October 15.
Our rural communities need strong voices to identify health priorities and develop action plans to create healthy communities. Community relationships and knowledge of health issues are important qualities for being a CHB member. Our three local CHBS (Central Inverness, North Inverness and Victoria County) are in the process of developing a collaborative health plan which means this is a great time for new members to join the CHBS and to help set the direction for the next 3-4 years. If this sounds like an opportunity that may interest you, please contact our Community Health Board Coordinator, Melanie Beaton for more information at 902-787-3517 or via email at email@example.com.
Melanie Beaton CHB Coordinator Port Hood, NS