Episode 24: Season 3-The one when Gil and Andrew talk about how the parts make the whole- The Ville

HEPAC Podcast Show notes- Jeff MacFarlane with the Ville

 

Jeff is the founder and executive director at the Ville Cooperative. He has a background in film and television but community development has been his passion ever since moving home to NB about 8 years ago.
The Ville started as a vision for Jeff that he talked to everyone about until it became reality when the Alexander Gibson Memorial School was purchased by Unity Venture in the heart of Marysville and Jeff shared his vision with the owners. In the winter of 2015, the vision became reality and the Ville Cooperative was born. The school was an active school until about 2012. They have a plan to share the model that’s being used to reform the building to others around the world where other schools may be closing or amalgamating but the buildings are still in good shape.

The learning lab was started this year! This features stuff like microbuilding, 3D printing, sewing, and lots of other opportunities.

They have a 60 spot after school program, day camps and summer camps. Their main programming is around youth, which is very successful. They’ve launched an impact market over the past month to with microfarms and business people/artisans. They are also home to King Pakal, a delicious Mexican restaurant, and Chesspiece’s new Ice Cream Truck Queen Street Creamery.

They have a community garden with 50 spots and run lots of programs on mentoring, caring for your garden, vermicomposing, seed saving.

They’re also partnering with UNB regarding food waste and showing how this can create jobs and different revenue streams but also diverting this waste.

Some of their other awesome programs: Food Fit started this year in partnership with Greener Village, which is running with adults and also youth.

They’re also doing work with Sunny Corner High with building a solar passive greenhouse, helping St Mary’s get their community gardens up and running, partnership with NBCC with front and backyard gardens and a potential partnership of students living with seniors and farming their front and back yards and sharing in the profits.

A building like this is so important for a community for accessibility. It gives a safe space that offers opportunities without some barriers, creating a circular style economy. It’s also a neat space that creates bumping points within the building that might lead to innovative and unusual partnerships.  What do you want to see at the Ville? What assets can you bring? How can you help the community?

 

Jeff’s top 3:

Favourite place in NB: Cross creek station in Nashwaak Bridge to go swimming!

Favourite food: Local fruit and veg! Strawberries, blueberries, etc.

Favourite activity: Volleyball for sports but really anything outdoors, like hiking.

 

Links

The Ville Cooperative: https://www.theville.ca/

King Pakal: https://www.facebook.com/KINGPAKALGROUP/

Queen Street Creamery: https://www.facebook.com/queenstreetcreamery/

Vermicompost: https://www.planetnatural.com/composting-101/indoor-composting/vermicomposting/

The Impact market: http://huddle.today/impact-market-food-truck-brings-local-goods-and-produce-to-market/

The hypochondriacs: https://thehypochondriacs.com/

The Preston report: https://cles.org.uk/tag/the-preston-model/

 

Notes du balado de la CSAAP – Jeff MacFarlane de The Ville

 

Jeff est fondateur et directeur général de The Ville Cooperative. Il a de l’expérience dans le domaine du cinéma et de la télévision, mais le développement communautaire est devenu sa passion depuis son retour au Nouveau-Brunswick il y a environ huit ans.

Au départ, The Ville était pour Jeff une vision dont il parlait à tout le monde, jusqu’à ce que cette vision se soit concrétisée au moment où Unity Venture a fait l’achat de l’école Alexander Gibson Memorial au cœur de Marysville et où Jeff a fait part de sa vision aux propriétaires. À l’hiver 2015, cette vision est devenue réalité et The Ville Cooperative vit le jour. L’école était active jusqu’aux environs de 2012. Les responsables prévoient faire part du modèle dont on se sert pour réaffecter le bâtiment à d’autres responsables d’un peu partout dans le monde où d’autres écoles sont fermées ou amalgamées, mais où les bâtiments sont encore en bon état.

 

Le laboratoire d’apprentissage a ouvert ses portes cette année! On y trouve de la microconception, de l’impression 3D, de la couture et nombre d’autres possibilités.

Le laboratoire offre un programme après classe de 60 places, des camps de jour et des camps d’été. Sa programmation principale est axée sur les jeunes, ce qui réussit très bien. Le laboratoire a lancé un Impact Market au cours du dernier mois de concert avec des microfermes et des gens d’affaires/artisans. Il abrite également King Pakal, délicieux restaurant mexicain, et la nouvelle crèmerie roulante de Chesspiece, Queen Street Creamery.

Le jardin communautaire du laboratoire compte 50 places et offre de nombreux programmes sur le mentorat, l’entretien d’un jardin, le vermicompost et la conservation de semences.

Le laboratoire se joint également à UNB dans le cadre d’un projet sur le gaspillage alimentaire pour montrer comment ce domaine peut créer des emplois et diverses sources de revenus tout en détournant les déchets.

 

Voici quelques-uns des autres programmes géniaux du laboratoire : Food Fit a été lancé cette année en partenariat avec Greener Village, qui offre des services pour adultes et jeunes.

Le laboratoire collabore également avec l’école secondaire Sunny Corner High pour la construction de serres solaires passives afin d’aider la localité de St. Mary’s à mettre ses jardins communautaires sur pied, collabore avec le NBCC pour les jardins dans les cours et pourrait collaborer avec les étudiants qui habitent avec des personnes âgées et qui font un jardin dans leur cour dans le but de partager les profits.

 

Un bâtiment comme celui-ci est crucial pour l’accessibilité d’une collectivité. Il offre un endroit sécuritaire où proposer des occasions sans obstacle, créant du fait une économie circulaire. Il s’agit également d’un excellent endroit pour créer des points de rencontre pouvant mener à des partenariats novateurs et inattendus. Que voulez-vous voir à The Ville? Quels atouts pouvez-vous y apporter? Comment pouvez-vous aider la collectivité?

 

Trois faits au sujet de Jeff :

Endroit préféré au N.-B. : Cross Creek Station, à Nashwaak Bridge, pour une baignade!

Aliment préféré : Fruits et légumes de la région; fraises, bleuets, etc.

Activité préférée : Volley-ball comme sport préféré, mais tout ce qui a lieu en plein air, comme les randonnées pédestres.

 

Liens

The Ville Cooperative : https://www.theville.ca/ [en anglais]

King Pakal : https://www.facebook.com/KINGPAKALGROUP/ [en anglais]

Queen Street Creamery : https://www.facebook.com/queenstreetcreamery/ [en anglais]

Vermicompost : https://www.planetnatural.com/composting-101/indoor-composting/vermicomposting/ [en anglais]

Impact market : http://huddle.today/impact-market-food-truck-brings-local-goods-and-produce-to-market/ [en anglais]

The hypochondriacs : https://thehypochondriacs.com/ [en anglais]

The Preston report : https://cles.org.uk/tag/the-preston-model/ [en anglais]

Episode 23: Season 3- Laura Oldford – The one when Gill & Andrew talk about Recreation Therapist and finally talk about Video Games !

 

Laura Oldford is a Recreation Therapist at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation in Fredericton. She is one of two rec therapists at SCCR, and works with people all over the province, specializing with people with neurological impairments (brain/spine). She works with people across the lifespan, which is unique at Stan Cassidy. She started at Memorial in Newfoundland in Kinesiology, then tested out Recreation Therapy and switched programs. She finished her undergrad there, wrote a national exam (Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapist), and got her Masters in Integrated studies from Athabasca with a focus on disability awareness.

 

If anyone asks you who you are, you never start with what’s wrong with you, more of what’s important to you. Laura’s really passionate about the fact that disability doesn’t need to be on the forefront of people. Rec Therapy is a strength focused program- focusing on what’s right with you vs what’s wrong with you.  Rec Therapists help clients achieve their goals regarding what they want to do with their time and what they want to get out of life. The harder things are, the less apt we are to do things, but often those are the more rewarding things.

 

Laura works with the tools that can be given to clients that can help them live a better life and helps clients try these out to see what works best for them. She also helps people identify what’s available in clients’ communities.

 

Laura mentioned a lot of access is gained through phone access, which is being looked at right now at the centre. Many of Laura’s clients are “Gamers” so she, along with an Occupational Therapist, has created an adapted gaming service for clients. In “Game Changers”, they have a variety of systems and adapted controllers, as well as modifiers that can work across platforms. Laura helps identify what movements are needed to play these games and what would work best for clients to play. This project is being evaluated from a research perspective at the same time in partnership with SOAR through Horizon.

 

The real intention in Recreation Therapy is to level the playing field for people with disabilities, allowing someone to choose and not letting their disability define or limit them. Their work also looks with the social and emotional pieces of a client’s life- what they love vs what they need to do to stay active or functional.

 

People need to have knowledge about recreation and leisure opportunities that are important to them, and rec therapists are catalysts/gateways to those areas in the world of rehab and disability. Everyone deserves the right to leisure, and the goal is for independence with this.

 

SCCR also does a lot of community outings to show how clients can still go out and how that works while in a supportive environment.

 

There are lots of organizations that Laura relies on for resources and events (links below)!

 

Laura’s top 3:
Favourite place in NB: Her cottage in Yoho lake. https://goo.gl/maps/yhj3znjnKp52
Favourite food: Pizza.
Favourite activity: Stand Up Paddle boarding! And also biking with her kids.

Links

Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation: http://www.stancassidy.ca/

Game Changers: http://stancassidyfoundation.ca/uploads/Project_Sheet_GameChangers_Feb2016.pdf

SOAR: http://en.horizonnb.ca/home/research/services-for-researchers/support-opportunities-and-assistance-for-research-(soar).aspx

SCCR Foundation Info on Game Changers: http://stancassidyfoundation.ca/en/news/stan_cassidy_foundation_awards_30000_for_first_accessible_gaming_service_in_canada

Para NB: http://paranb.ca/

Parasport NB:  http://www.parasportnb.ca/

Ability NB : https://www.abilitynb.ca/

Universal Design: http://universaldesign.ie/What-is-Universal-Design/

Xbox Adapted Controller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fcK19CAjWM and unboxing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOvwS71YjEk

Notes du balado de la CSAAP – Laura Oldford

 

Laura Oldford est l’une des deux ludothérapeutes au Centre de réadaptation Stan Cassidy (CRSC) de Fredericton. Elle travaille avec des patients d’un peu partout dans la province et se spécialise dans le traitement des patients ayant une déficience neurologique (cerveau/colonne vertébrale). Elle travaille avec des patients de tous âges, caractéristique unique du Centre Stan Cassidy. Laura a commencé ses études en kinésiologie à l’Université Memorial, à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, pour ensuite essayer la ludothérapie et changer de programme. Elle y a achevé ses études de premier cycle, passé l’examen national (ludothérapeute agréée) et obtenu sa maîtrise en études intégrées de l’Université d’Athabasca avec une concentration en sensibilisation à la situation des personnes handicapées.

 

Si l’on vous demande qui vous êtes, vous ne commencez jamais en disant ce qui ne va pas chez vous, mais plutôt en parlant de ce qui vous importe. Laura tient absolument au fait qu’un handicap n’ait pas à être la première chose que communique une personne. La ludothérapie est un programme axé sur les forces et centré sur ce qui va bien chez la personne plutôt que sur ce qui ne va pas. Les ludothérapeutes aident les clients à atteindre leurs objectifs concernant ce qu’ils veulent faire de leur temps et ce qu’ils veulent obtenir de la vie. Plus une tâche est difficile, moins aptes nous sommes à la réaliser, mais il arrive souvent que ces tâches soient les plus gratifiantes.

 

Laura présente des outils aux clients et les aide à s’en servir afin de déterminer les meilleurs pour les aider à améliorer leur qualité de vie. Elle les aide également à trouver les services offerts dans leur collectivité.

 

Laura mentionne que les téléphones cellulaires permettent un accès élargi, ce qu’on évalue actuellement au centre. Beaucoup des clients de Laura sont des amateurs de jeux vidéo; elle s’est donc jointe à un ergothérapeute pour créer un service de jeu vidéo adapté pour les clients. « Game Changers » offre une variété de systèmes et de manettes de jeu adaptés, ainsi que des modificateurs qui fonctionnent sur plusieurs plateformes. Laura aide à déterminer les mouvements nécessaires à ces jeux et les modifications qui permettraient aux clients de jouer. Dans un même temps, ce projet fait l’objet d’une évaluation du point de vue de recherche en partenariat avec SOAR (Support Opportunities and Assistance for Research) par l’intermédiaire du Réseau de santé Horizon.

 

L’intention réelle d’un ludothérapeute est d’uniformiser les règles du jeu pour les personnes ayant un handicap afin de donner des choix aux clients et d’éviter que leur handicap n’en vienne à les définir ou à leur imposer des limites. Son travail demande également d’observer les aspects social et émotionnel de la vie du client, c’est-à-dire ce qu’il aime faire et ce qu’il doit faire pour demeurer actif ou fonctionnel.

 

Les gens doivent posséder des connaissances sur les occasions de sports et de loisirs qui sont importantes pour eux, et les ludothérapeutes servent de catalyseurs/points d’accès à ces domaines du monde de la réhabilitation et des handicaps. Chaque personne mérite d’avoir droit aux loisirs, et l’objectif est d’y arriver avec autonomie.

 

De plus, le CRSC organise beaucoup de sorties dans la collectivité pour montrer comment les clients peuvent sortir et pour illustrer l’environnement favorable qui s’offre à eux.

 

Laura compte sur beaucoup d’organisations pour différentes ressources et activités (liens ci-dessous).

 

Trois faits au sujet de Laura :

Endroit préféré au N.-B. : Son chalet au lac Yoho https://goo.gl/maps/yhj3znjnKp52

Aliment préféré : Pizza

Activité préférée : Planche à pagaïe debout et bicyclette avec ses enfants

 

Liens

Centre de réadaptation Stan Cassidy : http://fr.horizonnb.ca/accueil/%C3%A9tablissements-et-services/programmes-provinciaux/centre-de-r%C3%A9adaptation-stan-cassidy.aspx

Game Changers :

http://stancassidyfoundation.ca/uploads/Project_Sheet_GameChangers_Feb2016.pdf

SOAR : http://fr.horizonnb.ca/accueil/recherche/services-aux-chercheurs/soar-(support-opportunities-and-assistance-for-research).aspx

Information de la Fondation CRSC sur « Game Changers » :

http://stancassidyfoundation.ca/en/news/stan_cassidy_foundation_awards_30000_for_first_accessible_gaming_service_in_canada

Para N.-B. : http://paranb.ca/

Parasport N.-B. : http://www.parasportnb.ca/index.php?lang=fr

Capacité Nouveau-Brunswick : https://www.abilitynb.ca/fr/

Universal design : http://universaldesign.ie/What-is-Universal-Design/ [en anglais]

Manette de Xbox adaptée : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fcK19CAjWM et déballement : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOvwS71YjEk [tous deux en anglais]

Episode 22: Season 3- Jenn Carson Adventures in Library & Physical Literacy

 

HEPAC Podcast Notes- Jenn Carson

 

Jenn Carson is the library director at the LP Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, NB and is also a yoga teacher. She has a Masters degree from the college of Computing and Informatics from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

 

There are 63 public libraries in the province:  5 regional offices, 52 public libraries, 11 public-school libraries (for a total of 63 public branches), a virtual branch and a provincial Books-by-Mail and Talking Book Service for people with print disabilities. Most work independently with municipalities and there are a few that are in schools. They offer services such as digital resources, e-books, audiobooks and a variety of programming as well (aside from just taking books out). 2 libraries just started a program that you can borrow musical instruments-  “The Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library” and it is available at Fredericton Public Library and Nashwaaksis branch. Some have seed libraries as well where you can take seeds out and if you save seeds, you can take them to the library. Other neat things are activity packs in Riverview, and other alternative collections (sewing machines, baking pans, tools, etc).

 

Physical literacy, like regular literacy, is a skill, which is something you gain from an early age. As you grow, you explore your environment and learn how to move your body in time and space. It’s important in libraries as they’ve become cultural centers, to focus on the whole-person, so they are concerned with whole-person literacy (financial literacy, digital literacy, textual literacy, etc…) of which physical literacy is one component. They are seeing this in terms of kindergarten age kids not being able to cut with scissors or hold a pencil properly, or even sit on a chair, so it is important for libraries to teach physical literacy because if you can’t hold a pencil properly, you can’t write properly and that holds you back for your regular literacy skills.

It’s also important to teach this to older people as well, for example, seniors are coming in to the library and learning how to ballroom dance or run or rock climb!

 

The NB Public Library system is unique for a variety of reasons, but since we are such a small province, we can share resources and collections across the whole province. We also have a “books by mail” service so if you can’t get to a physical library, the library will mail you a book and you can just send it back when you’re done. This started after the bookmobile service ended and it’s really popular!

 

Fredericton is starting the Bibliobike this summer too- so you can get a book on the trail, and in Halifax they are going to “books on the beach” so you can attend storytime and check out a book or a magazine while you’re at the beach and bring it back to the library later.

 

Check out the links below to find your local library and the amazing online resources and tools available to you for free!

 

Jenn also wrote a book about incorporating physical literacy programs into your programming! It’s called “Get your Community Moving- Physical Literacy Programs for all ages (ALA Editions, 2018)” and you can buy it on her website!

 

Jenn’s Top 3:
Favourite place- Fundy National Park
Favourite food- Corn on the cob, with butter, salt and pepper

Favourite activity- right now, stand up paddleboarding, and then Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

 

Links:

NB Public Library Service- http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/nbpl.html

Tumble books-  http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/nbpl/collections/content/databases.html
LP Fisher Library Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/L.P.Fisher.Library/

Jenn’s website: www.jenncarson.com

Overdrive: https://elnb-bnnb.overdrive.com/

The Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library: https://makesomemusicfredericton.ca/

 

Notes du balado de la CSAAP – Jenn Carson

 

Jenn Carson est directrice de la Bibliothèque publique L.-P.-Fisher, à Woodstock, au Nouveau-Brunswick, et professeure de yoga. Elle a une maîtrise du collège d’informatique et de calcul de l’Université Drexel à Philadelphie, en Pennsylvanie.

 

La province compte 63 bibliothèques publiques : 5 bureaux régionaux, 52 bibliothèques publiques, 11 bibliothèques d’écoles publiques (pour un total de 63 succursales), une succursale virtuelle et un service de livres par la poste et de livres sonores pour les personnes incapables de lire les imprimés. La plupart travaillent avec les municipalités de façon autonome et quelques-unes sont situées dans des écoles. Les bibliothèques offrent des services comme des ressources numériques, des livres électroniques, des livres audio et une variété de programmes (au-delà de l’emprunt de livres). Deux bibliothèques viennent de lancer un programme pour permettre aux utilisateurs d’emprunter des instruments de musique, soit la Bibliothèque de prêt d’instruments de musique Financière Sun Life, offerte aux bibliothèques publiques de Fredericton et de Nashwaaksis. Certaines bibliothèques offrent également une bibliothèque de semences où les gens peuvent prendre des semences ou en apporter à la bibliothèque. La bibliothèque de Riverview propose des trousses d’activités très intéressantes et d’autres collections différentes (machines à coudre, moules, outils, etc.).

 

La littératie physique, tout comme la littératie ordinaire, est une compétence qu’on développe dès un jeune âge. En grandissant, on explore son milieu et on apprend comment bouger son corps dans le temps et l’espace. Devenues de véritables centres culturels, il importe pour les bibliothèques de se pencher sur la personne en entier afin de tenir compte de la littératie sous tous ses aspects (littératie financière, littératie numérique, littératie textuelle, etc.), et la littératie physique en fait partie. Les bibliothèques constatent cet aspect pour les enfants de maternelle qui sont incapables de découper avec des ciseaux, de bien tenir un crayon ou même de s’asseoir sur une chaise. Voilà pourquoi il est important pour les bibliothèques d’enseigner la littératie physique, puisqu’un enfant qui ne sait pas tenir son crayon ne pourra pas écrire correctement, ce qui lui imposera un retard sur le plan des compétences en littératie ordinaire.

Il importe également d’apprendre des compétences en littératie physique aux personnes âgées. Par exemple, des gens du troisième âge viennent à la bibliothèque pour apprendre les danses du salon, courir ou faire l’escalade de paroi rocheuse!

 

Une panoplie de raisons font du système des bibliothèques publiques du Nouveau-Brunswick un système unique, mais, puisqu’il s’agit d’une si petite province, ce système peut partager ses ressources et ses collections à l’échelle de la province. Nous offrons également le service de Livres par la poste grâce auquel, si vous n’êtes pas en mesure de vous rendre à une bibliothèque physique, la bibliothèque vous enverra des livres par la poste et vous n’avez qu’à les rendre par le même moyen lorsque vous avez terminé. Ce service très populaire a été lancé après la fermeture du service de bibliobus.

 

Cet été, Fredericton lancera le Biblio Bike (un « biblio-vélo »). Vous pourrez donc vous procurer un livre sur un sentier et, à Halifax, on lance un programme « livres à la plage » qui offrira l’heure du conte et la possibilité d’emprunter un livre ou un magazine pendant une visite à la plage pour ensuite le rapporter à la bibliothèque.

 

Consultez les liens ci-dessous pour trouver la bibliothèque la plus proche de chez vous et d’autres ressources et outils offerts gratuitement en ligne.

 

Jenn a également signé un livre sur l’intégration de programmes de littératie physique à la programmation. Le livre s’intitule Get your Community Moving – Physical Literacy Programs for all ages (Editions ALA, 2018), et vous pouvez vous le procurer sur son site Web.

 

Trois faits au sujet de Jenn :

Endroit préféré : Parc national Fundy

Aliment préféré : Épis de maïs avec beurre, sel et poivre

Activité préférée : À l’heure actuelle, planche à pagaïe debout et jiu-jitsu brésilien

 

Liens :

Service des bibliothèques publiques du Nouveau-Brunswick : https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/fr/ministeres/bpnb.html

TumbleBooks :

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/nbpl/collections/content/databases.html

Facebook de la Bibliothèque L.-P. Fisher : https://www.facebook.com/L.P.Fisher.Library/ [en anglais]

Site Web de Jenn : www.jenncarson.com [en anglais]

Overdrive : https://elnb-bnnb.overdrive.com/ [en anglais]

Bibliothèque de prêt d’instruments de musique Financière Sun Life :

https://makesomemusicfredericton.ca/

 

 

 

Episode 21: Season 3- The Wellness Movement with Genevieve Audet-Perron- Part 3- Wait what is above ground golf

Genevieve Audet-Perron is a social marketing consultant with the Wellness branch of the Department of Social Development and works in support of  The Wellness Movement. She’s originally from Quebec and has a background in public communication, and has been a self-proclaimed naturalized NBer for 5 years and counting.

 

Wellness Week is happening October 1-7 in NB as always and fun activities are happening in all regions. Gen shared a variety of health and wellness fairs, classes, hikes, activities and other fun events that are happening around the province and you can find info on these on the Wellness Events Calendar which is linked below (you can search by region to find what’s happening nearby to you). Go ahead and follow the Wellness Movement on Facebook and Twitter so you are up to date on what’s happening in your region!

 

Something Gen wish she had mentioned is how October 1st to 7th is also World Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated across NB with local participation to the Quintessence Challenge. With breastfeeding being connected with wellness in many ways, it makes a lot of sense for these two thematic weeks to be celebrated hand in hand.

 

A short list of Wellness Week events highlights to check out:

Capital:

  • The Multicultural Association of Fredericton’s Annual Newcomers Health and Wellness Fair
  • A Day for Action

North West:

  • Edmundston’s Wellness Exhibition/Salon mieux-être d’Edmundston
  • The Valley’s Wellness Day/Journée mieux-être La Vallée

Fundy :

  • Super-sized Zoomers’ Class
  • Charlotte County’s Seniors Wellness Fair
  • Dominion Park Family Fun Day

Western Valley:

  • Tomlinson Lake Hike to Freedom

South East:

  • Village of Salisbury’s “Do the Loops Challenge”
  • Village of Memramcook’s Community Walk

Chaleur-Peninsula:

  • Acadian Peninsula’s Book Fair/Salon du Livre Péninsule Acadienne
  • Color Run in Neguac/Course des couleurs à Neguac
  • Chaleur’s Regional Mini-Forums

Restigouche :

  • Wellness Fair/Foire mieux-être

Miramichi/Kent :

  • The Live Feed Festival

 

 

Gen’s top 3:

Favourite place in NB: Split Rock Trail: https://goo.gl/maps/4CUfp5oAyKn

Favourite food: Despite Andrew’s original assumptions, Cashew Chicken

Favourite activity: Dirtbiking

 

 

 

Links

Wellness events calendar: http://calendar.wellnessnb.ca/

Hike to freedom: https://www.tomlinsonlakehiketofreedom.ca/

The Wellness Movement Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WellnessNBMieuxEtreNB

The Wellness Movement Twitter: https://twitter.com/WellnessNB

The Old Sow Whirlpool: https://www.bayoffundy.com/about/old-sow-whirlpool/

Geneviève Audet-Perron est conseillère en marketing social à la Direction du mieux-être du ministère du Développement social, où elle travaille pour appuyer le Mouvement du mieux-être. Originaire du Québec, elle a des antécédents en communication publique et elle se dit Néo-Brunswickoise naturalisée depuis déjà cinq ans.

La Semaine du mieux-être a lieu du 1 au 7 octobre au Nouveau-Brunswick comme toujours et des activités divertissantes se dérouleront à la grandeur de la province. Gen nous a parlé de la brochette d’activités et d’événements amusants – salons de la santé et du mieux-être, cours, randonnées pédestres et bien plus – qui auront lieu dans la province et que vous pouvez trouver dans le calendrier des activités de mieux-être dont le lien se trouve ci-dessous (vous pouvez faire une recherche par région pour voir ce qui se passe près de chez vous). Nous vous invitons à suivre le Mouvement du mieux-être sur Facebook et Twitter pour vous tenir au courant de ce qui se passe dans votre région!

Gen regrette de ne pas avoir mentionné que la semaine du 1er au 7 octobre est aussi la Semaine mondiale de l’allaitement maternel, que l’on célèbre partout au Nouveau-Brunswick en participant au Défi Quintessence. L’allaitement étant associé au mieux-être de bien des façons, il est logique de célébrer ces deux semaines thématiques de façon simultanée.

Voici une liste abrégée d’activités de la Semaine du mieux-être qui pourraient vous intéresser :

Capitale

  • Salon de la santé et du mieux-être à l’intention des nouveaux arrivants présenté par l’Association multiculturelle de Fredericton
  • Une journée pour l’action

Nord-Ouest

  • Salon du mieux-être d’Edmundston
  • Journée mieux-être de la Vallée

Fundy

  • Rencontre aînés actifs (Zoomers)
  • Salon du mieux-être des aînés du comté de Charlotte
  • Journée familiale au parc Dominion

Vallée de l’Ouest

  • Randonnée de la liberté au lac Tomlinson

Sud-Est

  • Défi Do the Loops du Village de Salisbury
  • Marche communautaire du Village de Memramcook

Chaleur-Péninsule

  • Salon du livre de la Péninsule acadienne
  • Course des couleurs à Neguac
  • Mini-forums régionaux de Chaleur

Restigouche

  • Salon du mieux-être

Miramichi/Kent

  • Festival Live Feed

 

Les Top 3 de Gen :

Endroit préféré au Nouveau-Brunswick : le sentier Split Rock (https://goo.gl/maps/4CUfp5oAyKn)

Aliment préféré : malgré l’hypothèse d’Andrew, le poulet aux noix de cajou

Activité préférée : la moto hors route

Episode 19: Season 3- SEASON # 3 with Cindy Levesque talking about The Wellness Movement (Part 2)- Regional Wellness Consultant

 

Cindy Levesque (first repeat guest!) has now taken a new role as Regional Wellness Consultant with the Wellness Branch in the Department of Social Development. There are 8 consultants across the province: North West, Western Valley, Capital, Restigouche, Chaleur/Acadian Peninsula, Miramichi-Kent, South East and Fundy (which is Cindy!). As part of the regional team, she works directly with her community partners to help create environments in communities, schools and workplaces where everyone has more access to healthy choices- essentially the wellness consultants work to support and help their communities to create a culture of wellness.

Cindy has a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology and then did a Masters in Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences. Her background is focused more on physical activity but her passion is around what makes people “well”.

She worked with Physical Literacy for 3 years (and we interviewed her in our first episode!).

There are 4 different ways that the wellness consultants work to support community initiatives:

  1. Supporting wellness networks and their regional initiatives. Wellness networks are groups of engaged citizens working together to promote healthy, active lifestyles for their friends, family and neighbors. They take on some of the priorities that exist within the community action plan. They provide opportunities for gatherings and activities etc. They could include teachers, wellness enthusiasts, really anyone in the community. They can work together to promote, share and collaborate on health promotion and activities in their region. You too can be a part of the wellness network in you area, just contact your regional wellness consultant or the co-chairs of the wellness regional network and they can help connect you.
  2. Collaboration and Partnerships to build community capacity. They take on some priorities in the regional action plans that may or may not being looked at by the wellness networks. Usually the wellness branch focuses on 4 priority areas- Tobacco Free living, Physical Activity, Healthy eating and Food Security and Mental Fitness. They also focus on promoting healthy aging and working with municipalities and provincial seniors organizations to help make communities more “age friendly”.
  3. They support wellness branch initiatives. They have 4 wellness grants, or support by consulting groups and partnerships on certain projects. They also connect people with partners to make sure all the pieces are present to make a good grant application or project. They promote wellness week! Oct 1-7 every year!
  4. They act as a resource person or connector to certain things. They promote tools and partnerships to help connect people with what they need.

 

Some things that Cindy has worked on over the past 9 months in supporting the Fundy wellness celebrations, they had a breaking bread event for an opportunity for community conversation, they helped host the NB Plays gold sessions with Michelle DeCourcey and the Everybody Eats discussions with Laura Reinsborough. They had a food security event on August 8th on the results from Everybody Eats and what people can do with things. Their focus in Fundy is now focused on youth/teens, and are hosting a Teen Wellness Video Awards ceremony, asking the teens to submit What is Wellness to You videos.

Maybe Cindy will even have a snapchat filter made for the teens!

There are different activities happening in each region so check out the page of the region that you’re in on the NB wellness page, and if you’re doing something neat in your community, reach out to your regional consultant and they can help promote it.

You can connect with your local regional wellness consultant by Googling it, or asking Siri, but the best way is through the regional wellness pages.

Cindy’s top 3: (changed from the first interview because Cindy has grown as a person)

Favourite place in NB: Grand Manan Island

Favourite food: Fajitas because her sister made her some for lunch

Favourite activity: Golf! Specifically, the long course below ground golf

Links

http://www.wellnessnb.ca/ -really everything that Cindy talked about was on this

Cindy Levesque (notre première invitée régulière!) occupe maintenant un poste de conseillère régionale en mieux-être à la Direction du mieux-être du ministère du Développement social. Il y a huit conseillers dans la province : Nord-Ouest, Vallée de l’Ouest, Capitale, Restigouche, Chaleur/Péninsule, Miramichi-Kent, Sud-Est et Fundy (où se trouve Cindy!). En tant que membre de l’équipe régionale, Cindy travaille directement avec ses partenaires communautaires pour aider à créer, dans les communautés, les écoles et les lieux de travail, des milieux où tout le monde a plus facilement accès aux choix santé. Les conseillers en mieux-être travaillent essentiellement pour appuyer et aider leurs communautés à créer une culture de mieux-être.

Cindy est titulaire d’un baccalauréat ès sciences en kinésiologie et d’une maîtrise en sciences de l’exercice et du sport. Ses antécédents sont surtout dans le domaine de l’activité physique, mais sa passion gravite autour de tout ce qui contribue au bien-être des gens.

Elle a travaillé dans le domaine du savoir-faire physique pendant trois ans (et nous l’avons interviewée lors de notre premier épisode!).

Les conseillers en mieux-être s’y prennent de quatre façons pour appuyer les initiatives communautaires :

  1. Ils appuient les réseaux de mieux-être et leurs initiatives régionales. Les réseaux de mieux-être sont des groupes de citoyens engagés qui travaillent ensemble pour promouvoir les modes de vie sains et actifs pour leurs amis, familles et voisins. Ils se chargent de certaines des priorités du plan d’action communautaire. Ils organisent des rassemblements, des activités, etc. Leurs membres peuvent être des enseignants, des passionnés du mieux-être ou tout autre membre de la communauté. Ils travaillent ensemble pour promouvoir, diffuser et organiser des activités de promotion de la santé dans leur région. Vous pouvez faire partie du réseau de mieux-être de votre région : il suffit de communiquer avec votre conseiller régional en mieux-être ou les coprésidents de votre réseau de mieux-être régional, qui vous mettront en contact avec les bonnes personnes.
  2. Les conseillers en mieux-être aident à renforcer la capacité communautaire par la collaboration et les partenariats. Ils se chargent de certaines priorités du plan d’action régional que les réseaux de mieux-être pourraient ou non assumer. La Direction du mieux-être se concentre habituellement sur quatre piliers : la vie sans tabac, l’activité physique, la saine alimentation et la santé psychologique. Les conseillers contribuent aussi à promouvoir le vieillissement en santé et travaillent avec les municipalités et les regroupements provinciaux de personnes âgées pour créer des milieux « amis des aînés ».
  3. Les conseillers en mieux-être appuient les initiatives de la Direction du mieux-être. Ils offrent quatre programmes de subvention en mieux-être. Ils participent à des groupes consultatifs et à des partenariats sur divers projets. Ils mettent les gens en contact avec les partenaires pour assurer que tous les éléments nécessaires sont présents pour une bonne demande de financement ou un bon projet. Ils font aussi la promotion de la Semaine du mieux-être, du 1er au 7 octobre, chaque année!
  4. Enfin, les conseillers en mieux-être sont des personnes-ressources ou des agents de liaison. Ils font la promotion d’outils et de partenariats pour aider les gens à trouver ce dont ils ont besoin.

Parmi les initiatives auxquelles Cindy a travaillé au cours des neuf derniers mois pour appuyer les célébrations du mieux-être dans la région de Fundy, mentionnons une activité casse-croûte pour lancer une conversation communautaire ainsi que l’organisation de séances de formation Jouez NB Or avec Michelle DeCourcey et de discussions Tout le monde mange avec Laura Reinsborough. Le réseau a organisé une rencontre sur la sécurité alimentaire le 8 août pour présenter les résultats de l’initiative Tout le monde mange et explorer les prochaines étapes. Dans la région de Fundy, on met présentement l’accent sur les adolescents et on organise une remise de prix jeunesse où les jeunes sont invités à soumettre des vidéos illustrant ce que le mieux-être représente pour eux.

Cindy décidera peut-être de créer un filtre Snapchat pour les ados!

Chaque région organise différentes activités, alors consultez la page de votre région sur le site web Mieux-être NB. Aussi, si vous faites des choses géniales dans votre communauté, parlez-en à votre conseiller régional pour qu’il vous aide à les promouvoir.

Pour trouver le conseiller de votre région, vous pouvez faire une recherche sur Google, ou poser la question à Siri, mais la meilleure façon, c’est de consulter les pages régionales du site du Mouvement du mieux-être.

Les Top 3 de Cindy (Ils ont changé depuis sa première entrevue parce que Cindy a grandi depuis!)

Endroit préféré au Nouveau-Brunswick : l’île Grand Manan

Aliment préféré : les fajitas, parce que sa sœur lui en a préparé pour le dîner

Activité préférée : le golf!

Episode 16: Season 2- Family Resource Centers- Helping NB Families live there best life

Episode 16: Season 2- Family Resource Centers- Helping NB Families live there best life.

Thirteen Family Resource Centres, funded through the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC), and Education & Early Childhood  Development (EECD) operate in New Brunswick . They are governed by community Board of Directors. The Centre’s programs cover the province through a network of more than 90 outreach sites, many in isolated rural areas.

Family Resource Centres offer a variety of free programs and activities for  parents and their children ages 0 – 6, including drop-ins, parent education and support groups, collective kitchens, prenatal & postnatal nutrition programs, toy and resource-lending libraries and programs to promote parent-child communication and bonding, family literacy and child development and safety.

The Centres work with several partners including Active Kids, HEPAC, literacy, education, family and health organizations.

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Episode 15: Live Well/Bien Vivre with Tara Werner (with 50% less Star Wars talk)

Tara Werner with Diabetes Canada is the Manager of Community Health Promotion for the province of New Brunswick and she is enthusiastic to work with the Live Well / Bien Vivre program. She has a Masters Degree in Recreation Sports and Recreation Studies.

Live Well is a behavior change program working with clients on health and wellness goals. It started in 2012 as a pilot with the Medavie Health Foundation, the Government of NB and Diabetes Canada, but is now part of the funding through the Department of Health. They have coaches trained on how to work with people on goal setting, motivational interviewing and health and wellness goals. The biggest thing that’s coming out of it’s mental health initiatives. The tools the clients are given by the health coaches and they have a huge impact on customers and customers. Health coaches are also helping clients navigate the healthcare system based on their individual needs.

The Live Well Program is free to anyone 19 years and older in NB right now. In Nova Scotia they are working on a health coach initiative partnering with the Health Association of African Canadians to provide culturally specific programming. They are looking for an expanding maternal health / gestational diabetes, children and youth and Indigenous health coaching. It is a self-referral system so you do not need a referral from anyone, however they do have a referral system for professionals to use the doors.

The Live Well / Well Live program has had client testimonials (see link) on reflections of successes within the program.

The health coaches cover regions all over the province and are also available to meet with people virtually, and will meet with people wherever they are. A direct phone call or email is the best way to contact your local health coach.

If you are a health care professional or community organization, please contact your local health coach as they are available to do group facilitation and workshops on topics like goal setting, motivation and stress reduction.

Tara’s top 3:

Favorite place: Her friends’ camp / farm in Salisbury, NB.
Favorite food: Coconut ice cream, or coconut flavored or made with coconut milk. Also peanut butter balls.
Favorite activity: Shopping.

And a write in question: Star Wars or Game of Thrones? Star Wars due to its longevity and fact that dragons can not go into outer space.

Links

Live Well! Live well! https://www.livewellbienvivre.ca/

Motivational interviewing: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapy-types/motivational-interviewing

The Matter of Black Health: http://medaviehealthfoundation.ca/2017/03/matter-black-health-health-coaching-live-well-nova-scotia/

GNB Diabetes Strategy: http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/health/patientinformation/PrimaryHealthCare/A-Comprehensive-Diabetes-Strategy-for-New-Brunswickers.html

Notes from the CSAAP podcast – Tara Werner

 

Tara Werner of Diabetes Canada is the Community Health Promotion Manager for the Province of New Brunswick and is excited to be working with the Live Well! / Bien Vivre! Program. She has a Masters in Sports and Recreation and has previously worked with Recreation New Brunswick.

 

Live Well! / Well Live! is a behavior modification program that works individually with clients to achieve health and wellness goals. The program began in 2012 as a pilot project bringing together the Medavie Health Foundation, the Government of New Brunswick and Diabetes Canada. He now receives basic funding from the Ministry of Health. The program uses trained instructors to work with people on goal setting, conducting motivational interviews, and setting health and wellness goals. Supporting individuals through mental health initiatives is the greatest achievement of the program. The tools that clients receive come from health monitors, help overcome barriers and gain support and have a significant impact on clients, who use them for other activities of life. Health monitors also help clients navigate the health system based on their individual needs.

 

The program Live Well! / Bien Vivre! is free at this time for all New Brunswick residents aged 19 and over. In Nova Scotia, a health coaching initiative is being developed in partnership with the Health Association of African Canadians to provide culturally appropriate programs. The goal is to expand the scope of the program to include support for gestational diabetes and maternal health, child and youth health, and Aboriginal health. It is a self-referral system; you do not need to be led there. The system still provides a referral system that professionals can use to open doors.

 

Le programme Live Well!/Bien Vivre! a reçu des témoignages de clients (voir le lien) qui parlent de leurs réussites au sein du programme.

 

Les moniteurs en santé travaillent dans toutes les régions de la province et peuvent également rencontrer les gens à distance. En général, les moniteurs vont là où les gens se trouvent. Un appel téléphonique ou un courriel direct est le meilleur moyen de joindre votre moniteur en santé local.

 

Si vous êtes un professionnel de la santé ou un organisme communautaire, communiquez avec votre moniteur en santé local, car cette personne est également en mesure d’offrir des séances et ateliers de groupe sur des sujets comme l’établissement d’objectifs, la motivation et la réduction du stress.

 

Trois faits au sujet de Tara :

Endroit préféré : Le chalet/la ferme de son ami à Salisbury.

Aliment préféré : La crème glacée à la noix de coco, soit au parfum de noix de coco, soit faite avec du lait de coco. Également, les boules au beurre d’arachide.

Activité préférée : Le magasinage.

 

Et une question supplémentaire : La Guerre des étoiles ou Le Trône de fer? La Guerre des étoiles, en raison de sa longévité, et parce que les dragons ne peuvent voyager dans l’espace.

 

Liens

Live Well! Bien Vivre! : https://www.livewellbienvivre.ca/

Entrevue motivationnelle : https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapy-types/motivational-interviewing [en anglais]

The Matter of Black Health : https://www.tmobh.ca/ [en anglais]

Stratégie sur le diabète du Nouveau-Brunswick :

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/fr/ministeres/sante/patients/SoinsDeSantePrimaires/Strategie-globale-sur-le-diabete-pour-les-Neo-Brunswickois-et-Neo-Brunswickoises.html

Episode 14: Season 2- Recreational sprawl and Sports in Canada

Chris Robicheau is a born and raised New Brunswicker who has grown up active and interested in physical education. He is a regional consultant with Tourism, Heritage and Culture who works with regional sport and recreation clubs to help build capacity, help new clubs get started and foster participation in the community. They don’t connect with fundraising activities but can help connect groups to funding.

“Recreational sprawl”- certain things that require long open roads could be achieved more in a rural setting vs in an urban centre- looking to build a stronger relationship between recreation and sport and rural vs urban.

Sport in Canada starts from infancy to competitive. A main focus right now is to provide the most positive environment for kids to learn how to move their bodies, play and have fun, with less focus on competition early on vs after they have matured. The system in Canada is set up to support Recreation at a younger age vs competitive sport/proficient with physical literacy.

Physical Literacy can be improved at any age of life!

Chris’s top 3:

Favourite place: He has many! Grand Falls, Tobique River, Mount Carleton, Saint John River, Moncton Area beaches, Petticodiac River, Hopewell Rocks, Elgin, Caledonia Gorge, Port Elgin Area, Cocagne, Bathurst, Acadian Peninsula, Youghall Beach, Caraquet

Favourite food: Tiramisu

Favourite activity: Being in the woods, taking his dog for a walk in the woods, anything to do with outdoor recreation

Codiac cycling trails: https://www.facebook.com/CodiacCyclingTrails/

Gran Fondo in Shediac: http://herosducoeur.org/grand-fondo-et-criterium-des-heros-du-coeur/

NB Physical Literacy: http://www.nbphysicalliteracy.ca/index.php/en/

Lawn darts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawn_darts

Penny Oleksiak: https://olympic.ca/team-canada/penny-oleksiak/

Mount Katahdin (in Baxter State Park): https://baxterstatepark.org/

Volunteering at the Olympics: https://olympic.ca/become-a-volunteer-for-team-canada/

https://olympic.ca/tag/tokyo-2020/

North American Indigenous Games: http://www.naigcouncil.com/

Aboriginal Sport and Rec NB: http://asrnb.ca/

Canada Games: https://canadagames.ca/

Some information on competitive canoes/kayaks: http://canoekayak.ca/go-paddling/sprint/

War Canoe: http://canoekayak.ca/go-paddling/war-canoe/

Contact your local regional consultant: http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.201039.Sport_and_Recreation_Organizations_(Regional__Local_Grant).html#serviceLocation

 

Notes du balado de la CSAAP – Chris Robicheau, ou Andrew, Chris et Gill qui parlent cyclisme

 

Chris Robicheau, natif du Nouveau-Brunswick, où il a également grandi, a toujours été actif et un amateur de l’éducation physique. Il est consultant régional du ministère du Tourisme, du Patrimoine et de la Culture et travaille avec les clubs régionaux de sports et de loisirs pour renforcer leur capacité, aider les nouveaux clubs au démarrage et préconiser la participation de la collectivité. Il ne les met pas en contact avec des activités de collecte de fonds, mais peut aider les groupes à trouver des sources de financement.

 

« L’étalement récréatif » – certaines choses qui exigent de longues routes ouvertes pourraient se faire davantage dans un milieu rural que dans un centre urbain. On cherche à renforcer les liens entre les loisirs et les sports et les milieux ruraux et urbains.

 

Le sport au Canada commence dès la petite enfance et va jusqu’à la compétition. Actuellement, on se concentre surtout à offrir un milieu agréable aux enfants pour qu’ils apprennent comment faire bouger leur corps, jouer et s’amuser, en réduisant l’importance attachée à la compétition à un jeune âge pour préférer attendre qu’ils prennent de la maturité. Le système au Canada est conçu pour appuyer les loisirs et non le sport de compétition/l’acquisition de la littératie physique à un jeune âge.

 

La littératie physique peut être améliorée à tout âge!

 

Trois faits au sujet de Chris :

Lieu préféré : Il en a beaucoup! Grand-Sault, la rivière Tobique, le mont Carleton, la rivière Saint-Jean, les plages de la région de Moncton, la rivière Petitcodiac, les rochers Hopewell, Elgin, la gorge Caledonia, la région de Port Elgin, Cocagne, Bathurst, la Péninsule acadienne, la plage Youghall, Caraquet.

Aliment préféré : Le tiramisu.

Activité préférée : Être dans la forêt, faire marcher son chien dans la forêt, tout ce qui a un lien avec les loisirs extérieurs.

 

Pistes cyclables Codiac : https://www.facebook.com/CodiacCyclingTrails/ [en anglais]

Gran Fondo à Shediac : http://herosducoeur.org/grand-fondo-et-criterium-des-heros-du-coeur/

La littératie physique au Nouveau-Brunswick : https://littératiephysiquenb.ca/2018/11/engaging-aboriginal-athletes/

Fléchettes sur gazon : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawn_darts [en anglais]

Penny Oleksiak : https://olympique.ca/team-canada/penny-oleksiak/

Mont Katahdin (dans le parc d’État Baxter) : https://baxterstatepark.org/ [en anglais]

Devenir bénévole pour les Jeux olympiques : https://olympique.ca/devenez-benevole-pour-lequipe-canadienne-2/

https://olympic.ca/tag/tokyo-2020/

North American Indigenous Games : http://www.naigcouncil.com/ [en anglais]

Aboriginal Sport and Recreation New Brunswick : http://asrnb.ca/ [en anglais]

Jeux du Canada : https://jeuxducanada.ca/

Renseignements sur les canoës et kayaks de compétition : http://canoekayak.ca/fr/go-paddling/1860-2/

Canoë de guerre : http://canoekayak.ca/fr/go-paddling/canoe-de-guerre/

Communiquez avec votre consultant local ou régional :

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/fr/services/services_renderer.201039.Sport_and_Recreation_Organizations_(Regional__Local_Grant).html

 

 

Episode 11: Coach NB

Podcast Show Notes Ashleigh

Ashleigh Milani, with Coach NB, shares office space with Andrew. She is the manager of coaching education with Coach NB, a non-profit organization that aims to educate coaches and help them through their coaching pathways. This includes certifications and continuing education. She completed a Kinesiology degree from University of Manitoba and has a history of coaching in rowing and strength training.

Coach NB advocates for coaches, promotes education and development opportunities and ensures coaches in NB get top quality experiences in continuing education.

Why should coaches get certified?

Every athlete deserves a knowledgeable, competent coach. The national certification program that Coach NB runs is one of the top quality development courses internationally. These certifications are a way for new coaches to start the pathway to becoming great coaches, and for old coaches to continue lifelong learning.
Clubs want what’s best for their athletes, and strong leadership builds strong teams.

Coach NB runs lots of different kinds of workshops and certification programs, as well as professional development programs that may or may not be directly sport related. They partner with CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport) and run workshops such as Leading with Confidence and Communicating Effectively. They also partner with the Aboriginal Sport and Rec of New Brunswick on the Aboriginal Coaching Modules for coaches who want to work in a First Nations community. They offer courses for mentorship and empowerment to help coaches find their voice, as well as some courses online regarding concussions that are available for everyone, as well as course on coaching an athlete with a disability for coaches working in a Para environment.

Coach NB also runs an annual conference, this year in Fredericton, and this year’s focus is for coaches to support themselves as well as their team.

National Coaches week is the last week of September where they give recognition to coaches who contribute to their communities as a thank you.

There are resources/modules for coaches to help manage conflict resolution, such as Respect in Sport, run through the Respect group, which is training for parents and coaches to show how to be have respectfully in a sporting environment. There is also a program through Coach NB on making ethical decisions.

Responsible Coaching Movement has been rolling out over the past couple of years through the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, which is a call to action that’s coming across Canada to help make sport a safe place for kids and other vulnerable sectors. It includes 3 parts: 1: The Rule of 2, which is that a coach should never be left alone out of sight with a child/athlete. 2: More comprehensive background screening, including policies around job postings, the interview process, reference checks, criminal record checks.3:  Making ethical decisions via taking training modules around ethics and respect in sport.

Ashleigh’s top 3:

Favorite place in New Brunswick: The Saint John River. Ashleigh is a rowing coach and will be spending a lot of time on that river this summer.

Favorite food: Breakfast food/Oatcakes, specifically apple cinnamon one from Read’s.

Favorite Activity: Anything on or in the water, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, etc.

 

 

Links:
Coach NB: http://coachnb.ca/ , Ashleigh’s email: Ashleigh@coachnb.ca

CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport): http://www.caaws.ca/

Aboriginal Sport and Recreation New Brunswick: http://asrnb.ca/

Coaching Association of Canada: http://coach.ca/

The Respect group: http://respectgroupinc.com/
The Responsible Coaching Movement: https://www.coach.ca/responsible-coaching-movement-s17179

Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport: https://cces.ca/

Notes du balado – Ashleigh Milani

 

Ashleigh Milani, d’Entraîneur NB, partage son espace de travail avec Andrew. Elle est gestionnaire de l’éducation des entraîneurs à Entraîneur NB, organisme sans but lucratif qui vise à éduquer les entraîneurs et à les aider dans leur cheminement d’entraînement. Entraîneur NB offre des accréditations et une formation continue. Ashleigh a obtenu un grade universitaire en kinésiologie à l’Université du Manitoba et a déjà été entraîneur d’aviron et d’entraînement de la force.

 

Entraîneur NB intervient en faveur des entraîneurs, propose des possibilités d’éducation et de perfectionnement et voit à ce que les entraîneurs au Nouveau-Brunswick obtiennent des expériences de qualité supérieure en formation continue.

 

Pourquoi les entraîneurs devraient-ils devenir accrédités?

Tous les athlètes méritent un entraîneur bien renseigné et compétent. Le programme d’accréditation national que dirige Entraîneur NB compte parmi les meilleurs cours de perfectionnement à l’échelle mondiale. Ces accréditations sont un moyen pour les nouveaux entraîneurs de commencer le cheminement vers l’excellence et pour les entraîneurs chevronnés de poursuivre leur apprentissage perpétuel.

Les clubs veulent ce qu’il y a de mieux pour leurs athlètes, et un solide leadership bâtit de solides équipes.

Entraîneur NB offre beaucoup d’ateliers et de programmes d’accréditation différents, ainsi que des programmes de perfectionnement professionnel qui peuvent ou non être directement liés au sport. L’organisme travaille avec l’Association canadienne pour l’avancement des femmes, du sport et de l’activité physique (ACAFS) et offre des ateliers comme Diriger avec confiance et Communiquer avec efficacité. Il est également partenaire d’Aboriginal Sport and Recreation New Brunswick relativement aux modules d’encadrement des Autochtones, destinés aux entraîneurs qui veulent travailler dans une communauté des Premières Nations. Cet organisme offre des cours sur le mentorat et l’habilitation afin d’aider les entraîneurs à trouver leur voix, ainsi que des cours en ligne sur les commotions cérébrales qui sont accessibles à tous, sans oublier les cours sur l’entraînement d’un athlète ayant un handicap destinés aux entraîneurs qui travaillent avec les para-athlètes.

 

Entraîneur NB organise également une conférence annuelle. La conférence de cette année, tenue à Fredericton, met l’accent sur le soutien que se donnent les entraîneurs eux-mêmes et celui qu’ils offrent à leur équipe.

La Semaine nationale des entraîneurs a lieu la dernière semaine de septembre. On y souligne le travail des entraîneurs qui contribuent à leur milieu et on les remercie pour leur travail.

 

Il existe des ressources et des modules destinés aux entraîneurs sur la gestion de la résolution de différends, comme Respect et sport, initiative dirigée par le Groupe Respect, qui offre de la formation aux parents et aux entraîneurs sur les comportements respectueux dans un contexte sportif. Un programme est également offert par le concours d’Entraîneur NB sur la prise de décisions soucieuses de l’éthique.

 

Le Mouvement Entraînement Responsable a été mis en place au cours des deux dernières années par l’intermédiaire de l’Association canadienne des entraîneurs et du Centre canadien pour l’éthique dans le sport. Il s’agit d’un appel à l’action lancé partout au Canada pour faire du sport une activité sûre pour les enfants et autres personnes vulnérables. Il rassemble trois composantes : 1 : La règle de 2, c’est-à-dire qu’un entraîneur ne devrait jamais être laissé seul hors du champ de vision avec un enfant/un athlète. 2 : Une vérification des antécédents plus exhaustive, dont des politiques sur les offres d’emploi, le processus d’entrevue, les vérifications des références et la vérification du casier judiciaire. 3 : La formation sur la prise de décisions éthiques avec des modules de formation sur l’éthique et le respect dans le sport.

 

Trois faits au sujet d’Ashleigh :

Endroit préféré au Nouveau-Brunswick : La rivière Saint-Jean. Ashleigh est entraîneur d’aviron et passera beaucoup de temps sur cette rivière cet été.

Aliment préféré : Aliments pour le déjeuner/biscuits à l’avoine, surtout ceux aux pommes et à la cannelle de Read’s.

Activité préférée : Tout ce qui se fait sur l’eau ou dans l’eau, comme la natation, le canoë, le kayak et l’aviron, entre autres.

 

 

Liens

Entraîneur NB : http://coachnb.ca/fr/, adresse courriel d’Ashleigh : Ashleigh@coachnb.ca

ACAFS (Association canadienne pour l’avancement des femmes, du sport et de l’activité physique) : https://www.caaws.ca/?lang=fr

Aboriginal Sport and Recreation New Brunswick : http://asrnb.ca/ [en anglais]

Association canadienne des entraîneurs : http://coach.ca/?language=fr

Le Groupe Respect : http://french.respectgroupinc.com/

Le Mouvement Entraînement responsable : https://www.coach.ca/responsible-coaching-movement-s17179&language=fr

Centre canadien pour l’éthique dans le sport : https://cces.ca/fr

World No Tobacco Day May 31, 2018

Every year, on May 31st, the World Health Organizations (WHO) and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is “Tobacco and Heart Disease.”
Read the WHO news release. 

Q&A Podcasts

You will be able to listen and download past Q&A Podcasts featuring Gill, Andrew and our ever-rotating third chair.

Episode 1 – We are making a Podcast

Episode 2: Physical Literacy the A,B,C’s of learning how to move

Episode 3: Parks & Pollywogs

Episode 5: AND WE ARE BACK!

Episode 6: Community Development with Marchell

Episode 7 – Breastfeeding and Baby-friendly Initiative

Episode 8: Top 3 in 10 with the NB Medical Society

Episode 9: Parks & Trails Day NB- Having fun on the first weekend in June

 

Episode 10: Double Digest with Heart & Stroke

Episode 11: Coach NB

Episode 12: Getting outside with Get Outside! NB

Episode 13: Super Hero Training – You get a CAPE!

Episode 14: Season 2- Recreational sprawl and Sports in Canada

Episode 15: Live Well/Bien Vivre with Tara Werner (with 50% less Star Wars talk)

 

Episode 16: Season 2- Family Resource Centers- Helping NB Families live there best life

 

Episode 17: Season 2- The one where Gillian interviews Andrew and Andrew Interviews Gillian- learn more about your podcast hosts

 

 

 

 

 

UNLOCK THE POTENTIAL OF FOOD

THE POTENTIAL TO FUEL

Stay energized by planning nutritious snacks into your day. Nutrition Month 2018 features the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together — with the help of dietitians. Visit NutritionMonth2018.ca Nutritious snacks, in the right portion sizes, can be part of a healthy eating plan. Almost half of all Canadians say that eating a balanced diet is challenging for them because they are so busy. They often skip meals, and close to 30 percent of Canadians say they snack to stay fuelled in a busy day. This Nutrition Month, dietitians want to remind you of the power of snacking to stay fuelled all day long.

Learn More HERE!

Healthy Eating in Recreation Settings

Sugar, Soda and Deep Fried, Oh my! A provincial group is working to create change in recreation settings and encouraging New Brunswickers to Eat Well, Play Well!

The Healthy Eating in Recreation Settings Working Group recently conducted a scan of food environments in New Brunswick recreation facilities.

To view the full report, visit:  www.recreationnb.ca/resources/HERS-report

The Best of NB Pocket Cards


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The Best of NB Pocket Cards is an initiative of the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Coalition of NB. The Best of NB Pocket Cards are a result of HEPAC’s collective infrastructure and collaboration involving key members Recreation NB, Parks NB, , Physical Literacy NB, and GNB’s Wellness Branch. These Pocket Cards showcase a series of activities and recipes that aim to support front-line leaders of children and youth in promoting outdoor play, physical literacy and healthy eating. The activities included in these cards provide a sneak peek into some of New Brunswick’s most useful resources in the fields of recreation, health and wellness.

The Pocket Cards are composed of 20 physical activity cards and 8 healthy eating recipes which are written in a user-friendly format to promote play and proper nutrition.

This FREE resource can be downloaded Pocket Card Games   & Pocket Card Recipes

The Legend Card walks you through all of the terms and icons found on the Physical Activity Cards.

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The physical activity cards  are designed to promote exploration, learning and play in New Brunswick’s natural environment.

Each card highlights the type of space you will need, the average time to complete the game, energy level required, age suitability, and group size to play the game. Each game comes from  a highlight New Brunswick resource. For example,  Right Whale: Relay Race is part of the GetOutside! NB Green Book: A  Guide To Connecting To Nature Through Parks.

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The cards guide you “Step by Step” through the activity along with variations of the game. Each game identifies the Fundamental Movement Skills that are being developed for the players taking part in the game.

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Each package of cards come with 8 healthy eating recipes that will encourage you to have healthy snacks while you play, and  give you the energy you need for any adventures. Each recipe comes from a highlight New Brunswick resource.  The following healthy eating recipe came from the CHEFS! Tool Kit,  in conjunction with the Government of New Brunswick and the Healthy Eating Physical Activity Coalition of New Brunswick.

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DOWNLOAD THE CARDS HERE!  Pocket Card Games & Pocket Card Recipes

Do you have an idea for a game or a healthy eating recipe you would like to have in future packs of the The Best of NB Pocket Cards?  Fill out the form below and we will let you know if your idea will be part of future versions of the Pocket Cards.

The Best of NB Pocket Cards Submission Form

Thank you for your interest in The Best of NB Pocket Cards ! Please fill out the form below to submit your game or recipes.
  • What is the objective of the game ? What are you trying to cook/bake ?
  • Where the game will be played ?
  • How much energy is required from the group to play ? How difficult is it to create the recipes ?
  • How many people do you need to play the game ? How many people can eat the food ?
  • What is the minimum age to take part?
  • How much time does it take to complete the game/recipe?
  • What will you need to play the game or create the recipe?
  • How to play the game/ The instructions or recipe to cook the food.

If you would like any more information about any of the organizations involved in this project, click on our partners below.

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Winter Wellderness

Winter Wellderness has grown substantially over the years. This year Winter Wellderness will be held on three separate dates at three separate locations to bring winter fun to all New Brunswickers. Learn more about each event below.

Learn More HERE 

 

 

GetOutside!NB

GetOutside!NB is a province-wide initiative to connect youth and families to nature through Parks. This webinar will introduce you to GetOutside!NB’s history, philosophies and practices in hopes of connecting you to New Brunswick’s beautiful outdoors!

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Healthy Holiday Eating

 

Healthy Holiday Eating

Sticking to your healthy eating plans can be challenging during the holidays. With parties, busy schedules, and endless temptations, it’s easy to let healthy habits slide during the festive season.

Here are a few ideas to help you enjoy your favourite foods while saving some room for healthy eating.

Five tips for healthy holidays
Healthy ideas for eating out
Healthy family eating during the holidays
Holiday food makeovers

GetOutside!NB

GetOutside!NB is a province-wide initiative to connect youth and families to nature through Parks. This webinar will introduce you to GetOutside!NB’s history, philosophies and practices in hopes of connecting you to New Brunswick’s beautiful outdoors!

 

 

 

How Small Acts Help Us Overcome Poverty Together

The vision

Everyone deserves to live in dignity, security and good health. By targeting specific challenges — including literacy, food security and transportation — we can reduce poverty in New Brunswick.

By joining one of the many fun community-building programs that already exist in your own backyard, you can help reduce poverty and have a big impact, one small act at a time. That’s part of how we can overcome poverty together.

Learn More Here 

Canada’s Food Guide Consultation – Phase 1

Through Canada’s Food Guide, Health Canada provides practical, evidence-based, healthy eating recommendations to help Canadians make food choices. Health Canada is revising Canada’s Food Guide to reflect new evidence and meet the needs of various audiences who use healthy eating recommendations.

In support of this initiative, Ipsos was commissioned by Health Canada to conduct Canada’s Food Guide Consultation, which seeks to inform Health Canada’s development and communication of healthy eating recommendations.

Canada’s Food Guide Consultation is being conducted over 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 in two phases. The findings of the consultation will contribute to the development and communication of a new suite of dietary guidance products that best support public health and is relevant and useful to stakeholders, including:

  • the general public
  • health professionals
  • policy-makers

The feedback collected throughout this consultation is one input into the revision.

This report presents a summary of what we heard from Phase 1 of Canada’s Food Guide Consultation. Ipsos analysed and reported on feedback submitted by participants via an eWorkbook that was available and completed online between October 24, 2016 and December 8, 2016.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/publications/food-nutrition/canada-food-guide-phase1-what-we-heard.html

Canada Food Guide Phase 1

Up Coming Webinars

Up Coming Webinars

The ParticipACTION 150 Play List

The ParticipACTION 150 Play List was created by over 465,000 votes from people across Canada. Including 150 physical activities that make us uniquely Canadian, the Play List is a challenge to Canadians in communities, schools, workplaces, and even abroad to see how many different activities they can complete in 2017. Official Tour Stop and community events will be happening across the country as partners join together to inspire Canadians to sit less and move more.

See all 150 HERE

Learn more HERE 

 

Top 3 healthiest provinces in 10 years

This webinar discussed the NB Medical Society’s Top 3 healthiest provinces in 10 years initiative. If you could make one change that would make it easier for New Brunswickers to be healthy, what would it be?

There are many reasons why New Brunswickers aren’t as healthy as they’d like to be. The high cost of nutritious food, a lack of exercise facilities and active transportation options, and a lack of food preparation education are just some of the reasons we’ve heard. The good news is, for every barrier, there is a solution – things like community gardens, greater awareness of active transportation in city planning, and mandatory home economics classes in schools. While not every solution can be implemented quickly or easily, it can be done – as long as we, as a province, make it a priority.

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Run to Quit

Get the smoke-free life you want

 Run to Quit: an innovative quit smoking program that pairs the quit smoking expertise of the Canadian Cancer Society with Running Room Canada’s Learn to Walk or Run 5 km clinics.

Walking and running can help people cope with discomfort and cravings while cutting down and quitting smoking.  Kathryn Walks, training program participant and grand prize winner of a 2016 Ford Focus explains, Running takes the place of the urge to do something when you are quitting.” 

Run to Quit participants receive a variety of resources and supports to help them quit smoking including:

  • Quit Smoking Guide
  • $10 coupon for Nicorette or Nicoderm
  • Supportive counselling from an expert Quit Line coach
  • Chances to win cash and prizes totaling $45,000.

Run to Quit offers two ways to join: Do It Yourself or, for extra support, Virtual and In-store 10-week Training Programs.

Don’t smoke? Know someone who does?  Tell them about Run to Quit or join with them as a run & quit buddy.   Run to Quit is for people of all fitness levels and ages.

Learn more and register today at runtoquit.com

More Questions?

We are here to help! Please call us at 1-800-419-2906 ext. 264 or email runtoquit@cancer.ca. A Run to Quit representative will be happy to answer your questions

ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

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Active choice must be default, global comparisons with ParticipACTION Report Card suggest

Physical activity is a way of life in countries where kids move the most

TORONTO, ON – November 16, 2016 – For the first time, the grades from the ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth are compared to grades from 37 other countries across six continents. The global comparisons were led by Dr. Mark Tremblay, Director of the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (HALO-CHEO) and Chief Scientific Officer of the ParticipACTION Report Card. The consolidated findings show Canada has above-global-average grades in physical activity infrastructure and programs, yet is trailing at the back of the pack in grades that measure physical activity and sedentary behaviour. The comparisons also reveal kids move the most in countries where being active is a priority or is an integral part of their everyday lifestyle.

“Urbanization, mechanization and an increased use of motorized transport have reduced physical activity levels globally,” said Tremblay. “Canada must resist the decline in habitual movement fueled by these trends – and not just by creating policies, strategies, facilities and bike lanes, but also by encouraging and re-establishing Canadian cultural norms where being physically active year round, through outdoor play, transportation, recreation and sport, are the Canadian standard, not the exception. ”

“Countries with the most active children and youth overall, including Slovenia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe, rely on very different approaches to get kids to move more,” adds Tremblay. “But, what is consistent between all of them is that physical activity is driven by pervasive cultural norms – being active is not just a choice, but a way of life.”

Slovenia reports the highest grade (A-) for Overall Physical Activity with 86 per cent of boys and 76 per cent of girls 6-to-18 years old getting the recommended 60 minutes of heart-pumping physical activity per day[1], in comparison to just nine per cent of 5-to-17-year olds in Canada (D-). What’s driving this behaviour is physical education in Slovenia’s school system (A in School) – it’s a cultural norm, evaluated on an annual basis and so well established that it provides appropriate measures to deal with overall inactivity levels. For example, primary schools offer access to 77 minutes of in-school, professionally taught physical activity each day.[2]

As another example, in Zimbabwe over 80 per cent of children use active rather than motorized transport to get to and from school[3] (A- in Active Transportation), compared to 25 per cent of 5-to-17-year olds in Canada (D). Even though there may be no other choice but for Zimbabwean children and youth to make walking or biking to school a way of life, they see physical activity as an enjoyable and integral part of their lifestyle and heritage.

“In Canada, we haven’t focused on shifting social norms from a culture of convenience to a culture of encouraging and embracing physical activity throughout the day, every day,” said Elio Antunes, President and CEO of ParticipACTION.  “In order to be successful, we need to create a climate in Canada where making the active choice is the default. For instance, in the Netherlands, being known as a cycling nation is responsible for a large part of the daily physical activity in Dutch youth.  The Dutch use their bikes as a means of transportation, but also for sports and exercise – it’s the way of life there.”

Physical activity is not a priority in Canadian children’s lifestyles; inactive modes of transportation to and from school, too much screen time and being too busy for free play are all contributing to Canada’s lagging grades in the comparisons. It will take many facets of Canadian society, working together, to shift behaviours to get our children and youth more physically active.

“Let’s look at family life as one arena in which to shift social expectations,” Antunes adds. “Remember good habits develop early, so get active with your children at a young age and teach them the importance of physical activity and healthy living. Also, avoid hyper-parenting and give children the freedom to decide how to be active, especially outdoors, to encourage more free play, and a love for it. In essence, loosen the reins a little and let kids be kids.”

More on the global comparisons

Report Cards from each of the 38 countries, as well as the results of the global comparisons, were presented at the opening plenary of the International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health in Bangkok, Thailand and published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health on November 16, 2016.

 

Key Canadian grades and comparisons include:

  • F in Sedentary Behaviours – Slovenia leads with a B+; China, Estonia, South Korea, Nigeria, Scotland and South Africa also lag with an F
  • D- in Overall Physical Activity – Slovenia leads with an A-; Belgium, Chile, China, Estonia, Qatar, Scotland and United Arab Emirates lag with an F
  • D in Active Transportation – Netherlands and Zimbabwe lead with an A and A-; United Arab Emirates and United States lag with an F
  • D+ in Active Play – Ghana, Kenya and Netherlands lead with a B; Thailand lags with an F
  • B- in Government Strategies and Investments – Denmark leads with an A-; Mozambique lags with an F
  • B in School – Slovenia leads with an A; Mexico lags with a D-
  • A- in Community and the Built Environment – Netherlands leads with an A; Ghana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe lag with an F

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An interactive map with country grades is available.

[1] Sember et al. Results from the Republic of Slovenia 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. J Phys Act Health 2016;13 (suppl.)

[2] Sember et al. Results from the Republic of Slovenia 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. J Phys Act Health 2016;13 (suppl.)

[3] Manyanga et al. Results from the 2016 Zimbabwe Report Card on the Physical Activity of Children and Youth. J Phys Act Health 2016;13 (suppl.)

Consultation on Canada’s food guide

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Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide is being revised to reflect new evidence and meet the needs of various audiences.

Health Canada is conducting a public consultation  to determine how Canadians use healthy eating recommendation.

The consultation is available online between October 24, 2016 and December 8, 2016.

The questionnaire is available online and can be completed by the general public, health professionals, educators or as a group/organization.

Link to consultation:

http://www.foodguideconsultation.ca/

Attached is a copy of the consultation questions.

During the revision process, Canada’s Food Guide can continue to be used as a trusted source of information on healthy eating for policies, programs and resources.

THE NB PLAYS OUTSIDE ADVENTURE DAY

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THE NB PLAYS OUTSIDE ADVENTURE DAY TOOK PLACE FROM JUNE 10TH–12TH 2016
at Mactaquac Provincial Park; this day was an initiative of the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Coalition of NB (HEPAC).
NB PLAYS Outside Adventure Day was a result of HEPAC’s collective infrastructure and collaboration involving key members of: Recreation NB, Parks NB, Physical Literacy NB, and GNB’s Wellness Branch.
This three–day learning opportunity showcased experts in outdoor play and learning from around the province. This event gave these leaders the opportunity to have hands-on learning that was aimed to support physical literacy, healthy eating and their ability in promoting outdoor play for children and youth.

View the Full Adventure HERE

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NB Physical Literacy: Creating a quality physical literacy experience webinar

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This webinar will review what physical literacy is and how you can create a quality physical literacy experience during your sessions and programs. The NB Physical Literacy Coalition advocates and facilitates the best understandings and applications of physical literacy and fundamental movement skills to inspire participation and performance in physical activity and sport.

Listen to it HERE 

Community Garden Toolkit

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Community Garden

What is a Community Garden?

A community garden is a shared space where people of all ages and cultures gather to grow fruit, vegetables, and/or small livestock. Food may be grown for the garden’s members, for a community organization, or for the community at large. Often, community gardens rent out plots to members on a yearly basis. Tools and seeds are provided for anyone who needs them.

Why Start a Community Garden?

A community garden can help members learn how to grow healthy, affordable food in a way that is good for the earth. It is also a good place for members to meet other people who are interested in learning how to grow their own food. By working together, members can learn from each other and share their resources, making gardening easier and more fun for everyone.

Who Should Use the Community Garden Toolkit?

The Community Garden Toolkit can be useful if you are trying to decide whether a community garden is right for you, and what kind of community garden will work best in your community. It will give you a good idea of what you need to run a community garden, and it will help you think about possible partners.

If you have decided to start a community garden, the toolkit can help you make sure you don’t forget any details. Many problems can be prevented by planning ahead!

If you already running a community garden, the toolkit can help you understand your progress and give you ideas to help make your garden better. It can also help you connect with people running community gardens in other parts of New Brunswick.

What is Included in the Community Garden Toolkit?

There are many steps to creating a successful community garden, and the Community Garden Toolkit can help you at each point along the way.

Before you do any digging, you should think about who might take part, and about what they hope to accomplish. For example, are you hoping to reach seniors? Newcomers to Canada? Students? A mixed group? Each group of people will come with different goals, strengths, and challenges which will help to shape your garden.

Also, there may be other people or groups in your community who would be interested in helping, such as schools, community centres, or faith groups. Each of these will have something special to add, whether it is land, tools, time, money, or skills. By thinking about this ahead of time and making sure that everyone knows who will do what, it will make things run more smoothly in the long run. The toolkit includes sample application forms for members, advice on creating mission and vision statements, tips for building good relationships with landowners and other people in your community, and more.

Next, it is important to plan your garden well so it will grow for many years. This means choosing a site which is near to where the members live, where there is space for all the gardeners, and where there is enough soil, sun, and water. You may also need a toolshed, compost bins, raised beds, and other structures. In the toolkit, there is information to help with all of this, including a sample site map, checklists, and a list of foods that will grow in New Brunswick. Since it sometimes takes a lot of money to build a garden, the toolkit also has a list of possible funders, as well as advice on how to apply for grants.

Finally, once a garden is planted, there is still lots to do. To help avoid disagreements and to keep everyone safe, you should have guidelines in place ahead of time so each member knows what to expect. You should also think about how you will know whether you are meeting your goals, and how you can do better. The toolkit is full of sample guidelines, forms, and other useful resources, so you will be able to make your garden a place where everyone feels welcome. Since your garden will only keep growing if it has a good relationship with the rest of the community, it also has ideas on how to let the whole neighbourhood know about the great work you are doing.

 

Many Hands Make Light Work!

A community garden takes a lot of work. But if it is done well, it can also make your neighbourhood a better place to live. The Community Garden Toolkit is designed to guide you every step of the way. If you have any questions, the New Brunswick Food Security Action Network can connect you to other gardeners around the province who are happy to share their stories, too.

Community Garden Toolkit

 

 

 

Farm to School NB Learning Lab- Recording

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Are you passionate about getting healthy local foods into the minds and onto the plates of students? Did you miss the Farm to School NB Learning Lab? Not to worry! Join us for our next webinar on June 27th 2016. Roxana Atkinson from Farm to Cafeteria Canada will provide highlights and insights from the learning lab, an overview of activities underway in the province, and discuss what actions participants wanted to work on collectively to scale up Farm to School activities in NB. Learn how you can take part.

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