Antigonish Town and County Community Health Board


Posted at 6:55 am on January 23, 2018

Eleven non-profit groups in the region have received funding for proposed projects aimed at supporting health priorities in the area. The Wellness Fund is a program where groups can improve health in their communities and also address health priorities through the community health board.

The grants, which comes from the Nova Scotia Health Authority is funded by the Department of Health and Wellness. The Antigonish Town and County Community Health Board Received 22 applications, with 11 getting funding from the Wellness Funds.

The non-profit groups receiving funding are:

  • Action 2018 – Antigonish Town and County Mental Health Family Support Group
  • FLAG (Families Learning Across Generations) – ACALA Antigonish County Adult Learning Association.
  • Global Conenction Buddy program – St.FX.U Internationalization
  • Healthy Relationships for Youth – Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre
  • Increasing Fruits and Vegetables for our Community – Antigonish Food Security Association.
  • Keep Antigonish Well Pilot Exercise/Wellness Program – Keep Antigonish Well
  • Keep L’Arche Active, Healthy and Conencted – L’Arche Antigonish Foundation
  • Sensory Storytime – Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library
  • The Peoples School on Poverty; Exploring Options Through a Rural Lens – Antigonish Poverty Reduction Coalition
  • Unama’ki Riders – Unama’ki Sports Association
  •  VON SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) Exercise Program – VON Antigonish


Posted at 9:19 am on October 3, 2017

Three local Community Health Boards have released a list of non-medical factors impacting health it feels should be looked at.
The Antigonish Town and County, Guysborough and Strait Richmond Community Health Boards have released its three year Collaborative Community Health Plan. Priority areas include Poverty, Early Childhood Development, Food Security and Social Inclusion. Social Inclusion includes such issues as rural transportation, inter and intra generational interaction, impacts of racism, reducing stigma associated with persons living with mental health issues, gender inequality, over-reliance on technology and disengagement from one’s community.  The report was based on a survey and community meetings
The Chair of the Antigonish Town and County Community Health Board, Philip Girvan say many of the issues raised in the report are related to poverty.
Girvan says all three health boards plan to discuss the findings with local municipal councils.

Among the recommendations include adopting a living wage policy, development of community gardens and actions plans to further address issues of social isolation.