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Community group celebrated by medical profession

Monday, June 4, 2012

Dartmouth, N.S. - Friends of Ellenwood Park was honoured with the 2012 Doctors Nova Scotia Strive Award during the association’s annual conference on June 2, 2012.

Friends of Ellenwood Park is a committee that works to oversee off-season recreation use at Ellenwood Provincial Park in an effort to increase and promote healthy lifestyles in that community. The group consists of more than 20 volunteers who advocate for many forms of active transportation and outdoor physical activities at the park.

Friends of Ellenwood Park was selected from a field of 33 other community groups including finalists Elderfit Lunenburg, and Hope Blooms/North End Community Garden. Both received honourable mentions. 

The Strive Award is given annually to a community group making innovative and strategic decisions about promoting healthy lifestyle choices. The group received a $5,000 grant to spend on advancing health promotion initiatives.

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Quotes

“Receiving this award is validation that we are on the right track with providing programs and opportunities that will encourage our communities to engage in physically active lifestyles.”

“We are confident that having these types of resources in our area will encourage adventurous and active lifestyles for people of all backgrounds, ages and cultures.”

-    Stephen Sollows, past chair of Friends of Ellenwood Park

“It’s an honour to recognize Friends of Ellenwood Park for the role they play in advocating for many forms of active transportation and outdoor physical activities in their community.”

-    Dr. John Finley, President of Doctors Nova Scotia

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For broadcast use:

Doctors Nova Scotia honoured one community group with the 2012 Doctors Nova Scotia Strive Award during the association’s annual conference on June 4, 2012. The community award was given to Friends of Ellenwood Park, a committee that works to oversee off-season recreation use at Ellenwood Provincial Park in an effort to increase and promote healthy lifestyles in that community. Dr. John Finley, President of Doctors Nova Scotia said it was an honour to recognize Friends of Ellenwood Park for the role they play in advocating for many forms of active transportation and outdoor physical activities in their community.

Doctors Nova Scotia is the professional association representing all doctors in the province. It is the oldest medical association in Canada. The association represents about 3,500 physicians including practicing and retired physicians, residents and medical students.