Past Strive Award winners


2017 Strive recipient

The Halifax-based organization Leave Out Violence (LOVE) works to support youth who have experienced violence. LOVE receives the 2017 Strive Award – a long-awaited victory, as the organization was a Strive finalist in 2014 and 2015.

LOVE runs a number of programs, including media arts and leadership training, in Halifax, Dartmouth and in the First Nations communities of Sipekne’katik and Membertou. The LOVE team helps participants address mental health, addictions, poverty, sexual assault, racism, homophobia, transphobia and any other issues youth bring to their attention. Staff also provide assistance with housing, education, career planning and parenting advice.

“The Strive Award will go toward LOVE Nova Scotia’s regional Leadership Retreat, which will bring together LOVE youth from HRM, Sipekne’katik, and Membertou,” said Jaime Forsythe, grant writer and program facilitator.  “A gathering of this type goes a long way toward contributing to the social determinants of health of our youth. This includes the formation of positive peer support groups, strengthened social support networks, development of skills, confidence and coping strategies, and improved mental health outcomes.”

2016 Strive recipient

Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association (FSTRA) was the winner of the 2016 Strive Award.

Free Spirit was established in 2012, with a mandate to provide Annapolis Valley residents with mental health concerns, of all ages and exceptionalities, a safe environment through the use of therapeutic horseback riding. Working with medical and psychological professionals, specialists, and the equestrian community, FSTRA provides a unique and rewarding therapy experience.

A mostly volunteer-run organization, FSTRA has seen over 200 people come through the organization; it served 160 clients in 2015.

Walk in Our Shoes (2015)
Access 808 (2014)
Happily Ever Active
Friends of Ellenwood Park (2012)
Velo Cape Breton (2011)



Melissa Murray
Communications coordinator
Tel: 902-481-4923