The Doctors Nova Scotia Strive Award has been given annually since 2011 to a Nova Scotia community group making innovative and strategic actions to support and promote health.
The shortlist for the 2017 Doctors Nova Scotia Strive Award includes an organization that works to help young people leave violent pasts behind and two groups working for better food security in Nova Scotia.
The Spot Community Food Hub
The Spot Community Food Hub is a network of community-based food initiatives in Kings County. These initiatives include community gardens, a food waste redistribution program and weekly community cooking events, designed to build entrepreneurial skills and align with the social determinants of health.
Leave Out Violence
The Halifax-based organization Leave Out Violence (LOVE) works to support youth who have experienced violence. 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. LOVE was a Strive Award finalist in 2014 and 2015.
Nourish Nova Scotia
Nourish Nova Scotia is a charitable organization that supports healthy school food environments. One of the organization’s projects is Nourish Your Roots (NYR), a healthy school fundraiser that connects children and families to healthy, local and sustainable food choices from Nova Scotia farmers and helps schools fund healthy school food programs. Nourish Nova Scotia was a Strive Award finalist in 2016.
The recipient of the 2017 Strive Award will be announced at the Doctors Nova Scotia annual conference in Halifax on June 3.
The award recipient will receive a $10,000 grant for the advancement of health promotion initiatives in the community.
Applications for the 2018 Strive Award will open in the fall 2017.