The CHBs are a committed group of volunteers who are working together to improve the health of their communities. In total, we have 37 CHBs located across the Province of Nova Scotia. CHBs serve a vital role in the well-being of their communities, helping to support many community-based projects and partnerships. This includes providing grants to community-based groups to support projects focused on health promotion and the social determinants of health.
This website will provide you with more information about the CHBs—who they are and what they do, as well as information on many of their latest projects and initiatives, current health plans and health plan priorities, wellness fund information and information on how you can get involved with your local CHB.
While we continue to build this website and make the most up to date information available to you, we encourage you to contact your local CHB Coordinator for more information.
To find a CHB near you, click here.
Les conseils communautaires de santé (CCS) sont composés de bénévoles qui travaillent ensemble pour améliorer la santé de leur collectivité. Il y a en tout 37 CCS dans la province. Les CCS jouent un rôle essentiel pour le mieux-être de leurs collectivités en contribuant à l’appui de nombreux partenariats et projets communautaires. Entre autres choses, ils octroient des subventions à des groupes communautaires afin d’appuyer des projets qui font la promotion de la santé et qui sont axés sur les déterminants sociaux de la santé.
Le site Web fournira plus d’informations sur les CCS, notamment leur composition et leur travail, de même que des renseignements sur un grand nombre de leurs initiatives et de leurs projets les plus récents, sur les plans de santé en vigueur et les priorités énoncées dans ces plans, sur le Fonds pour le bien-être et sur la façon de vous engager auprès du CCS de votre région.
Pendant que nous continuons à bâtir le site Web et à y afficher les informations les plus à jour, nous vous invitons à communiquer avec le coordonnateur du CCS de votre région pour obtenir plus d’informations.
Pour trouver le CCS le plus près de chez vous, cliquez ici (en anglais seulement).
Throughout the year, the CHBs undertake several projects and initiatives that support the implementation of their community health plans. Many of these projects and initiatives are in partnership with other local community groups and organizations.
Check out some of the great projects and initiatives below:
The Collaborative Community Health Plan Launch and Wellness Grant Showcase for the Community Health Boards (CHBs) of Along the Shore, South Colchester and Truro & Area was held in January 2017.
This event celebrated the launch of the health plan and invited various community groups to present an overview of their local projects funded by CHB Wellness Grants.
In March 2017, the Northside the Lakes Community Health Board met with Eskasoni First Nation residents and health professionals to hear about health issues impacting the Eskasoni community, share information with the community about the CHB and discuss how to best get members from the Eskasoni community involved with the CHB.
Lunenburg County Community Health Board Chairperson, Patricia Culbert, was honored to take part in the official opening of the new community trail at West Northfield Elementary School which coincided with the Terry Fox Run on September 29, 2016. This trail was one of 20 local projects funded in part by Lunenburg County CHB’s 2015-2016 Community Wellness Grant Program. The accessible trail will be an asset not only to the school but to the rural community as a whole.
CHBs are a network of more than 400 volunteers who are making a difference in their community. Learn more about who they are, why they volunteer and how they are making a difference.
Gail Corkum started volunteering with the Eastern Kings Community Health Board in 2015, bringing enthusiasm and sincerity with her every step of the way.
As a life time vegetable farmer she has produced fresh, healthy food for her local community and city wholesale markets for over 40 years. Although retirement is on the horizon for Gail, she insists she will continue to farm until "the cows come home".
She chooses to give her time volunteering with the CHB to “learn and spread the information about society's strengths and challenges for a healthy life and community”. She feels one of the best parts of giving back is meeting the army of volunteers and staff who are committed to making our community healthier.
Debi has served on the Antigonish Town and County Community Health Board (CHB) for 2.5 years. She is a mother of three active girls which have kept her busy with a number of recreation and athletic activities over the years. Debi enjoys nature which led her and her children to backpack around Europe. When she is not reading a good book she is helping families at Kids First where she has been working for the last 22 years.
Debi joined the CHB because helping her community fits well with her values and helps her to connect with local resources at her work place. The best part about being a CHB member is the mix of like-minded people who want to improve the health of their community. Her passion to help others extends to serving as a member of the Antigonish Poverty Reduction Coalition, the Antigonish Food Security Association, the Antigonish Early Years Committee, and the Antigonish and Area Interagency Committee on Family Violence.
Bill MacKean is currently in his third year as the co-chair of the Eastern Kings Community Health Board. He is retired and lives with his wife in the rural community of Canning/Kingsport. His employment career spanned forty plus years in the health care sector, first as a respiratory therapist, then as a health care executive. For Bill, volunteering with the community health board seemed a natural fit because of his diverse health care background. He says the CHB is a tremendous group of individuals, all with diverse life experiences and personal assets and knowledge. They have a passion for wanting to see an improvement in the health and wellness of the people in their communities. He feels good about what the CHB does and believes they are making a difference.
Bill is active in his church, providing whatever assistance is required; from coordinating acquisition/installation of stained glass windows to washing dishes for a community luncheon or singing in a community choir for a fundraising event. His is also a board member for the local cemetery. He likes the outdoors and enjoys gardening and horticulture.