Able Sail NL: Sailing Program (Physical Activity, Injury prevention)

Able Sail NL offers a sailing program with the mandate to make sailing accessible to people with disabilities. Partnering with the Royal St. John’s Regatta group, the two organizations benefit through the sharing of facilities and equipment. Funds will be used to make needed repairs to sailboats to maintain safety levels of participants.


Bishop Abraham Elementary: Outdoor Classroom (Healthy Environments, Mental Health Promotion)

The purpose of this project is to provide children with the opportunity for discovery, experimentation, and learning beyond the four walls of the classroom in an environment that is inviting, calming, and natural. It includes areas for learning, socialization, and play. Primary partner is Airo Landscapes who is providing in-kind consultation in the design and planning of the project. Grant funds will be used for soil, lumber, trees, and shrubs.


Cowan Heights Elementary: Wellness Library on Wheels (Health and Literacy, Child and Youth Development)

Partnering with NL Public Libraries (NLPL), Cowan Heights Elementary will engage with forty-five plus children who are unable to participate in the Kinderstart program due to its cancellation because of the pandemic. The project will include a virtual info session about the program, how to obtain/use NLPL card, reading tips, and provide contactless baggie books for children on a variety of wellness topics. Other partners include the NLESD Safe and Inclusive Itinerants and the School Health Promotion Liaison Consultant. Funds will go toward books and baggies.


Flatrock 50 Plus Fund Group: Bowling for Seniors (Physical Activity)

This project offered in partnership between the Flatrock 50 Plus Fun group and the Flatrock Recreation Commission will engage approximately 20 seniors in a biweekly bowling program. Grant funds will go towards offsetting bowling costs to make the program more economically accessible.


MacDonald Drive Junior High: Outdoor Classroom Phase 2 (Healthy Environments, Mental Health Promotion)

The goal of this project is to beautify and make the new outdoor classroom space more inviting by adding natural elements. Working with MUN Botanical Garden and Friends of the Garden, the school will identify plants and shrubs native to Newfoundland. The partners will also provide guidance and assistance with proper planting methods. The grant will be used to purchase trees, shrubs, and perennials.


Mobile Central High: Mindful Monarch Gardeners (Healthy Eating, Healthy Environments, Physical Activity, Mental Health Promotion)

This focus of this project is to build a school vegetable garden. Food will be grown with the purpose of supporting the school’s breakfast program. Students will engage in food preparation in a healthy manner, learning about the importance of food sustainability and nutrition. The project will bring together several student groups such as skilled trades (building vegetable beds), special services and neighbouring elementary students (planting). As a partner, Smiling Land Farms will help plan the garden and provide expertise. Funds will be used to purchase soil, lumber, watering hoses, tools, and seeds.


Schizophrenia Society NL: Wellness in Nature (Physical Activity, Mental Health Promotion)

Partnering with the St. John’s Women’s Centre, the Schizophrenia Society NL will offer a 4-week wellness walk program to provide inclusive opportunities to people who may experience barriers to getting outside in nature. Grant funds will go towards fees for a nature facilitator, printed materials, childcare/transportation costs, and healthy snacks.


St. Paul’s Junior High: Snowshoes for Outside Play (Physical Activity)

St. Paul’s Junior High is partnering with local business, Arthur James, to expand a popular lunchtime activity among students and staff. Funds will be used to purchase snowshoes so that more students and staff can engage in this activity.


Town of Paradise: Nordic Pole Walking (Physical Activity)

The Town of Paradise is piloting this program to introduce its citizens to the activity of Nordic pole walking. While beneficial to the larger population, the target group for the pilot is adults and older adults. The town will partner with the Adventurers 50 Plus Club and the Lions Club to promote the activity and engage their members. Funds will be used for instructor fees and the purchase of Nordic walking poles.


Queen Elizabeth Regional High: Words of Wellness (Mental Health Promotion)

The school is creating a Wellness Corner in their library as a mindful space for students. The corner will be equipped with inviting and comfortable seating and lighting and will also house books and resources on wellness. The grant will go towards the purchase of these items. Queen Elizabeth Regional High is partnering with NLESD’s Safe and Caring School Itinerant and will also connect with other schools who have created similar spaces for ideas and guidance.


Alzheimer Society NL: First Steps in Dealing with Dementia (Mental Health Promotion)

This project focuses on increasing awareness of the First Steps in Dealing with Dementia program among persons with dementia and their caregivers by engaging with current and potential community partners across the region. Seniors NL will serve as a promotional partner for the program. Funds will go towards brochures and social media.


Stella Maris Academy: Mindfulness Space in Library Learning Commons (Mental Health Promotion, Health & Literacy)

Stella Maris Academy is creating an area in their new Library Learning Commons to focus on mindfulness and mental health. The area will be available for all K-12 students and staff and will include flexible seating such as bean bag chairs, mats and cushions, books about mindfulness techniques, posters with breathing strategies, and fidget toys to help students relax and calm themselves. The school is partnering with the local library and the 50 plus friendship club.


Frank Roberts Junior High: ATV Safety and Awareness (Injury Prevention)

The goal of this project is to educate and inform students in all areas of ATV safety via a school wide virtual presentation, poster contest, and other educational activities. Partners include the T’railway Council and the Town of Conception Bay South. Grant monies will go towards safety-themed promotional items.


Ordinary Spokes: Bicycle Friendly Built Environment (Healthy (Built) Environments, Injury Prevention, Physical Activity)

Partnering with the A.C. Hunter Library, the goal of this project to is to help create a safe and reliable space for residents to secure their bicycle while visiting the library as there are currently no bike racks available. This creates accessibility issues in that bike users must secure their bikes to stairways and walkways. Creating a supportive environment for bike users may also encourage others to use their bikes as a mode of transportation to the library. Funds will go toward the purchase and installation of a bike rack.


October 2020

City of St. John’s, Recreation Division: Seniors Outreach Programming (Physical Activity; Mental Health Promotion)

Seniors Outreach Programming is building on a successful initiative from Summer 2020, where, in response to limited recreational activities and struggles with social isolation among seniors due to Covid-19 pandemic, City staff provided outdoor recreational activities to seniors living in seniors’ complexes at various locations across the city. This program was well-received by participants. However, with the colder weather it is not possible to continue as an outdoor program into the fall and winter. This new project will continue to involve seniors by bringing them to larger community and City facilities to safely engage in in-door recreation, leisure, and social activities. One of the main barriers to participating is transportation to the facilities. Funding from the grant will assist with this. The City is partnering with NL Housing.


Hazelwood Elementary: Mindfulness Reading Corner (Health and Literacy; Mental Health Promotion; Child and Youth Development)

The purpose of this project is to use literacy to help children develop emotional resilience. The goal is to have a reading room dedicated to mindfulness, emotional regulation, and awareness. Activities include read-aloud sessions, mindfulness activities, discussions, and bulletin board display. The school is partnering with the Kilbride to Ferryland Family Resource Coalition who will participate in guest read-aloud sessions. Grant funds will purchase relevant books and book slings.


Kilbride to Ferryland Family Resource Coalition: Pre/Post Natal Mind and Body Wellness group (Mental Health Promotion, Physical Activity, Healthy Eating)

The goal of this project is to promote healthy lifestyle choices, physical activity, safe socialization, and mental health wellness to 40 pregnant women and mothers of babies under one year old, across 4 program sites. The aim is to provide participants with the tools to adopt a healthy lifestyle through monthly sessions that focus on health eating, social experiences, simple exercises and yoga routines, and stress management techniques. Partners include the City of St. John’s, local fitness/yoga instructors, and public health nurses. Funds will go toward yoga mats, healthy snacks, participant transportation, and volunteer honoraria.


MacMorran Community Centre: Newcomer Engagement Parent and Tot (Mental Health Promotion, Child and Youth Development)

This project will engage approximately 30 new Canadians through a parent and tot program, helping mothers reduce their isolation and increase play opportunities for their children. The weekly 2-hour program will include a structured craft activity, free play, and healthy snacks. Mothers may also receive support for other issues they may be struggling with. Sessions will take place in the centre’s large gymnasium, with public health measures in place. Pius X Foodbank will assist with provision of snacks. Grant funds will go towards small toys, craft materials, and supplementary healthy snacks.


Newtown Elementary: Outdoor Learning (Healthy Environments, Physical Activity)

Newtown Elementary is developing their outdoor space to include a learning classroom and play space for their grades 4-6 students. With Covid-19 restrictions, they are looking to do more learning and activity outside. Funds will be used to purchase stencils and paint to create games and distinct spaces on playground concrete, and for yoga mats for indoor and outdoor use. Partners include the neighbouring high school who will provide volunteer students to assist with painting.


Paradise Elementary: Outdoor Physical Education Learning Environment (Physical activity)

The goal of the outdoor physical education learning environment is to further enhance student physical activity using cooperative games and activities. The focus is to build a Gaga Pit which is an outdoor physical education cooperative game that can be utilized by all students. The outdoor space is also a community space that is open to the Town of Paradise and many families use the outdoor play area during the week and on weekends. As a partner, the Town of Paradise will provide staff to assist with the installation of the pit. Funds will be used to purchase the building materials.


Planned Parenthood NLSHC: Gender Affirming Gear Exchange (Mental Health Promotion, Injury Prevention)

The purpose of this project is to provide gender affirming gear (binders, gaffs, make-up, etc) to trans and non-binary people who could otherwise not afford it. Gender affirming gear is expensive but necessary for so many people. Having the appropriate gear has been shown to vastly improve the mental health of trans people. As well it stops people from using dangerous and painful things such as tape and ace bandages which have been shown to cause both immediate and long-term issues for the wearer. Grant funds will go towards the purchase of binders, gaffs, make-up, and adhesive bras. As a partner, Trans Support NL will assist with promoting the program in the trans community, reviewing applications, and distributing gear.


Rennie’s River Elementary: Outdoor Learning Space (Healthy Environments, Physical activity)

The school plans to develop two of their outdoor green spaces to create outdoor learning environments that can be utilized by the entire school as well as foster partnerships with community groups and volunteers who can provide complimentary learning in areas such as gardening, science, music, or physical education. Rennie’s River Elementary is partnering with Cloudberry Forest School to do several learning sessions with the teachers and students. Funds will purchase items for activity bins such as gardening tools, skipping ropes and balls, as well as a music wall, tables, and stools.


St. Bernard’s Elementary: Sensory Walkway (Child and Youth Development, Physical Activity)

This project involves the installation of a sensory walkway in the school’s corridors to provide a sensory break for any student who needs this. It highlights that taking a break is part of good mental health and connects to the school’s social-emotional learning goals. The activities of the pathway also encourage movement and physical activity. Funds will be used to purchase a nature-themed floor decal set. St. Bernard’s is partnering with Rennie’s River Elementary who will provide guidance on the installation and use of sensory walkways based on their own experiences with a similar project.

Upper Gullies Elementary: UGE Playground Enhancement (Healthy Environments, Physical Activity)

The goal of this project is to improve the outdoor play space for students by adding painted games to our pavement and to purchase outdoor play equipment for each class in our school. The space will offer a variety of safe activities that promote physical activity, cooperation, teamwork, numeracy, and literacy. Partners include Beachy Cove Elementary who are renting their pavement stencils (more cost-effective than purchasing) and providing guidance regarding lay-out, etc., the Town of CBS who will prepare the pavement for painting, and the local Timbermart who are donating some of the paint. Funds will be used for stencil rental, paint and related supplies, and small equipment such as balls, bean bags, jump ropes, and sidewalk chalk.

NL Women's Institutes - Women's Wellness Workshop
Alzheimer Society - "Heads up! For Healthier Brains" Awareness Campaign
Community Health Promotion Network Atlantic - website launch
Multicultural Women's Organization of NL - Wellness Workshop for Multicultural Women
St. John's Citizens Crime Prevention Committee - Rules for Ghouls Halloween Activity Book
Rabbittown Community Centre - Rabbittown Community Centre After School Program
McGrath/Blackwood Tenants Association - Operation Street Proof
Irish Loop 50+ Association - Mental Health and Aging Workshop
Buckmasters Circle Community Centre - Walk Away the Pounds

c/o Health Promotion, Eastern  Health
Mount Pearl Square – Community Services
760 Topsail Road, Mount Pearl,  NL  A1N 3J5

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