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‘Kitchen table chats’ to focus on recreation in Antigonish County, Paqtnkek

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Explore the possibilities

Explore the possibilities.    

That’s the motto for a series of ‘kitchen table chats’ planned in the Municipality of the County of Antigonish and Paqntkek Mi’kmaw Nation.    

The conversations will focus on recreational and active living opportunities that are important to residents; how they can be created, expanded and enhanced.    

“We want to learn more about what people would like to see in their communities,” Municipality of the County of Antigonish recreation director Marlene Melanson said.    

The upcoming sessions – and the information gathered – are part of the ongoing process to develop an operational plan for the Antigonish County recreation department, as well as an updated five-year physical activity plan.    

Paqtnkek is also developing a new five-year physical activity plan.    

Developing a physical activity plan is a requirement for participation in the Municipal and Mi’kmaw Physical Activity Leadership Program (MPAL), a partnership of the province, municipalities and Mi’kmaw communities in Nova Scotia, which focuses on, “providing qualified leadership to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive physical activity strategy approach.”    

“It is time for us to go back to the community,” Melanson said of this point of the process.    

She noted the successful collaboration between county recreation and Paqtnkek officials.    

“We have been working together very closely,” Melanson added.

Meeting schedule    

Each community gathering is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.    

“They will be very informal,” Melanson said, noting that is the reason organizers are calling them ‘kitchen table chats.’    

She added the focus will be not only on what is working well, but also “where there may be gaps.”    

The first couple gatherings took place at the Heatherton Community Centre (May 29) and Saint Andrew Junior School (June 4).    

Here is the schedule of days and locations for the remaining sessions; Thurs., June 7, East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy; Mon., June 11, Arisaig Community Hall; Wed., June 13, Paqtnkek Health Centre; Mon., June 18, St. Joseph’s Lakeside Community Centre.    

For more information, contact Melanson at marlene.melanson@antigonishcounty.ns.ca or Meaghan MacNeil at meaghan.macneil@antigonishcounty.ns.ca    

Both can also be reached at 902-863-1141.

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