The students at Big Tancook Elementary have been learning about the Seven Sacred Teachings (also known as the Seven Grandfather Teachings) of the First Nations people. Each teaching honours a virtue that is intrinsic to living a full and healthy life. The teachings are: Love, Respect, Humility, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Truth. The children were involved in each step of the process in creating these tie-dyed flags that will greet you as you walk up School Road towards the Rec Centre.
Congratulations to William Westhaver!
At the regional Heritage Fair on Friday, May 4, 2018, William won the judges’ selection award. His prize – a $30 visa card He was also 1 of 4 selected to create a video about his project. William now has a chance to go to Ottawa in the fall!
Could that be sauerkraut William is holding?
This week the children heard stories about youth doing amazing things to make a positive difference in the world. Our BTES students made their own Superhero Kids and came up with ways in which they would make the world a better place.
Math was made easier this week with help from neighbour, Ward Carson. It helps to have an accountant living next door to the school.
Isaac made us proud with his regional science fair project on wind vs solar energy.
Several months ago, the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors announced their Age-friendly Communities Grant program. We submitted an application to this program through BTIERA and have just been informed that our application was successful. As a result we have been awarded a grant to accomplish the following four goals:
Survey island residents to assess which health services they currently need or may need in the years ahead.
Conduct thorough research to determine which health service providers are willing to come to Tancook Island.
Create a print resource to be made available to all island residents documenting who to contact for specific health services based on the research results.
Establish a cohort of trained volunteers to help residents age-in-place as long as possible. (This includes palliative care training.)
Several months ago, Lorraine Burch, General Manager of Our Health Centre in Chester came to Tancook to meet with residents to discuss issues and concerns regarding health services. After the meeting, Lorraine lobbied on our behalf and, as a result, we are pleased share a few developments with you.
After an extended suspension of services, the VON has agreed to return to Tancook should a resident require their services. The VON Tri-County office number is 902-742-4512.
There is also a Palliative Care team willing to come to Tancook should their services be required. This can be arranged through a referral from your family doctor.
In order to resume these services, we had to comply with a standard risk assessment given to all communities for which these services are requested. The primary concern was safe transportation of service providers. Among the required criteria were current police checks for drivers as well as vehicle insurance.
Our voices were heard and this is good news for all Tancook residents.