Community Wellness Panel

February 29, 2016 (6:30 pm)

Location: Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons

Nova Scotia's Chief Medical Officer Leads Community Wellness Panel at Acadia

How can we transform our communities to become places where sustainable food, active living, economic prosperity, personal security and wellness are the norm? That’s a big question that will be addressed by a panel of dynamic experts on Monday evening February 29 at the Fountain Commons at Acadia University.

The Ivany Report and the One Nova Scotia Commission have started to address this question from an economic development perspective, but what are the implications of broadening the conversation?

The panel will be led by Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medial and Public Health Officer, who is a strong advocate of breaking down professional and organizational silos and engaging everyone to build stronger and supportive communities. It includes Chef Joshna Maharaj who has led the shift in Toronto-area university and health care institutional food systems to a healthy and sustainable focus. Dr. Jonathon Fowles from Acadia addresses the active living aspect, having spearheaded education campaigns across the country with health care professionals for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Finally, Dr. Brian VanBlarcom, head of the Acadia Department of Economics, will speak to the importance of local prosperity and community economic development in building a culture of wellness. Community members, students and professionals are all invited to play a key role in raising issues and contributing to the rich dialogue.

The evening is free, and will be kicked off by a diverse and engaging showcase of both organizations and individuals who are working across boundaries to facilitate positive change and wellness in our communities. Come to the showcase to learn, mingle, enjoy local music and contemplate how we can all do more to facilitate “complete communities.”

The showcase begins at 6:30 pm and the panel at 7:30 pm.

Event Details:

Creating Complete Communities: Vibrant, Healthy, Safe & Sustainable Community Showcase and Panel Presentation

6:30 pm Showcase; 7:30 pm Panel
Monday, February 29
Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons
Acadia University

Free Admission

This event is presented by Acadia University Student Services, the School of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Department of Community Development and the Acadia Sustainability Office.

For more information, visit the event website or Facebook page. Or contact Dr. Glyn Bissix in the Acadia Department of Community Development at for specific requests.



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