The St. Ann’s Bay Development Association (SABDA) began in 1992 and was incorporated in 1993. The Association membership includes residents over the 72km area from St. Ann’s Bay turn off to the foot of Cape Smokey.
- Maintain and enhance the quality of life in the St. Ann’s Community.
- Engage the community in discussion about natural resource management, community services and economic development.
- Encourage action from residents of all ages towards long-term social and economic development using the natural resources and talents of the community.
- Document existing community assets
Since it’s inception SABDA has sponsored and supported a number of community focused undertakings. Among these were the North River Centre for the Preforming Arts which attracted well known musicians to play at the former North River United Church over the seasons 2001-2; in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour and the Department of Natural Resources as well as with the municipality and Tourism Nova Scotia, the reopening of the North River Trail to the province’s highest waterfall.
More recently, there has been initiating and building this web site, and sponsoring a range of business development educational programs in conjunction with the Nova Scotia the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. As an umbrella organization, SABDA supported the launch of the Cabot Trail Writers’ Festival.
The St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Centre came into being following SABDA’s application for funding from Health Canada’s New Horizon’s Program. The Health Centre is now a registered charity located in its own space, with a level of community involvement and financial assistance from the Cape Breton District Health Authority and the Victoria County Community Health Board that has made it one of the most visible of our community assets. The health centre conducts yearly well-woman and well-men Wellness clinics. Each week through November and March there are guided Saturday Walks on the less known trails throughout the community. There are also Tai Chi and yoga classes on Wednesdays. Among the consistently best attended activities are the Seniors’ lunches held at the Celtic Tea Room in St. Ann’s Bay United Church from November to April, since 2009 on Wednesdays with a speaker and a Moment for Fitness “quick exercise” programme. The St. Ann’s Bay Community Event Sheet is followed far and wide and offers update information on community events and is a communication tool for sales, barters, and other announcements.