The St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Centre was formed in 1996. It 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.
Volunteers from the community come together in changing combinations to help deliver Health Centre programs and services. There are yearly Well-Women’s and Men’s Wellness Clinics serving about twenty people each. There are four Saturday Morning Community Walks each month from November through March. An exercise program called A Minute for Fitness that teaches simple, accessible exercises to maintain strength, flexibility and balance was introduced last year. The facilitators are an occupational therapist and a postral alignment specialist. There is also Tai Chi on Wednesdays.
But the Seniors’ Lunch Program has gathered together the most people: Twenty lunches were held each year at the Celtic Tea Room in St. Ann’s Bay United Church from November to April, with attendance ranging from twenty-seven to sixty-five (remember, the population is only 450), and seven take-out lunches for those who have mobility issues or illness. A speaker is invited to start off each lunch session and up to twenty-five people usually stay after the lunch for games and to socialize.