Walk Leader News October '22  

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am a believer in having an "attitude of gratitude." Heading into Thanksgiving weekend, I would like to say how grateful I am for our walk leaders and supporters across Nova Scotia for your role in helping more adults benefit mentally, physically and socially through our walk groups. It's a pleasure getting to know wonderful people who are giving your time and talents to serve your community through NS Walks. You rock!

Enjoy this coming weekend with your friends and/or family and hope it includes a nice walk!

Paths for All - Scotland

Recently, I had the honour and privilege to travel to Scotland and visit the “Paths for All” National Walking program including joining in on a “health walk”.

This trip reaffirmed for me the important role we are playing to make walking an easy way to move around our communities. Countries around the world are discovering that walking should be equitable. In fact, one measure of the health of a community is whether or not people of all abilities are able to walk in their communities. 

As you can see from the picture, even in rural areas walking is prioritized. As a matter of fact, Scotland has a "right to roam" policy which makes it possible for people to walk on private land (while always being respectful of course). This is an idea, perhaps, for us to consider in this part of the world, particularly in rural areas where it can be challenging to walk safely. 

Staff of Paths for All and me!

Health Walk in Strathaven, Scotland

The Scottish Countryside, note the foot paths!

Bridgewater Walk Kicks off

Fall Campaign to encourage people to join a walk group

We have launched a Fall promotion to encourage people to join a walk group in their community. These graphics and messages are available on the Walk Leader Resource page for your use. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Catherine at walk@hikenovascotia.ca or call me at 902-483-2813

Regional Leader Gathering - November 1st

On Tuesday, November 1st at 6:00 p.m. we will hold our first virtual regional walk leader gathering for leaders within Halifax Regional Municipality. The intent of these regional gatherings is to bring together leaders who are from the same area in the spirit of collaboration and cooperation. We will soon have these in other areas of the province as well. If you are a walk leader in HRM (whether or not you are currently leading a group) please join us for discussion and camaraderie. Mark your calendars and register HERE 

Our new graphics to promote walking groups

Walk Leader Training

Your walk group could benefit from having more trained leaders. Please encourage your walk group members to consider taking our walk leader training and become a co-leader. Our next virtual leader training will be held on Tuesday, October 18th at 5:00 p.m

HERE is the link to register.

We also are doing an in person training this month in Antigonish County on October 25th. HERE is the link to register for that one.

For more on what Hike NS is up to, watch out for the October edition of the Hikeers Herald coming out soon...HERE

NS Walks
Phone 902-483-2813