C@P sites hire students and launch community walking challenges
Pictured: Ashley MacDonald (Middle River), Vanessa Lockerbie (Iona), Britney MacNeil (Iona),
Kathryn Mason (St. Ann’s), Leah Noble (Coordinator), Geoff MacLeod(Boularderie), Emma Squires (North Shore); missing: Ricky Buchanan (Bay St. Lawrence), Alex Hanam (Baddeck)
Victoria County Community Access Program Sites Association held their student orientation for eight youth interns hired around the county along with their youth intern coordinator, Leah Noble. The youth work as interns at C@P Sites in the various communities, helping individuals, organizations and small businesses improve their knowledge and effective use of the Internet and related information technologies. They are excited to prepare for some special projects this summer.
Community Access Program (C@P) sites across the province will be organizing friendly walking challenges for community participants as part of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Walkaboutpedometer lending program. C@P sites are partnering to provide more access points for Nova Scotians to borrow local pedometers for three-week time periods for step-tracking.
“C@P sites want to challenge the communities it serves to become more physically active this summer. People will be able to sign out pedometers at their local C@P site; at that time they will be given instruction on how to log their steps online, and will be provided other materials,” said Jeremy Moule, C@P Technology Facilitation Officer. The challenge will take place between June 22nd and August 28th. After the contest ends, numbers will be totaled and prizes will be handed out! Winners will be divided into three categories: the most steps by an individual, the highest average steps per person by a C@P site, and the highest average steps per person by a C@P region. First place prize for the individual category will be a 32 GB iPod Touch valued at $450; second prize will win a 120 GB iPod classic valued at $300. Contest rules and registration will be available at the C@P sites, or nscap.ca.
C@P Day has always been an important aspect of the NSCAP Summer Youth Initiative - it is an event to celebrate the eleven successful years of the Community Access Program and to celebrate our supporters, volunteers and communities. This year C@P Day will take place on July 15th and the interns will be will be hosting activities at all of their sites. These activities will range from C@P site open houses, to youth cybercamps, to a community BBQ’s, to a show and tell where you can learn about a number of new technologies like GPS and Podcasting. Everyone is welcome to come join the fun and have a chance at winning a prize.