Coronation Choosewell honoured with awards

Coronation Choosewell with their awards at the November 29 ceremony in Sherwood Park. (L-R) Cathy Olson, MLA Strathcona; Pat King, Coronation ChooseWell Committee; Diane Schmidt, Coronation ChooseWell Committee; Mike Roma, Board of Directors with Alberta Recreation and Parks Association and Lisa McLaughlin, Communities ChooseWell Program Manager. ECA Review/Submitted

Coronation Choosewell Committee was the recipient of three awards at the annual Recognition Ceremony held November 29, 2013 in Sherwood Park.
The award ceremony was in honour of Choosewell groups across Alberta, whom were acknowledged for their work within their respective locales.
“Communities Choosewell is the provincial designation, under Alberta Recreation and Parks Association [ARPA] and they decide every year to give out awards,” said Diane Schmidt, head of Coronation and District Support Services and Community Liaison for Choosewell Coronation. The award recipients are traditionally split into groups divided between northern and southern regions, although Coronation Choosewell attended the award ceremony in Sherwood Park due to proximity.
“Last year we won the award for Creating Healthy Opportunities and this year we won for Building Community Capacity and Overall High Achiever [as chosen by ARPA]” says Schmidt. “This year they had another award, the Most Significant Change. There’s 180 Choosewell communities across Alberta and we were chosen by our peers [for that award].”
Awards chosen by ARPA are chosen in part due to reports sent in every quarter on initiatives in the area. The Community Capacity award, for example, is chosen based on partnerships Choosewell creates within the community.
For Schmidt the awards were an unexpected but welcome recognition for the work the group is doing within the community.
“It’s nice to be recognized but of course we don’t do it for the recognition,” she says.
Coronation Choosewell offers programming, promotion and partnership opportunities to create healthier, more active citizens within the community.
“Basically we provide opportunties for active, healthy living,” says Schmidt, adding that recent and ongoing efforts include the Turkey Trot, Fruit Fridays at the Coronation School, Seniors Community Kitchen and the Walk to Sochi planned for the new year. Schmidt says the group’s intent is based around the prevention of problems such as obesity and diabetes, by encouraging people to become active on a regular basis.
“[Choosewell] basically strive to provide daily opportunities to get out there and be active,” says Schmidt.

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