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Last Thursday, October 25th, at Recreation Nova Scotia Awards Dinner and Ceremony in Truro, Velo Cape Breton Bicycle Association was awarded the Bluenose Achievement Award.

This award is presented to volunteers or community organizations to recognize outstanding achievements in the improvement of recreation and leisure opportunities locally, regionally, or provincially.  The nominee should reflect that community's healthier future through activities and services that promote the value and benefits of recreation.

Excerpt from the address:

Velo Cape Breton (VCB) started 9 years ago to help cyclists here, and from around the world, explore Cape Breton.  It is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization who members are from all walks of life.  Riding with VCB means riding with a friendly group of bicyclists and enjoying great fellowship while meeting new and interesting people.  They serve all of Cape Breton Island, with chapters in Baddeck, Cheticamp, Northside, Sydney, Glace Bay, St., Peter's, Inverness, Isle Madame, North Highlands and Canso Strait Areas.  VCB offers programs for cyclists of all ages including Kinds Bike Expo, Cabot Trail Tour, Lobster Roll Relay, Across the Highlands Challenge, CAN-BIKE courses and the Cycling Ambassadors Program.

VCB prides itself in establishing and strengthening partnerships with other organizations to ensure that members of VCB receive the best treatment and maintain continuity in their recreational biking activities.  

VCB does advocacy work for its members and cyclists across the province including: promoting cycling, encouraging the construction of cycling infrastructure at local and provincial levels and improving cycling safety through education.

Andrée Crépeau, President of VCB, says that she'd like to see more people on bikes,because she believes that people on bikes are happier.  They get the opportunity  to see their community in an entirely different and positive light.

The Recreation Nova Scotia Bluenose Achievement Award comes after the CBRM Recreation Department's Gary McDonald Memorial Award presented to VCB in 2010 in recognition of an outstanding community project, and the Doctors Nova Scotia Golden Apple Award received in 2011 as a reward for its strategic decisions about promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

I guess it's a testament that we are doing things right!  The "we" includes you all, members, volunteers, supporters, ambassadors and directors of Chapters... the whole shebang!

 

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