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Fundy YMCA appreciative of support for aquatic fitness programs

A lot of gratitude is being expressed to the Annapolis West Health Foundation (AWHF), which has once again has extended generous financial support to the Fundy YMCA WaterART aquatic fitness programs. CONTRIBUTED
A lot of gratitude is being expressed to the Annapolis West Health Foundation (AWHF), which has once again has extended generous financial support to the Fundy YMCA WaterART aquatic fitness programs. CONTRIBUTED - Submitted photo
CORNWALLIS, N.S. —

For a third consecutive year the Annapolis West Health Foundation (AWHF) has extended generous financial support to the Fundy YMCA WaterART aquatic fitness programs. This year’s donation of $35,000.00 was recently presented to Fundy YMCA Manager Sharon MacAlpine by Foundation representatives Jim Gushue and Ross Stanley. 
Stanley described the donation as, “a concrete demonstration of the Foundation’s dedication to support community health and wellness.”
“The Fundy YMCA shares this same value, which is why it’s such a good match for us,” Stanley said. “We recognize the importance of WaterART Fitness programs, especially the Rehabilitation program which is unique to this area of Nova Scotia. Clients that participate in this program are referred to the Fundy YMCA by health professionals, including the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Health Center in Halifax.” 
The AWHF evolved from a board of trustees that was originally established to oversee the needs of the Annapolis General Hospital which opened in 1940. In order to reflect changing community priorities and services, the hospital was renamed the Annapolis Community Health Centre (ACHC) in 1995. Current programs and facilities include the diabetes center, diagnostic imaging, and the collaborative emergency center, laboratory services, physiotherapy, palliative care and a Well Woman Clinic. The ACHC is also one of several locations for the Dalhousie Family Medicine Residency Program which offers medical residents an opportunity to learn about family medicine in a rural family medicine environment. 
“We are a very busy organization,” says Stanley, “and we are always looking for new members."
Financial donations from the AWHF over the past three years have totaled $110,000.00 in support of the YMCA WaterART programs. 
MacAlpine confirms that the AWHF donation is a much-appreciated show of support. 
“Our overall success is largely a result of our connections with many community groups, businesses, schools and municipal government. The Annapolis West Health Foundation donation covers a substantial portion of our WaterART program expenses. The Foundation has been a generous donator to the Fundy YMCA, which is located in Cornwallis, since the beginning. Our WaterART instructors Judy Trimper and Valerie Wilson are extremely popular with our members– their classes are usually full Monday through Friday. Some of our members have been taking WaterART classes since we opened our doors in August 2012. Our most senior Water Arthritis client is 90-years-old and we are always welcoming new members to these classes. In 2018 we logged 2,970 WaterART member visits. 
According to MacAlpine, the WaterART Rehabilitation program is designed to assist specific needs such as pre or post-operative joint replacement, mobility issues, stroke and accident recovery, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and herniated discs. 
YMCA member Joan Ross credits the WaterART Rehabilitation program for her successful recovery with knee joint replacements. 
“After my total right knee replacement in October 2017 I felt that my rehabilitation progress was painfully slow...double meaning intended. I constantly had to remind myself that every person’s recovery time varies,” said Ross. “The WaterART Rehab program has really helped me in regaining movement, balance, flexion and confidence in walking. 
Valerie Wilson, Rehabilitation Specialist, outlines a program of exercises fitted to each stage of a person’s rehabilitation. As I became Stronger, the exercises became more strenuous to help me improve and I do thank her for her help, support and ‘pushes’. I ‘graduated’ back to the WaterART Arthritis program several months ago but I still take advantage of the opportunity to focus on my knee recovery in the Rehabilitation class. I am truly grateful for the Fundy YMCA, the WaterART programs and instructors Valerie Wilson and Judy Trimper.” 
The Fundy YMCA offers a wide variety of land and water programs and activities. Program schedules are available online and at the front desk. 

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