submitted by Jill Sturdy, Municipality of NG
On July 25, ParticipACTION announced that the Municipality of North Grenville has been crowned Ontario’s Most Active Community as part of the 2023 Community Challenge. This is the second year in a row that North Grenville has won the provincial title, following being crowned as Canada’s most active community in 2021.
“We are absolutely thrilled that North Grenville has once again been selected as Ontario’s most active community,” highlighted Mayor Nancy Peckford. “Council would like to thank North Grenville’s staff, members of the Health, Wellness and Fitness Advisory Committee as well as all of the individuals, groups, families, sports and fitness groups, and organizations who stepped up to help us once again reach this incredible goal.”
“Not only does this initiative showcase the community’s incredible spirit, but it’s also a fun way to be active together and build new connections,” added Councillor Doreen O’Sullivan.
The annual Community Challenge encourages municipalities to compete for the provincial and national Most Active titles by tracking all active minutes for the month of June. Participants track their physical activity minutes on the Participaction App or website.
According to the ParticipACTION Community Impact Report, North Grenville tracked over 6.6 million minutes during the month of June. Over 1,000 residents participated along with more than 20 organizations who helped get people moving, including elementary schools, daycares, fitness studios, and community organizations such as Seniors’ Community Services and Kemptville Youth Centre.
Being named Ontario’s most active community also means North Grenville earns $7,500 in prize money.
“This prize money will build on the significant funding received over the last two years which has helped North Grenville to establish more outdoor recreational opportunities in the community,” said Mayor Peckford. “We look forward to working with the community on the best route forward for these dollars.”
The ParticipACTION Community Challenge is an annual event that gets Canadians across the country moving together. For more information visit: www.participaction.com/en-ca/programs/community-challenge