By Mark Squibb / July 21, 2023
Conception Bay South and Paradise have both been named Top 50 finalists in the 2023 ParticipACTION Community Challenge, with Conception Bay South earning the most points.
“We finished first in Newfoundland and Labrador for most points achieved,” said councilor Shelly Moores during the Conception Bay South public council meeting last week.
Communities accumulated ‘points’ when residents downloaded a special app and tracked their active minutes through the month of June.
Top 50 finalists must submit a report on why their community should be chosen as the most active in Canada, and the community selected will receive $100,000.
Questions that municipalities will have to answer in their submissions include, ‘What did you do to reduce barriers to participation in physical activity and sport among people that experience health inequity in your community?’ and ‘How could you use the prize money to increase opportunities for physical activity and sport in your community and address one or more challenges that your community is facing?’
The top-ranking community from each province will receive either $15,000 or $7,000 based on their province’s funding commitment. Conception Bay South is set to win $15,000 as the highest scoring community in Newfoundland.
Along with Paradise and Conception Bay South, Lourdes and St. John’s were both named as finalists.
The national winner will be announced by July 26.