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North Grenville Crowned Most Active Community in Canada

July 26, 2021

NORTH GRENVILLE, ON – Earlier today, ParticipACTION announced that the Municipality of North Grenville has been crowned Canada’s most active community as part of the 2021 Community Better Challenge.

 “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured that North Grenville has been selected as Canada’s most active community, having logged a whopping 9.9 million minutes in June,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.

“This initiative was built from the ground up with the leadership of our Health, Wellness and Fitness Committee, it showcased our incredible spirit and brought our community together. We were each other’s greatest champions, as we worked collectively towards a common goal. We are so proud of our community and everyone’s efforts,” added Mayor Peckford.

The Community Better Challenge encouraged all ages and abilities to get active for the month of June. Participants were encouraged to track their minutes on the Participaction App or website. All physical activity minutes counted – whether it was a virtual fitness class, chair yoga, walking the dog, or yard work. All individual and group fitness counted.

“The Challenge provided an opportunity to bring us together.  Despite the COVID pandemic, we found creative ways to connect with each other, try new activities and encourage participation,” added Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman.

“Most importantly, we saw it as a way to collectively have some socially-distanced fun,” emphasized Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman.

According to the ParticipACTION Community Impact Report, North Grenville tracked over 9.9 million minutes during the month of June. Over 2,000 residents participated along with more than 20 organizations who helped get people moving, including all six elementary schools, daycares, fitness studios, and community organizations such as Seniors’ Community Services and Community Living North Grenville.

Initiated by the North Grenville Health, Fitness and Wellness Advisory Committee, the Municipality registered in the ParticipACTION’s Community Better Challenge and encouraged residents to get active for the month of June.

The Municipality of North Grenville ranked number one for the vast majority of the Challenge during the month of June.

“North Grenville maintained its number 1 spot throughout June because of our small-town passion and community connections,” highlighted Tanya Deans, Vice-Chair of the Health, Fitness and Wellness Advisory Committee.

Being named Canada’s most active community also means North Grenville earned the top prize of $100,000.

“This significant prize money will be used to establish more outdoor recreational opportunities in the community.  Options include but are not limited to an outdoor basketball court, a BMX pump track, and/or outdoor exercise equipment for all ages, as well as badly needed improvements to parks North Grenville’s rural hamlets,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.

“We look forward to getting input on how best to invest in the prize money,” added Mayor Peckford.

“Council would like to thank members of the Advisory Committee who led the charge, and all individuals, groups, institutions and businesses who stepped up to help us reach this incredible goal,” added Mayor Peckford.

The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is an annual event that gets Canadians across the country moving together.

For more information on the challenge visit: .

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