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Awards to VCB


The Robert Baille Award recognizes people who are "champions of healthy living in our communities". The selection committee would have been hard-pressed to find a better role model or more energetic advocate than Jacques. Ever humble, Jacques mused thusly: "It's not my thing to blow my own horn for something I don't entirely deserve, but as president of Velo Cape Breton, I accept this as kudos for all the past and present volunteers who have put forth effort for Velo Cape Breton over the past eleven years". Congratulations, Jacques, for all your hard work and inspiration over the years (editor's note: remember that behind every great man is a good woman -- thanks and congratulations to Micheline as well).

Cape Breton Post Article  

The 2012 Bluenose Achievement Award

Last Thursday, October 25th, 2012 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 Kids Bike Expo, Cabot Trail Tour, Lobster Roll Relay, Across the Highlands Challenge, CAN-BIKE courses and the Cycling Ambassadors Program.



That's it. Velo Cape Breton has been selected for the Award and will receive a cheque of $5,000 along with it. Chris Milburn, founding President of VCB received this inaugural Award from the hands of Dr. Jane Brooks, Chair of Doctors NS at a ceremony held last Saturday at the White Point Lodge in Liverpool.



Cape Breton Regional Municipality's Gary MacDonald Memorial Award

Sydney - April 20th, 2010.

The 2010 recipient of CBRM’s Gary McDonald Memorial Award, in recognition of an outstanding community project, was awarded to Velo Cape Breton. This cycling club, established in 2004, is run by volunteers, with approximately 200 members organized in chapters across the island from Cheticamp, Inverness, Baddeck, St. Peters, the Strait Area, Ingonish to North Sydney, Sydney and Glace Bay. It strives to encourage cycling as a recreational pursuit and as a mode of transportation. 

The club’s philosophy is rooted in the belief that communities with a strong cycling culture are healthier, friendlier, cleaner, more inclusive and sustainable. The club is active on two fronts both as a social entity and as a service organization. Each year Velo offers a variety of rides from day excursions to multi-day tours. 

The events, which range from 15 kilometres to over 100 kilometres, offer cyclists an opportunity to ride with others of a similar skill level. The rides often include a social such as a barbeque, lunch at a destination restaurant or garden tours. 

The service aspect of Velo centers on building a cycling culture. The club grew out of the need to lobby for improved cycling infrastructure. Current infrastructure projects include working with the provincial Department of Transportation to improve access to our island across the causeway and lobbying for the implementation of non-motorized trails as part of the Devco Legacy Project. Another arm of the club is the Bicycle Friendly Program, which has 58 businesses across the island as members who accommodate bikes by installing bike racks, offering secure bike storage areas, etc. The Bicycle Friendly Program gives local business access to the cycling tourists and promotes Cape Breton as a destination. 

In addition, Velo organizes a signature mountain biking event which moves from one smaller community to another each year. This event enables these communities to attract over 100 visitors for a weekend visit. 

Velo Cape Breton is a strong community advocate of active, healthy lifestyles, and through its weekly newsletter, the group reaches out to over 700 people regularly. Velo’s support of various events from cycling to walking in various communities throughout CBRM has put healthy, active living as the lifestyle of choice for many CBRM residents.

VCB's Micheline Guillot and Andrée Crépeau receiving the award from
Gary MacDonald's daughter and wife, Alexis and Sharon Macdonald.

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