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Company of Angels Reaches Out to Annapolis West Health Foundation

Society of the Company of Angels Dance Projects (SOCOA) dropped by the Community Health Centre on November 3 to present a cheque to the Annapolis West Health Foundation (AWHF). The $250 donation came from a portion of the ticket sales from this summer’s performances of LIGHTED ROOMS, by Company of Angels.

“Because one of SOCOA’s goals is to celebrate and support active lifestyles for seniors, we felt that making a donation to an organization that contributes so much to that quality of life was something we wanted to do,” said Board Chair Grace Butland.

AWHF Board Chair Robert Tumilty, on hand to accept the cheque, was pleased that another local group chose to publically recognize the work that the Foundation does in the Annapolis West region. “I think that both of our organizations are examples of how effort and commitment by a few can have a significant impact on the quality of life of many,” he said.

Established in 1992, AWHF plays a major role in supporting several medical and community support services for people living in the Annapolis West area. This includes:

  • The Equipment Funding Program to support capital purchases and programs at the Annapolis Community Health Centre in Annapolis Royal and Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville.
  • The Education Program to support Annapolis West Education Centre graduates continuing their post secondary education in the health field.
  • The Palliative Care Program – which has furnished Palliative Care rooms and provides financial assistance to support staffing to provide compassionate end of life care.
  • The Van Transportation Program, which, with the Trans County Transportation Society assures affordable transportation to medical appointments, is provided for area residents.
  • The YMCA Program which AWHF supports to provide programs to improve the health and well being of residents of all ages.

LIGHTED ROOMS is an initiative of SOCOA, which also presents Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal (FODAR). The organization also recently sponsored two Brain Dance workshops, which taught a movement technique shown to reorganize the neurological system; increase blood and oxygen flow to the respiratory system and brain; enhance core support, connectivity and alignment; and deepen understanding of the elements of dance technique.

LIGHTED ROOMS ran to sold-out audiences from July 27 through August 4, 2016 at the Granville Ferry Community Hall and the Rebekah Music Hall in Bear River. The production blends the personal stories of Company of Angels performers with dance choreographed by Company Artistic Director Randy Glynn. The production was a hit with audiences and media including a review in The Dance Current: “Over the course of the evening, Lighted Rooms asks us to take control of our fears and explode the negative stereotypes and culturally established narratives around aging. The cast inspires us to create our own present as full of grace, courage and humour as the present moments they have created onstage.”

Both AWHF and SOCOA will be busy over the next year. AWHF will be redesigning and updating its website as well as actively recruiting community residents to become involved with the Foundation. “We need people who share our vision of accessible health care for their community, and who want to help us work to support good health in our community and ensure the viability of sustainable health care in the region,” said Mr. Tumilty.

SOCOA’s calendar is also full. Work is already underway on FODAR 2017 and expanding community outreach programs, which will include a Lighting Workshop for community theatres. Mrs. Butland who, in addition to her position as SOCOA Chair, is also a member of Company of Angels and a performer in LIGHTED ROOMS, predicts that the production will be back on-stage in 2017. “I’m happy to report that the show will be part of FODAR 2017,” she said. “We had such an overwhelming response from people who saw the show that we felt we should make it accessible to a larger audience. One reaction in particular, posted in our comments book, stays in my mind. It said ‘I didn’t realize how badly I needed this’. That tells us we’re making a difference.”

More information on Company of Angels can be found:

on Facebook: @dancinginthethirdact

on Twitter: @Ditta_Angels

More information on the Annapolis West Health Foundation can be found at: annapoliswesthealthfoundation.com/