Nicole Cooke, councillor for the Town of Sexsmith, is this year’s recipient of the Community Wellness Leadership Award from Alberta Recreation and Parks Association’s (ARPA’s) Communities ChooseWell Program.
Nicole is a strong advocate for community wellness and was instrumental in establishing the Sexsmith Wellness Coalition and the Youth Advisory Council. Nicole sits on a number of local committees including the Wellness Coalition, the Sustainability Committee, and the Walking Trail Committee, and often volunteers her time assisting with local wellness programs. Through her work with the Sustainability Committee, Nicole helped add a green park space to the community, and helped grow and enhance Sexsmith’s walking trails and sidewalks, making the Town a more walkable place for its residents. Nicole was presented with her award at ARPA’s Annual Conference and Energize Workshop in Lake Louise this October.
Nominations for the Community Wellness Leadership Award open annually in June. To learn more about the award, please visit ARPA’s recognition website. To learn about the work of past award recipients, check out the Communities ChooseWell website.
The ChooseWell program recognizes the efforts of elected community leaders who champion and support community wellness, with a focus on fostering healthy eating and active living. The award helps to highlight the role elected leaders can play in supporting local wellness initiatives and advancing wellness as a community priority. It also acts as a reminder for local government leaders that they can be role models for healthy living and champions for healthy public policies.
For more resources on supporting community wellness and creating healthy public policy, please visit these websites: