Wellness is everyone’s business

Dave Mathieson webcomments@ngnews.ca
Published on April 5, 2013
Many people took part in the wellness event Wednesday night at NSCC in Amherst, with all proceeds raised going to the Andrea Lynn Thompson Paramedic Bursary. Participants included: paramedics Reg Wilson (front, left) and Dale Langille, (back, from left) Andrea Lynn Thompson’s father, Carson Thompson, NSCC of Business student event coordinator Jennifer Gould, Andrea’s mother, Dawn Thompson, and NSCC School of Business student event coordinators, Breanne Murphy, Brenda Creelman and Monica Weatherbee.
Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST – Health and wellness was recently on the agenda for Nova Scotia Community College School of Business at the NSCC Cumberland Campus Learning Centre in Amherst.

The business students hosted the wellness event as part of their course work, with all proceeds raised going to the Andrea Lynn Thompson Paramedic Bursary.

Thompson, who is from Amherst, trained as a paramedic in Halifax.

She became an advanced air-flight paramedic and was working in Dryden, Ontario in 2005 when she passed away suddenly while answering a flight call. She was 26-years-old

“Andrea loved her family and friends, and she followed her dreams even though they took her away from everything familiar,” said her mom Dawn Thompson.

The Thompson’s have provided six bursaries of $1,000 to paramedics students since Andrea’s passing.

“Andrea was a giving person, so that’s why we established the bursary in her name,” said her mom.

The wellness event featured Zumba by Angela Muise, six local businesses, and a ‘Numbers 2 Know’ circuit whereby people could get various health levels checked, including blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, and waist circumference.

Second year School of Business student Jennifer Gould said organizing and hosting the event was an ‘amazing experience.’

“We started in February and there was a lot more involved than I thought,” said Gould.

The event allowed the students to used many of the skill sets they’ve learned over the last two years, including communication, budgeting and management.

Thompson thanked everybody who took part in the event in Andrea’s memory and helped raise funds for the bursary.