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A great opportunity is being realized for this area with the expansion of a partnership between our local health authority and a medical school.

The Colchester East Hants Health Authority (CEHHA) is set to expand its partnership with the Dalhousie Medical School through a technically advanced classroom and technologies made possible by the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation (CEHHCF).

The foundation has provided $200,000 in funding to help the authority develop a virtual campus classroom for medical education allowing students and residents to remotely participate in Dalhousie Medical School’s technology enabled learning environment within the health centre and their community placement locations.

This educational partnership, made possible by the construction of a state-of-the-art hospital in Truro, will offer increased hands-on learning opportunities and could attract more potential physicians to this area as they become familiar with our local facilities.

Through the commitment of local physicians and the health authority, the district has expanded its role in medical education in recent years, going from hosting less than a dozen students and residents in 2009/10, to nearly 90 this year.

That is a wonderful accomplishment for our local authority and we appreciate the efforts made by the foundation to create this classroom.

 We look forward to learning about more opportunities our new facility has created for this area.

 

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A young woman from Upper Stewiacke is thrilled to be a Miss Teen Canada contender and we congratulate her on earning a place in the competition.

Kylee Graham, 17, is the only young woman from Atlantic Canada to be a contender in the group of 12 selected from across the county. She recently told the Truro Daily News if she wins the title, she will use the experience to promote healthy lives and self-esteem for young women, a cause we feel is very important to recognize.

Some of her other accomplishments include being an honours with distinction student this year at South Colchester Academy, volunteering at the Truro Veterinarian Hospital, reading to children who have mental disabilities and teaching young children how to skate, to name a few. She also plays many sports, is a highland dancer, writes poetry, draws and paints.

We wish Graham great success as she represents this province at the competition from Feb. 27 to March 1.

 

 

Organizations: Colchester East Hants Health Authority, Dalhousie Medical School, Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation Truro Daily News South Colchester Academy Truro Veterinarian Hospital

Geographic location: Truro, Upper Stewiacke, Atlantic Canada

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