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Colchester receives funding to train volunteers in doctor recruitment support

Brennan Gillis, left, CEO of the Truro and Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity, and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey got together in Truro for an announcement on funding for community-led initiatives around doctor recruitment.
Brennan Gillis, left, CEO of the Truro and Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity, and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey got together in Truro for an announcement on funding for community-led initiatives around doctor recruitment. - Lynn Curwin
TRURO, N.S. —

Having a crew of volunteers trained and ready to help when doctors are checking out Colchester County is something Brennan Gillis wants to see.

Gillis, who is CEO of the Truro and Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity believes funding announced this week will help with that. The partnership is receiving $25,000 through the new Healthy Communities Stream to support plans to train volunteers to welcome doctors and their families to the community.

“People aren’t just coming for a job, they’re coming for family and community,” said Gillis. “So that they’ll stay, the partner and children of the doctor need to see themselves here as well.

“Doctors like to see the community really cares, and volunteers can make them feel welcome.”

Nova Scotia Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey, who was in Truro for the announcement, said the funding allows organizations to showcase their own communities.

“It’s community-driven, and who knows about the community better than the people here on the ground? It’s about partnership and connecting at the grassroots level.”

Gillis said the funding will help with coordination and educate volunteers about the health-care system and what recruiters are doing. Some of it could go toward printing costs or the purchase of materials.

The province launched the $200,000 Healthy Communities Stream in August, for initiatives to complement recruitment efforts by the Nova Scotia Health Authority and government. Announcements on amounts being provided to other areas will be made during the next few days and applications for the second round close Dec. 1. The maximum amount of funding available is $25,000.

“In each area that receives this support, it will look a little different,” said Delorey. “People will customize things and it will allow them to go to the next level.

“We’re competing in a global market. We’re focused on bringing new doctors in, but not poaching from another part of the province. It’s about working together.”

Gillis hopes knowing training will be provided will attract more volunteers.

“It’s important to align the right people with visiting families,” he said. “We have some volunteers, but we need more.  We’re going to get more calls about doctors considering this area and we want to have an established team ready when that happens.”

       

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