Aerobics First Vital People Fund
Enhancing the vitality of people through sport, fitness and physical activity
Running a small business is not for the faint of heart. Creating a successful small business that can stand the test of time takes a special team of people whose commitment to the success of the organization and the community it serves is evident in everything they do - from making an extra effort for a client, to replacing a co-worker who is sick and even participating in activities outside the store to strengthen the entire community. These features, shared by the entire team at Aerobics First, have helped the racing, ski and apparel store grow for more than 30 years while serving loyal customers from its facility on Quinpool Street.
In 2011, Luke MacDonald of Aerobics First was awarded the Ubuntu Award by Belega International in recognition of its history of establishing achievements and partnerships at the local, national and global levels that have benefited many communities and created a lasting legacy. In keeping with the spirit of the Ubuntu Award, the Aerobics First Vital People Fund was created to recognize and celebrate excellence in Nova Scotia for people who show a sense of Ubuntu - that is, demonstrate humanity and community - and through their presence, have made a vital impact on their community.
It's the vitality that drives Aerobics First's work as it helps others create and maintain an active, healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. This award recognizes individuals who are also committed to strengthening the vitality and health of others through sport, wellness, physical activity and lifestyle change. Candidates demonstrated leadership and worked diligently to help improve the quality of life for others.
To be eligible for this award, applicants must be residents of Nova Scotia.
The candidate's work must focus on the preventive part of the health continuum - for example, fitness, healthy eating, etc., and their work must have a lasting positive effect on the lives of people in their local community or beyond.
A prize will be awarded each year. The Fund Committee reserves the right to award prizes on a more or less frequent basis.