The Elaine Arsenault Fund is available to available to people living with severe and persistent mental illness to pay registration fees to participate in adult social, recreational or educational activities. This funding helps to combat the isolation and stigma felt by many mental health consumers. Good physical health increases the potential for good mental health.
Elaine Arsenault was an adult mental health support worker for many years at Annapolis Valley Health, and a dedicated CMHA-Kings Board member. This fund was set up in her memory, and is funded by community donations.
Examples of previous funding grants have included yearly gym passes, registration in sports leagues, and classes in computers, creative writing, cooking, yoga and drama.
The EAF Committee meets during the third week of each month to consider applications received.
The EAF Committee is composed of one CMHA staff representative and two members of the community, and follows the Elaine Arsenault Fund Committee Terms of Reference, reporting to the Board of Directors of CMHA-Kings.