Bancroft Seventh Day Adventists offer health classes

The Bancroft Seventh Day Adventist Group is offering health and wellness classes to Bancroft and area residents, one of which was on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. and the other will be offered on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. at 1 Woodview Lane at the residence centre in Bancroft. To register for the second class, call Vallieres at 613-391-1269 or Jane at 613-403-0251. Phyllis Vallieres with the Bancroft Seventh Day Adventist Group comments on these classes to Bancroft This Week.

These health and wellness classes, one of which was on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m., offer advice from Naturopathic Doctor Doneisha Dodd on healthy living in older adults. Rosetta Dodd MSc, certified nutritionist, also made charcuterie boards for attendees at this session. There will be a second class on how to preserve cognitive health on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. also offered at 1 Woodview Lane at the residence centre. Dodd will make blueberry oat bars at this second session for attendees. Recipes for these dishes as well as gifts (for bringing a friend) and door prizes were also given out at these classes. Handouts were given out at the end of the class, including recipes, the Health Magazine from Amazing Facts (explaining the eight Laws of Health), You Turn (a book discussing heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, obesity, alcohol, and tobacco). To register for the second class, call Vallieres at 613-391-1269 or Jane at 613-403-0251.

Dodd introduced what naturopathic medicine is. “It’s research, traditional medicine, natural remedies, and it focuses a lot on the patient. So how can we help you get better? How can we improve your overall health? We focus on your physical health, your mental/emotional health, and your spiritual health as well and use different modalities to do that,” she says.

Dodd spoke from her experience as a Naturopathic Doctor treating clients and her comments and advice on how to live a healthier life as an older adult (65 years of age and older) really seemed to resonate with the attendees, who were very focused on her words and asked a lot of follow-up questions. “My role as a Naturopathic Doctor is to teach my patients a lot of the things I shared with you today. I guide my patients on how to have optimized health. So whether that’s through nutrition, exercise. I do a lot of counselling on nutrition and lifestyle. I do provide evidence-based information. So a lot of herbs and supplements do have research to back them up. So I do share that. And I also provide a safe space for people to talk and ask questions and that’s just a brief idea of what I do,” she says.

Her mother Rosetta made up a plant-based charcuterie board with all-natural foods like grapes, olives, hummus, tomatoes, plant-based cheese, whole grain crackers, blueberries, and nuts, which was appreciated by attendees, as were the natural carob based chocolate cake slices served afterward. For more information or to connect with Doneisha or Rosetta Dodd, go to or email

Vallieres says that part of the Bancroft Seventh Day Adventist Group’s belief is that along with having a spiritual life in God, people need a healthy physical life, and that one can’t even have a clear mind to think higher than their day to day routine until and unless they have a healthy body. “We have been putting on classes relating to health in Bancroft since 2018, and we care about the health and wellness of the people of Bancroft. So many people don’t take care of their health. And the reason is that many don’t even know what really is healthy and what isn’t. We keep up on the latest scientific information and present that. However, we notice that right from the beginning of the Bible in Genesis, 1:29, God gave us the diet that science has been promoting as the healthiest diet to prevent disease and enjoy life [the Mediterranean diet],” she says.

Vallieres recognizes that more than food is involved in health, and that they promote the eight Natural Laws of Health; Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Moderation and Stopping addictive habits, Fresh Air, Rest and Sleep, and Trust in God/a Higher Power. She says that balancing your life with these natural elements that are open to all makes for health and happiness.

As to how Doneisha and Rosetta Dodd came to present at these classes, Vallieres says she attended a health clinic in Madoc that the Dodds were speaking at, and saw people being helped in many ways. “I said that we need them to come to Bancroft and help our people here. I’m always looking for ways to reach out to our people in Bancroft,” she says. “There are a lot of sick people here and not so much health care sometimes.”

Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times