Monday, September 27, 2010

Healthy Boundaries Workshop

DATE:  NOVEMBER 19, 2010




TIME: 10:00 TO 11:30 am

Topics for the day include: What are boundaries? Why do we need boundaries? Personal boundary setting. Define your boundaries. Assertiveness. Nice ways to say no.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Halifax Trails in Autumn

Lace up your walking shoes! Join us on the Trails of HRM! Take a walk with new friends as we introduce you to opportunities, based on Michael Haynes’s newest book, Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality, 2nd edition! Check it out at your nearest Library branch.

Sunday September 26 2:30pm Keshen Goodman Library, 330 Lacewood Dr, Halifax and Linear Park/Mainland Common Trail.
Tuesday September 28 2pm Woodlawn Library, 31 Eisner Blvd, Dartmouth and the Portland Estatesand Hills Residents Association (PEHRA) Trail.
Thursday September 30 2pm Old Annapolis Road Trail, Bowater Lands - Meet to car pool at Tantallon Library Parking, Hammonds Plains Rd, Exit 5, #103.
Monday October 4 10am Salt Marsh Trail, Red Barn Parking, Bisset Road (off Cole Harbour Road, Highway 207), Cole Harbour.

Thursday October 7 2pm Bedford-Sackville Connector - Meet at True North Diner parking, Bedford Place Mall, near footbridge, Bedford.
Saturday October 16 2pm First Lake Trail, Lower Sackville - Meet at Sucker Brook Rd, just past #470 Cobequid Rd (Beacon House) in Lower Sackville.
Tuesday October 19 2pm Beechville – Lakeside - Timberlea (BLT) Trail - Meet at the Coke Plant at Lakeside Industrial Park, Lakeside Park Dr, off Highway 3. Nordic walking poles available to try this walking technique.
Saturday October 23 10am Cole Harbour Heritage Trail, Red Barn, Bisset Road (off Cole Harbour Road, Highway 207), Cole Harbour.
Thursday October 28 2pm Shubenacadie Canal Commission - Meet at the Fairbanks Centre, 54 Locks Road off Waverley Road. We will have a 10 min visual introduction to the Waterway before the walk.

Saturday October 30 2pm McIntosh Run - Meet at the Captain Wm. Spry Recreation Centre, off Sussex Drive, off Herring Cove Road.
The trails selected are ‘suitable for almost all fitness levels’; all designated as level 1 by Michael Haynes. Michael, formerly of NS Trails, has revisited the trails, updated information and added 5 new trails. Remember to bring water and a snack, dress for the weather and if bringing your dog, please keep under control at all times! Unless the rain is extremely heavy, we will walk anyway - you decide. Each walk will last an hour or more. Bring a friend along to join in the fun!

For additional information on each trail and meeting place, check or CARP NS , go to Events. For contacts, go to

A special THANK YOU goes out to our VOLUNTEER TRAILS LEADERS; all are active members of the
HRM Trails community and the Halifax Regional Trails Association! Sponsored by Halifax North West Trails Association and Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) NS (Environment Committee) Supported by Nova Scotia Department of Seniors, Positive Aging Fund

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Information Session for brain injury survivors

The Halifax Chapter of BIANS is pleased to present an information session for brain injury survivors and their families.

Services for persons with brain injury: What is available and how to get connected

Date:   Wednesday,October 6, 2010

Time:   7:00 – 9:00 pm

Location:         Royal Bank Theatre, Summer Street Lobby, Level 1, Halifax Infirmary Building, 1796 Summer Street

Guest Speakers:
            Lindsay Dickson, Capital Health - Acquired Brain Injury Navigator
            Brian Tapper, Capital Health – Vocational Counselor
Cyd Lepage and Diane Wanderer, Nova Scotia Government, Community Services, Income Assistance and Employment Support Services

Each speaker will provide a short presentation on programs and services offered and how to connect with services.
A question and answer period will follow all of the presentations.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Downside of High

You are invited to attend ...
"The Downside of High"

A Community Conversation about Cannabis
View Dreamfilm Production’s “The Downside of High” with a facilitated discussion following the film.

Monday, Sept. 27, 10:00-11:30 a.m.


Royal Bank Theatre at the Halifax Infirmary

Refreshments provided!

R.S.V.P. by Thursday Sept. 23 to:

Joan Swinimer, Addiction Prevention and Treatment Services

Phone: (902) 424-2021


Le Groupe MusiArt

Free Concert

Le Groupe MusiArt
“ Creative Ambassadors of Mental Health”

Where: 2786 Agricola St. Halifax, NS
@ the Bloomfield Center in the multipurpose room.

When: Friday, September 24th @ 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm

MusiArt is a creative arts and performance group from the Department of Psychiatry, McGill University Health Centre.  Launched in October 1998 at the Montreal General Hospital, MusiArt is under the direction of Dr Marie-France Boudreault (psychologist) and music therapist Dany Bouchard.
Through the quality of their concerts, members of MusiArt attest to their creative talents and have gained public recognition.  Their work contributes to heighten awareness, unmask misconceptions and demystify issues surrounding mental illness.  In their quest to meet new challenges, MusiArt continues its artistic progression and is currently preparing its second album of original songs.

Hosted by the Mental Health Community Festival of Hope Committee
Please help us welcome Le Groupe MusiArt to Halifax

For more information phone (902) 455-6983 or e-mail

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dad & Me Literacy Program

The Fairview Family Resource Centre Presents Dad & Me Drop-in Program. The Dad & Me program is a literacy based parent/child interaction program. This program is for dads, stepdads, granddads, or uncles only and their children between the ages of 0 to 6 years. There will be a healthy snack and drink available, an art activity, sensory stations, a circle time with songs and stories. This is a great opportunity to meet other dads, stepdads, uncles, grandfathers and their children. The program will be six Saturdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

Where? St Andrews Community Centre, 6955 Bayers Road

Session #1 October 16 Session #2 November 13,

Session #3 December 18 Session #4 January 15

Session #5 February 19 Session #6 March 12

Call 443-9569 for more information

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Eldecare: A Community Responsibility - Panel Discussion

We are experiencing an aging society. With this comes a unique challenge but also unique opportunities. Amongst the challenges is how to address the increasing rate of dementia. In 2008, there were 103,700 new cases of dementia in Canada. By 2038, it is estimated that there will be 257,800 new cases. But aging is not just about dealing with dementia. We need to also think about how we can age in a positive way. We can meet these challenges in innovative ways. These challenges will take all of us stepping up… getting involved. This is your opportunity to discuss the challenges and innovations of aging with an expert panel and thoughtful, concerned citizens like you.


Dr. Ken Rockwood - Geriatric Medicine, Capital Health.

Dr. Kerri-Leigh Cassidy - Geriatric Psychiatry, Capital Health

Irene Swindells – Melville Heights

Benjie Nycum – Architect


Dr. Stan Kutcher.
WHEN: September 21, 2010, at 7:00 pm.

WHERE: St. Theresa’s Church Hall, 6351 North Street, Halifax

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

First Annual Halifax Peninsula Bicycle Screenline Count - Volunteers Needed!

HRM is conducting a "screenline count" to get a better picture of how many people are cycling on the peninsula and they're looking for volunteers to help them out.

The time commitment is no more than 5 hours: 3-6 pm on Monday, September 20th and 7-9am on Tuesday, September 21st.

Contact Hanita Koblents at or 490-8474 if you want to volunteer or have any questions.


-A sample count of all the cyclists passing through a ‘screenline’ on the Halifax peninsula during peak travel times. Counters will be stationed at a number of points along the screenline throughout a single ‘typical’ work day.

-In addition to counting numbers of cyclists, we will also note cyclist behaviours (legal usage of road, traffic violations, traffic avoidance, helmet usage, etc.), gender, and age category.

-To develop a baseline and begin a program to monitor trends in travel (cycling) choices. By understanding if numbers of cyclists are increasing or decreasing, we may be able to gauge the relative success of municipal efforts aimed at improving cycling infrastructure. HRM already collects this data for bicycle trips onto and off-of the peninsula, but is seeking additional data for activity within the peninsula.

-At 16 intersections along Quinpool and Cogswell Streets, a corridor which bisects the peninsula with largely residential uses to the north, and large employment centres to the south (downtown Halifax, hospitals, universities).

-A half hour training session for volunteers will be held on Monday September 20th, 3pm (meet at the bleachers of the ball diamond at the north east corner of Robie and Cogswell, on the Halifax North Common).

-The counts will take place immediately after training on Monday September 20, 2010 from 4 - 6pm and again on Tuesday September 21 from 7 - 9 am, weather permitting.

-Results of the count will be published on September 22, 2010 - World Car Free Day, and during the TAC Conference September 24 - 29 to be held in Halifax this year.

-In the event of rain or bad weather the count will be called off by noon on Monday September 20th, and rain dates of Thursday September 23 (3pm training, 4-6pm count) and Friday September 24 (7-9am count)

-16 volunteers to count bicycles, and one runner.

-Volunteers need to be available for the training session as well as for both count days, or “buddied-up” in am/pm pairs, and also need to be available on the rain date.

Contact Hanita Koblents at or 490-8474 if you want to volunteer or have any questions

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Self Help Connection - Peer Support Group

Do you suffer from depression?

We welcome all perspectives and offer:
› Confidentiality
› Listening and Sharing
› Understanding
› Not Judging

Some topics we discuss include:
› Coping with Depression
› Managing Stress
› Relaxation
› Medications
› Wellness

We meet every Tuesday (Weather Permitting) from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. (except Holidays).
Bayers Road Centre, Bayers Mental Health
7071 Bayers Road,
Halifax, NS

(Old Zellers Mall, between the doors of FabricVille and Lawton’s Drug Store, take the door between the two, go down the stairs, turn right and we meet in the Serenity Room to the left of the Reception Desk.
Free parking, wheelchair access either on Desmond Street (back door) or thru the main mall doors.

For more information contact:
Roy Muise – 404-7800
The Self-Help Connection – 466-2011