Monday, March 30, 2009

Invitation to Live Fully

Have you ever wondered if maybe - just maybe - there are other, more powerful ways to live, and to "be" in your life?

Do you ever wake up wondering "is this all there is"?

Do you ever feel that you're not "fully awake" or conscious in your life, that you're on automatic pilot?

Do you have a longing, deep within you, to not only know who you realy are, but who you have the potential to become?

If you answered yes to even one of the questions above, you may wish to enter into the very unique experience of Invitation to Live Fully. Invitation to Live Fully will immerse you in a small group gathering and will engage you in an interactive process, one morning every week, over a six week process.

This invitation will change how you currently see your world, and will enable you to learn about a differing worldview. The experience willchallenge your existing beliefs about what's possible for you as you move through your world, and will open up a whole new way of experiencing life - on a moment to moment basis.

Where: Healthy Minds Cooperative, Village at Bayers Road
When: Begins April 8, 2009 10:00 am to 12 noon
Cost: $10.00
Required reading: Fully Alive from 9-5!
For more information: Irene Skehen, 404-3504
Registration deadline: April 2, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Healthy Minds Workshops at Halifax Public Libraries

Handling Life’s Load: Stress Management Workshop

“Life’s load” can weigh us down. Everyday, there’s this, that and the other thing to do. This can often lead us to feeling rattled, scattered and overwhelmed. There are ways to handle these feelings and other symptoms of stress. Come and talk with us about tips and tricks that can help. We will show how to use them in a way that will work for you.
Thursday, March 26/7 p.m.

Day by Day: Dealing with Loss and Change

This session is an opportunity for seniors to share their stories related to loss and change and talk about strategies they currently use, as well as learn new ones, to cope with change.
Friday, March 27/12 p.m.

Personal Boundaries

What are healthy personal boundaries? While they are different for each of us, we all need to be able to set limits on our time, and to have personal space. We also have the right to have our own feelings, our own thoughts and our own personal beliefs. Healthy personal boundaries help us to know where we need to set limits in our lives. Healthy personal boundaries also help us to be more assertive.
Wednesday, April 8/10:30 a.m.

Dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety comes in many forms and can affect us in different ways. Some level of anxiety is experienced by all people. Sometimes anxiety seems to take over our lives. There are ways to deal with this and achieve better mental health. We will talk about what anxiety is, what its symptoms are and what you can do. Let's talk about how to take control of our lives.
Thursday, April 16/7 p.m.

These workshops are presented by Capital Health, the IWK Health Centre and community partners.

Question #1

In an earlier post, we let you know this blog is a place to share information with each other. We are pleased to let you know about some things going on in our community, and invite you to share your thoughts. To that end, you will see a variety of questions in the coming months and welcome your feedback as part of an ongoing conversation.

So, let's get started!

What affects your health and/or the health of your family?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Go Green: How to build an Earth friendly community!

Community Book Club & Discussion
Saturday, April 4
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Alderney Gate Library

Join Jennifer Watts, HRM District #14 Councillor at NSEN's First Annual Book Club. Read the book and attend the study circle to discuss ways we can make our communities in Nova Scotia more earth friendly. Come to share your ideas about how we can create greener communities. The book can be borrowed from Halifax Public Libraries or purchased from P’lovers Environmental Store, 5657 Spring Garden Road, or Outside the Lines Bookstore on 6297 Quinpool Road.

Draw Prizes. For more information about the book, visit: All welcome. Please RSVP as there are only 60 seats.

For more information, contact: Nova Scotia Environmental Network
Phone: 902-454-6846
Web Site:

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mental Health Advocacy Training Project

Not-for-profit organizations and groups that work on behalf of people with mental disabilities are eligible to apply for funding under the Mental Health Advocacy Training Project. The project goal is to enhance the capacity of Nova Scotian communities to provide individual and systemic advocacy for people with mental illness.

The grant is the outcome of a settlement reached in a complaint by H. Archibald Kaiser against the Executive Council of Nova Scotia in 2002. This is the third phase of funding proposals made available by the Human Rights Commission, and in co-operation with the Disabled Persons Commission.

The total funding available is $30,000. The deadline date for proposals is Friday, March 27. Proposals will be rated based on the criteria outlined in the guidelines. A complete package is available at or by contacting the commission at 1- 877-269-7699 or TTY at 1-866-811-3732.

The Art of Peace: A Camp for Kids

Come and Explore with us this summer!

This summer, Peaceful Schools International (PSI) is hosting the Art ofPeace Summer Camp for 8 - 13 year-olds from July 13 - 17 at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, NS.

This camp will offer children an opportunity tocreatively explore the meaning of peace – within ourselves, in ourcommunities and in the world. Local artists and peace activists will visitand make presentations throughout the week.

Register Now! The registration fee of $100.00 a week includes the camp from9 am to 4 pm as well as snacks. Please bring a bag lunch.If you require extra childcare, it is available from 8 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 5:30 pm at a cost of $30 for the week.

For more information, please contact:

Monday, March 9, 2009

We're recruiting!

The Halifax Peninsula Community Health Board is seeking new volunteer board members interested in creating a healthier

The Board partners with many large and small health and
community organizations to improve the community’s health. We serve residents of Fairview, North End Halifax, Downtown,
Northwest Arm, South End Halifax, and Connaught/Quinpool.

We want our Board to reflect our community, so diversity, gender balance and the age of our members is important to us. We
encourage any interested resident of Halifax peninsula or Fairview to apply. If you have a desire to make your neighbourhoods
healthier, we’d like to hear from you!

For more information call Susan Dunn at 424-5147 or submit a cover letter and resume that outlines your interests and background by Friday April 17, 2009 to:

Halifax Peninsula Community Health Board
3825 Joseph Howe Drive
Halifax, NS B3L 4R6
Fax: 424-5159

Monday, March 2, 2009

Building a Better Web Experience

Friends and Partners,

Capital Health’s vision is to become a world-leading haven for people-centred health, healing and learning. As part of our journey, Capital Health is evaluating our website, and planning improvements to better serve our stakeholders and our communities.

We invite you to spend a few minutes browsing Capital Health’s corporate website at and to share your thoughts with us by completing the following questionnaire, which should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your questionnaire submission is completely confidential.

You can access the survey by clicking the following link:

Please note that survey responses must be submitted by March 5.

Thank you for your participation. We appreciate your investment of time in this important community resource.

Capital Health’s Web Experience Team