Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Community Research Opportunity

Dr. Jeff Karabanow’s graduate research class in the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University is seeking any Research Interests from community organizations that could be translated into small research projects that would be conducted or assisted with by social work graduate students.

The research would normally take place between January and June 2010.If your organization is interested in providing a student with a research project, please complete the following form and email to Dr. Jeff Karabanow at or fax to (902) 494 6709 by September 21, 2009.

Completed applications will be reviewed by students who will select those projects which interest them. Please note that the organization will be responsible for overseeing the student, with research support from Dr. Jeff Karabanow. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Jeff Karabanow at (902) 494-1193.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Coordinator Organizational Ethics

Are you looking for a unique volunteer opportunity in health care?

Capital Health Ethics Support is seeking a qualified volunteer to fulfill the coordinator role for its Organizational Ethics component.

Ethics is about the ways in which we do and should treat each other, and involves a systematic exploration of our values and actions.

Working at the organizational level, this volunteer role provides the opportunity to:
• facilitate discussion about values in decision-making across the district, and
• engage in the ethics aspects of challenging issues faced by Capital Health

We are seeking applications from individuals with a mix of the following skills and experience:

• ethics training and experience
• facilitation and leadership abilities
• knowledge of health care

The time commitment is about a day or two a month. A small stipend is provided. This role offers the opportunity to join a team of people committed to making a positive difference at Capital Health.

For more information or an application form, please contact Kim Ambrose @ 473-1564 or

Applications will be accepted until: Monday, September 14, 2009.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Healing Hands Mental Health Association: Free Public Workshops

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2009
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Place: Bloomfield Centre, 2786 Agricola Street (Multipurpose Room and Seniors' Lounge)

Healing Hands Mental Health Association is pleased to present a free, one day conference on a variety of mental health and other health related issues.

Topics include:
  • Compassionate Yoga and Mental Health with Satpal (Polly) Kaur Sodhi
  • Youth Mental Health-What is it? What should we be doing? with Dr. Stan Kutcher
  • Communication and Conflict Resolution Skills with Jason Roth OR
  • Technology/Speech Recognition and Its Importance in Classroom Learning for Students with Disabilities with Dr. David Leitch
  • Early Intervention for Youth with Psychotic Illness with Dr. Sabina Abidi OR
  • New Theraputic Approached to the Treatment of Heart Disease with Dr. Kishore Pasumarthi

Please register by sending an e-mail to In your email please include your name, which of the afternoon sessions you would like to attend and if you plan to share in the complimentary pizza lunch, your preference for veg or non-veg pizza. You may also register by phoning 479-4656 and leaving a message with your information.

For additional information, call 443-3269.

Cash donations for Feed Nova Scotia will be gratefully received on the day of the conference.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

safeTALK Training


Learn four basic steps to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them with suicide helping resources. This three-hour training can help you make a difference.

Why come to safeTALK?
Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided—leaving people more alone and at greater risk. safeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care.

Who should attend safeTALK?
safeTALK is for everyone who wants to help prevent suicide: front line workers, clergy, volunteers, parents, youth*, teachers, law enforcement, … anyone who wants to be a suicide alert helper.

How can I get safeTALK training?
To register for a safeTALK training in your area, contact the organizer below.

safeTALK is brief, affordable and internationally recognized.
*safeTALK is for anyone age 15 and older. Younger persons may attend with the consent of parents or guardian.

There will be two courses held at the Bloomfield Center, 2786 Agricola St., Halifax, on the Saturday the 17th of October and Sunday the 18th of October from 1 to 4 pm
The cost of this course is $30.

Your facilitator will be Keith Brumwell a registered trainer with Livingworks and a Master Trainer who has facilitated over 40 ASIST Courses(Suicide Intervention Courses) and is also a safeTALK trainer. Keith works with the mentally ill and has extensive experience in suicide intervention and working with persons at risk for suicide.

Spaces are limited on each course

This is an excellent course and is a life skill anyone can use.

If you are interested please send your name, phone number and e-mail and a cheque for $30. payable to Keith Brumwell and mail to:

Keith Brumwell,
31 Landrace Cresent,
Dartmouth, N.S.,
B2W 2P8

Once your cheque and information is received you will receive a confirmation by email or will be phoned.
If you require further information please call 1-902-462-8484
You may also get further information on safeTALK by visiting the following website;

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Group Crisis Intervention Training

Family Service is pleased to offer a certificate course CIS-M Training, Group Crisis Intervention with Wayne Maxwell on September 10th and 11th 2009. This is the only CIS-M Training to be held in HRM this year. The course will be held at the Lord Nelson Hotel, conveniently located at 1515 South Park Street, off Spring Garden Road. Course content will include:

· Day 1 introductory remarks on the Critical Incident Stress Management in Group Crisis Intervention, introduction of program participants with an overview of professional representation, an outline of course objectives, special considerations and cautions, key terms and concepts, common psychological and behavioral reactions to critical incidents and trauma, strategic planning and the introduction of key concepts for group interventions, large group interventions, the demobilizations and large crisis management briefings.

· Day 2 will include an introduction to small group interventions: defusing, debriefing, crisis management briefings in small groups, small group practice exercises, CISD, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, CISD Practice and wrap up. The methods of presentation used will include presentations, group discussions, question and answer, both small and large group interactions, videos, role plays, scenarios, handouts and the participant manual. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of the course.

All breaks and lunches included in Registration price. Registration prior to September 4th will be $235.00, after that date $250.00 for further information, please contact Alice Ellis at Family Service.

(902) 420-1980
(888) 886-5552 (Toll Free)
(902) 423-9830 (fax)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Energy Efficiency Program

Do you live on a low-income?
Are you a homeowner?
Do you heat your home with electricity?

If so, you may be eligible for Free Insulation and other Energy Efficiency upgrades to your home to help reduce your electricity use.

Please call 1-877-434-2136 for further information or email

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

CREATIVE START: Open Studio Program

The CREATIVE START OPEN STUDIO PROGRAM is designed for youth, 17 to 21 years of age with disabilities and related challenges so they can explore different types of art making such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic story- telling, zines, and more.

Through the CREATIVE START OPEN STUDIO PROGRAM the youth participants will decide what kind of art they want to explore and we will support the youth with one - on - one support and provide art supplies. There is no cost for this program and there is a limit of ten participants.

Dates: Friday September 11th to Friday November 13th, 2009
Times: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: 3115 Veith Street, Veith House Boardroom, Halifax

For information about this program and how to register you can contact Gerard McNeil
by phone at 456 – 0861 or by e-mail at

This program has been made possible through a grant provided by the Halifax Community Health Board.

For more information about the programs and services of Veith Street Gallery Studio Association
visit our web site

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bust a Move!

Last year at this time, the QEII and IWK Foundations were busy preparing for the Weekend to End Breast Cancer. The Weekend was the first event the Foundations partnered on to raise money for enhancing all aspects of breast cancer care. The goal is to ensure all women in Nova Scotia have access to world leading breast health services – things like leading digital imaging equipment and integrated systems that will make the journey through breast cancer easier on the 700 women who have to endure it each year.

Funds raised last year went to improving access to community resources for patients and their families and put a large dent in the money needed to purchase new digital mammography equipment. After much anticipation, we are thrilled to announce our plan for raising the rest of the money to purchase this critical, life saving equipment that women in Nova Scotia so desperately need…

We want you to join us as we Bust a Move For Breast Health on Saturday, January 30th! Bust a Move will be a very special fitness extravaganza guaranteed to challenge the body and uplift the spirit! Six hours of aerobic activities, special guests, fabulous prizes, and the opportunity to set two Guinness World Records (a Nova Scotia first!) will combine to create an experience unlike any other. The Halifax Metro Centre will come alive with the energy of up to 1,000 participants and hundreds of volunteers!

Bust a Move is the first fundraising event of its kind in Canada and an exciting opportunity to once again unite in support of breast health. There are many ways you can help make Bust a Move a success, such as:
1. Visiting to sign up as a participant or volunteer.
2. Spreading the word about Bust a Move to anyone you interact with, including your family members, friends, patients and neighbours.
3. Contacting the Bust a Move team at with suggestions about how to reach our target of 1,000 registered participants.
4. Making a donation, either in support of someone you know who will be participating on January 30th or as a general contribution. You can do so by visiting and clicking the “General Donation” button.

Whether you take one or all of these steps, we sincerely hope you will choose to be part of this unique, home grown and record-setting event.

With sincere thanks,

Bill Bean Robbie Shaw
CEO, QEII Foundation CEO, IWK Health Centre Foundation

Community Garden Summit


Wednesday, September 2 7:00-9:00pm
Women's Council House, 989 Young Ave, Halifax

Come to discuss how community and school garden enthusiasts can work with
governments to get people gardening. Find out about school gardening. Take a
tour of the Gorsebrook Community Garden and enjoy garden hors d'oeuvre.
Organized by the Nova Scotia Environmental Network-Community Garden Caucus
and the Ecology Action Centre's Urban Garden Project. Free. All Welcome.

For more information: or call 454-6846.
Find out more about the EAC's Garden Project visit: and email:

Community Garden Roundtable


Wednesday, August 19 7:00-9:00pm
Ecology Action Centre, 2705 Fern Lane, Halifax

Come to hear from community garden leaders and share your ideas on how we can grow a more flourishing community gardening culture in our city and our province. Tour the Community Garden at the Bloomfield Centre. Enjoy some garden hors d'oeuvre. Organized by the Nova Scotia Environmental Network-Community Garden Caucus and the Ecology Action Centre's Urban Garden Project. Free. All Welcome.

For more information: or call 454-6846.
Find out more about the EAC's Garden Project visit: and email: