Wednesday, September 30, 2009

October is International Walk to School Month

October is International Walk to School Month! Schools and groups can register online at (click on the IWALK icon) and qualify for some great prize draws.

Walk to School Month is a project of Active & Safe Routes to School, coordinated by the Ecology Action Center in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection as part of the Active Kids Healthy Kids Initiative.

Change Your Mind

Change Your Mind - A mental health event for everyone! 1 in 5 will suffer from a mental illness at some time in their lives. Enjoy this free, all ages anti stigma event of music, spoken word and comedy.

Saturday October 17, 2009
2:00 to 5:00 pm
Stayner's Wharf, next to Perks on the Halifax Waterfront

For more information: call 492-1800.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Imperative of Lifelong Learning

Building a vibrant community is our fundamental goal, and lifelong learning is imperative in reaching this goal.

Consequently, how can universities, colleges, businesses, governments, and social sectors collectively support learning through life? How can we pool our knowledge and resources to support, promote and advance opportunities for learning? Are there changes that we need to make to better contribute toward building a culture of investing in people through life long learning? What is the essential role of life long learning in a vibrant community?

Panellists Ray Ivany, Fred Morley and Catherine Woodman will challenge us to look at these questions and take a critical look at how we are addressing the learning needs in our community presently and for the future.

When: Monday, October 26 2009 from 8:30 am to Noon
Where: Westin Hotel, Hollis Street, Halifax
Cost: $38 (tax included)

To register: Please go to and complete the registration form.
For more information, contact MCCE at or 461-2554

Friday, September 25, 2009

Help Fight Cancer with Atlantic Path

We are at the beginning of our journey. To date, approximately 2500 people like yourself have stepped forward to lend a hand, and a few toenails. We now need another 28,000 Atlantic Canadians to take part.

We’re hoping you can help. Your friends, neighbours and family members are the people we need to reach, and we’re hoping we may reach them through you. We would be grateful if you would let them know about the work the Atlantic Path is doing today for our children, and their children, tomorrow.

As you know, the information obtained through this landmark study will provide important information to help researchers identify the causes of cancer and other diseases and, in turn, develop better detection, treatment and prevention methods.
I would be pleased to answer any questions you might have – or those you speak with, on our behalf. It is through your commitment that together we will understand more about disease and how to prevent it.

Dr. Louise ParkerPrincipal Investigator

Visit for more information or to register.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Our Health - the results are in!

In a recent survey of 2800 people in the Capital Health district we learned that:

- Most of us don't get enough exercise and many are overweight
- Most of us have a chronic disease and many have trouble accessing health services
- Work stress us out

…but that's not all we heard! Come learn more and join our Community Conversations about Our Health. We need your help to decide which health issues should be priorities for the coming years.

What: Halifax Community Conversation
When: Monday, October 5
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Our Lady of Lebanon Church
3844 Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax

For more information, or to RSVP, call the Halifax Community Health Board: (902) 424-3678

Habitat for Humanity - Information Session

Are you..
• a low-income family?
• living in substandard housing conditions?
• willing to volunteer?

Habitat for Humanity HRM is an affordable home partnership program for families in need. If you would like to know more or know someone who might be interested, we would like
to INVITE you to attend our information session.

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Captain William Spry Community Centre
10 Kidston Road, Spryfield, NS

Prior to attending, please fill out the “Should I Apply?” worksheet form which is available on our web-site ( under the families section. Please bring the form with you so that members of our family selection committee can help you complete it.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Women's Employment Program

The LAUNCH program meets the needs of the young women it serves by incorporating principles of youth engagement, inclusion, and popular education into the programming model. Throughout the program young women are provided a safe space to self-discover talents and explore interests in a holistic, nurturing, and supportive environment.

The YWCA’s LAUNCH Program provides young women ages 18-30, who are current recipients of social assistance or who are unemployed or under employed, with the opportunity to participate in a unique educational approach that is driven by and for them — centered on their unique needs and issues.

YWCA Halifax’s LAUNCH Internship Program includes 6 weeks of Life Skills and employment readiness training and 25 weeks of internship work placement.

Life Skills and Employment Readiness Training
Duration: 6 Weeks
Location: YWCA Halifax, 1233 Barrington Street
Compensation: Minimum wage for 6 weeks of 30 hours per week.

During the 6 weeks of Life Skills and Employment Readiness Training participants will develop the skills, aptitudes, and attitudes needed to actively participate in today’s workforce. The 6 weeks of training includes but is not limited to the following content:
· Portfolio Development
· Financial Literacy
· Microsoft Office Proficiency
· Communication and Conflict Management
· Leadership, Management, and Teamwork
· Employment & Education: Goals and Opportunities

Internship Work Placement
Duration: 25 Weeks
Location: YWCA Halifax & at Internship Organizations
Compensation: Minimum wage for 25 weeks of 30 hours per week.

Interns work with a YWCA partner organization to complete this portion of the LAUNCH program. Interns are given clear guidance to their role within the organization and the expectations of the organization. The intern’s work is related directly to the terms of reference for the placement created by them and their supervisor. This serves as a reporting tool for the placement supervisor, the intern and the LAUNCH Program Coordinator. During the work placement, interns have the opportunity to take part in professional development workshops at least once month and are required to meet with the LAUCNH coordinator for 1 hour per week.

For more information please contact:
Chantal Brushett, BAA MA
Employability & Life Skill’s Manager
YWCA Halifax – A Turning Point for Women
1233 Barrington Street, HFX NS B3J 1Y2
Tel: 902-423-6162 Ext. 256
Fax: 902-423-7761

Capital Health’s Annual Business Meeting – September 30

Please join Capital Health’s Board of Directors on September 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Alderney Landing Theatre (2 Ochterloney Drive, Dartmouth) for Capital Health’s Annual Business Meeting to mark the district’s progress in 2008-09.

Immediately following the meeting, Capital Health is hosting a public panel discussion about community preparedness for H1N1. Panelists from Capital Health, the IWK Health Centre, Halifax Regional Municipality, Halifax Regional School Board, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and the St. Leonard’s Society will talk about what is happening in our community to prepare for the H1N1 pandemic.

6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Reception, featuring the Capital Health Choir led by CEO Chris Power
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Annual Business Meeting
7:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. - H1N1 Panel Discussion

There is free parking beside Alderney Landing.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Free Volunteer Workshops

HRM Volunteer Services is offering a series of volunteer workshops this fall. The workshops are intended for volunteers and are free.

Volunteer Trends: Learn about trends in volunteerism and how successful organizations are changing the way they operate to recruit and retain volunteers. 10:00am – 12:00 pm Oct 15 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

Understanding Your Personality Type: Learn to embrace difference, while attempting to understand our own feelings and emotions. Differences reflect preferences people have for the way they process information, make decisions, organize their workspace, or socialize
with others instead of judging. This session will provide tools to support you in working productively with others. 10:00am 12:00 pm Oct 22 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

Effective Boards: How to make your board more effective in managing your organization. Learn your role, what to focus on, how to deal with staff and how to know if the board is doing a good job. Learn to keep meetings productive including: agendas, decision making, role of the Chair, etc 6:30pm – 8:30pm Oct 28 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

The Executive Committee: Who makes up an Executive and what are their individual roles and responsibilities? What should be included in the orientation for new members? What information should every member of the Executive have at their finger tips? 1:00pm – 3:00pm Nov 2 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

Asset Mapping Community: Asset Mapping is a process that addresses issues and challenges through the exploration, identification, and the connection of assets that are in every community and individual. Learn how to use this tool to mobilize your community. 6:30pm – 8:30pm Nov 9 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

Effective Meetings: Are you a volunteer and want to increase your skills to better lead or work with your group? Avoid those dreaded meetings that don’t seem to go anywhere. Learn some tools and techniques to get organized, get things under control, and get things accomplished. 6:30pm 8:30pm Nov 12 Musquodoboit Library, Musqodoboit Harbour

Welcoming Newcomers: Many organizations experience difficulty in attracting and retaining volunteers of diverse cultural backgrounds and may feel challenged by different cultural concepts of volunteering. Together, we will look at ways which will assist you in attracting new
Canadians to join your programs or organizations. 10:00am 12:00pm Nov 19 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

Developing Outdoor Facilities: Does your community want to build a playground, skate park, Basketball court, trail or other outdoor facilities? This workshop will provide you with an understanding of the municipal processes for developing outdoor facilities and examine
how to get community support, project planning, asset mapping, and partnerships. 6:30pm – 8:30pm Nov 25 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

Step Up Up Leadership: This course was designed by volunteers for volunteers looking for training in personal and skill development. This is a 10 week program which covers topics like personality type, group dynamics, how to form organizations, effective meetings, etc.
6:30pm – 9:00pm Sept 21 North Woodside Community Centre, Dartmouth
6:30pm – 9:00pm Sept 22 LWF Firehall, Fall River
6:30pm – 9:00pm Sept 24 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

To register, call 490‐4309 or email

Need to Know

NEED TO KNOW - news for partners and friends of Addiction Prevention and Treatment Services - SEPTEMBER 2009

How are we doing? Help us improve our services and enhance our communication with you! Please take our Service Provider/Partner Survey for a chance to win a Tim Horton's gift card. It will only take a few minutes of your time. Please go to the APTS website to complete our survey. Click this link now:

What is Withdrawal Management? Why don't we call it "Detox" anymore? Withdrawing from alcohol or drug use isn’t as easy as saying, “I quit.” The withdrawal process is extremely complex. Getting the substance out of one’s system — a process known as “detoxification” — is just the beginning. APTS has been helping clients through the process of withdrawal for decades now. Read the complete story, "What is Withdrawal Management," by following this link:

Navigating concurrent disorders: The road to recovery in any illness can be daunting, but this is especially true when health concerns cross over traditional boundaries or treatment areas. For instance, people with concurrent disorders – individuals who have been diagnosed with both a mental health concern and an addiction – frequently face confusing treatment options. Read a story about how Capital Health's APTS and Mental Health Services are working together to help clients with concurrent disorders. Click this link:

Meeting the unique needs of women in recovery: Matrix Women’s Treatment Services helps women affirm their strengths, make healthy lifestyle changes, develop positive relationships and explore issues related to substance use and/or gambling. “I was at my lowest low and decided to reach out for help. The intensity of the work [within the Matrix program] gave me a new awareness with the will and desire to go on with my life,” said one recent client. To learn more about Matrix, please contact Jane Stephen (425-1369) or Kim Bernard (424-7200) or email us at for a copy of our new Matrix brochure.

Do you Twitter? We do! Follow us for all the latest news. Go to
APTS Tobacco Intervention Program offers crucial support: “Through APTS, you are not left to your own devices when quitting smoking. You build a support network. You get the education. There is follow-up. Free Nicotine Replacement Therapies are offered. Staff are available to talk to you.”
- Louise Gorman, former participant, APTS Tobacco Intervention Program
Join our Tobacco Intervention group on Facebook! Or visit our Tobacco Intervention page by clicking here:

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Please feel free to share your comments and questions with us! We'd like to learn how we can serve you better.
Rachel Boehm
Senior Communications Advisor
Addiction Prevention and Treatment Services, Capital Health
Phone: 902-424-8083
Cell: 902-219-4707


Megan Leslie, MP Halifax, will host an information session presented by experts from the Public Service Commission on how to apply for work with the federal government – and avoid making common mistakes. Find out how to successfully complete the application for a federal government job.

Wednesday, Sep 23rd
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Halifax Military Community Centre, Windsor Park -WP106, Multi Purpose Room

Directions: Enter the Base off of Windsor St. Turn right toward the CANEX and continue driving down past the parking lot. Just past the Auto Club, you will see a parking lot on your right –
this is the Community Centre

For more information, contact Kelly Wilson at 426-8692 or

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Novel Tech Ethics - Film and Panel Discussions

Novel Tech Ethics (Dalhousie University) is pleased to present two upcoming events.

Film and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 16, 2009—7:00PM to 9:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30PM)
Dentistry Building, Room 3156, Dalhousie University5981 University Avenue, HalifaxRefreshments provided

2. Technologically Shaping Selves: Ethics and the Pursuit of Enhancement

Erik Parens, Senior Research Scholar
The Hastings Center (Garrison, NY

Wednesday, September 23, 2009—7:30PM
Room 104, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue, Dalhousie University
Come early, seating is limited!

1. The Disappearing Male is about an important but little publicized issue facing the human species: the toxic threat to the male reproductive system. The film takes a close and disturbing look at what many doctors and researchers now suspect are responsible for many reproductive issues and other health concerns for males: a class of common chemicals that are ubiquitous in our world. Found in everything from shampoo, sunglasses, meat and dairy products, carpet, cosmetics and baby bottles, they are called "hormone mimicking" or "endocrine disrupting" chemicals and they may be starting to damage some of the most basic building blocks of human development.
Panelists: Dr. Fran├žoise Baylis, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy, Dalhousie University; Dr. Linda Dodds, Professor and Director of Research in the Perinatal Epidemiology Research Unit at Dalhousie University; Panellist TBA
The format of the panel will involve informal 7-10 minute presentations by each of the three panellists, followed by a facilitated discussion in which each panellist will have an opportunity to comment on issues raised by the audience. Sponsored by Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Population and Public Health and Institute of Gender and Health, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

2. TECHNOLOGICALLY SHAPING SELVES: At least since the publication of Peter Kramer’s book Listening to Prozac, there has been a lively public debate in the US about using medical technologies to make us “better than well.” Some critics argue that “enhancement technologies” (whether pharmacological, surgical, or genetic) threaten to alienate us from who we really are. Some enthusiasts argue that these technologies will enable us to become more fully who we really are. I will argue that critics and enthusiasts share more than they are inclined to acknowledge. Further, I will suggest that if we consider the insights on both sides more carefully, we will conclude that none of us is—or should be—comfortable on only one side.

Questions to consider:
· Do you have a “gut feeling” about whether, in general, it is good or bad to use technologies like surgery or pharmacology or genetics to enhance human traits and capacities?
· Leaving aside concerns about safety and access for the moment, what are your reasons for being for or against technological enhancement?

Erik Parens is a Senior Research Scholar at The Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute in Garrison, New York. He received his BA, MA, and PHD degrees from interdisciplinary programs in the humanities at The University of Chicago. Since arriving at The Hastings Center in 1992, he has led research projects that have resulted in many publications, including 4 edited volumes: Surgically Shaping Children: Technology, Ethics, and the Pursuit of Normality (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006); Wrestling with Behavioral Genetics: Science, Ethics, and Public Conversation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005); Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights (Georgetown University Press, 2000); and Enhancing Human Traits: Ethical and Social Implications (Georgetown University Press, 1998). He is currently leading one research project on the controversies surrounding the pharmacological treatment of emotional and behavioral disturbances in children and leading a second on the controversies surrounding the interpretation of neuroimages.

For more information, including directions to the Weldon Law Building, go to the “Events” page of . If you would like to join the Novel Tech Ethics mailing list for notice of these and other Novel Tech Ethics public education events, please send your contact information to

Monday, September 14, 2009

Community Conversations about Our Health

Save the date! We need your help to decide which health issues should be priorities for the coming years. Join the conversation.

Date: Monday October 5, 2009
Time: 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Place: Our Lady of Lebanon Church, Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax

Stay tuned for more details very soon!

Finding Health in Illness

The practice of mindfulness opens up the possibility of being more fully present in each moment. It is a way to work directly with the challenges of daily life and the stress and pain of illness, rediscovering a basic sense of healthiness.

Finding Health in Illness:Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation, an 8 week course for patients, family members and staff.

Start date: Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The course will meet for 8 two-hour sessions and 1 full-day.
Dates: Oct. 6, 13, (no class Oct.20), 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, & Dec.1.from 10AM -12Noon.
Full day session: Saturday, Nov. 14, 9:30AM -4:00PM
Location: Room 105, Bayers Road Community Mental Health

Pre-registration for the course is required. To register please contact Sabrina Scott 473-2492

Offered through the Capital District Mental Health Program & the Psychosocial Oncology Team

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hepatitis Outreach Society Newsletter

You won’t want to miss the great pictures from World Hepatitis Day on page 3!

In this issue:
- Another Successful Hepatitis Awareness Month
- Using the Internet for Support
- My Secret is Out!
- Program Coordinator’s Message
- Genetic Test Predicts HCV Treatment Responders
- Study Participants Needed
- Annual AIDS Walk for Life
- Going Green – Paper Versus Email
- About the Society

Please forward to anyone who may be interested. If you know of anyone who would like to be on our distribution list, please have them contact us.

All the best,

Angus Campbell
Program Coordinator
Hepatitis Outreach Society

Phone: 902-420-1767
Toll-free: 1-800-521-0572

Friday, September 4, 2009

Gambling opinion poll still open!

Our opinion poll for Gamble-Free Day will be up until the end of September. If you haven’t done so already, please visit our website at to cast your vote.
If you have any additional comments and suggestions about Gamble-Free Day, please send them to us at

Thank you for your participation.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Free Adult Literacy and Upgrading

Want to Improve your Reading, Writing or Math Skills?

Ages 19 +-
No high school diploma?
Interested in working with a volunteer tutor once a week to improve reading, writing and math skills?

You could work towards your GED or increase your chances of getting a better job! Programs are FREE and participation is confidential. Programs run from September to June. Participants can apply at any time through the year. For more information, contact Program Coordinator, Jen Hill at 490-5990 or 490-5779.

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library
Thursdays from 3 - 6 p.m. or 6 - 9 p.m.
Fridays from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Halifax North Memorial Public Library
Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 6 - 9 p.m.
Fridays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

World Suicide Prevention Day

The 2009 Halifax Walk for World Suicide Prevention Day will be taking place on Sunday, September 13th at 1:30 pm (sharp!). Suicide prevention is everybody's business, so please take a step - with me and many others - toward addressing suicide in our communities in Nova Scotia!

The Walk will begin at Victoria Park, corner of South Park St. & Spring Garden Rd. (across from the Public Gardens) and will proceed down Spring Garden Rd., turn left onto Barrington St., ending at City Hall in Grand Parade, with info booths, refreshments and a guest speaker.

If you belong to a community group that is involved with mental health issues, suicide prevention or have had a booth at the Walk in previous years and wish to have a booth at the 2009 Walk, please email with 'Walk Booth' in the subject line of the email and you will be contacted with further information. There is no cost involved in having a booth, but there is limited space.

Also - stay tuned for information about the Halifax Walk Memory Wall and the Halifax Walk Bursary!

If you require further information, please contact Laurel Walker, Coordinator at (902) 830-4986 or Angela Davis, Coordinator, Communities Addressing Suicide Together, CMHA-NS at (902) 466-6600

This is a rain or shine event and is family friendly! Please forward this email to your contacts as you feel appropriate!

The 2009 Halifax Walk can be found on Facebook by searching '2009 Halifax Walk for World Suicide Prevention Day', on the web at or email at

Tobacco Intervention Program

Tobacco Intervention Program
Getting Started Sessions
October- December 2009

A Getting Started session will support you in making choices about your use
of tobacco products and provide you with more information about our
free Tobacco Intervention Program.


Mon., October 5, 2009
Victoria General Hospital
5820 University Ave., Halifax
Dickson Building Rm 5132
6-7 p.m.

Tues., October 6, 2009
Dartmouth General Hospital
325 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth
Noon – 1 p.m.

Wed., October 7, 2009
211-339 Herring Cove Road
(above Royal Bank)
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Thurs., October 15, 2009
Victoria General Hospital
5820 University Ave., Halifax
Dickson Building Rm 5132
Noon – 1 p.m.

Mon., October 19, 2009
Metropolitan Place
99 Wyse Road, Suite 1070
Noon – 1 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 10, 2009
QEII Halifax Infirmary Site
1796 Summer Street, Halifax
Royal Bank Theatre
Noon – 1 p.m.

Mon., November 16, 2009
Moffatt’s Pharmacy
184 Portland Street, Dartmouth
Upstairs Boardroom
6-7 p.m.

Tues., November 17, 2009
Hants Community Hospital
89 Payzant Drive, Windsor
Room: Conf Room A
3-4 p.m.

Tues., November 17, 2009
Cobequid Comm. Health Centre Room 3162
40 Freer Lane, Lower Sackville
7-8 p.m

Wed., Nov. 18, 2009
211-339 Herring Cove Road
(above Royal Bank)
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Mon., Nov. 23, 2009
Bayers Road Centre
109-7071 Bayers Road
Room: 165
6-7 p.m.


Tues., Dec. 1, 2009
Cole Harbour Place
51 Forest Hills Parkway
Addiction Services Room
3-4 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 2, 2009
Halifax Comm Based Services
1673 Bedford Row, Halifax
Upstairs Training Room
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

There is no need to register, just arrive at a Getting Started Session.

All Capital Health tobacco intervention programs are
free of charge. Bring a friend!

To learn more, please call 424-2025.

The Last Drag

Unhappy about your SMOKING? … Want to learn more in a safe place? Whether you want to stop or are simply looking for reliable information about tobacco use, Tobacco Intervention with Capital Health offers free programs to help you. The Last Drag is a one-hour smoking cessation program for all ages of the LGBT* and Ally communities which provides information to help you make informed decisions about tobacco use, and gives an overview of the Tobacco Intervention programs designed to help you stop smoking. The Last Drag Information session to be held at: The Youth Project, 2281 Brunswick Street Halifax, NS B3K 2Y9 September 10, 2009 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Taking Pride in Living Tobacco Free: If you have attended a Last Drag Information Session you can then register for the Keeping it Going program, held for 4 weeks in a community location. Nicotine patch, gum or lozenges are provided free as part of the program.

To Find Out More about Tobacco Interventions ‘To Be Tobacco Free Programs,’ please call 424-2025 or visit (click on Capital Health A-Z, then Tobacco Intervention Program).

Gamble Free Day - Cast Your Vote

Tuesday, September 1st is an important day for the Nova Scotia Gaming Foundation. Please visit our website and take our opinion poll. To ensure further success of our Gamble-Free Day Opinion Poll, we invite you to send this to everyone on your distribution list and share this with family, friends and colleagues. Finally, should you wish to receive NSGF publications and notifications on issues related to problem gambling in Nova Scotia, visit the subscribe/unsubscribe feature on our homepage at Thank you, in advance, for your participation on Gamble-Free Day! Barb Madic Communications Coordinator Nova Scotia Gaming Foundation (902) 424-2147