Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Know an amazing volunteer?

Do you know a volunteer within your organization/group or community that deserves recognition? If so, Recreation Nova Scotia wants to hear from you!

Recreation Nova Scotia is seeking nominations for the 36th Annual Provincial Volunteers Award Ceremony.

Four specialty awards will be presented in the categories of Youth, Family, Corporate and Community. For more information and to obtain nomination forms go to http://www.recreationns.ns.ca/volunteerawards or contact Michelle at Recreation Nova Scotia at 425-1128. Nominations are to be submitted to Recreation Nova Scotia on or before March 4th.

* New this year - all youth nominee's will attend a lunch eon with the Minister of Volunteerism, Justice and Community Services.

The IncrEDIBLE Community Supper

Community suppers in schools, church basements and fire halls are a tradition in Nova Scotia. They bring neighbours together, raise funds for projects and serve delicious, home cooked food. Community suppers are also the perfect way to celebrate local food in February & early March.

It may be cold and snowy outside, but Nova Scotia offers a bounty of delicious food options from the fields, sea and kitchens all year long. Farmers, fishers and food artisans provide meats, dairy products, seafood, fruits and vegetables, baked goods and beverages. Select Nova Scotia is celebrating the winter harvest with An IncrEDIBLE February. There will be events throughout the month to showcase and indulge.

· Are fun, family-friendly events open to the community
· Are accessible and affordable if a fee is charged
· Feature items produced in Nova Scotia
· Use simple, seasonal recipes (check out the Strive for 5 Cookbook, Simply in Season or SelectNovaScotia.ca for inspiration)
· Not limited to supper, could be a breakfast, brunch or lunch
· Can be indoor or outdoor
· Occur during the month of February or early March

Select Nova Scotia will be conducting broad print, web advertising and radio promotions leading up to the month to promote local eating. If you choose to host an IncrEDIBLE Community Supper, it will be referenced and listed on SelectNovaScotia.ca. Select NS can also provide you with support and link you to resources for recipe ideas and suppliers. Posters to advertize the event will be provided. Digital copies will be available for download.

Select Nova Scotia is looking for Community Supper hosts from across the province. A limited number of $500 sponsorships to help cover costs of delivery and promotion are available. Select NS reserves the right to limit numbers or encourage collaboration if multiple applications are received from the same area.

Suppers are encouraged to partner and involve a number of community organizations such as schools, environment, farm and food groups, farmers markets, churches and service clubs. IncrEDIBLE Community Suppers can build on previously planned events.

Requirements to host an IncrEDIBLE Community Supper include:
- Identify an individual as a point of contact
- Ensure all Food Safety and Insurance requirements are met
- Promote the local event using community bulletin boards, Public Service Announcements and - Social Media like Facebook (promotion guide available)
- Provide the menu to be posted to the SelectNovaScotia.ca website
- Have a clear cancellation policy
- Utilize the Select Nova Scotia logo any profits are to be used for a community or school activities

- Submit a evaluation report (questionnaire will be provided) and photos afterwards

To apply to host an IncrEDIBLE Community Supper, please provide the following information to Jamey Coughlin A/Coordinator Select Nova Scotia by e-mail to coughljp@gov.ns.ca or Fax (902)424-4671. More information can be obtained via e-mail or by calling (902)722-1305.

Volunteer Workshops

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

To register, call 490-4309 or email hrmvolunteerservices@halifax.ca

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. 6:30pm – 8:30pm Jan 28 Musquodoboit Harbour Library

Using the Internet to Promote your Organization - Participants will learn how to use the internet and social networking sites to benefit their organization. Discover how a web presence can promote your organization and attract volunteers. Presenters will also provide an interactive introduction to Facebook and its many useful applications. 10:00am – 11:30pm Feb 10 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

HRM Grant Program Workshop - This workshop will review the HRM Grants Program, offer advice on writing effective proposals, share reasons why some proposals are funded and others are not. Leveraging of funding is explored and as well as tips on how to present a project budget. HRM Grant Applications are due the end of March. 6:30pm – 8:30pm Feb 18, 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, budgeting and partnerships. 6:30pm – 8:30pm Feb 25 Musquodoboit Harbour Library

Organizing Community Events - From street parties to festivals we will lead you though a process of organizing community events. Topics and a take home “how-to” booklet will include: event planning tips, how HRM can help you with your event, possible partners and a look at getting sponsors to help make your event happen! 6:30pm – 8:30pm March 10 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

Volunteer Recruitment - This workshop will provide practical tips and tools to recruit volunteers to your group. We will discuss the importance of an effective recruitment program, various recruitment methods and how to support your new volunteer once you’ve recruited them. We will look at recruitment from both the perspective of the volunteer and the organization. 6:30pm – 8:30pm March24 Musquodoboit Harbour Library

Community Engagement – Learn how to effectively engage and consult your community to develop support for a community project or develop community capacity. 10:00am -12:00pm April 14 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

Conflict as Opportunity - Today’s complex world demands a wider range of responses and greater skills at resolving conflicts that the tendency to attack or avoid a person we disagree with. This session provides information and strategies that will help you turn conflict into opportunity. 6:30pm – 8:30pm April 28 Musqodoboit Harbour Library

Effective Meetings - Want to avoid those dreaded meetings that don’t seem to go anywhere? This workshop will explore some tools and techniques to get organized, get things under control, and get things accomplished. 10:00am -12:00pm May 5 Bloomfield Centre, Halifax

Managing & Motivating Volunteers - It is important for organizations to be able to retain and involve their existing volunteers. Knowing how to manage and motivate volunteers effectively is key. This session will take you through the elements of volunteer management from selecting and matching volunteers to recognizing and rewarding their valuable contributions. 6:30pm – 8:30pm May 26 Musquodoboit Harbour Library

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 March 29 North Woodside Community Centre, Dartmouth
6:30pm – 9:00pm March 23 Cole Harbour – Location TBA

Friday, January 22, 2010

Lunch, Stop and Relax

Thinking about stopping smoking? This event will be sure to motivate and inspire you!

Lunch + Acupuncture + Information

Dartmouth East Community Centre
50 Caledonia Road, Dartmouth

This event takes place on Tuesday, January 26 at noon!

There is no need to register, just arrive.
For more information please call 424-2025 or email Krystle.Sutton@cdha.nshealth.ca

Brought to you by Capital Health's Stop Smoking Services

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Provincial Volunteer Awards

Do you know a volunteer within your organization/group or community that deserves recognition? If so, Recreation Nova Scotia wants to hear from you!

Recreation Nova Scotia is seeking nominations for the 36th Annual Provincial Volunteers Award Ceremony.

Four specialty awards will be presented in the categories of Youth, Family, Corporate and Community. For more information and to obtain nomination forms go to http://www.recreationns.ns.ca/volunteerawards or contact Michelle at Recreation Nova Scotia at 425-1128. Nominations are to be submitted to Recreation Nova Scotia on or before March 4th.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Healthy Minds Cooperative Speakers Bureau

If you are interested in educating others about mental health and illness issues through sharing your experiences, join us!

Our group will help you to:

• Build your self-confidence
• Learn in a positive and supportive setting
• Learn effective ways to organize and deliver presentations

Facilitator: Cheryl Stevens
Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm
Where: Healthy Minds Cooperative
The Village at Bayers Road, Suite 112
Dates: Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
Thursday, February 4th, 2010

For more information please call, 404-3504 .

Volunteer Opportunity

WE NEED YOU! Great opportunity to volunteer, get involved in your community and make a difference. The Fairview Family Resource Centre/Parent ‘n Tot is seeking new members for the Board of Directors. This dynamic and busy organization has been in operation for over 20 years providing services such as adult education, parenting support, child development programs, immigrant/refugee support and more! You can also visit the website at www.parentntot.com. The board meets once a month in the evenings from 7-9 pm excluding December, July and August.

Please contact Cathy Walls at cathy.walls@iwk.nshealth.ca or call 219 - 4163. ALL ARE WELCOMED!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Grassroots Fundraising

 In these turbulent, unpredictable times, are you rethinking your
organization’s reliance on one source of funding?

 Are you tired of chasing funding whose outcomes are constantly shifting
according to agendas that are not yours?

 Do you want to learn about alternative ways to support your
organization’s social mission?

Introductory Workshop on Grassroots Philanthropy
January 22, 2010
1:00 to 4:00 pm
HeartWood office
5516 Spring Garden Road, Suite 202 (in the Sport Nova Scotia building)

Join us in a three‐hour interactive presentation that examines some of our assumptions about money and social mission. Start rethinking how you raise money. This session will introduce you to the basic concepts that will be examined in more depth at the spring 2010 workshops with Kim Klein. Bring your staff and board member so that you can start the conversation in your own organization.

Cost: $25 each

Facilitator: Wendy Johnston, Maritimes Regional Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada and a consultant with WinterGreens Consulting. For over twenty years, Wendy has worked to strengthen the nonprofit sector in the Maritimes, using an appreciative approach and community development lens to help our sector become part of the leadership our communities need.

Are you interested? Please register with:

HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development
Telephone: (902) 444‐5885
Please provide your name, organization, and contact information (phone number
and email.

Co‐sponsored by HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development, YouthScape and WinterGreens Consulting

Monday, January 11, 2010

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 a course held at the Bloomfield Center, 2786 Agricola St., Halifax, Friday the 12th of February from 1 to 4 pm and the same course repeated from 6 to 9 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. Certificates are given to those completing this training.

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

Please contact Keith Brumwell at brumwell@ns.sympatico.ca if you are interested and I will give you registration information.
You may also get further information on safeTALK by visiting the following website; http://www.livingworks.net/

Free Public Education Events

Novel Tech Ethics (Dalhousie University) is beginning a new season of public education events including a public talk, two café scientifiques, our annual movie series (opening with The Soloist), and a film screening and panel discussion during Brain Awareness Week.

Tales from the Script: Insider/Outsider Perspectives on Pharmaceutical Industry Sales Practices
Wed., Jan.13, 2010 (7:30PM)
Room 104, Weldon Law Building, Dalhousie University campus, Halifax
Topics: pharmaceutical ‘culture’, pharmaceutical sales & marketing
Speaker: Michael Oldani (Medical Anthropologist). Prior to his current research on the pharmaceutical industry's impact on psychiatry and society, Dr. Michael J. Oldani worked for Pfizer Inc., the largest drug company in the world.

Treating Alzheimer's Disease: What to Take? Who to Trust?
Thurs., Jan.14, 2010 (7:00-9:00PM)
Uncommon Grounds Coffee House, 1030 South Park St., Halifax
Topics: pharmaceuticals & nutraceuticals for AD, marketing practices, regulation, consumer safety & education
Moderator: Françoise Baylis (Bioethicist/Philosopher)
Panellists: Kieran Cooley (Naturopathic Medicine); Michael Oldani (Medical Anthropologist); Donald Weaver (Neurologist)

States of Mind 2010: a Film Series on the Ethics of Mental Health
All screenings on Tuesdays, (7:00 PM), QEII Royal Bank Theatre, Halifax Infirmary, 1796 Summer St.
Moderator: Timothy Krahn

Part 1. Tues., Jan.19, 2010. The Soloist
Topics: schizophrenia, homelessness
Panellists: Andrew Fenton (Bioethicist); Jean Hughes (Nursing professor); Patient/Community representative: Vincent Daigle

Part 2. Tues., Jan.26, 2010. Rachel Getting Married
Topics: addictions, family dynamics
Panellists: Andrew Fenton (Bioethicist); Fiona Martin (Social Anthropologist); Patient/Community representative: Susan Kilbride-Roper

Part 3. Tues., Feb.2, 2010: Stop-Loss
Topics: PTSD, death & grief, abuse
Panellists: Andrew Fenton (Bioethicist); Military Counsellor and/or other panellists: TBA

Part 4. Tues., Feb.9, 2010: Little Miss Sunshine
Topics: suicide, teen identity, family dynamics, body image & identity
Panellists: Andrew Fenton (Bioethicist); Cassandra Hanrahan (Social Work professor)

The Minority Report
Mon., Mar.15, 2010 (6:30PM!!)
QEII Royal Bank Theatre, Halifax Infirmary, 1796 Summer St.
Topics: novel neurotechnologies, neuroimaging, criminal law, criminal procedure, sociology of policing, security and governance
Moderator: Timothy Krahn
Panellists: Ryan D’Arcy (Neuroimaging specialist), Archibald Kaiser (Law professor), Letitia Meynell (Philosopher), Christopher Murphy (Sociologist)

Making Babies One at a Time: When Two is a Crowd
Date: mid-April, 2010 TBA (7:00-9:00PM)
Location: TBA
Moderator: Susan Sherwin (Bioethicist/Philosopher)
Panellists: Françoise Baylis (Bioethicist/Philosopher); Carolyn McLeod (Bioethicist/Philosopher); David Young (Obstetrician)

For more information, contact Timothy Krahn.
Tel. (902) 494-2936
Fax. (902) 494-2924

Monday, January 4, 2010

Post a Secret

On January 20, 2010, Adsum for Women & Children will host Frank Warren of www.postsecret.com at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre. Warren is founder of PostSecret, a community art project he started five years ago that has since blown into an online phenomenon in which nearly 500,000 people from around the world have shared their deepest secrets via postcard. The cards are displayed on Warren’s web site, www.postsecret.com

“I think the very act of sharing a secret, whether it’s whispering it into a friend’s ear or letting it go to a stranger on a postcard can be transformative,” Warren says. “I get e-mails quite frequently from people who talk about the changes that have come about by releasing a secret to a stranger. It’s not the act itself, (but) it puts them on a longer journey where they get to where they need to be.”

Adsum’s objective is to bring a unique event to Halifax that benefits the larger community as much as it benefits Adsum. Postsecret provides a venue for Adsum to reach beyond our historic circle of support to the wider community, especially youth. Aside from exposing Haligonians to this community art project, we will raise awareness of mental health and the many resources available in HRM and beyond. Frank Warren’s presentation also serves to diminish stigma, as he helps us to acknowledge that we all carry secrets … that we are all alike in our humanity.

Frank Warren’s stop at the Rebecca Cohn coincides with the publication of his fifth book, “Confessions on Life, Death, & God,” which recently topped the New York Times’ best-seller list. This is an event that you won’t want to miss in Halifax! Tickets are on sale now - $30 general admission, $20 for students. Call 1.800.874.1669.