Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"I Shall Not Hate"

The public is invited to join Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, author of "I Shall Not Hate" as he shares his story of loss, faith and forgiveness:

Tuesday, December 7, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Theatre A of the Tupper Link, Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building, 5850 College Street, Halifax Dr. Abuelaish is a passionate and eloquent proponent of peace - despite having endured the loss of three daughters and a niece by Israeli shelling of his Gaza home in 2009. The tragedy did not harden his heart, or weaken his resolve to act for humanity. Dr. Abuelaish is a Palestinian physician who currently teaches at the Dalla Lana School of Public Heath, University of Toronto. He is visiting Halifax at the invitation of Capital Health and is available to sign copies for his book.

Admission to his talk is free, but donations are welcome to his non-profit foundation, Daughters for Life, which provides education and health care for women and girls in the middle east.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

An Invitation

Halifax Community Health Board invites you to a holiday networking social to thank you for the difference you make in our community! Please join us for refreshments and an opportunity to meet our volunteer board members.

Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Time: 5:00 –7:00 pm
Place: Bethune Ballroom
          VG Hospital Site
          Tower Road, Halifax
RSVP: By December 7 to Laurie MacNeil, 487-0571

Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday Lighting Celebration

Anne McGuire, President and CEO, IWK Health Centre, cordially invites you to attend our:
31st Annual Holiday Lighting Celebration
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

4:30 p.m., Carols with the IWK Band, Children’s Building Lobby
5:00 p.m., Holiday Lighting Ceremony, Children’s Building
IWK Health Centre, University Avenue Entrance

Following the ceremony, join Santa for a reception in the South Street Café (IWK cafeteria). Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

This year, we will also be celebrating the start of Hanukkah at sundown on December 1st. A new Menorah will be placed in the Gallery and the first light will be lit just prior to the tree lighting ceremony.

Holiday Light Exchange: During Santa’s reception in the IWK cafeteria, representatives from Nova Scotia Power will be hosting a holiday light exchange program. Bring in two sets of your traditional glass holiday lights for free recycling and receive one string of LED holiday lights in return. One set per person. Quantities will be limited. First come, first served.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Our Healthy Future

Last year 4000 citizens told us what's important to them about health. That information helped inform our priorities and is part of Our Healthy Future, our new community health plan. Now we would like your thoughts about how we can bring this plan to life in our community. Join Halifax Community Health Board for an open house to learn about Our Healthy Future and talk about what we can do together.

Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Place: The Hub
          1673 Barrington Street, Halifax

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Public Health Planning &Communication

Café Scientifique: Too Much Information? Public Health Planning & Communication
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Wednesday December 1, 2010
Café Istanbul
5986 Spring Garden Road Halifax

Canada has experienced three recent major public health threats; the Walkerton E. coli crisis, SARS, and the H1N1 pandemic. Informing Canadians must strike a proper balance between providing needed information and fear mongering. The H1N1 virus was no lie — it was a real threat that resulted in considerable illness and loss of life around the globe. The seeming Catch-22 with many public health threats is that the more effective preparation and communication is in preventing a serious outcome, the more likely it is that the threat alarm will later be judged as "crying wolf."

What are the current Canadian public health communication strategies?
What is the role of communications in protecting the health of Canadians?
What are the ethical and pragmatic issues involved in planning for a public health crisis?


Scott Halperin is the Director of the Canadian Center for Vaccinology, Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology at Dalhousie University, and the Head of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. He recently held one of two Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Clinical Research Chairs in Vaccine. His research focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pertussis and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

Joanne Langley is a Professor of Pediatrics (Division of Infectious Diseases) and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University, based at the Canadian Center for Vaccinology, and Medical Director of the Infection Prevention and Control Program at the IWK Health Centre. She currently serves as the Chair of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization. Her main research interests are in the epidemiology and prevention of respiratory infections

Pauline Dakin is the award-winning national health and medical reporter for CBC News. Her work has been recognized with awards from the National Science Writers Association, the Canadian Association of Journalists, The Canadian Medical Association/Canadian Nurses Association, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, the international Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Radio-Television News Directors Association, and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. She was also nominated for Canada's top journalism prize, The Michener Awards for a collaborative series on adverse drug reactions in children.Previously, Pauline has worked as a producer, on-air host, assignment editor and reporter in various media including film, television, radio and print.

A Café Scientifique is not a lecture. It’s a place for group discussion and audience involvement is the most important ingredient. This event will be moderated by the founder of the Novel Tech Ethics Team, Françoise Baylis, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy at Dalhousie University.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Drop in Club

Music, movies, games, arts and crafts, theatre arts, yoga, and much more! Come along and bring your friends!

Run by and for people who have disabilities or difficulties with communication and learning. Everyone is welcome!

The Drop-in Club is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday afternoons from 3pm to 6pm, Tuesday and Friday evenings from 7pm to 9pm and Sunday afternoons, 2pm to 5pm.

Membership is $50 per month for unlimited usage. If you would like to discuss the fee structure please call us, or drop-in, we have ways to make it work for everyone!

SCRI Society: Social Cultural Recreational Inclusion for all

St James Anglican Church Hall, Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax

(entrance by the painted power box by the rotary)

Email to book a trial session or

contact Renee Pye 463 5234 or Alice Evans 405 2053.

Generously supported by
St James Anglican Church
Province of Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion & Protection
Province of Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage
Active Halifax
Halifax Community Health Board
and all our members, volunteers and helpers

Thank you!

A Conversation on Faith and Poverty

In November, 1989, Canada’s House of Commons
voted unanimously to eliminate child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.
In keeping alive the dream of eliminating child poverty,
the Face of Poverty Coalition will discuss faith imperatives.
A panel of Baha’i, Buddhist, and Christian voices
will speak to how their faiths and sacred texts view issues of poverty.
Economist Michael Bradfield will lead a discussion
on “What Can ‘We’ Afford?”

Sunday, November 21 in the Student Union Building
Dalhousie University, Room 224, at 2 pm.
Co-sponsored by Atlantic Lutheran Campus Ministry
A Conversation on Faith and Poverty

Poverty is the worst form of violence.

In a country well governed,
poverty is something to be ashamed of.
In a country badly governed,
wealth is something to be ashamed of.

He who sleeps on a full stomach
whilst his neighbour goes hungry is not one of us.

I say to you,
what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor Community Spirit Award


Everyone has one. Is there something extra-special about your community and its impact on those within, from and around you? We want to know!

In 2007, Her Honour Mayann Francis saw an opportunity to visibly demonstrate her heartfelt belief in communities. The Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award is one of the many ways Her Honour raises awareness and celebrates what it means to be a vibrant community making Nova Scotia a better place to live, work and play.

Now in its fourth year, The Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award has recognized the communities of Annapolis Royal, Brookfield, Canso, Clare, Port Morien, Portland Estates & Hills, Sable River, Shearwater, South Mountain Arm of Gold, St. Andrews and Tatamagouche. Each celebration is a unique reflection of the community ranging from parades, carnivals, talent shows, tea socials and luncheons. Each winning community receives Her Honour who brings a beautiful hand-crafted award of NovaScotian Crystal with cuts emblematic of that community and its stories. Each winning community receives province-wide recognition and acknowledgement.

How do nominate your community?

The spirit of the Award requires you promote your community stories – what makes yours unique, helpful, active, welcoming, resilient and more. If you can answer ‘yes’ to each of the four following essential criteria, then your community should be nominated. Your community has:

1. An ability to build on unique strengths within the community;

2. A high degree of citizen participation in community projects of a wide variety range and interest;

3. Clear evidence of community pride, and

4. A focus on creating an enduring community.

Is this your community?

Let us know by bringing together local groups and supporters to nominate your community for the 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award before January 31, 2011.
For more details, to view photos and submissions of previous winners and to download your entry form and application, visit our website at

Youth Human Rights Contest

Junior high and high school students ...

Put your creativity to work for a good cause!
Enter the Partners for Human Rights
Human Rights Creativity Contest
for International Human Rights Day

This year’s theme is
Unity in our Communities
It’s also the United Nations International Year of Youth,
under the theme Our year. Our Voice.
This is your year! Use your voice and creativity
to tell us how to make your community stronger.

Express yourself through:
• Poetry/Spoken Word
• Art (for example, illustration, digital graphics, photography)
• Music (for example, songwriting, music videos)
All entries must be received by November 26, 2010.

Winners will receive prizes on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2010.
Submit your entry and submission form by:
(Please include Creativity Contest in the subject line)
Mail: Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
P.O. Box 2221, Halifax, NS B3J 3C4
Fax: 902-424-0596

(Please include Creativity Contest on the cover sheet)


Call 902-424-4111

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Nova Scotia Food Policy Council

                    The Nova Scotia Food Policy Council
               Invites you to join us in conversations about.....
                   Building our Food Future-Together

The Nova Scotia Food Policy council is a citizens' group working with communities, organizations and governments to develop and implement policies and programs that ensure an equitable, healthy and sustainable local food system, responsible to the economic, environmental, social and cultrual needs of Nova Scotians.

We invite you to join us at the Halifax Seaport Market and Pier 21 on Sunday November 21 from 1200 to 330 pm

12-1:  Enjoy a healthy and satisfying lunch from local food producers as you wander the Seaport Market.  Then join us at Pier 21 for:

1-1:45PM  Welcome from Ralph Martin, President of the NSFPC Mission and Objectives of the NSFPC, alfong with Keynote Speakers who will help us connect the pieces that make up our food system.

1:45-3:30:  Take part in a World Cafe discussion to help us answer the question: " how do we build our food future together?"

Register:  Please RSVP by email to before November 17th

Cost:  $10 for the event, including afternoon coffee break.  Everyone will make their own lunch choices and pay Market vendors

Join:  $10 Membership information will be available and everyone is invited to join the Nova Scotia Food Policy Council.

HRM's Volunteer Awards 2011

Dear Community groups and volunteers

HRM's Volunteer Awards 2011 program is kicking off again! Now you can nominate adult and youth volunteers and community groups who are making an outstanding contribution to the life of the community. Who in your organization or community is making an outstanding contribution? Who is going the extra mile of serving faithfully? Consider nominating them.

Deadline for nominations is Friday January 14th, 2011.

You can find all the info you need at:  where you'll find updates to the program, nomination forms. You can also nominate online.
If you need any information, please don't hesitate to call:
Miro Rak, Community Developer
Volunteer Services