Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Doctors Nova Scotia Strive Award

Doctors Nova Scotia is now accepting applications for its Strive Award, given annually to a community group making innovative and strategic decisions about promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

The award recipient receives a $5,000 grant to spend on advancing health promotion initiatives, a plaque for their community, a feature in Doctors Nova Scotia’s monthly magazine, and a place on

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Veith Street Gallery Studio Association through the Visual 
Connections Project is once again offering the

ten - week - long visual arts open studio program
developed specifically for youth with disabilities,
between the ages of 17 and 21.

participants will decide what kinds of art
materials and processes they want to explore such as
drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed - media, graphic
story - telling, zines, and more. Participants will be
provided with one - on - one support from a
Community Arts Educator. There is no cost for this
program, and all art supplies are provided. At the end
of the program we will celebrate the artworks created
by the program participants, through an exhibition
open to the public at the Pedway Picture Gallery.
Program participants may also be eligible to become
a member of the Creative Spirit East Artist Collective
and exhibit their art works through Veith Street
Gallery Studio Association’s exhibition venues, Veith
Street Gallery and the Pedway Picture Gallery.

DATES: Friday January 27th - March 30th, 2012
TIMES: 1:00 - 3:00PM
LOCATION: Bloomfield Centre - Room 117, 2786 Agricola Street, Halifax

To register on line click on the link below

Gerard McNeil, M.Ed
Education and Outreach Curator
Veith Street Gallery Studio Association
Visual Connections Project
3115 Veith Street, Halifax, NS, B3K3G9
(902)456 - 0861
(902)446 - 6010

Monday, December 12, 2011

Getting Started - Free Tobacco Intervention Program

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.


Tues., January 3, 2012
Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital
7702 Hwy 7
Musquodoboit Harbour, NS
7-8 p.m.

Wed., January 4, 2012
Spryfield Wellness Center
16 Dentith Rd, Spryfield, NS
Room 169
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Monday, January 9, 2012
Nova Scotia Hospital
300 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth
Mount Hope Lecture Hall
6-7 p.m.

Thurs., January 12, 2012
Cobequid Community Health Center, Room: 3215
40 Freer Lane, Sackville
Noon- 1 p.m.

Thurs., January 12, 2012
Bluewater Building
22756 Highway #7, Sheet Harbour
7-8 p.m.

Mon., January 16, 2012
DartmouthCommunity Health Team
58 Tacoma Drive, Dartmouth, NS
Tacoma Program Room
Noon – 1 p.m.

Tues., January 24, 2012
Metropolitan Place
99 Wyse Road, Dartmouth
Suite 1070
Noon – 1 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

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Coping Strategies Workshop

~ Coping with Life ~
Coping Strategies Workshop
When: Friday, January 13, 2012
Where: Fairview Family Resource Centre-Parent’n Tot
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am
Workshop content will include:
~ Let others have the glory                               ~ Make peace with imperfection
~ The snowball effect of our thinking            ~ Develop your compassion
~ Random acts of kindness                                ~ Become more patient
~ Act loving                                                             ~ Reach out to others
~ Life isn’t fair                                                        ~ Lower your tolerance to stress
~ Experiment with your back burner

Please call Fairview Family Resource Centre at 443-9569 to register or email Deborah at

Homeless Memorial, Dec. 21st

Community Action on Homelessness invites you to
join us in remembering and honouring the lives of
people who have lived and died homeless.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 11am
St. Patrick’s Church, 2267 Brunswick Street, Halifax

Reception and refreshments will follow the service - please join us. 

Donations of clothing, bedding & toiletries to the Out-of-the-Cold Emergency Winter Shelter would be greatly appreciated.

For further information, please contact Community Action on Homelessness, 420-6026,

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mosaic for Mental Health "Second Chance" Art Sale

Friday, December 9th, 2011

12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Bloomfield Centre, Multipurpose Room, first floor
2786 Agricola Street, Halifax N.S.

In support of CMHA, Halifax-Dartmouth Branch
Mosaic tiles: $25.00 ea, framed $50.00 ea.(special), plus cards and posters.

For more information call Marg Murray at 455-5445 or

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Planning a party? Learn to be a responsible host!

Entertaining is both an art and a responsibility. Your duties as host extend to being aware of the alcohol consumption of your guests, particularly if this is a workplace-sponsored activity. If you do, you will be making sure that everyone has a great time, from the beginning right through to a happy ending. Planning ahead is important so that all you have to clean up afterwards is dirty dishes and lots of crumbs!

Serving alcohol involves responsibility. For example, did you know that you can be held legally responsible for injuries or damages that are caused by someone to whom you have served alcohol?

Our "Tips for Responsible Hosting Brochure" can help you plan a successful party that’s hassle-free and protects the well-being of you and your guests.
  • Don’t overindulge at your own party so that you can react quickly to situations that may require you to make responsible decisions. If this is a workplace-related activity, have at least two or three people in charge who will be able to monitor the responsible serving of alcoholic beverages. Make safe transportation plans a priority ahead of time.
  • Consider having a party where no alcohol is served - particularly if children will be home. Consider the messages your actions will be sending them. Let children know that it is possible to have a good time without relying on alcohol.
  • Avoid pouring or encouraging doubles or pushing refills. Accept “no thanks” the first time it is spoken.
To learn more about how to be a responsible host, visit

Monday, November 28, 2011

Excellence in Health Lecture

School of Health Administration Alumni Association
Excellence in Health Lecture Series
Quality and Patient Safety: How Doctors Think (And How They Sometimes Don’t)
Dr. Pat Croskerry, MD, PhD; Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine and Division of Medical Education
 Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University and QEII Health Science Centre
Thursday, December 1st
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Regency Ballroom - Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites, Halifax, NS

All are welcome to attend this free public lecture – no RSVP required

Monday, November 21, 2011

Health for the Holidays: A Celebration of Community Health

Halifax Community Health Board invites you to Health for the Holidays: A Celebration of Community Health.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fort Massey Church, 5303 Tobin Street, Halifax

Drop-in anytime between 4:30 -7:00 pm

RSVP: Laurie MacNeil 487-0571 or

Featuring music from Tidal Beat and The Spot, locally made snacks and refreshments, paper snowflake making table, Sit and Get Fit session, and the opportunity to network with community-minded folks!

Winter Clothing and Skate Drive - bring along your unneeded hats, scarves, mittens. coats, warm socks, etc and we will get them to local shelter and homelessness organizations in need. Skates will go to the Halifax Oval.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Invitation: IWK 32nd Annual Tree Lighting Celebration

 Anne McGuire, President and CEO, IWK Health Centre,
cordially invites you to attend our

32nd Annual Tree Lighting Celebration
Thursday, December 8th, 2011

4:30p.m. Carols with IWK Band and IWK Choir
Children's Building, IWK Health Centre
University Avenue Entrance

Following the ceremony, join Santa for a reception in the South street Cafe
Hot Chocolate and cookies will be served.

During the 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 and receive one string of LED holiday lights in return.  There will be one set per person and quantites will be distributed on a fist come, first serve basis.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Preparing For Your Next Visit To The Doctor

Linda Benn (RN, BScN), Capital Health's Patient Education Coordinator, will discuss how to take control of your doctor’s visit by learning which questions to ask and how to get the answers you need.

When: Friday, November 18 / 12 noon
Where: Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library, 5381 Spring Garden Road, Halifax

This program is free and registration is not required. For more information please contact the library at 490-5700.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Out Of The Cold Shelter - Volunteer Opportunity

The Out of the Cold Emergency Winter Shelter is looking for dedicated volunteers to help run an emergency shelter this Winter.

Last year, the Out of the Cold Shelter (OTCS) provided a safe and welcoming environment for up to 15 people each night - including men, women, transgendered persons, and youth - during the coldest winter months. It was staffed by volunteers and supported by an on-call committee that works by consensus and is made up of representatives from several agencies and shelters, as well as concerned citizens.

This shelter is a community based response to homelessness and the current housing crisis in our city. We are seeking dedicated volunteers to help staff the shelter. All volunteer staff will receive training. We are looking for volunteers to do evening, overnight and morning shifts at the shelter beginning the end of November and ending on April 30.

This shelter has revived a sense of community where we take responsibility to support each other against an economic and political system that is failing to meet people’s basic needs.

What To Do if You're Interested?

Monday, November 14th - 6:30-8:00
Tuesday, November 15th – 12:00-1:00

Location: Saint Matthew's United Church (1479 Barrington Street)

Please use the side door, which is located on the north side of the building, at the bottom of the outdoor set of stairs. (please note: both sessions are the same, but the lunch hour session will be condensed to fit into the lunch hour)

We invite you to attend one of two information sessions that will explain what volunteering at the shelter may be like, how the shelter will be run, the many forms volunteering can take as well as gives you a chance to ask questions.

Volunteer staff must complete a volunteer application (attached), a criminal record check, an interview with a member of the on-call team, and attend trainings including:

Shelter Operations Orientation (Policies & Procedures)
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
Conflict Management
Overdose Education
Street Health
First Aid
Anti-Oppressive Training


If you volunteered with the shelter in the 10/11 season you must complete and return a volunteer application and attend the Orientation (Policies & Procedures) training session. An interview and additional trainings may also be required.

Interview sign up sheets will be displayed at both information sessions. Please contact me if you are unable to attend either information session but would like to sign up for an interview. Interviews must be completed before beginning training sessions.

Volunteer Opportunities

The types of volunteer opportunities that we have available are:

Evening Shifts

This is the busiest of all of our shifts. It includes set up of the space, meeting people at the door, intake, meals, hanging out with guests, helping people find dry/warm clothes, and the mediation of any conflicts that might crop up.

Overnight Shifts

The same duties as the evening shift apply but it is usually a bit quieter. Most people will be sleeping but there are often a few people who go to bed quite late or cannot sleep. There is more one-on-one time and movie watching as well as checking up with folks during the night and doing the occasional intake.

Morning Shifts

The morning shift is short, but busy. Responsibilities include waking people up, preparing a light breakfast, helping people with what they need for the day, and cleaning up.


In general, we ask that all volunteers commit to a minimum of one shift biweekly. With the intention of creating strong working groups, this year we are asking that volunteers commit to regular shifts, either weekly or biweekly (e.g. every other Tuesday evening, every Monday morning). However, we also need a group of volunteers whose schedules are flexible and are able to take on last-minute cancellations.

Over the past three seasons OTCS has attracted a strong and dedicated group of volunteers. The commitment level is considerable, but so too are the rewards.


We require all volunteers to complete the training sessions or have equivalent trainings or experience.Please be advised that not all volunteers who express interest will be accepted.

This volunteer position requires:
-Ability to respond calmly and competently to conflict
-Good decision making skills and ability to think quickly
-Good communication skills
-Ability to be assertive and confident in order to uphold shelter guidelines
-Knowing your limits and when to seek support
-Ability to follow many updates, scheduling emails, and to be flexible to policy changes
-Basic knowledge about the situation of homelessness in Halifax and general causes

Volunteers may learn many of these skills through experience, but we ask that you come to the position with a certain level of confidence and ability.


Assisting with food
We could use breakfast foods such as muffins and baked goods. We also use lots of milk, juice, and coffee.
Assisting with Laundry
We always need help with laundry. This can include: pick ups, drop offs, and contacting hotels and Laundromats to ask for free services.
Assisting with Grocery Shopping
Can you or your organization sponsor a night of groceries per week or per month? Could you do a regular grocery run for the shelter if we gave you a gift card and a list?
Assisting with Transportation
Things need to be moved around, and if you have a car and are able to help out with moving (supplies, laundry, meals, other volunteers without vehicles, etc.), it would be very helpful.
Can you or your group provide a hot meal for the shelter once a week or once a month? If so, please contact our meal coordinator Ann at
Donations Coordinator
The Out of the Cold shelter is looking for a volunteer Donations Coordinator. This position will be supported by the volunteer coordinator and will be hugely appreciated.
Social Media Coordinator
This year we are looking for someone to take on the role of social media coordinator.

If any of these positions interest you, please contact Jocelyne at
Thank you so much for your continued support and interest!

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Jocelyne Tranquilla
Volunteer Coordinator
Out of the Cold Shelter

Friday, October 28, 2011

Call for Nominations:Sheelagh Nolan Award and Certificates of Appreciation - Deadline November 16

Do you know an unsung hero in the life of a someone with autism? Would you like to say thank you to a person or group who has made things better for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder? It could be a teacher, an EPA, a dentist, a crossing guard, that special employee at your local grocery store . . . anyone who has gone the extra mile to really make a difference. We want to honour those people.

Every year, Autism Nova Scotia (formerly the Provincial Autism Centre) gives out awards to individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support people with autism spectrum disorders. I want to remind everyone that the deadline for 2011 award nominations is upon us. Please send in your nominations by November 16 to show your appreciation for an individual or group who has really made a difference.

The Sheelagh Nolan Award for Excellence in Teaching is given to the Teacher, Teacher Assistant or School Teaching Team who best demonstrates true excellence in their work with a student or students with autism.

Certificates of Appreciation are awarded to recognize achievement and dedication in support of children, teens and adults with autism by an individual or team in Nova Scotia in any aspect or area of support.

These awards are presented at a special ceremony at the Autism Nova Scotia during our annual Holiday Social, and they really do represent the sincere and meaningful thanks of families and the whole autism community in this province.

Please take this opportunity to honour those who do so much to support children, students and their families in the autism community in Nova Scotia.

For more information, please call Autism Nova Scotia at 902-446-4995.

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 ever notice in the run of a day how many times you say "yes" when you want to say "no" and vice versa?
  • Do you have a longing, deep within you, to not only know who you really are, but who you have the potential to become?
If you have answered yes to even one of the above, you may wish to enter into the very unique experience of Invitation of 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 five week process.

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

Require reading: Fully Alive, Cost $10.00

Place: Healthy Minds Cooperative, Village at Bayers Road, Halifax
Dates: Tuesday November 15, 22, and 29
           Tuesday, December 6
Time: 10:00 am to 12 noon, Room 165

To register, call Healthy Minds Cooperative at 404-3715. Contact Irene Skehen

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Should Youth Hockey Be Safer?

Should Youth Hockey be Safer? Treating and Preventing Concussion

Monday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Big Leagues Sports Bar, 920 Cole Harbour Road, Dartmouth

Hockey is the sport that Canadians love, and there are a lot of kids who want to be the next Sidney Crosby. What is being done, and what should be done so that they can play without being the next hockey player with a concussion? This Café Scientifique will examine the research being done to detect, treat, and prevent concussion due to injuries in youth ice hockey.


Pete Belliveau, Head Coach, Dalhousie Tigers

Syd Johnson, Assistant Professor, Michigan Technical University

Brett Taylor, Physician/Assoc. Professor, Emergency Medicine & Paediatrics. IWK Health Centre & Dalhousie University

Donald Weaver, Canada Research Chair in Clinical Neuroscience, Dalhousie University


Bill McLean, Sports Broadcaster,

Visit the Events section at for further information

Friday, October 21, 2011

Neuroethics and Sex Differences

Are there significant differences in the brains of men versus women? How could it affect our society?

Dr. Peggy DesAutel from the University of Dayton argues that neuroscientific findings on sex-based differences have implications for ethics and for how research about the brain should proceed.

7:00 pm, Thursday November 17, 2011. Room 104, 6061 University Avenue, Weldon Law Building, Dalhousie University. 

Neuroethics and Sex Differences - A public talk presented by Novel Tech Ethics. For more information, visit our website,

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast

The Brunswick Street Mission presents the 5th Annual Mission Breakfast.

Date: November 17, 2011
Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Place: World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax

Keynote Speaker: Steward McInnes

The Brunswick Street Missoin provides essential supports such as a hot breakfast, clothing bank, food bank, trustee program, benevolent support and more! The Mission provides a place to find help when you need it, a place to offer help for others when you are able, and a place of hope, dignity and respect.

For more information please call 423-4605 or email

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Changing Our Culture of Alcohol: What can we do?

Are you concerned about the harmful use of alcohol and its impact on individuals, families and communities?

Please join us for: Changing Our Culture of Alcohol: What Can We Do?”

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's Chief Public Officer of Health

When? Wed., Nov. 23, 8-9 pm
Where? Upstairs at the Cobequid Community Health Centre, 40 Freer Lane in Lower Sackville

This event is part of APTS' Four Weeks of Awareness and Hope Event Series. For more upcoming events, please visit us at

Thursday, October 13, 2011

HRM Now Accepting Nominations for Annual Volunteer Awards

HRM Now Accepting Nominations for Annual Volunteer Awards

Each year Mayor Peter Kelly and Halifax Regional Council recognize the extraordinary contributions of individuals and groups who volunteer their time and skills to provide services and programs in HRM communities.  HRM is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Volunteer Awards.

Nominations are accepted in three categories: adult, youth (ages 13-19) and community group. Nomination criteria and applications can be found online at

Successful nominees will be notified in March 2012 and will be invited to attend a ceremony and reception taking place on April 18, 2012 when they will be officially presented with their award by Mayor Kelly and the councillor from their district. The award ceremony coincides with and is in celebration of National Volunteer Week, April 15-April 21, 2012.
From those selected to receive an HRM Volunteer Award, ten representatives will be sent on to the Provincial Volunteer Awards.

The deadline for nominations for the 2012 awards is Friday, December 9, 2011.

To find out more information about the awards, nomination criteria and to nominate someone who’s made a difference in your community, visit .


Bronwyn MacKinnon
HRM Community Developer
Bronwyn MacKinnon
Community Developer

Halifax Regional Municipality
Community Development - Community Relations & Cultural Affairs
PO Box 1749
Halifax, NS B3J 3A5

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Free Adult Literacy and Upgrading

Free Adult Literacy and Upgrading 

Want to improve your math, reading or writing skills?
Free tutoring program for adults ages 19+ - up to grade 12 level.
You could work towards getting your GED or increase your chances of getting a better job.
Participation is confidential.

Halifax North Library - Wednesdays Noon to 3 PM or 6-9 PM and Fridays 10 AM to 1 PM.
Spring Garden Library - Thursdays 3-6 PM or 6-9 PM and Fridays 2-5 PM.

Contact Jen Hill at 490 5779 or 490-5990

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Time Frames Program

Time Frames Program

The Time Frames Program is a brand new program that provides a vehicle for adults fifty five and older with disabilities and seniors to express themselves through a community based arts program that will also addresses various issues facing the communities they live within. In effect this program is a community development / engagement program for under served communities that tap into the lived experiences of community elders. The program is structured around three components that explore the past, present and future. 
It is during the last three weeks in the program, during the FUTURE component that elders and youth will come together to collaborate on a number of community - based art projects to address identified needs or issues within various communities.

We invite any youth who would be interested in participating in the Time Frames Program to join us for this opportunity to creatively shape the future. There will also be an exhibition of the art works created throughout the Time Frames Program to celebrate the accomplishments of all the participants in the program.

Below are the dates and times for the program.
DATES:  November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

TIMES: 1:00 – 3:30PM
PLACE: Seniors Lounge, Bloomfield Centre, 2786 Agricola Street

For more information about the TIME FRAMES PROGRAM, contact Gerard McNeil by phone at 456 – 0861 or by e-mail at

Check out the Visual Connections Project blog site.

The TIME FRAMES PROGRAM has been made possible through a grant from the
Nova Scotia Department of Seniors – Positive Aging Fund.

Gerard McNeil, M.Ed
Education and Outreach Curator
Veith Street Gallery Studio Association
Visual Connections Project
3115 Veith Street, Halifax, NS, B3K3G9
(902)456 - 0861
(902)446 - 6010

Mentoring in the Outdoors

Mentoring in the Outdoors provides training to adults and older youth interested in working with young people in the outdoors.  Topics include mentorship, planning fun and magical outdoor activities with and for young people, safety, leave no trace principles, using the outdoors as a learning space - and much more!

Mentoring in the Outdoors - Weekend Module
Friday, Oct 21 (5pm) to Sunday, Oct. 23 (12pm)
Location: Deanery Project, Lower Ship Harbour
Cost: $130/$100 for students
Registration Deadline: Oct 10th, 2011

For more information please contact our office at OR call 444-5885

Mini-Law School

The Law School welcomes the Community to a series of engaging lectures on contemporary legal topics.

Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm
Weldon Law Building
Room 105

*Attendees may be requested to show picture identification to get into the Weldon Law building.

Schedule of Lectures

October 26, 2001
Law and Religion:
Interactions in a Modern Democratic State
Diana Ginn

November 9, 2011
The State of the UN Climate Change Negotiations: A preview of the December 2011 Durban Conference
Meinhard Doelle

November 23, 2011
Buried Treasure: The Use and Abuse of Tax Havens
Geoffrey Loomer

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Crime Prevention Series

Learn how you can play a role in public safety, reduce your risk of being a victim of crime and improve the quality-of-life in your neighbourhood.

October 6: Good Neighbours, Great Neighbourhoods and Common By-Law Issues
                  Halifax Forum (Maritime Hall)
                  6209 Almon Street, Halifax

October 12: Internet Safety and Cyber Bulling
                   Halifax North Memorial Public Library
                   2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax

October 17: Scam Savvy - Preventing Fraud and Identity Theft
                   Alive Christian Church
                   28 Willet Street, Fairview

Workshops are brought to you by the Halifax Regional Police, Crime Prevention Series. All meetings start at 6:30 pm. All are welcome! Please call 490-5063 if you require special accomodations.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Power of Being a Girl

Each year near the end of October, the YWCA hosts ‘Week Without Violence,’ a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a violence-free world. As part of this important initiative, the YWCA Halifax organizes Power of Being a Girl, an annual all-girls conference for youth ages 12-16. This year’s Power of Being a Girl event will take place on Friday, October 28thin a picturesque setting on the Eastern Shore (transportation from Halifax/Dartmouth provided). We will explore issues important to young women, inviting them to become facilitators of change. This will be a fun-filled event with food, dance, art, film making and interactive workshops, all day-long!
Here are the details:
What: Power of Being a Girl 2011
When: Friday, October 28th (PD day; no school) 8:00am-5:30pm
Where: The Deanery Project Cooperative in Lower Ship Harbour
Who: Open to girls or girl-identified youth between 12 and 16 years old.
  • The YWCA is chartering a school bus for the day. Free-of-charge transportation will be available from the YWCA (1233 Barrington Street) in Halifax at 8:00am and from the Black Cultural Centre (10 Cherry Brook Rd.) in Cherry Brook at 8:30 am. The bus will return to Cherry Brook at 5:00pm and to the YWCA at 5:30pm at the end of the day.
  • A poster and registration form are both attached to this email. Space is limited so register ASAP! We'd like to have all registrations received by Friday, October 21st.
For more information or to register, contact Angela at: 423-6163, ext.257 or by email:

Please mail, fax, or email completed and signed registration form to:
Angela Day, Youth and Community Development Programs Manager
YWCA Halifax
1233 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS
B3J 1Y2
Fax: 902-444-3568

Thank you!

Volunteer Awards

2012 HRM Volunteer Awards - Deadline Friday, December 9, 2011
Each year Mayor Peter Kelly and Halifax Regional Council recognize the extraordinary contributions of individuals and groups who volunteer their time and skills to provide services and programs in HRM communities.  HRM is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Volunteer Awards.
Nominations are accepted in three categories: adult, youth (ages 13-19) and community group. Nomination criteria and applications can be found online at
Successful nominees will be notified in March 2012 and will be invited to attend a ceremony and reception taking place on April 18, 2012 when they will be officially presented with their award by Mayor Kelly and the councillor from their district. The award ceremony coincides with and is in celebration of National Volunteer Week, April 15-April 21, 2012.
From those selected to receive an HRM Volunteer Award, ten representatives will be sent on to the Provincial Volunteer Awards.
The deadline for nominations for the 2012 awards is Friday, December 9, 2011.
To find out more information about the awards, nomination criteria and to nominate someone who’s made a difference in your community, visit .

Bronwyn MacKinnon
Community Developer

Halifax Regional Municipality
Community Development - Community Relations & Cultural Affairs
PO Box 1749
Halifax, NS B3J 3A5

Tel: (902) 490-4535

Teen Poetry Contest

Grades 7-12
Word Up!
Teen Poetry Contest 2011
Do you have notebooks full of poetry or verses written in the margins of your scribbler? Free verse or rhyming, sonnet or haiku - no matter what you write, we want it! Submit your poems for a chance to win great prizes!!


Prizes will be awarded in both junior and senior high categories
1st place$100 Gift Card
2nd place$50 Gift Card
3rd place$25 Gift Card

Deadline:Entries must be entered online by:
Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 5 pm

Awards Event:Winners will be announced, and prizes awarded at the Word Up! Teen Poetry Contest 2011 Awards Event on Saturday, November 26, at 2pm at the Keshen Goodman Public Library.

For more information please read the contest guidelines and fill out an entry form at or check us out on Facebook at

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dad's Literacy Program

Where: 3524 Dutch Village Road, across from Dairy Queen in the Fairview United Church Hall

When: Saturday, October 22, November 12, 26 from 10:00 to 12:00

The program is for dads, male caregivers, uncles, grandfathers and children baby to 6 years of age. The program will be facilitated by a dad. A healthy snack will be provided, fun and interactive games and art activities, a circle time with book sharing and songs and a nutrition component. The last session will be a Rhythm & Rhyme session.

To register please call 443-9569. Registration begins Friday, September 30 after 9:30.

For more information about our programs and services visit our website at

Funding for this program is made possible from FLIEF (Family Learning Initiative Endowment Fund), Department of Labour & Workforce Development

There is no cost for this program.

HRM Volunteer Conference

The HRM Volunteer Conference is an opportunity for volunteers from the diverse communities of HRM to gather to network, train and celebrate together. HRM has been hosting the Conference for over 10 years. Each conference provides a wide selection of interactive & informative sessions, meals & refreshments, experienced speakers, a keynote, networking opportunities and resources for volunteers. This year’s volunteer conference will be:
November 18 & 19 at the Dartmouth Harbourview Holiday Inn
101 Wyse Road, Dartmouth
To register: Call 490-4309 or email For more information:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Capital Health Week

Capital Health provides health programs and services to Nova Scotians from West Hants to Sheet Harbour, including Halifax Regional Municipality. Get to know us a bit better during Capital Health Week – a celebration to explore ways we can work together to improve health.

Join us for one of our FREE events hosted by the people of Capital Health:
Topics include:
• Self-Worth • Health Care Planning for Older Adults
• Arts in the Park • MyHealth Passports
• Stroke and Hypertension Awareness • Achieving a Healthier Lifestyle

Community Conversations

My Health. Our Community.
What does a sustainable health care system mean to you? Your voice counts. Join us for a Community Conversation.
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6 to 8 p.m.
St. Philip Neri Hall, 8 Park Road
Musquodoboit Harbour

Wednesday, Sept. 28, noon to 2 p.m.
Alderney Gate Public Library
60 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth

Friday, Sept. 30, 2 to 4 p.m.
Halifax North Memorial Public Library
2285 Gottingen St., Halifax

Health and Wellness Fair

Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bethune Ballroom, Victoria General Hospital
1276 South Park Street, Halifax

Check out demonstrations and information about a variety of health and wellness topics and learn more about some of the programs and services we offer at Capital Health. The fair will feature displays from Your Way to Wellness, Community Health Teams, District Stroke Program, Public Health, Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network, Healing and Cancer Foundation, QEII Foundation, Public Health, Sunshine Room, Capital Health Libraries and Halifax Public Libraries, Healthy Workplace, MyHealth Passport and more!

For more information and a detailed description of events, times and locations visit our website at  or contact Margaret Angus at (902) 473-2726

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Privatization of Everything:Bioethics in the City II

1:30 pm, Tuesday September 20, 2011

Outdoor Amphitheatre, LeMarchant & University Ave.
Dalhousie University

Introduction - The Privatization of Knowledge
Matthew Herder LLM JSM

PublicTrust with Private Profit
Janice E. Graham PhD

Privatization, Profitization and Health Equity: Can We Talk About It?
Nuala Kenny OC MD FRCPC

Presented by:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Walk Halifax

Halifax Community Health Board has been involved in founding a new initiative called Walk Halifax, along with The Downtown Halifax Business Commission, The Hub Halifax, BALLE Nova Scotia and others. This fun initiative is meant to get those working downtown to be more engaged in the downtown, increase physical activity and create a sense of belonging in our community. Come out this Wednesday September 14th, to the Hub Halifax (1673 Barrington) from 12-1pm to learn more about this initiative and how you can get involved!

You can follow Walk Halifax at, @walkhalifax, and also on Facebook.

Monday, September 12, 2011

World Breastfeeding Week Family Fair

Families with children of all ages are invited to join us to celebrate! Entertainment... face painting... activities for parents & children.

Join the Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge! Breastfeeding mothers are invited to latch at 11am to help us reach our goal of having the most babies breastfeeding at the same time!

Submit a photo for our Breastfeeding Wall of Fame at the event or to and be entered to win a $50 Chapters gift card.

Saturday, October 1, 2011 10:30am-12:30pm

Newman Gardens at the IWK Health CentreFree admission.

In case of rain, celebration will be moved inside the IWK

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Vision 2011-Community Conversation

The Mi’kmaq Friendship Centre and The North End Community Health Centre invites the community to
an event to share our vision on the proposal to purchase the old St. Pat’s - Alexandra School.

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Where: Warrington Park (beside St. Pat’s A School)
Time: 2pm to 6pm

There will also be a veggie sale, information booth, children's games, open air gallery and scrumptious food!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Living At Home Longer

Everyone wants to grow old at home, but many people need help doing that as safely and independently as possible. It’s important to plan ahead, and to know what home care resources will be available to you or a loved one.

Find out what programs may be available, who is eligible, how much programs cost and how to access them, as well as resources for caregivers.

Monday, September 19, 2011
Dartmouth Sportsplex (Nantucket Room), 110 Wyse Road, Dartmouth
5:30 pm Refreshments and displays
6 -7 pm Presentation and Q&A
Free Parking

Tuesday September 20, 2011
Keshen Goodman Public Library (Thomas Raddall Room),
330 Lacewood Drive, Halifax
5:30 pm Refreshments and displays
6 -7 pm Presentation and Q&A
Free Parking

Monday, August 22, 2011

Step Up to Leadership Training

Step Up to Leadership Training

HRM Volunteer Services offers a FREE 10 session course which was developed by volunteers for volunteers. The course covers a wide range of topics and is intended to help you develop leadership skills and build strong communities.

The first half of the course explores:

personality types
team work
group dynamics
planning for your passion

 The second half of the course provides information on:

creating a non-profit organization
Board legalities and practicalities
effective meetings
conflict resolution
public speaking 

The program has a full, well rounded agenda to provide the necessary tools and techniques to create effective leadership and community involvement. 

Fall Courses 2011

We will be offering Step Up in three locations this Fall:


Bloomfield Centre
2786 Agricola St , Halifax
Thursday, Sept 8 to Nov 8
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Alive Church
28 Willet St, Fairview
Sept 14 to Nov 16
6:30 pm - 9:00pm

East Dartmouth

East Dartmouth Community Centre
50 Caledonia Rd, Dartmouth
Thursday Sept 15 to Nov 15
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

To register : Call 490-1946 or e-mail us ! 

Bronwyn MacKinnon
Community Developer

Halifax Regional Municipality
Community Development - Community Relations & Cultural Affairs PO Box 1749 Halifax, NS B3J 3A5

Tel: (902) 490-4535

TAKE CARE Workshop

TAKE CARE Workshop
A two session workshop for family and friends of persons with
chronic health conditions
(e.g. diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, MS, mental illness; but
NOT moderate/late stage dementia)
You are an essential partner in your family member’s/friend’s
chronic condition management. Come learn some tips and strategies
to become an effective partner.
Call Brenda at Caregivers Nova Scotia at 421-7390 to register for this
FREE 2 session workshop:
Session One Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
Session Two Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
LOCATION: 3433 Dutch Village Road
Suite 2
Halifax, NS
TIME: 10am – 12 Noon
Ample Parking in the Shoppers Drug Mart on Dutch Village Road.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's Your Opportunity

We are seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on the volunteer Board of Directors for the
Capital District Health Authority. Capital Health is the largest integrated academic health district in the Maritimes. It provides core adult health services to 40 per cent of Nova Scotians, and specialist services to the province and region. The district operates 39 facilities in 10 sites in the Halifax Regional Municipality and the western portion of Hants County.

Board members are also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre and the Board of Management Nova Scotia Hospital.

As a prospective member, you may have:
• Financial experience,
• Strong legal experience,
• Capital development experience,
• Business acumen relative to large scale corporate operations, and
• An understanding of health care quality.

You will have:
• Demonstrated community leadership.

You are:
• Committed to working with board members, executive management, community health boards and other stakeholders to achieve healthier people and communities.

Board appointments are selected through two separate processes. One-third of the members are appointed
directly by the Minister of Health and Wellness. Two thirds are appointed by the Minister from a list of names submitted by the health authority’s nominating committee, comprising local individuals representing the district’s seven Community Health Boards (CHB's).

Opportunities to represent:
◆ Southeastern area (incl. Eastern Passage, Cow Bay,Cole Harbour, Cherry Brook/Lake Loon, North
Preston, East Preston, Mineville, Lawrencetown);
◆ Eastern Shore Musquodoboit area;
◆ Halifax area;
◆ Cobequid area;
◆ Dartmouth area;
◆ Chebucto West area;
◆ West Hants / Uniacke area

We will also be accepting applications for these areas for future vacancies.
If local health care is important to you, send in your letter of application for Board membership today.

Please include a brief résumé that matches your qualifications to the selection criteria.

For selection criteria visit

We begin processing applications on: Aug. 25, 2011 for appointments commencing Dec 2011; and
Jan. 19, 2012 for appointments commencing May 2012.

For more information on the Capital District Health Authority, visit
To learn more about the appointment process visit:
Look under “Non-Adjudicative”
Select: “Process Overview”