Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Measuring Program Outcomes

This workshop provides non-profit organizations with a step-by-step approach for planning and implementing a process for measuring program outcomes. It is based on United Way of America's "Measuring Program Outcomes: A Practical Approach".

The workshop will be of special interest to staff and volunteers who want to learn more about effective program planning, outcomes and evaluation. At the end of the session, participants will:

1. understand the importance of identifying and measuring program outcomes;
2. understand the value and usage of outcome data; and
3. understand ways to collect outcome data.

Who should attend?

1.Those responsible for developing or managing a program within a non-profit organization.
2. Those interested in learning about a process that measures program impact and promotes continuous improvement.
3. Those responsible for reporting on the success of their organization's programs and completing funding applications.

Bloomfield Centre, Room 201

Tuesday, May 3rd 9am- 12 noon OR Thursday, May 5th 6pm-9pm

For more information:

Friday, April 15, 2011

Your Way To Wellness

Volunteer Leaders Wanted!

Do you have a chronic condition or care for someone who does? Interested in volunteering in your community? Learn how to manage your chronic condition & empower others to do the same. Volunteer with Your Way to Wellness!

This free program helps people with chronic conditions and their caregivers to overcome daily challenges, take action and live a healthy life! Groups meet weekly (2 ½ hours) for 6 weeks and are led by 2-3 trained volunteers

Participants learn how to:
•Set goals & problem solve
•Improve communication with health care providers, family & friends
•Eat healthier & become more active
•Manage symptoms & make daily tasks easier
•Improve self-confidence & manage difficult emotions

Your Way to Wellness volunteers should…
•Be comfortable speaking in front of groups
•Have good literacy skills and be able to follow a scripted format
•Be able to commit to a 4 day training session (at no cost to you)
•Co-lead at least two 6-week programs within the first 18 months after training
•Have a willingness to learn. You do not need a clinical/medical background to be a Your Way to Wellness volunteer (training will be provided)

As a Your Way to Wellness volunteer you will…
•Gain valuable skills in learning and teaching, group facilitation & public speaking
•Become a certified Your Way to Wellness Volunteer Leader
•Help empower people in your community to improve or maintain their health
•Receive a small honorarium for facilitating group sessions
•Gain experience to build your resume and possibly lead to other career opportunities
Next training session: June 2-5, 2011, Halifax

Contact Stephanie at 473-7709 or

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mental Health Focus Group

Capital Health wants to improve education resources for individuals and families. The consumer/family member/health care provider working group invites you attend an upcoming focus group to answer the following questions:

1. What information, education and support would have been helpful from the beginning when you or your loved one began experiencing mental illness?
2. What information/education/support did you need?
3. What information and supports have you and your family found to be most helpful?
4. What other types of information and support are needed now?

Date: April 19, 2011
Time: 7 - 8:30 pm
Place: Cole Harbour Place Library, 51 Forest Hills Parkway, Dartmouth

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Volunteers Needed. Help us make a difference!

The Halifax Regional Cerebral Palsy Association is a non-profit society that brings together people with CP, family, and friends who are passionate about building community.

The current executive of the society will no longer be able to serve in a leadership role due to other commitments and the society is now seeking out individuals in the broader community who would be interested in sharing their time and skills on the executive. We are currently seeking to fill all positions on the board and are at risk of dissolving if we cannot do so by July 31st.

We are ideally seeking someone with CP, someone who has a family member with CP, or a student/researcher. While a basic familiarity with CP would be an asset, it is certainly not required and we would welcome the opportunity to share our abilities.

The positions do not require a large time commitment and we do not expect you to take on any onerous fundraising initiatives. More then anything, we want to continue to have a social gathering once a month and not lose the sense of community we have built over the years.

If you are feeling a calling to our group or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from!

Laura MacDonald
Past President (1991-1993) & Current Member

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Student Scholarship Video Challenge 2011

Gambling Awareness Nova Scotia (formerly the Nova Scotia Gaming Foundation) is pleased to announce its 2011 Student Scholarship Video Challenge!

The challenge is an opportunity for graduating Grade Twelve high school students to think critically about gambling issues relevant to youth. To apply, students must create a 3-minute video that debunks a common gambling myth: "It's easy to make money playing poker."

Gambling Awareness Nova Scotia will award Student Scholarships to the top applicant(s) in two categories. For team submissions, the scholarship will be equally divided among the teams' members:

• Judges' Choice - $2,000* CAD - A panel of judges will select their top video pick based on pre-selected criteria

• Viewers' Choice - $2,000* CAD - All videos will be available for viewing online at The video with the most 'likes' at the close of the Video Challenge will be deemed the Viewers' Choice top video pick!

The Video Challenge deadline is May 27, 2011, at 4 p.m.

Please help us spread the word by forwarding this email and encouraging your friends and family to visit and for more information and application instructions.
Please direct any questions to Jen Wheatley, Communications Officer, at or 902.424.2147 (toll free at 1.866.424.0963).

Gambling Awareness Nova Scotia (GANS) is a not-for-profit, arms-length government organization that encourages and supports an independent response to gambling harm in Nova Scotia. By providing an opportunity for youth to research and dialogue about gambling, GANS is helping to realize its vision for Nova Scotia: Individuals, families and communities free from gambling harm.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Mental Health and Addictions Strategy

The Online Consultation for the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy is now available.

It can be found here:
The Consultation Questionnaire can be found here for those looking to provide feedback by hand:

Information regarding the strategy is available