Monday, May 30, 2011

Family Caregiver Month

Do you give care to a family member or friend who has a chronic illness? The month of May is dedicated to
recognizing YOU, the Family Caregiver. Caregivers Nova Scotia & We Care Home Health Services are inviting you to our FREE Caregiver Information Fair
Date: May 31st

Time: drop in any time from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: The Westwood Sky Lounge - 2717 Gladstone Street, Halifax
Light Refreshments will be available

1. Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia will show case their 6 week Family Education Series
2. Preventing Falls Together Coalition/Community Links will demonstrate Falls Prevention
3. Heart and Stroke Foundation showcasing the Walkabout Program
4. Northwood In Touch will showcase their medical personal alert systems and sensors
5. Learn about or participate in a research project from Mount Saint Vincent University
titled "Timing of the C.A.R.E. Tool Project" (assessing the needs of family caregivers)
6. Caregivers Nova Scotia will showcase the new TYZE online personal networks
7. We Care Home Health will focus on the Get Going To Keep Going resource
8. Nutrition Education by a qualified dietician

For more information please contact Aaron Hanna at 454 – 2571 or Brenda Sangster at 421-7390

Please join us!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Do we have a supportive and safe homecare system?

Are you a family caregiver? Do you give extra support or help to a family member or friend who has a chronic illness or disability?

A Cafe Scientifique is your chance to have a conversation with researchers about your caregiving role. Drs. Keefe and MacDonald will briefly describe their research on caregiving in Nova Scotia nad Canada. Then we will all discuss the impact of caregiving on our lives.

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Place: Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road, Halifax
Please join us to participate in the research that shapes programs and policies for caregivers. Space is limited. Please call Brenda to 421-7390 to reserve your seat. Financial assistance is available for transportation and replacement care.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Green Light, Red Light: Regulating Sex Workers in Halifax

Stepping Stone and Mount Saint Vincent University Present Green Light, Red Light: Regulating Sex Work in Halifax.

The laws governing sex work in Canada could be changing.

On September 28th, 2010 Canada’s prostitution laws were declared invalid by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The decision was stayed and an appeal will be heard in June 2011. If the appeals are unsuccessful, sex work could be decriminalized in Canada, and responsibility for the regulation of sex work could fall into the hands of the municipalities.

But what, exactly, will this regulation look like in Halifax?

Mount Saint Vincent University and Stepping Stone are bringing together a community education session and forum like no other. Politicians, representatives from law enforcement, academics, community advocates, former and current sex workers, union representatives, and other concerned individuals are invited to a full day open session, where we will explore what works - and what doesn’t - when regulating sex work.

Event organizers are pleased to announce that Alan Young, the lead counsel for the historic Bedford vs. Canada decision will provide the keynote address. We will also welcome local experts including Gayle MacDonald and Leslie Jeffrey, authors of ‘Sex Workers in the Maritimes Talk Back.’ The days will also include opportunities for the community to work together on this issue and provide input and feedback.

Friday May 27th, 2011


Atlantica Hotel 1980 Robie St. Halifax, NS.

Cost $35(which includes a full lunch buffet and breaks for the day).

You can register securely through our website at

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Your Way to Wellness

Do you have a chronic health condition? Do you want to better support a loved one who has a chronic condition? Join us for Your Way to Wellness, a free six-week program to help people living with chronic conditions learn and develop new skills to help maintain an active, fulfilling life.

Who should attend?

Any adult with an ongoing health condition OR Family members, friends, and caregivers or meone with someone with a chronic condition.

Chronic conditions can include, but are not limited to:

• Arthritis

• Diabetes

• High blood pressure

• Heart disease

• Asthma

• Fibromyalgia

• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)

• Mental illness

• Chronic pain

Learn how to:

• Eat healthier & become more active

• Manage symptoms and emotions (fear, anger, frustration)

• Improve self confidence

• Make daily tasks easier

• Talk to your doctor and health care team

• Set goals, learn problem solving, and develop action plans

About the program

Each session lasts 2.5 hours and meets once a week for six weeks. Each group has six to 15 people and is led by trained volunteers (most of whom live with chronic conditions themselves.

Next session starts Thursday May 26th!

When: Thursday evenings, (6:00pm-8:30pm)

Dates: May 26-June 30.

Where: Diabetes Management Centre, Bayer's Road Centre, Suite 165, 7071 Bayer's Road, Halifax.

Interested in signing up? For more information contact Stephanie at 473-7709 or visit¢erContent.Id.0=53459

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Have fun and help out a great event!

We are organizing a street party/fun fair for children, youth, families and friends in celebration of Access Awareness Week, which aims to increase public awareness around disability issues and inclusion.

The fair will be held in the North End of Halifax on Cabot Place on Saturday, June 4th (rain date is Sunday, June 5th) from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Cabot Place will be closed to traffic so that we can make full use of the street for games and activities and so that wheelchair users will be able to participate in all events.

We’re thinking of this as an old-fashioned country fair in the city type of event, albeit with a few modern components.

We are recruiting volunteers to oversee fun fair events and games including:

• Knock down the cans

• Water pong

• Hockey shoot

• Face painting/temporary tattoos

• Balloon animals

• Fish pond

• Fortune teller/palm reader

• Pie in the face

• Rock band competition (Wii) – OK, that one’s not so old-fashioned!

• Sucker pull

• Art mural project

• Fancy Dress-up photographs (where we will provide printed copies of the photos )

• Guess the number of jelly beans in the jar contest....and more!

We need loads of volunteers to help out with the fair, including:

• DJs

• balloon animal artists

• photographers

• jugglers

• carpenters

• magicians

• clowns

• general helpers.

We need creative people to help set up and decorate, people to run games, hand out treats and drinks and people to spray whipped cream onto pie plates…the list just goes on and on!

Interested? Please call Jackie at 401-5938 and add your name (and special talent or skill) to our list of volunteers for this extra special event! If you have any questions or want more information about this event, you can call Sandra at 444-9906.

This free event is funded by the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunity and planned/organized by Flying on Your Own, a summer program for teens with special needs.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Imagine Fairview Community Picnic


Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

3620 Dutch Village Road. (old Halifax West High School site)

Bring your own lunch, blanket, musical instrument and/or soccer ball. Meet new people and let's share our ideas about the proposed development and the threat of losing prime, public land in the heart of our community. [*Rain Date will be Sat. May 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.]. For more information, please contact: Tamara Lorincz, Fairview Resident,
C: (902) 478-1379 / / Join our Facebook group: IMAGINE FAIRVIEW

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Habitat for Humanity is looking for family partners!

Are you:
  • a low-income family?
  • living in substandard housing conditions?
  • someone who works with families in need of decent affordable housing?
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 invite you to attend our family information session.

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Place: Sobeys Community Room
          279 Herring Cove Road, Halifax

Prior to attending, please fill out the "Should I apply?" form, which is available at
Please bring the form with you so that members of the family selection committee can hellp you complete your application.

Monday, May 2, 2011

May 7-National Child and Youth Mental Health Day

How You Can Help Improve Mental Health Resources For Your Family

On May 7th youth, parents, caregivers, professionals, service providers and those interested in child and youth mental health are invited to help define what Family Smart could mean to our Nation. Participate to help us define the outcomes that are meaningful to families and how Family Smart can help us reach those outcomes.

Sites across Canada will be connected during parts of the day through webcasting and the dialogue across provinces and territories will be captured using Graphic Recording.

We have lots of activities planned to keep you engaged (and fed) during your experience, but understand that it may be difficult to be on location the entire time. We encourage you to come for as long as you can, and would love to collect your input.

Halifax, NS -- Co-hosted by the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and the IWK Mental Health and Addictions. Location: IWK Health Centre, Parker Reception Room, 1-7pm ( or call 470-8087)

What is Family Smart?

Family Smart is the first initiative of the Institute of Families. The hope is for 'Family Smart' to become an recognized identifier (like Health Check), used to identify and endorse programs, practices, policies, services and research that families have identified as meaningful and helpful to them.