Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Christmas Carol: Tickets on Sale Now!!!

Get yourself in the Christmas spirit with Jeremy Webb's wonderful adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Jeremy is performing this play especially for The Club again this year, and all the proceeds will support Club programs!

This is a truly spectacular show:  it's heart wrenching, exciting, moving, and completely hilarious.
Suitable for every age and ability.
Sunday December 15 at 5pm
Tickets are only $20 each.
The Club, St James Anglican Church Hall, Armdale Rotary, Halifax
Available from The Drop In Club, St James Anglican Church Hall, during opening times,
email theclubscri@gmail.com, or call/text Alice on 902 478 1917.
Tickets are selling fast so get yours early.

Monday, November 18, 2013

HomeBridge Youth Society Online Fundraising Auction

HomeBridge Youth Society Online Fundraising Auction

HomeBridge Youth Society is holding their
fourth annual Online Fundraising Auction
November 13th to November 27th.

All funds raised support therapeutic, life-skills programming, educational supplies, and recreational and cultural experiences for the youth in HomeBridge’s six residential care facilities and on site-school.
There are tons of great items up for grabs, so please go to www.32auctions.com/homebridgeauction, register and kick off your holiday shopping for a good cause.

Fairview Festival of Light and Tree Lighting

Festival of Light and Tree Lighting

6:00 PM
Titus Smith Park, Fairview
Saturday, November 30th

Free Food and Drink, Light Exchange and Santa

Entertainment by:
Fairview Junior High and Duc D'Anville Elementary
See full size image

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fairview Craft Fundraiser

There will be a Community Craft Fair on Saturday, November 16th, 9-5pm at Mosaic Church, 28 Willet St.  Come and purchase locally made items for Christmas.  All proceeds go to families in Cuba.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Behavioural Activation Therapy: What You Need To Know

September 27, 2013
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
lunch and refreshment breaks included

Behavioural Activation Therapy:
What You Need To Know

Dr. Simon Sherry: Associate Professor, Psychology, Dalhousie UniversityDalhousie Faculty Club, 1 Alumni Crescent, off South Street, Halifax

Register online at

Very few helping professionals receive solid training in behavioural interventions;
nearly all need it.
Used to treat depression, anxiety, and other problems,
behavioural activation therapy has numerous applications and will be
of interest to a wide range of health professionals and others who help change behaviour.

For more information click on the link:
Behavioural Activation Workshop Outline
Contact Information
    Phone: 902-492-2546
    Fax: 902-423-3469
    5739 Inglis Street, Halifax, NS, B3H 1K5

November 1, 2013, 9:00 – 4:30
Nobody’s Perfect
Understanding, Assessing & Treating Perfectionism & Related Problems
Click for more information

Volunteering Opportunity

Alex’s Safe Harbour
A Special Place for Grief, Hope & Healing
Grief Support for Children, Teens and Families

Would you or someone you know be willing to give 3 hours of your time each week, to help a child, teen, family or adult at a time when they need it the most? Alex’s Safe Harbour provides family centered grief support in the Halifax Regional Municipality. We are presently seeking compassionate individuals who would like to help. We offer full training for group facilitators and there are also many other ways for you to help behind the scenes. Our free support groups have been made possible by the generous donations from private and corporate donations, the IWK Health Foundation, the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, Arbor Memorial Foundation and the Community Health Boards. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact our Bereavement Coordinator, Trish Dominie at 902-448-8396 and visit our website www.alexssafeharbour.com.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Laing House Masquerade Ball

Experience Hollywood with Laing House - October 26, 2013
You can be a part of a million dollar moment at the 7th annual Laing House Masquerade Ball, A Night in Hollywood!

Experience vintage 1950’s Hollywood, dance the night away and be a part of an event that has raised nearly a million dollars for youth living with mental illness. Our volunteer committee has planned a stellar evening full of extravagance, style, and sophistication. Ask anyone - it’s one of the premiere social events of the year in Halifax.  Paris was classic, Rio was vibrant, Greece was divine and now... Hollywood will be glamorous!

Now is the time to come together as a community and show support and awareness for mental health.  The Masquerade Ball supports Laing House programs that empower youth on their journey of recovery through friendship, education, creativity and healthy lifestyles.

So join us by purchasing a table or tickets. If you are not able to attend, please consider sponsoring a youth or making a donation.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, October 26, and thank you for your support!
Jane Machum
Chair, Laing House Masquerade Ball Committee
100% Volunteer Driven.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Improve your Reading, Writing or Math Skills

Want to Improve your Reading, Writing or Math Skills?
Free Adult Literacy and Upgrading
Ages 19 +

-No high school diploma?
-Interested in working with a volunteer tutor once a
week to improve reading, writing and math skills?
-You could work towards your GED or increase your
chances of getting a better job!
-Programs are FREE and participation is confidential.

For more information, contact Program Coordinator,
Jen Hill at 490-5990 or hillj@halifax.ca
Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library
Thursdays from 3 - 6 p.m. or 6 - 9 p.m. or
Fridays from 2 - 5 p.m.
(Programs are also available at other libraries - contact 422-7648 for other locations)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Switch Open Street Sundays

Switch Open Street Sundays September 8, 2013 10am-3pm

This Sunday, Switch will transform 2km of streets in Halifax into safe, fun, festive and car-free public space.  The route will begin at North and Agricola and go down North Park and Bell Road ending at South Park and Spring Garden Road.  The route will be closed to vehicular traffic and open to walkers, runners, cyclists, in-line skaters, strollers, and much more.  Switch Open Street Sundays is about promoting healthy communities and sustainable transportation by changing the way we use streets in the region. There will be a range of free activities and entertainment along the route including: music, face-painting, hula hooping, yoga, bike rentals, and much more.  Come out and experience the streets in a whole new way. For more info about Switch Open Street Sundays:Website: Switchhfx.ca
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/SWITCHHFXFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/SwitchhfxPhone & Email:  Ross Soward 494.8494 or ross.soward@gmail.com

Tea and Tango

This fall, Happily Ever Active and YouTwoCanTango will be launching a free new Argentine tango program for ambulatory adults of all ages who have neurological conditions. 

Both experienced and novice dancers are encouraged to attend, either with or without a partner. Registration is required, by phoning 902-492-3903, or emailing teaandtango@icloud.com. More information about Argentine tango, as well as this pilot program, can be found on the YouTwoCanTango website.

Tea & Tango will run for 10 weeks, beginning September 28th, and continuing every Saturday afternoon from 1:30-3:00pm at the Bethune Ballroom (VG Hospital Site, 1276 South Park Street). Afternoon tea will be served following the dance class.

An Argentine tango workshop for wheelchair users will be held in January - details to follow.

Moving Forward Together - Metro Transit

Dear Community Partner,

As you may be aware, Metro Transit is currently developing a new Five Year Service Plan.

The Five Year Service Plan, entitled Moving Forward Together, is Metro Transit’s policy document for the development of our transit network over the next five years.
As part of our first round of public consultation for the plan, Metro Transit is asking some important questions to help us determine how the broader HRM community values transit, and how it should grow. We’re asking participants to look beyond day to day operational issues, and think about what the goals of Metro Transit should be for the next five years.

For more information on the planning process or on how to participate, visit our website at http://halifax.ca/movingforwardtogether/ and following the hyperlink to the public engagement portal. This site allows participants many different ways to provide input toward the development of the plan including an online forum and an online survey.  You can access this interactive environment by entering our website and following the hyperlink to the public engagement portal.

This is a great chance to have a real impact on how Metro Transit grows in the next five years, so please take a few minutes look at the site and give us your thoughts, as well as pass the link along to your networks. You can also use our Twitter handle #moving4ward on your Twitter accounts if you’d like to spread the word that way.

In addition to the website, we have six public meetings coming up next week.  The dates, times and locations are in the table below. Feel free to attend any session that fits your schedule.
Monday, September 9
Session 1
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
St. Agnes Hall, 6903 Mumford Road, Halifax
Session 2
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
St. Agnes Hall, 6903 Mumford Road, Halifax
Wednesday, September 11
Session 3
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Royal Canadian Legion, 45 Sackville Cross Road, Sackville
Session 4*
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Royal Canadian Legion, 45 Sackville Cross Road, Sackville
Thursday, September 12
Session 5*
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Harbourview, 101 Wyse Road, Dartmouth
Session 6
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Harbourview, 101 Wyse Road, Dartmouth
*Please note that ASL interpreters will be available at Sessions 4 and 5.

Everyone who completes a survey either at the public sessions or online before September 30th will be entered in a draw to win an iPad mini, so spread the word!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at movingforward@halifax.ca.

Thank you for your support as we embark on this exciting process.

Erin Harrison
Coordinator, Project Planning
Metro Transit
Halifax Regional Municipality

Monday, August 26, 2013

North End Matters

Hello Everyone,
My name is Dr. Ingrid Waldron. I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University. I am conducting the third phase of a research project entitled North End Matters: A Multi-Phase Project that commenced with a research study and report on the health issues facing African Nova Scotians in North End, Halifax. This was followed by a video, community event and live-streamed talk show in 2012.

The third phase of North End Matters: A Multi-Phase Project began in July of this year. This phase of the project brings together community members, faculty, research staff, consultants, the North End Community Health Center, the Community Health Board, and an African Nova Scotian Advisory Committee to conduct a pilot project that seeks to impact public policy and decision making around the social determinants of health in the African Nova Scotian community in the North End of Halifax.

The project will use the People Assessing their Health (PATH) process to engage African Nova Scotian residents, agency professionals and business owners in the North End in discussions on health priorities in the North End. One outcome of this process is the development of a Community Health Impact Assessment Tool (CHIAT) that will be owned by the African Nova Scotian community in the North End. The CHIAT is an advocacy tool that can be used to evaluate policies, projects, services and programmes. It can also be used to suggest actions that could be taken to maximize the benefits (positive effects) and minimize the harm (negative effects) of any project, policy or program in the North End.

We are interested in hearing what African Nova Scotian North End residents (including youth), agency professionals, business owners and other individuals have to say about what they think makes and keeps people healthy in the North End. To that end, we will soon be holding community consultations to discuss the project, tool and the health of North End community members. If you are an African Nova Scotian residing in the North End, please come out to these community consultations. Refreshments will be served. The dates, times and location for the community consultations will be announced soon.

You are also invited to attend the monthly project meetings. These meetings are open to the public, including North End residents and individuals who do not reside in the North End. Please attend these meetings if you are interested in learning more about the project. Please see the information below for dates, times and locations for our upcoming monthly project meetings.

Project Meetings in 2013:

Tuesday, August 20: 5-7 PM: Location: TBA

Tuesday, September 24: 5-7 PM: North End Community Health Center: 2103 Gottingen Street, North End, Halifax

Tuesday, October 22: 5-7 PM: North End Community Health Center: 2103 Gottingen Street, North End, Halifax

Tuesday, November 26: 5-7 PM: North End Community Health Center: 2103 Gottingen Street, North End, Halifax

Tuesday, December 17: 5-7 PM: North End Community Health Center: 2101 Gottingen Street, North End, Halifax

Project Meetings in 2014:

Tuesday, January 21: 5-7 PM: North End Community Health Center: 2103 Gottingen Street, North End, Halifax

Tuesday, February 25: 5-7 PM: North End Community Health Center: 2103 Gottingen Street, North End, Halifax

Tuesday, March 25: 5-7 PM: North End Community Health Center: 2103 Gottingen Street, North End, Halifax

Tuesday, April 22: 5-7 PM: North End Community Health Center: 2103 Gottingen Street, North End, Halifax

Please visit the facebook page for the project to stay informed about dates, time, and locations for the community consultations and monthly project meetings, as well as other events and activities: https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-End-Matters-A-Multi-Phase-Project/377840035564046

Ingrid Waldron, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Dalhousie University
Email: iwaldron@dal.ca

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Community Events on the Long Weekend

There Will be Several Events in the Halifax Community Health Board area this Long Weekend!

Community Party July 1st
Spencer House 30th Birthday
5596 Morris St. Halifax
1:00-4:00 pm: (outdoors) live music, BBQ $3, games & prizes, CD launch, meet our Semi-Superheroes, bring your own chair
3:00-7:00 pm: (indoors) "beer tent" ($4 drinks - beer, wine, coolers), open mic & karaoke, snacks, check out our new Health Studio

Canada Day BBQ for Literacy Program Awareness
Monday, July 1st 2013 – Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Parent Resource Center, St. Andrews Recreation Center
3380 Barnstead Lane (old St. Andrews School off Bayers Rd.)

Have a Safe and Fun Canada Day Long Weekend!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Celebrating Our Communities! 

Join us for an evening of celebration as we award our 2013 Community Development Funds.
There will be a brief discussion about your health and health care. Our new health plan depends on hearing from as many people as possible. 

Date: Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Universite Sainte-Anne 1589 Walnut St. Halifax
RSVP: Laurie MacNeil by June 14th 487-0571 or laurie.macneil@cdha.nshealth.ca

Light refreshments will be served!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

New Happily Ever Active programs

We are pleased to announce the launch of two free seniors' programs in Halifax, and would appreciate it very much if you would consider passing this information along to individuals who may wish to participate.
Heart & Soul Summer Arts Camp: this year's rendition of our free summer arts program is open to seniors of all ages and abilities who would like to experiment with art. A poster for this program is attached.

Ever Active: our free fitness class has expanded to a second site in the South End of Halifax (poster attached). Sessions are open to any senior or adult with physical limitations, and run 52 weeks/year with the exception of long weekends.

Please feel free to contact us for more information about these programs, or visit our newly improved website, which includes a special page for healthcare providers: http://happilyeveractive.org/WP/programs/referral
In July, Happily Ever Active co-founder Jesse Robson will be offering the Canadian Centre for Activity & Aging Seniors' Fitness Instructor Course for individuals who would like to become certified seniors' fitness instructors. For more information about this course, please see the attached poster, or contact Jesse with your queries: jesse.robson@dal.ca.
If you would like to receive regular updates on our programs (~4 per year), we encourage you to join our mailing list by visiting our webpage: www.happilyeveractive.org

Thank you for supporting our efforts to promote active aging in HRM.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Switch: Open Street Sunday

Switch: Open Street Sundays
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sunday, June 9, 2013
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
As part of Bike Week, a 2km route on the Halifax peninsula will be closed to vehicular traffic from 10am to 3pm and open to walkers, runners, bikers, in-line skaters, strollers, and much more. Inspired by the growing number of successful “open street” type events hosted in cites across the globe, Switch is about promoting healthy and active living, in a fun and festive community-based atmosphere. This will be the second Switch in Halifax, with the hope of making it a regular occurrence.

The Switch volunteer organizing team is looking for community groups, local organizations, and/or interested individuals to help us activate the route. Last year we had many activities from yoga to zumba and we are hoping to have more great activities along the route this year. There will be three main activity areas: Agricola, the North Commons and Victoria Park / Bell Road.

Activate the Route
Please get in touch with us at as soon as possible and we can include you in our promotions.
If you are interested in setting up along Agricola and the North Commons contact us at switchopenstreetsundays@gmail.com.

Or, if you'd like to come out near Victoria Park/Bell Road, please contact Andrew andrewpeterhayes@gmail.com or Kathy kathy.macdonald452@gmail.com.

To register as a Switch volunteer for September 9th, please follow this link:
Give us Feedback
Your feedback from past participation will help us make Switch even better. Please participate in our Community Partners feedback survey:
To learn more, please follow us:
Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/SWITCHHFX
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Switchhfx
or email us at: switchopenstreetsundays@gmail.com
Switch Organizing Committee

Friday, May 3, 2013


Celebrate Mental Health Week

MONDAY, MAY 6th, 12noon - 1:30pm
(Next to the food court)
Barrington Street, Halifax

This Mini Expo will feature Information and Displays on
Mental Health Programs & Services in the Halifax Region


For more information on the Mini Expo call CMHA, Halifax-Dartmouth at (902) 455-5445 or e-mail cmhahal@ns.aliantzinc.ca

May 6th -12th
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has been a champion for mental health since 1918 and has played an important role in improving people’s understanding of mental health and mental illness. CMHA introduced Mental Health Week (MHW) in 1951 to raise awareness of mental illness in Canada. MHW today offers people practical ways to maintain and improve their mental health and support their recovery from mental illness. To learn more about mental health week visit http://mentalhealthweek.cmha.ca/

Monday, April 29, 2013

Community Meeting

Chebucto West and Halifax Community Health Boards Invite you to:

Tell Us About Your Health Concerns!

Where: Keshan Goodman Library
When: June 3, 2013
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Our health plan depends on hearing from as many people as possible. We appreciate you taking the time to share your concerns and complete our survey!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Halifax Health Board Grant Opportunities

We’re looking for great ideas!

Project funding for 2013 will focus on the following four priority areas:
·       Health inequities
·       Mental health
·       Sense of belonging
·       Physical activity and Healthy eating

Halifax Community Health Board serves residents of Halifax peninsula and Fairview. Projects must take place in and serve residents of our area. Grants of up to $2,500 are available. Projects may be funded partially or in full.

To find out more about funding criteria and to discuss your idea, please contact Cathy Leslie at 487-0592 or cathy.leslie@cdha.nshealth.ca

Deadline for applications is 4:30 pm Friday May 3, 2013.
Late applications will not be accepted.
Halifax Community Health Board is accepting applications to the Community Development Fund from qualified non-profit and community based organizations.

FREE Self-management Workshop in HRM

Your Way to Wellness spring workshop schedule now available!
Do you have an ongoing health condition?
For example: arthritis, diabetes, COPD, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, asthma or high blood pressure?
Join us for Your Way to Wellness!
This free workshop helps adults with chronic (ongoing) health conditions overcome daily challenges, take action and live a healthy life!
Groups meet weekly (2 ½ hours) for six weeks and are led by trained volunteers (most of whom have chronic conditions themselves).
Participants learn how to:

• Set goals and problem solve
• Improve communication with health care providers, family and friends
• Eat healthier and become more active
• Manage symptoms
• Make daily tasks easier
• Improve self-confidence
• Manage fear, anger and frustration


To pre-register contact Stephanie at 473-7709 or yw2w@cdha.nshealth.ca.
For more information visit www.yourwaytowellness.ca.
Upcoming Sessions
Pre-registration is required.
Bayers Road Centre, Halifax
Thursdays, April 11 - May 16
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
East Dartmouth Community Centre, Dartmouth
Mondays, May 6 – June 17 (no class May 20)
9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Spring Garden Road Library, Halifax
Tuesdays, May 7 – June 11
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Alderney Gate Library, Dartmouth
Thursdays, May 9 – June 13
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Sackville Public Library, Lower Sackville
Fridays, May 10 – June 14
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Canada Games Centre, Halifax (Clayton Park)
Thursdays, May 23 – June 27
6:15 pm – 8:45 pm
Stephanie Wood
Coordinator, Your Way to Wellness
Primary Health Care, Capital Health
T: 902.473.7709
E: YourWayToWellness@cdha.nshealth.ca
W: www.yourwaytowellness.ca

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Capital Health Addiction and Mental Health Program

Are you affected by a loved one’s substance use or gambling?

Join us for a six-week education group for family members, partners and close friends of those harmfully involved with drugs, alcohol and/or gambling.

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
April 3-May 8, 2013

Halifax Community-Based Services
1673 Bedford Row

Topics include:
·        Promoting positive communication and self care
·        Enabling behavior and boundaries
·        Developing strategies to engage loved ones
·        Exploring the leisure health connection
·        Pharmacology 101 – Q&A 

Questions? Interested in signing up?

If you are a current Addictions Program client, please call
Patrick (424-7201) or Candice (424-7203)

New to the Addictions Program?
Call Central Intake (424-8866) to start the registration process

Thinking about change?
Concerned about someone's involvement with alcohol, other drugs and/or gambling?Our team of healthcare professionals is here to help!
Contact us to learn more, explore options or register for a program.
Call 424-8866 (toll free 1-866-340-6700) or visit www.gethelpstopping.ca

Happy Spring, fellow gardeners!

Common Roots Urban Farm will have garden plots available to community organizations, groups, or any other individuals who may be interested. Individuals and groups who apply for the plot program are invited to sign up for as many as two plots at one time. Plots are 4’ x 12’ by 14” deep, and the seasonal fee is $30.00 per plot.

Plots are going fast, so hurry and sign up!

We look forward to another great growing season with you! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Plot Program Coordinating Team,
Common Roots Urban Farm

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cancelled - First Nation Community Circle


 First Nations community Circle Part II - Thursday January 24th 10:00 - 11:30

We apologize for any inconvenience but this event has been cancelled due to renovation issues at the Friendship Centre. We will reschedule soon.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

First Nations Community Circle - Part II

First Nations Community Circle - Part II
This event will follow up on the conversation we started last November. We will continue to discuss substance use and gambling problems & related concerns of
members of First Nations’ communities living in Capital Health District. Please join us! The meeting notes from our last gathering are attached.

When? Thursday, Jan. 24, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Where? Mi'kmaq Friendship Centre, 2158 Gottingen Street in Halifax

Everyone is welcome! To RSVP or to learn more, please contact: angela.graham@cdha.nshealth.ca or phone: 424-2021

Let's talk about dementia!

Free Public Forum:
Featuring Guest Panelists:
Dr. Daniel Carver, Geriatrician
Trish LeClair, Capital District Health, Continuing Care
Arlene MacDonald, R.N. & Jeanette Vidito, RSW, Ivany Place
Janet & Mike Sweeny, Family Members
Tuesday, January 22
Welcome Reception: 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Light refreshments and print resources available
Panel: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Harbourview Lounge
2615 Northwood Terrace, Halifax
Everyone welcome
For more information, call 422-7961 or
e-mail alzheimer@asns.ca

If there is inclement weather, please call 454-8311 to confirm the lecture.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A FREE collaborative workshop for aspiring artists and musicians!

You Are Invited to a FREE collaborative workshop for aspiring artists and musicians!
Drop in to:
Thursdays January 24—March 14
5:30pm-7:30pm ages 15-30
@ The Pavilion: 5816 Cogswell Street
Bus Routes 6, 7, 17, 18, 42, 80, 81, 90
To register, or to see if this is the right fit for you,
contact Barb & Mike at
or 223.8517/266.9362

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Halifax Community Health Board is recruiting!

We're looking for great people!
The Halifax Community Health Board (HCHB) is currently seeking applications for board members. As an active volunteer advisory board, the HCHB listens to what our community says is important about health and wellbeing. We work closely with CDHA and local community based organizations to support and promote health in our neighbourhoods. We serve residents of Halifax peninsula and Fairview and are one of seven community health boards in Capital District.

Volunteers attend monthly board meetings on the second Tuesday of each month and sit on one of the board's priority committees - Sense of Belonging, Mental Health, Health Inequities and Healthy Eating/Physical Activity to lead initiatives at the local level. Applications (resume and cover letter) will be accepted until Friday January 25th, 2013. For more information, contact Laurie MacNeil at laurie.macneil@cdha.nshealth.ca or call (902) 487-0571.

For more information about the HCHB and what we do, check out:
Our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/HalifaxCommunityHealthBoard
Our website: http://www.cdha.nshealth.ca/halifax-community-health-board
Our Blog: http://halifaxcommunityhealthboard.blogspot.ca

We would greatly appreciate if you could kindly circulate this call for volunteer board members to your networks!

Family Literacy Day

Family Literacy Day

Fairview Family Resource Centre/Parent ‘n Tot Meeting Place in collaboration with the Department of Labour & Advanced Education and Read to Me cordially invites you to attend a Literacy Day celebration.
When: Friday, January 25, 2013 beginning at 10:30 A.M
Where: Fairview Family Resource Centre/Parent ‘n Tot Meeting Place
Address: 3524 Dutch Village Road (across the street from Dairy Queen and Giant Tiger)
To register please call 443-9569

Special guests will include;
The Honorable Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, Maggie Hope Simpson and Karen Gatien, Adult Education Division, Carol MacDougall, Read to Me, authors Jane Baskwill and Devona Edwards, Kim Mundle, IWK Child Safety Link, and representatives from Frontier College, Keshen Goodman Library, Community Mental Health and Fairview Community Association.

The event will include children’s readings by Minister More, Jane Baskwill, Devona Edwards and Frontier College Representatives, refreshments and prize draws.

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” Emilie Buchwald

Friday, January 11, 2013

Stop Smoking Services

Stop Smoking Services
Getting Started Sessions & Recovery Group
January- February 2013

A Getting Started session will support you in making choices about your use of tobacco products. A menu of ongoing support options, for you to choose from will be offered to you at this session.
An ongoing offer of support for those taking action to address their tobacco addiction.


Every Thursday (starting January 3)
Spryfield Wellness Center
16 Dentith Road, Spryfield, NS
Room 169
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Mon., January 21, 2013
Cobequid Community Health Center
Room 3228
40 Freer Lane, Lower Sackville, NS
6-7 p.m.

Tues., February 12, 2013
Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital
7702 Hwy #7
Musquodoboit Harbour, NS
7-8 p.m.

Thurs., February 21, 2013
QEII Halifax Infirmary Site
1796 Summer Street, Halifax
Royal Bank Theatre
6-7 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.

Tuesday (starting January 8)
Metropolitan Place
99 Wyse Road, Suite 1070, Dartmouth
Noon – 1 p.m.

Wednesday (starting January 9)
Halifax Community Based Services
1673 Bedford Row, Halifax
Noon- 1 p.m.

To register for one of these sessions please call
424-2025. All Capital Health tobacco intervention programs are free of charge. Bring a friend!

Changes to Capital Health Addictions Program

New Model of Care Highlights: The Addictions Program

Our programs are changing to better serve our clients and the citizens of Capital Health district.

Our changes are the result of a thorough review of our programs and treatment outcomes. We compared our services and outcomes with leading evidence-based best practices in addictions treatment. In addition, we consulted extensively with our clients, partners and stakeholders. We made changes to our programs based on our findings.

Our enhanced programs, all of which are based on evidence and best practice in the field of addictions treatment, are designed to give clients the best chance to achieve a healthy recovery. It is our goal to support our clients in:

- completing their recommended treatment or length of stay in programs
- continuing on with recommended follow up care with other services
- actively engaging in setting personal goals for recovery
- gaining skills to prevent relapse and intervening early when relapse occurs
- completing the recommended number of individual counselling sessions and group therapies
- finding longer-term support through participation in recovery groups or other groups available in the community

While some of our changes will give clients quicker access to programs, others may involve clients waiting a little longer to enter a program. But please note that it is our goal that all clients will benefit from these changes by experiencing more effective treatment and improved results from their treatment.



1) Inpatient Treatment Program [formerly called Withdrawal Management Inpatient (Detox) Program]
(For more information and to review a "What to Expect in Inpatient Treatment Program" document, visit: http://www.cdha.nshealth.ca/addictions-program/programs-services/inpatient-treatment-program)

• Formerly, patients stayed 3-7 days and received professional nursing care and medical management of their withdrawal symptoms.
• Now, patients will stay for up to 21 days. The first week will focus on managing withdrawal symptoms and feeling better. During weeks two and three, patients will begin to actively participate in a variety of individual and group therapies, including recreation therapy. Patients will benefit from the care of a professional team of nurses, social workers, psychologist, and recreation therapists, including a navigator, who is available to support patients in accessing needed community resources. During their stay, patients will develop a treatment plan and connect with recommended follow-up care providers (such as a counsellor in the community or staff in our Day Treatment Program), to support their continued healthy recovery.

2) Day Treatment Program (formerly called Day Detox)
(For more information and a "What to Expect in Day Treatment Program" document, visit: http://www.cdha.nshealth.ca/addictions-program/programs-services/day-treatment-program)

• Formerly, clients attended our day program for three weeks and received support, education and group therapy delivered by our professional nursing staff. Clients could join the program any day of the week, and day program could accommodate up to 20 clients.
• Now, clients will attend Day Treatment Program for four weeks. New clients will be admitted only on Mondays, and no more than 15 clients will be registered at any one time. This new structure is designed provide a safe and stable learning and therapy environment for all involved. Clients will participate in a variety of therapy and education groups from Monday to Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, with Friday afternoons free. Clients in Day Treatment Program will benefit from the care of a professional team of nurses, social workers and recreation therapists. During their time with Day Treatment Program, clients will set goals for recovery each day, further develop their treatment plans and connect with recommended follow-up care providers (such as a counsellor in the community or another community resource), to support their continued healthy recovery.

3) Opioid Treatment Program (formerly called Methadone Treatment Services)
(For more information and a "What to Expect in Opioid Treatment Program" document, visit: http://www.cdha.nshealth.ca/addictions-program/programs-services/opioid-treatment-program-methadone)

• The Opioid Treatment Program will have enhanced group therapy options available to clients. Prior to being accepted into this program, individuals are scheduled for a detailed assessment. To learn more about this program, please call our Central Intake team at 424-8866 / 1-866-340-6700.

(For more information and a "What to Expect in Community-Based Services" document, visit http://www.cdha.nshealth.ca/addiction-prevention-treatment-services/programs-services/community-based-services)

• Formerly, clients were required to attend an orientation session prior to attending groups or seeing a clinician.
• Now individuals are booked for their first appointment as soon as they contact our Central Intake team (424-8866 / 1-866-340-6700).
• Another change is that we offer an Introduction to Recovery Group that individuals can begin to attend the same week that they contact our Central Intake team (424-8866/1-866-340-6700).
• Clinicians at our Community-Based Services will offer individual counselling and group therapies using evidence-based therapies that have been shown to give individuals the best chance for a healthy recovery. Typically, clients will participate in approximately six one-on-one individual counselling sessions and will follow that up with participation in 8-12 group therapy sessions. Clients also have the option to take part in other groups and activities, including a variety of educational sessions, recreation and leisure therapies and mindfulness and relaxation therapies. Longer-term support is available through Addictions Program recovery groups or through other groups available in the community.
• We also continue to offer education and support groups for family members and affected others.
• As well, our Stop Smoking Services, Health Promotion and Driving While Impaired/Interlock programs continue to be offered.

Services are free and available to all.

How to Access Services
All clients can access any program or service by calling our Central Intake team at 424-8866 (toll free 1-866-340-6700), which operates Mondays from 8:30 am-8:30 pm and Tuesdays-Fridays from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Central Intake staff will discuss the nature of each client's dependency and be able to answer any questions about admissions, intakes and treatment options. Learn more at www.gethelpstopping.ca.


Rachel Boehm
Addictions Program Leader
Capital Health Addictions and Mental Health Program
Rm. 188B, The Nova Scotia Hospital, Purdy Building
300 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3Z6
902-424-8083 / Cell: 902-219-4707

Thinking about change?
Concerned about someone's involvement with alcohol, other drugs and/or gambling?
Our team of healthcare professionals is here to help!
Contact us to learn more, explore options or register for a program.
Call 424-8866 (toll free 1-866-340-6700) or visit www.gethelpstopping.ca

March Break Leadership Camp

HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development
 HeartWood March Break Camp 2013
January 2013

Hello HeartWood Family and Friends!

It's almost that time of year again... HeartWood's March Break Leadership Camp! We'll be spending four days and nights together at the M.A.R.C. near Bridgewater having fun, practicing leadership skills and taking action in a local community.

This program is open to all youth from Nova Scotia ages 14-17 who are interested in expanding their learning on the value of leadership and turning leadership skills into action in their own communities.  No previous leadership experience necessary, just a willingness to participate!  

If you are interested, please see details below.  The application can also be downloaded from www.heartwood.ns.ca or here Registration Form.

If you know of ANYONE who would find this opportunity interesting, please forward this information to them.

Thanks for your co-operation and support!

HeartWood Staff Team
HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development

March Break 2013 Details
*Age: 14-17
*Location: The M.A.R.C. just outside of Bridgewater
*Dates: Tuesday, March 12th to Friday March 15th
*Price: $200 per youth OR $175 if participant brings a friend. ALSO, bursaries are available for this program (contact HeartWood if you are interested)!
*Registration: www.heartwood.ns.ca

Application deadline: Feb 15th.

Registration fee is non-refundable after March 5th, 2013. 

Please apply in a timely manner as we have limited spaces available for this program. We often have a waiting list for programs, and participant spots are given on a first come first serve basis.


5516 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1G6
HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development
p: 902-444-5885
f: 902-444-3140