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

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
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:
Twitter:!/SWITCHHFXFacebook: & Email:  Ross Soward 494.8494 or

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 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 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

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

Erin Harrison
Coordinator, Project Planning
Metro Transit
Halifax Regional Municipality