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Notes from first North End Multi-service Roundtable

There is a *lot* happening in the North End.

Sixteen people – attached to North End schools, family resources centres, the library, and non-profits including Family SOS and the Ecology Action Centre – attended the first North End Multi-service Roundtable. (Read more about the idea for this meeting here.)  If you’re interested in finding out what some of those people are working on – and how you can get involved (for example, by volunteering as a tutor at the North Branch library) – dig into the notes attached as a .pdf file.

The roundtable will happen every month on the first Tuesday at 9 a.m. The next one will be Feb 4.   It’s an open table.  Residents are welcome and the Veith House provides coffee.

Multi-service roundtable Jan 7

Next NECC gathering: Jan 15, 5-7 p.m. at Shambhala School on Russell St.


Jan 15th NECC-2poster


Please consider joining us for this.

In October, more than 20 parents, artists, community workers and other residents did a workshop on restorative practices with Gola Taraschi-Carr through the North End Community Circle.  We explored why we sometimes feel tension or even experience conflict with other members of our family or community.  We talked about what happened in the moments and days after conflict – and how it affects our bodies and minds. And we talked about how restorative practices work to restore us to a sense of well-being. (More background here.)

At the next NECC meeting, in November, we landed on mindfulness as a useful practice for restorative practices.  Members of the NECC who are part of the St. Joseph A. McKay school community – which uses restorative circles in the classroom- affirmed this.

And that’s how we decided to approach Shambhala School – literally across the street from SJAM – to see if they’d share some of their knowledge.  Their answer: Yes.

Food will be provided. Childcare will be provided.  It would be very helpful to have an approximate idea of number so please pre-register: necchalifax [at]