December 2018

Nick Stoddard – Veith House

  • Needs volunteers for Hydrostone Tree Lighting this Friday
  • December 9, 12-3pm: Newcomers Market
    • Henna, food, balloon animals, crafts, falafel, holiday gifts

Elinor Crosby – Halifax North Memorial Public Library

  • Programs for 2018 winding down
  • January news: partnering with YMCA (Matthew Ritchie) to offer Homework Club starting on January 16!
    • Keep an eye out for more info and requests for volunteers from both agencies
  • Also planning to start an ELL conversation group in the spring to run over the summer and to supplement current ELL classes – less formal, more collegial setting

Phoebe Johnstone – Halifax Community Living –

  • Support groups for people with intellectual disabilities
    • Parents and caretakers, peer support, etc.
  • Parent to parent support – every 2nd Wednesday of the month
    • hot cocoa pyjama party next week, December 12
  • Support for families struggling with the school system
    • Child being sent home, or getting in trouble
    • January parent support group – 2nd Wednesday in January, 6:30-8

Halifax Community Health board

  • Wellness grant applications – decision to be made soon

John Langdon – Phoenix, Carla – Phoenix

  • Youth programming winding down
  • Community dinner for Acadian Lodge this Thursday
  • December 11 – Mulgrave Park community dinner 5-7pm @MPCLC
  • Wednesday afternoons – Citadel
    • After school 3-5pm, academic & peer support
  • Thursday December 13 – Phoenix holiday dinner for youth 16+ who access their services
  • Friday Dec 14 – Mulgrave centre junior high youth holiday party
  • Wed Dec 19 – community kitchen doing a cookie exchange
  • Centre closed Dec 22, Opens January 7
  • January programs:
    • PYCC Special Project
      • 8-week poetry, spoken word, rap, writing series with youth from the North End
      • Inviting people in to promote how they do their thing to the youth
      • Youth will present their work in event in February for AHM
    • Chili cook-off in March

Sherry Moffatt – HRM Rec

  • Winter reg open for January programs
    • New and improved reg software – need to set up a new account
    • Lots of spaces in regular January programs
    • Skating reg opens on Dec 11, 10 am
    • Swim reg opens on Dec12, 10am
    • Oval should open on the 15th if ice making and weather cooperates

Yolande – Welcome Housing & Support Services

  • Dec 6 – Shining Lights choir party, 6:30-8:30, Hope Cottage
  • Dec 19 – Xmas Party for the homeless, GD centre 11-1
    • Still looking for donations
      • Sweaters, mittens, hats, blankets
      • Personal hygiene items
    • Closed 24, 25, 26 – Open on the Thursday 8-12 for coffee and warmth
      • Closed 31, 1, & 2

Tressa – HRCE – Parent Navigator

  • Looking for resources for teens @Citadel

Sylvia Belaveau – Solutions Learning Centre, & Emma Walker

  • January 7 – new intake
  • Numbers are low, so need as many as possible
    • Food service, general office/customer service, environmental service programs
    • Over the age of 17 up to 65 – adults with barriers to employment
      • Increase employability skills, personal dev., etc.
    • GED program – learning allowance

Max – Diabetes Canada

  • Diabetes 360 strategy – support through voting online
  • Open house today – Chain Lake Dr.

Canadian Mental Health Ass.

  • Social programs for adults
  • Open House: 2020 Gottingen – Tues Dec 11, 1-4pm
  • Saturday coffee houses open to community, Dec 8, 15, 22
  • Dec 17 – Fundraiser @Good Robot

Linnea Swinamer – Family SOS, Laura O’Brien – Family SOS

  • Hiring a Youth Worker position
  • Bee-A won $10,000!!!!
  • Courage to Give Back awards – tickets on sale now
    • 5 winners this year
  • Xmas dinners, Gottingen & Greystone, week of the 18th Mon & Wed – any orgs providing
  • Healthy Relationships program – 10 people registered, doing well
    • Another one starting up in the new year, mainly adults, mainly women

Julianna – Social Worker @Dal, wanting to hear about resources and orgs in area

Lindell Smith

  • 101st anniversary of Halifax Explosion, 9am, Fort Needham
  • Fallen Firefighters, Fire Station @Lady Hammond, Station 12
  • Budget season – how is it going to look?
    • Residents will be invited to council and will be able to give feedback
  • Dec 15 – March 31 Winter Parking Ban – only kicks in on a winter “event”
    • Sign up for email or text messages about the ban
  • Campaign for Halifax Heads Up – Crosswalk safety
    • Inviting organisations to bring their proposals – max is $4000 award for ideas for pedestrian safety
  • Ward 5 having annual bingo Dec 8, 1pm, doors at noon, St. Joseph A. MacKay school
  • Food rights, food security – Food Charter report coming back to council this month

Rene – MPCLC

  • Wednesday Dec 12 @6pm, Tree lighting
  • Kids Xmas Party Dec 16, Needham, 1-4 in the gym

Jennifer – MP Andy Fillmore’s office

  • Resource for any federal related matters – CRA, immigration, old age security

Matthew Ritchie – YMCA center for immigration

  • Partnering with library to do homework club
  • Community Y – welcoming newcomers Monday afternoons – welcoming them to basketball
  • Helping with the Youth Zone refurb

Mahnaz Saleh – Crisis worker at YMCA

  • Prevention, intervention, and Crisis team at the Y

Zara – Gender Based Violence Prevention program

  • Monthly in-house workshop
  • Work with clients in a preventative capacity
    • Arts-based approach
  • Work with service providers – workshop on barriers to accessing services, etc.
    • Next workshop on Dec 12

Kate Moon – HRM Community Developer @GD centre

  • Volunteer awards are coming up – make your nominations now! Dec 17 deadline
    • ca – volunteer awards form
  • Community Art Funding
    • $4000 of funding to go to a group for a community art project
  • Community Grants program
    • Deadline March 31
  • Solid waste team – what challenges do people face getting their waste to the sidewalk

Martha – Program coord North End PRC

  • November 30 – community potluck collab w/Lisa Roberts, Lindell Smith
    • Planning another one! Open to all: businesses, neighbours, orgs, etc.
  • Wednesdays, 6-7:30
    • Grants on offer – Dec 31 deadline – Youth Rising grants
    • Baby Time Mondays 10-11:30, public health nurse comes in
    • Crafts 2x a month
    • Sewing program, every 2nd Thursday 7:30-9:30
      • Can get things fixed!
    • Cooking every Thursday morning 10-11am

Angie Zin – YMCA NS works employment services

  • Employment support outreach team

Kathy – NS Works @ Community Y

  • Fog Construction as jobs to fill right now, labourers, carpenters, scaffolders
  • Eastlink Job Fair this Thursday, 15 positions for their call centre, back in 2nd week of January, too

Rebecca MacEachern – NS Works @ Community Y

  • Employment Support Practitioner
    • Works with those who have barriers to employment
    • Kate Pepler, Tare Shop on Cornwallis
      • Has some openings, full time/part time positions, customer service/make coffee
      • Can drop by the shop with a resume or contact Rebecca or Kathy
      • Also interested in offering community workshops around thrifting, recycled clothing, etc.
    • Should be another LGBTQ+ Job Fair coming up in 2019

Ross Unger – Dramatic Changes

  • Lots of projects on the go!
    • Weekly all ages queer-friendly night time art space, 6pm-midnight, all winter
    • Building a trailer that’s a stage – three theatres have closed down this year
      • Would be bookable by community for parties, meetings, shows
    • Kids’ book on gender
    • Released album of feminist dance music, feminist dance parties
    • Launched a lending library of tech equipment, musical instruments
      • Non-profits can do it by donation if unable to afford fees
    • The Quota – shadow puppets themed around being a newcomer
      • Can do workshops on shadow puppetry
      • Looking for space to display final projects
    • To be involved, always looking for volunteers, space for meetings, etc.