November 2016

November North End Roundtable

Next Roundtable meeting: December 7, 2016. 10am at Halifax North Memorial Library.

The call-outs:


Lisa Roberts, MLA Halifax Needham

  • lisaroberts.mla[at]
  • Grant opportunity for prevention of sexual violence. Up to $5,000 for each smaller project, $50,000 for larger ones.  Deadline is Dec. 16 at 4pm.
  • Application forms can be downloaded at, with questions directed to strategy[at]
  • Dec 2nd MLA Open House 2:30-4:30/5, exact time to be announced
  • Constituency office can be helpful especially if you have people dealing with housing & accessibility issues. Often easier if you go directly to Lisa then to the Minister.
  • I have a small advertising budget, able to support groups through advertising. Can’t do sponsorship, can only do advertising. Amounts are fairly small $150-$200 for an ad in a program, for example.
  • Just spoke with Michelle Strum from Alteregos- if anybody is interested in putting together a business case to take over the North End Community Health Centre space, she’s willing to work on that with you.

Shelley Baccardax, dietitian at NECHC

  • sbaccardax[at]
  • Upcoming programming in November at JBO Building (2103 Gottingen):
  • Thursday afternoon Health & Wellness programs 2-3pm. Nov 3- All About Salt, Nov 10- Eating Well for your Blood Sugar, Nov 17- Eating Out & Holiday Choices, Nov. 24- Growing Food Indoors (with a demo on growing sprouts)
  • Partnered with addiction services for a 5-week stop smoking program. To register, must attend a mandatory intro session on Nov 9th. 5:30-6:30pm at JBO 
  • Food box program for Gordon B, Sunrise and Ahern buildings. Next delivery date is November 30 and four consecutive dates chosen beyond that (Feb 1, March 1, April 5, May 3)
  • Will be promoting it more, may also have a ‘Health Morning’ where nurses take blood pressure readings, etc. Pre-register by calling Megan at 902-422-5642, pay on pickup.
  • We’re looking to promote more through partnerships to increase capacity and take on more orders. Get in touch!

Joan Rankin, IWK social worker

  • jrankin[at]
  • Works with NECHC and with IWK, with schools. Focus is pediatric mental health.
  • Here to see what services are available to refer clients to.

Maya Williams, Wellness Navigator with Halifax Community Health Team

  • maya.williams[at]
  • Provide navigation support, government support, health care support. Anyone can access services for free and self-refer. We can meet with you, you don’t have to come to us. Offer health & wellness programming that we offer through other organizations. Expression of interns callout for space on young tower and all office spaces for community programming.
  • Holiday Open House Friday Dec. 9th 1:30-3:30. 6080 Young Street (same time as Lisa Roberts’ MLA open house)
  • Expression of Interest (EOI) to use Community Health Team space, for free! eoi[at] or call 902-460-4560. Application deadline for EOI is November 15th.

Sarah MacEachen, Family SOS.

  • sarah[at]
  • Usually work in Spryfield. Just took over all after school programming. Here to hear names of different community agencies.
  • Looking to introduce community drop-in night, want to connect with other organizations.

Carla Sheppard, Mulgrave Park Phoenix Youth Community Centre

  • csheppard[at]
  • Two afterschool programs. Junior High Tues,Thurs 3-5pm, High School Wednesday at Citadel gym (donated use by HRM). Food, open gym.
  • Lunchtime support at Oxford, Citadel, Highland Park one hour each day for tutoring, mentoring at lunch time.
  • Tutoring sessions on Tuesday evenings for high school students and Thursday for junior high at Phoenix Youth Community Centre in Mulgrave Park.

Zoé Bordeleau-Cass, Canadian Roots Exchange.

  • halifax[at]
  • Canadian Roots Exchange brings together Indigenous and non- Indigenous youth to work together toward reconciliation. We’re doing an exchange with Saskatoon and are looking for a team of 12 youth aged 12-17 who’d like to participate. Costs will be covered through group fundraising. Trying to recruit before Christmas. We’ll be hosting 12 youth from Saskatoon in February, and going to Saskatoon in May. YMCA-based exchange but staff and volunteers from CRE will be running the program. If you have a group of youth in mind, want an info session, talk to me.

Kevin McKay, operations manager, Parker Street Food bank

  • kevin.mckay[at]
  • Christmas hamper program. This year we’re giving them out on Dec 20th at the Halifax Forum. We’re expecting 1200 people, last year was 1100.
  • Need help on the day-of, especially Arabic speakers. We’ll be doing some deliveries for people with disabilities on Dec 21.
  • The hamper program is specifically for those already registered with the food bank, rather than people just dropping in.
  • Running a toy drive for gently-used toys. You can also go out and purchase new ones to donate. Q104 contributing.
  • Looking for donations for turkey dinner.
  • We do share information that we collect with Feed Nova Scotia so we can avoid duplication of services as much as possible.

Shitangshu Roy, Halifax Plays, Adventure Play YHZ, Adventure Earth Centre

  • halifaxplays[at]
  • Halifax Plays ‘Zaney Sports’ program at St. Stephens school. Opportunity to try new, non-traditional sports like skipping, pickleball, yoga. Through a partnership with HRM Rec, Sport NS, HRM Rec has the St. Stephens gym from 9-4pm where we have opportunities for people to try those sports, adults welcome. Skipping session led by champion skippers! $15 registration fee for skipping, $50 for pickleball, FREE for open gym, girls yoga, family yoga. Call 490-4385 to register.
  • Adventure Play YHZ: Introducing alternative forms of play. Somewhere down the line, hoping to get an adventure playground going. Scouting North End locations. If you know a good spot, reach out. Want to get more stakeholders on board.
  • Adventure Earth Centre. Leadership program especially of environmental interest. If you know a youth who’d be interested, get in touch. 

Rozzi Curran, St. George’s Youthnet

  • director[at]
  • We offer after school and lunch programs for youth. Here to meet new people, always keen to collaborate with the community to offer diverse things for the youth. Get in touch if you’d like to work together.

Heather Wilkinson, Wonder’neath artist studio (Isleville & Russel street)

  • wonderneath[at]
  • Community open studio Fridays and Saturdays 2-7pm. (Closed for half hour in middle to spread people out). Drop in art-making session. Artist facilitators on hand. Can bring stuff if you want, we also have stuff. We’ve been running it for almost two years now, having great and consistent response. Probably 1/3 of people are new, every time.
  • There is a community arts group from Toronto, Jumblies Theatre, coming to town who do really amazingly imaginative work including poetry, theatre. For the ‘Four lands’ project, they’ve been travelling across country and exploring peoples’ relationships to place, what they’ve learned, how they’d change it. They run workshops involving elements of this and bring it all together into closing celebration. Will be based out of the gallery at NSCAD that’s accessible. bThey’re still in process of reaching out and I offered to act as a liaison. They’ll be here Nov 18-27th, will be at Wonder’neath on the 19th. There is flexibility in their schedules so if you’d like to do something with them in the daytime or evening, they’ll likely be able to work something out with you.
  • Here is a link to their Four Lands project- :
  • If anyone would like to participate in the art project or would like more information, contact Wonder’neath at wonderneath[at] and we can connect you with Jumblies.

Lorna Crawley, North End Parent Resource Centre

  • parentresource[at]
  • Lots of general programs every month.
  • Nobody’s Perfect parenting program children between ages of 0-5. Government program, goes for 6 weeks.
  • Basic braiding coming up on Tuesday, Nov 8.
  • Breadmaking with Frederic Tues. Nov. 15 at the new bakery on Gottingen Street. The group of women from our cooking class will be participating. Will do another session on Nov. 17 as it takes two days for the bread to rise.
  • Mature Women’s Social evening once a month. This month on Nov 10 we’ll be going to a book launch at Dartmouth North Community Food Centre for a spoken word book written by one of our member’s granddaughters.
  • Celebrating Young Life- for younger mothers of children aged 0-6. Making it in the format of a baby shower, on Wednesday Nov 23d in afternoon.
  • Last Thursday of each month, Dal Legal Aid. One-on-one sessions, or will speak on a topic. On November 24th at 1:30 they’ll be talking about welfare rights/income assistance with ISANS and newcomer families, interpreters on hand. Local people are welcome as well.
  • Youth group for ages 10-12 Wednesday evenings. Still looking for female to help with that.
  • Child development program on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Looking for another worker for that program.

Ryan Jackson. Student and volunteer, Canadian Diabetes Association

  • ryan[at]

Tracy Clarke

  • tracy.clarke[at]
  • Excited to say it’s Diabetes Awareness Month.
  • Diabetes Expo on Nov. 9 at the Holiday Inn on Wyse Road. Keynote speaker Dr. Ali Zentner on Motivation and Healthy Eating.
  • Series of webinars coming up in November and December on blood glucose level control, debunking diabetes myths, stress reduction, holiday tips, and the glycemic index. Register at
  • Join the Community Health Team at the library to get your FREE diabetes risk assessment completed on Monday, November 7, 2-5pm at Keshen Goodman Library, 330 Lacewood Dr., Clayton Park (very close to bus terminal).  
  • For those not able to make it we’re encouraging everyone to go online to check their risk factors annually.


Jen Lohnes, Salvation Army Family Services

  • jlohnes[at]
  • Registration has opened for Christmas support and will run through the month of November. Families can register through department of family services. Any family who needs support can receive it. Even if not qualified for support through family services, can potentially receive some support.
  • Have a space on Uniacke Street looking to use it in a few different ways, like partnering with other programs who offer support for women. If you need space and want to offer programs, get in touch.

Ada MacDonald, Community Services, Open Arms Centre- Salvation Army

  • adamacdonald[at]

Kelsey Lane

  • kelsey.lane[at]
  • I Light HFX kickoff event on November 5 to increase night cycling safety, also because lights are expensive. Still time to register for group ride. Lighting up bikes and riding around community!
  • 7 public engagement sessions coming up to bring people up to speed on bicycle-related projects in Halifax.
  • Sunday Nov 13 4-6pm at 5553 Bloomfield St. there will be a quick, casual information session to discuss things like the MacDonald bridge and Cogswell Exchange and how it will affect cyclists.

Jen Catano, Halifax Community Health Board

  • catano[at]
  • Thanks everybody, we got a ton of applications for wellness grants. Should be processed and we’ll be handing out money in January. Thanks to everybody who contributed to our community health plan. Had something like 3,000 who filled out our online form. Only had 800 last year! The spreadsheet was 38 pages long once we compiled all the information. Early spring, the results will come out.

Shannon Njoh, NS Early Childhood Developmental Intervention Services

  • snjoh[at]
  • NS early childhood development intervention centre. Work with kids from birth to school age with developmental issues or at risk of developing one.

Kate McLennan, community developer for Halifax, office at George Dixon.

Mookie Magloir, George Dixon Centre

  • magloid[at]
  • HRM registration for winter programming November 9th at 10am. All winter programs.
  • Still working on Halifax HYPE after school program. Basically looking at physical education but we can really do anything. Still waiting on grant results for the program.
  • Youth volunteered for the Alderney Haunted House.  Do a lot of partnerships for space, just have to give me idea, if it’s good and it supports community, we can do it.

Sherri Moffatt, area coordinator for Halifax Rec.

  • moffats[at]
  • Here to listen mostly. Want to add that Halifax Rec offers a lot of free programming that a lot of people might not know about, want more people to take advantage. Get in touch if you need more details.

Jen Organ, community food programmer Ecology Action Centre Our Food Project

  • jenorgan[at]
  • NS Sea School just moved to downtown on Bishop Street. If any youth might be interested in programming, get in touch. Do land-based wilderness programming as well, offer bursary programs. No experience required.

Brittany Eisener ReachABILITY

  • brittany[at]
  • Rhythm session Nov 25th for ages 16-23. DJing, hands-on opportunity to work with equipment. Bluenose ABILITY film fest central lib Dec 1-3. Highlighting experiences of disability and mental health.

Philip Block, ISANS.

  • pblock[at]
  • Recently received funding for youth program. Confidence-building, fostering a sense of social belonging, developing community projects themselves. Hosting open spaces for workshops. Holding an info session on Wednesday Nov. 16th 6-7:30. Ages 16-21.

Emma Larson.

  • elarson[at]
  • Adding to what Philip was saying about the youth program, we’re hoping to connect newcomer youth with local youth. Want to partner with youth groups. The youth will be doing civic engagement, community diagnoses, etc.
  • National conference in February where all the youth who are involved with this project will come together and share their community projects. Just in first week of developing it.
  • Looking for community spaces! If you have any resources that you might want to share to pass on to youth. Project will take place on last week of November. Odette is a newcomer youth also on our team, currently doing leadership training in Quebec but will soon return to continue working on the project.

Kevin Jolly, I Am Potential, Mulgrave Park Baptist Church, Hydrostone Tree Lighting committee

  • kevje[at], volunteer director for one of running & reading programs, physical and literacy programming at SJAM. Started I Am potential youth educational mentorship program. Introduce North End junior high students to post-secondary education. Kids from Highland Park, Oxford and Caledonia. Project set up for kids to go down after school. Medical project with medical students running it. Rocketry project. Partnership with SMU mens’ varsity basketball team. Starting a boat-building project for grade 9 youth. Harlem, NY ‘Rocking the Boat’ doing this with inner city kids.
  • I’ve recently been hired as a pastor at Mulgrave Park Baptist Church, which is a really small, elderly congregation in far North End. Responding to the spiritual needs of people, hired to do something for young people as well.
  • Hydrostone tree lighting December 2nd. Santa, music, snacks, massive tree!

Andy Cox, social worker at Mental Health Addiction at IWK

  • andy.cox[at]
  • I’m currently in a new role to work with communities.  We’ve said we’ve been partnering with the community, now admitted we’re not really doing that. My job is to get us out of the ivory tower and form true partnerships, maybe some MOUs. All these awesome community organizations could be doing things that we don’t do. We might have clients who don’t need our services but need those of community groups. Maybe in return we could become more accessible to the community members. We know it’s hard to access mental health services through IWK. Also want to better serve areas in populations that we haven’t served well before.

Kat Kitching, Outdoor Active Fitness Halifax

  • kat[at]
  • Outdoor Active Fitness Halifax, social enterprise that I run, converting it into cooperative. Outdoor exercise for older women in gentle fashion. We get walking outdoors, out in the woods. Anytime anyone can’t afford to pay, no problem- they can do it for free. Looking for space, partnerships.
  • Walk n’ Roll Halifax, Halifax pedestrian advocacy program to make walking a safe experience. If anyone has a pedestrian-related issue, like needing a crosswalk, we can help you with that.
  • We’ve taken something on with regards to the Centre Plan, organizing community walks all over central region so people can get out and walk, with questions to guide them, asking what they think, we’ll take it back to the planning department. Only certain types of people go to the meetings but there are lots of people who don’t go. The planning office has a draft plan out and are accepting feedback. They’ve been very open and receptive. Some things that I wrote down at the meetings that are now in the draft plan.  

Erica Fraser, North End Community Circle, Veith House

  • Saturday morning yoga at Veith, all are welcome to participate if interested! 10am with Marrilee Wilson, 11:30 with Robyn Corbett. Signup for child care is required by the Friday before. Call Veith House at 902-453-4320 to do so.
  • I’ll be moving on from my position with Veith House as of Saturday, November 5th, but will be continuing to co-facilitate and administrate the North End Roundtable until further notice and will be using my personal email, to do so. 
  • Through moving on, I intend to hone in on the specific skills and interests that I have especially regarding community food security and food justice. I’ll be continuing some initiatives that I started through my role at Veith House, such as the community food working group regarding municipal food initiatives, and the farm-direct bulk buying club, as a volunteer. If you ever have a question or want to bounce ideas off someone for food-related things like seasonal cooking, urban agriculture, the mobile market, etc. send me an email at eri.fraser[at] and I’ll be happy to chat. Crystal John and Nick Williams are also great contacts for North End Mobile Market matters.
  • Another reason I’m moving on is because I’d like to open up the space for someone either from within the North End community or at least who is familiar with and trusted within the community. I had a beautiful time forming the personal relationships I needed to to get things going, but feel that this role, and Veith House, would benefit greatly by having someone who can represent the North End from a more direct and embodied life experience and who can bring more diverse perspectives to this work.
  • Keep your ears peeled for the job posting and please think of any folks you know who would be a good fit and encourage them to apply!

Thanks, everyone. See you in December:)