NECC Roundtable -September, 2019

Meeting led by Kimberly Berry of Veith House. 

In attendance: SJ (Veith House), Garth (Halifax Association for Community Living), Derek (Verdant Counselling), Elinor (Halifax North Memorial Library), Matthew (YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs), Sylvia (Solutions Learning), Michael (Solutions Learning), Mary (Family SOS), Adam (Family SOS), Victoria (Family SOS), Brandy (Public Safety), Lillian (Public Safety), Meaghan (HRM Community Development), Barry (DCS)

On Reconciliation:

Land Acknowledgement from Kimberly. 

Orange Shirt day is September 30th- this is the time of year that children were taken to residential schools. The event is planned at this time of year to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying. “Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.”

Treaty Day is on October 1st. Treaty Day, held annually on October 1st, marks the beginning of Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia, as proclaimed in 1993 by then Premier John Savage and Mi’kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy. The purpose of Treaty Day is to promote public awareness about the Mi’kmaw culture and heritage for all Nova Scotians.


NECC Updates:


Veith House:

  • Art Therapy complete. Now hosting art drop in on Tuesdays from 3-4:30pm. 

  • Starting After School Drop In every day after school from 3-4:15pm. We have a back to school party on 05Sept19 at 3pm. Games, prizes, and pizza.

  • Salaam Program (formerly Newcomers Program) has sewing lessons Sundays from 10am-1pm, Also homework help and Arabic Lessons for Salaam youth on Sundays from 10am -1pm, and Conversation Club Thursdays from 10am-1pm. 

  • Urban Farm drop in for harvesting, farming, and education Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm-3pm.

  • Social Work drop in available weekdays from 9am – 12pm.

  • Looking at starting parent and tot group back up and running, and yoga twice a week. 


Halifax Association for Community Living:

  • Doing a lot of work with those looking to re-enter the workforce. 

  • Got a grant to create a disability map (outlining service providers etc). Work starting on that soon. 

  • Parent Support (Peer) Group 2nd Tuesdays and 2nd Wednesdays of each month

  • Sibling Support Group 3rd Thursday of every month. 

  • HACL participants peer support on the 4th Thursday of every month 


Verdant Counselling: 

  • Starting private practice counselling. Understands there are barriers for those trying to access counselling services- such as cost and trust. Trying to ensure has some funds for low or no cost counselling. 


North end Memorial Library: 

  • Their event calendar is now available in Arabic. 

  • Have program where kids can “read off” any fines they may have accumulated. 

  • Baby’s First Books is on Friday mornings from 10:30 to 11:15am. For infants 0-18 months, as a social for them and their parents.

  • Teen Night is Wednesdays at 6:30pm- doing a lot of cooking, developing cooking skills, food literacy etc. 

  • Thursday mornings at 10:30am are toddler groups, different theme each week (see calendar for full details). Story time, block play, puppet show, and more. 

  • After School Drop in is on Thursdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm. As well, have snacks available every day after school for any school aged kid in want/need.


YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs: 

  • Doing a lot of community outreach to educate Newcomers on soft skill development to create stronger neighbour relations, and help connect with Canadians in a positive way. Also educate on other community groups (such as African- Nova Scotian history). 

  • Have a crisis worker for those who may need.


Solutions Learning Centre

  • Doing work around food security

  • Employment Readiness Training: Food Safety, WHIMS, First Aid,

  • Also a work placement at the end of the 30-week session

  • 21 October and 2 December = intake dates - new intake date every 8 weeks and sessions run 30 weeks for Solution Leaning Centre 


Family SOS:

  • Offering in-home support. 

  • Positive parenting courses upcoming, open to any parent. 

  • Doing a snowsuit program this year. Will be accepting donations of snow suits, hats, mitts, boots, etc. A drive will be held at Mic Mac Mall in November. Then will be distributed to community members who need them. 

  • AGM is next Wednesday (11Sept19). Open to anyone who wishes to attend. Will discuss finances etc, then host community meal @ Greystone location. 


Public Safety:

  • Have community mobilization teams in Mulgrave Park and North Preston. Looking at starting in Uniacke Square and Dartmouth North. Teams recognize that community is already doing work, but does not have the resources. So community members are trained, have meetings to discuss areas they need/want to work on, and are empowered to continue work even if funding runs out. 

  • Have a facilitation retreat at the end of September, open to community members in above areas who want it. 


HRM Community Development:

  • Have a volunteer conference on Nov 15th and 16th. Cost is $35 for volunteers, and $70 for not for profit staff. Training, networking, and celebrating the work they do in the community. 

  • Step Up To Leadership Course starts Sept 18th at the Findlay Community Centre, and October 2ns at Sackville Library. 9 week course teaching leadership skills. 

  • Deadline to submit a Neighbourhood Placemaking application is October 30 



  • Upcoming changes to Disability Support Program and Income Assistance. Will mean more funds for those accessing. Changing to standard household rate. Expect release in November outlining changes. 

Meeting adjourned at 10:28am