NECC Roundtable -June 5, 2019

Erica – Pharmasave

  • Bloom program is a free 6 month program in which patients can speak with the pharmacists about their health and health goals.

    • No referral necessary.

    • For people with mental health and addictions issues.

    • Can ask questions and get information about medications.

Rania – Phoenix

  • Pre-employment program to help youth in the community do up resumes and skills for work

    • Placements available

    • Opportunity to get help with purchasing/obtaining necessary work clothes and materials

Julie – West End Family Initiative Society

  • Hosting literacy programs and workshops for the community

  • Looking for new resources in the community for community members that attend the centre

  • Annual BBQ will be taking place on July 1st, 2019

Sarah – St. Georges Youth Net

  • Lunch and after school programs available for kids in the neighbourhood, a lot of attendance from Joseph Howe Elementary School.

  • Free Summer Camp, spots still available.

Beth – Open Doors Centre

  • Provide help and services for youth with unplanned pregnancies

    • Discuss options

    • Support during pregnancies

    • Parent and prenatal classes/workshops

    • On site boutique with clothing and other necessities for early parenthood

  • Support and services with Youth who are sexually exploited

    • Awareness education and presentations for individuals 11+

    • Provides one on one counselling for youth who are exploited

Phil – Service Canada

  • Community promotion of the services that available

  • A lot of involvement with senior programs and trying to expand outreach of Youth Services

Jim – YMCA

  • The new YMCA locations in Sackville and on South Park St. will soon be hiring about 100 positions. Management positions will be posted at the end of June and all other positions will be posted close to September

Irvine – YMCA

  • The Community Y on Gottingen has an underused kitchen and if anyone has any opportunities to make strides towards helping the homeless and those in poverty feel free to reach out with ideas.

  • Pre-employment program and Youth Summer programs available with information online.

Africville Geneology Society

  • July 26-28th will be the Reunion with Kids Day falling on the Saturday, all invited

  • This year is the 30th anniversary of the Spirit Lives on Exhibit. Everyone should check it out if they haven’t already.

Stephen and Tressa – HRCE

  • Looking for resources for parents and kids in the school system, especially with summer on its way

Herbert – ISANS

  • SupperNova will be held on June 22 from 5:30-8:30pm – this is a great event for immigrants, newcomers and community members to bring food, explore different cultures and support those who are newer to Canada.

  • Walking with Refugees is on June 16, 2019 from 2:00-4:00pm

  • ISANS is doing a workshop that provides service providers and volunteers with different organizations with information, skills and knowledge to make a more welcoming environment for newcomers

Siobhan – HRM – Active Transportation

  • Its Bike Week! Passports are available and event information can be found on

  • Launched an online interactive bike map that shows the existing bike lanes in the city

  • South Park st. is going to have a protected bike lane that is going to have a curb to protect riders during commute

  • Working with North End Facilitators to work on North End Projects such as Maynard, Creighton and Isleville.

Chrissy – Dal Social Work Clinic

  • Provide a number of services and act as advocates for community members

  • Provides access to Psychology and Physical Therapy Services

  • Act as a go-between for other services

Sherri – HRM

  • Aquatics registrations opened

  • Oval now open

  • Spray parks will be opening on June 17th.

  • Working to bring back Dixon Days, a community event to close out the summer.

Yolande – Welcome Housing and Support Services (Metro Housing)

  • Trying to create a mass email list to give and receive information in regards to supporting those who are low-income or homeless

  • Community Coffee Time will be held Monday to Thursday from 8:00-11:00am

  • Offers support for anyone who needs it

  • An open choir for everyone in the community who wants to participate

  • Shower hour continuing through the summer, available from Monday to Thursday 1:00-3:00pm

    • Provides soap, shampoo, razors, towels, etc.

    • In need of clothing donations

  • Currently overcapacity, if anyone knows of any similar programs/services please let us know so that referrals can be guided in another direction.

  • The Executive Director is retiring and a retirement party will be held on June 13th from 6:30-8:30pm at St. Andrews Church following the AGM from 5:30-6:30pm.

  • Staff are selling 50/50 tickets for the Bluenose Marathon and will be running this year

Mookie – George Dixon Centre

  • Wanting to bring back Dixon Days/Summer Fest

    • Going to scale it down some

    • Going to organize for close to September as not to compete for funding and donations with other BBQs taking place this summer.

  • Done with Summer Hiring

  • Youth Leadership Program taking place for youth ages 12+, there will be opportunities for hiring

Isaac – Veith House

  • In the process of building the raised beds for the Veith Urban Farm

  • There is a youth and newcomer focus at this point based on interest

  • Anyone who wants to get involved can

Lila – IWK Health Promoter

  • A focus on mental health and addictions

  • Wants to connect with the community and see what’s going on.

Lindell – Councillor

  • Town Halls – Community members can come have a say

    • June 13th @ Ward 5 6:30-8:00

    • June 19th @ YMCA 6:30-8:00

    • June 29th @ Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts 6:30-8:00

  • June 17th is the deadline for proposals for the participatory budget, residents can have a say in how the money is spent.

  • Legend of Myths – Centre Plan, policies and by-laws are changing and pending approval in the next few months

  • One North End

    • African NA Youth Lab to look at employment. 500 jobs need to be created to bridge the gap in the next 2-3 years.

    • North End Start-up Training (NEST)

      • Mentorships to start up a business

      • Microloans, business plans, etc.

      • Trying to overcome barriers.

Sherrianne – YWCA

  • 902-414-9517 or

  • IRCC

  • Newcomer women support

  • Researching other programs and sharing the information

  • Step Ahead – a workshop to re-enter the workforce

    • Intake this week for women 19+ receiving income assistance. 20-30 hours a week.

Sharon and Brenda – Schools Plus

  • A Camp from July 22- August 6 at Highland Park for kids transitioning into Junior High

    • Sports, cooking, activities

    • Explore new surroundings

    • Free. Info on website.

  • Mental health workshops from clinicians

  • LINKS will be offered in July and August at Citadel High School


  • Provide support for families with kids ages 0-6 who have developmental delays, including home supports

  • Access to community resources

  • Advocacy

  • Play groups Tuesdays from 10-11 at the Halifax location, Arabic play group every other Wednesday

  • Incredible Years – best parenting tactics workshop. Wants to partner with other organizations to host.

Alana and Garth – Halifax Association of Community Living

  • Supporting people with intellectual disabilities

  • Teaching self-advocacy

  • Number of support groups

  • Transition planning program

    • Junior high to High school

    • Into independent living

Jen – Salvation Army

  • Summer day camp full

  • If anyone has any kids programs that they can send people to let them know

Jay – North End Parent Resource Centre

  • Beautification Day on June 15th from 10-2 in Uniake Square

    • Clean up, planting, BBQ, games

  • June 14th will be their Father’s day brunch from 10-11:30

  • Summer fun program is now full

  • NEPRC has a donation room with clothing, change tables and more

  • Dad support (24/7 Dad, handle with care, one-on-one counselling)

Natasha – Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Centre

  • Preparing for the Pride Parade. Anyone who wants to get involved in helping with the float can reach out.

Suzie and John – Phoenix Youth and Community Centre

  • Father’s Day BBQ from 12-2 with washer toss and hair cuts

  • June 17th will be an Open House BBQ

  • Free summer programs for youth ages 12-15 with pre-employment programs.

Kiersten – Global News

  • Wants to go to as many events as possible and get involved with what’s going on in the community.

Adam – Halifax Pride

  • Pride festival will be taking place from July 18th and 28th with the Parade taking place on July 20th.

  • Applications for the parade are now open.

  • There will be a health and wellness area with free participation for organizations who provide services that focus on the LGBTQ+ community

  • July 27th there will be a Block party that includes queer artisans and organizations, looking for volunteers.

Mary – Family SOS

  • In home supports now have space on the waiting list and are open to taking referrals

  • Support for family services

  • Bee keeping opportunities for Youth applicants

  • Summer camp still has space, free for 2 weeks

  • Courage to Give Back award nominations

    • Open for one more week

Elinor – Library

  • Summer reading club starts on June 15th. Helps kids to maintain their reading levels over the summer months, registration at any location.

    • Kids are entered for draws and receive prizes when goals are met.

  • Pop up libraries at each mobile food market

  • SJAM Wednesday evening reading programs are taking place

  • Library will be taking part in the Pride Parade