NECC Roundtable - October 2019

Land Acknowledgement completed by Erika (Veith House), and opening remarks.


  • Natasha, Mulgrave Community Centre: Main event of focus this month is the trick or treat event for Halloween.


  • Cathy, YMCA: Have three job fairs this month- on for those in the LGBTIQ+ community, Canada Post, and Talent works. Dates available online.


  • John and Carla, Phoenix YCC (Mulgrave): Starting a basketball league at Needham. Erika: I caught that they are doing a Thanksgiving community meal, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm… but didn’t catch what date that is on. And I can’t find it on their website. Can you confirm? After school program is Tuesdays and Thursdays for ages 12-15, registration is encouraged. Also on Tuesdays and Thursdays there is free tutoring with an academic coach and volunteer teachers. Intramurals are being offered Monday afternoons at Highland, from 3pm to 5pm. Friday is the cooking program for youth age 12-15 to work on their cooking and baking skills.


  • Schools Plus Team: Now present in every school in Halifax School Board. Incredible Years is starting up this week.


  • Amanda, reachability: support persons facing any type of barrier, ages 16 and up. All programs are offered Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm. Programs are in areas of employability and self development. Also now offering free and inclusive anger management.


  • Barry, DCS: Income Assistance is changing to standard household rate. This changes how funds are calculated, and can mean more money for recipients. Does not affect Special Needs funds, just shelter and personal needs. Change takes place end of December, beginning of January. Affected persons will get a notice. Case workers will be trained on the changes in November. Also- lots of movement between offices. Quinpool is closing. New office has opened at Bayers Road shopping Centre, which is more accessible and better bus routes. Most staff from Gottigen office have moved to Bayers Road. Quinpool is moving to Gottigen. Most affected clients have been notified. Feed NS is sending out notice to DCS clients for Christmas support at end of September. It is a pink form, that needs to be returned to Feed NS. November 8th is the deadline to enroll.


  • Jill, Autism NS: Fall programs are starting up, all available via online registration. D&D has bi-weekly meet ups, Supported Social Group meets bi-weekly on Fridays, as well as One on One support. Chat and Chill for adults starts October 16th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Dal Tupper building. Employment programs are always running. Quick Start is ongoing as well, for ages 12 to 36 months- for young ones who may be on he spectrum but are pre-diagnosis.


  • Garth, HACL: Offer transition support, and peer support (ages 18 and up). Emma Fitzgerald  is creating a disability map of the HRM.


  • Adrienne, Rotary Club: Via St. Margaret of Scotland Church (Robie St), hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Space for 100 folks, supporting the North End Community. On October 14th, at 1pm for full meal. Sponsoring exchange student- info available on website. Highschool students are eligible.


  • Sam, SHIFT (formerly Atlantic Youth): Offer respite care, youth mentorship, and one on one care with the goal of keeping kids with their families and not in small options homes. October 20th at their head office in St. Margaret’s Bay hosting Kid Business market- young entrepreneurs can sell their goods.


  • Kirsten, Global: New Global News Morning anchor has started. Trying to get her out and into the community. If anyone has a story or event would like highlighted, let them know.


  • Victoria and Adam, Family SOS: Snowsuit drive coming up, reach out for more information. Tickets for January Gala on sale. Starting community fridges- fridges get left in accessible community partner locations, anyone can fill/access items as needed. Looking for locations for fridges and freezers, by end of October.


  • Margaret, North End Parents Resource Centre: October Calendar is up. MOSH program starting. Have some dad driven programming. Incredible Years starting, still have room for families, call 902-492-0923 to register. Parent breaks on Fridays.


  • Brian, Office of Lisa Roberts: New community officer has started.


  • Megan, HRM Community Development: Community Engagement and Capacity Place Making applications are due October 30th. This is a program to build community. Folks get together to create something in community (program, etc)- resident led. Volunteer conference is November 15th and 16th at the Atlantica- will discuss capacity, board training, volunteer recruitment. Step Up to Leadership has started in both Dartmouth and Sackville.


  • Genelle, Phoenix Youth Learning and Employment (Quinpool): support youth aged 16-24. Offer education, employment, and training supports. At capacity with programming right now. NSCC open house is October 15th at all campuses. Applications are free that day. Not too late to enroll in high school courses either. Upcoming events: Glee Club (choir) starting up- not formal at all, all skill levels welcome, Monday evenings, dinner provided.


  • Anna, Autism NS, Family Support: have a respite database to connect families to qualified respite workers. Reach out to Anna to discuss needs. October 18th  there is a supportive housing summit- find solutions to housing complications. Will be at Alderney Landing, more info available at


  • Nancy, Halifax Community Health Team: offer one on one wellness navigation. Optimal Aging runs on Tuesdays in October (the 8th to 29th). Monthly drop in is the second Friday of the month. Personal wellness profiles offered tice per month. Many programs starting/coming up (such as Building Better Sleep, Heart Health etc). See poster or website for more information. Have a new engagement survey out, wan to hear from residents.


  • Erika, Veith House: Fall programming has started- Creative Connections (art drop in) is Tuesday afternoons. Yoga (pay what you can) Thursdays from 12-1:30pm. Wrap Around Wellness (counselling) is taking referrals. Care Givers Circle (formerly parent and tot) is Tuesdays from 10-noon. R.E.A.C.H program is re-vamping to empower youth. Offering after school drop in, PD day camps, cooking with confidence. Offering form filling clinics again. Flu shot clinic is October 20th. Community Meal is the 30th of every month (or the Friday before if it lands on a weekend) from 1-3pm and is open to anyone. On October 21st, Veith House is a polling station.


  • Erika, NECC: NECC info is on Veith Website now. Can fill out a form to have items added. Calendar is there, as well as minutes from meetings.


  • Adam, Halifax Pride: Have basically an entirely new board. Doing outreach for committees next month to start planning for next year. Working with Wabanaki Two Spirit Alliance on a public art piece. Looking for a venue.


Meeting adjourned at 10:59am.