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Black in Halifax: Josh Creighton is battling stereotypes and empowering North End kids

“…Ask Josh Creighton about the young lives he’s already influenced, despite being just 19 years old, and he’ll brush it off and talk about the “amazing youth” in his community.

Growing up just outside Uniacke Square, Creighton said it was a challenge battling stereotypes about being a Black male from his community….”

Author: Yvette d’Entremont

Date of Article: December 7, 2017
Source: The Chronicle Hearld
Website: http://www.metronews.ca/news/halifax/2017/12/07/black-in-halifax-josh-creighton-is-battling-stereotypes-and-empowering-north-end-kids.html

Halifax’s 1st monument for women pays tribute to war volunteers

“…As a young woman, Charlotte Guy Jeffries worked at a Halifax clothing store by day and entertained tens of thousands of Second World War servicemen on piano and accordion by night.

More than 70 years later, she and thousands of other women were recognized for their volunteer work during the Second World War when a bronze monument was unveiled Thursday morning on the Halifax waterfront….”

Author: Sherri Borden Colley
Date of Article: November 16, 2017
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/monument-women-second-world-war-volunteer-entertainment-1.4403499

On the move for Movember Halifax Run

“…Prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health are topics traditionally popular only in the smallest of circles. However, the very creative and successful Movember campaign is changing all that, taking popular culture by storm.

The idea — a charity focused on men’s health — took form during a 2003 conversation between two friends at a bar drinking beer in Australia. Today the campaign is so popular, memes and photos of babies, kittens and Elmo dolls donning the recognizable moustache are sprinkled all over social media platforms….”

Author: Sheryl Dubois
Date of Article: November 13, 2017
Source: The Chronicle Hearld
Website: http://thechronicleherald.ca/halifaxcitizen/1520124-on-the-move-for-movember-halifax-run

Halifax monument will mark women’s contributions to Second World War

“…While entertaining soldiers with her piano accordion during the Second World War, Charlotte Guy Jeffries never imagined that more than 70 years later she would be recognized for her volunteer work.

“I guess we made a lot of people happy,” said the 96-year-old Halifax resident. “The city was full of service people and something had to be done to occupy and entertain them.”…”

Author: Allison Lawlor
Date of Article: November 12, 2017
Source: The Chronicle Hearld
Website: http://thechronicleherald.ca/thenovascotian/1519675-halifax-monument-will-mark-women%E2%80%99s-contributions-to-second-world-war

Halifax Heroes: Family SOS worker, volunteer has passion to “give back”

“…“I grew up caring about community, volunteering and wanting to give back,” says Simone Spears, raised in the small community of Liscomb on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore.

This, and a passion for working with youth, made Spears a perfect fit for the position of Community Engagement Officer at Family SOS (Services of Support), where Spears started in January….”

Author: Spencer Osberg
Date of Article: November 5, 2017
Source: Metro News
Website: http://www.metronews.ca/news/halifax/2017/11/05/halifax-heroes-family-sos-worker-volunteer-looking-for-ways-to-give-back.html

From staple guns to sheet sanders, the Halifax Tool Library offers wise words and experiences

“…Every non-profit has a story.

Colleen Gosse moved to Halifax in 2014, from Port Hawkesbury. On her own, she looked to build networks, maybe even plant some roots.

Gosse, already a seasoned volunteer, says: “It always feels good to volunteer, to give back, to be part of something bigger.” So she kept an ear open for a place to donate some time and talent….”

Author: Sheryl Dubois
Date of Article: October 30, 2017
Source: The Chronicle Hearld
Website: http://thechronicleherald.ca/halifaxcitizen/1515734-from-staple-guns-to-sheet-sanders-the-halifax-tool-library-offers-wise-words-

Halifax Heroes: Volunteers take centre stage as arts centre moves closer to reality in Sackville

“…About 12 years ago, a group of volunteers living in the northwest corner of HRM envisioned a cultural arts centre in their own region.

The idea was to secure a multipurpose performance and learning space in a facility that would accommodate every type of artistic application, from theatre to music, dance and even an art gallery….”

Author: Yvette d’Entremont
Date of Article: June 11, 2017
Source: Metro News
Website: http://www.metronews.ca/news/halifax/2017/06/09/halifax-heroes-volunteers-take-centre-stage-arts-centre.html

Students helping students

“…Moving to Halifax as a new student is daunting for many reasons. Moving here from another country and culture can increase the challenges. Not only are there questions and concerns about school-related things, like navigating campus and choosing your classes, but there is the adjustment of trying to find out where to live, the best places to eat and how to meet new friends….”

Author: Debra Wells-Hopey
Date of Article: June 6, 2017
Source: Chronicle Herald
Website: http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1475509-students-helping-students

New Waterford teacher looks forward to summer volunteer work in Haiti

“…NEW WATERFORD — Despite the difficult living conditions in Haiti, Breton Education Centre teacher Heather Kearney says her visits there in summer are a highlight of her year.

Development in Haiti has been hampered by politically unstable governments and foreign intervention for much of the 20th century. The country also suffered after a series of tropical storms hit the area over the last few decades, culminating in a devastating earthquake in 2010 that killed hundreds of thousands of people and left more than a million homeless….”

Author: Tom Ayers
Date of Article: June 2, 2017
Source: Local Xpress
Website: https://www.localxpress.ca/local-news/new-waterford-teacher-looks-forward-to-summer-volunteer-work-in-haiti-632296

Better Together gang lends helping hand

“…A true Canadian never minds pulling a few weeds.

In a cathartic act of kindness, the Better Together gang along with a few of their friends waved the flag Monday in a sesquicentennial good deed. They got tough on dandelions and pigeon droppings in a pre-election day cleanup at the Rosary Garden at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Cole Harbour.

The church at the corner of Flying Cloud Drive and Forest Hills Parkway is a polling station for Tuesday’s provincial election and it was decided the garden was in dire need of a quick makeover….”


Date of Article: May 29, 2017
Source: Chronicle Herald
Website: http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1473353-better-together-gang-lends-helping-hand

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap, the being a force of nature instead of a feverish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

George Bernard Shaw