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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

Volunteers to help Hope For Wildlife after storm damage

“…This month, the CBC Do Crew is heading to the Eastern Shore to give Hope For Wildlife a hand.

A January storm brought high winds and heavy rain to Nova Scotia, damaging several enclosures at the animal shelter. The Do Crew’s work will be done outdoors and includes repairing enclosures, digging trenches and shovelling gravel….”

Date of Article: February 6, 2017
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/do-crew-hope-for-wildlife-storm-damage-1.3965636

Halifax Heroes: Maritime Bhangra helps create change through dance

“…Hasmeet Singh Chandok has helped raise close to $300,000 for charities and humanitarian causes, sits on a United Nations committee for interfaith harmony, co-founded the internationally known Maritime Bhangra Group, and started the first Sikh student association in Atlantic Canada.

But despite those and many other accomplishments, he’s humble and reluctant to be in the spotlight….”

Author: Yvette d’Entremont
Date of Article: February 5, 2017
Source: Metro Halifax
Website: http://www.metronews.ca/news/halifax/2017/02/03/halifax-heroes-creating-change-dance-hasmeet-singh-chandok.html

Boots on the Ground walk to help homeless veterans

“…A veterans’ support group is taking to the streets in Halifax Saturday.

Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada will hold their Boots on the Ground campaign to search for homeless veterans in need of help.

Taking part in Saturday’s walk is honorary colonel Barb Stegemann and her partner Mike Velemirovich, who will hand out comfort items and assist veterans in crisis….”

Date of Article: February 3, 2017
Source: The Chronicle Herald
Website: http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1438488-boots-on-the-ground-walk-to-help-homeless-veterans

‘You belong here’: Halifax shows its support at Bedford Islamic centre

“…Sympathy and safety was on the minds of the more than 200 people who met Wednesday at Al Rasoul Islamic Society in Bedford

The gathering was prompted by an outpouring of support from non-Muslim community members after Sunday’s shooting at a Quebec City mosque, society vice-president Hossein Mousavi said….”

Date of Article: February 3, 2017
Source: CBC News
Website: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/belong-halifax-shows-support-bedford-115040949.html

Up to two-thirds of homeless people have serious foot issues, Dal research suggests

“…Dr. Colin Van Zoost knows the effects that homelessness can have on someone’s health.

He runs the Walk in Our Shoes volunteer foot clinic at St. Andrews United Church in Halifax.

“When you’re dealing with people who … rely on their feet for their survival, a simple foot problem can soon lead into quite a significant issue,” said Van Zoost, who’s been working with the homeless for a decade….”

Author: Natalie Dobbin
Date of Article: February 2, 2017
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/homeless-people-foot-care-dalhousie-aerobics-first-clinic-st-andrews-1.3963541

‘Right thing to do’: Canadian lawyers volunteer at airports to help during Trump travel ban

“…Canadian lawyers are mobilizing at airports across the country to assist people affected by U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban on all entries from seven Muslim-majority nations.

They are volunteering their time to help anyone who gets turned away at American security checkpoints.

“I’ve never been more proud to be a lawyer,” said Janet Thompson-Price, an immigration lawyer in Saint John who is helping to co-ordinate the effort in response to a request from her U.S. counterparts….”

Date of Article: February 2, 2017
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/immigration-lawyers-canada-u-s-trump-ban-1.3962784

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

Mother Teresa