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Volunteers to help Hope For Wildlife after storm damage

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“…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….”

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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

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“…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

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“…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….”

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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

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“…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….”

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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

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“…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

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“…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….”

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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

Jalana Lewis cares about her community

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“…His victory confirmed, Lindell Smith thanked a cheering crowd that had gathered last October at Alteregos. Beaming, he then offered praise for the woman who’d managed the campaign that saw him become the first African Nova Scotian to win a Halifax city council seat in nearly 20 years.

“Like me, Jalana is embedded in this community,” Smith said, acknowledging a figure at the back of the room. “And like me, she cares about you.”…”

Author: Evelyn C. White
Date of Article: February 2, 2017
Source: The Coast
Website: http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/jalana-lewis-cares-about-her-community/Content?oid=5968763

Sydney River woman making a difference

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“…The Sydney River native will leave on Feb. 15 and for the next six months will volunteer at Sarah’s Covenant House, a community of family-style foster homes that care for children and young adults with medical and special needs, doing behaviour therapy using applied behaviour analysis.

This will be the second time MacNeil has spent time in India as a volunteer. In 2012, she spent a month at the same facility….”

Author: Jeremy Fraser
Date of Article: February 1, 2017
Source: Cape Breton Post
Website: http://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/2017/2/1/sydney-river-woman-making-a-difference.html

Hope for Wildlife works to rebuild following storm

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“…Work is now underway to repair damage at Hope for Wildlife, a week after freezing rain and heavy winds hit the rehabilitation centre in Seaforth, N.S.

Owner Hope Swinimer said the centre, which has provided food, shelter and medical care for more than 20,000 animals since 1997, saw varying levels of damage from the storm….”

Author: Natasha Pace
Date of Article: February 1, 2017
Source: Global News
Website: http://globalnews.ca/news/3219668/hope-for-wildlife-works-to-rebuild-following-ns-storm/

Student-run health centre will turn to church supper to help find clients

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“…From occupational therapy to dentistry, students from an array of health-care programs are combining forces to bring their growing expertise right to the Sunday dinner table of some of Halifax’s homeless.

Students from Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University and paramedic college Medavie HealthEd are launching the Halifax Outreach Prevention Education Support (HOPES) health centre in the coming weeks….”

Author: Nina Corfu
Date of Article: January 31, 2017
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/hopes-health-centre-dalhousie-mount-saint-vincent-university-medavie-students-homeless-1.3959672

You nourish your soul by fulfilling your destiny, by developing the potential that the soul represents. When you fulfill your soul’s destiny, you will feel “right.” Conversely, when you ignore your soul’s destiny, when you get caught up in your own self-interests and forget to care for others, you will not feel “right.” Instead, you will feel empty and unfulfilled. During these times, you are neglecting your soul–you are depriving it of nourishment. When I talk to people who feel this emptiness and lack of fulfillment, I recommend they find a source of balance in their lives. I suggest they find a way to “give back” to the world in order to feel a sense of completeness.