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Festival, fundraiser to support Ukraine to be held in Halifax

“…A Ukrainian festival and fundraiser will be held in Halifax on April 23 to help support those defending their home country as Russia’s invasion continues….”

Author: Stuart Peddle
Date of Article: April 12, 2022
Source: SaltWire Network
Website: https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/news/festival-fundraiser-to-support-ukraine-to-be-held-in-halifax-100717250/

Battling homelessness in N.S. has been a priority during the pandemic. What happens now?

“…There’s concern that government and public support for people experiencing homelessness in the province will wane as restrictions related to COVID-19 are lifted and Nova Scotians are encouraged to return to some sense of normalcy, say those who work on the front lines of homelessness.

A new report on the impact of the pandemic on people experiencing homelessness in Nova Scotia found some workers believe an increase in federal and provincial support was in part due to fear of unhoused individuals contributing to the spread of COVID-19….”

Author: Simon Smith
Date of Article: April 12, 2022
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/homelessness-during-covid-19-pandemic-1.6411728

Brianna Burris receives first Cobra Spirit Trophy as West Colchester’s top volunteer

“…While she’s only been involved in minor hockey a short time, Brianna Burris is someone who consistently goes above and beyond for the children.

The Great Village resident is the first winner of the new Cobra Strong Volunteer of the Year Award that was created in honour of Cobra family members who lost their lives in the April 2020 mass shooting: Jamie and Greg Blair, Lisa McCully, Heather O’Brien, Kristen and Baby Beaton….”

Author: Darrell Cole
Date of Article: April 6, 2022
Source: SaltWire Network
Website: https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/communities/brianna-burris-receives-first-cobra-spirit-trophy-as-west-colchesters-top-volunteer-100715553/

$203K for affordable housing brings Halifax’s ‘Habitat Way’ closer to construction

“…Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia has been given a $203,500 grant to help make a neighbourhood of 77 affordable housing units in Halifax a reality.

Donna Williamson, executive director of the non-profit organization, said the funding from the provincial government will go toward hiring a project manager who will create a business plan for the development….”

Author: Jon Tattrie
Date of Article: April 4, 2022
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/habitat-for-humanity-nova-scotia-affordable-housing-grant-1.6407826

Volunteer group donates adapted toys to stock IWK library

“…A group of volunteers from across the Maritimes is on a mission to make toys that anyone can play with.

Volunteers from a program called Makers Making Change recently modified more than 20 new toys to be accessible for children with disabilities and donated them to a toy library at the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax….”

Author: Nicola Seguin
Date of Article: April 2, 2022
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/volunteers-adapt-20-new-toys-and-donate-them-to-the-iwk-1.6405102

N.S. offers grants to volunteer fire departments to help with pandemic fundraising losses

“…Nova Scotia is offering one-time grants of $10,000 to help volunteer fire departments, ground search and rescue organizations and First Nations fire departments recover from fundraising losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the province, more than 340 organizations will qualify for the $3.5 million investment….”

Author: Rebecca Lau
Date of Article: March 22, 2022
Source: Global News
Website: https://globalnews.ca/news/8700946/ns-grants-fire-departments-pandemic-fundraising/

Larry’s story: What led two Cape Breton men to volunteer with palliative care

“…As the Cape Breton Hospice prepares to open to residents in Membertou in January, a pilot project will be kicking off two first-time volunteer programs being formed….”

Author: Sharon Montgomery-Dupe
Date of Article: December 10, 2021
Source: SaltWire Network
Website: https://www.saltwire.com/halifax/news/larrys-story-what-led-two-cape-breton-men-to-volunteer-with-palliative-care-100669371/

Remembering the ‘unsung heroes’ of the Halifax Explosion recovery effort

“…As the city most involved in Canada’s effort during the First World War, Halifax was a hub for troops heading overseas and those returning from the horrors in Europe, and its harbour was filled with ships carrying supplies.

And on the morning of Dec. 6, 1917, these realities merged in a horrific event known as the Halifax Explosion. It remains the worst disaster in Canadian history, killing 2,000 people and injuring 9,000….”

Author: Richard Woodbury
Date of Article: December 6, 2021
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/halifax-explosion-army-navy-response-unsung-heroes-1.6244683

Canadian Red Cross awards two Nova Scotian volunteers with highest honour

“…In Nova Scotia, the Canadian Red Cross recognized two volunteers with its highest honour for their humanitarian work.

David Williams of Halifax and Mary Macnab of Dartmouth were two of 11 volunteers across the country recognized by the Canadian Red Cross with the humanitarian organization’s highest volunteer distinction during a virtual event on Saturday….”

Author: Jesse Thomas
Date of Article: December 5, 2021
Source: Global News
Website: https://globalnews.ca/news/8426623/canadian-red-cross-ns-volunteer-awards/

Meet the ordinary volunteers keeping the pandemic at bay

“…Since April, 3,082 Nova Scotians have signed up for volunteer time slots in the province’s rapid testing campaign, including 1,385 people assembling rapid test packages at smaller sites — making this, as Stanford understands it, the greatest volunteer mobilization of this kind anywhere in the country….”

Author: John Demont
Date of Article: December 4, 2021
Source: SaltWire Network
Website: https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/opinion/john-demont-meet-the-ordinary-volunteers-keeping-the-pandemic-at-bay-100666598/