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Halifax activist speaks out about Quebec mosque shootings

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“…In the hours following Sunday night’s fatal mosque shooting in Quebec City, Rana Zaman found herself comforting a daughter scared to be Muslim.

My daughter (a university student) and I had this horrible conversation where she felt she was really frightened, she couldn’t sleep and she said she was afraid of being a Muslim,” Rana Zaman said in an interview on Monday….”

Author: Yvette d’Entremont
Date of Article: January 31, 2017
Source: Truro Daily News
Website: http://www.trurodaily.com/living/2017/1/31/halifax-activist-speaks-out-about-quebec-mosque-shootings.html

The Sharpes see positive benefits from Special Olympics involvement

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“…The Sharpe family finds it difficult to imagine what their lives would be like without Special Olympics.

“We probably wouldn’t be as close as a family,” said Ryan Sharpe. “Evan probably wouldn’t have the friend group he has now, and maybe not the same opportunities for physical activity and the skills it helped bring out in him.”

Ryan’s brother Evan, now 22, became a Special Olympics athlete 10 years ago. He’s a swimmer and a curler, and has won medals at both the Nova Scotia Summer and Winter Games….”

Author: Carol Dunn
Date of Article: January 30, 2017
Source: The News
Website: http://www.ngnews.ca/sports/2017/1/30/the-sharpes-see-positive-benefits-from-special-olympics-involvem.html

St. John Ambulance’s Therapy Dog Program helps people in need

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“…Every two weeks, residents at various assisted living homes around the HRM get ready to greet special visitors. They’re different than the normal variety — they’re therapy dogs (and their owners) who volunteer with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program.

“It started in Ontario in 1993 and it’s been operating in Nova Scotia since 1999 and Prince Edward Island since 2000,” says Tia Larkin, community services coordinator Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island for St. John Ambulance. “Currently we have 300 teams in the two provinces.”…”

Author: Carol Dobson
Date of Article: January 30, 2017
Source: Darthmouth Tribune
Website: http://thechronicleherald.ca/dartmouthtribune/1436835-st.-john-ambulance%E2%80%99s-therapy-dog-program-helps-people-in-need

From lawn chair to wheelchair: what bare-bones care looks like in some countries

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“…Each time Krista Sweet visits Belize to help train health-care workers and fit children with wheelchairs and walkers, she’s reminded of how people with few material assets can survive.

Sweet, a pediatric physiotherapist at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, is a volunteer with Team Canada Healing Hands….”

Author: Sherri Borden Colley
Date of Article: January 17, 2017
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/ns-health-professional-global-volunteer-experience-1.3939837

Paul Vienneau is shovelling up random acts of kindness across Halifax

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“…Among the tattoos visible on Paul Vienneau’s arms are a shovel and a water bottle.

They’re a reminder of what he’s doing with his life and why.

In the winter, you’ll often find Vienneau in his wheelchair chopping away at ice and snow to help clear sidewalks, crosswalks, drains and street corners….”

Author: Yvette d’Entremont
Date of Article: January 16, 2017
Source: Truro Daily news
Website: http://www.trurodaily.com/living/well-being/2017/1/16/paul-vienneau-is-shovelling-up-random-acts-of-kindness-across-ha.html

Halifax Heroes: Paul Vienneau shovels up random acts of kindness across our city

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“…

Among the tattoos visible on Paul Vienneau’s arms are a shovel and a water bottle.

They’re a reminder of what he’s doing with his life and why.

In the winter, you’ll often find Vienneau in his wheelchair chopping away at ice and snow to help clear sidewalks, crosswalks, drains and street corners.

…”

Author: Yvette d’Entremont
Date of Article: January 15, 2017
Source: Metro Halifax
Website: http://www.metronews.ca/news/halifax/2017/01/13/halifax-heroes-shovelling-up-random-acts-of-kindness.html

Who ya gonna call? Maritime Ghostbusters looking for recruits

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“…Do you believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full-trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster, and the theory of Atlantis?

If so, then the Maritime Ghostbusters might be for you.

The volunteer organization is sanctioned by entertainment giant Sony through Ghost Corp., the production company that owns the franchise. Maritime Ghostbusters even have a signed certificate from the original film’s director, Ivan Reitman….”

Author: Cassie Williams
Date of Article: January 14, 2017
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/maritime-ghostbusters-recruits-hal-con-1.3932146

VOICE OF THE PEOPLE — Jan. 14, 2017

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“…There are many retired sailors in Halifax who would gladly volunteer to help maintain the ship if funds were available for materials. And the Acadia is as much a symbol of our maritime heritage as the Bluenose, which seems to require continuous replication….”

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Date of Article: January 14, 2017
Source: Chronicle Herald
Website: http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/1431979-voice-of-the-people-%E2%80%94-jan.-14-2017

Paws To Read program helps kids in the HRM improve reading skills

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“…The Halifax Public Libraries knows this to be true. They have been partnering with Therapeutic Paws of Canada (TPOC) and one of their children’s programs, TPOC Paws To Read, which matches young readers with TPOC Child Certified Therapy Dogs.

The TPOC Paws To Read program provides an opportunity for children to read to a certified therapy dog and handler. The presence of the dog provides a relaxing setting for the child to practice their literacy skills….”

Author: Debra Wells-Hopey
Date of Article: January 9, 2017
Source: Chronicle Herald
Website: http://thechronicleherald.ca/halifaxcitizen/1430504-paws-to-read-program-helps-kids-in-the-hrm-improve-reading-skills

New Glasgow invites nominations for outstanding volunteers

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“…Every April, during National Volunteer Week, the Province of Nova Scotia pays tribute to volunteers nominated by organizations and communities at the Provincial Volunteer Awards.

Each year the awards honour volunteers from across the province for their selfless contributions. Outstanding New Glasgow volunteers can be nominated for a Provincial Volunteer Award in the following categories: Representative Volunteer Award, Youth Volunteer Award, and Family Volunteer Award….”

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Date of Article: January 9, 2017
Source: New Glasgow News
Website: http://www.ngnews.ca/news/local/2017/1/8/new-glasgow-invites-nominations-for-outstanding-volunteers.html




Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.

David Thomas