Vision All youth and their families living in health, safety and harmony
Mandate Using an inter-disciplinary approach to youth care HomeBridge provides youth with experiences of stabilization, emergency placement, therapeutic programming, educational opportunities and longer-term residential interventions. This mandate is achieved through a collaboration with stakeholders, a community orientation, a commitment to youth education, continued professional development, implementation of current evidence based interventions and therapeutic programming.
HomeBridge Youth Society
Annual Report 2016 Fiscal Year April 1, 2015 â€“ March 31, 2016
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR he definition of change in the dictionary is “the act or instance of making or becoming different”. To quote Winston Churchill: “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
This past year, Management & employees at HomeBridge experienced change, embraced it and became change agents for our organization. Are we prefect? Not yet. Are we moving forward in a progressive fashion? Yes!
Ernie Hilton stepped into an Acting Executive Director role upon Linda Wilson’s departure in March 2015. In the fall of 2016, Ernie took on this leadership role in a permanent, full time capacity. He inspired Management and employees to move forward striving to provide the best services possible for youth-in-care. Our Management Team underwent a transformation change under Ernie’s leadership, all the while growing and taking on new challenges. The Board continues to evolve and grow as well. We welcomed four new members, participated in a Strategic Planning retreat and recently Governance and Leadership Consultant, Carla Angelhart provided us with Board Governance training. We would like to acknowledge our expert partner, the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services and Education; we recognize you are also experiencing a period of transition to even a greater extent than HomeBridge, and all the while your commitment to vulnerable youth remains. In addition, we would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to our long standing benefactor St. Paul’s Home Board for their continued collaboration and support in providing our services to youth in Nova Scotia.
We would also like to thank the following groups that allow us to offer the best services possible to our youth: Employees and Management: Thank-you for being strong during our time of transition. We believe in you and your ability to bring the best experiences to the children in our charge; and Donors, Sponsors, Corporate and Individuals, Thank-you for your support, it means everything to or youth and their growth on many fronts while in our care. It is each and every one of you who allow us to fulfill HomeBridge’s vision for the future:
All Youth and Their Families Living in Health, Safety and Harmony Respectfully, Deanna Severeyns, CPA, CA Board Chair
HOMEBRIDGE YOUTH SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS Executive Deanna Severeyns, CPA, CA - Board Chair Chief Administrative Officer, Stewart McKelvey
Peter Wong, CPA, CA - Vice-Chair & Treasurer Chief Financial Officer, Hercules SLR Inc. & Stellar Industrial Sales Ltd.
Members at Large Angela Kelly Account Manager, C100 & 101.3 The Bounce
Michelle McCann Associate Lawyer, Stewart McKelvey
Carissa Bordeleau, CPA, CA Assistant Accounting Manager, Fiera Properties Ltd.
Michele Trider Manager, RBC Main Branch
Dale Gibbons Crisis Counselor, Bryony House
Peter Mancini Q.C. Nova Scotia Legal Aid
Jennifer Palov Vice President, Human Resources and Legal, Bell Aliant Regional Communications
Steve Foran President, Gratitude at Work
Johneen Kelly Social Worker, IWK Youth Forensic Services
Tanya Ozard Broker/Realtor, Oceancrest Realty Inc.
Lynda dâ€™Entremont Past Supervisor, School Administration, Halifax Regional School Board
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT hange... the mere thought of it for most adults is rarely met with composure. Yet we set expectations for the young people and their families to accept it, move on, put things behind them, evolve and face the future with bravery and optimism. I have no idea what it means to be taken from my family or to have my child taken from me. I know not of the experience of lack of belonging. My home was the same place every night with the same people. Change came to HomeBridge this year in all her glory. The past director left after 16 years of brilliant leadership and with it left her mastery. The changes that followed included changes in personnel in different management roles including mine, uprooting decades of predictability and shifting it to new environments, with new expectations new rules and guidelines, all the while expecting to perform as nothing has changed. Interestingly, the resilience gained through lifeexperience engages and we move on. Rebuilding connections, relationships and fortifying foundations of competency became the impetus for defining this past year. Our professional colleagues, aligned in a similar mission, learned of our challenges and we had trainers from around Canada and from New Zealand offer their support to develop skills with our newest managers at a fraction of their costs. This is the power of communities. HomeBridge has a strong community, made up of our Board, Funders, Stakeholders, Partners, Donors and all of our Employees. It would be impossible to offer the substantive service we provide, with such efficacy and precision, without each and everyone connected to our community. Our community exists solely so young people know they belong. Even during times of change and transition, our focus remains on providing the best services possible for the young people. Thanks to the support of our cornerstone partners, the Department of Community Services, the Department of Education and the St. Paul’s Home Board, and many other generous donors, we continue to expand and adapt our services to meet the ever-changing needs of the youth we serve.
This year has been difficult, filled with stress, anxiety, change, new expectations, new relationships and it has happened to everyone reading this report in some form. However, there are some who don’t get to come home, some who are never sure if there is someone there for them or caring about their changes. Unless, today, we change as individuals and let others know we are there for them: not just in words but in deeds, regardless if it is appreciated or not. Those who need us most should not have to worry about saying “thank you”. The giver is always more important than the gift. If you dare to be a part of the HomeBridge Community either supporting or receiving services you need to believe we will always be here for you. When you arrive, you will be supported while you are here; when you leave, we will say goodbye and you will be welcomed back. You will always belong.
Ernie Hilton, MSc. CYCA Executive Director
Ernie Hilton, MSc. CYCA
OCCUPANCY STATISTICS FOR LONG- TERM FACILITIES
Individual Youth Served 2015/2016 -109 Total
Individual Youth per Department of Community Services Region or Child Welfare Agency Residing in Facilities 109 Total 17%
Total Male (58)
Total Female (51)
109 individual youth were served during 2015/2016, however there were 175 total youth admissions to all facilities, which includes a number of youth who had multiple admissions and were served by more than one HomeBridge facility.
Mi'Kmaw Family and Children Services (12 Individuals) Central Region (41 Individuals) Western Region (32 Individuals) Eastern Region (6 Individuals) Northern Region (18 Individuals)
4 Facility Placements of Youth from Outside the Central Region - 56 total individuals
Average Length of Stay Requiring Emergency Stabilization at the Reigh Allen Centre 25
Reigh Allen Centre (32) Long Term Facilities (24)
Average Length of Stay in Residential Care - Long Term Homes 300 250
278 231 187
200 150 100 50 0
Sullivan (Females) Johnson (Females) Hawthorne (Males) Jubien (Males) Cogswell (Males)
I learned how to stay positive by having youth care workers to talk to.
Hawthorne House Part of the HomeBridge Community since 1979 Owned by HomeBridge Youth Society Operating Costs Covered by the Department of Community Services Mandate: Hawthorne House is located in Dartmouth and serves six youth under 18 years of age.
Hawthorne House Team
Johnson House 5
Part of the HomeBridge Community since 1981 Owned by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Operating Costs Covered by the Department of Community Services Mandate: Johnson House is located in Dartmouth and serves four youth under 18 years of age.
Johnson House Team
Jubien House Part of the HomeBridge Community since 1982 Owned by St. Paulâ€™s Home Board Operating Costs Covered by the Department of Community Services Mandate: Jubien House is located in Halifax and serves six youth under 18 years of age.
Jubien House Team
Part of the HomeBridge Community since 1993 Owned by St. Paulâ€™s Home Board Operating Costs Covered by the Department of Community Services Mandate: Sullivan House is located in Halifax and serves six youth under 18 years of age.
Sullivan House Team
Reigh Allen Centre Part of the HomeBridge Community since 1998 Owned by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Operating Costs Covered by the Department of Community Services Mandate: The Reigh Allen Centre is located in Dartmouth and is licensed as an emergency crisis and stabilization center. It provides service to male and female youth under 18 years of age who are in need of a stabilization, respite, or short-term placement. The center utilizes a inter-disciplinary approach to create opportunities for behavioral changes within a safe environment allowing young people to experience themselves differently.
Reigh Allen Centre Team
6 Specialist Beds Program Part of the HomeBridge Community since 2009 Located in the Reigh Allen Centre Operating Costs Covered by the Department of Community Services Mandate: A separate two-bed programming unit designed to serve youth 18-years-old and younger living under exceptional circumstances.
Cogswell House Part of the HomeBridge Community since 2003 Owned by St. Paulâ€™s Home Board Operating Costs Covered by the Department of Community Services Mandate: Cogswell House is located in Middle Sackville and serves four youth under 18 years of age.
Cogswell House Team
My favorite part of programming is getting out in the community.
HOMEBRIDGE PROGRAMMING 2016 omeBridge programming is Activity-Based with Therapeutic Life Skill Development and Service Learning opportunities. Our programming is enmeshed within our case management framework which includes the Circle of Courage and the four domains of Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity.
This year the Service Learning Projects have been extremely successful and exciting for HomeBridge and our youth. We held our fifth Annual Farmers Market, which allowed the youth to learn about farming and agriculture, while building entrepreneurial skills. They also gained customer service skills through the public market as well as the seniors center market. The seniors market is a special sale where they sell fresh produce to seniors at cost. This program was funded by the Youth Development Initiative and includes partnerships with both Dempsey Corner Orchard’s and the Dartmouth Senior’s Service Center. Together the program enhances the youth’s self-esteem along with their employability skills. We also put smiles on many of the senior’s faces in our community who are the recipients of the youth’s hard work and generosity. After the completion of this annual summer market the youth agreed to an additional market in the fall during apple picking season. This program was featured as a human interest story by both CTV’s Live at 5 and Global News. The coverage captured an experience the youth won’t soon forget. One young person stated that the day at the farm was the best day of her life and she couldn’t wait to write about it in her diary. On Fridays youth at the Reigh Allen Centre spend the morning preparing a meal that is shared with many employees throughout the HomeBridge Community. In preparation for this program the youth plan the menu, sometimes shop for ingredients, and coordinate who will be in charge of which part of the meal. While preparing the meal they are learning and experiencing many complex cooking methods. This program became so popular within HomeBridge that we decided to increase the generosity aspect by offering the youth an opportunity to once again give back to their community. They now collect a loonie from all those who come to enjoy their meal and decide twice yearly where they would like to donate the money. The first recipient was Hope For Wild Life who received $300.
Our Annual Holiday Coffee House is something that is also very popular with the young people as it is an opportunity for them to come together and kick off the holiday season with fun performances and a craft sale that showcase their talents. One of the highlight’s this year was a competition called “Santa Idol” where teams were challenged to come up with a unique Santa to replace the traditional one. They not only had to have a costume, but also a rationale on why their Santa should be chosen. The outfits were fun and speeches were even more impressive as the young people talked about the need for Santa to create happiness, peace and resolve the violence and injustices occurring in the world. For six years now ALATEEN has partnered with HomeBridge to provide youth with education and coping skills when having to deal with alcohol misuse in their environments. Marlene Lecky and Beverly Gillis continue to devote their time to the youth who reside in our HomeBridge Community. The youth appreciate their dedication and look forward to attending this program on a biweekly basis. Health enhancing activities such as Tai Chi, Meditation, Music Therapy, Art education, HeartMath, and Aromatherapy continue to be promoted with the young people. These programs have been ingrained in our culture and are well accepted by the youth. Our goal continues to be to provide youth with healthy alternatives as a way to cope and enhance their lives in hopes that they will continue to search out healthy living choices in their future. Opportunities to create positive memories are just as important as personal skill development at HomeBridge. Through fund raising efforts, such as our annual online auction, we were fortunate to provide the youth with a variety of recreational activities. One of most memorable outings this year was Tidal Bore Rafting. During this activity some youth challenged their fears and inhibitions by riding the waves and playing in the mud. For the majority of the youth it was their first experience and will be a memory they will carry for a lifetime.
This spring the youth are busy planning their summer gardens around HomeBridge facilities. The Reigh Allen Centre is focusing on developing a Peace Garden that will attract pollinatorâ€™s in response to the decline of our bees. The garden will consist of three sections: one for wildflowers, one for herbs, and one for cultivated flowers. They plan to include mostly plants and flowers native to Nova Scotia and to utilize what is grown to create spices, potpourri sachets, and cosmetic tincture, such as witch hazel to combat teenage acne. In order to signify the purpose of the garden the youth have also decided to create a rock statue of a bee. Programs offered at HomeBridge are to assist t!he youth in developing skills to enhance their lives both now and in the future. Please see below for a more complete list of the programs offered. Entrepreneurial and Service Learning YWCA Discovering Life Skills What Have I Done? A Victim Empathy Program for Young People ART Aggression Replacement Training MAPSTARS Conflict Resolution â€“ Bully Prevention Program The Six Pillars of Character Development (trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship) Drug and Alcohol Awareness Smoking Cessation Healthy Relationships Sexual Health Cultural Awareness Caring for Your Body (hygiene/puberty) Discovering Food (Nutrition and Culinary Skills) Self-esteem Recreation and Leisure Development Communication Skills Assertiveness Peer Pressure Understanding Your Emotions Visual Arts Respectfully Submitted
HomeBridge Youth Program Coordinator Dr T.C.M., Dr. A.C., R. AC
BRIDGES FOR LEARNING he Bridges for Learning Team has worked with over 400 students and their community schools since the first student started in 2005. This year, the team received 32 applications, a slight increase from the 30 applications received in the previous year. The program consistently operated at full capacity, with additional applicants placed on wait list to be triaged for admission.
The classroom had a long overdue makeover to start the school year. Research has shown that the design and layout of a classroom can positively impact learning. It was imperative that the students in Bridges for Learning (BFL) were provided a space for optimal learning in a more student-centered teaching area. Given the many obstacles they have faced in the educational system, we have a responsibility to provide our students with every advantage we can while they are in our care. The classroom is bright, comfortable and welcoming. Students have a quiet area with an aquarium and pet fish, which they have taken great care of, and access to a spin bike which assists in self-regulating their behaviours as well as benefiting their physical health. The program continues to address the individual academic needs of the students. The high school students complete studies through correspondence courses while being supported and given direction by the Teacher and Youth Care Specialist in the classroom. The correspondence packages make it possible for the educational plan to move with each student. This makes achieving academic success more attainable when transitioning from BFL to another school. All high school students were given the opportunity to obtain credits in English, Math, Art and Com/Pal and Learning Strategies. The junior high students continue to receive work packages from their respective community schools. The BFL Team works closely with those schools to provide the personalized guidance and support each student needs to attain academic success. HomeBridge’s Psychologist and BFL’s Youth Care Specialist also facilitate social and emotional learning curriculum. This component is an integral part of learning for students in the classroom as it provides them with the tools to manage their emotions, learn good decision making skills and assists in resolving conflict. As always, the Expressions Program of the Arts was also part of the regular curriculum. The students were provided with learning opportunities in Music Therapy and Art. With the help of HomeBridge’s
Maintenance Team an art gallery was created in the stairwell leading to the classroom which now showcases art work created by our talented students. A new partnership with the Youth Employability Project (YEP) also added employability training for the students this year. Together with the BFL Team, three YEP Youth Navigators planned and facilitated a 12week structured program in the classroom, and continued to work with the students on an individual basis for the remainder of the year. Students gained experience in resume writing, interview skills, and exploring educational and vocational interests, while having the chance to meet with potential employers, interact with guest speakers, and practice entrepreneurial skills at the Center for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED). Not only did this partnership build a supportive foundation for the students in their planning for educational and career goals, but they were able to attain academic credit for the work that was done over the course of the program. We hope that this partnership with YEP will be ongoing. The outcome-monitored and evidence-based reporting system used in the classroom continued to effectively assess the student's progress on a daily basis. Beyond the daily assessment, this tracking system measures academic work completion which assists in determining whether the student has reached necessary outcomes for credit attainment. This system has also been a useful communication tool used to streamline information with the student’s caregivers. The Departments of Education and Community Services have been funding the Teacher and Youth Care Specialist’s salary since 2006. This funding has allowed HomeBridge to provide educational support to a marginalized population that has traditionally struggled in the mainstream education system. It is an absolute privilege to help shape the minds of the many students who walk through the BFL classroom doors every year. The youth continue to demonstrate resilience, perseverance and a desire to do and be better.
BFL Applicants from Junior High and Senior High School September 2015 - June 2016
Age and Gender of BFL Applicants September 2015 - June 2016 Age
Junior High (14)
Senior High (18)
32 Students 56%
Child Welfare Agency Referrals September 2015 - June 2016
Referrals/ Accepted/ Admitted September 2015 - May 2016
Number of Referrals
Total Referrals 5
3 3 3
1 1 1 1
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Bridges for Learning Team
The stuff we did with YEP was definitely helpful. I’m applying for a ton of jobs now that I’m ready. -BFL Student
Community Schools connected to Bridges for Learning 2015- 2016 Millwood High Dartmouth High Prince Andrew High Citadel High Cunard Jr. High Sackville Heights Jr. High Sydney Mines Jr. High Central Kings High
EXPRESSIONS PROGRAM OF THE ARTS he team worked under a theme of “Mindful Creations” creations this year and had great success. Mindfulness, although only recently made popular to the general public, has been observed in our research and practice for many years. Mindfulness, simply defined, is being aware of the present moment, both internally and externally, without judgement. It is awareness of yourself, your feelings and emotions, and awareness of your physical space, environment, and those around you. Opportunities to learn and experience mindfulness is what the Expressions Team created for the youth this year and we were able to see, hear, and experience the success in all areas.
Youth in Music Therapy were invited to participate in a variety of one-on-one and group musical activities centered on our theme of Mindful Creations. Music games were used to promote social awareness and teamwork. Many youth chose to learn instruments, demonstrating focus and self-determination. Song writing and lyric discussion evolved into sharing and exploring original creations. Some youth chose to record their original music as a gift, to share with and show thanks and love for family members. Drum circles and instrument improvisations were facilitated to encourage self-expression, teamwork and creativity. Song-choice allowed youth to express their thoughts and feelings. A special focus was placed on the process of music making during all activities. Youth were encouraged to discuss emotions, feelings, and thoughts that arose during this process. Overall, music therapy sessions have been extremely successful in the exploration of the youths’ Mindful Creations. Creating mindful Art was facilitated with optical designs where the youth used creativity and patience as their 3D artwork unfolded as they added lines and created shapes with shading. The youth experienced the fulfillment of making art for others during holidays as well as fostering a spirit of cooperation as they worked together to create several collaborative pieces.
Creativity was promoted with mixed media art pieces including colour blocking, plaster relief, dot art, tinfoil yarn collages, and transformative watercolour pencil sketches. An art gallery was created outside the Bridges for Learning classroom to showcase the student’s art, cultivating pride as well as encouraging the youth to be open to new ways of creating art to add to the display. The youth were encouraged to fully immerse themselves in the creative process, by having them try to tune out the left brain (the logical, rational side) allowing the artist within to shine though. They were encouraged to be in the moment of making and take time to focus on the experience rather than the outcome. The youth allowed themselves to feel the texture and temperature of the clay between their fingers as the pottery wheel spun rather than put emphasis on the final product. They also allowed the stroke of their brushes and the weight of their wood burning lines to determine where to go next in their artwork, and weren’t guided by pre-determined decisions. This process in turn, lead to beautiful unexpected pieces that the youth were proud of. In the Circus Circle program the youth participated in a variety of circus skill activities. According to research, doing complex tasks like juggling and riding a unicycle produces significant changes to the brain. These changes that occur promote an opportunity for the youth to develop skills such as concentration, information retention, concept visualisation, hand eye coordination, and self-awareness. The human brain naturally seeks stimulation, and taking part in circus activities allows our youth to attain this feeling in a safe, productive, and fulfilling manner. At the same time, mindfulness is instilled in the participants, as they focus inward, in their attempt to master each activity. In the Photography program that was added this year, an emphasis was placed on the concept of “Photography as an Art Form”. Traditional artists, (i.e., Painters) put to canvas what the youth wished to include in their creations. The photographer on the other hand produced an image based on what he/she leaves out of “frame”. This was a reoccurring theme with all the sessions. The youth who participated were provided with a basic camera to use between the mentored sessions. Having their own camera allowed them to go out into their world and capture their own Mindful Creations. The success of this program was clear by the images captured and changes in the young people who took part.
Yoga was the other addition to this year’s program with the hope of providing participants with a path of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. The young people were introduced to yoga poses and mindfulness through a number of different instructed exercises. They experienced activities that promoted self-awareness, fostered their resilience, and were given opportunities to tap into their own personal empowerment. As always the Expressions Team saw challenges and triumphs with the participants, many “firsts” and an extraordinary amount of growth. This program is entirely made possible through the support of our donors, so we would like to take this opportunity to thank those generous people for making every magic moment that happened possible.
The Expressions Team
My favorite part of the Expressions program is recording songs in music and making pillows in art. -HomeBridge Youth
A Special Thank You to Our Expressions Donors RBC Financial Group through the RBC Foundation Clearwater Fine Foods Ltd. CIBC Children’s Foundation Investors Group Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis Gratitude at Work 100 Men Who Give A Damn! Halifax
ADVANCED TRAINING FOR BEST PRACTICE
Skype Training with Jack Felan
t HomeBridge we strive for best practice in everything we do, especially our work with youth and families. This involves researching the latest practices for therapeutic interventions and programming and a constant commitment to professional development for all employees. This year employees have been involved in the following educational opportunities to keep our knowledge current and to be the best professionals we can be:
External training Association of Fundraising Professionals Connecting Silos- Fundraising Communications with stakeholders Building a Culture of Philanthropy Fund Development Team Building Cape Breton University Learning from Knowledge Keepers of Mi'kma'ki Certificate via Distance Carla Anglehart, Governance and Leadership Consultant Board Governance Policy Review and Training
Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia Transforming Leadership from the Inside out Not for Profit and Registered Charities Update - Accounting Auditing and Taxation issues Compass Pharmacies / Moffatâ€™s PharmaChoice Medication Awareness Training CPA Canada Developing a Positive and Successful Mindset Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute Inc. Violence Threat Assessment- Planning and Response Webinar Addictions and Mental Illness- Understanding the Relationship Department of Community ServicesFetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder and the Developing Brain Human Trafficking Homewood Solutions Mental Health Conference Human Resource Association of Nova Scotia Human Resources Professional Certification Building Strong Union and Management Relations Annual Law Seminar Human Rights in the Workplace IWK Health Centre Learning Disabilities WISC-V- Cognitive Assessment Jack Phelan Youth Care Supervision
External Training continued National Child and Youth Care Conference- Nourishing Strength, Nurturing Beyond Outcomes That Matter - Dr. Leon Fulcher Restorative Options for Youth in Care Restorative Circles Saint Maryâ€™s University Executive & Professional Development Leadership Skills for New Managers Developing Managerial Effectiveness Traincan â€“ the Source for Food Safety Basic Food Safety in Canada Youth Project Working with Transgender Youth
Internal Training Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Basic fire safety WHMIS Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety for new employees Responsibilities of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee Mental Health First Aid Non Violent Crisis Intervention - Trauma Informed Care Non Violent Crisis Intervention, Enhanced Verbal Skills: Applications of Life Space Crisis, and Advanced Physical Techniques Safety Oriented First Aid Student Advisor Training This year HomeBridge used the advances in communication technology to make several learning opportunities feasible. The training sessions on Youth Care Supervision that were led by Jack Phelan took place in the Reigh Allen Centre board room thanks to Skype and a smart TV. What typically would have been a two day workshop that involved flights and accommodations, as Mr. Phelan lives in Edmonton, was done in one hour sessions over the course of 10 weeks. This reduced the cost dramatically while still delivering quality training. Dr. Thom Garfat also delivered one-to-one consults to several Managers and Youth Care Supervisors via Skype. This technology has made it very easy for us to gather consult and training from experts in the field of child and youth care regardless of their geographical location.
SHARING OUR SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE haring our knowledge and expertise and helping to shape the professionals of tomorrow is one of the many ways that we at HomeBridge try to give back to a community that has given us so much. The organization offered placements to 15 students looking to gain some front line experience this year. Each student was matched with a HomeBridge Student Field Advisor to guide them on their educational journey and ensure that their individual learning objectives were met. As always, we gain just as much as the students by offering learning experiences for aspiring new professionals as they take their theory out of the classroom and put it into practice.
The students came from the following educational institutions and programs:
Dalhousie School of Social Work Nova Scotia Community College, Waterfront Campus Nova Scotia Community College, Truro Campus New Brunswick Community College, Miramichi Campus Holland College Mount Saint Vincent University, Child and Youth Care Success College HomeBridge employees also contributed their time and talents by sitting on the following Boards and Committees outside of the organization: Relational Child and Youth Care Practice Journal Board Curriculum Advisory Board: Holland College Child & Youth Care Worker Program International Child & Youth Care Network Board (CYC-Net) Nova Scotia Council for the Family Board Gordon Foundation for Children and Youth Board Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team Community Advisory Committee New Start Board of Directors Memberships: Project Management Institute, Nova Scotia Chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals, Nova Scotia Chapter CPA Canada (Chartered Professional Accountants) CPANS (Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia) Nova Scotia Child and Youth Care Workers Association The Canadian Psychology Association (CPA) The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) The Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers Two teams of HomeBridge employees also attended the National Child and Youth Care Conference this year as workshop presenters. “Bridges for Learning: An Alternative Learning Perspective” was presented by three members of the BFL Team, Shane Theunnisen, Melanie Frost-Goyetche and Meg Taylor. “Restorative Options for Youth in Care” was presented by Reigh Allen Centre Manager, Trish O’Brien and Selina Guilford of the Community Justice Society.
IN THE COMMUNITY
he Circle of Courage is a model of positive youth development used at HomeBridge. The model integrates Native American philosophies of child-rearing, the heritage of early pioneers in education and youth work, and contemporary resilience research. The Circle of Courage is based in four universal growth needs of all children: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.
Belonging is a big reason why it is so important for our residential facilities to be located in “typical” neighbourhoods with “typical” family homes. This helps to create a sense of normalcy in the lives of the young people who live there and help them feel connected to their new community. These young people need a great deal of community support to move beyond their current circumstance and on to productive futures, but we understand this sometimes creates challenges for our neighbours. We take the responsibility of being good neighbours very seriously and work hard to keep the lines of communication open and to be contributing members of the community. Every year we produce a Report to the Community and hand delivered it to our neighbours to keep them updated on the happenings in and around the HomeBridge Community. We really value any opportunity to connect with members of the community and to hear from them as we include them in discussions about the realities of our work. We also do a Community Clean-Up every year in one of the neighourhoods that surround our long-term facilities. This is an initiative that was started by HomeBridge’s Environmental Committe nearly a decade ago and we have completed eight clean-ups in neighbourhoods surrounding our facilities in the yeas since. This year’s clean up took place in Hawthorne House’s community, including Sullivan’s Pond, much of Lake Banook, the Findlay Community Center and many streets in that area of Dartmouth. This initiative fits in beautifully with our focus on belonging and also provides an opportunity for the young people to experience generosity as we try to show our appreciation for the acceptance and support shown by our neighbours. Our youth and employees hit the streets with garbage and recycling bags in hand and dedicate their time and energy into making the neighbourhood cleaner and greener. We also build positive relationships between community members and the residents during these events.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS COUNSELOR omeBridge continues to benefit from a Mental Health and Addictions Counselor from CHOICES, the IWK’s adolescent addictions program. The counselor provides guidance to both the youth we serve and our youth care teams as they develop intervention strategies together to help decrease the severity of substance misuse. This partnership, now in its third year, is part of the IWK Health Centre’s outreach strategy. It has added to the expertise in the HomeBridge Community and has helped us greatly in our efforts to provide the best services possible for youth-in-care.
I learned that forgiving people is a good thing. -HomeBridge Youth
My favorite thing to do is talk to youth care workers.
EMPLOYEES OF HOMEBRIDGE
Abbey, Jessica Alamin, Yesir Aucoin, Matthew Baksh, Marcus Beals, Carlos Belliveau, Dawn Best, David Biddulph, Sarah Blanchard, Jessica Boucher, Allan Boudreau, Michael Boutilier, Ryan Bowers, Andrea Boyce, Jaime Brewer, Maggie Bugbee, Liz Campbell, Lauren Campbell, Teri-Lynn Carter, David Carver, Tara Chisholm, Alana Clark, Colleen Close, Melissa Colledge, Kari Colley, Raylene Crooks, Melissa Cruickshanks, Darlene Dacey, Keira Dakin, Heidi Davies, Angela Davis, Leslie Delaney, Jennifer Denton, Rebecca D'eon, Lloyd Dixon, Nike Downie, Evelyn Driscoll, Theresa Durnford, Conrad Edwards, Jacqueline Faubert , Jeremy Field, Paige Findlay, Brittany Foran, Kevin Fournier, Tina Fraser, Katrina Frost-Goyetche, Melanie Gallant, Lisa Gass, Amanda
Gibbs, Ashley GouldenRoss, Lisa Graves, Sarah Grcic, Andrew Grcic, Diana Gribbin, Clare Harding, Melissa Hatfield, Carissa Higgins, Kim Hilton, Ernie Hines, Judy Horne, Tara Jordan, Alice Kaulbach, Jenna Kelly, Jillian Kozera, Kenzie LaFosse, Michelle Langille, Edward LeBlanc, Alex Leedham, Liz Leil, Kelly Lethbridge, Carol Llewellyn, Jasmin Lunn, Catherine MacCormick, Roderick MacDonald, Aaron MacDonald, Brennagh MacDonald, Catherine MacDougall, Joanne MacEachern, Christina MacFarlane, William MacInnis, Greg MacNutt, Matt MacSween, Natasha Marmulak, Troy Marshall, Leigh Matthews, Jason McDuff, Tylor McLeod, Todd Meade, Ruth Misener, Russel Moore, Caroline Morin, Lisa Mouchayleh, Christina Murphy, Jan Nadeau, Danielle Nicolaou, Kimberley Nogler, Darrell
Nordin, Jillian O'Brien, Trish O'Handley, Darren Palmer, Jacqueline Parfitt, Lindsay Parsons, Lynn Poirier, Jaylene Pulsifer, Bernie Pye, Hayley Pyke, Janet Rankin, Holly Rathwell, James Richey, Michael Sala, Lisa Scallion, Kelly Scholten, David Selim-Omar, Aziza Shaw, Tanya Slawter, Clinton Smith, Jennifer Smith, Jody Smith, John Sponagle, Darryl Stevens, Renee Stevenson, Marian Stundon, Waddell Swim, Emma Taylor, Meghan Taylor, Terrence Teal, Shelley Theunissen, Shane Thoms, Jeff (IWK) Thompson, Patsy Thomson, Jesse David Tompkins, Alicia Trevors, Erin Veniott, Karla Vissers-Bowes, Cherie White, Amber White, Sabrina Whitman, Cecilia Wilson, John Wood, Ryan Woodford, Jackie Zinck, Dylan
Farmer â€™s Market
Managers Serving Dinner at Metro Turning Point Managers
They (Youth Care Workers) talked to me when I was feeling upset and depressed. They help me work through tough times, and are always there for me. -HomeBridge Youth Training
Maintenance, Housekeeping and Administration Kitchen Team
PAYING IT FORWARD
s a charity, we at HomeBridge are very grateful for all the support we receive and therefore believe in “paying it forward” whenever we can.
HomeBridge employees have done a number of things this year to support Shelter Nova Scotia as we know the statistics for former youth-in-care experiencing homelessness are not favorable. For Christmas we gathered groceries, linens and personal care items for the men who use the services at Metro Turning point and the youth worked with HomeBridge’s Program Coordinator to prepare a meal and put together presents for the residents of the Herring Cove Apartments. The Management Team also prepared a huge meal with all the fixings and served it at Metro Turning Point one cold evening this winter. Another group of HomeBridge employees raised over $1,400 for Big Brothers Big Sisters during their annual Bowl for Kids Sake event this year and many other fundraisers were supported by our teams. HomeBridge Employees also continue to be the biggest supporters of the International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net) which is an international resource for the field of Child and Youth Care. This is a resource that HomeBridge employees and many others use to keep up on the latest in their field and also as a venue to share what they have learned. The work done in this field is incredibly sensitive and important therefore this resource is an absolute gift. HomeBridge employees have been supporting CYC-Net for years through payroll deduction.
SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM
t was recommended by consultants from the IWK Choices program that HomeBridge increase recreation programming and activities in an effort to decrease high risk behaviors in our clients. The youth served in the HomeBridge Community come to be in care for a variety of reasons, all of which are heartbreaking and result in challenges that require significant support to overcome. Substance misuse to cope with mental health issues can be common. The young people we serve are managing very stressful and complex lives. Research proves that having a hobby is a protective factor for “at-risk” youth which further supports the belief that “activity” might actually be one of the primary cornerstones of learning, overall development, positive mental health and successful adulthood. Last year HomeBridge successfully piloted a Summer Recreation Program which involved 63 young people and added 240 hours of extra programming to what typically offer. Thanks to funding from the Department of Health and Wellness, Mental Health and Addictions, we hired a full-time Youth Care Worker to act as the Recreation Programmer and rented a van for the 9 weeks. This removed the two main barriers of staffing and transportation that were identified in the recommendations from the IWK Choices report. The Recreation Programmer worked with the Youth Care Teams to plan outings that engaged the young people, kept them active and involved in positive and age appropriate activities. During the program there was a zero tolerance policy for substance use before or during outings and all youth complied. Youth Care Teams also noted a definite positive shift in moods and attitudes on the days that youth were involved in the program. They enjoyed outings to places like On Tree Adventure Park and Upper Clements Park as well as trips to the beach and community hiking trails. For many this was their first time visiting these parks or locations. This program produced such positive outcomes that HomeBridge is hoping to make it a regular part of our therapeutic programming for many summers to come. Plans are already in the works for the summer of 2016.
TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
Home Depot Orange Door Project
e strive to provide as many positive and therapeutic experiences as possible for the young people who reside in the HomeBridge Community and we truly could not do it without the support of our donors and community partners. This year three public events took place that raised both money and awareness thanks to our supporters.
We proudly put on another successful Ha Ha’s for HomeBridge thanks to our partners Premiere Entertainment Group (who put on Halifax Comedy Fest) and the Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club. By donating the talent and the venue for this comedy night event they ensured that every cent brought in from ticket sales went directly to the Expressions Program of the Arts. The collective hilarity of Darryl Kozman, Michelle Shaughnessy and Tim Nutt kept the audience in stitches from the start of the show til they were walking out the door at the end of the night. Home Depot Canada’s “Orange Door Project” has a goal of providing vulnerable youth with the housing, support and hope they need to live safe, healthy and productive lives. For the second consecutive year HomeBridge was fortunate enough to be selected as the recipient of all funds raised by the Dartmouth Crossing Home Depot’s paper door campaign. Home Depot customers were able to purchase a “paper door” for $2 at the checkout. The team at Dartmouth Crossing were true champions for this campaign and did an incredible job promoting it and raising money. The organizers of the 5K Zombie Trail Run also invited us to be part of their event at McDonald’s Sports Park in Waverley once again. During the run HomeBridge employees and our friends at Scotiabank were busy selling 50/50 tickets and hosting a charity barbeque. The crowd of runners and spectators were great supporters of both of these fundraising efforts to support our Summer Recreation Program. Thank you to all of our community partners and supporters. We truly couldn’t do the work we do without all of your support.
When I first came into care, I didn’t care about anything and now I’m getting my education. I understand now what you guys are doing for me and I’m doing good. -HomeBridge Youth
The staff nagging me every day worked. I've got goals. I'm getting school done and I'm getting a job. -HomeBridge Youth
Thank you to 100 Men Who Give A Damn Halifax for chosing HomeBridge
OUR BENEFACTORS AND SUPPORTERS
Cornerstone Partners - Department of Community Services, St. Paul’s Home Board, and Department of Education Government Agency Support - Department of Justice, Youth Development Initiative, Youth Employability Project, and the Department of Health and Wellness Expressions Program of the Arts Donors - RBC Foundation, Clearwater Ltd, CIBC Children’s Foundation, Investors Group, Canadian Progress Club Halifax-Cornwallis, Gratitude at Work, 100 Men Who Give a Damn! Halifax Community Supporters - Nova Scotia Community College, Halifax Regional Police, Tammy Campbell and Investors Group Colleagues, Community Justice Society, the IWK/Choices Program, Zombie Trial Run organizers and Scotiabank Fall River Branch, Home Depot Dartmouth Crossing, Dartmouth Kiwanis, HRM Libraries, Premiere Entertainment Group, and Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club
Thank You EPEC We Committee for your support
Youth Development Initiative (YDI) Farmer’s Market & Community Clean Up Grants .............................................. $ 2,184 Miscellaneous fundraisers (Peeler cards, Zombie run) .................................................................................................... $ 2,504 General Donations .............................................................................................................................................................. $ 3,153 Ha Ha’s Comedy Nights ..................................................................................................................................................... $ 3,565 Holidays of Hope fundraiser (Including St. Paul’s Christmas for Youth) ........................................................................ $ 7,391 Online Auction 2015 ............................................................................................................................................................ $ 14,085 Recreation Funding Grants (Department of Health and Wellness & Private Donors) ................................................ $ 25,120 Expressions Program of the Arts ......................................................................................................................................... $ 49,114 Bridges For Learning (Department of Education grant).................................................................................................. $ 70,000 HomeBridge received/fundraised over $177,000 in fiscal 2015/2016
HOMEBRIDGE YOUTH SOCIETY Operating Income Statement UNAUDITED-For the year ended March 31, 2016
ACTUAL 2016 REVENUES
Grants Per diem (occupancy) Investment income Donations Retroactive monies
Wages & benefits Retroactive wages & benefits Food Office Repair & maintenance Light, Power, Cable Professional services fees Household & cleaning supplies Household furnishings Travel Insurance Fuel Youth Life Skills Programming Telephone Staff Training Water Pharmacy Property Taxes Psychological testing materials Board development
Total Expenses Net Income (loss)
$6,462,525 1,041,260 5,912 3,152 7,512,849
$6,462,525 1,199,086 7,661,611
$6,466,235 1,087,593 10,135 3,130 333,367 7,900,460
6,570,246 144,320 131,881 105,619 82,831 56,160 50,309 46,942 44,178 43,081 39,751 29,465 20,420 18,729 11,368 10,652 6,188 1,800 1,645
7,021,118 155,001 38,249 83,000 82,601 32,810 26,100 14,213 37,001 40,500 39,500 14,619 23,999 23,200 11,999 8,701 4,000 5,000 -
6,536,282 333,367 147,189 116,328 137,051 86,590 62,697 35,232 28,247 50,794 45,583 47,149 34,274 22,321 55,550 11,575 11,388 5,997 3,499 1,514
For a copy of HomeBridge Youth Society's audited financial statements please contact Colleen Clark, CPA, CA HomeBridge Director of Finance at 902.466.1439 x224 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HOMEBRIDGE DONOR LIST - Fiscal 2015/2016 18 Dartmouth Air Cadets Squadron 5K Zombie Trail Run A&W Pleasant Street Lorne S. Abramson ActionWebServices Advent Gift Bag Program (St. Peter's Parish church groups) AECON Vern Aker Alexandra's Pizza All Points to Health Sylvain Allaire Valerie Allard Gary Allen Daniel Almon Alyssa's Formals Ambassatours Gray Line & Murphy's the Cable Wharf Amos Pewter Bill Anderson Anonymous Deanna Archibald Balance Fitness Bald Chick Soaps Pat Bannerman Christopher Barrett Robert Batherson Paul W. Bennett Scott Bentley James Berry Sarah Biddulph & Family and Friends Big Eric's Glenn Black Krista Blaikie Hughes Alan Blair Kirk Blanchard Ashley Blisset Scott Bonn Robert & Patricia Boulton Wanda Boutilier Majelline Bowes Glenn Bowie Bowlin Farms Doggie Adventures BoyneClarke LLP Barry Braun Breathing Space Yoga Studio Timothy Brennan Derek Brett Maggie Brewer Brinton Photography Mark Brown Laura Browne Ian Burgess Gregory Burke Burrito Jax CafĂŠ Chianti Cake Babes Peter Caldarozzi Tammy Campbell James Campbell Wayne R. Carter Gina Carvery Sarah Case Pat Casey Michael Casey Casey Rodgers Chisholm Penny Duggan James G. Caven Century 21 A.B.C. Realty Limited Wayne Chapdelaine Chatters Hair Salon Max Chauvin Angela Chiasson Maurice Chiasson Matthew Chisholm Leo Christakos Paul Christie CIBC Children's Foundation Cineplex Cinemas Lower Sackville Colleen Clark James Clarkson Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership Karen Clements Coast Tire S.V. Coates David E. Cochrane Cole Harbour Place Kari Colledge David Collins Amber Collins-Grimmer Colonial Honda Compass Pharmacies/ Moffat's Pharmachoice Brad Compton Congregation of Notre Dame Visitation Province Centre
Ann Marie Conrad William Cossitt John Crace Stephen Craig T. Wayde Crawford Melissa & Rob Crooks Betty Crooks Sidney Croul Harvey Crowell Emma Cruddas CTV Atlantic CUPE Local 4471 CYC-Net Press Dalhousie University Joseph D. Daniel Shaun Dauphinee Frank B. Davis Dawn Denton Troy Dawson Delta Barrington Jeffrey Dempster Rebecca Denton Dominick DesJardins Discount Car & Truck Rentals David Dobbelsteyn Colin Dodds Keiran Doiron Amelia Donahue and Family Ken Donnelly W. Eric Duggan Brian Duggan Dulux Paints Allan Dwyer East Coast Lifestyle Eastern Passage Education Centre Ela! Greek Taverna Saeed El-Darhihali Ross Elliott Karyn Ellis Stephen M. Emberly Ergo Centric Fall River Service Centre Ltd. Field Guide Restaurant Finbar's Irish Pub Jeff R. Fitzgerald Mark Fletcher Flowertrends Florists Derek A. Flynn Michael Flynn Fog Off Clothing Co. Kevin Foran Lynda Foran Steve Foran Nicholas Foran Tina Fournier Melanie Frost-Goyetche David A. Fry Floyd Gaetz Lisa Gallant Gord Gamble Thom Garfat Ken Geddes Keith Gelhorn Josh & Jessica George Debbie George Ronald B. George Igor Geshelin Charles F. Gillis Joe Gillivan Anthony J. Goode Paul G. Goodman Shirley Graham Nicholas Graham & Wanda MacDonald Grandview Golf & Country Club Grant Thornton Gratitude at Work David F. Gray Paul Gray Bill & Mary Greatorex Peter G. Green Sue Grimes Brice Guerin Hair Force Halifax Cornwallis Canadian Progress Club Halifax Region Children's Aid Foundation Halifax Transit John P. Hamblin Alex Handyside Robert Hanf Harbourside Designs Harlem Globetrotters International Inc. Stephen Hartlen Thomas C. Harz Donald Hatcher Head Shoppe (Dutch Village Road) Robert F. Healy
Gordon Helm Heritage Gas Limited Stephanie Herman Terry Higgins Kirk Higgins Ernie Hilton Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview Hotel & Conference Center Carl Holm Home Depot Canada Foundation Kit Hood Rose Hopkins Tara Horne Jessica Horne Robert Horton HS Studio Salon Spa Donald Hubley Boyd Hunter Geoff Hurley Jeff Hutt IES Dispatch Centre (HRP) Illusions Hair Salon Intact Insurance Casualty Team Investors Group Investors Group Matching Gift Program IODE Mary Lawson Chapter Steve Irvine Audrey Ivany Dan Jennings Gary A. Johnson Kellye C. Johnston Jollytails Peter Jorna Kara's Urban Day Spa (Cole Harbour Rd) Richard Kelly Cabrini Kelly Grant Kennedy Kent Building Supplies Paul Kent William Kerr Kevin Kerr David Kerr Steven Kimball Bryan King James A. Kirby Karen Kirk Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth Charitable Foundation Alan Knight Gerard LaChance Michelle LaFosse Jeffrey Lamb Cindy Landry Brad Langille, FCA Kelly Lawrence Margaret Lawton Darlene Laybolt Layers Cakes Timothy Leopold Carol Lethbridge Jonathan Lewis Little Luxuries Soapworks John Lohr Darell Lundrigan Kelsey Macaulay William MacAvoy Jeff MacBurnie Jim MacDonald Brennagh MacDonald Eileen MacDonald Luke MacDonald Stephen MacEachern Larry MacEachern Bill MacFarlane Andrew MacIsaac Keith MacKay Donald MacKenzie Bruce MacKinnon Allan MacKinnon Ian MacKnight William MacMillan Auly (Olive) MacPhee Marie MacPhee Heather MacPhee June MacRae Mike Maheux Peter Malloy Maritime Travel Gordon Marshall Martock Robert Mattatall William F. McArthur Murray McBride Michelle McCann & Sam Austin Leanne McCarron Justin P. McDonough Mike McKenzie
Brad C. McRae Gregory McTiernan Susan McWilliam Nickerson Ruth Meade Peter Merrill Metro Karate Training Centre Metro Self Storage & Jesse Stone Productions Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club Michelle Chalupa Mike Miller Terry Miller Michael D. Mills Donald Mills Jason Mitchell Moksha Yoga Bedford Moksha Yoga Halifax Shawn Monahan Andrea Mongtomery Montana's Cookhouse & Bar Caroline Moore Lisa Morin Duncan Moss Mount Saint Vincent University Douglas J. Moxam Jason Mullen Thomas Munro Steve Murphy James Musgrave Michael A. Musial MusicCounts TD Community Music Program Michael J. Myette David Nantes Sara & Rob Napier and family Jeffrey H. Nelson Neptune Theatre Diggory Nichols Noelle's Custom Cookies Virginia Nogler Darrell Nogler & Kate White Jillian Nordin Nova Scotia Power Oceanstone Seaside Resort Christine Oderkirk Darren O'Handley OpenHydro Technology Canada Ltd. Peter Orser Andrew Osburn Phil Otto Palladium Restaurant Paramount Management/ Dexel Developments Tanya Parfitt Lynn Parsons Jamie Paterson Peace of Mind Heating Calvin Pearce Michael Pegg Don Penwell Ron Peters Piatto Pizzeria Ralf Pickart Justin Poupart Premiere Entertainment Group Prince George Hotel Scott Priske David Quilichini Raven Autosports RBC Foundation RBC Tacoma Branch Garrett Reddy John A. Renouf Claire Richardson Stephen R. Rigden Tim Rissesco Tony Rodriques Peter Ross Will Russell Brendan Ryan Sackville Lions Club Saint Mary's University John Salsbury Mike Savage Lou Sawchenko Steve Scarff Matthias Scheffler Scholar's Choice Kevin Schwenker Scotiabank Fall River Branch Seacoast Physiotherapy Deanna Severeyns John M. Sewuster Kelly Shannon Shanti Hot Yoga Tanya Shaw Lisa Shaw
Robert Shaw Frank Shelley Carlo Shimoon Shoe Box Project Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park Roger Sinclair Edward G. Skinner Bonnie Smith Chris Smith Smitty's Rob G. Sobey Sobeys Inc. Society for American Wines Jeff Somerville Spaces Between Studio Michael Speraw Sportwheels St Paul's Home St. Clement's Church Stephen Stairs Stairs Diesel Supply Ltd. Darryn E. Steeves Chris Steeves Edward Steeves Neil Stephen Renee Stevens Glenn D. Stewardson Frank Stolarz Crane Stookey Todd Strickland Patrick Stubbert Robert E. Summerby-Murray Tantallon Dental Centre Tara's Esthetics Meg Taylor Doug Taylor Shelley Teal Marcel Tellier The Basement Hair Studio The Empire Music Company Ltd. The Grass is Always Greener Photography The Head Shoppe The Lakes Golf Club at Ben Eoin The Links at Montague The Lost Cod Clothing Co. The Printing House The Right Touch Massage & Acupuncture Therapy Stanley Thomas Patsy Thompson Stephanie Thorne Bruce Towler & Judy Steele Tim Trask Benjamin H. Trask Michele Trider Bruce Tupper UPS Canada Henk Van Leeuwen Bill Vangorder Robin Veinotte Joseph Kevin Vessey Violet Spa Bert & Karen Vissers Cherie Vissers-Bowes Volunteer Committee of Physicians and Surgeons of NS (CPSNS) Jayanand Vyas William Waltman Gary Ward Jamie Welsh Westin Nova Scotia Wheaton's Amber White Linda Wilson Salyne Wilson Rodney Wilson J. Paul Wilson Mark S. Winfield Debi Woodford Jackie Woodford Linda Woodford David Woodford Helen Wright Kevin Xia David Yetman Mike Young YU The Salon, Independence Beauty Centres Zig Zag Hair Studio Kelley Zinck
Thank you to those who contributed to the Annual Report Deanna Severeyns, Ernie Hilton, Renee Stevens, Jackie Woodford, Colleen Clark, Carol Lethbridge, Darrell Nogler, Shelley Teal, Melanie Frost-Goyetche, Shane Theunissen, Meg Taylor, Anna Plaskett, Serge Cournoyer and Margaret Lawton.