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  • Electrical Construction and Industrial Pre-Employment Program

For more information on Programs and Training, visit Building Trades Advancement College of Nova Scotia

study on how Black women cope with emotional issues


Are you a Black woman living in the Halifax Regional Municipality dealing with emotional issues?

Dr. Ingrid Waldron is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University who is conducting a study on how Black women cope with emotional issues. 

Dr. Waldron is interested in hearing from Black women of diverse cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and income levels who are 18 years of age and older, are currently dealing with emotional issues, and live in the Halifax Regional Municipality. 

Data collected from the study will be used to create a new health service for Black women at the Nova Scotia Health Authority. 

Each participant will receive an honorarium in the amount of $30 for their participation in this study.

If you are interested in learning more about the study and participating in an individual interview with Dr. Waldron, please contact Dr. Waldron’s research assistant. 

Jasmine Moreash, Research Assistant: 

Posted: 2019-06-30

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Posted: 2019-07-01

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Barack Obama to speak in Halifax


UPDATE: 2019-06-28


A conversation with Barack Obama
November 13, 2019
Scotiabank Centre, Halifax

Halifax Chamber of Commerce members, in partnership with the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce, Atlantic Credit Unions and the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, an exclusive pre-sale code for A Conversation with Barack Obama on November 13, 2019.

This code will be available 24 hours before public tickets go on sale. Limited number of tickets available and sale will end when tickets are sold out.

CODE GOES LIVE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 8AM. Tickets will sell out quickly.



Former United States president Barack Obama is coming to Halifax this fall to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, a group that supports co-ops and credit unions.

The council, along with its partner Credit Unions of Atlantic Canada and other business sponsors, made the announcement Monday morning.

Obama will speak Nov. 13 at the Scotiabank Centre, said council president and CEO Dianne Kelderman.

"We are planning one, big, incredibly powerful Atlantic Canada event as a culmination of our 70th anniversary," she said.

"We have a special, a very special, guest speaker who has agreed to be with us for this once-in-a-lifetime evening. We are thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker is the one, the only, President Barack Obama."

Pricey event

Since Obama's presidency ended in January 2017, he's become a big name on the paid speaking circuit. This year, he sold out venues in Canadian cities such as Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Calgary.

He is scheduled to speak in Montreal, his second speech in the city since leaving the White House, on Nov. 14, the day after his appearance in Halifax.

Tickets for the Canadian events started at $75 and prices went as high as hundreds of dollars. Tickets have not yet gone on sale for Obama's Halifax engagement.

Monday's announcement was made with the fanfare and excitement reserved for big-name celebrities.

"When you think about the kind of community that we live in and the community we aspire to be, could there be a better person to come and meet with us?" said Mike Leonard, senior vice-president of the Atlantic Central credit union.

"President Obama was renowned for ability to galvanize communities and bring communities together. And when you think of who we want to be, I can't think of a better person to spend time with us."

Posted: 2019-06-12


Archbishop Vincent M. Waterman

Card of Thanks - Archbishop Vincent M. Waterman

We, the Waterman family would like to thank each and everyone from near and afar for your expression of sympathy extended to us (wife, children and grandchildren) during this difficult time.

The flower arrangements that was either created or sent brought such beauty and light to the space. Your presence, the various donations in honour of the Archbishop’s memory and the many sympathy cards touched us deeply.

Thank you to all those who prepared food for our family. It was wonderful to be able to have one less

meal to worry about during this difficult and busy time. To Mayor Cecil Clark, the CBRM staff, Councillor Jim MacLeod and the TW Curry staff, thank you for helping us through the process from beginning to end with such dignity and respect. We appreciate all the support from the entire staff who had a part in the planning and implementation. Also thank you to the Cape Breton Regional Police, the Cape Breton Naval Vets, for being Honour Guards at the funeral parlour and the church

and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Legion for providing the refreshments and hosting the reception after the service.

To Archbishop Theodore Mascoll, the celebrant of the beautiful Mass and for delivering a wonderful sermon, Rev. Phyllis Marsh, Deacons, Altar servers of St Philip’s African Orthodox Church, Pastor Lloyd Grant, Father Roman Dusanowskyj, organist, Christine Proctor-Hahn, all Singers and Readers, thank you All for working together and providing a beautiful funeral that gave us peace and comfort.

The day of the burial at the Gate of Heaven cemetery in Lower Sackville was what the Patriarch stood for - UNITY. Thank you to Pastor Lloyd Grant, Pastor Stewart Williams, Rev. Dr. Rhonda Britton, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Lewis and the Beechville Baptist Ladies Auxiliary for uniting together to provide a beautiful send off for Patriarch Vincent 1st. All the Love received helped our family during this

difficult time.

May God Bless You All

With Love and Peace,

Lady Isabel Waterman and family