Co-President’s Corner Spring 2013
This past year HAAC has been busy with presentations to the Department of Health, workshops in conjunction with ADAM, sharing Palliative care information at the annual Hospice Care conference in May and AUBA in August. We presented at the ABSW Seniors conference in September.
HAAC in conjunction with several groups and have formed a consortium to look at the Mental health strategy as it relates to African Nova Scotians. We met with the provincial representative in early September to discuss our proposed plan.
This year HAAC was part of the development of the African Canadian Health network, which is a collection of health groups working in the Black community. See “African Canadian Health Network of Nova Scotia Announces A Year of Success”
The Sydney HAAC Office has completed the seniors ageing project.
This project is continuing on a weekly basis with great enthusiasm of the Senior Participants who willingly took ownership of the project.
The partnership with St. Philips African Orthodox Church has proven to be positive and progressive in our endeavor to promote health education and health projects within the Whitney Pier community. The Sydney office continues to work and partner with the Cape Breton HIV/Aids Association.
The palliative care project under the direction of several committee members is continuing and will be seeking funding for future palliative endeavors.
At our Annual meeting we had the pleasure of recognizing members of the Nursing profession and those involved in spiritual care. Those honorees were: Dr. Sharon Oliver RN (posthumously), Rose Fraser RN, and Alma Johnston Tynes, Community Activist.
We continue partnering with Canadian Blood services, Capital health, Southeastern Health Board, North end Health clinic and others.
The planning is under way for a Health Fair in the fall.
We continue to be a passionate group of volunteers committed to the health of African Canadians.