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Summer Student Job – Sunset Industries


Summer Student Job: Sunset Industries – Pugwash


Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years of age.  This position requires, customer service, problem solving and retail experience.  Computer skills required.  Must pass a police records check.

Job title: Vocational Counsellor Assistant

Employment Dates:

Start: June 17, 2019    End date: August 23, 2019  (9 weeks)

Hours: 30-35 hrs per week.  Work times will be 8 AM to 3 PM including some week days and every Saturday until 3 pm.  Wage: $11.05


Thrift Store support:  working with our client workers in the collection and processing of donated items for resale in our thrift shop, moving goods, supporting laundry services and online auction operations, and computer work.

Retail Services:  Customer service to the general public.  Promoting our products, assisting with sales, collecting payment from customers and issuing receipts.  This will entail handling money and being responsible for the proper accounting processes.

Training and Safety:  All employees are required to attend training which is provided on a variety of subjects and to “at all times” maintain the operating area in a safe manner for clients, staff and customers.


  • Ages 18-30
  • Must provide proof of enrollment for the upcoming Fall semester
  • Provide a recent Vulnerable Persons Record Check & Criminal Record Check

To apply:

Email Randy Thompson:


Cumberland County 2019 Annual Volunteer Recognition Night


The Sunset Community Auxiliary

The Sunset Community Auxiliary are proud to announce the nomination of Shirley Bidwell as a nominee for the 2019 Cumberland County Annual Volunteer Recognition Night Awards.

Shirley Bidwell of Kerr’s Mill, Wallace area has been an active dedicated volunteer member of the Sunset Community Auxiliary for over 30 years and most of those years as treasurer, president and past president. Years before this she served on the Sunset Community Board of directors as a dedicated member and treasurer. Shirley Bidwell has recruited more volunteers to the Sunset Community than any other staff or volunteer ever. (Many of whom were family members and friends). Shirley is also a recognized life time volunteer/ leader for the Girl guides of Canada, the Anglican Church and ministries, and has also served on North Cumberland Hospital board for 2 and a half terms. Shirley is one of the founders of the Wallace River Walkers for Alzheimer’s research, as well as a volunteer with local work for the Sea Farer’s missions in Halifax and many other local charities and organizations. Shirley is one of the finest, most respected, and inspiring individuals that one could ever meet. She is a positive driving force at removing barriers and has been a great advocate for those who have been disadvantaged or living with disabilities. We are more than proud to nominate Shirley Bidwell as one of the most outstanding volunteers of Cumberland County and the Sunset Community.

Sunset Industries 2019

Exciting things are happening!

We have recently embarked on a plan to increase and diversify the services we offer to those we provide services to at our Pugwash location. These changes will also increase our offerings to the general public in the village and beyond.  Exciting times are ahead for us all at Sunset as we work towards completing these changes and moving our organization ever forward.

Stay tuned for further updates in the coming weeks!

National Nurses Week 6-12 May 2019


The week draws attention to nurses, increasing the awareness of the public, policy-makers and governments of the many contributions of nursing to the well-being of Canadians.

In 1971, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) designated May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, as International Nurses Day. In 1985, CNA members passed a resolution to begin negotiations with the federal government to have the week containing May 12 proclaimed as National Nurses Week annually. Soon after, the federal minister of health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nurses Week. In 1993, the name was changed to National Nursing Week to emphasize the profession’s accomplishments as a discipline.



May 2019 Lifestyles Calendar


May 2019

See what’s happening in our Lifestyles department here


2019 Scholarships

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Application forms will be available

from Pam, for this year’s graduating students

or you can download the application here

*Must be a Child of a

Sunset Employee to be eligible







2019 – 2022 Strategic Plan


The Sunset Community recently embarked on setting new strategic direction. With the inclusion of employee & stakeholder input, SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis, environmental assessment; senior leadership & board members gathered at a retreat on January 17th to bring it all together. The foundation for our new Strategic Plan (2019-2022) has been established & we are proud to share our reaffirmed Mission & Vision and new values.

To read our full strategic plan please click here



“People helping people be the best they can be”

Patchwork Gardens (A Poem)


It started Spring of 2017…  Shawn Crouse, Elaine Baptiste, Lynda Reeves and others made the scene.

They brought in a good crop that year

all because they truly so care for the Residents and their continuing care.

Many teams make up this DREAM….from Maintenance, Support Services, Lifestyles, Julie….our own CEO!  Shawn Crouse and his staff work and all these different individuals give their time, talent and back…to see that this DREAM stays on track.

All these people do their part cause all these people truly have a good heart. 

You can see them all in the wee hours of the a.m.

You can see individuals from the committee out in the garden doing plenty from watering flowers, herbs and veggies. 

These living items all grow and bloom. 

Now a paved pathway, with lots of room.

To all the many volunteers, Debbie etc. who came out and overseen it all.

Family members of the residents and staff came out…

so let’s give a shout.

Hip hip hooray…Bet you see them out there today!

By,  Theresa Ryan


Diverse Abilities NS (Media Release)



Association Announces Launch of New Name and Brand Identity

HALIFAX, September 20, 2018 – The Association of Adult Residential and Regional Rehabilitation
Centres, who collectively provide a wide array of services and residential supports for over 600
persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia, announced today the launch of a new name and brand
identity. The association will now be known as Diverse Abilities NS. Among the other changes will be
its logo, domain name ( and the introduction of the tagline, Communities.
Empowerment. Choice.

“The Association felt it was important to have a more modern name that more accurately reflects
the range of people supported by our organizations and the breadth of expertise and services that
we offer in addition to residential supports,” says Millie Colbourne, Chair of Diverse Abilities NS and
CEO of Breton Ability Centre. “Likewise, our new tagline reflects our goal to support individuals to
learn and develop the skills they need to enable their transition to other community living options.”

The Association of ARC/RRCs (now known as Diverse Abilities NS) supports a broad range of
individuals with moderate to severe intellectual and/or physical disabilities, chronic mental illness,
addictions, and acquired brain injuries. They provide a continuum of progressive services and
supports that are designed to empower people with diverse abilities to make their own choices,
participate in decision-making, and to be contributors to and participate in their local community.
While services may vary across organizations, collectively the sector currently provides community
based and facility based independent living services; outreach programs; vocational programs; adult
service centres; day programs; recreation programs; positive behaviour support programs; Low
Arousal behaviour management services; and respite care.

“The individuals that we support have complex challenges associated with their diagnosis. These
range of services are designed to respond to those challenges and help ensure our residents achieve
their full potential, enable their inclusion in community, and to live as independently as possible,
says Colbourne.”

Joyce d’Entremont, CEO of the Meadows Community in Bridgetown, says the Association members
are very excited about this change and that it marks a pivotal point in their future direction as
providers of services to persons with disabilities. “We are advocates for our residents and want to
help the overall sector move forward in a positive way to enrich the lives of persons with disabilities.
We share a common commitment to inclusive community living and as such, all have a responsibility
to promote understanding and acceptance of our residents in the community and to ensure they
develop the skills they need to live independently.”

The Association chose to launch its new brand identity in conjunction with Continuing Care Month, a
month-long recognition of the importance of the Continuing Care and Disability Support Program
Sectors and the differences their many dedicated employees are making in the lives of Nova Scotians
who access these services. The annual awareness campaign held each September also aims to
encourage people to learn more about the continuing care programs and services available to Nova
Scotians across the lifespan.

Diverse Abilities NS is a voluntary, non-profit, member-based association of organizations who work
together to support people with varying abilities to reach their greatest potential and to live as
independently as possible. This includes seeking ways to improve the quality of life for persons with
disabilities by collaborating with individuals, groups, organizations and government; seeking
opportunities to promote a positive image of their members; utilizing collective skills and knowledge
in planning for the future; providing opportunities and encouragement for employees to gain
education and knowledge which will assist in the provision of services; and promote the
understanding and acceptance of individuals with disabilities. The membership of Diverse Abilities
NS is made up of all the ARC/RRCs across the province.

Media Contact:
Mary Donovan, Director
Member and Partner Engagement
Health Association Nova Scotia

A Poem – Continuing Care Sector


The month of September is here

The month Stephen McNeil did declare

Continuing Care Sector Month.


Let’s shout it from the roof top

And hope these people never stop

For where would we be without them?


Without all their help, support, and care

We wouldn’t have a prayer!


After the hospital comes Continuing Care

Whether it’s in a nursing home, in your own home, or in A.R.C


Being with them is the place to be

They help us all be the best we can be!


It’s September, so let’s celebrate and sing WHOOPIE,

For helping us be the best we can be!


Thank you

Theresa Ryan


140 Sunset Lane,
Pugwash, Nova Scotia,
B0K 1L0

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