gofundme for a dear friend of Sunset


The Sunset Community would like to share the gofundme campaign for Teddy Merry who is a long time friend of ours and also the partner of one of our employees. Teddy has just received his new liver and is starting the long road to recovery. Teddy will have a long stay in Halifax and his partner will need to be there for much of it to help with Teddy’s recovery.  We  know with travel, meals and accommodation and other associated costs they will definitely need some extra help getting through this tough time.

Please show support if you are able to and share on your social media platforms.

Saint Patrick’s Day Fun


These girls decided they wanted to spread some happiness

and sure enough that’s exactly what they did.

Some Irish music, green beer & a lot of laughs were had!!



Lifestyles Calendar March 2019


Check out our March 2019

Lifestyles calendar

We Are Hiring – Staff Nurse Supervisor

Staff Nurse Supervisor (LPN) Fulltime/Part-Time/Casual

The Sunset Community is located on the Northumberland Strait in the picturesque village of Pugwash, Nova Scotia.

The Sunset Community supports adults with Physical and Intellectual disabilities. We provide safe and supportive living, learning and work environments so each individual can live a satisfying and meaningful life.

The Sunset Community is a leader in removing barriers which prevent those we support from access to choices

The Staff Nurse Supervisor will be providing and managing high quality, person centered, and safe nursing care to all individuals who are assigned to their care.

The Sunset Community offers $2,000.00 salary increase from provincial rates for the supervisory role. The Sunset Community is also offering a $2,000.00 signing bonus. $1,000.00 will be an additional to pay after successfully completing orientation and with the remainder $1,000.00 being paid out after one year of employment with The Sunset Community. The Sunset Community Staff Nurse Supervisors begin with 4 weeks of paid vacation every year.


  • Responsible to teach and delegate tasks and functions to different levels of workers
  • Comply with all standards, policies, procedures and legislative requirements
  • Assess ongoing health status and quality of life of clients
  • As an LPN within our team, you will be creating a positive and pleasant environment by working collaboratively and respectfully with all care partners including clients, co-workers, families, physicians, community and professional agencies.


  • Must have a Nova Scotia licensing or willing to obtain
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Self-directed with the ability to work independently
  • High attention to detail and demonstrated effective use of problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate multiple activities
  • Ability to thrive in an exceptionally fast-paced environment
  • A current and original copy of a Vulnerable Persons Record Check and criminal record check are required upon the start of your employment

Work With Us

The Sunset Community offers an additional $2,000.00 salary increase for the supervisory role. The Sunset Community is also offering a $2,000.00 signing bonus when joining our team. $1,000.00 will be additional to the first pay after successfully completing orientation and with the remainder $1,000.00 being paid out after one year of employment with The Sunset Community. The Sunset Community Staff Nurse Supervisors are given 4 weeks of paid vacation every year.

At Sunset we value:

  • Respect & Dignity
  • Compassion
  • Accountability
  • Excellence
  • Learning
  • Collaboration
  • Maximization of resources

Apply Here

The Sunset Community Strategic Plan 2019- 2022


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:

Mission: People helping people be the best they can be.

Vision: All people will have access to choices and the freedom to live personally satisfying and meaningful lives!

Values: CARE, our values are intended to be “lived” by the Board of Directors, all employees, volunteers, and used to inform decision-making and actions at all times.

Collaboration – We support and encourage the positive involvement of all stakeholders.

Accountability- We are responsible for our actions and behaviors, our decisions, our successes and  our failures.  We are responsible for and creative in maximizing our resources. We are honest in answering for our decisions and actions.

Respect, Dignity, and Compassion-We first focus on the strengths of individuals. All individuals have the potential to grow and learn.  All individuals and cultures deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, and compassion.

Excellence-We are committed to upholding the highest quality of service to those we serve through the pursuit of best practices and lifelong learning.

New Strategic Directions:


Invest in our employees through recruitment strategies, engagement activities and succession planning; improve the employee experience by providing them with the resources they need to be the best they can be.


Secure alternate sources of funding; expanding programs and services.


Inform and educate to attract a diverse clientele; promote collaboration and partnerships.

Hungry Yet?


What a fantastic day creating some delightful food

The team made Crepes with chocolate chips and maple syrup rolled up with strawberries, blackberries and whipped cream, baked bread and made Apple Crisp.






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 (diverseabilitiesns.ca) 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

Online Auction


Social Enterprise News

This week marks our first online auction that we are running out of our new thrift store in Oxford. We will be running them each Wednesday until the following Tuesday each and every week.

If anything catches your eye please bid on it as it supports our mission to provide safe, supportive learning and work experiences for persons with disabilities in Cumberland County.

Check out our Facebook page where you can find the latest auction and other great news coming from our new store.


What is a social enterprise?

A social enterprise is a business or organization operated for the purpose of addressing social, cultural or environmental challenges. The majority of profits and surpluses are reinvested to support community needs.




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