Our ILS program is expanding

Today we are celebrating the expansion of our ILS program in Pugwash, Tammy Kirk has this week moved from Sunset into her own apartment in our beautiful village. Tammy has advocated tirelessly to transition to her own apartment in the community and is incredibly proud of her achievements.

We think the pictures below show just how much this means to Tammy 🙂

Our ILS (Independent Living Support) program provides resources and supports that are needed for individuals to successfully transition from other programs such as Sunset into their chosen communities. The supports our ILS program provide are tailored to the individual based on their goals and dreams for their future.

The Sunset Community advocates for and works together with individuals to support growth towards independence and achieving individual goals/dreams. Our mission “People helping people be the best they can be” and our mission “All people will have access to choices and the freedom to live personally satisfying and meaningful lives!” is at the core of everything we do.


The Power of Self Advocacy


As part of the My Voice-My Choice Project, Directions Region one produced a video called “The Power of Self Advocacy” which was part of the “My Voice – My Choice” project.


DIRECTIONS Council for Vocational Services Society is a not for profit organization representing twenty-nine member agencies throughout Nova Scotia. The Council’s mandate is to assist and support member organizations in the delivery of services that promote the employment and inclusion of persons with disabilities in their community. DIRECTIONS member agencies employ over 300 staff that provide a spectrum of services for over 2200 participants within the province. DIRECTIONS provides valuable services for its members including educational opportunities, provincial staff pension, networking, advocacy, leadership and a variety of vocational resources.

Each DIRECTIONS member agency is an integral part of the community it serves; providing training and employment opportunities for participants. Agencies offer a wide variety of services ranging from prevocational programs to community employment placements. The people we serves develop meaningful relationships and expand skills that increase self-reliance and independence. Agencies offer comprehensive skills assessment, case planning and other program options.


Power Outage

Due to damage to our electrical panel the Sunset Community is currently experiencing power issues which is impacting our main phone line and email server. We are asking family members to call (902) 243 2958 or (902) 397 2571 if required and we will return your call as soon as possible. Due to the current situation we are also postponing visits temporarily.

Thanks you all for your patience. Residents and staff are all doing well during this time.

Julie Hoeg

Harman Singh Honoured with the 2021 Tom Miller Human Rights Award


February 10, 2021— Diverse Abilities NS is thrilled to share that Harman Singh, CEO at Breton Ability Centre, is this year’s recipient of the Tom Miller Human Rights Award and was honoured at an awards ceremony held on February 4.

The Tom Miller Human Rights Award honours the contribution the late Tom Miller made to progressive work in the field of human rights. The late Tom Miller (Nova Scotia’s first black Alderman) was a dedicated, principled and tireless advocate who supported the rights of all Canadians, particularly those disadvantaged by discrimination or poverty. The award is presented to an individual of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality who has made a significant contribution to the community with respect to the encouragement, promotion, initiation or development of human rights within their community.

The nomination letter by David Farmer listed many reasons that made Harman worthy of such an honour, including amongst them:

• BAC strives to support individuals with varying abilities reach their full potential and achieve a life that
is meaningful to each individual. Most importantly, Ms. Singh and the organization pride itself with the
implementation of a rights-based model using the UN Charter of Rights for Persons with Disabilities.

• BAC has shifted its model of supporting individuals with varying abilities to a social model of support which promotes creating independence for all individuals. In the last number of years, Ms. Singh has been instrumental with improving the living conditions of residents at BAC converting bedroom areas from wards to double and single rooms with more private rooms on the horizon.

• BAC employs a Low Arousal approach based from the United Kingdom which has translated into an almost zero use of physical restraints to manage complex behaviours, and a reduction behaviour(s) resulting in some of our complex behaviour residents enjoying more inclusive living both in the community and at BAC.

• Under Ms. Singh’s leadership, BAC has established new and innovative programs through its Learning and
Employment Centre and through Behaviour Support programs which promote self-determination for individuals with varying abilities. Many new meaningful employment opportunities have been created for residents at BAC and also for those requiring such supports from the community. In 2019, BAC’s social enterprise, the Best of Cape Breton Gift Shop, was named “Social Enterprise of the year” through the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Access to inclusive community living options have also increased to where on average four individuals move each year into a community option or into Long Term Care.

• BAC is working alongside the Department of Community Services with its transformation for persons with disabilities to increase its capacity for community homes for individuals. Since 2016, the organization has added 4 new community homes with a current total of 6 homes in the community for individuals with varying abilities.

• Most recently, with the recent roundabout infrastructure development in Sydney River, Ms. Singh and BAC successfully advocated for the addition of full accessibility with appropriate sidewalks for the area and surrounding businesses.

As David said in his nomination letter, “It is evident that Ms. Singh and the team at BAC has made it a point
to erase the “dis” from disability and focus on one’s true ability.” “And we couldn’t agree more!”, says Joyce
d’Entremont, Chair of DANS. “Congratulations Harman and the entire Breton Ability Centre team!”

Watch the award ceremony

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Be There: Bell Let’s Talk Day 2021

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day

28th January is Bell Let’s Talk Day 2021


Now more than ever, every action counts. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view and use of our Facebook frame or Snapchat filter.

To find out ways in which we can all help this important initiative go to Bell Let’s Talk Day 2021


Welcome to our new board


We look forward to working together to help fulfil our mission of

“People helping people be the best they can be”

We have just purchased our Oxford location


The Sunset Communities Social Enterprises have just purchased 18 Water Street in Oxford which is the location of our Thrift Store, Laundromat and Cafe.

We embarked on the development of our new social enterprise back in 2018.  We opened our Laundry, Thrift Store and Café in April of that year.  With the purchase of the building, Sunset is putting down permanent roots in the community at the heart of the Town’s business core.  Community support for our new venture has been incredible from the very beginning and we appreciate every customer and every visitor.  Achieving financial stability, providing employment and contributing to the local economy are very important to us but at the heart of our venture is the programs we are able to provide to our participants and who take part in our other supporting services.

Sunset created this social enterprise for them, and their talent and commitment is what drives our operation to succeed.  Part of The Sunset Community mission statement says “People helping people be the best they can be” –  that will continue to be our guide as we improve our programs and increase the number of participants we are able to serve.  Thank you for everyone’s support and hard work.  Our future looks very bright in Oxford!

The Sunset Community

Pictured: Signing Julie Hoeg, Executive Director & Randy Thompson, Manager Sunset Industries & Social Enterprise


Happy New Year

It is safe to say that 2020 was a year like no other! While there is a long way to go before life will get back to some form of normality we at the Sunset Community would like to wish everyone a happy, safe and prosperous new year.

We look forward to 2021 and continuing our mission to help people be the best they can be!



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


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