Bell Let’s Talk 30th January 2019

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Bell Let’s Talk Day 30th January 2019




Mental health affects us all


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We are hiring (LPN) Full-time/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 when joining our team. $1,000.00 will be an addition to the first pay 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 addtional $2,000.00 salery increase for the supervisory role. The Sunset Community is also offering a $2,000.00 signing bonus when joining our team. $1,000.00will be an addition to the first pay 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. We also start out at the top provincial level of pay as per provincial contract rates.

At Sunset we value:

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

Send Résumé to:

Jill Peterson

P.O Box 130

140 Sunset Lane


Nova Scotia B0K 1L0

or email

January 2019 Lifestyles Calendar

Check out all the happenings in our

January 2019 Lifestyles Calendar HERE



Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas

May the holiday season end the present year on a cheerful note

and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. Merry Christmas!






Decorating our Christmas tree

Thank you to all who made the decorating of our Christmas tree

such a special occasion for everyone involved



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


Mental Illness Awareness Week 1-7 Oct 2018


Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.

Follow the link to their page here

Continuing Care Month

Sunset Community Celebrates

Continuing Care Month “Your Home, Our Passion”

On September 24th, Sunset Community gathered in our newly accessible Patchwork Garden to celebrate Continuing Care Month. During the event we enjoyed the beauty of our garden and the creativity of our people; which was highlighted in our first Scarecrow building competition.

“Our Patchwork Garden would not be possible without the dedication of employees and residents who volunteer their time and efforts in the garden,” says Julie Matheson, executive director.  Yesterday’s special event was part of the celebrations being held across the province to recognize the continuing care sector and the contributions of its employees and what that means for the Nova Scotians who require their support. Continuing Care programs and services help people to maximize their independence, promote their health and well-being, sustain or enhance their quality of life, and support families to meet the ongoing care needs of their loved ones.

Continuing Care Month is celebrated each year in September. The goal of the annual campaign is to recognize the contributions of the thousands of Nova Scotians who work in continuing care in a variety of practice settings across the province, such as nursing homes, home care organizations, residential care facilities and adult residential centres/regional rehabilitation centres.

The theme, Continuing Care: Your Home, Our Passion, reflects the aim of continuing care services to help people to live well in the place they can call home.  It also reinforces the commitment and compassion of the many people who have chosen this caring field of employment. 

The campaign is also about profiling the advances being made in Nova Scotia’s continuing care sector to improve quality of life and quality of care for the Nova Scotians who rely on these important services.

Please visit to read a variety of stories highlighting this year’s campaign theme, as well as other helpful and interesting information regarding Nova Scotia’s continuing care sector.


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


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

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Phone: 902.243.2571
Fax: 902.243.3222

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