A day out with the boys

Recently the guys who are working on the transition of our new thrift store in Pugwash had the opportunity to spend some time out and about exploring the local area. The guys went for lunch at the Wentworth picnic park then headed out to the falls in Wentworth followed by a stop at the Balmoral Grist Mill and then into Tatamagouche for ice cream at T & B ice cream who on that day were raising funds for the Kidney Foundation. The day was complete with a visit to an old friend Darlene.


Human Resource Recruiter Position

Human Resource Recruiter

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

The Sunset Community supports adults with 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.

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The Human Resource Recruiter is responsible for facilitating the recruitment, hiring, and on-boarding efforts of The Sunset Community.

This position reports directly to the Executive Director.


  • Workforce Planning and Employment Coordinator
  • All recruitment efforts including attending Job & Career Fairs
  • Employee Engagement
  • Training and Education Coordinator
  • Staff Schedule Care Administrator (Back up Scheduler)


Prefered: Post Secondary Diploma or Degree in Human Resource related Education

Related Experience

Must: Provide a Clean Vulnerable Persons Record Check

  • Strong Interpersonal
  • Exceptional communication skills both verbal and written
  • Current on best Human Resource practices
  • Organized
  • Detailed Oriented
  • Able to work independently as well as a team member

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“When working for The Sunset Community, you are not only changing others lives; you are changing your own” -Sunset Employee

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Stephen’s Thrift Store Blog #3


Storm in Oxford and Surrounding Area

By: Stephen Thompson

On Saturday the Thrift Store was closed due to the Storm going through the town caused by Hurricane Dorian.

It was quite calm in the morning, though cloudy with a light drizzle.

I was driven up to Pugwash from Oxford, to visit with my brother.

In the afternoon I was at Pugwash when the storm was pounded on the windows and a falling tree swiped on an electric line and shorted it out.

Afterward a sudden darkness came over in the cottage in a near instant.

They luckily they had a backup generator that kicked in when power was kaput.

Up at the Hansford Road the wind had taken the power line and trees scattered on the road, Oxford, Springhill and in Amherst similar electrical short-outs and fallen debris.

When I got home, I was transported via Small Bus, the wind and rain was so harsh it sounded like it was storm was inside the vehicle how loud it was.

The rain was heavy; it pelted the windshield with great amount oomph. The sea was raging below the bridges leading across River Philip.

The whole Downtown Oxford area was greyed out no lights within. The Driver of the Small Bus was thinking of getting a Tim Hortons, when we came to realization partway down the drive that Tim’s would have no power.

When I saw the houses down Water Street, Pleasant and Thompson Road they were darkened: No lights at the Sunset Community Thrift shop, pools of water were on the other side of the Water Street Bridge and random debris at some areas of the roadway.

Miscellaneous branches were in front of my Family Home and a makeshift Greenhouse had been toppled over.

The experience really made me think how I take electricity for granted and how we are very reliant we are on Power in this day and age. Two days without electricity took some adjustments; I had some battery life stored in electronics to use conservatively.

I managed to get some coffee and pop-tarts from a friend who had a generator one of those days which was nice to have.

My Father and Step-Parent kept up on updates during the storm using a yellow Wind-up Radio. The News had announced for a boil warning on the water in the Town of Oxford.

It wasn’t until Monday afternoon we finally had Power restored I was playing on my handheld video game when I heard an electric hum surge through.

The town was bustling after the power was restored in certain areas. I could hear more voices and activity from when I was working in a row of crops.

The way to Kolbec Road, is closed due to damage done by the storm. Hopefully it will be fixed soon, in the near future. Clean up detail is going to take a while from all the damage that needs to be fixed.

I am hopeful Power will be restored to everyone in Oxford and Surrounding areas across Nova Scotia soon.

The Power of Self Advocacy


Powerful video launch by CAPE SocietyHaley Street Adult Services Centre SocietyHorizon Achievement CentreMill Road Social EnterprisesThe ROC Store.


Sunset Celebrates Continuing Care Month



Stephen’s Thrift Store blog #2


Oxford thrift Shop and Café Blog

August 26-31

By: Stephen Thompson


Monday August 26th, 2019

Exhibition Week started on Monday.

I was drawing thumbnails for the Poster for August 31st, Float for the Parade.

Daniel was working on the laundromat side of the building on the day diligently.

On a piece of Bristol board using: a ruler, pencil and permanent markers first I sketched the concept stage in pencil, making sure the composition worked before finalizing marker lines.

Paula had confused our names that day I was Daniel and Daniel was Stephen.

Tuesday August 27th, 2019

I was working on finishing the 2nd Poster for the float. For most of the Morning I was hard at work on that.

It was a fairly cool day some clouds.

Patti came in for a visit yesterday, even though she wasn’t working on the day.

Morgan was around the store checking for hangers, cleaning windows and the floor.

I got a comment on my Blog, at the story saying they enjoyed the 1st Write-up I did.


Wednesday August 28th, 2019

It was a humid day; it warmed up after previous colder days.

Emma brought her daughter AJ, this afternoon Daniel came to visit Emma and her baby on his day off.

New Books were being donated today upfront at the store.

Morgan was cleaning and folding laundry on the laundry side hard at work.

Amanda was sorting clothes into their proper places as well as placing the newly donated books.

Nicole was placing framed artwork that had been donated onto shelves.

Amanda sent Morgan out for a small errand, giving him a break from laundry.

People who came today liked seeing Emma’s baby. She was relatively peaceful.


Saturday, August 31st, 2019

Today was a scorcher.

Today was the day of the Parade: Duncan, David, Daniel, Damian, Michael H, Ryan, Angus and I arrived at the store.

The staff members: Emma and Patti walked down with us to the Oxford School, Amanda rode on back of the float to the school, Nicole and Paula operated the store.

The pick-up truck was being driven by Kyle, Angus was upfront with him. Daniel, Michael and Ryan were in the back of the truck. On the back of the pick-up was Damian and Emma’s husband Michael V.

The Float consisted of: a café table, wooden chairs, one-side had artwork I illustrated on posters, a poster with names of the workers at Thrift Store and the other side had laundry related stuff in baskets.

Emma and Amanda’s kids rode on the float in 4 chairs Jordyn, Brooklyn, Marisa and Josie. Duncan, David and I were handing out lollipops, Amanda was giving out free ice cream coupons and Emma was pulling newborn AJ’s stroller on opposite end of me and Amanda.

We waved to on-lookers, gave out freebies and continued on the trek across town route. It was a successful day. Everyone had a lot of Fun.



Scentsy Basket Fundraiser

Proceeds go to the OREC Breakfast Program.

$2 each or 3 for $5

Draw will be made on Sept/30


Stephen’s Thrift Store blog #1



Oxford thrift Shop and Café Blog #1

August 19-24

By: Stephen Thompson

Monday, August 19th 2019

It has fairly humid outside compared to other days.

I have sorted through a cardboard box of: DVDs checking the bottoms of the DVDs for deep scratches. I used a café table and made up several piles to organize the categories of good condition and bad condition.

Numerous Ice Creams were bought in the afternoon by either Kids or Families that had come in to have relief from the heat.

I gathered extra books using a large Shopkins bag from in back. I placed novels into the container until a fair number were in. I took two trips worth of books.

New donations were given at the upfront desk to Amanda and Nicole two staff members working that day. Amanda and Nicole both did turns, sorting and folding clothes during the afternoon shift.


Tuesday, August 20th 2019

Morgan was in jovial mood today, He swept the floors clean.

Many new donations were to be sorted By Staff members: Amanda, Maddy and Paula. They arranged clothes and placed them on hangers getting them ready for their proper placements on the racks.

Amanda took in some donations for a donator while Morgan was on break and brought them to be organized and set up for later pricing.

The Sale on Kids clothing has begun today at 50% off.

Many participants have entered the Coloring Contest so far, lots of artworks are on display around the store from Kids to Adults of all ages.

New racks were being set up for the Back to School Sale organizing into Girl and Boy into their own displays by the staff members.

Morgan was checking around for empty hangers. After that he was doing the odd jobs on the laundry side.

Mary was in today to work with the laundry and keep everything clean and folded. She also updated Amanda on instructions from people who left their laundry.

Staff member Paula was hauling a cardboard box of clothes, to get them set up and organized on the racks.

Many people were in today to check out shelves and racks for anything that caught their interest.

Maddy was operating the cash register most of the time today, as well as some of the other Staff operated it as well.



*We don’t carry plastic bags anymore. You can bring your Own Bag or buy a Sunset Community Bag for $2.50

*Donate New School Supplies for a chance to win a gift certificate

*The Coloring Contest will be coming to a close Saturday August 24th. Be sure to get your entry in before the deadline.

Upcoming Events:

  • Sunset Thrift shop and Café will be having a Float in the Parade on August 31st be sure to look out for us coming by on the event route.
  • Friday, August 23rd  will be Maddy a Summer Staff member’s Last day with us, and My Birthday falls on Friday as well.




Employee Health & Wellness


Health & Wellness is an important part of everyone’s life not just outside of work but while at work too. We spend a lot of time throughout our lives at work and having the opportunity to take part in programs designed to support health and wellbeing only brings positive outcomes for ourselves and those who we serve.


Water Fight Anyone?


Who says you can’t have fun at Work?


We made the most of the gorgeous weather over the past few days to cool off while having some fun. As you can see nobody that decided to go outside was safe 🙂


(Click on the thumbnails below to see the pictures full size)





The Sunset Community at Harbourfest (Sinkers Conference)


Not only did we have a blast taking part in the 5k run we also took part in the Sinkers Conference (Cardboard Boat Race). Many thanks go to every team that took part in this amazing and fun event that showed what a great community Pugwash is, but especially to our intrepid and fearless competitors Shawn Crouse and Elaine Baptiste for piloting our amazing boat “ORCA” that was built by our wonderful team of boat builders Ashley Stevens, Kerry Adams, Shaun Crouse, Elaine Baptiste, Jacqueline Cole, Kathy Betts, Diane Buckler and Catherine Hurley.

We may not of won the race but we scooped the “People’s choice” & “Best Design” awards and we didn’t sink!

Bring on 2020!







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Pugwash, Nova Scotia,
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