Introducing you to our Social Enterprises website

The Sunset Community Social Enterprises Website

The Sunset Community is happy to announce our new website dedicated to our Social Enterprises. This website will showcase both of our locations in Pugwash and Oxford and what we offer for both our participants and customers.

As we grow it will grow with us!

Keep an eye out for Stephen’s blogs and events that are happening at our locations 🙂

Follow the link below to check out our new site 



Our plants are growing


3 of our coves decided they wanted to get their growing fingers going so that is exactly what they did and in no time at all their hard work has started to pay rewards. Eventually these little plants will end up in our patchwork garden as they get ever bigger and start to need more space. It’s going to be a wonderful year in our garden again 🙂


Scholarship 2020

Scholarships 2020

Our scholarship is now open for 2020. Eligible children of Sunset employees may apply.

You can find further information here




DANS Calls for Provincial Recognition of its Employees


DANS Calls for Provincial Recognition of its Employees

May 19, 2020 (Bridgetown, NS)—Diverse Abilities NS is calling on the Provincial Government to extend the Essential Health
Worker Bonus Program to its employees and to recognize their tireless efforts and dedication to providing essential services to
over 600 individuals with diverse abilities in our province.

“We were extremely disappointed to see the announcement of the initiative to provide essential service workers with $2,000
bonuses in recognition of their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic did not include our employees, says Joyce
d’Entremont, CEO of the Mountains and Meadows Care Group in Bridgetown and Chair of Diverse Abilities NS. “The
population our organizations serve is extremely vulnerable to serious illness, complications, and even death from this devastating
virus due to the aging demographic and co-morbidities that exist. Our staff have been working extremely hard and doing
everything possible to support our program participants throughout this pandemic and to keep them healthy and safe. Their
extraordinary efforts deserve the same financial recognition as their counterparts in other health sectors.”

Julie Hoeg, Executive Director of the Sunset Community in Pugwash and the Vice Chair of Diverse Abilities NS, adds that the
association has reached out to government several times to seek clarification on whether the approximately 2,000 Nova
Scotians employed by the province’s Adult Residential Centres/Regional Rehabilitation Centres would be included in the bonus
program, however, confirmation has not been received.

“Our employees are reporting to work every day, even in the face of their own fears regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and
they are going above and beyond to meet the needs of our program participants,” says Hoeg. “They are unsung heroes and
without their hard work and dedication we would not be able to keep our facilities open. Accordingly, we are requesting that
government give them the recognition they rightfully deserve and add them to the Essential Services Workers Program.”

Diverse Abilities NS is a membership-based association comprised of organizations from across the province who 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. Collectively, the
members of Diverse Abilities NS serve more than 600 individuals with moderate to severe intellectual and physical disabilities,
chronic mental illness, addictions and acquired brain injuries.

Joyce d’Entremont, CEO/Administrator
Mountains & Meadows Care Group and
Chair, Diverse Abilities NS
Office: 902-655-4489 ext 801
Cell: 902-824-4537


CMHA Social Distancing Survival Guide

Canadian Mental Health Week 4-10 May 2020

Your Social Distancing Survival Guide

From: Canadian Mental Health Association

We are used to having built-in ways to connect. We connect at school and at work, at events and social activities, even with our neighbours in the grocery store. We have visited and we have socialized. And maybe, until now, we’ve seen all of that connection as simply a part of our everyday life. We can’t any longer. For the time being, it’s not a built-in feature of our lives. We have to go looking for connection and we have to be creative. We need to make an effort to reach out to each other. 

Here’s your guide to connecting with others in these difficult times: 

Make it part of your routineSet a time, or several times, over the course of the day, and call it “social connection time.” This will be a dedicated time when you forego all distractions and check in or share with others—like on your morning walk 

Make a date. Book a time for a conversation. Send an email or a message, or just call someone spontaneously, inviting them to a phone date, or a video chat. 

Schedule it in. Just like you would a meeting (or a dentist appointment) write the time in your agenda or put an alert on your phone. At such and such an hour, I’m going to reach out to a friend, colleague or family member. They want to hear from you right now. 

Let yourself be vulnerable. If you’re craving connection, let others know. Let them know you feel isolated. Deepening your conversations will deepen your relationships. 

Be honestIf you’re not doing well, don’t cover over the feelings. Share them openly.  

Be generous and kindKindness can actually work to counter stress which is particularly important in these times. Send out a few words of gratitude on social media or send a kind message via email. This will make someone’s day and is itself a meaningful connection. 

Practice listeningReally listen to each other and give the other person space to let you know how they are really feeling, too. See our Tips on how to really listen and our Listening Checklisfor building listening skills. Learning to listen actively and carefully is key to having meaningful social interaction. 

Think outside your circle! Your family members and good friends aren’t the only sources of social support. Who has offered you support in the past? This might be a good time to reconnect. 

Join a virtual community. Go ahead and join a group, virtually. There are Facebook groups on just about everything and now is a good time to find community. Go to Facebook and search the name of the activity or kind of group that interests you using the search tool (magnifying glass) at the top of the screen. 

Slide into your DMs. Giving and getting likes on social media is one thing but sending and receiving direct messages (DMs) can spark deeper, more meaningful connection. So, don’t just scroll through posts. Send a DM to someone who has been supportive in the past, or who seems to need support. 

Remember the telephone and lowtech ways to connect. The phone may have been invented two centuries ago, but it is one of the most enduring and important tools for social connection that we have. If you want to reach someone long distance, you can use Skype audio, or WhatsApp, which both offer free services. Letter writing maybe a lost art too. Corresponding by mail is a great way to reach out and connectCanada Post is still there for you. So is your email account.   

Make the most of high-tech. Use video technologies, like Skype, Facebook or Messenger. Sign up for free. All you need is a computer with a camera, or a smart phone. Don’t be shy: video is face-to-face time when you can’t be side-by-side. If you still feel shy: turn off the video view of yourself. This might help lighten feelings of self-consciousness. 

Plan a virtual event. Participating in group activities can bring you closer to your friends, family, and members of your community. Zoom ( is a free video platform that was created to host virtual meetings, but has become a central meeting space for people looking for opportunities to socialize. Here is a partial list of social activities you could host on Zoom: dinner party, play date, singalong, game night, trivia contest, book club meeting, coffee breaks or slide shows! Be creative, laugh at yourself and learn from your mistakes as we muddle through this new way of connecting—together.  

Remember you are not alone. Maybe most importantly, know that even if you feel alone, there are others out there, ready and waiting to help. If you’re struggling: 

Find a support group. With a simple Google search you can find online support groups and peer support services to engage on issues that matter most to you. Or get some peers together and host your own support group on Zoom. 

Use e-mental health services. There are hundreds of online portals and hubs to connect you to virtual and online support services such as online courses, coaching and therapy. Check out the Government of Canada’s new Wellness Together portal, or check in with your local CMHA to see what they have to offer online and over the phone. 

In crisis? Please call 1-833-456-4566 toll free (In QC: 1-866-277-3553), 24/7 or visit   

Ice Cream Social and Bingo

Not a bad way to pass the time on a Thursday afternoon 🙂

The clients and staff on Island View Cove decided they wanted to enjoy ice cream and play some bingo on Thursday afternoon so that’s exactly what they did. There may be some restrictions on us all right now but it doesn’t stop us enjoying the time we can spend with each other and ice cream really helps  😉

CMHA Mental Health Week 4-10 May 2020


4th – 10th May 2020 

Canadian Mental Health Association

Canadian Mental Health Week




Herb Garden Update

Linda’s herb garden that she planted last week decided it was high time yesterday to let us know her green fingers are working.

Here’s to the first of many herbs that we will hopefully see grow!

Way to go Linda 🙂


Letter from Honourable Kelly Regan Minister of Community Services

April 23, 2020

To those staff who support DSP participants:

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our workers in both residential and community settings who are supporting individuals with disabilities.

Whether it’s supporting participants in small option homes, larger settings, or alternate family settings, you continue to provide care and services that participants depend and rely on. Your expertise and commitment provide important and appreciated supports for many vulnerable Nova Scotians during this challenging time.

I know you continue to go to work every day because you care about the people you help. You’ve always provided extraordinary care for our participants but even more so now. For that, I and many other Nova Scotians are most grateful.

Thank you for your compassion and your commitment. Your dedication has not gone unnoticed.


Honourable Kelly Regan
Minister of Community Services

Click on the link here to see the letter from the minister.

Looks like we have a great teacher amongst us!

Not only is Brian playing tunes on the Ultimate Online Nova Scotia Kitchen Party, he’s now decided he wants to teach some of us to play the guitar too 😉 Diane has wanted to learn to play for a while now so no time like the present! 🎸 Maybe we will get her to play a tune 😎 in the future.


140 Sunset Lane,
Pugwash, Nova Scotia,
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Phone: 902.243.2571
Fax: 902.243.3222

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