Happy Holidays!
Kathy MacNeil, Chair of the Board, AWARE-NS


As we come to the end of another year AWARE-NS would like to congratulate the hard work and many achievements made by our stakeholders in 2013 in improving safety in our workplaces in Health and Community Services.  


On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of AWARE-NS, I would like to thank all our stakeholders who provided advice and support to AWARE-NS over the past year.  It has helped us plan future programs, services and communications that will serve you better.  


We look forward to working with you in 2014 as we focus on health and safety issues faced by home care/home support, long term care and residential care workers.  Together we can fulfill our shared vision of safe + healthy people; safe and healthy workplaces.  


Our very best wishes to you for a safe, healthy and happy Holiday Season!


December 2013
Farewell To Our CEO
Mary-Lou MacDonald Moves On
"I have decided the time is now right to move on from my position of CEO and let someone else be the hand on the tiller as the organization seeks a new course, continues on to new challenges, and most assuredly achieves new successes".
Executive Director 
Seeking An Interim Secondment
The Board of Directors has endorsed a refocusing of the organization on:
  • Homecare/Home Support
  • Long Term Care
  • Continuing Care
  • Residential Care 
To aid the organization and the Board in this work, we are looking to second an experienced safety leader who currently works in, or has recently retired from, the Health or Community Services sectors into the role of Interim Executive Director to lead the organization through this transition. 

Deadline for applications for this secondment is December 20, 2013.

Stakeholder Message

By: Millie Colbourne
Vice Chair, AWARE-NS

The Board of Directors of AWARE-NS has been engaged in a review of our organization and its role in serving the needs of the Health and Community Services Sector in Nova Scotia. 


Click To Review The Results

Season's Greetings From
Oh what fun!
The Safety Elves at AWARE-NS created a festive holiday greeting for you...starring Santa.  Enjoy! 

Holiday Office Hours 
December 24th - Closed at Noon
December 25th - Closed
December 26th - Closed
December 27th - Closed
December 30th - Closed
December 31st - Closed

The office will re-open Thursday, January 2, 2014
AWARE-NS Webinars
January, 2014
Soteria Strains
Initial Engagement Phase Follow Up
Monday, January 6, 2014
1:30 - 2:30 pm

The Survey results are in! Come hear the results of the Soteria Strains perception survey (completed by over 1700 health care workers) and a review of the program guide outline as well.

As a result of the survey, A Soteria "Choice Book" has been created and we need your feedback.


Presented in partnership with AWARE-NS and Soteria Strains.

Safe Winter Driving
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
1:30 - 2:30 pm

Demystifying the myths and stories around winter driving.  Learn how to avoid getting into trouble in the first place, and if that doesn't work - what to do when everything seems to be going out of control.


Presented in partnership with AWARE-NS and Safety Services Nova Scotia.

Internal Responsibility System

Friday, January 31, 2014
1:30 - 2:30 pm

The Internal Responsibility System (IRS) is founded on the principle that everyone in the workplace shares responsibility for creating and maintaining safe and healthy workplaces.  The greatest degree of responsibility goes to the party with the greatest control in the workplace.


Presented in partnership with AWARE-NS and the Workers' Compensation Board.

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