Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to have joined the AWARE-NS team as we come together with a renewed focus on front-line workers and reflecting the needs and wants of our stakeholders. 


We are in the process of developing an operational 'Go Forward' Plan to implement the stakeholder review recommendations and fine tuning our focus regarding key health and safety issues faced by homecare/home support and Community Services sectors. The team at AWARE-NS is currently developing a responsive and solution based plan that will help serve you better.


I look forward to connecting with you on many levels and am seeking opportunities to work collaboratively together.  This will help AWARE-NS identify and deliver programs and services that are relevant to you, as well as foster and support a culture of safety in your workplace.


In this newsletter, we are providing you with an update on a new AWARE-NS initiative: Workplace Violence Prevention. You will see program updates, but most importantly links to information, resources, and tools to bring to your workplace. We will continue to keep you informed of what is up and coming as this work progresses. 


Do you have an idea or an issue you wish to discuss? Please invite me to your workplace - let us help you.


Contact Information: 

Susan Dempsey, Executive Director

t.  902-832-3536

February 2014
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Speaker PPT's
This Capital Health event shared learnings and provided opportunities for networking and collaboration in the healthcare sector pertaining to wellness and respect in the workplace, injury prevention and occupational health and safety prevention. 
Miss the event? Want to review session highlights? Speaker PPT's are now available in our PPT Library.
Workplace Violence Prevention
New Project!

AWARE-NS and WCB have been working in partnership with a provincial working group from long term care, adult residential care and regional residential care facilities to share best practices and to develop resource materials for use in health care and community services.  

Tools Available Now:

Steps to Safety: Preventing Workplace Violence 


Join us in the coming months as we continue to develop workplace violence prevention resources and tools. 


Learn More

eCourses Are On Us
March 10-21 2014

AWARE-NS is pleased to offer our valued partners and stakeholders a onetime pre-paid offer to trial one selection from the six most popular courses available on our E-Campus. 


Limited quantities. Based on a first-come first-served basis.


Learn More

Safety Services Conference
March 26-27, 2014
AWARE-NS is a Safety Champion sponsor again this year and will be bringing you two very important sessions to participate in. 


Community of Safe Practice 
Presented by: Heather Matthews, AWARE-NS 
Co-Presented by: Lisa Briars, VON and Carol Rhynold, Guysborough County Home Support Agency
Bully Free Workplaces  
Presented by: Susan Coldwell, NSGEU
Co-Presented by Angela Croft, Northwood Home Care
Planning to attend? Redeem your promo code and save $50 on registration all the way up to the conference.
Media Mention
CBC Interview

AWARE-NS was contacted by CBC for comment on a piece regarding the 5 most violence workplaces in Nova Scotia, with healthcare being in the top 3. 


Susan Demspey, AWARE-NS's Executive Director was interviewed and spoke about AWARE-NS's partnership with WCB and the initiative that is currently taking place.


Read The Interview 

Safe Winter Driving
Tips And Strategies
Winter isn't over yet.

For safe winter driving tips and strategies, please review this PPT presentation from Michael Tops of Safety Services Nova Scotia.  
AWARE-NS Webinars

Hazard ID

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
1:30 - 2:30 pm


This webinar will review the following: to recognize hazards in the workplace to assess the consequences of those hazards; and to contain the hazards identified.


Presented by AWARE-NS.

Industry News

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March 26, 27, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014

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