New Programs in Pictou County Pushing Back Against Mental Illness

The programs offered by New Hope have become an important part of Natasha Turner’s path to mental health. Diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2015, Natasha is committed to doing what it takes to be well, having experienced all the negative aspects of her illness, including faulty perceptions, social isolation, and two hospitalizations. She has come to…

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Aberdeen Hospital’s Nurses Piloting a First in Nova Scotia

The Aberdeen Hospital is piloting a first in Nova Scotia. With funding support from the Aberdeen Health Foundation, our nurses will be leading a planned system change that will transform patient care at the bedside. They will be using an internationally respected best practice method, which has improved patient outcomes wherever it’s deployed. Learn more…

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New Face at the Foundation

With new endowments and new funding initiatives, the Aberdeen Health Foundation is busier than ever these days. We are pleased to introduce a new addition to the team, Kim Martin. As Administrative Coordinator, Kim works alongside Susan Malcolm, our Executive Director, to support, coordinate, and evaluate special projects for the Board and its various committees….

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New Hope Hosts Family Day

Family Day at New Hope was a huge success with about 60 people in attendance to learn more about the programs their loved ones are participating in and to see all they are accomplishing. Everything from photography and art to gardening was showcased and how these programs are used to bolster mental health. Guests were treated…

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Breanna Mahoney Receives Foundation’s Pat Lord Award

The first 10 years of Breanna’s life were difficult. The kind that made her think she wasn’t good enough or smart enough for university. Today, she is graduating from North Nova Education Centre with an offer from the program of her choice at Acadia. At her graduation, Breanna received the Pat Lord Award, a scholarship…

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Debbie’s Walk Hits Fundraising Milestone for Oncology Patients

The students and teachers of Trenton Elementary hosted the 3rd Annual Debbie’s Walk recently. The event, which is held in memory of beloved educational assistant Debbie Campbell, has now raised $5,000 for the Aberdeen Health Foundation’s Oncology Client Fund. A diagnosis of cancer affects people in many different ways. Often unexpected is the financial impact that…

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Dr. Williston Fund is Advancing Training of Local Health Care Staff

Each year, the Aberdeen Health Foundation’s Dr. Johnnie Miles Williston Fund provides funding to advance training and therapeutic approaches available at the hospital. This year, 12 staff members in a number of departments are receiving funding support, including the Rehabilitation Department. The department’s Occupational Therapist was able to attend a conference to learn evidence-based approaches…

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Donation Provides Music Therapy for Palliative Care

The former Friends of the Arts Society has made a donation to honour the organization’s musical legacy. Just under $5,000 has been gifted to the Aberdeen Health Foundation to support Dr. Kwasnik-Krawczyk’s music therapy program in the Aberdeen Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit. The Society formed 25 years ago with a vision of turning the Roseland…

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Hospital’s Rooftop Garden Back In Bloom

Story by: Avery Tremblett, Public Health Summer Student The Aberdeen Hospital’s rooftop garden is back for a second growing season. The garden proved a success last year and has returned to add beauty thanks again to the generous funding of the Aberdeen Hospital Auxiliary group and the Aberdeen Health Foundation. Central Home Improvement also helped…

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