New Leaf is pleased to announce that we have filled the summer student position. The successful applicant is Sarah Toole who brings with her a vast amount of experience, education, and great attitude that we felt would be a great benefit to our program. We look forward to working with you Sarah.
We also would like to thank the many excellent applicants who viewed our New Leaf Program as a positive agency with which they could gain an important experience with. It was a difficult decision to narrow it down to those who received an interview and then make the final choice.
Thank you to all who applied and it was obvious to us that you will do well in your futures.
On behalf of the New Leaf Board and Staff,
Pictou County Opportunity for Men-New Leaf Program is looking for a Summer Student, starting May 8, 2017. We are a Men’s Intervention Program working on the issues of Domestic Violence.
Position: Administrative Assistant for 30 hours per week (Monday-Thursday) for 10 weeks$10.85 per hour. Position starts on May 8, 2017.
Looking for student in a social sciences program such as psychology or sociology with some understanding of domestic violence preferred.
Duties include: transferring a large volume of confidential files from paper to digital format; assisting with our new fundraiser plan, and other duties that may arise.
The successful applicant will also have opportunities to observe, and become familiar with group facilitation techniques, debriefing, interviews, working with resistant clients, case management, working with high risk files, and attend community meetings as they arise.
Successful candidate will possess a positive attitude, good work ethic, be non-judgmental, and most importantly be flexible.
Please send resumes to email@example.com on or before April 20, 2017.
Preference will be given to visible minorities. Please note that the New Leaf office is located on the second floor of the Westville Post Office with no access to an elevator. Successful candidate must be able to navigate stairs on a daily basis.
New Leaf offices will be closed from December 22, 2016 to January 2, 2017. Our first group back will be Wednesday, January 4, 2017.
New Leaf Board and staff wish everyone happy and safe holidays.
With appreciation for over twenty years of service to this and other communities in the northern region of Nova Scotia, we would like to extend best wishes to Mr. Ron Kelly on his retirement from the New Leaf Program. Ron has been a valuable component of how our program has evolved over the years and his great passion for working with adolescent males to develop healthy attitudes about themselves and others will be missed. New Leaf wishes Ron well in the future.
New Leaf is also pleased to welcome Cathy Grant to the position of Director of the New Leaf Program. Cathy has currently served the New Leaf Program for over 17 years in several capacities and we feel confident moving into the future with Cathy taking on this leadership role.
We also would like to welcome Sterling Smith to the staff. Sterling has also served the New Leaf Program in several capacities for over five years, including sitting on the Board of Directors for much of that time.
New Leaf is currently in a time of transition and we feel very confident looking to the future.
Congratulations Ron, Cathy and Sterling.
The past several weeks since we completed the in school portion of the Changing Male Conversations Project Ron Kelly and Don Gunton have spent much time working on the evaluations and preparing reports.
There was some really great feedback from the young men about what they experienced as participants in the CMC. When asked if participating in CMC would affect some of their future choices 61% of the grade 7’s and 39% of the grade 9’s said that it would, and one of the comments was “It will affect my future because I will understand more about healthy relationships. The young men also told us that they wished the program was longer so we could spend more time talking about each topic.
We are very pleased that the participants found the program to be worth while and are excited to do it again next year with a new group of young men.
We would like to thank the United Way of Pictou County for partnering with us on this project as well as to staff and administration of West Pictou Consolidated and North Nova Education Centre for all their help making this year’s sessions such a success.
You are invited to New Leaf’s
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Special Guest Speaker will be
Meeting will be held here at the
New Leaf Office.
1870 Main Street Westville
Upstairs of the Post Office and directly across
the street from Foodland. Door is located at side
facing the Aliant building.
Hope to see you there.
The CMC sessions have now ended up as of May 2, 2016.
Two grade 9 classes of boys at North Nova have completed 8 sessions each. In the last few sessions, discussions occurred on a number of topics identified by the young men.
The topics included:
The topics generated by grade 7’s included:
We hope to include some of the suggested topics in the sessions for the Fall term of 2016 and the Spring term, 2017.
As of May 11, the student evaluations will have been completed and we will be working on the feedback in the following months. Some of the ‘results’ of the evaluations will be shared when they are available, specifically the learnings that the young men have identified after attending CMC.
Don and Ron would like to thank Cathy, Sterling, the Board of New Leaf, the United Way of Pictou County, the School administrations and of course, the Grade 7 boys at West Pictou Consolidated and the grade 9 boys at North Nova.
We would also like to thank everyone who has taken interest in CMC. It has been an exciting and rewarding experience to have planned and delivered this portion of Changing Male Conversations. We look forward to the next 10 months of this pilot project.
Check out the T.O.N.E Website for more details: www.tonehalifax.ca - There is no fee for T.O.N.E, so why not check it out.
We are now in the “Home Stretch” with this school year’s sessions. There are only 2 sessions left with each group. The topics we have discussed to date include Emotional language, Healthy Relationships, Consent, The effects of a porn addiction, What the world expects of men (“the male script”), What the world expects of women and “my personal code” (how I want to be known as a male).The sessions are based on a model of youth engagement and are interactive, and generally lively.
Sessions include check ins, energizers and focused discussions. The program has been designed so that each session is built off the last one with Healthy Relationships remaining the common thread. Our purpose for offering this program is based on the belief that young men need to be engaged in conversations that will make it possible for them to grow up to have Healthy Relationships.
Our experience in working with the grade 7 and grade 9 boys is that they are wanting to have these conversations and are not only willing but eager to participate. We appreciate the Partnership with the United Way of Pictou County and the support of the students and staff at West Pictou and North Nova Schools that makes all of this possible. We look forward to the remaining sessions and will be posting more about the CMC in the near future.
Some feedback we received from the participants:
Grade 9’s “its fun” “its not hard like math” “CMC is informative, its about new ideas and concepts like porn being addictive... I never thought of it that way” “#FreePlayDoh” “I like the icebreakers and exercises”
Grade 7’s “Its good... we learn not to do certain things” “CMC makes you think twice” “It’s about going into things deeper... things that guys (usually) don’t talk about like emotions and feelings” “we are learning about the different experiences males & females have in the world” “we are breaking the barriers of what’s expected of men... by talking about feelings and things like that”
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