November 2019

November 2019
Hello friends,

I’m happy to announce the return of the Door to Door Reader! I’ll be sending out monthly announcements on programs and services with the East Hants Community Learning Association, East Hants & Area Community Rider, Elmsdale Community Garden and our partners. Whether you’re interested in educational opportunities, affordable transportation, or food security in your community, this newsletter is your one stop shop for information.

Below are some upcoming events we’d love for you to spread the word about. If you are interested in putting up a copy in your workplace or community space, contact me, Phil Laven, at

Thanks for sticking around and let us know if there are any events you would like to partner on.

Phil Laven
Communications Manager
East Hants & Area Community Rider
(902) 883-1608

Mental Health First Aid

4 evening classes
November 6, 13, 20, 27
The Nova Centre

224 Hwy 214, Elmsdale

Mental Health First Aid is a program designed to educate people in helping others facing mental health crises. It provides information about how to:

  • Recognize a change in behaviour
  • Respond with a confident conversation
  • Guide to appropriate resources and support

By taking this course, you will gain greater awareness of mental health issues and how to support others facing them. Become a resource for your workplace or volunteer organization!

This course is being offered for free by the East Hants Community Learning and East Hants Family Resource Centre. You must attend all classes to receive a certificate.

To register:
call (902) 883-1608

HRM Communities Launch &
Welcome to Roada Rider

The East Hants & Area Community Rider has officially expanded our service area into HRM. From Waverley all the way to Milford, our vehicles are ready to ride.

We also welcomed a new addition to our fleet, Roada Rider. Roada is a Dodge ProMaster 3500 van with room for 8 passengers or 4 wheel chair users. She was funded through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, as well as through a portion of the

The launch event was well attended by the community and shared information about the service. For more pictures from the event, check them out on Facebook

With our service launched, the next steps are:

  • Promotion in HRM communities
  • Recruitment of local drivers
  • Partnership with local businesses
  • Development of fundraising support
Interested in helping us connect with our new service area? Get in touch!
call (902) 883-1608

New Poverty Reduction program available

The East Hants & Area Community Rider is pleased to announce a new subsidized transportation program for 2019-2020. This program is designed to make it easier and more affordable for low-income Nova Scotians to access transportation. Funds are limited and the goal is to assist as many passengers as possible. The funds are available for use from October 2019 until the end of March 2020. Funding is available on a first come, first served basis until the fund is fully expended.

How does the subsidy work?

  • Passengers must complete an application for this program.
  • EHCR staff will review these applications for approval.
  • Passengers will book transportation as needed and will tell Dispatch they wish to apply the subsidy to their ride at a maximum of 50%, or half the cost of the trip.

Additionally, this subsidy allows us to offer $2 shopping loops to passengers.

To apply, please fill out an application form and submit it to EHCR staff. Applications can be filled out over the phone, submitted through e-mail, mail, or through one of our drivers.
call: (902) 883-4716
address: 224 Highway 214 Suite 101 Elmsdale, NS  B2S 1J7

Upcoming Events

November is shaping up to be a busy month for our organization. Below are a selection of the events that are coming up. For additional events, please check out our Facebook page.
  • Monday, November 4th – Pop up market at the Noel Post Office, 4539 Hwy 215, Noel, NS  11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 6th – Pop up market at Sipekne’katik Education Centre, 529 Church St., Indian Brook, NS  11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Friday, November 8th – Pop up market at the Shumilacke Food Bank, 5 Mill Village Rd., Shubenacadie, NS  11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, November 11th – Remembrance Day (office closed)
  • Monday, November 18th – Worm Composting Workshop, the Nova Centre, 224 Hwy 214, Elmsdale, NS  6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, November 22nd – FREE swim at the East Hants Swimming Pool, 2359 Hwy 2, Milford, NS  6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 27th – FREE shopping trip to Mic Mac Mall, Dartmouth, NS  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thank you for reading. See you next month!

Phil Laven
Communications Manager
East Hants & Area Community Rider
(902) 883-1608