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The December 2014 Issue of Connections in Now...
The April Issue of Connections is Now Availab...
Incident and Investigation at Parkstone Enhan...
The October 2015 Issue of Connections is now ...
Shannex celebrates National Infection Control...
Université de Moncton Develops Land through I...
Parkland Executive Chef Competition Finals
Shannex Joins the Conversation
Polypharmacy and why it is so important
National Volunteer Week
Celebrating NAOSH Week at Shannex
Celebrating Client Services Week
Grand Opening of Regent Hall
Shannex and Sisters of Saint Martha work on a...
Shannex Celebrates Pride in Nova Scotia and N...
Shannex celebrates Continuing Care Month
Volunteer Opportunity
The October 2016 issue of Connections is Now ...
Celebrating National Infection Control Week
Client and Family Advisory Committee Establis...
Shannex Supports Bell Let’s Talk Day
Employee Appreciation Day
The April 2017 Issue of Connections is Now Av...
Shannex Pathway to Success Bursary program wi...
National Volunteer Week
Celebrating NAOSH Week at Shannex
Happy Client Services Week!
Shannex Pathway to Success Bursary Program – ...
Shannex celebrates Canada 150
The July 2017 Issue of Connections is Now Ava...
Report to Community – April 1, 2016 ...
Shannex New Brunswick celebrates opening of n...
Shannex celebrates Continuing Care Month
The October 2017 Issue of Connections is Now ...
Celebrating National Infection Control Week
The December 2017 Issue of Connections is now...
Shannex Supports Bell Let’s Talk Day
Sisters of St. Martha and Shannex celebrate o...
Shannex donates $100,000 to establish nursing...
Special Edition of Connections Now Available!...
Letter To Our Valued Community
A Conversation About Care
The July 2018 Issue of Connections is now ava...
Letter To Our Valued Community – Update...
Arborstone receives funding to conduct resear...
Strategic Plan: April 2018-March 2023
The October 2018 Issue of Connections is Now ...
The Winter 2018-2019 Issue of Connections is ...
Letter To Our Valued Community – Update...
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Shannex Issues Call for Ap...
The Spring 2019 Issue of Connections is Now A...
Great People make Great Connections: Shannex ...
Say Hello to Carlos
With a Song in Your Heart
The Ambassador of Embassy Hall
“She is getting the best care possible ...
A Friendship for the Ages
Honey Bunny’s Fluffy Friendship
Sometimes you go to the community, sometimes ...
Connecting for 50 years
Boating for every body
Making the world a better place, one connecti...
Great Pride
A top-drawer afternoon
Letter To Our Valued Community – Update...
Family fundraising
Volunteering, family-style
The Summer 2019 Issue of Connections is Now A...
Updates to shannex.com! More Information abou...
NEW: Information added for Mount St. Joseph M...
Home is where your PALs are
Shannex to Host Community Open House in Miram...
Losier Hall Contact Information (Miramichi)
A helping hand at Harbourstone
The Fall 2019 Issue of Connections is Now Ava...
A moment of reflection: A father’s story
A woman of duty and honour
New Content on Shannex.com
Great Connections Holidays Launched!
Great Connections – Have your heard of ...
Update for Debert Court and Victoria Way (Ced...
Letter to our Valued Community: Parkstone Enh...
The Winter 2019 Issue of Connections is Now A...
The holiday spirit shines bright in Sydney
Connecting Across Generations
Maureen’s Music for Mental Health
Great Connections – Cupid Lands at the ...
Cupid Lands at the Lakes: Genevieve & Eri...
Spreading the Love in Cape Breton
Sarah’s Sound Approach
The Resident and Family Advisory Committee
Armco Capital Transfers Ownership of its Will...
Meet the Uke Group
Love Will Find a Way – A Great Connecti...
Music for the heart and soul
Families Helping Shannex Residents and Employ...
Parkland Storytellers
Great Connections – A Team of Heroes!
Great Connections – ‘Tis the Seas...
Keeping the Conversation Going. We Support Be...
Shannex Supports Life Partners in Care Act
A Passion for Continuing Care
A Voice for Those in Long Term Care
‘A Caretaker at Heart’
Compassionate Care
Love of Writing
Exciting New Partnership
Talking About Mental Health is Important. We ...
Shannex assumes ownership of Milestone Commun...
Shannex to add two new nursing homes in New B...
CAN Health Network enables Shannex to expand ...
Providing 20 Years of Quality Care  
National Day of Mourning
Arborstone Celebrates 20 Years
A Long Term Connection 
‘I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else....
Happy Personal Support Worker Day!
Innovative Solutions for Long Term Care
Our Ongoing Commitment to Inclusive Spaces
Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day at Parklan...
Learning Together
Safety Culture Summits
Shannex Cares, our New Community Program
Delia Burgess: Sustainability Superstar
Resident Voices
Ouverture de Cohen Hall, un nouveau foyer de ...
New Seniors’ Lifestyle Residence, Parkland Aj...
Commemorating Joe Desmond in the Halls of Har...
Celebrating Our Great People on International...
A Mailbox Project Connecting Residents to the...
Team Member Spotlight: Patricia Chamberlain 
Team Member Spotlight: Linda Hay
Le processus de demande de subventions d’espr...
Team Member Spotlight: Tracey Thurston
‘Sit when you want, with who you want, and di...
Introducing Parkland Ancaster: A 55+ Lifestyl...
Nursing Home Without Walls
Fière de célébrer l’avenir des soins de...
Subventions d’esprit communautaire R...
Celebration of Wreaths: A Festive Fundraiser 
Students Embark on a New Learning Journey
‘Stuff a Bus’ for Feed Nova Scoti...
London Hall Opens
Dons du personnel exceptionnel
Nursing Home Without Walls Paves the Way for ...
Mental Health Matters at Shannex
Black History Month
Black History Month Profile: Taiwo Babalola
Information Session
Shannex Crowned 2023 Carbon Hero
Celebration of Wreaths 
Raising the African Nova Scotian flag on Afri...
Black History Month Profile: Ola Oludimine
Black History Month Profile: Jovana Bailey
Black History Month Profile: Nicole Brooks
I Love You a Latte
Recreation Programmer Feature | Crystal MacNe...
Exploring Opportunities in Long Term Care
Beyond the Blizzard: Rylan’s 72-Hour Sh...
Foyers de soins sans mur: «On a réus­si à ai­...
Shannex to expand transitional care services
Meet Kiknu’s Site Manager, Terrance Bernard 
20 participating facilities offer the Nursing...

The December 2014 Issue of Connections in Now Available

décembre 9, 2014

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We’ve made a few changes over the past year in Connections; highlighting the individual and unique contributions employees, clients and volunteers at Shannex make in their respective communities. Each issue we do our best to spotlight employees and volunteers to get to know them on a more personal level. Check out page 7 to meet Sue Ritter, Manager of Compensation and Benefits.

The April Issue of Connections is Now Available

avril 10, 2015

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Happy Spring, after a long and extraordinary winter (and the fact that it’s April), I can only assume we are going to see evidence of better weather soon. A big thank you goes out to our employees who have shown up storm after storm and worked hard to keep our clients safe and secure. Click here to read more about the happenings around Shannex this past quarter.

Incident and Investigation at Parkstone Enhanced Care

septembre 20, 2015

HALIFAX, NS – We can confirm that an incident occurred in a secure dementia neighbourhood at our Parkstone Enhanced Care location. One resident pushed another, who fell. The resident passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2015, and police are investigating.

We want to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the resident who passed away. This incident is deeply upsetting to all of us here at Shannex, including our caring staff and other residents at Parkstone.

We are cooperating fully with police and the Department of Health and Wellness. An internal review has also been launched to understand all of the conditions in place at the time of the incident. Furthermore, we are in close contact with the families of the residents involved as well as our staff and the entire Parkstone community.

Our commitment to protecting the health and safety of our residents, employees, families, volunteers, and the general public has not wavered.

Due to the ongoing police investigation, we cannot provide any further detail nor provide any further comment regarding this incident at this time.

Media contact:
Heather Hanson
Director, Communications and Community Affairs
Shannex Incorporated
902-488-2892
hhanson@shannex.com

The October 2015 Issue of Connections is now available

octobre 1, 2015

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Summer and early fall certainly have been a busy time for Shannex this year. Take a look through this issue of Connections to get a glimpse into the fun and excitement over the past few months.

Shannex celebrates National Infection Control Week

octobre 12, 2015

From October 19 to 25, Shannex is joining health care providers from across the country by celebrating National Infection Control Week. This year’s theme, Think Global, Act Local reminds us that we live in a global community and that we must use a global lens as a focus in our preparation and management locally for effective infection prevention.
Infection Prevention and Control programs are widely recognized as being clinically effective in preventing and controlling the spread of infections in long term care settings. These programs help to protect clients and staff from infections before they occur.
One of the easiest and most effective ways of preventing the spread of influenza and other common viruses is through proper hand hygiene and vaccinations. During National Infection Control Week, Shannex is reminding employees, clients and visitors of proper hand hygiene procedures and encouraging everyone to get the flu vaccine.
Everyone can help prevent the spread of infection. Let’s all do our part to keep our community safe and healthy this season.
For more information:
IPAC Canada www.ipac-canada.org
Public Health Agency of Canada www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/influenza
 
MEDIA INQUIRIES
Heather Hanson
Director, Communications and Community Relations
902-466-8005
hhanson@shannex.com

Université de Moncton Develops Land through Innovative Partnership with Shannex

octobre 20, 2015

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The awarding of a new 60-bed nursing home contract announced today for the Moncton area has inspired an innovative partnership between the Université de Moncton and Shannex RLC Limited, a provider of long-term care in the province.
“This is an exciting project because it is more than just a new 60-bed nursing home. It is an example of innovation and partnership that is creating a senior-friendly community that fits our vision of healthy aging, where seniors are active and engaged and where the right services and supports are available to each individual throughout their respective journey,” said Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers.
The awarding of the contract prompted discussions between the Université de Moncton and Shannex, the result of which will be an innovative development between the two organizations. In 2010, the university had announced plans to develop a research and development campus. Shannex’s nursing home, along with a full retirement living community, will be the first development on this land. The partnership presents tremendous opportunities for the university and the Greater Moncton area.
“This agreement demonstrates that we are determined to become the economic partner of choice in order to optimize the use of our land while, at the same time, increasing our potential for research, development, innovation and job creation for students,” said Université de Moncton president and vice chancellor Raymond Théberge. “We are delighted to participate in the first-ever nursing home project on a New Brunswick university campus.”
Shannex has signed a long-term lease with the Université de Moncton that provides for access to approximately 4.9 hectares of land on the institution’s research and development campus. Economic spin-offs from the partnership will, for the large part, be allocated to research on the health of seniors.
“This innovative project will provide an opportunity to create bridges between generations, internships and jobs for health care students and research projects on aging,” added president Théberge.
The agreement with Shannex protects the French-language components of the infrastructure project. The lease contains language clauses regarding the academic partnership, the language of work, the name of the complex and priority rights in relation to the rental of the units. “The Université becomes a leader in the preservation of the language rights of the Acadian and Francophone population of New Brunswick,” concluded the president.
“We are pleased to have been selected to provide 60 new long-term care beds in Moncton,” says Jason Shannon, President and COO of Shannex. “We are also excited about working with the Université de Moncton on this project. Shannex will deliver and operate the entire development in French, including the nursing home. We have committed to our stakeholders and the university that this will be a francophone community.”
In addition to the 60-bed long-term care facility, Shannex will offer a full continuum of services that include the construction of a retirement living home, special care home and lifestyle apartments. Priority for housing units will be given to Université de Moncton retirees. The development represents, in the first phase, an investment of $50 million by Shannex and will create approximately 150 new jobs for New Brunswickers in a variety of sectors, including health care and hospitality services. The project will take approximately 24 months to complete.
 
Media Contacts:
Université de Moncton
Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing
servcomm@umoncton.ca
506-858-4129
 
Shannex Incorporated
Sophie Cormier-Lalonde
scormierlalonde@shannex.com
506-387-3161 (Office)
506-378-3689 (Mobile)
 
Government of New Brunswick
Johanne LeBlanc
Communications
Department of Social Development
506-453-3085

Parkland Executive Chef Competition Finals

décembre 16, 2015

Top Chef Winners
L-R; Natalie Arseneau (Parkland Truro) and Joan Horner (Caritas Residence)

On Wednesday, December 16 over 100 guests came to Kinross Hall at Parkland at the Lakes to attend the Parkland Executive Chef Competition Finals. Four of Parkland’s most talented chefs competed to win the title of Top Chef.
The competing chefs were Natalie Arseneau from Parkland Truro, Brad Bowden from Parkland at the Gardens, Darrell MacMullin from Parkland Clayton Park and Ian MacSween from Parkland at the Lakes – Phase 2. Each chef was able to select their own sous-chef from any Parkland location.
Celebrity judges for the event included Chef Ray Bear, an experienced freelance chef and culinary leader in Nova Scotia; Bill Spurr, food columnist for the Chronicle Herald; and Bill Karsten, Councillor for the Dartmouth South-Eastern Passage region. The judges were welcomed into the California-style kitchen to witness the talents of the four chefs who were required to make a full three course meal, all with mystery black box ingredients.
For the first dish, competitors had 30 minutes to create an appetizer from local ingredients: Nova Scotia high bush blueberries, Digby scallops, Fox Hill Gouda and Gaspereau Vineyards Tidal Bay. Guests, which included clients and staff from a number of Parkland locations, watched with anticipation and amazement at the chefs’ speed and efficiency as they whipped up their delectable appetizers. Each dish was tasted with a glass of wine supplied by representatives from Harvest Wines, who paired wines to complement each dish.
For the main course, competitors had 40 minutes to create an entrée using Summer Savory, New Brunswick cranberries, Nova Scotia pheasant, Bay of Fundy dulse and Boxing Rock English ale. By this point the judges began to fill up after sampling four appetizers and four mains, but there’s always room for dessert!
For the final round, competitors had 30 minutes to create a dish using Valley Cortland apples, Robertson’s chicken bones, Glen Breton ice-wine Scotch and Dairyland yogurt. As with every round, the desserts were diverse and delicious.
After dessert, Dana Scheifer announced the winner, Chef Natalie Arseneau as the Top Chef. For her winning effort, Natalie took home a trip for two to Toronto, to see the Toronto Maple Leafs play the New Jersey Devils. It was an afternoon of culinary expertise and a true testament to the talent in our Parkland kitchens.

Shannex Joins the Conversation

janvier 27, 2016

Shannex is proud to support organizations in our community that raise awareness and funds for mental health research and programs. Today, Canadians across the country are texting and tweeting about mental health to help break down barriers associated with mental illness.
Shannex is supporting Bell Let’s Talk Day by joining in the conversation. Across the organization today, managers are not only encouraging employees to get involved by texting, calling and using social media, they’re also having important conversations about mental health.
Wellness is important to us and we believe it positively impacts work and home environments. To support Shannex employees and their families, through whatever life throws their way, Shannex has an Employee and Family Assistance Program and everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the mental health services it provides.
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Polypharmacy and why it is so important

février 1, 2016

Polypharmacy can be defined as taking more medications than are considered medically necessary. Often, individuals are prescribed a medication for a condition and then continue to take it long after the original issue has been resolved.
Polypharmacy is particularly important as people age and become frail. Seniors tend to have more health issues and have a decreased ability to process medications. Taking multiple medications at the same time can lead to increased side effects, drug interactions and adverse complications.
There have been limited studies conducted on the effect of medications in the frail elderly. This gap was identified and a group of clinical experts in Nova Scotia who, with the support of the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Department of Health and Wellness, have conducted research and developed a Polypharmacy toolkit which includes four sets of guidelines specifically for this fragile group of people.
Guidelines for 1) Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), 2) Lipids/Statins (Cholesterol Lowering), 3) Diabetes and 4) Bacteriuria (Urinary Tract Infections) have been developed and every frail elderly client living in a Shannex nursing home will have a medication review using the resources available in the Polypharmacy toolkit.
Medication reviews are the ideal time for the team to critically analyze the client’s medications and explore opportunities to reduce or eliminate meds. Reviews are conducted regularly for all clients.
For retirement living clients, discuss your medications with your physician and pharmacist to determine if any of the Polypharmacy guidelines apply to you.

National Volunteer Week

avril 14, 2016

In honour of National Volunteer Week, we want to acknowledge two of our many outstanding volunteers who help our clients live their best life.
Tim Lowery and Paul Donovan are lifelong friends who volunteer at Parkland in the Valley in Quispamsis, New Brunswick.
The dynamic duo can be found each weekday morning in the Jubilee Hall Café where they serve warm drinks and sweet treats while chatting with the clients. The coffee social with Tim and Paul is one of the most popular activities on campus.
“They would do anything for the clients” says Wellness Coach, Alison Newton. “They definitely go above and beyond and we can always count on them. They are real angels!”
Paul says this past year has been the best year of his life. “I’ve always enjoyed working with seniors and volunteering gets me out of the house. I’ve met all sorts of interesting people and sharing this experience with my friend Tim is absolutely great!”
On behalf of all of us at Shannex, thank you Tim and Paul for being such an important part of our family.
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Celebrating NAOSH Week at Shannex

mai 1, 2016

May 1-7, 2016
Halifax-This week, we are celebrating North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH). NAOSH Week is an annual event that concentrates on preventing injury and illness by promoting and celebrating safety in the workplace.
Every day we are guided by our strategic direction dedicated to Staying Safe and Being Well and safety is central to all of our decisions. This is why we continue to celebrate and actively engage in important initiatives like NAOSH Week; it promotes our safety culture and complements the work our Joint Occupational Health & Safety committees do throughout the year.
This week, Shannex employees are encouraged to participate in the many safety related events and activities hosted by your NAOSH planning committee.   All of these creative and engaging activities have been created to further promote safety and encourage everyone to “Make Safety a Habit”.
We wish you a happy and Safe NAOSH week!

Celebrating Client Services Week

mai 10, 2016

May 9, 2016– From May 9-14, Shannex is celebrating Client Services Week. It’s the perfect opportunity to recognize and thank our great people for going above and beyond every day.
Coinciding with National Nursing Week, Shannex recognizes the contributions of every employee play an important role in putting clients first. Across the organization, a series of special events and activities have been planned to mark this special week.
It also provides a unique opportunity to remind our employees that their wellness, both and work and at home, is important. Taking care of oneself is an important part of taking care of others. The Shannex Employee and Family Assistance Program is available to provide professional assistance to help manage all of life’s complexities.
To all the members of our client services team, thank you for your ongoing commitment to putting clients first.
Happy Client Services Week!
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Grand Opening of Regent Hall

mai 27, 2016

March 27, 2016 (Fredericton) – Yesterday, Shannex Incorporated held the grand opening of Regent Hall, the newest addition to the Parkland Fredericton campus. Open since April 1st, Regent Hall is a 50 unit independent retirement living residence. Parkland Fredericton also offers a second independent retirement living residence, an assisted living residence and two nursing homes.
Parkland Retirement Living is all about living your best life with none of the responsibilities of home ownership. Shannex, Atlantic Canada’s leader in retirement living, has been providing care to clients for more than 25 years. Parkland Fredericton is one of 12 retirement living campuses that Shannex currently operates in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario.
Regent Hall
Participating in the official ribbon cutting ceremony are: Jason Shannon, President and COO of Shannex, Mr. and Mrs. Martin, first clients of Regent Hall, Pam Bowen, Parkland Fredericton General Manager, Henri Mallet, Fredericton City Councillor and Carole Morey, Regional Director of Operations.

Shannex and Sisters of Saint Martha work on a solution together

juillet 12, 2016

L-R; Randy Delorey, Minister of Finance; Leo Glavine, Minister of Health and Wellness; Sister Brendalee Boisvert; Joseph Shannon and Jason Shannon

Halifax, NS – After a lengthy and thorough process for the Sisters of Saint Martha, Shannex is happy to be providing a permanent solution for their congregation currently living in long term care in Bethany House.
“We understood the challenges the Sisters of Saint Martha were facing with a building that was not up to code and one that their frail population could not manage,” said Jason Shannon, President and COO of Shannex. “So we approached them with our campus model and after many thoughtful discussions, we are happy to be working on this project together.”
The Sisters of Saint Martha currently hold the licenses for 25 long term care beds occupied by members of their congregation. The new construction solves a safety problem, namely the risk of their nursing home beds residing in a building that does not have a sprinkler system. There are also a number of sisters requiring assisted living.
Construction will begin on a residence that includes 25 licensed long term care beds, 19 assisted living and 25 independent suites. If all goes well, the Sisters could be moving in to their new home in February, 2018.
“We are comforted to be entering into a partnership agreement with Shannex”, said, Congregational Leader, Sister Brendalee Boisvert. “We see this arrangement as unique as Shannex can offer multiple levels of care in one campus, allowing our congregation to stay together. They also have a successful history of community partnerships just like this one.”
An organization with 28 years’ experience, Shannex’s signature campus model is a well-established, proven concept which offers a full continuum of care and service. Shannex has similar partnerships with the Sisters of Notre Dame in Sydney, the Sisters of Charity in Halifax and Les Filles de Jesus in Riverview, NB.

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For Media Inquiries:
Heather Hanson
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Brand
902.488.2892 (cell)
hhanson@shannex.com
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Shannex Celebrates Pride in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

juillet 14, 2016

Social Media ImageJuly 14, 2016 (Halifax) – At Shannex, we are proud of the diverse community, people and friends that make our homes so special.  Pride provides an opportunity for us to celebrate the differences that make each of us unique.
There are lots of Pride events and activities planned in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick throughout the summer. Our Shannex and Parkland locations are getting involved by hosting diversity and Pride themed events as well.
Today, Neville Mackay of My Mother’s Bloomers raised the pride flag at Parkland on the Gardens and participated in a floral presentation and Strawberry Social to mark the beginning of Pride Week celebrations in Halifax.
If you’re taking part in a Pride event at any of our locations this summer, don’t forget to take some photos and share them on social media. On Twitter, you can tweet @ShannexInc and use #ShannexPRIDE and on Facebook, you can tag Shannex Parkland Retirement Living.
Shannex’s Respectful Workplace program is squarely set in recognizing and embracing the differences between us so we can build a harmonious community.
Happy Pride Week everyone!

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For Media Inquiries:
Heather Hanson
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Brand
902.488.2892 (cell)
hhanson@shannex.com
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Shannex celebrates Continuing Care Month

septembre 1, 2016

October is Continuing Care Month in Nova Scotia. The theme of the campaign, “Continuing Care: Your Home, Our Passion” reflects the aim of continuing care services to help people live well in the place they call home and also reinforces the commitment and compassion of the many people who have chosen this caring field of employment in long term care.
At Shannex, we are fortunate to have so many great people – dedicated and compassionate staff members who are committed to helping our clients live their best life. Continuing Care Month is yet another opportunity to recognize the vital role they play in the lives of our clients each and every day.
Continuing care services, including those offered by Shannex, promote health, well-being and independence and support families in caring for their loved ones.
To all our long term care employees in Nova Scotia – thank you for your continued dedication. Your hard work improves the lives of others and we want you to know that your contributions do not go unnoticed.
For more information about Continuing Care Month, please visit www.continuingcaremonth.ca

Volunteer Opportunity

septembre 8, 2016

The deadline for applications for the Client and Family Advisory Committee has now passed. We thank everyone who expressed interest in joining the Committee and will be in contact very soon to update them on the process. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine VanBuskirk, Director of Communications and Community Relations at kvanbuskirk@shannex.com or by calling 902-406-8297.
Shannex is committed to understanding the client’s needs in order to continuously improve the quality of care and services provided. As part of this commitment, a call for applications has been issued seeking clients and family members who would like to be part of a team including clients, family and employees, who have ongoing meaningful influence over the quality of care and service being delivered at Shannex.
The Committee could be consulted on a variety of initiatives and may be asked to:

  • Review and provide input on client-centered policies and practices
  • Provide advice to improve service excellence initiatives
  • Provide suggestions on engagement opportunities for clients and families
  • Review marketing and promotional materials
  • Give feedback on products and services
  • Help evolve client and family engagement throughout the organization

 Individuals should meet the following criteria:

  • A client who is currently living in a Shannex nursing home or Parkland Retirement Living community; or
  • A family member of a client
  • Can look at issues from multiple perspectives
  • Will be forthcoming and share their thoughts and opinions
  • Will be respectful of the environment and of others at all times
  • Are interested in making a positive contribution to life at Shannex
  • Are interested in helping us achieve our vision of Leading the Way to Better Living

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The deadline for applications for the Client and Family Advisory Committee has now passed. We thank everyone who expressed interest in joining the Committee and will be in contact very soon to update them on the process. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine VanBuskirk, Director of Communications and Community Relations at kvanbuskirk@shannex.com or by calling 902-406-8297.
Shannex is committed to understanding the client’s needs in order to continuously improve the quality of care and services provided. As part of this commitment, a call for applications has been issued seeking clients and family members who would like to be part of a team including clients, family and employees, who have ongoing meaningful influence over the quality of care and service being delivered at Shannex.
The Committee could be consulted on a variety of initiatives and may be asked to:

  • Review and provide input on client-centered policies and practices
  • Provide advice to improve service excellence initiatives
  • Provide suggestions on engagement opportunities for clients and families
  • Review marketing and promotional materials
  • Give feedback on products and services
  • Help evolve client and family engagement throughout the organization

 Individuals should meet the following criteria:

  • A client who is currently living in a Shannex nursing home or Parkland Retirement Living community; or
  • A family member of a client
  • Can look at issues from multiple perspectives
  • Will be forthcoming and share their thoughts and opinions
  • Will be respectful of the environment and of others at all times
  • Are interested in making a positive contribution to life at Shannex
  • Are interested in helping us achieve our vision of Leading the Way to Better Living

 

The October 2016 issue of Connections is Now Available[:fr]L’édition de octobre 2016 du magazine Connections est maintenant disponible

octobre 5, 2016

This issue of Connections celebrates the ways we nourish our soul. On the cover and in the centrefold, you’ll find photos and stories about our commitment to locally grown produce, our strong relationships with local farms and suppliers, and how we work hard to continuously improve the dining experience at Parkland Retirement Living and our Shannex nursing homes.
You’ll find stories about clients and employees coming together during Pride Week to celebrate our beautiful differences. And the Summer in Snapshots feature is filled to the brim with smiling faces at events and activities throughout the summer months.
In this issue, we also share some inspiring stories about clients who are truly living their best lives every single day. we hope you take some time to feed your own soul by enjoying some of the stories in this issue.
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Celebrating National Infection Control Week

octobre 17, 2016

Every year, during the third week of October, Shannex joins health care providers from across the country by recognizing National Infection Control Week.
Infection Prevention and Control programs are widely recognized as being both clinically and cost effective in preventing and controlling the spread of infections in health care settings. These programs help to protect clients and staff from infections before they occur.
One of the easiest and most effective ways of preventing the spread of influenza and other common viruses is through proper hand hygiene and vaccinations. National Infection Control Week is the perfect opportunity for Shannex to remind its employees, clients and visitors of proper hand hygiene procedures and to encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine.
Everyone can help prevent the spread of infection. Let’s all do our part to keep our community safe and healthy this season.
For more information:
IPAC Canada www.ipac-canada.org
Public Health Agency of Canada www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/influenza
MEDIA INQUIRIES
Katherine VanBuskirk
Director, Communications and Community Relations
902-406-8297
kvanbuskirk@shannex.com

Client and Family Advisory Committee Established

novembre 19, 2016

Following a call for applications during the month of September, a Client and Family Advisory Committee for Shannex and Parkland Retirement Living communities has been established and met for the first time at a welcome reception on November 19.
We are grateful for the significant number of qualified and engaged individuals who put their names forward to be part of this group. The chosen committee has client and family representation from Shannex nursing homes and Parkland Retirement Living locations in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Because of the impressive response, in addition to the core group, an online client and family forum has also been created and we have invited all other applicants to participate so they can also have the opportunity to contribute to the quality of care and service delivered at Shannex.
The groups will be consulted on a variety of initiatives including:

  • Client-centered policies and practices
  • Service excellence initiatives
  • Client and family engagement opportunities
  • Marketing and promotional materials
  • Products and services

We are also pleased to announce that we now have a Client and Family Liaison for the organization. Katherine VanBuskirk, Director of Communications and Community Affairs is available to speak with any client or family member to answer questions, address concerns and connect clients and families with support related to any aspect of care or service. She can be reached at 902-406-8297 or kvanbuskirk@shannex.com.
We look forward to meaningfully engaging with the committee to continuously improve the quality of care and service being delivered at Shannex, and we are committed to all clients and families so that processes are informed, trusted and of the highest standard.

Shannex Supports Bell Let’s Talk Day

janvier 25, 2017

Today, Shannex employees will join Canadians from across the country in a conversation about mental health in support of Bell Let’s Talk Day.
We are proud to support organizations in our community that raise awareness and funds for mental health research and programs, and are encouraging all employees to get involved by texting, calling and using social media to raise funds for mental health related initiatives.
Managers are also taking the opportunity on Bell Let’s Talk Day to have important conversations about mental health and the services and benefits available to employees and their family members.
Wellness is important to all of us at Shannex. We believe it positively contributes to work and home environments. To support Shannex employees and their families, Shannex has an Employee and Family Assistance Program and everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the mental health services it provides.
Please take the time to join the conversation about mental health. #BellLetsTalk

Employee Appreciation Day

mars 3, 2017

Today is National Employee Appreciation day which provides a wonderful opportunity to highlight and thank Shannex employees.  Every day, Shannex employees go above and beyond to bring a smile to our clients’ faces and to make a difference in someone’s life.
Today, we recognize our Great People and thank them for the extraordinary work they do.

The April 2017 Issue of Connections is Now Available!

avril 4, 2017

This issue of Connections features vibrant and exciting stories from the winter months. Clients, families and employees warmed our hearts during the last few cold months and kept themselves more than busy with countless activities and events.
You’ll find stories of clients and staff like Mona and Jana from Parkland at the Lakes. We also highlight some of the wonderful music therapy initiatives taking place in many of our Shannex and Parkland sites.
Every article reflects the vibrancy of each of our communities, and we hope you take some time in the coming weeks to read through the issue.
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Shannex Pathway to Success Bursary program with NSCC

avril 24, 2017

A partnership between Shannex Incorporated and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) will give students entering the Continuing Care program a helping hand.
The Shannex Pathway to Success Bursary program will provide significant support to eligible students in the Continuing Care program at NSCC ─ $300,000 in total over three years. Approximately 50 students per year will each receive $2,000 toward tuition and related costs.
“We are excited to embark on this innovative partnership with Nova Scotia Community College. Along with financial aid, we will guarantee employment for recipients once they successfully graduate,” says Jason Shannon, President & Chief Operating Officer, Shannex Incorporated.
“Assisting and engaging committed students will help us to address a skills shortage in this demanding field. Our clients will benefit from the work of these talented graduates, who will have secured access to the fulfilling careers they are seeking.”
The three-year pilot program was announced today at NSCC’s Waterfront Campus, one of six participating campuses across the province. Graduates will be eligible for jobs at Shannex facilities in the Annapolis Valley, Bridgewater, Amherst, Sydney, Colchester and metro Halifax.
The Shannex Pathway to Success Bursary program will see its first student beneficiaries start the one-year Continuing Care program in September 2017. Participants will also complete their student work term with the company, which provides seniors’ accommodation, service and care in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario.
Interested students can learn more about requirements and how to apply for this sponsorship program here. Approximately 70 current Continuing Care students are on work placements at Shannex facilities province-wide, honing the skills they’ve been learning in their NSCC classrooms and labs and preparing for careers as Continuing Care Assistants. CCAs assist clients with a range of needs, including hygiene, restorative care, cleaning and laundry, in collaboration with a health-care team.

Shannex announces a new bursary program for NSCC students in the CCA program.
Caroline Campbell, Vice President of Human Resources -Shannex, Kelley Hiltz-Cameron, Director of Employee Development, Safety and Wellness – Shannex, Marlene MacLellan, Dean, School of Health & Human Services, Jason Shannon, President and COO – Shannex, Grace Cummings, CCA – Shannex and Don Buraeux, President- NSCC gather at the announcement of this new bursary program.

National Volunteer Week

avril 28, 2017

Volunteers play a huge role in the Shannex community. Their dedication and passion contribute to our clients being able to live their best life.
In honour of National Volunteer Week, we want to acknowledge the many outstanding volunteers who help our clients live their best life.
Your dedication and passion are vital in building strong communities. You are a valued member of the Shannex family.
Thank you for all that you do and we look forward to another spectacular year!
To learn more about some of our wonderful volunteers, please visit our Facebook page where we highlighted a different volunteer each day and shared some of the wonderful programs and activities they are bringing to our clients and staff.
For more information on volunteering with Shannex, please click here. 

Celebrating NAOSH Week at Shannex

mai 8, 2017

This week, we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. NAOSH Week is an annual event that concentrates on preventing injury and illness by promoting and celebrating safety in the workplace.
Every day we are guided by our strategic direction dedicated to Staying Safe and Being Well and safety is central to all of our decisions. This is why we continue to celebrate and actively engage in important initiatives like NAOSH Week; it promotes our safety culture and complements the work our Joint Occupational Health & Safety committees do throughout the year.
This week, Shannex employees are encouraged to participate in the many safety related events and activities hosted by your NAOSH planning committee.   All of these creative and engaging activities have been created to further promote safety and encourage everyone to “Make Safety a Habit”.
We wish you a happy and Safe NAOSH week!

Happy Client Services Week!

mai 9, 2017

From May 8-14, Shannex is celebrating Client Services Week. It’s the perfect opportunity to recognize and thank our Great People for going above and beyond every day.
Coinciding with National Nursing Week, Shannex recognizes the contributions of every employee. You all play an important role in putting clients first. Across the organization, a series of special events and activities have been planned to mark this special week.
It also provides a unique opportunity to remind our employees that their wellness, both and work and at home, is important. Taking care of oneself is an important part of taking care of others. The Shannex Employee and Family Assistance Program is available to provide professional assistance to help manage all of life’s complexities.
To all Shannex employees, thank you for your ongoing commitment to putting clients first.
Happy Client Services Week!
 

Shannex Pathway to Success Bursary Program – Now accepting applications!

juin 1, 2017

The Shannex Pathway to Success Bursary program will provide significant support to eligible students in the Continuing Care program at NSCC ─ $300,000 in total over three years. Approximately 50 students per year will each receive $2,000 toward tuition and related costs.
Along with financial aid, we will guarantee employment for recipients once they successfully graduate, and in return they will commit to a minimum one year of service.
Shannex employees are eligible for this program. Applications are being accepted until July 4, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
For the full details on eligibility and directions on how to apply, please click here.

Shannex celebrates Canada 150

juin 12, 2017

Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and we are showing our national pride by getting involved in the festivities.
We know clients, families and employees have so much to contribute to the conversation about Canada’s past 150 years, so we are helping them share their favourite memory in Canadian history.
Watch for featured memories on our Facebook and Twitter feeds and in our next issues of Connections.
We will also be sharing some of the exciting event planned at many of our Shannex and Parkland communities.

The July 2017 Issue of Connections is Now Available!

juillet 7, 2017

The July issue of Connections is now available! This issue is full over beautiful photos and heartwarming stories about the Great People of Shannex. Clients, families and employees have been very busy over the spring being social, trying new things and celebrating each other.
You’ll find stories about clients like Dorothy Archibald who, at 88 years-old, checked flying a plane off of her bucket list. We also highlight some of the amazing community partners we work with such as; Alzheimer’s Society in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the WAY Association, the Membertou Heritage Park and the Nova Scotia Community College!
Each article is unique and special in its own way and we hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
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Report to Community – April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017

août 4, 2017

The 2016-2017 Report to Community highlights the continued growth and improvements we’ve made in year four of our Corporate Strategic Plan, and tells the stories of Great Big Ideas that have made a positive and lasting impact on the organization and community.
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Shannex New Brunswick celebrates opening of newest retirement living community and nursing home

août 30, 2017

*Please note: the French version of the release can be found below.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 (Moncton) – Today, Shannex New Brunswick celebrated the completion of its newest retirement living community, le Faubourg du Mascaret, which includes a new 60-bed licenced nursing home, le Pavillon Richard.
Located on l’Université de Moncton’s research and development campus on Morton Avenue, Faubourg du Mascaret, is Shannex New Brunswick’s first French-language retirement living campus, and home to the Collaborative Learning Centre on Aging (CLCA), a partnership with l’Université de Moncton. The CLCA will feature an inter-professional learning environment for health professions, research opportunities, internships and jobs for students in the province.
“The development of Faubourg du Mascaret was really about responding to a need,” said Jason Shannon, President and COO of Shannex. “We saw an opportunity to create a truly innovative retirement living community, and in partnership with l’Université de Moncton, we expanded this idea to include an academic nursing home. The result is a unique campus model that provides a continuum of care options for clients today, along with opportunities for health care professionals to receive hands-on experience and conduct research on long term care to support the community well into the future.”
Pavillon LeBlanc, the independent retirement living building, welcomed its first clients on August 1, and employees are working closely with the Department of Social Development, the Georges L. Dumont University Hospital Centre, the Moncton Hospital and families in preparation for nursing home clients to begin moving into Pavillon Richard on September 5, 2017.
“New Brunswick’s first academic nursing home is both an opportunity for us to collaborate and for our students to learn more about health care by actually being in the field,” said the Université de Moncton’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Raymond Théberge. “In addition to promoting intergenerational relationships, the Faubourg will provide internship and employment opportunities for our students in the health sciences.”
The Collaborative Learning Centre on Aging is Shannex’s second academic nursing home. The Maplestone Collaborative Learning Centre in Halifax is a partnership with Dalhousie University. Created in 2010, it is a collaboration among health professionals, researchers, educators, learners, clients and their families, and seeks to enhance the preparation of new health professionals for collaborative practice in long term care and to identify and address current issues in long term care policy and practice.
In addition to the nursing home, features of the campus include beautiful living suites, restaurant-style dining, a wellness spa, gym, movie theatre, bowling alley and landscaped outdoor spaces. Clients enjoy weekly linen service and housekeeping, transportation service as well as access to Faubourg’s exclusive Harmony Program (a healthy aging program focused on wellness).
When fully occupied, Faubourg du Mascaret will employ 150 people who will become part of the team of approximately 1,000 dedicated and professional employees currently working at Shannex facilities throughout the province.
 
Shannex Nouveau-Brunswick célèbre l’ouverture de son nouveau complexe de retraite et foyer de soins
 Mercredi 30 août 2017 (Moncton) – Aujourd’hui, Shannex Nouveau-Brunswick célèbre l’ouverture de son tout nouveau complexe de retraite, le Faubourg du Mascaret, dont les services comprennent un nouveau foyer de soins agréé de 60 lits, le Pavillon Richard.
Situé sur le campus de recherche et de développement de l’Université de Moncton, sur l’avenue Morton, le Faubourg du Mascaret est le tout premier complexe de retraite de langue française de Shannex Nouveau-Brunswick, et héberge aussi le Centre collaboratif d’apprentissage sur le vieillissement (CCAV), un partenariat avec l’Université de Moncton. Le CCAV offrira un milieu d’apprentissage interprofessionnel pour les professions de santé et des possibilités de recherche, ainsi qu’un lieu de stages et d’emplois pour les étudiants du Nouveau-Brunswick.
« La création du Faubourg du Mascaret était surtout motivée par le désir de combler un besoin, » a dit Jason Shannon, président et directeur de l’exploitation de Shannex. « Nous avons saisi l’occasion de créer un complexe de retraite véritablement novateur et, en partenariat avec l’Université de Moncton, nous avons élargi le concept afin d’inclure un foyer de soins universitaire. Il en résulte un modèle de complexe unique qui fournit aux clients une gamme complète de soins et qui permet aux professionnels de santé d’acquérir des expériences pratiques, de mener des recherches sur les soins de longue durée et de soutenir la collectivité, et ce, aujourd’hui comme demain. »
Le Pavillon LeBlanc, l’édifice pour personnes retraitées autonomes, a accueilli ses premiers clients le 1er août. Le personnel travaille maintenant en étroite collaboration avec le ministère du Développement social, le Centre hospitalier universitaire Dr-Georges-L.-Dumont, l’Hôpital de Moncton et les familles afin de préparer l’accueil des clients dans le nouveau foyer de soins, le Pavillon Richard, dès le 5 septembre 2017.
« Ce tout premier foyer de soins universitaire au Nouveau-Brunswick est pour nous une occasion de partage et une occasion en or pour nos étudiantes et étudiants d’en apprendre davantage sur les soins de santé en étant physiquement sur le terrain », mentionne le recteur et vice-chancelier de l’Université de Moncton, Raymond Théberge. « En plus de favoriser les relations intergénérationnelles, le Faubourg offrira des opportunités de stages et de travail pour nos étudiantes et étudiants du domaine des sciences de la santé. »
Le Centre collaboratif d’apprentissage sur le vieillissement est le deuxième en son genre dans un foyer de soins de Shannex. Le Centre collaboratif d’apprentissage Maplestone, à Halifax, est un partenariat avec l’Université Dalhousie. Créé en 2010, ce centre, qui rassemble les professionnels de santé, les chercheurs, les apprenants, les clients et leurs familles, vise à enrichir la formation des professionnels de santé en début de carrière en matière de pratique collaborative et à définir et à aborder les enjeux actuels dans le domaine des politiques et de la pratique des soins de longue durée.
En plus du foyer de soins, le complexe offre de superbes appartements, un service de repas style restaurant, un spa et centre de mieux-être, un centre de conditionnement physique, une salle de cinéma, une piste de quilles et des espaces extérieurs aménagés. Les clients du Faubourg bénéficient de services hebdomadaires de literie et de ménage, de services de transport et du programme Harmonie exclusif, un programme « vieillir en santé » axé sur le mieux-être.
Lorsque le Faubourg du Mascaret sera occupé à 100 %, il aura un effectif de 150 personnes qui s’ajouteront à une équipe d’environ 1000 personnes aussi professionnelles que dévouées travaillant actuellement dans les établissements Shannex au Nouveau-Brunswick.

Shannex celebrates Continuing Care Month

septembre 1, 2017

September is Continuing Care Month in Nova Scotia. Shannex wants to take this opportunity to thank all of the incredible staff members and volunteers who contribute so much to our communities and help clients live their best life.
This is the 14th Annual Health Association Nova Scotia sponsored Continuing Care Month campaign.   The theme, Continuing Care:  Your Home, Our Passion, reflects the aim of continuing care services to help people to live well in the place they can call home.  It also reinforces the commitment and compassion of the many people who have chosen this caring field of employment.
Continuing care services, including those offered by Shannex, promote health, well-being and independence and support families in caring for their loved ones.
To all of our long-term care employees – thank you for your continued dedication, passion and enthusiasm. Your hard work improves the lives of others each and every day and we want you to know that your actions do not go unnoticed.
For more information about Continuing Care Month, please visit www.continuingcaremonth.ca
 

The October 2017 Issue of Connections is Now Available!

octobre 13, 2017

The October issue of Connections is now available! This issue is filled with amazing things happening at sites all across our organization.
Read about the opening of our newest campus, Faubourg du Mascaret in Moncton, new construction projects in Miramichi and Etobicoke, Ontario, an update on Parkland Antigonish an some great renovations at Parkland Clayton Park.
You’ll also read heartwarming stories from clients, families, and employees, including two of our clients tying the knot, a young philanthropist and favourite moments in Canadian history
Happy reading!
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Celebrating National Infection Control Week

octobre 16, 2017

HALIFAX – This week, Shannex is recognizing National Infection Control Week, along with health care providers from across the country,
Created 29 years ago, National Infection Control Week highlights infection control efforts in Canadian hospitals, long-term care facilities and in the community. It is an opportunity for infection control professionals to educate staff and the community about the importance of infection prevention and to promote the important work that is being done by infection control professionals.
Infection Prevention and Control programs are widely recognized as being both clinically and cost effective in preventing and controlling the spread of infections in health care settings. These programs help protect clients and staff from infections before they occur.
At Shannex, we think National Infection Control Week is a perfect opportunity to remind our employees, clients and visitors of proper hand hygiene procedures and to encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine. Proper hand hygiene and vaccinations are two of the easiest and most effective ways of preventing the spread of influenza and other common viruses.
Keeping with this year’s theme “Infection Prevention and Control – It’s a Team Thing!” we know that with everyone’s help, we can keep our communities safe and healthy this season.
For more information:
IPAC Canada www.ipac-canada.org
Public Health Agency of Canada www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/influenza
MEDIA INQUIRIES
Katherine VanBuskirk
Director, Communications and Community Relations
902-406-8297
kvanbuskirk@shannex.com

The December 2017 Issue of Connections is now available!

décembre 13, 2017

The December issue of Connections is now available! With the holiday season fast approaching, this issue is filled with many examples of the spirit of giving.
Learn more about our partnership with the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia and their Festival of Trees Luncheon, read a beautiful poem of gratitude shared by Sister Rose Mary Mombourquette, and enjoy a personal story, shared by client Dorothy Grant, about a gift of kindness she received years ago.
You’ll also read heartwarming stories about clients, families, and employees giving back to their community partners and enjoying special activities.
Happy holidays!
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Shannex Supports Bell Let’s Talk Day

janvier 31, 2018

Halifax— Today, Shannex employees will join Canadians from across the country in a conversation about mental health in support of Bell Let’s Talk Day.
We are proud to support organizations in our community that raise awareness and funds for mental health research and programs, and are encouraging all employees to get involved by texting, calling and using social media to raise funds for mental health related initiatives.
Managers are also taking the opportunity on Bell Let’s Talk Day to have important conversations about mental health and the services and benefits available to employees and their family members.
Wellness is important to all of us at Shannex. We believe it positively contributes to work and home environments. To support Shannex employees and their families, Shannex has an Employee and Family Assistance Program and everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the mental health services it provides.
Please take the time to join the conversation about mental health. #BellLetsTalk

Sisters of St. Martha and Shannex celebrate opening of new residence

mars 19, 2018

Monday March 19, 2018 (Nova Scotia) – Today, the Sisters of St. Martha and Shannex celebrated the grand opening of Parkland Antigonish. The Sisters moved into Mary’s Court, the nursing home, and Martha Place, the retirement living floors, on March 1, 2018 from Bethany Motherhouse, which had been their home for more than 95 years.
“The day we moved from Bethany Motherhouse was emotional for all of us,” said Congregation Leader Sister Brendalee Boisvert.” “The decision to move was a hard one, but our new home is safe and well-suited for us to continue our way of life and service in the community.”
“We have been honoured to be part of this journey with the Sisters of St. Martha,” said Jason Shannon, President and COO of Shannex. “This is something the Congregation has been working on for many years, and it has been our pleasure to help make their dream a reality.”
Parkland Antigonish is the first retirement living building in the province to incorporate three levels of care under one roof. Mary’s Court includes 25 licensed long term care beds, while Martha Place offers 19 assisted living and 42 independent suites, including 18 suites designated to be offered to members of the community.
“I’d like to congratulate the Sisters of St. Martha and Shannex on their unique collaboration which has resulted in the opening of the new Parkland Antigonish,” says Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey, MLA for Antigonish. “For over 100 years, the Sisters have done tremendous work for the Antigonish area and this new home is yet another example of their good work. Their partnership with Shannex has resulted in not just a new, safe home for themselves, but for the community as well.”
The new building also features a chapel that incorporates original stained glass windows from Bethany Chapel and a gallery space where the Congregation can display special and significant elements of their history. Other amenities offered at Parkland Antigonish include tableside dining service, wellness studio, multipurpose room, games room, and a sewing room. More information about Parkland Antigonish can be found by visiting ParklandRetirementLiving.com.
Shannex Incorporated has been in business since 1988 and is a leader in seniors’ accommodation, service and care, providing home care, retirement living, assisted living, memory care and nursing home care in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario.

Shannex donates $100,000 to establish nursing scholarships at the University of New Brunswick

avril 17, 2018

Photo (L – R) Eddy Campbell, UNB President and Vice-Chancellor; Jayden Wormell and Amanda McCutcheon, Parkland Saint John Registered Nurses and UNB grads; Jason Shannon, Shannex President and Chief Operating Officer

SAINT JOHN – Thanks to the support of Shannex, University of New Brunswick nursing students showing promise in the area of gerontological nursing will be eligible for three Shannex New Brunswick Scholarships beginning in September.
The Shannex New Brunswick Scholarships were announced today at a news conference at Parkland Saint John hosted by Jason Shannon, president and chief operating officer of Shannex, Eddy Campbell, president of the University of New Brunswick, and David Ganong, co-chair of UNB’s It Begins Here campaign.
The scholarships, each valued at $3,750 a year, will be awarded to nursing students at each of UNB’s three New Brunswick sites – Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton. Selection will be based on academic achievement and recipients will demonstrate excellence in the practice of gerontological nursing.
“Many of Shannex’s skilled nurses graduated from UNB,” says Mr. Shannon. “They are now part of our team of great people who provide exceptional care and service to residents every day in leadership roles throughout our organization. Our hope is that these scholarships will give talented student nurses the support they need to join our region’s next generation of skilled health care professionals, and we sincerely hope they consider joining the Shannex team in the future.”
Cathy O’Brien-Larivee, chair of the department of nursing and health sciences at UNB’s Saint John campus, says that these scholarships will provide significant assistance to hard-working students who are actively pursuing an interest in the care of the elderly in our region.
“The senior population is increasing in our province, as it is all over Canada, and we need to prepare and encourage more students to pursue areas of practice where they can work with the aging population once they graduate,” says Ms. O’Brien-Larivee. “The Shannex New Brunswick Scholarships will reward ambitious students who have expressed an interest in pursuing elder care as a career.”
These new scholarships will help reduce the cost of tuition for nursing students, relieving financial uncertainty and allowing them to focus on their studies. They will also provide affirmation that each recipient’s hard work and dedication to the profession of nursing is valued.
Student support is a significant part of UNB’s $110-million fundraising campaign, It Begins Here. Fully one-half of the campaign goal – $55 million – is dedicated to student financial support, funding scholarships, bursaries and programs to expand accessibility.
“We are grateful for donors like Shannex that have stepped forward to support this campaign,” says Dr. Campbell. “Our nursing students graduate into one of the most demanding professions in our health-care system and partners like Shannex are giving them motivation to succeed. Together, we can prepare them to be leading health-care professionals within our community.”
About Shannex Incorporated
Shannex Incorporated has been in business since 1988 and is a leader in seniors’ accommodation, service and care – providing home care, retirement living, assisted living, memory care and nursing-home care in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario.
Media contact:
Sophie Cormier
Senior Communications Advisor
Shannex Inc.
(506) 387-3161 (direct)
(506) 378-3689 (mobile)
scormier@shannex.com

Special Edition of Connections Now Available! Celebrating 30 Great Years

mai 11, 2018

We are very proud to present this very special edition of Connections to commemorate our 30th anniversary.
This edition features milestones and stories from the past 30 Great Years.
A sincere thank you to everyone who shared their stories and memories with us. This edition would not have been possible without their help.
We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed creating it.
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Letter To Our Valued Community

mai 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

There is nothing we value more than the health, wellbeing and quality care of the residents living in our homes. 
Over the past 30 years, thousands of residents have made their home in a Shannex community. Often, they face complex and evolving conditions which can be challenging. Two of our organizational values are Being Accountable and Always Improving Quality. When a situation arises, we ask questions, review practices and seek opportunities to improve. We will always work hard to do better each and every day.  
Recent reports from family members concerned about care are matters we take very seriously; our culture is one that always strives to learn from experience so that we can do better.
As a result, we have launched a Quality Improvement Plan in wound prevention and management which includes a number of activities that focus on supporting our staff and improving communication with residents and families. Many of these activities are already underway and are enhancements to the work our interdisciplinary teams focus on every day. They include:

Intensive monitoring. Daily and weekly interdisciplinary reporting and monitoring of all complex wounds and associated care plans at the home and corporate levels. 

Communication with residents and families. Strong communication with residents and families about their care planning is always of the utmost importance to us. We will conduct a review of our communication practices to ensure we provide easier access to information, more frequent updates and open discussion about care planning related to all matters, including wound care and management.  

Investing in our employees. Relying on the input of external and internal clinical leaders, we will introduce refreshed training in wound prevention and management for all front line employees. In addition, members of our clinical support team will participate in intensive training through an internationally recognized wound care program so they can provide ongoing, in-house training and support. 

Resources and technology. We are actively exploring innovative resources, including technology, that further support the reporting, evaluation and treatment of wounds.

Wound care expertise. We have engaged local and national experts in wound care to provide external evaluation of our current wound prevention and management practices and to support our own experienced nursing staff in the management of complex cases. 

We are sharing this plan with our valued community of residents, families and stakeholders to ensure everyone is aware of the priority we are placing on a plan for improvements. We are also working closely with Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness officials and others in our sector, and we will continue to provide progress updates as we implement our Quality Improvement Plan. 
We are grateful for the support of our community. As always, we are open to hearing from families and addressing any questions you have on this or any other matter. Please contact us at info@shannex.com or 1-877-742-6639.

Catherine MacPherson

Vice President, Enhanced Care

Shannex

Jason Shannon

President & COO

Shannex

A Conversation About Care

août 7, 2018

On June 26, a group of employees came together to have a conversation about care. The video-recorded discussion allowed the group to talk about their commitment to care and show the human side and perspective of those who work directly with residents, delivering the best quality care and service every day. The video features Joseph Shannon, Jason Shannon, Catherine MacPherson and eight employees from Parkstone, Harbourstone, and Arborstone. They, like employees in all our communities, demonstrate a deep commitment to the residents we serve every day.
Questions? Ask us at askus@shannex.com.

The July 2018 Issue of Connections is now available!

août 8, 2018

The July issue of Connections is now available! With so many fun activities happening on our campuses during the spring and summer, its pages are full of smiles and great stories about our great people and the wonderful residents that inspire us every day. Be sure to read about Acadian specialties served in Moncton, one of our favourite furry friends, our quality improvement program, how to stay cool this summer, and much more!
We hope you’ll enjoy reading Connections as much as we enjoyed creating it.
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Letter To Our Valued Community – Update 1

septembre 10, 2018

September 10, 2018

Since we first shared our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) on wound prevention and management, we have made significant progress. The following is an update on our ongoing work in this area.
Intensive monitoring. Senior leadership and site-level clinical leaders are engaged in daily and weekly reporting and monitoring of all wounds, and weekly clinical risk meetings take place at each site to monitor and evaluate care and treatment plans. In addition, we have added Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) indicators (a national benchmark) to our existing prevalence measurements and are using these benchmarks as corporate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which adds another layer of shared accountability across the organization.
Communication with residents and families. Clinical leaders at each site have held additional one-on-one meetings with residents and families with stage 3 or 4 wounds to review and collaborate on care planning and provide opportunities for open discussion about all matters relating to care and service. These meetings result in mutually agreed-upon plans of care that are reviewed weekly and modified as health changes occur.
Investing in our employees. This is perhaps the most robust area of our QIP, and I am extremely proud of how our team has fully engaged in the process and supported this work. All CCAs, RNs and LPNs are completingrefreshed training on wound prevention and management. Three members of our corporate clinical support team will begin an internationally recognized wound care training program in October, and we will be providing additional training for regional team members to become in-house wound resources who are able to provide additional support and expertise on wound prevention and management at the site level.
In partnership with others in the long term care sector, on September 28, 2018, we will provide staff with a one-day education session dedicated to wound management. We are also collaborating with our medical advisor to host a continuing medical education event for physicians working in long term care in order to align and provide consistency on best practices related to wound prevention and management.
Resources and technology. We continue to actively explore innovative resources that further support the reporting, evaluation and treatment of wounds. While we have used an Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) software for many years, we will begin trialing a new software at one of our Nova Scotia nursing homes on September 10. This EHR includes a more robust wound management module that tracks wound prevalence and status. Each site has assessed its equipment needs for wound prevention and healing and purchased additional equipment, such as offloading wedges and booties. We will continue to explore other wound-specific technology options.
Wound care expertise. A wound care nursing consultant has examined all stage 3 and 4 wounds alongside our own team and collaborated on care planning. On July 23, we hosted a full-day session with local and national experts in wound care, along with our own internal experts to review practices and validate our work on this QIP. This included how we measure and monitor wound prevalence. We continue to participate fully in the Department of Health and Wellness nursing home wound consultant visits and look forward to their additional support in this area.
I want to thank our Great People who provide care and service every day to residents and families. They have demonstrated strength and competence in the face of recent external pressures. A group of team members gathered recently to have a conversation about care. We created a video of this meaningful gathering and I think you will find their perspective interesting and relevant. If you haven’t seen it yet, it can be viewed on Shannex.com.
We have also created a new email address for any questions you may have. Please contact us at askus@shannex.com or 1-877-742-6639.

Jason Shannon

President & COO

Shannex

Arborstone receives funding to conduct research on nursing home soundscapes

octobre 30, 2018

In nursing homes, noise is unavoidable as residents and team members go about their days. Just as music and other pleasant sounds can benefit health and wellness, excessive noise can have a negative effect our body’s ability to heal, relax and be well. For people living with dementia and other cognitive impairments, noise can sometimes be very debilitating.
Arborstone Enhanced Care was awarded $35K for their Quality Improvement Project on music therapy by The Center for Brain Health and Innovation (CABHI). The funding was a result of CABHI’s SPARK Program – a new initiative that provides funding to support innovative grassroots ideas that can help to improve brain health or quality of life for older adults.
During the 2017-2018 fiscal year, Arborstone Enhanced Care used the funding to launch a pilot project to audit nursing home sounds. With the help of Accredited Music Therapists (MTA), who use music in therapeutic relationships to support development, health and well-being, this project will focus on music therapy in ways that use this understanding of the relationship between sounds and health and behaviour to enhance the soundscape at Arborstone Enhanced Care. 
Lead by Sarah Condran, Music Therapist at Shannex, the intent of this project is to create a better experience in dining rooms, activity rooms, and other common areas. It will also explore how these spaces can be made better for leisure, dining, family visits, recreational activities and therapeutic activities.
Ultimately, the goal is to create a home atmosphere where residents can fully engage with their community, staff are confident in managing noise and share lessons learned in order to enhance long term care facilities and practices.
 
For more information on The Spark Program, visit https://www.cabhi.com/the-spark-program/.
 

Strategic Plan: April 2018-March 2023

novembre 2, 2018

Shannex’s April 2018 – March 2023 Strategic Plan was created with the valuable input of many residents, employees, families and stakeholders. Thank you to everyone who contributed to its development.
The strategic plan establishes Shannex’s vision of Leading the Way to Better Living through excellence in resident care and service. It sets the priorities for the next five years and serves as the roadmap for our operations. The plan is organized into four strategic directions:

  • Service & Care
  • Engaged Employees
  • Research & Development
  • Sustainable Growth

View a full copy of the Strategic Plan.

The October 2018 Issue of Connections is Now Available!

novembre 8, 2018

Welcome to the latest issue of Connections! This is the perfect time of year to reflect on all we have to be thankful for, and it is clear that many of you enjoy the opportunity to recognize and express gratitude for each other all year round. In this issue you’ll read about residents in New Brunswick celebrating their Acadian heritage, an award-winning chef who gets rave reviews in Halifax, how residents will soon be able to nominate employees for formal recognition through our Caught You Being Great awards, and so much more.
We would also like to take a moment to thank every member of the Shannex community for inspiring us each and every day. It’s all of you that makeConnections possible. Enjoy!
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The Winter 2018-2019 Issue of Connections is now available![:]

décembre 21, 2018

We are pleased to share the winter issue of Connections! The stories it contains shine a bright light on the deep sense of community that exists at every one of our Shannex, Parkland and Faubourg residences.
In this issue you will hear about those who have stepped up to make a positive difference in their communities. Parkland at the Gardens resident Dorothy Grant set to work to ensure dedicated parking spots were installed where VON can park without receiving a ticket. At Parkland Riverview, a knitting group has donated to local charities over the past 18 years by fundraising together. And Sister Fleurette Sweeney from Caritas Residence has spent much of her life pursuing opportunities to help educators reach their students through music and other innovative strategies.
We’re confident your heart will be warmed by these and the many other examples of community spirit you will read about in this issue.
May you enjoy the very best of the holiday season.
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Letter To Our Valued Community – Update 2

janvier 21, 2019

January 21, 2019

The following information contains a further update on our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) on wound prevention and management. As many of you know, the Minister’s Long-term Care Expert Advisory Panel released its report last week. We were happy to see that the report accurately captured many of the perspectives and current challenges in long term care as well as recommendations we have already implemented as part of this QIP.
Intensive monitoring. Creating standardized monitoring processes to ensure there are appropriate levels of reporting and action planning has been an important part of the work of this QIP. We continue to report daily and weekly on all wounds and share summary reports with all members of our Senior Leadership Team. Detailed site-specific reports are reviewed during weekly clinical risk meetings with an interdisciplinary team at each location. Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) indicators (a national benchmark) added to our existing measurement targets allow us to measure ourselves against national statistics.
Communication with residents and families. Clear communication and collaboration with residents and families is something we strive for every day in all of our communities. We have enhanced our communications practices related to wounds to raise awareness with residents and families about the nature and types of wounds, provide opportunities to ask questions and allow for informed decision-making in collaboration with the care team. Regular care planning meetings continue with residents and families who have stage 3 or 4 wounds.
Investing in our employees. Ongoing education and creating a support structure for our team to treat and manage wounds has been a critical aspect of this work. All front-line care employees have been assigned refreshed training on wound prevention and management. This training is assigned to all new staff and on an ongoing basis to all team members to ensure continued competency. Members of our clinical leadership team are actively participating in an internationally recognized wound care training program which began in October. Each site/region will select a wound care leader who will take additional training from Wounds Canada to be able to provide additional support and expertise on wound prevention and management at the site level.
We have also partnered with other care providers in the long term care sector to share knowledge and best practices. In September, we co-hosted a one-day education session open to anyone who wanted to learn more about wound management that attracted more than 100 participants. On December 4, 2018, we held a continuing medical education event for physicians working in long term care in order to align and provide consistency on best practices related to wound prevention and management.
Resources and technology. We believe strongly in using innovation to support quality outcomes. New Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) software is currently being deployed at all of our Nova Scotia nursing homes. This software will replace an existing EHR that has been in place for some time. The new tool has a more robust wound management module that tracks wound prevalence and status. We have also completed site assessments to identify equipment needs for wound prevention and healing and purchased additional equipment, such as offloading wedges and booties, for timely and easy access by our team members at each location.
Wound care expertise. Engaging external wound care experts to review our practices and share their knowledge with our team has supported and validated our work on this QIP. We have been fortunate to work with a wound care nursing consultant who visited each of our nursing homes in Nova Scotia to examine all stage 3 and 4 wounds and collaborate with our team on care planning. In July, we also hosted local and national experts in wound care to review our approach to this QIP, and I am happy to report that we received positive feedback from the Department of Health and Wellness wound consultants who visited our sites. We continue to support the work being done at the provincial level to provide timely access to resources to meet the needs of all residents in long term care.
We are proud of what we have accomplished and confident in the work being done in each of our communities. As you know, this QIP was launched as a result of questions raised about the quality of care provided to residents. Consistent with our organizational values of Being Accountable and Always Improving Quality, we set out to ask questions, review practices and seek opportunities to improve. Our Great People responded with enthusiasm and I am pleased to say that this QIP continues to help us enhance our practices and our strong, collaborative relationships with residents and families focused on achieving the very best health outcomes. Contact us with any questions or concerns at askus@shannex.comor 1-877-742-6639.

Jason Shannon

President & COO

Shannex

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Shannex Issues Call for Applications for its Resident and Family Advisory Committee

mars 12, 2019

Shannex is committed to understanding residents’ needs in order to continuously improve the quality of care and services provided.
We are currently seeking applications for our Resident and Family Advisory Committee.
The Committee could be consulted on a variety of initiatives and may be asked to:

  • Review and provide input on resident-centered policies and practices
  • Provide advice to improve service excellence initiatives
  • Provide suggestions on engagement opportunities for resident sand families
  • Review marketing and promotional materials
  • Give feedback on products and services
  • Help evolve resident and family engagement throughout the organization

Individuals should meet the following criteria:

  • A resident who is currently living in a Shannex nursing home or Parkland Retirement Living community; or
  • A family member of a resident
  • Can look at issues from multiple perspectives
  • Will be forthcoming and share their thoughts and opinions
  • Will be respectful of the environment and of others at all times
  • Are interested in making a positive contribution to life at Shannex
  • Are interested in helping us achieve our vision of Leading the Way to Better Living

One important change for this year (2019-2020) will see the work group divided into two groups, with one Advisory Committee focusing on New Brunswick; and another focusing on Nova Scotia/Ontario. This will allow the scope of work for each Committee to be more specific and create a better opportunity for the group to work together.
For more information, please send all inquiries to communications@shannex.com or by calling 902-406-8303.
 

The Spring 2019 Issue of Connections is Now Available!

mai 17, 2019

Every year, this issue of Connections comes with warmer weather, spring blooms and time outside enjoying fresh air and sunshine. Each of our Shannex and Parkland communities boasts beautiful outdoor spaces, many of them anchored by a Gazebo like the one so beautifully illustrated on our cover. The artist, Ramir Bautista, is a CCA who works at Parkstone Enhanced Care. He was gracious enough to create a custom work of art for our front cover. Ramir is not the only member of the Shannex family to make headlines lately.
In each issue, many of the submissions we receive describe activities taking place in every one of our communities. One such day in January was especially eventful for the team at our Glenerin Inn in Mississauga, ON. The team demonstrated grace under pressure by making what could have been a scary situation for local teachers, students and their parents into an enjoyable day.
We know that our team members build strong connections with residents and their families. At Parkland Riverview, two employees, Conrad Boudreau and Lynda Auffrey, are being remembered in a very special way. Although strengthening connections is something that happens every day in our communities, residents at Parkland at the Lakes and Parkland Antigonish are reaching out with a new Pen Pal program.
We hope you enjoy all of these stories and more. Happy Spring!
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Great People make Great Connections: Shannex launches new program

mai 31, 2019

Often, the impact our Great People have in the lives of residents and their families extends far beyond the exceptional care and service provided. A hand to hold. A listening ear. A voice of encouragement on a hard day.
We want to celebrate and share the every day connections that, together, have created vibrant, warm and supportive communities.
On June 17, we will launch a new initiative called Great Connections as a way to highlight the stories of support and care that happen every day at Shannex and Parkland communities.
More information coming soon.

Say Hello to Carlos

juin 24, 2019

A Great Connection can take many forms, and at Northumberland Hall, it takes the shape of a large stuffed toy named Carlos. Carlos was brought in and is taken care of by Diane, whose mother-in-law was a resident for several years. During this time Diane and her husband developed close connections with the Northumberland Hall community and, although her mother-in-law is no longer with us, the bonds created between her family and Northumberland Hall remain strong.

Here’s what Diane has to say about Carlos.

I am Diane and I live in Upper Nappan, just outside Amherst, with my husband, Victor. Victor’s mother, Helen, was a resident at Northumberland Hall from 2013 until 2017.

Carlos is named after my grandfather. At one of our regular 5-year reunions, Victor decided that we should have a mascot, a huge stuffed animal we got from a neighbour’s yard sale, and name him Carlos! Later, after Helen moved into Northumberland Hall, Victor decided Carlos should also be a resident there so he could greet folks and maybe make them smile.

From time to time I go in to change his clothing for the season, holiday or special events. When we borrowed him in 2016 for our family reunion again, we left a message that he had gone on vacation, but would return! And he did.

Thank you, Diane, for sharing your Great Connection story and for continuing to make people smile at Northumberland Hall.    

With a Song in Your Heart

juin 26, 2019


One of the wonderful things about Great Connections is that they come to us from many different perspectives. We get stories about exceptional resident care from family members, residents and other employees. Here is a story about Paul Healey, Continuing Care Assistant (CCA), submitted by Joy MacKinnon, Human Resources Partner, who happened upon a touching scene in the halls of Arbourstone Enhanced Care (AEC) in Halifax.

Paul has worked as a CCA for AEC for about 9 years. Last week I was visiting the floor Paul was working on. In the distance I was able to hear a beautiful angelic voice singing. When I turned to see where it was coming from and who was singing, I saw Paul with his hand on a resident’s shoulder looking at her and singing to her. The resident looked so content and calm. I could tell that for a moment the resident was in a different world, a much happier place.


We would like to thank Paul for his amazing approach and Joy for recognizing her colleague’s dedication to care.

Want to support residents with Great People at your side? Learn more about Healthcare and Clinical careers at Shannex.

The Ambassador of Embassy Hall

juin 26, 2019

One of the best ways to establish Great Connections is to ask questions and listen carefully to the answers. We recently asked Dale, whose mother Edna is a resident at Embassy Hall on the Parkland in the Valley campus in Quispamsis, about their experience. Thank you, Dale, for
taking the time to share your Great Connection.

Here’s what Dale had to say.

I absolutely adore the staff. They go above and beyond and I can’t choose just one to recognize. I want to recognize them all, because they are all so wonderful. Whether it be housekeeping, maintenance, dietary, restorative, recreation or any nursing staff they all treat us will so much respect.Everyone interacts and they are all important parts of my mom’s day. If I call on the phone and my mom is not there to answer, they will pick up the phone and tell me
where she is and what kind of day she is
having. The doctors and nursing staff are quick with their approach
to get my mom what she needs. They
can tell when anything is off with her and what next step to take.
My mom’s time is well occupied
and the activities are amazing and very stimulating. My mother’s
physical, emotional and spiritual needs
are being met. You are getting great care and fantastic support
for both family and residents that live in
Embassy Hall. If you can’t be home this is the place to be!

“She is getting the best care possible and living her best life”

juin 26, 2019

Making Great Connections with the people around us does more than lift our spirits, it can also have an impact on our mental and physical health. This is a story of a resident who was able to regain some of her independence thanks to the care, support and connections she experienced at Parkland Saint John. Told through the eyes of the resident’s daughter, this Great Connection is a wonderful example of the undeniable benefits of getting appropriate care in a welcoming, supportive environment like the one at Parkland Saint John and throughout our organization.

My Mom has been a resident at Parkland Saint John since the 2018. She spent four months in Howe Hall before moving to Carleton Hall, where she is today. She loves it – the staff, the activities, the field trips and the beauty salon! For my part, I am grateful. As a family member of a resident at Parkland, my biggest concern was that she was well cared for and, in that respect, I couldn’t be happier.  From the moment I came for a tour to the day my Mom moved in and even now, the staff have been exceptional. They are extremely responsive and have provided my Mom with specialized and individualized care that changed as her needs changed. They are always available to me for any questions or concerns and treat my Mom with the dignity and respect, which is something that is very important to me. Thanks to their care and support, my Mom actually moved into more independent living at Carleton Hall, and I can safely say that it would not have happened without their support. From administrative staff to nursing staff to kitchen staff and cleaning staff, they have all been such an amazing support network for my Mom. They’re almost like an extended family. That helps me sleep at night, knowing she is getting the best care possible and living her best life.

A Friendship for the Ages

juin 28, 2019

Lasting friendships are one of the most powerful types of connections we experience in our lifetimes. And if we’re lucky, some of these Great Connections really do last a lifetime. Today we’re telling the story of Peggy and Pearle, who have been friends for 78 years and have no intention of stopping anytime soon.

Peggy MacAlpine is a 103-year-old resident of Parkland at the Gardens who knows a thing or two about lasting friendships. Seventy-eight years ago, a 14-year-old girl named Pearle Ross came to Halifax from PEI to look after Peggy’s young family, and the two have been friends ever since. Today Pearle and her family are spread out between Alberta and PEI, but during her recent vacation in Nova Scotia she and her five children decided to drop in to pay Peggy a visit. Not only did they have a wonderful visit, but they’re helping Peggy plan her 104th birthday party! Now that’s a friendship for the ages.

Honey Bunny’s Fluffy Friendship

juin 28, 2019

As anyone who has ever had a pet can confirm, animals make Great Connections too. At Parkland Riverview’s Monarch Hall, a resident rabbit named Honey Bunny offers comfort and joy to residents and team members alike. Honey Bunny, who will be four years old in August, even became a bit of a local celebrity when she was featured on Global News last year. Residents and team members interviewed for the piece made it clear that the connections they make with their furry friend are very meaningful indeed.
“She brings a sense of joy, reminiscing. A lot of them will start talking about animals they’ve had in the past” – Jannick Theriault, Recreation Coordinator
“She just picks up my spirits every time I get to hold her.” – Francis Houde, Resident
Thank you to Honey Bunny and to the team at Monarch Hall for making these Great (fluffy) Connections possible.

Sometimes you go to the community, sometimes the community comes to you

juillet 2, 2019

We may not think about it very often, but many of the connections we create as we go about our days are made with local businesses and vendors in our communities. These are the people we talk to when we buy farm-fresh local produce, home-made jams and jellies, hand-crafted gifts and other products in local shops and markets. And since you can’t always make it to the market, why not bring the market to you?

That’s what Parkland Truro did with its First Annual Spring Market. And what a success! With over twenty vendors offering everything from baked goods, jams and jellies, Mary Kay, Tupperware and Steeped Tea to home-made gift bags and cards and much more, the Spring Market was a huge hit with residents and families alike. Perhaps best of all, everyone is already looking forward to the holiday market this winter when all these lovely faces will be back again!

Connecting for 50 years

juillet 4, 2019

Almost by definition, being part of a community means making Great Connections with groups of like-minded people. Many Shannex, Parkland and Faubourg residents have been active participants in a variety of organizations that work to make a difference in their communities.

Boyd Butt, resident of Embassy Hall nursing home at Parkland in the Valley, has been a member of the Masons for 50 years and just received a medal for this incredible achievement and his long-standing service to the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia. The team that presented Boyd with the medal came to Embassy Hall to celebrate this wonderful accomplishment and meet him for the very first time.

Boyd’s picture now hangs proudly at the Grand Lodge for all to see and to recognize the impact his lifetime of contribution has had on the lives of many. According to one Embassy Hall team member, “Boyd is a leader and a remarkable man, he has blessed our lives more than words could ever describe. We are so proud of him!”

Thank you, Boyd, for the Great Connections you have made and continue to make both within the Embassy Hall community and beyond.

Boating for every body

juillet 5, 2019

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of the Great Connections we make with the communities we call home. By building meaningful relationships with people, organizations, places and our natural surroundings, we enrich our own lives as well as those of the people around us. For individuals with limited mobility, getting out into nature can sometimes be difficult, and that’s where CharterAbility comes in. We are very lucky to have a Great Partner that helps us make Great Connections with the Great Outdoors.

CharterAbility is a charity in Oakville, Ontario, dedicated to providing accessible recreational boating experiences to people who may otherwise not have an opportunity to enjoy local waterways. In the summer of 2019, Parkland on the Glen partnered with CharterAbility to take residents on a boat cruise along 16-Mile Creek and through a wildlife sanctuary right in the heart of downtown Oakville. It was a beautiful day and everyone had a wonderful time.  

Parkland on the Glen would like to thank CharterAbility for making it possible for residents to spend some time in the Great Outdoors.

Making the world a better place, one connection at a time

juillet 10, 2019

There is an endless number of ways to make Great Connections and bring a little sunshine into the world. A smile, a chat, a treat, a helping hand, a thoughtful gesture – there are people who always seem to have the time and compassion to think about others and make their lives better. This is the story of one of those people, Orchard Court resident Robert Patterson, as told by Regional Manager Vanessa Quigley.

Robert “Bob” Patterson has been a resident at Orchard Court, in Kentville, since 2016. Bob warmly reminisces about his childhood with a family of eleven. After describing how his mom fried bread dough for breakfast, he added that he could not think of anything he would have changed about his childhood in Dartmouth.

Bob openly expresses a desire to be kind to everyone he sees throughout his day. He acknowledges that everyone has a story to tell and, as all of us are humans, we sometimes make mistakes. Things happen in our lives that affect us deeply. Knowing this, Bob does what he can to make someone’s day better, whether by handing out treats or simply having a quick chat and offering a warm smile.

Bob can regularly be seen selling tickets for various fundraisers. He truly cares about the residents and team at Orchard Court and uses the funds to treat the team with a pizza party or to buy something for his fellow residents. When Bob noticed that residents were having trouble hearing bingo numbers, he raised money to buy a monitor so residents could also see the numbers. He is currently working on raising money to put a TV in a common area so residents can have movie nights on the weekends…with popcorn!

Bob will tell you this work keeps him very busy and very happy.

Great Pride

juillet 16, 2019

Pride is a powerful word. And like most things, it’s better when shared. Celebrating the diversity of our friends, family and communities is a wonderful way to bring people together and make the Great Connections that are so integral to leading a meaningful life at every age.

Shannex is proud to support LGBTQ+ communities during local Pride festivals and throughout the year. This year, Nova Scotia’s Pride celebrations kicked off in Truro, and our nursing homes and retirement living residences in the area were extremely well represented. With nearly 50 participants, Shannex was one of the largest groups in the parade, and thanks to some fabulous t-shirts, very easy to spot. Everyone had a wonderful time connecting with friends and family, old and new, during what has quickly become one of Nova Scotia’s most colourful events.[:fr]

Pride is a powerful word. And like most things, it’s better when shared. Celebrating the diversity of our friends, family and communities is a wonderful way to bring people together and make the Great Connections that are so integral to leading a meaningful life at every age.

Shannex is proud
to support LGBTQ+ communities during local Pride festivals and throughout the
year. This year, Nova Scotia’s Pride celebrations kicked off in Truro, and our nursing
homes and retirement living residences in the area were extremely well represented.
With nearly 50 participants, Shannex was one of the largest groups in the
parade, and thanks to some fabulous t-shirts, very easy to spot. Everyone had a
wonderful time connecting with friends and family, old and new, during what has
quickly become one of Nova Scotia’s most colourful events.

A top-drawer afternoon

juillet 25, 2019

Few things create Great Connections like sharing a little of who we are and where we come from. Cultural traditions are an important part of our lives, and sharing them with people we care about is often a fun and meaningful way to establish new connections and deepen existing ones.

Parkstone Enhanced Care’s Mount Lane neighbourhood is home to a large number of residents hailing from Newfoundland and Labrador. As a way of celebrating their roots and making sure everyone had a good time doing it, Mount Lane decided to host some “Newfie Day” festivities and give residents a chance to share their traditions and get a little taste of home. One Parkstone team member, Christine, took it upon herself to organize the event with singing, dancing and, of course, “kissing the cod”, a traditional rite of passage for visitors to the province. It sounds like Mount Lane has a few new honorary Newfoundlanders!

Letter To Our Valued Community – Update 3

juillet 31, 2019

July 31, 2019
A message to our Valued Community:
In May 2018, we launched a Quality Improvement Plan (“QIP”) in wound prevention and management that focused on a number of activities to support staff and improve communication with residents and families. Many of these activities were already underway and were enhancements to the work our interdisciplinary teams focus on every day. As continuous improvement is a core value at Shannex, we are pleased to share an update on the progress made in five focus areas as a result of the hard work and dedication of many team members. These enhanced procedures continue to be a part of our daily and weekly processes at each home.
Intensive monitoring. Daily and weekly interdisciplinary reporting and monitoring of all complex wounds and associated care plans at the home and corporate levels.

  • Daily and weekly reporting to senior leadership and clinical leaders
  • Licensed sites report monthly to Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness on all pressure injuries staged 2-4
  • Creation of Organizational Wound Prevention and Management Team of Excellence
  • Weekly Risk Management Committee meetings to review treatment plans, documentation and ensure communication with families
  • Chart audits with findings reviewed by Risk Management Committees
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) indicators (a national benchmark) added to our existing measurement targets, allowing measurement against national wound care statistics.

Communication with residents and families. Strong communication with residents and families about care planning is important to us. We conducted a review of our communication practices to provide easier access to information, more frequent updates and discussion about matters including wound care and management.

  • 1:1 meetings with residents and families with stage 3 or 4 wounds to review and collaborate on care planning
  • Following Risk Management Committee meetings, communication with residents and family members about relevant wound progress and treatment plans
  • If a resident is admitted with a wound, education is provided for residents and families about treatment plans
  • Wound information pamphlet developed to support communication and collaboration

Investing in our employees. Relying on the input of external and internal clinical leaders, we introduced refreshed training in wound prevention and management and sent members of our clinical support team to intensive training provided by an internationally recognized wound care program so they can provide ongoing, in-house training and support.

  • Refreshed training on wound prevention and management for all CCA/PSW, RN and LPN/RPN employees
  • Training provided to all new staff and ongoing for all team members to ensure continued competency
  • Our wound care product partner delivered training to each home on product usage
  • Approximately 30 team members attended National Wounds Canada Conference
  • Two clinical team members successfully completed International Interprofessional Wound Care Course (IIWCC)
  • Organizational Wound Prevention and Management Team of Excellence provides coaching and mentorship and acts as expert consultants
  • Co-hosted one-day education session on wound management with more than 100 participants (September 28, 2018)
  • Hosted physician medical education event to align on best practices related to wound prevention and management (December 4, 2018)

Resources and technology. We actively explored innovative resources and technologies that further support the reporting, evaluation and treatment of wounds.

  • New Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) software at all our NS long term care homes includes wound management module for easier documentation on status, progress and treatment plans
  • Ongoing assessment of wound prevention and management equipment (specialty mattresses, offloading wedges, heel booties, wheelchair cushions) to ensure it is on hand for access as needed
  • Continuing to assess emerging technology solutions and software in wound care management

Wound care expertise. We engaged local and national experts to provide external evaluation of our current wound prevention and management practices and support our own experienced nursing staff.

  • Wound care nursing consultant examined all stage 3 and 4 wounds and collaborated on care planning (summer 2018)
  • Hosted full-day session with local and national experts to review practices and validate our QIP work (July 2018)

At Shannex, we believe in our Great People and are pleased to share with our valued community the quality improvements we have achieved over the past year. We understand the ongoing vigilance required in this area and are grateful for the continued support of our community. As always, we are open to hearing from families and addressing any questions you may have. Please contact us at askus@shannex.comor 1-877-742-6639.

Jason Shannon, President and COO

Dana Power, Regional Director, Enhanced Care


We are most proud of the way this QIP has supported our teams in achieving better outcomes for residents in our care.
Heather Sinclair, Director of Rehabilitation Services and Support and Co-Leader of the Wound Prevention and Management Team of Excellence had this to say.
“In long term care, residents can be more susceptible to pressure injuries, so our focus on prevention and management is incredibly important. As one of the leaders of our Wound Prevention and Management Team of Excellence, I have the privilege of working with team members at many different Shannex communities and have been incredibly impressed with the way they are enhancing their existing skills and how they collaborate with each other, residents and families on best practices and solutions to help prevent and heal wounds. They are skilled, dedicated and compassionate caregivers who place residents first every day.”

The following is a message of thanks we received from the Terris family.
In early June 2018 our mother fell and broke her hip. Surgery and hospitalization followed and after several weeks, it was discovered that she had a Stage 4 palliative ulcer (or pressure injury). Measures were taken, however, there was little improvement.
Thankfully, an opening at Elk Court became available and Mom was moved to her new home on December 27, 2018.
There were discussions with the whole team with respect to the plan to vigorously treat the ulcer. Everyone was aware of the importance of adhering to a strict treatment schedule and everyone was engaged. Little by little, over the next few months, there was improvement. Progress was shared weekly with the family and celebrated amongst the Elk Team.
 Today, against all earlier prognosis, our mother’s ulcer is 100% healed. If it had not been for the efforts of the Elk Team, the outcome could have been quite different. We are so grateful.
 With abundant thanks.
 The Terris Family.

Family fundraising

août 8, 2019

One of the wonderful things about Great Connections is the way they can grow and change over time. What began as an offering of support to a grandmother with breast cancer has continued for many years and been transformed into a family effort to fundraise for Alzheimer’s research. Not only does Team Jane raise money to support their grandmother who lives at Monarch Hall on the grounds of Parkland Riverview, but the funds they collect go back out into the community to help others living with the disease.

Here is the story of Team Jane in the words of Jane’s granddaughter Sara.

For the past 11 years, my siblings and I have been participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure in support of my grandmother Jane Eaton, a breast cancer survivor. Over the years, we have collectively raised thousands of dollars to go towards this cause. We believe that it is important to not only show our support for the cause and our Grammy, but also work towards finding a cure.

Since our Grammy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2013, our focus has shifted. When my younger sister Katie and I heard about the Walk for Alzheimer’s, we knew it was something we wanted to participate in. We wanted the opportunity to get together as a family in support of our grandmother and, like the Run for a Cure, have an opportunity to financially support a cause so dear to our hearts.

This year, Team Jane collectively raised $1,395. With five founding members, Team Jane is only in its first of what we hope will be many years participating in this walk. My parents Shannon and Mike walked alongside me, my sister Katie and our grandfather Bob. Our grandparents both used to live in Royal Court [Parkland Riverview, New Brunswick]. Bob still lives there and Jane is now at Monarch Hall. We are already thinking about the walk next year, and hope to have even more of the family join us and top our current fundraising efforts.

Volunteering, family-style

août 12, 2019

Because time is our most precious resource, taking a few minutes out of a busy day to spend with someone who could use a helping hand or a kind ear is one of the most compassionate things a person can do. The Great Connections our team members and volunteers create with residents are an essential part of what makes our communities welcoming, vibrant and stimulating places that everyone can be proud to call home. This is the story of one team member who makes volunteering a family affair!

Celtic Court in Sydney, Nova Scotia, is very lucky to have a truly inspiring Continuing Care Assistant named Hannah Gouthro. Not only is she a wonderful team member, but she gets the whole family involved! Two members of her extended family and dog are such regular volunteers that the home’s Recreation Programmer made volunteer badges for them. Whether it’s a hug, a laugh, a craft or just a smile to brighten someone’s day, residents always enjoy their visits and look forward to seeing them again.

Learn more about volunteering at Shannex.

The Summer 2019 Issue of Connections is Now Available!

août 20, 2019

I think we can all agree that summer is a pretty great time of year no matter where you are. But the slower summer pace doesn’t affect activities at Shannex, Parkland or Faubourg communities. And the proof is in the pages of this issue of Connections.
Along with many other great stories, in this issue we tell you about a new program called Great Connections. You can read all about it on page 16 and help us share the news about this new opportunity to share the wonderful experiences we hear about every day. This issue also features our winners from the annual Excellence Awards! This year’s event was another huge success – check it out on page 9.
There are so many great things to celebrate in Connections. We hope you enjoy it!
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Updates to shannex.com! More Information about long term care added

août 21, 2019

At Shannex, we are committed to Leading the Way to Better Living, and part of this process requires continuous improvement.
We are happy to share that we have taken steps to provide additional important information related to long term care to residents, family members and members of the public through this website.
Now, when you visit you will notice a tab called “Long Term Care”(in the main navigation bar). This page includes information about how to access long term care, licensing and the Protection of Persons in Care (PPCA) process in Nova Scotia and Adult Protection in New Brunswick.
There are specific pages for Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as the requirements can differ province-to-province. Links have been included directly to these provincial departmental sites and other resources to ensure people are connected directly with the information with minimal searching required.
We encourage you to go in and review the information, which will be updated regularly, and share with staff, residents and families so they are aware.
 
 

NEW: Information added for Mount St. Joseph Move (Miramichi)

août 27, 2019

We have added information for Residents and Families at Mount St. Joseph who are moving to Losier Hall. Find out more about the Losier Hall move here.

Home is where your PALs are

septembre 5, 2019

One of the comments we hear over and over again from residents in our communities is that the people who work there feel like family and that our buildings feel like home. According to one couple, the first time they visited Parkland at the Lakes (PAL) “was like we were walking into our own home”.

Recently we met with 84-year-old Anna and 82-year-old Bob, who always seem to have a smile and a kind word for everyone, in their suite at PAL in Dartmouth. According to Bob,

“The biggest asset here is the staff. The staff are fantastic. We’re not treated like residents, we’re treated like brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, grandparents, parents. There’s no such thing as a worker here. They help us.”

Anna was particularly impressed with the team when she and Bob were moving from one suite to another. It looked as though she would not be able to watch her “stories” for four days because of delays getting cable hooked up, but was pleasantly surprised when the Parkland team showed up to make sure that she didn’t miss a single day.

Truly Great Connections are a two-way street, and it’s clear that Bob and Anna are just as popular with the team as the team is with them. Thank you much for being such delightful members of our community!

Shannex to Host Community Open House in Miramichi

septembre 11, 2019

This month, Shannex will be opening Losier Hall, a new long term care home in Miramichi. Ahead of the move-in, we are holding a special event to welcome the community. During the Open House you will be able to get a first look at the site, take a tour, ask questions and meet our teams.
Details:
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: Losier Hall, 515 Water Street, Miramichi (across from the hospital)
Learn more about our Miramichi projects here

Losier Hall Contact Information (Miramichi)

octobre 9, 2019

Losier Hall is now open. Please note the following contact information for this location:
Phone: 506-773-7275
Email:  care@shannex.com
 

A helping hand at Harbourstone

octobre 30, 2019

Every day, our team works hard to provide exceptional care to residents. It is inspiring to hear about how team members make a positive impact not just our resident’s lives but in those of their families as well. Thank you, Wentworth Court and every member of the Shannex family.

This is the story of Blanche Roper, as told by her children Doreen, Sharon, David and Pam.

Our mom lived in Wentworth Court at Harbourstone in Sydney for the last eighteen months of her life.  From the very first moment mom moved there, we were reassured to see how well she was being cared for. What really impressed us, though, was seeing how much the staff also cared about her. Always professional, they showed their affection with gentle teasing and their delight that she was able to “give as good as she got.” It gave us such peace of mind to know that she was exactly where she needed to be in such capable, caring hands. 


A few weeks ago, Mom suffered a rapid decline and it became obvious that we were going to have to say good-bye to her. During the last week of her life, we lived first-hand the type of exceptional care that the team at Wentworth Court provide. They were always mindful of her dignity and well-being, even as she slipped away and was non-responsive. The same care was extended to us whether it was the offer of tea and toast, contacting her minister, or providing extra blankets and pillows as we stayed overnight. Above all, they shared their experiences of working with her. We drew such tremendous comfort to hear that they really liked her, enjoyed her company, and respected who she was, especially her strength, sense of humour, and lovely, positive outlook on life.


The staff of Wentworth Court made an incredibly difficult experience easier for us. We are so grateful and want to commend them for their wonderful work.

The Fall 2019 Issue of Connections is Now Available!

novembre 8, 2019

Happy Fall! This is always a favourite time of year for many reasons, but this year it was made sweeter by some of the exciting things going on at our Shannex, Parkland and Faubourg communities. 
In this issue we tell you about all about the new long term home that opened their doors in October located in Miramichi, Losier Hall (on page 9), more Great Connections (page 16) and the wildly popular Summer Games (page 4)!
There are so many great things to celebrate in Connections. We hope you enjoy it!
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A moment of reflection: A father’s story

novembre 9, 2019

Military service runs through the veins of a family in the Colchester Cumberland region. The patriarch, Harold McNutt, who is a resident of Cedarstone Enhanced Care in Truro, is a WWII veteran and father. He has instilled a sense of duty and honour not only in military service but in giving back to your own community through volunteerism. Two of Harold’s sons have served in the Canadian Armed Force and his daughter Karen Lomond married a man who was enrolled in the military. His two grandsons growing up were also involved in Cadets, which makes him very proud.
Harold, we are certainly honoured to share your story, through your daughter Karen’s eyes, and want to thank you for your service to our country and your community. 

 
 

A woman of duty and honour

novembre 11, 2019

If you walk through the halls of our communities in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day you can feel something hanging in the air. It is as if the building’s heart is beating with a sense of pride and dedication. Poppies are worn proudly by almost every resident you meet.

If you are luckily enough, you get to sit and chat with someone, it could be a team member or a resident, who has stories to share of a very remarkable life. Ruth Kells is one of those people.

She began her military carer with The Royal Canadian Air Force in January 1944 completing basic training in Ottawa, followed by a six-month course in Montreal as a wireless operator. Working sometimes as a stenographer and others as an operator, Ruth was stationed at posts all across Canada from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. In 1950, Ruth decided to resign and return home to Nova Scotia.

However, Ruth felt a calling during the Korean conflict and decided to return to her military roots as a wireless operator and also joined the RCAF Reserve in Ottawa spending weekends at RCAF Station in Foymount, Ontario. It was there that she was approached to become the Civilian Personnel Officer for the Station and eventually assumed the role of Directorate of Special Radio Activities.

Ottawa didn’t just bring Ruth into the RCAF Reserves, it also brought her in contact with a man named Wesley Kells, a Lt. Colonel in the Canadian Army who designed and developed signal equipment. Wesley would visit Ruth at Foymount and they married in 1957 and had a son.

In 1989, after her first entry into the military 45 years previous, Ruth decided to retire. However, she remains a very active member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Royal Canadian Air Force Association. Ruth was nominated to represent all the Canadian Legions across Canada in Dieppe, France for the 75th Dieppe anniversary, laying wreaths at cenotaphs.

Thank you Ruth for your long standing service and dedication.

New Content on Shannex.com

novembre 19, 2019

Being transparent and accountable are values Shannex takes very seriously. With this in mind, we have been working hard to provide additional information on shannex.com around licensing inspections, our action plans and compliance. 
This past summer, additional tabs were created to share important information around entry to care and inspection reports. Building on this approach, we have added links to Licensing Reports and Requirements and Corrective Action Plans based on Department of Health and Wellness’ licensing visits since June 2019 for our Nova Scotia homes.
Take a look at the updates here. Currently, four homes are listed: Arborstone, Cedarstone, Bissett Court and Harbourstone. We will keep sharing this important information to build a better understanding around the inspection process and share our commitment to prompt corrective actions when required.
 

Great Connections Holidays Launched!

novembre 27, 2019


 
The holidays are a time to share joy with friends and family in places we call home. 
Unfortunately, many people don’t always have loved ones to share in these special times, but as part of our Shannex and Parkland families, we want to do our best to spread cheer and make their days a little more merry and bright during the holidays and throughout the year. 
We know actions are very powerful, and leading into the season we have added the option of being able to send your own warm wish and happy thought with a resident in one of our communities.
By hitting the “Submit your holiday message” button below you can share your message and we will add it to a special card. We also have a link to the card available should you wish to print it and add a handwritten note. These cards will also be available in all of our communities. We only ask a few simple questions to help our Elves deliver your message to the right home.
It only takes a few minutes to make someone smile this holiday season. Send yours today, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZCFNVY3 

Great Connections – Have your heard of the Peabody Cafe?

novembre 27, 2019

Lodged on Main Street inside the recently opened Losier Hall on Water Street in Miramichi, you will find a real gem called the Peabody Café, named after the late Francis Peabody, founder of Chatham, New Brunswick.
There is something very unqiue about this little Café nestled in the heart of Miramichi.
Being a part of the communities where we operate is and has always been very important to us at Shannex, and the Peabody Café was a great opportunity to make those important connections at Losier Hall. Our goal was to find a non-for-profit organization to run the café, and that’s when M.O.R.E. Services stepped in to lend their services and expertise.
The local, non-for-profit organization assists and supports adults with intellectual disabilities. In addition to training in life skills, they provide assistance with building resumes, job searches, job preparation and on-the-job training to prepare for the workforce.

For M.O.R.E. Services’ Vocational Supervisor Esther Swaine, the Peabody Café is another fantastic opportunity for their team members to make great connections and socialize with others in the community and show their skills. “At M.O.R.E. Services, we have more than 60 individuals in our program,” said Ms. Swaine. “Our people truly are an asset in our community and through opportunities like this one, they get to show how valuable they are.”
Currently open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday, the Peabody Café provides full-time employment to three valuable individuals who, in addition to providing excellent customer service, learned to use a cash register, place orders and more.
But this is just the beginning for the Peabody Café, who’s already thinking about growth. Ms. Swaine anticipates a fourth full-time position could be created soon, with plans of expanding the café’s services to include a section for gifts and crafts.
So next time you visit or volunteer with Losier Hall residents, stop by the Peabody Café for delicious soups, sandwiches and fresh-baked goods. Rebecca, Jenny or Alex will be more than happy to serve you! You’ll be sure to make some Great Connections!
 

Update for Debert Court and Victoria Way (Cedarstone)

décembre 4, 2019

Please click here for more information about the current situation with Debert Court and Cedarstone Enhanced Care (Victoria Way). 

Letter to our Valued Community: Parkstone Enhanced Care

décembre 12, 2019

Parkstone Enhanced Care Actions Department of Health and Wellness Findings

December 12, 2019

To our valued community,
Following a lengthy investigation, the Department of Health and Wellness has released the details of its findings related to a complaint under the Protection for Persons in Care Act concerning the care of a young adult who lived at Parkstone Enhanced Care. A young adult in long term care is anyone under the age of 65 with complex healthcare needs. The Department’s report is based on a situation that happened almost two years ago and contains a number of directives. The Halifax Police reported on this same case in September and found no criminal wrongdoing.
We remain sympathetic to the family on their loss and take the Department of Health and Wellness’s findings seriously.
Over the past two years, we have completed a significant review of our practices and implemented a number of enhancements. Now that we have received this report, we have begun a detailed review to ensure that the actions associated with each directive are in place. As part of this process, in the coming days we will also hold meetings with residents, families and our Parkstone team to review our actions and listen to feedback and their perspective on how we can continue to improve.
We appreciate the trust that families place in us for the care of their loved ones and are committed to making life meaningful, comfortable and safe for every resident and that will never change. Circumstances such as these weigh heavily on those who choose to be caregivers in long term care settings because they feel great compassion for residents in their care.
Residents today have greater and more complex needs than ever before. In addition to the seniors we serve, we also remain focused on advocating for improved living environments and levels of care for younger people with complex healthcare needs so they can live more fulfilled lives within long term care settings, but there is more to be done. We welcome partnerships with government and community stakeholders in helping us and our sector partners meet the ever-growing needs of those in care no matter how complex they may be.
As an organization that has provided long term care for more than 30 years, Shannex supports a culture that is committed to continuous improvement. In May 2018, we introduced a Quality Improvement Plan in Wound Prevention and Management (QIP) that brought forward further improvements in areas such as reporting and management of wounds, communication with residents and families, leadership and training, technology and access to support from external experts. Information about our QIP and updates on this work are available on shannex.com.
In the near future, we will provide a comprehensive response to the Department of Health and Wellness.
Download a printable version here.
 
Jason Shannon
President and COO
Shannex 

The Winter 2019 Issue of Connections is Now Available!

décembre 20, 2019
The theme of people coming together runs throughout this issue of Connections. Whether it’s Caritas Residence and Mount Saint Vincent University partnering to offer students volunteer opportunities, residents, team members and friends organizing cat therapy visits at Parkland Clayton Park or everyone at Debert Court focusing on safety and going a full year without a single Workers’ Compensation claim, working together is the way we do things.
 
Our passion for care is another recurring theme. Read all about how Shannex helped Remina Ayson realize her dream of working as a nurse in Canada and see how communities across Nova Scotia celebrated Continuing Care Month. 
 
In a publication called Connections it is only fitting that so many of our stories are about just that: connecting. We wish you many meaningful moments with friends and family at this joyous time and throughout the year.

 
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The holiday spirit shines bright in Sydney

décembre 30, 2019

There’s something extra special about sharing a meal with friends and family during the holidays. Whether we’re renewing long-standing connections or making new ones, getting together to share a few laughs and perhaps more dessert than usual is a joy at every age. This year, the teams at Celtic Court and Harbourstone Enhanced Care in Sydney invited friends, family and community members for a delicious fine-dining experience with residents. From white tablecloths to seasonal decorations to a delicious meal with exceptional service, everything was just as it should have been. Everyone enjoyed the warm, welcoming atmosphere and are already looking forward to the next opportunity for such a lovely time!

Thank you very much not only to every family member who attended our holiday meals in Sydney, but also to every family member, volunteer and visitor who brightened residents’ days during this festive season. Happy holidays!

Connecting Across Generations

janvier 24, 2020
Every fall, residents of Parkland in the Valley enjoy lively Tuesday mornings with grade three and five students from Quispamsis Elementary School. Students and residents get to know each other by reading together, playing show and tell and engaging in one-on-one interviews. To help everyone get acquainted, the first visit is a show and tell, an opportunity for students and residents to share their favourite toys, books, photos and other special belongings. The second visit consists of one-on-one interviews to explore the stories and interests already shared. Students and residents alike enjoy the opportunity to share stories, traditions, hobbies, talents and a few knock-knock jokes every once in a while! Everyone agrees that one of the best things about these visits is the ice cream party. During the last visit of the season, students and residents come together to bond over a sweet treat. Intergenerational programs have proven benefits for both seniors and children. They help youth develop of emotional intelligence and a sense of social responsibility while also promoting socialization, improving technological literacy and providing cognitive stimulation for seniors. The sparkling smiles on residents’ faces is clear proof of just how much they enjoy chatting, sharing and connecting with visiting students. 

Maureen’s Music for Mental Health

janvier 29, 2020

Maureen Banyard, a resident at Parkland at the Gardens, is a campaign champion. Maureen’s most recent cause is fundraising for the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. This campaign is centered around Music for Mental Health, a day-long event full of activities, presentations and music focused on promoting positive mental health at Parkland at the Gardens.

“Maureen has created a strong sense of community here, whether with other residents or team members. A deep feeling of family has been developed through her goals and raising money for our community,” says Jodi Bartlett, General Manager at Parkland at the Gardens. With a goal to raise $10,000, Maureen has been a strong advocate in her community to educate people about the importance of mental health and encourage their support.

Isolation and its associated stigma are realities that many seniors face. Maureen works hard to educate others about mental health and how they can make a difference. She encourages residents to be active and get involved in the many activities that Parkland offers to help promote socialization. Maureen is a strong believer in the power of community: “When we know someone isn’t doing well, we reach out and ask how they are doing and let them know that we’ve got their back.”

One of the main things that Maureen wants her fellow residents and other seniors to know is that mental health affects everyone regardless of age, and you don’t have to go through it alone. “We are all seniors and we understand how it feels. We’re all in this together.”

“As seniors, we sometimes lose loved ones and friends in a short period of time. It’s easy to dismiss feelings of sadness as depression when, in reality, it’s never ‘just’ depression. It really all comes back to mental health.” 

The community at Parkland at the Gardens has an important part to play in the mental health of team members and residents. Residents regularly visit each other, check in on one another and offer a hug or ear when needed. They are always there for each other. As Maureen says, “money can’t buy that, it’s pure gold”.

Parkland at the Gardens hopes to include a weekly mental health activity in the coming year to continue this important conversation.

Great Connections – Cupid Lands at the Lakes: Genevieve & Eric

février 13, 2020

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a story about love?
When Genevieve started her new beginning at Parkland at the Lakes (PAL) almost two years ago, the last thing she expected was to fall in love with the boy next door. Just two months after Genevieve moved in, a handsome fellow named Eric moved in, conveniently, down the hall.
Eric decided to make the move to Parkland at the Lakes from Southern Ontario to be closer to his daughters. One afternoon as he was heading out of his apartment, Genevieve caught his eye.
“I opened the door one day and this cute little brown eyed woman was standing there.”

Being neighbours, it was difficult not run into each other every now and then. Genevieve says it was impossible to avoid each other while Eric admits that their many run-ins may not have been accidental. “I may have been trying to run into her more on purpose than by accident.”
Eric and Genevieve’s love grew stronger as they spent time getting to know each other over coffee, dinner and games of Bridge. Genevieve won’t admit it, but Eric says she is a bit of a card shark when it comes to Bridge.
Last year Genevieve and Eric decided to start their new beginning together in their new shared suite at Parkland at the Lakes. In their free time, between all the activities and entertainment they take in at home, the couple enjoys exploring Nova Scotia together, especially the road trips to Lunenburg to visit Eric’s daughters.
Sometimes new beginnings can be a little intimidating, but once you take the step, they will almost certainly always be an adventure.  
Eric said it best, “Sharing life with someone is so wonderful.”

Cupid Lands at the Lakes: Genevieve & Eric

février 13, 2020

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a story about love?

When Genevieve started her new beginning at Parkland at the Lakes (PAL) almost two years ago, the last thing she expected was to fall in love with the boy next door. Just two months after Genevieve moved in, a handsome fellow named Eric moved in, conveniently, down the hall.

Eric decided to make the move to Parkland at the Lakes from Southern Ontario to be closer to his daughters. One afternoon as he was heading out of his apartment, Genevieve caught his eye.

“I opened the door one day and this cute little brown eyed woman was standing there.”

Being neighbours, it was difficult not run into each other every now and then. Genevieve says it was impossible to avoid each other while Eric admits that their many run-ins may not have been accidental. “I may have been trying to run into her more on purpose than by accident.”

Eric and Genevieve’s love grew stronger as they spent time getting to know each other over coffee, dinner and games of Bridge. Genevieve won’t admit it, but Eric says she is a bit of a card shark when it comes to Bridge.

Last year Genevieve and Eric decided to start their new beginning together in their new shared suite at Parkland at the Lakes. In their free time, between all the activities and entertainment they take in at home, the couple enjoys exploring Nova Scotia together, especially the road trips to Lunenburg to visit Eric’s daughters.

Sometimes new beginnings can be a little intimidating, but once you take the step, they will almost certainly always be an adventure.  

Eric said it best, “Sharing life with someone is so wonderful.”

Spreading the Love in Cape Breton

février 14, 2020

When Breton Ability Centre reached out to their community to help make this Valentine’s Day a special one for residents, Harbourstone Enhanced Care knew they were the right people to answer the call. Residents, teams and family members at Harbourstone came together to support their community by handcrafting over 100 valentines to be handed out at Breton Ability Centre on Valentine’s Day.

They pulled out all the stops, using glitter and lace to make enough one-of-a-kind valentines to make sure that each and every resident at Breton Ability Centre received a special note.

Harbourstone residents, who are frequent recipients of holiday cards and well wishes, loved having the opportunity to return the kind gesture and spread the love throughout their community.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Paulina and Delores, residents of Harbourstone Enhanced Care

Sarah’s Sound Approach

février 20, 2020

Few people are as passionate about music as Sarah Condran, who works as a music therapist at Arborstone Enhanced Care in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Sarah is a very important part of resident life at Arborstone. Through the weekly programming she offers to young adults and seniors alike, she has seen first hand just how calming music can be. She has also seen how concrete changes in infrastructure can have a positive effect on resident behaviour. 
To investigate the impact of music and physical space, Sarah received $35,000 in funding from the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), an organization that supports grassroots initiatives to help improve resident health and quality of life. Sarah’s project, called A Sound Approach, explored the impact of sound on residents at Arborstone Enhanced Care.
“Noise is often overlooked in healthcare because it has become such a common factor in our environment. Noise can have a negative impact on residents in long term care homes, especially those living with dementia.”
But what, exactly, is A Sound Approach?
Sarah worked closely with CABHI to identify and implement changes to improve the sound environment at Arborstone. They renovated common areas, adjusted the layout of dining areas, installed acoustic panels and minimized equipment noise. They also changed practices to reduce noise during dining room service, improve the sound environment during recreation and leisure activities and develop preventative maintenance plans. Educating team members about the impact of sound was a key element of these changes. A visual noise indicator called a “SoundEar” was installed to increase awareness, measure noise and support the overall project goal of reducing the impact of noise.
The SoundEar, mounted on the wall of common spaces, provides a visual representation of noise levels for everyone to see, which makes it easier to keep track of sound levels. The SoundEar even generates noise level reports that pinpoint times and locations where noise has the biggest impact on residents, teams and visitors.

 “When we approach sound, and likewise music, with care and intent, we can create a purposeful environment that benefits the residents we serve, while reducing the potential risk that noise can create.”
Thank you very much, Sarah, for sharing knowledge with teams at Arborstone and all of us about the importance of noise and the impact it can have on residents’ day-to-day quality of life. You are certainly supporting Shannex in Leading the Way to Better Living.
 

The Resident and Family Advisory Committee

février 24, 2020

The Resident and Family Advisory Committee is entering is fifth year. It is a meaningful way to become engaged with our communities as we are committed to understanding residents’ needs in order to continuously improve the quality of care and services provided.
The Committee is a mix of residents and family members and can be consulted on a variety of initiatives such as:

  • Review and provide input on resident-centered policies and practices
  • Provide advice to improve service excellence initiatives
  • Provide suggestions on engagement opportunities for resident sand families
  • Review marketing and promotional materials
  • Give feedback on products and services
  • Help evolve resident and family engagement throughout the organization

We are currently making plans for our 2020-21 year and will provide updates to our communities soon.
For more information, please send all inquiries to gcostello@shannex.com or by calling 902-406-8303.

Armco Capital Transfers Ownership of its Willow Tree Tower Property to Shannex Group of Companies

février 27, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2020

Armco Capital transfers ownership of its Willow Tree Tower property

A new Parkland Lifestyle Residences community, owned by the Shannex group of companies, will offer a new option for active adults in one of Halifax’s most beautiful and iconic neighbourhoods
HALIFAX, N.S. – Armco Capital announced today it has transferred ownership of its property at the corner of Robie Street and Quinpool Road to the Shannex group of companies.
The sales agreement ensures all parameters approved by Halifax Regional Council in October 2019 will be adhered to, including the 25-storey building height, integrated bus shelter, setbacks to enhance the pedestrian experience and the $1.8 million contribution to the municipality’s affordable housing fund.
“I have known Joe Shannon and his family for many years. It is an honour and a privilege to pass on the stewardship of the development of this property to such a great person and organization,” says Armco Capital Founder, George Armoyan. “I am grateful to my team in Halifax who have brought the property to this stage and I look forward to their continued work as they shift their focus to our other exciting development projects in Atlantic Canada.”
“We are grateful to George Armoyan and his Armco Capital team for choosing Parkland to assume ownership of this sought-after development opportunity,” said Jason Shannon, President and Chief Operating Officer at Shannex Inc. “This active adult living community will be the first of its kind in the region and is based on the concept we are using in our new locations in Ontario. We have considered every detail to enrich the lives of residents who are looking for a lifestyle and a variety of suite options and amenities with the convenience of being able to purchase additional services as they choose.”
Expected to open in 2024, the building will feature spacious suites, stunning views, multiple restaurants a spa, fitness centre, simulation and virtual reality rooms, library, games room and multiple outdoor spaces.
An information session will be held in the coming weeks and a project information page can be found here. Interested parties can also sign up to receive an electronic newsletter for updates on the project.
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Parkland is a division of Shannex RLC Limited, a family-owned company with Maritime roots serving residents for more than 30 years. With retirement locations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario, residents experience an exceptional way to live at Parkland. Visit experienceparkland.com for more information.
Founded in 1982 by members of the Armoyan family, Armco Capital Inc. has grown from a small business run almost entirely by two brothers into a diversified and dynamic group of companies. Among the largest organizations of its kind in Atlantic Canada, Armco Capital is the development subsidiary of G2S2 Capital Inc., a privately held investment company focused on creating value across a variety of businesses with a long term horizon. Visit armcocapital.com for more information
For more information:
Shannex Inc.
Katherine VanBuskirk
902-406-8297
 
Armco Capital
Adam McLean
902-209-5145

Meet the Uke Group

mars 10, 2020

Learning a new instrument may be challenging at any age, but Parkland Truro residents are up to the task and ready to rock and roll!

The Parkland Truro ukulele group, or “uke group”, was formed eight years ago after a number of ukulele players performed for residents. The performance was so inspiring that they decided to give it a try themselves!

Whispers of interest turned into outright excitement leading up to the first scheduled class.

The uke group started with eight residents and instructor Angela Dwyer-James. As classes got underway, the soothing sound of ukulele music filled the halls.

As the program progresses, the group continued to share their love of music by recruiting more talent and inspiring others to try something new.

It’s the stuff of music legend: someone wants to start a band, so they canvas the halls with sign-up sheets looking for like-minded souls who are ready to put in the work and find harmony.

The group comes together to laugh, sing and learn a new skill every Wednesday morning in the theatre at Parkland Truro. And the sound of ukulele music continues to drift through the halls.

Love Will Find a Way – A Great Connection

mars 20, 2020

COVID-19 has impacted us all and we have taken steps to make sure our communities stay healthy and safe. However, while staying well and protecting seniors remains our top priority, this has made connections between family members a little challenging. We recognize these relationships are vital to residents and loved ones.
We will continue to share stories of perseverance, courage and honour the human spirit as we work through this together.
This Great Connection focuses on our location in Truro and team members who are making sure these touch points still happen.
Love Will Find a Way
At Fergus Hall, located on Parkland Truro campus, team members hatched a plan to make sure residents can still visit with their loved ones. Recently, the team began noticing family members were standing outside their loved one’s window in an effort to stay connected. As we all know, March in Atlantic Canada isn’t the warmest, so to keep everyone out of the cold the team decided to set up an “office” as a visiting space inside their front vestibule so residents and family members could stay connected, see each other and stay warm!
Thank you to our team members who are going above and beyond to find unique and creative ways to keep our residents and families connected during this challenging time. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by many!

Music for the heart and soul

mars 31, 2020

Music is such an important part of resident life and mental health. We know that social distancing is critical during these challenging times, however, it doesn’t mean we still can’t be social. The Parkland at the Gardens team organized an outdoor concert on Saturday and Sunday for residents. Cellist Catherine Little and musician Brad Reid played a line up of seven songs and each side of the building while residents watched from their windows and family gathered on the street to wave to their family members and take in the music! CTV dropped by, see their story here.

Families Helping Shannex Residents and Employees Stay Safe – A Great Connection

avril 10, 2020

As the current COVID-19 situation evolves, we continue to add precautionary measures to protect residents and team members in all of our communities.


When Dr. Greg Burk, an Endodontist in Halifax, heard we were looking for masks, he answered the call almost immediately and reached out to provide us 6,000 masks! Dr. Burk also has a special connection to our organization, his mother, Isabel, lives at Jubilee Hall in New Brunswick.


Thank you to Dr. Burk for lending a hand and helping our community.
 

Parkland Storytellers

avril 24, 2020

Who doesn’t love a bedtime story? This tradition is a large part of many of our fondest memories and Parkland at the Lakes wanted to make sure visitor restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t get in the way. PAL residents and staff teamed up to create a virtual library of their favourite children’s books for residents to read to their grandchildren. PAL team members capture these stories ensuring that no one goes to bed without a favourite tale read by one of our residents.

Our digital story library currently includes The Gruffalo read by resident Wilma Stewart White, Sleeping Dragons All Around read by Jill McKee and I Went To The Zoo read by Art White. You can find these stories on our YouTube playlist.

Help us grow our Library! We are looking forward to adding more stories soon. Do you have a story that you would like to share? Email your video submissions to connections@shannex.com to be added to story library!

Great Connections – A Team of Heroes!

août 28, 2020

Maplestone Enhanced Care in Halifax was the proud recipient of the Community Hero of the Day by FX 101.9 radio on August 27! The nomination came from Amelia Macdonald. Her mom is a resident there and said of her care “Their staff there are very hard working they go above and beyond for their residents. The love they give is beautiful, they always have time to talk to you and let you know how your loved one is doing. They tell me what mom did and how she makes them laugh”.

Great Connections – ‘Tis the Season for Story Time at Parkland

décembre 15, 2020

The holidays wouldn’t be the same without a classic tale or two. To spread some Christmas cheer, Parkland at the Lakes residents are taking turns sharing stories that we all know and love. Recently, resident Owen Walton read a festive favourite, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, now featured in our digital library.


This video is apart of the Story Time at Parkland series, created during the first wave of COVID-19. Although the holidays will be different this year, kids can still tune in and hear their favourite Christmas story.


This story, along with others, can be found on our YouTube playlist at https://bit.ly/3gOmOQl.


Do you have a story that you would like to share? Email your video submissions to connections@shannex.com to be added to story library!


Keeping the Conversation Going. We Support Bell Let’s Talk Day.

janvier 28, 2021

Today Parkland and Shannex locations across Canada will be taking part in Bell Let’s Talk Day. Now more than ever, it’s important to talk about mental health.


We will be taking part by texting, tweeting, watching and sharing on social media to keep the conversation about mental health ongoing.


Today, Bell will contribute five cents to mental health initiatives through text messaging, social media engagement, video views and phone calls. You can participate on multiple social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Snapchat through Bell, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS.


Mental health is important. Self care is important. We encourage everyone to add to the success of this initiative by continuing the conversation about mental health.


Take time for yourself and talk with someone you care about today.


Show your support! #BellLetsTalk. Find out more at: https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/bell-lets-talk-day

Shannex Supports Life Partners in Care Act

mars 4, 2021

The Life Partners in Care Act came into effect in Nova Scotia on March 1, 2021. It ensures eligible spouses, common law partners and domestic partners (Life Partners) can be placed together in licensed long-term care communities at the highest care level required.


We are grateful for this new legislation which keeps families together and helps us deliver on our own Philosophy of Service that sees residents choose how they would like to live their lives and have their choices reflected in the service and care they receive.


The process for entry into a long term care community remains the same and this now includes assessment for a life partner.


Learn more about Shannex long term care communities in Nova Scotia.
 
 
 
 

A Passion for Continuing Care

septembre 10, 2021
Orchard Court Continuing Care Assistants Ashlee Greenough, Helen Nickerson and Audra Abbott.

Helen Nickerson is a Continuing Care Assistant at Orchard Court. Every day, when she goes to work, she’s doing what she loves: providing resident-focused, quality care.


This is something that’s near and dear to her heart. Growing up in Truro, NS, her mother worked as a registered nurse in long term care. Following in her footsteps, Helen found herself working in the same setting, starting in the kitchen, and working her way up to become a personal care worker. She then transitioned into a career in mental health until 10 years ago when she decided to write a new chapter.


“When Shannex came to Truro I saw they were doing things differently,” Helen says with a smile. “I was really impressed and wanted to be a part of it.”


When she became a CCA, she applied to Shannex, got the job and never looked back. Her decision has led her to a rewarding career.


“You get to provide residents with care in a loving way,” she says. “To be able to commune with the person is really special – I’m passionate about what we do.”


She points out that she’s surrounded by a team of like-minded professionals who are dedicated to putting residents first – a commitment that extends beyond Orchard Court. When COVID-19 outbreaks touched our communities, Helen put up her hand and volunteered her assistance, working in the non-COVID units. In particular, her time at Tucker Hall stands out.


“Some of these people I will never forget,” she says. “Watching them work with residents filled my heart and made me cry.”


Helen feels blessed to do what she does for a living and knows it’s more than a job – it’s a calling.
Thanks to Helen and all our continuing care and healthcare workers for everything they do to keep our residents safe, happy and cared for.


Want to join our team? Learn more about Healthcare and Clinical careers at Shannex and view the latest opportunities.

A Voice for Those in Long Term Care

septembre 28, 2021
Parkstone Enhanced Care Resident Naomi Black
Parkstone Enhanced Care resident Naomi Black is part of the National Long Term Care Services Standards Technical Committee.

Over the next two years, the Health Standards Organization will be working on new national Long Term Care Services Standards. Informing this work is a 37-member Technical Committee made up of people from across the country who bring various perspectives to the table, including backgrounds in mental health, ethics and infection prevention and control. It also involves some who are living in long term care communities like Parkstone Enhanced Care resident Naomi Black.


“It’s very worthwhile work,” says Naomi. “Providing a voice to those living in long term care is important and not something I take lightly.”


The committee will concentrate on putting together a document that hones in on resident-centred care practices, safe and reliable care and a healthy and competent workforce. The committee meets for two hours each Friday and is required to take part in working meetings, write reports and complete required readings.


A broad range of people from residents and family members to clinicians and everyone in between is encouraged to take part in its Consultation Workbook and Town Halls.


“I think it’s necessary to have as many people weigh in on this as possible,” says Naomi. “I would like to hear from continuing care assistants, housekeepers, dietitians and more residents, as well as staff working in long term care.”


If you would like to make your voice heard, please visit https://longtermcarestandards.ca/engage for more information.

‘A Caretaker at Heart’

octobre 12, 2021

Wendy Roper has worked at Steelworkers Lane, part of Harbourstone Enhanced Care in Sydney, NS since its doors opened in 2002. As a continuing care assistant, she has had the opportunity to meet many different people, which has made for an enjoyable working experience. 

“The residents become your extended family,’ says Wendy. “You do your best for them, you protect them, you love them, and you try to make their time a little more comfortable and brighter; seeing them smile, laugh, or their eyes light up makes you feel like you did something right.”

The responsibility of caring for residents is something she holds near and dear. 

“I am a caretaker at heart,” she says. “Working in long term care allows me to do what I love to do.”

Growing up, she knew she wanted to help people, and a career in healthcare provided the opportunity to do just that. Wendy started as a Personal Care Worker with the family-owned company in the late 1980s. Ten years ago, she transitioned into a CCA role when she was given the opportunity through the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) program; this has become a fulfilling career move. 

“There are so many rewards that I can’t pick just one thing,” says Wendy with a grin. “Knowing that those who you care for are happy and contented makes the job satisfying; seeing their eyes light up at hearing a song that has a special memory for them gives you an emotional tug.” 

Wendy’s passion for providing quality care coupled with her strong work ethic are recognized by her colleagues.  

“She’s always smiling and knows her residents very well,” says Jody Macdonald, Harbourstone and Celtic Court’s Education Coordinator. “She’s a very dedicated and passionate CCA who has been a mentor for many, many new employees and students.”

Working with seniors is very satisfying to Wendy. She thrives on the challenges and opportunities presented by the job. Knowing that she’s making a difference in the lives of residents makes everything worthwhile.

Want to join our team? Learn more about Healthcare and Clinical careers at Shannex and view the latest opportunities.

Compassionate Care

novembre 25, 2021
Monarch Hall Licensed Practical Nurse Donna Maiden.

As a Licensed Practical Nurse at Monarch Hall in Riverview, NB, Donna Maiden is living her passion.

From performing assessments to providing a warm blanket or giving residents a hug, their wellbeing is always top of mind. Each day, when she returns home, she knows she’s making a difference in their lives.

This summer, during one of her shifts, Donna was having a conversation with a new resident in his room. On this day, the man was feeling emotional. His family lives away and he doesn’t get many visitors.

When she looked around the room, she noticed the walls were bare. After she left, she put on her thinking cap and came up with a plan.

“I reached out to the community, and I was able to gather a carload of items,” she says. “There’s paintings that people have painted, puzzles, throw blankets, small decorations, and many items to help make his room feel warm and inviting.”

Once the items were collected, Donna brought them to the resident on her day off. When she arrived, his eyes lit up and a smile danced across his lips. He was so overcome with excitement that tears of joy ran down his face.

“It’s important that we make sure that our seniors are taken care of, and they feel like they are in their home,” she says. “To me, that’s my most important role.”

Thank you, Donna, for your generosity and for going the extra mile for our residents.

Want to join our team? Learn more about Healthcare and Clinical careers at Shannex and view the latest opportunities.

Love of Writing

décembre 8, 2021
Thomas Hall resident Dr. Dohaney holds a B.A, from UNB, M. Ed from the University of Maine, an ED. D, from Boston University.


When you ask Dr. Dohaney, a professor who spent over 20 years teaching at the University of New Brunswick, who she aspired to be like when she grew up, without hesitation, she will say, ‘Lois Lane’. Ms. Lane was a fictional character who appeared in Superman Comics and was an award-winning journalist for the Metropolis Newspaper, The Daily Planet. As a young girl, Dr. Dohaney looked forward to receiving weekly comics sent to her by her Aunt, a housekeeper in The Newfoundland Hotel in St. John’s.  This aunt collected these newspapers and sent them to her family. Newspapers were a rarity in the village.  
Growing up in a remote village was challenging in other ways. For instance, she said she had to move to another small town four miles away to complete high school. This school was run by the Presentation Order of Nuns. It was here that her writing encountered challenges when she was accused of plagiarism by one of the teaching Sisters. This Sister wrote comments on two assignments one said, “Keep up with the Readers Digest” and another “Original writings only.”  It was the latter comment that hit home.  She had written a story about the comparison between herself and a dying tree that was on the convent property. Upon reflection, she realized that this time away from home and the lack of encouragement was not helpful to her writing.


However, in 1988, Dr. Dohaney, the first novel was published, The Corrigan Women.  It dealt with three generations of Newfoundland women and the effect that World War 1, World War 2 and Confederation had upon their lives. She went on to write six more novels, mostly Newfoundland-based: A Marriage of Masks, A Fit Month for Dying, To Scatter Stones; When Things Get Back to Normal, and The Flannigans.  Her most recent publication is a book of short stories titled, Caplin Scull.  


Dr. Dohaney wrote a screenplay – Come Back Paddy Riley – which became one of two screenplays that were selected by the Nova Scotia Film Board as winners in the Atlantic Film Festival.   Come Back Paddy Riley was one of Dr. Dohaney’s proudest accomplishments as it was based on true events that affected her family.  The story tells about her uncle from Newfoundland who went to war at a young age and like many others lost his life. Although a sad story, it contains much black humour, which made for an entertaining story. A Producer was ready to take it further, but Dr.Dohaney was conflicted on the proposed script direction which cast characters in an unfavourable light.


Dr. Dohaney holds a B.A, from UNB, M. Ed from the University of Maine, an ED. D, from Boston University.  She was recognized by the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award in 1995 for her novel, A Marriage of Masks. She also received the Lieutenant’s Governor’s Award for High Achievement in English Language/Literature Arts in 2012 in New Brunswick.

Exciting New Partnership

janvier 7, 2022
Exciting New Partnership
Christy Nickerson-Rak will provide project management expertise to support the partnership.

Exciting New Partnership

SHANNEX, PARKLAND AND FAUBOURG COMMUNITIES

As we strive to Lead the Way to Better Living, we always look at new ways to improve the lives of seniors in our communities. Through an exciting partnership with the CAN Health Network, our family-owned company is helping to foster tried and true, made-in-Canada technology that provides alternative solutions to strengthen the healthcare system. The collaborative group is made up of public and private organizations that are part of an integrated network that works together to support Canadian solutions.

“Being part of this network fits our desire to be an innovative service provider to older adults,” says Collaborative Learning Centre Manager and Research Specialist, Christy Nickerson-Rak. “We are proud to help create solutions that meet current needs with innovative technology companies.”

The national partnership has opened the door to allow Shannex to trial more ground-breaking, homegrown healthcare solutions to support our residents and team members. We are launching our first project through the network this month to adapt the Tenera Care technology for the retirement living continuum of care.

Visit the CAN Health Network’s website to learn more about the organization: https://canhealthnetwork.ca/

Talking About Mental Health is Important. We Support Bell Let’s Talk Day

janvier 26, 2022

The last 22 months have been mentally and physically exhausting. Healthcare workers across the country, including our Great People, have gone the extra mile to provide continued care and service to those in need.


This year’s theme of supporting ourselves and others, highlights the importance of conversations about mental health, actively practicing resiliency and how acts of kindness can go a long way to support others.  


We will be taking part by texting, tweeting, watching and sharing on social media to keep the conversation about mental health ongoing.


Throughout the day, Bell will contribute 5 cents to mental health initiatives through text messaging, social media engagement, video views and phone calls (on Bell Mobility devices). You can participate on multiple social media platforms including, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat.
Talk with someone you care about today.


Show your support! #BellLetsTalk. Find out more at: https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/bell-lets-talk-day

Shannex assumes ownership of Milestone Communities in Bedford, N.S.

février 1, 2022

In a joint release today, Milestone Communities and Shannex announced the sale of Milestone’s two West Bedford seniors’ living properties, the Pemberley and the Highbury. Shannex will assume ownership through its Retirement Living division which has locations across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario.


“Although we enjoy developing and operating seniors’ residences, the timing was right to find a great operator to take on the next phase of these projects,” said Jerry Nowee, former President and CEO of Milestones Communities. “Shannex has earned a reputation for operating vibrant, safe and reliable communities and I knew they were the right fit to carry forward the work I began alongside the impressive Milestones team.”

The Pemberley at Milestone Communities - living space


Milestone Communities is located in West Bedford and consists of the Pemberley (85 suites) and the Highbury (71 suites), each offering living options for active seniors. Shannex will maintain and continue operations under the Milestone brand with the support of all existing employees who will continue on with the organization.


“This opportunity came at the right time, and we are honoured to add Milestone to our family of communities,” said Jason Shannon, President and COO of Shannex. “Jerry and his team have created a unique living experience in a location where there is great demand for senior living options, and we see this as just the beginning for what we can create to meet this need in the Bedford area.”
Once complete in the spring of 2023, Shannex will also assume ownership of the Highbury II, a new 76 unit adjacent supportive living residential community which is under construction.


For more information:
Visit the Milestone Communities website.
Visit Experience Parkland

Shannex to add two new nursing homes in New Brunswick

février 11, 2022

The Department of Social Development announced today that Shannex would build two new licensed long term care communities in the province.

The Fredericton home will be built on Cliffe Street, next to Shannex’s Neill Hall. The new home in Moncton will be part of the campus currently being built behind the Northwest Plaza between Worthington Avenue and Mountain Road. The Moncton home is expected to open by November 2023; the Fredericton home is expected to open by April 2024.

“During these extraordinary times, we are pleased to be able to help address the need for more nursing homes which will take some pressure off the healthcare system,” said Shannex president and COO Jason Shannon. “We are committed to providing New Brunswick seniors and their families with the services and care they need and deserve. We are confident these new homes will be places where they will continue to live well with support from our dedicated team members. We know we hold the trust of New Brunswickers in our work and we take that seriously.”

Shannex is dedicated to this province and its people and recognizes that it is an honour to be entrusted with the responsibility of opening these new homes in Moncton and Fredericton where there is a critical need for long term care (240 beds) that will also help relieve pressure from the acute care system. More importantly though, these communities will become vibrant hubs for New Brunswickers to call home.
Shannex has more than 1,600 New Brunswick team members who care for residents in 10 nursing homes and six retirement living communities. They are the heart of the organization, and it is our priority to support them and their families as they navigate this extraordinary time. This includes actively working to recruit and retain more healthcare workers through strategic recruitment efforts, local academic partnerships, our own international recruitment team, and settlement support for newcomers.

Through the operation of its licensed homes, Shannex is accountable to the provincial government and the people of this province, just like every other licensed nursing home operator.

Learn more about our licensed long term care communities here.

Read the Government of New Brunswick news releases here.

CAN Health Network enables Shannex to expand the use of Tenera Care Technology to create safe and healthy communities

mars 3, 2022

The Coordinated Accessible National (CAN) Health Network announced today the launch of the Atlantic Network’s first commercialization project with Shannex, and Nova Scotia-based technology company, Tenera Care.

Tenera Care’s newest technology helps seniors live a more fulfilled and independent life. Through a commercialization project funded by CAN Health Network, Shannex will expand the implementation of Tenera Care’s real-time monitoring system technology to make it accessible to more residents at its Parkland Clayton Park community in Halifax, N.S. The Tenera Care platform supports the activities of residents, their families, and team members. The system uses automated data flow to help team members react and anticipate the needs of residents which improves quality related to safety, care and service. The outcome is that seniors are better supported to age in place longer within the organization’s continuum of services.

“We have a long history of support for innovative solutions that improve the lives of seniors. We believe in making evidence-based decisions to improve the quality of the care and service we deliver to residents which is why our partnership Tenera makes so much sense,” said Jason Shannon, President and Chief Operating Officer, Shannex.  “This technology helps our team members stay closely connected and responsive to the needs of our residents while also providing useful data that supports our efforts to make strategic and operational improvements rooted in real-world experiences of our frontline team members.”

The Tenera Care platform was initially introduced in 2018 in one of our memory care neighbourhoods at Parkland Clayton Park.

Read the CAN Health Network new release here.

Providing 20 Years of Quality Care  

avril 22, 2022
Meet some team members who have been working at Parkstone since it opened.

(L-R): (Back row) Dana Power, Wanda Chaisson, Lynn Hynes, Heather Casey, Lisa Peterson, Ron Savoie (front row, left to right) Jennifer Kirby, Lori Wilton. Missing from photo: Elaine MacKenzie, Helen Kelley, Jeana Cock, Darlene Dwyer, Pat Dwyer, Dana Schiefer, Glenda Sabine, Christina S

Residents and team members at Parkstone Enhanced Care are celebrating a milestone anniversary today. It’s been 20 years since the licensed nursing home in Halifax, Nova Scotia opened its doors. In this day and age, it can be a rare feat to work with an organization for most of your career. At Parkstone, there are 27 team members who have proudly spent most of their careers bettering the lives of seniors in the community.

When a new team member joins the Parkstone Enhanced Care family, the first person they are greeted by is Quality and Education Advisor Lori Wilton. Her warm personality shines through as she begins showing them the ropes through the orientation process. This is a special time for Lori as she has walked more than a mile in their shoes; Lori has been working at Parkstone since it opened in April 2002. 

When she looks back over her time working in the licensed long term care community the word family comes to mind.  
 
“In 2003, when Hurricane Juan hit the Halifax area, I remember all of the Home Office people coming up to help out,” says Lori. “They were making toast, feeding residents, making beds, anything they could do to support us.   
 
Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Kirby has also been working at Parkstone since the community began welcoming residents. She says the team atmosphere has made Parkstone a wonderful place to grow her career and an excellent place for residents to live.  

“There’s big spacious private rooms, private washrooms, and it’s a bright and inviting building,” says Jennifer. “It’s pleasant, and the team members are pleasant.”  

Licensed Practical Nurse Heather Casey has been working at Parkstone from the beginning as well. When she thinks about the special moments she has shared with residents, she can’t help but smile. 

“Singing for the residents always brings me joy,” says Heather. “I fondly remember singing at one of the resident’s 102 birthday in the parlour and another time for another resident’s 50th wedding anniversary.”

Many memories have been shared in this special community over the years and new chapters are continuing to be written. Thanks to all our Great People for your dedication and commitment to providing quality care and service to the seniors entrusted in your care.

Learn more about Healthcare and Clinical careers at Shannex.

National Day of Mourning

avril 28, 2022

Today is the National Day of Mourning. Today, on behalf of our Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees would like to honour the workers who lost their lives, were injured or suffered illness while performing their duties.

There is nothing more important than the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. Each day, we are committed to keeping them safe and cared for every day.

To pay our respects, residents and team members will be observing a moment of silence at 11:00 am (AST).

As an organization, ensuring our residents and team members are safe is of the utmost importance. We are committed to continuing to grow and improve safety in our communities.

Arborstone Celebrates 20 Years

mai 2, 2022
Arborstone team members (L-R) Recreation Programmer Donna Shadbolt, Licensed Practical Nurse Rose Lynn Demeter and Dietary Aide Shirley Dewolfe

On May 1, 2022, Arborstone Enhanced Care celebrated its 20th anniversary with the Shannex family. We are happy to introduce you to some of the people who have been there from the beginning.

“We take pride in our work,” she says. “We take pride in our wellbeing; in our relationships and the service we provide to the residents – they are well cared for.”

Our Great People go above and beyond to create exceptional experiences for those entrusted in their care. In the early 2000s, Shirley recalls a time when she took a turn dressing up as the Easter bunny.

“I did up Easter treat bags for the residents,” she says, “One of the team members asked me to go visit a particular resident because she thought the Easter bunny only came to see her roommate and not her.”

“I went down and hopped to the door and when she saw me, her eyes got right big and then she started crying tears of happiness. She had the biggest grin on her face – it was one of the nicest things I’ve ever had to happen to me.”

We are grateful for the commitment and dedication of our Great People. Each day, they contribute to the vibrancy of our communities and we appreciate everything they do to keep residents safe and happy.

When Donna Shadbolt looks back at her 34-year career at Arborstone (previously Park Haven and Armview Estates), a smile splashes across her face. The licenced nursing home community’s recreation programmer has celebrated many of life’s special moments in the community.

“I grew up here,” she says. “I started working here when I was 22, I met my husband, who worked as an LPN in the community for 40 years before he retired, we fell in love, had my children and raised them here; my whole life has been kind of been centred around Arborstone.”

Every day when Donna comes to work, she’s always touched by the interactions she has with the residents. The stories, the laughter and hugs they have shared over the years have always stayed with her, but there’s one memory in particular that stands out.

“When we were getting married the residents held a wedding shower for us,” says Donna. “One resident painted us a picture and another resident, with the help of the recreation department, made us a little memory book with some of our pictures in it and another resident made us a tape of love songs.”

There are many things that make the Arborstone community special. What some people might not know is the community is home to seniors and young adults. Licensed Practical Nurse Rose Lynn Demeter has been working at Arborstone for 22 years. When she thinks about her fondest memories, she’s quick to point out that working with the young adults was near the top of the list.

“Mealtimes were always fun because the residents were like brothers and sisters,” she says. “They were always laughing with each other, and they were a close-knit group – I always enjoyed being around them.”

Dietary Aide Shirley Dewolfe has been working in the community for over three decades and says one of the things that makes Arborstone stand out is the delight team members have looking after residents.

Learn more about Healthcare and Clinical careers at Shannex.

A Long Term Connection 

mai 12, 2022
Parkstone Enhanced Care LPN Heather Casey.

As a licenced practical nurse at Parkstone Enhanced Care, Heather Casey has dedicated her career to providing quality care to the residents she serves. In her role, Heather wears many hats. She’s a caregiver, a confidante and a friend. One of the greatest joys of working as a nurse in long term care has been connecting with the residents to make them feel safe and happy.      

“I remember singing for one of the residents on their 102nd birthday in the parlour and another time for a resident who was celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary,” she says. “As a team, we also sing happy birthday to residents on their birthdays in the dining room at mealtime.”  

Heather’s desire to become a nurse has been a calling. At the age of five, she remembers feeding candy medicine to someone and wanting to care for those around her. When she grew up, she naturally became an LPN. In the 20 years, she has worked in the licensed nursing home community, she has made memories that will last a lifetime. In particular, one touching moment sticks out.      

“In 2019, I left the floor where I have spent 17 years working to move to another floor,” she says. “The team members that I worked alongside planned a little send-off for me where the all the residents and the team members on the floor came together and presented me with two dozen roses; I received a rose from every resident.”

For Heather, working with the seniors has been like working with family. When a new resident comes to the Parkstone community, she always makes sure they feel welcomed and comfortable in their new home.

“When people come in the door, they’re entrusting their loved one in your care,” she says. “From a young age I was taught to respect her elders and I’m not going to treat their loved one any differently than I would treat my own.”

We would like to thank Heather for her many years of dedicated service to our residents and for always going above and beyond to make them feel cared for and appreciated.

Want to work with Great People like Heather? Learn more about Healthcare and Clinical careers at Shannex.

‘I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.’

mai 12, 2022
Arborstone Enhanced Care LPN Rose Lynn Demeter

When Arborstone Enhanced Care licenced practical nurse Rose Lynn Demeter thinks about what made her want to get into nursing, for her, it was always a calling.

“Since I was a child, I knew I wanted to get into healthcare somehow,” she says. “When I became an LPN, I thought I might want to become a registered nurse, but as I got working, I was comfortable and really enjoy what I was doing, so I decided to stay in my role.”

Originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Rose Lynn moved to Halifax 20 years ago and has been an important part of the licensed nursing home community since it opened its doors in April 2002 (Rose Lynn started working in the community in 2000 when it was previously Armview Estates).

“When I moved to Halifax, I had a few options and decided to give long term care a try and quickly discovered that this is where I was meant to be,” she says. “Our residents always have a story to tell and being able to hear their stories and being a part of them is a privilege – I just couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.”   

There are many things that make the Arborstone community special. What some people might not know is the community is home to seniors and young adults. When Rose Lynn takes a stroll down memory lane, there’s a particular time when her Arborstone family connected with her own family.

“A few years ago, some of the young adults in the community went to see a Men of the Deeps show. My dad is a member of the group, and I was able to organize a meet and greet for them,” she says. “Sometimes, when I see some of the residents who attend the show, they’ll ask me, ‘How’s your father?’ – it’s quite special for my two worlds to come together like that.”

One of the greatest joys that Rose Lynn has experienced working in long term care has been the connections she’s made over the years.

“You develop special relationships with residents, families, and your coworkers as well,” she says. “I have had at least eight to 10 coworkers that have been here since I started, and it’s quite nice; you develop friendships and relationships with them, you’re all on the same page, and everyone supports each other.”  

We would like to thank Rose Lynn for always going above and beyond to provide quality care and service to the residents entrusted in your care. Thank you for all that you do.

Want to work with Great People like Rose Lynn? Learn more about Healthcare and Clinical careers at Shannex.

Happy Personal Support Worker Day!

mai 19, 2022
(L-R) Tucker Hall Personal Support Workers, Alicia Soucy and Tyanna Tyler, dressed in full personal protective equipment during
an outbreak of COVID-19.

May 19 is Personal Support Worker Day! We would like to thank all our PSWs for their commitment to quality care and service. Today, we would like to introduce you to two of our Personal Support workers at Tucker Hall, part of the Parkland Saint John campus.

When Tucker Hall opened its doors in 2016, Personal Support Workers, Alicia Soucy and Tyanna Tyler were there to welcome residents. Since then, they have become integral parts of the community. Alicia’s bright personality has earned her the nickname “Ray of Sunshine” and Tyanna’s empathy and caring for others are admired by many. Over the years, they have formed strong bonds with residents that will last a lifetime.

“I love working with them,” says Tyanna. “They’re like my extended family.”

On November 20, 2020, the community, team members and residents faced a significant challenge – an
outbreak of COVID-19.

“The first thing I said when I was asked to help out was, ‘Oh my gosh, what I can do to help? Put me
where you need me,” says Alicia. “I immediately knew I needed to help.”

In the face of uncertainty, they put aside their fears and did what they always do by going the extra mile to provide quality care to residents.

This experience taught them many lessons that they have shared with others; both PSWs have supported eight COVID-19 outbreaks in long term care communities (three Shannex and four non-Shannex)
across New Brunswick.

“Alicia and I are a great team, and I’m so glad I got to have her at every outbreak,” says Tyanna. “It’s been great working with everyone and getting to know people in the other communities.”

“If someone asks you for help when they’re scared or in an overwhelming and fearful environment,
how can you say no?” says Alicia. “How do you say no? I couldn’t.”

Learn more about Healthcare and Clinical careers at Shannex.

Innovative Solutions for Long Term Care

mai 19, 2022
(L-R) Dalhousie students Sathorn (Puffy) Chante, Fabian Bong and Shana Saravanan hold their certificates of achievement for finishing in first place.

HOME OFFICE

As an organization that specializes in seniors’ care, continuous improvement and innovation are necessary drivers to identify new ideas and solutions. This is why we welcomed a special partnership with Dalhousie University for an exciting student event that took place
March 4-6, 2022.


The “Hackathon” event took place over the course of two days with student teams developing ideas and solutions in five challenging areas: falls, social isolation, disease progression and care transitions, and responsive behaviours.


The first-place team developed a Fall Prevention Scoring System (FPSS) using data from long term care resident assessments and real-time location data. They identified risk factors that put residents at increased risk for falling (e.g., diagnosis of dementia, decreased level of activity) and created a point system to identify residents at risk of falling. This score can alert staff to put interventions in place to prevent falling.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this innovative event

Our Ongoing Commitment to Inclusive Spaces

mai 19, 2022
Members of the Inclusive Action Committee attend the first committee meeting on March 24.

SHANNEX INCORPORATED

Shannex is on a learning journey to make our communities more diverse, equitable and inclusive. This important work began over a year and a half ago and continues today.

Since September 2021, senior leaders and people leaders have received training and education on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, unconscious bias, anti-Black racism, white privilege, Indigenous insights, teachings on 2SLGBTQIA+ and allyship from our trusted partner, Ashanti Leadership.

In August of 2021, we created a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Survey and asked team members for further insight. In February 2022, we shared those results with team members. The results have shown that we have the support of the respondents to continue this important work. However, the results also tell us there’s room for improvement.

We invited team members from across the organization to be a part of the Inclusive Action Committee; a working group of team members who will be actively engaged in directing our work on diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging. The first meeting took place on March 24 and additional committee meetings are planned over the next several months.

We will continue to update you as we continue to make progress on this important work.

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day at Parkland at the Gardens

juin 21, 2022

June 21 each year marks National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day to honour and celebrate the traditions, customs and contributions of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and learn more about their history.

Last year, 12-year-old Mi’kmaw youth, Landyn Toney, made headlines as he walked over 195 km in honour of First Nations children and people impacted by Residential Schools in Canada. In Landyn’s “Journey of Awareness,” he raised over $46,000 to support Indigenous communities.

Following his walk, Landyn, his sister Mataya and his mother Marsha stopped by Parkland at the Gardens to speak with the residents. Yesterday, one year after their first visit, Parkland at the Gardens was honoured to host the family once again.

At 2 p.m., Landyn and his family led residents in a Treaty Walk as they walked down College Street in downtown Halifax. Following the walk, Marsha spoke to the residents about Freedom Day, the former Indian Residential School grounds in Shubenacadie, N.S., where Indigenous children from all over the Maritimes attended until the school closed in 1967. One of the survivors was Landyn’s great-grandmother.

Leading up to their second visit to the community, Parkland residents came together and raised $772 to donate to Landyn’s Journey of Awareness. Maureen Banyard, a resident at Parkland at the Gardens, led the efforts and presented Landyn with the cheque. Following the cheque presentation, residents and team members took part in a smudging ceremony performed by Landyn.

Wela’lioq Landyn, Mataya and Marsha for connecting with Parkland residents. We look forward to hosting you again next year.

For more information on First Nations, visit your local Friendship Centre. Find a location near you, here.

Learning Together

août 17, 2022

Yellow Belt Training

Recently, 27 of our Great People from across New Brunswick gathered at Faubourg du Mascaret’s Collaborative Learning Centre of Aging, to participate in our first Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt class at Shannex. Made up of team members from various areas, the group focused on our long term care and special care homes.

This enthusiastic team spent two days learning together about quality improvement, Lean Six Sigma, change and project management and tackled their project for Yellow Belt certification. In the fall, the group will come back together to share what they’ve learned, celebrate accomplishments and complete their certification.

Congratulations to our newest class of Quality Improvement champions as they begin this journey. Well done!

The first class of Lean Sigma Yellow Belts, made up of Shannex team members.

Safety Culture Summits

août 17, 2022

Health, Wellness and Safety

Safety is a Guiding Principle foundational to our every day work. We strive for all our communities to have a positive health, wellness and safety culture. 

In June and July, safety leaders at each of our Shannex communities came together at one of 17 Safety Culture Summits to further learn and develop safety skills.

Our summit participants, made up of people leaders and JOH&SC members committed to the following:  

  • Strengthening work relationships 
  • Using the Safety Profile Scorecard (SPS) to benefit their community 
  • Contributing to help strengthen safety culture in the workplace 

In the coming months we will be checking in to learn about what’s happening at every location to transform our safety culture. Keep watching this space in future issues of Connections to be inspired.

Team members attending a Safety Summit in Sydney, Cape Breton in June.

Shannex Cares, our New Community Program

octobre 19, 2022

We care about community. It’s what started us on this journey when our founder purchased Shannex’s first nursing home in Sydney, Cape Breton almost 35 years ago. Since then, we’ve seen how strong community connections result in fulfilling experiences for residents, their families and

team members.

Today, we’re proud to share our new Shannex Cares community program designed to improve the lives of seniors through visible, meaningful opportunities for them to be seen, heard and valued for their wisdom and talents while addressing real issues facing seniors today.

Inspired by our Great People, we see ourselves as “elder allies” and we’re confident this new program will help us continue to deliver on our vision of leading the way to better living. As one of our trusted partners, who shares our passion how our Shannex Cares is here to provide support.

We empower great people.

Our new Community Spirit Fund recognizes the work of our Great People and gives back to the community. Team members, organizations and individuals can apply for a Community Spirit Grant.

We are leaders.

As a leader in our sector, we are pleased to offer a new Share on Care library with easy access to information and tools to help sector partners and others enhance the quality of life and health of all seniors.

We are a trusted partner.

To help us positively affect seniors’ issues within our focus areas of seniors’ wellness, active living and social connections, we partner with like-minded community organizations and post-secondary institutions.

If you are an elder ally, a community organization or a partner improving the lives of seniors, we want to hear from you. Visit shannex.com/shannexcares to learn more.

Delia Burgess: Sustainability Superstar

octobre 21, 2022

Throughout her life, Delia Burgess knew the importance of living a sustainable lifestyle. When she moved to Parkland at the Gardens in September 2021, joining the community’s Green Team was a no-brainer. As a member of the Green Team, it’s your responsibility to set an example and share ways to live sustainably with residents, team members and the broader community. This is something that Delia has become passionate about. “I want to make a change. The world is not going to last much longer the way it is, and things are getting worse and worse,” says Delia. “But I see great, amazing changes,” she adds. One of the ways she has helped at the site is by organizing the garbage rooms on every floor to ensure people know how to properly sort their garbage. “It’s hard to know how to get to know how to get through to everyone,” says Delia, noting that she is committed to helping everyone in the community do their best. Whether she is giving helpful advice, sorting garbage, making the waste process easy to understand, or making it fun with games, tips and tricks, Delia is always on the lookout for small wins and opportunities for positive change.

As an organization, we are committed to protecting the environment by taking a sustainable approach in all our communities, and we applaud Delia and the Green Team at Parkland at the Gardens for taking action! Do you have a green idea? We would love to hear from you! Submit yours to shannex.com/green-ideas.

Resident Voices

décembre 9, 2022

Meet “The Flamboyance”

Naomi Black, Elaine Hawkins and Barbara Cooper, three residents at Parkstone Enhanced Care, are also known as “The Flamboyance,” a name inspired by a flamingo-themed gift from one of their daughters. Together, they wrote an honest and insightful story titled Residents’ Voices which is a real-life glimpse into their day-to-day life. The piece was intended to be comical and something to help pass the time, but it quickly developed into an important message, dispelling many myths about life in long term care. In their words, “we want to see this story have an impact.”

Before publication, one of the members of the Flamboyance, Barbara, passed away earlier this year. We offer our deepest condolences to her loved ones and are grateful for the valuable legacy she left through this piece of work.  

On behalf of the Flamboyance, we are honoured to share their story. Please click here to read their story.

If you would like to connect with “The Flamboyance,” please reach out to Shannon Peterson at speterson@shannex.com.

Ouverture de Cohen Hall, un nouveau foyer de soins de 60 lits, à Saint John, N.-B.

janvier 16, 2023

Aujourd’hui est une journée importante pour Shannex Nouveau-Brunswick. Ce matin, une cérémonie d’inauguration a eu lieu pour célébrer l’ouverture officielle de Cohen Hall, notre tout nouveau foyer de soins agréé de 60 lits situé sur le campus de Parkland Saint John. Jason Shannon, président de Shannex, était accompagné de l’honorable Dorothy Shephard, ministre du Développement social, et de l’honorable Trevor Holder, ministre de l’Éducation postsecondaire, de la Formation et du Travail, pour l’événement.

« Il y a un peu plus d’un an et demi, le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick nous a fait confiance pour créer une communauté dans le cadre de sa vision et de son engagement indéfectible à servir les aînés de la région du Grand Saint John », a déclaré Jason Shannon, président de Shannex. « Avec les bons partenaires et la bonne équipe, nous avons été honorés de le faire. Demain, lorsque nous accueillerons nos premières personnes résidentes, nous verrons la preuve concrète de la différence que nous faisons ensemble. »

Cohen Hall est nommé en mémoire de feu Erminie Cohen, une sénatrice très respectée du Nouveau-Brunswick qui avait toujours du temps pour les autres et qui a travaillé toute sa vie à créer des opportunités pour que les gens puissent vivre leur meilleure vie. La sénatrice Cohen a été l’une des premières résidentes à emménager à Parkland Saint John lors de son ouverture en 2015 et elle a fait une impression sur tous ceux qu’elle a rencontrés. Des membres de sa famille étaient également présents pour la célébration.

« La sénatrice Cohen a contribué à de nombreuses causes et a été membre fondateur de la Fondation d’adoption du Nouveau-Brunswick, une cause qui lui tenait à cœur », a déclaré M. Shannon. « En l’honneur de ses nombreuses contributions, nous sommes heureux de faire un don à la Fondation d’adoption du Nouveau-Brunswick. »

Cohen Hall est une communauté de deux étages avec des quartiers pour 30 personnes résidentes à chaque étage. Les quartiers sont dotés de postes de soins infirmiers, de salles à manger, de salons, de bibliothèques et d’espaces d’activités. Chaque personne résidente dispose d’une suite et d’une salle de bain privées, ce qui garantit son intimité, sa dignité et sa sécurité.

Le nouveau foyer est également doté d’une rue principale intérieure novatrice qui favorise l’autonomie et le sentiment d’appartenance à la communauté. Les personnes résidentes aiment passer du temps dans une rue de petite ville, avec un café, un hôtel de ville, un salon de coiffure et une salle polyvalente qui sert de chapelle, de théâtre et de lieu de rassemblement communautaire.

Shannex est ravie d’étendre sa présence dans la communauté de Saint John. Merci à tous ceux qui ont contribué à la création de ce magnifique nouveau foyer pour les aînés de la région du Grand Saint John.

New Seniors’ Lifestyle Residence, Parkland Ajax, Opens

janvier 27, 2023
Regional Chair John Henry of Durham Region presented a commemorative grand opening certificate.

January 27, 2023 – Parkland Ajax, the region’s newest, unmatched Seniors’ Lifestyle Residence will welcome residents to their new home next week. Meticulously designed with today’s active senior in mind, Parkland Ajax offers a full range of services and care options to support seniors at every stage of life.

“Our family has had the privilege of serving seniors for more than three decades and we thoughtfully create every community for how residents want to live,” said Jason Shannon, president of Shannex. “They want beautiful, vibrant and safe homes where they can continue to socialize and do the things they love. They want to know we’re being environmentally responsible and giving back to the community, and most of all, they want peace-of-mind knowing we’ll be there for them when needed.” 

Parkland Ajax offers restaurant-style dining with locally sourced ingredients and seasonally inspired menu choices. Residents will benefit from 24/7 emergency response from on site team members, chauffeur service, pool, spa, fitness centre and wellness activities, secure building access and much more. Parkland Ajax is 15-storeys and has 223 private, spacious suites with a full range of living options.

“Whether you’re a senior looking for a lifestyle apartment or you require access to supportive care, every detail has been considered to age in place with care delivered by team members who come to work dedicated to helping residents live their best lives,” said Lisa Benjamin, Parkland Ajax’s General Manager.

Shannex is currently on track to receive ISO 50001 certification this year, making it the first seniors’ living provider in the country to achieve this designation. Parkland Ajax has been built to be energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The public is welcome to stop by this weekend for the open house, January 28-29 from 9:00am – 4:00pm with information sessions happening at 10:00am and 2:00pm each day. To learn more please visit experienceparkland.com/ajax 

About Shannex

We care about community. It’s what started us on this journey when our founder purchased Shannex’s first nursing home in Sydney, Cape Breton almost 35 years ago. Since then, the family-owned business charted a new path to improve seniors’ living options to deliver the ultimate peace of mind: flexibility and freedom your own way.

As the parent company of Parkland, Shannex operates three Parkland Lifestyle Residence communities for seniors in Ontario: Parkland on Eglinton West in Etobicoke, Parkland on the Glen in Mississauga and Parkland Ajax, as well as locations throughout New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

ExperienceParkland.com/ajax

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Media Contact:

Shannon Peterson
Communications Manager
902-237-6726

Commemorating Joe Desmond in the Halls of Harbourstone Enhanced Care

février 28, 2023
Mr. Joe Desmond and the plaque commemorating Joe in the “Desmond Way” link in Harbourstone Enhanced Care

If you’ve visited Harbourstone Enhanced Care, you’ve likely traveled through Desmond Way, the link connecting the two buildings. This “connection” between the buildings is named after Joe to commemorate his exceptional commitment to compassionately relocating residents and caring for them so well during his time with us. He was an integral part of our organization at Breton Bay having spent 15-years in his role as a key member of the maintenance team and was vital on the big day when we moved to Harbourstone.

Joe shared some thoughts with us as we approach the end of Black History Month. Sitting with his grandson Kevin, he smiled warmly and said, “Just be kind. Treat everyone with the same respect that you would want to be given to you.”

He demonstrated that belief every day during his time with us. His compassion and kindness are built into the halls of Harbourstone and we’re honoured to recognize him through the connection that holds his name.

Thank you, Joe, for your many years of service and for inspiring those around to collectively build a culture of acceptance and belonging.

Celebrating Our Great People on International Women’s Day

mars 7, 2023

We witness the defining strength and compassion of women who commit themselves to serve and care for our residents, everyday. Shannex has built a workplace where women thrive and inspire, and we couldn’t be prouder to be among the more than 80 percent of our Great People who identify as women today.

Each year on March 8th, people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) which recognizes the decades of work by women to fight for a gender equal world where women are seen, heard and valued for their contributions. We are honoured to work alongside many powerful women and have the opportunity to share their stories

Jovana Bailey

Parkland on Eglinton West General Manager


“As a leader at Parkland, I try to foster a positive, supportive, and inclusive workplace environment where our female colleagues and residents feel empowered and encouraged to speak up and lead.”

Jovana Bailey

Jovana believes the best way to encourage young women starting their career is to drive home the message of limitless potential! “I live my life believing that I can do ANYTHING… and I mean ANYTHING.” The sky is truly the limit; we just have to believe in and “fight” for the sky. The “fight” won’t always be easy… but the it will definitely be worth it.” Young women need to be encouraged to push beyond any socially or personally constructed barriers they may see to truly develop into what they desire to become.

Michelle Clark

Arborstone Enhanced Care General Manager


“When I reflect on the leadership team at Shannex, what comes to mind is those that hold leadership roles are there because of the qualities they possess, not what gender they are. To me, that is what empowering really is, providing those that can do the jobs the opportunity for growth.”

Michelle Clark

To young women just starting their careers, Michelle would share, “Don’t be afraid to lean into responsibility and take on tasks or projects that might challenge you. Grow beyond what falls under your official job description. Challenge yourself to learn and grow. The sense of accomplishment is so strong when we overcome obstacles.” Having a steadfast role model in her mother, Michelle has always been encouraged to have a voice and stand up for what is right, to work hard and persevere.   

Maria Agcon

Site Manager at Cedarstone Enhanced Care


“Sharing my journey serves as an inspiration and motivation to younger women, whether in the workplace or in the community and with the right attitude and mindset, they can achieve whatever they aspire.”

Maria Agcon

Before immigrating to Canada, Maria never envisioned herself in a leadership position. Now, as site manager at Cedarstone Enhanced Care in Truro, she embodies a strong, confident leader. Maria’s daughter is an LPN who is working on upgrading to be an RN, which is a great example of Maria’s impactful influence. Witnessing what her mother accomplished as a migrant to Canada has motivated and inspired her to take the leap and keep going. Maria feels so fortunate to be part of the team and be in her role as Site Manager at Cedarstone Enhanced Care. 

Gillian Hoyt-Hallett

Implementation Director NB Nursing Home Projects


“Our guiding principles speak to me as a female leader-we are compassionate, honest, professional and safe, and they align with how I live my life as a leader, mother, wife, sister and friend. ”

Gillian Hoyt-Hallett

Gillian’s approach to leadership ensures diversity is at the table. “When I reflect on my career, I can identify times when I was invited to the conversation and given the opportunity to demonstrate my leadership skills and to develop them.” Now, Gillian believes it is her responsibility as a female leader to do the same for the women she works with every day by inviting women to have a voice in important conversations and offering professional development opportunities. “We are in a unique position to understand the challenges that many women have and continue to face in the workplace and to eliminate those. I am proud to be a member of the Shannex leadership team and I hope that I have and will continue to positively influence others to truly Embrace Equity in our organization.” Our guiding principles speak to me as a female leader-we are compassionate, honest, professional and safe, and they align with how I live my life as a leader, mother, wife, sister and friend.

Ola Kit

Regional Lifestyle Consultant


“Speak up and challenge the norm. Provide a different perspective. Make sure they know you are there and you are a force to be reckoned with.”

Ola Kit

Ola is inspired by women who are successful by their own definition – whether that be to move across the country to pursue an opportunity, start their own business and put their heart and soul into it, come to work and make the most of their day, and those who are raising families while also achieving their goals. “There is power in words. We must continue to ask questions, push the boundaries and have our voices heard.” Ola is proud to come to work everyday and be with women who are raising the bar. “The joy, pride, dedication and confidence they exude is truly inspiring and I am so lucky to have them in my life.”

A Mailbox Project Connecting Residents to their Community

juin 14, 2023

NEILL HALL

Resident holding their mail that has been delivered to them by two volunteers
Left to Right: Vernon, resident at Neill Hall with Karah and Katie, volunteers from Keller Williams Capital Realty Group.

Fredericton, NB – Shannex Neill Hall and York Care Centre are excited to collaborate on a mailbox pilot project that connects 70 of their residents to the greater community of Fredericton, NB through special mail deliveries. Recently launched at both locations, the project is already successful with many meaningful connections being created between residents and schools, businesses and community groups.

“The joy and curiosity of receiving letters, notes and cards from the community volunteers is so beneficial to residents,” said Sharon Wahl, Neill Hall family member leading the initiative. “It not only makes residents feel valued and appreciated, but it also helps combat loneliness by creating a sense of purpose.”

The project is made possible through the support of many community partners including Home Depot, Covey Basics, the New Brunswick Alzheimer Society and the Retired Teachers Association. St. Thomas University’s Bachelor of Social Work students Grace Steeves, Emma Connors and MacKenzie MacLeod also each played an active role on the organizing committee.

“Witnessing the acts of kindness from volunteers who are taking the time to deliver and read mail to our residents on a regular basis is rewarding,” said Stephanie Seymour, Director of Community, Recreation & Volunteers at York Care Centre. “I would like to thank everyone involved in making this project a reality. A special thank you goes out to all the volunteer mail messengers as well as team members from Keller Williams Capital Realty, and children from the YMCA Fredericton, The Ville, Gibson-Neill Memorial Elementary school and École Sainte-Anne for their contributions.”

Wanting to keep the project meaningful and manageable, the project aims at receiving a sustainable amount of mail for months to come for the participating Shannex Neill Hall and York Care Centre residents, and potentially expanding the project to more residents in the future.

“Creating meaningful connections with the greater community, including intergenerational connections is so important for our residents,” said Sarah Condran, Recreation Coordinator and Music Therapist at Neill Hall. “It gives residents something to look forward to and allows them to build relationships with people of all ages in the greater community.” Anyone interested in contributing mail to the project or volunteering as a mail messenger can contact Sharon Wahl (swahl@bellaliant.net).

Team Member Spotlight: Patricia Chamberlain 

juin 28, 2023

LOSIER HALL

Patricia Chamberlain started working at Losier Hall, a licensed nursing home in Miramichi, NB in June 2019 as a Resident Attendant and then moved into the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) role in December 2021. Patricia is an LPN who possesses an exceptional talent for caring for residents with dementia. Patricia’s dedication extends beyond her role as an LPN as she is a certified Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care Instructor, eager to share her knowledge and empower others to provide excellent care. With her expertise in GPA, she skillfully navigates the challenges of working with individuals with cognitive impairments.  

Patricia is a committed team player; she understands that effective care requires collaboration and seamlessly integrates herself into the care team. Always willing to go the extra mile, Patricia eagerly lends a helping hand wherever is needed. Her selflessness ensures that everyone on the team has a fulfilling and rewarding day. In the demanding and often emotionally charged environment of dementia care, Patricia’s presence is like a ray of sunshine. Her residents find solace in her gentle approach, feeling understood and valued. In Patricia, the care team and residents have found an extraordinary caregiver, an invaluable asset whose expertise and kindness make a difference every day.  

“I like the sense of community Shannex brings, building relationships with residents, their families, and staff, it really feels like home”, Patricia says. Working with seniors adds value to our lives and work experiences. They will share stories, advice and humour with you and be curious about your background, family and hobbies. You will get to know their family and share a bond that is only possible outside of a critical care environment.  

Learn more about Healthcare and Clinical careers at Shannex.

Team Member Spotlight: Linda Hay

juillet 19, 2023

BRIDGEVIEW HALL

Linda Hay has been a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for five years and works at Bridgeview Hall in Miramichi. Linda is a compassionate and knowledgeable LPN who started her journey in Long Term Care in the Dietary department. “I decided to go back to school to obtain my LPN license while working as a Dietary Aid and then a Resident Attendant. I am a keen learner who values education and enjoys sharing my knowledge and experience with others,” Linda says. Hay consistently advocates for the residents, their families, and the team at Bridgeview Hall.

“I love how Shannex brings our residents and families together through entertainment and recreation. To see them smiling, singing, clapping, or tapping is always so special.” At Shannex, team members will work together to create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere where residents feel at home. We help them keep relationships and create opportunities to build new ones.

At Shannex, you’ll be meaningful work alongside a team of Great People. Learn more about Healthcare and Clinical careers at Shannex.

Le processus de demande de subventions d’esprit communautaire Shannex Cares désormais ouvert

août 1, 2023


La communauté nous tient à cœur. Grâce à nos subventions d’esprit communautaire Shannex Cares, nous offrons un financement aux organisations pour soutenir des projets et des initiatives dans nos domaines d’intérêt qui incluent le bien-être des personnes âgées, la vie active des personnes âgées et les liens sociaux des personnes âgées

Aujourd’hui, nous sommes heureux d’annoncer que le processus de demande pour nos subventions d’esprit communautaire Shannex Cares est maintenant ouvert ! Les soumissions seront acceptées jusqu’au 30 septembre 2023.s Community Spirit Grants is now open!

Nous sommes fiers de redonner à la communauté. Êtes-vous un allié des aînés ou connaissez-vous un organisme communautaire qui fait du bon travail pour soutenir les aînés? Si oui, nous voulons entendre parler de vous !

Soumettez votre demande

Team Member Spotlight: Tracey Thurston

août 8, 2023

Bridgeview Hall

With 16 years’ experience in long-term care, Tracey Thurston began her Shannex journey during a chaotic time in the healthcare system – at the beginning of the global pandemic. From chaos to control, Tracey advanced her skills and pursued a Bachelor of Nursing degree, continuing her career with Shannex as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). “Shannex gave me the support and opportunity to advance my skills and work to my full scope of practice and my role with them as an LPN began striving.” Tracey says.

Having a family and life commitments makes returning to school not an easy road, however we understand our Great People’s needs and ensure that they feel supported.

At Shannex, we understand what makes us unique and what makes us strong. We believe when people bring a variety of life and work experience to our team, it adds value and a new perspective to our work. It’s why we want to invest in your career and make this opportunity accessible to anyone excited about a new career in the long-term care sector.

Here, you’ll do meaningful work alongside a team of Great People. Learn more about Healthcare and Clinical careers at Shannex.

‘Sit when you want, with who you want, and dine how you want’

août 13, 2023

Recently, Saltwire’s Rachael Dyal was invited to experience the flavours of Parkland at one of our restaurant-style dining rooms in Parkland Ajax, in Ont. She shares her experience:

As someone who visited Parkland in downtown, Halifax, I was elated when I was invited to enjoy a meal. I had seen the dining rooms during my previous tour and my mouth was salivating. To be able to dine was an opportunity I was not going to pass up.  

I decided to bring my grandma and mom because they fit the demographic of people who benefit from all that’s offered in a retirement community like Parkland. Plus, it was genuinely nice to have some company.  

As I surveyed the dining area upon being seated, I took note of a few things: staff taking residents’ orders, residents being checked on continuously, and the chef making his way around each table to see how residents enjoyed their meal.  

But I think what captured my attention the most was the beaming smiles from residents enjoying their time.  

It was apparent that Parkland makes resident’s dining experience welcoming and comfortable.

Read about Rachael’s dining experience on Saltwire

Parkland’s philosophy revolves around three fundamental principles: Your Life. Your Choice. Your Home. Dining at Parkland is always a social occasion. Whether sharing a table with neighbours, friends or visiting family, residents enjoy a restaurant-style dining environment that consistently delivers on taste, service and atmosphere.

Introducing Parkland Ancaster: A 55+ Lifestyle Community

août 14, 2023

The Hamilton Spectator features our fourth Parkland Ontario location.

Parkland Ancaster will open in the summer of 2024 and feature a variety of lifestyle options that range from independent lifestyle apartments to all-inclusive and supportive lifestyles, assisted living, enriched care, and memory care. There are also options, dependent upon availability, for short-term accommodations, which are perfect for seasonal “snowbirds” and people requiring rehabilitation or respite stays.

Thanks to its multiple lifestyle options and flexible packages for meals, housekeeping, transportation, and additional services, you can truly tailor your retirement lifestyle to your personal needs and desires.

This commitment to quality and putting residents first is part of the Parkland Promise — which is rooted in that well-known East Coast hospitality. Parkland is a family-owned business that got its start in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Founder Joseph Shannon wanted to give back to the community by improving seniors’ living options. That commitment continues to this day.

Read more on The Hamilton Spectator

Nursing Home Without Walls

novembre 9, 2023

Shannex New Brunswick

Clarence Tucker, Ruth Gouchie, Dianne Ramsay, and Thelma
Sobey on Main Street, Losier Hall, NB

Shannex New Brunswick nursing homes, Embassy Hall, Cohen Hall, Tucker Hall, and Losier Hall, are opening their doors to older adults in the community as part of Nursing Homes Without Walls. This program will include the addition of a Senior Navigator role at these homes. These navigators will help provide access to support services and social health activities for seniors in the community while they continue to live at home.

Launched in 2019, the Nursing Home Without Walls (NHWW) initiative helps older adults to age in place by accessing supports and services at local nursing homes. NHWW was developed by the Research Centre on Aging at the Université de Moncton, in partnership with Healthcare Excellence Canada.

We look forward to offering services and opening our nursing homes to more seniors in the community.

Learn more about Nursing Home Without Walls

Fière de célébrer l’avenir des soins de longue durée à Moncton

novembre 17, 2023

Shannex a été choisie pour construire et exploiter un nouveau foyer de soins à Moncton, au Nouveau-Brunswick.

Nous avons hâte de souhaiter la bienvenue à 60 nouvelles personnes résidentes qui se sentiront chez soi dans cette nouvelle communauté. Le nouveau foyer ouvrira ses portes en novembre 2025.

Le nouveau foyer sera construit à côté des foyers de soins récemment ouverts, Gordon Hall et Ocean Hall, et fera également partie d’un campus plus vaste construit derrière la Northwest Plaza, entre l’avenue Worthington et le chemin Mountain. Une fois achevée, le nouveau foyer de soins sera relié aux deux foyers de soins existants par l’entremise de notre rue principale.

Notre rue principale intérieure est un concept qui favorise l’indépendance et le sens de la communauté en permettant aux personnes résidentes de passer du temps dans une petite ville. Elle comprend un salon de coiffure, un café, une mairie et une salle polyvalente qui sert également de salle spirituelle, de théâtre et d’espace de rassemblement communautaire.

Nous sommes engagés à offrir les bons soins et services aux aînés de la région du Grand Moncton dans cette nouvelle communauté. Ce nouveau foyer sera chaleureux et accueillant, et nous sommes convaincus que les personnes résidentes vivront bien grâce au soutien des membres dévoués de notre équipe.

Pour en apprendre plus sur nos foyers de soins Shannex

Subventions d’esprit communautaire – instead of … subventions pour l’esprit communautaire

novembre 28, 2023

Depuis 35 ans, nous soutenons les personnes âgées et il y a un peu plus d’un an, nous avons lancé Shannex Cares, notre programme de dons à la communauté. Ce programme nous permet d’établir des liens solides entre les personnes qui vivent et travaillent avec nous et l’ensemble de la communauté. Grâce à Shannex Cares, nous sommes fiers de nous associer aux alliés des aînés de la communauté qui partagent une même passion, afin d’influencer un changement réel et de faire une différence dans la vie des aînés.  

Aujourd’hui, c’est le Mardi de la générosité, une journée consacrée à rendre le monde meilleur en encourageant les gens à donner en retour de toutes les façons possibles. C’est le jour idéal pour annoncer le plus récent groupe de récipiendaires de nos subventions d’esprit communautaire Shannex Cares, qui offrent du financement aux organismes pour soutenir des projets et des initiatives dans nos domaines d’intérêt, soit le bien-être des aînés, la vie active des aînés et les liens sociaux des aînés.  

Félicitations à chacun des organismes suivants qui se voit recevoir une subvention d’esprit communautaire de 2 500 $ pour soutenir davantage de personnes âgées dans leur communauté. 

  • Meals on Wheels Fredericton offre aux aînés des services de nutrition, des séances d’apprentissage et des occasions de socialiser. Notre subvention permettra à un plus grand nombre de personnes âgées, de personnes avec un handicap et de membres de la Première nation Sitansisk de participer à leur programme hebdomadaire de repas communautaires. 
  • Le Centre communautaire Moncton Lions propose des programmes de remise en forme, de créativité, de socialisation, de santé et de bien-être aux personnes âgées dans son centre ainsi que dans les foyers de soins de la région du Grand Moncton. Notre subvention leur permettra d’acheter l’équipement nécessaire à la mise en œuvre de leurs programmes. 
  • Le YMCA Greater Saint John convertira une pièce de l’Irving Oil Field House en un centre pour personnes âgées qui comprendra un bureau, un lieu de rencontre, un coin cardio, un coin lecture et un cercle social. Notre subvention soutiendra la conversion de la salle et permettra à davantage de personnes âgées d’avoir accès à des activités qui soutiennent leur santé physique et mentale. 
  • Le Stepping Stone Senior Centre de Fredericton offre des programmes quotidiens pour les personnes âgées et organise des excursions d’une journée pour les personnes âgées intéressées, en particulier celles qui souffrent d’isolement social, qui traversent des périodes difficiles et qui ne sont pas en mesure de visiter des endroits pour quelque raison que ce soit. Notre subvention permettra à un plus grand nombre de personnes âgées de la région de participer à des programmes de vieillissement en bonne santé et de socialiser lors de diverses sorties. 
  • La Lucasville Community Association propose des programmes pour les personnes âgées qui comprennent des activités de remise en forme et des événements sociaux et culturels. Notre subvention l’aidera à étendre son programme Coffee House où de nombreux aînés se réunissent régulièrement pour socialiser. 
  • Le Portapique Market propose un programme hebdomadaire pour les personnes âgées. Notre subvention permettra de parrainer des personnes âgées souffrant de maladies liées au régime alimentaire et de leur donner l’occasion de socialiser, de préparer un repas ensemble et de participer à des activités de mouvement adaptées aux besoins physiques de chaque participant. 
  • Le Sackville Seniors Advisory Council aide les personnes âgées à lutter contre l’isolement et la dépression, et leur donne un sentiment de valeur grâce à des programmes et des activités tels que le tricot, le crochet, le soutien aux personnes en deuil, la santé mentale, les groupes de rencontre d’amis et les séances de perte de poids. Notre subvention les aidera à remplacer de vieux meubles afin que les clients puissent s’asseoir confortablement lorsqu’ils participent à leurs programmes. 
  • Operation Kindness à Truro est parti d’une idée géniale et a aidé 50 personnes âgées de la communauté à bénéficier d’un repas complet le jour de Noël l’année dernière. Notre subvention aidera le groupe de bénévoles à d’élargir cette initiative et à livrer jusqu’à 300 repas aux personnes âgées cette année. 
  • La Alzheimer Society of Durham Region offre un soutien aux personnes atteintes de démence ainsi qu’à leur famille et à leurs partenaires de soins. Notre subvention contribuera à soutenir son programme Comfort Companions, qui fournit des animaux de compagnie robotisés et des poupées conçues pour apporter du réconfort et de la compagnie aux personnes atteintes de démence. 

Celebration of Wreaths: A Festive Fundraiser 

décembre 4, 2023

 

Elder Ally, Maureen Banyard and Parkland at the Gardens raise community spirit and $25,000 for the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia  

Now in its second year, the Celebration of Wreaths, led by Parkland at the Gardens resident, Maureen Banyard, has become a heartwarming symbol of community engagement and support for seniors.

The event, which took place in December, brought together residents and community members in the spirit of giving and raised over $25,000. Guests had the opportunity to contribute by either donating a wreath or making direct contributions to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

“All funds raised go to support mental health. We in turn will take that funding to support community grants, many of which will support seniors in our communities,” said Starr Cunningham, CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. 

“When we can help one person to improve their feelings and their health, I feel that we’ve supported them,” Maureen added 

The event, supported through Shannex Cares, strengthens the relationship between seniors and their community, symbolizing how simple acts, when driven by a sense of community, can create lasting positive change. Elder Allies, like Maureen, make a difference by supporting and developing visible, meaningful opportunities for elders to be seen, heard, and valued. 

“It’s so critically important to connect with seniors over the holidays. When you look at an event like this, that’s exactly what it is. It’s connecting seniors to their community,” said Starr. 

Learn more about Shannex Cares at Shannex.com/ShannexCares 

Maureen Banyard stands with Jason Shannon

Students Embark on a New Learning Journey

décembre 5, 2023

Congratulations to the first cohort of Shannex Work and Learn PSW graduates!

The first cohort of students are excited to embark on their brand-new learning journey through the Shannex Work and Learn Personal Support Worker Program, a unique opportunity for those looking to begin their career as a personal support worker.   

Over 12 weeks, from November to February, students from New Brunswick will be learning the skills required to competently care for residents living within our long term care communities.  

The program includes theory-based classroom learning and in lab hands on learning. Students will also learn directly on site through shadowing, volunteering, and on-site practicums. The final step of the program includes an interactive mentorship element.  Mentorship provides students the opportunity to work with experienced professionals and see how to put their newly learned skills into practice.  

Students experience 13 theory-based modules, five additional online and internal certification courses, and over 80 lab and 250 experiential learning hours. In total, students will have more than 450 learning hours that will prepare them for to support residents with their daily living activities, nutritional needs, and medication, while also have knowledge of palliative management and acute care.  

Not only is this fully comprehensive program government approved through the New Brunswick Government, Post Secondary Education – Training and Labour, but it also provides students with a full-time wage throughout training. 

If you are interested in enrolling in the Work and Learn Program for PSW’s contact Morgan Lambert mlambert@shannex.com  

Candidates looking to apply for the program must meet the following requirements: 

  • Clear Criminal Record. Check & Vulnerable Sector Check  
  • Grade 12 Diploma, GED or Mature Learner Status 
  • Recommended Experience in the Health Care Industry 
  • Reliable Transportation 
  • Access to computer and reliable internet connection 
  • Computer literacy (able to complete online requirements) 
  • English Language Proficiency testing as needed (IELTs score or equivalent of 6.0 or higher) 
  • Successful Employee Interview & Selection Process 
  • Medical Clearance Completion

‘Stuff a Bus’ for Feed Nova Scotia

décembre 6, 2023

At Shannex, we empower Great People to give back to the community. Recently our Great People from our Home Office in Halifax donated 11 “stuffed boxes” of food and $385 to Feed Nova Scotia.

The Feed Nova Scotia‘s “Stuff a Bus” annual food drive is critical in bringing in the food we need to support thousands of families through the holidays and into the new year. The project, with the help of the Amalgamated Transit Union, has been helping out Nova Scotians since 1991.

Part of Workplace Wellness Month, the Shannex Home Office has participated in this initiative since 2021. It is part of Shannex’s efforts to give back to the community.

“Shannex values community and the health and wellbeing of the people within that community participating in the “stuff the bus” campaign reinforces that belief and values. Building stronger individuals creates strong happier communities,” said Heather Beaudoin, Manager Health, Wellness, and Safety at Shannex.

Giving can also contribute to individual and team confidence by fostering a sense of purpose and meaning. When we give to others, we feel like we are making a difference in the world and contributing to something larger than ourselves. 


Our Shannex Cares Community Spirit Fund offers support for our Great People and community organizations that improve the lives of seniors. Are you an Elder Ally? Learn more about Shannex Cares https://shannex.com/shannexcares/

London Hall Opens

décembre 12, 2023

In the heart of West Bedford, Nova Scotia, is London Hall, the latest addition to the Shannex family.

Nestled on the Parkland West Bedford campus, this licensed long-term care community opened its doors with open arms to welcome its first residents.

London Hall is a small and intimate home designed to accommodate 20 residents, fostering a close-knit sense of community.

The recent welcoming of the first residents to London Hall marks the beginning of a new chapter, as London Hall becomes an integral part of the Parkland West Bedford campus.

The community not only meets the physical and medical needs of its residents but also prioritizes their emotional and social well-being, creating an environment where every resident can thrive.


Learn more about London Hall

London Hall at Parkland West Bedford

Dons du personnel exceptionnel

décembre 20, 2023

C’est à nouveau ce temps de l’année pendant lequel nous avons le plaisir d’annoncer les récipiendaires de nos dons du « personnel exceptionnel ». Dans le cadre de notre programme communautaire Shannex Cares, quatre fois par an, nous demandons à notre personnel exceptionnel de nominer et de voter pour des organisations ou des groupes qui font un excellent travail en soutenant les personnes âgées et en faisant une différence dans la communauté. Inspiré par notre personnel exceptionnel pour aider à créer des opportunités visibles et significatives pour les aînés d’être vus, entendus et valorisés pour leur sagesse et leurs talents, Shannex Cares nous permet de donner en retour et de reconnaître les alliés des aînés dans la communauté.

Les récipiendaires de dons du personnel exceptionnel de 1 000 $ chaque sont les suivants :

Les récipiendaires ont reçu la bonne nouvelle qu’ils ont reçu un don du personnel exceptionnel et ils apprécient vraiment votre soutien.

À propos des bénéficiaires :

Le Reserve Mines Seniors and Pensioners Club est une organisation qui s’est réunie pour soutenir les personnes âgées d’une petite communauté pendant la pandémie. Non seulement ils donnent de leur temps pour préparer et servir des repas trois fois par semaine, mais ils sont également conscients des obstacles sociaux, économiques, psychologiques et physiques auxquels les personnes âgées sont confrontées, en particulier pendant les périodes d’isolement. Ils sont une épaule sur laquelle on peut s’appuyer et se surpassent dans tout ce qu’ils font.

Le Salvation Army Community and Family Services (L’Armée du Salut) propose des programmes pour les personnes âgées ainsi que de l’aide aux enfants, aux personnes et aux familles dans le besoin. Cela comprend des programmes de soutien et des groupes d’entraide, de la nourriture et des vêtements d’urgence, des services d’approche communautaire et des haltes-accueil, des programmes pour enfants, des services d’orientation, de défense et de soutien, une cuisine pédagogique, de l’aide pour Noël et la préparation de l’impôt sur le revenu.

L’Hospice Mississauga offre des séminaires sur la médecine corps-esprit. Ils soutiennent non seulement les personnes en fin de vie, mais aussi les personnes qui les entourent dans les moments difficiles.

Pour en apprendre plus au sujet de Shannex Cares.

Nursing Home Without Walls Paves the Way for Seniors to Flourish at Home

janvier 19, 2024
Program Founder, Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard; Regional Manager of Nursing Home Services in Miramichi, Jeff Swaine; Seniors Navigator, Tammy Malley; MLA Michelle Conroy; Deputy Mayor, Paddy Quinn; Minister Responsible for Seniors, Honourable Kathy Bockus; MLA Réjean Savoie; Major Adam Lordon; and, Councilor Veronique Arseneault

Today, at Losier Hall in Miramichi, seniors from the local community came together to witness the launch of a Nursing Home Without Walls. This program, spearheaded by the visionary founder Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard, is dedicated to providing essential support and services to older adults, enriching their lives while allowing them to age gracefully in their homes.

The event showcased the commitment of Nursing Home Without Walls to ensuring older adults and their families have access to vital services and information related to aging in place. The program aims to tackle social isolation and loneliness through innovative social health initiatives, recognizing the profound impact on both older adults and their caregivers.

Tammy Malley, a senior navigator, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “I’m so pleased to have had the opportunity to welcome seniors from the Miramichi community into Losier Hall today for the launch of the Nursing Home Without Walls initiative. As this program grows, we hope that it becomes the hub for seniors where they can access services to help them live better at home.”

The event hosted esteemed guests, including the Honourable Kathy Bockus, Minister responsible for Seniors, and local elected officials MLA Réjean Savoie, MLA Michelle Conroy, Mayor Adam Lordon, Deputy Mayor Paddy Quinn, and Councilor Veronique Arseneault. Their presence underscored the community’s collective commitment to empowering the local population to respond to the evolving needs of an aging demographic.

Nursing Home Without Walls is breaking down walls and fostering a supportive environment for seniors to age with dignity, surrounded by a caring community. The launch event marked the beginning of a brighter and more connected future for older adults in Miramichi.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us, including the Miramichi Fiddlers, for making this Grand Opening an incredible success.

Shannex is proud to participate in the Nursing Home Without Walls initiative. The Nursing Home Without Walls program is a collaboration between Social Development, the Université de Moncton, and Healthcare Excellence Canada. 

Learn about Nursing Home Without Walls

Mental Health Matters at Shannex

janvier 29, 2024

January can be one of the most challenging months of the year –  cold and darkness can have a real impact on your overall health and wellbeing. This is, Shannex dedicated the month to promoting mental wellness through Mental Health Matters.

Mental Health Matters is a homegrown initiative to bring awareness, acceptance, and action to mental health in our communities. Residents and team members shared their wisdom on how to manage mental well-being and how they practice self-care in their daily routines.

Mental health challenges can affect anyone – at any age. Working as a community we can support each other through struggles and hard times, you are not alone.

Your Mental Health Matters!

Team members from Parkland at the Gardens, NS sharing how they practice self-care.

Residents from Parkland in the Valley, NB spreading inspiring words on Bell Let’s Talk Day.

Black History Month

février 1, 2024

Together, we celebrate and honour the achievements of Black Canadians and Black communities – while acknowledging the injustices and prejudice people of African descent have suffered because of the legacy of enslavement and systematic anti-Black racism.  

February 1st marks the annual celebration of Black History Month across Canada and the United States. (called African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia). Together, we celebrate and honour the achievements of Black Canadians and Black communities – while acknowledging the injustices and prejudice people of African descent have suffered because of the legacy of enslavement and systematic anti-Black racism.  

Throughout February, we will share stories on all our content channels honouring our Great People of African descent. 

At Shannex, we strive to create culturally safe places to work and live and are committed to establishing and cultivating a workplace that reflects the diversity of our Great People -and the communities in which we operate. To pledge our commitment to celebrating this special month, Shannex is making $1,000 donations to scholarship/bursary funds at Université de Moncton, University of Toronto and Dalhousie University to support African Canadians pursing post-secondary education.

As we celebrate Black History Month through participation in events and festivities in the community, it is most important to consider how we can make meaningful cultural change. Unpacking the legacy of colonialism and enslavement in Canada can be an uncomfortable learning journey. Still, it is through cultural humility that we will collectively build a culture of acceptance, belonging and anti-racism. 


Meet our Great People from the Black Canadian community


Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging Courses

Shannex Connects offers several online courses on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I invite you to begin your learning journey there. 

Share with us

Healthcare professional smiling

Are you a team member of African descent who has a story to share? Or a team coordinator who is hosting activities for Black History Month?

Black History Month Profile: Taiwo Babalola

février 12, 2024
Taiwo joins Arborstone Enhanced Care resident to raise the African Nova Scotian flag


Why is Black History Month/African Heritage Month meaningful for you?

Taiwo Babalola 
Community Manager, Arborstone Enhanced Care 

My name is Taiwo, and I am originally from Nigeria, the most populous Black nation in the world. I am a twin, and when twins are delivered among the Yoruba (my tribe), traditionally, they automatically go by the names Taiwo and Kehinde. Taiwo is the name given to the first twin, and it means go and explore, and Kehinde means the last to arrive. 

True to my name, I love to explore, and Canada has always been first on the list of my dream destinations. However, my twin sister (Kehinde) was first to move to Canada in 2013, although I tried to apply twice before she did, but I was unable to continue with the process. My first attempt was in 2010; my wife and I, with our 6-month-old daughter, drove 6 hours to an approved center to take the IELTS. We got all the requirements ready, but by the time we were ready to put in our application, the available slots for nurses were already filled. After another failed attempt in 2012, my wife and I decided to stay in Nigeria and began to invest in trade, agriculture, and real estate. 

Fast forward to 2019, and my wife suggested trying for Canada again. The political situation and crisis in Nigeria had become unstable and alarming to the point that terrorism and kidnapping had become the order of the day. My family and I were fortunate to have escaped a kidnapping that took place a few blocks away from our house. We put in our application, and then COVID struck – it was not until 2022, 12 years after our first attempt, that we could move to Canada as permanent residents.  

Relocating was the most difficult decision we’ve ever made; we had to quit our promising careers, leave our businesses, families and friends and venture into the unknown. Halifax, however, received us with unimaginable warmth and hospitality. We were gifted with food, furniture, and clothing to the point that we became overwhelmed and started turning away gifts. 

Today, I am truly grateful that I can call Canada my home, a beautiful country that has afforded me the opportunity of a promising future. My three beautiful daughters love it here and feel safe. My wife and I are again growing our careers thanks to an enabling environment, and our family is enjoying our second winter with hot cocoa and marshmallows as new homeowners.  

Black History Month reminds me of how much, as a people, we have grown. Less than a hundred years ago, black people were taken from their homes and forced to live here amidst insecurities; today, we work hard to meet the requirements to move here where we feel safe and at home. Canada is a very cold land but with very warm people.  

Read more about Black History Month

Information Session

février 21, 2024
Kristina Comuzzi, Director of Sales and Jodi Bartlett, Sales Manager, New Developments, presenting at the Parkland at Bedford Square Information Session.

Parkland at Bedford Square

On November 16th and 30th, over 300 guests were introduced to Parkland at Bedford Square. Information sessions were held at Home Office, located across the street from the developing community.

Guests learned about the amenities, continuum of lifestyle options, and the many exciting features that will be coming to the new space.

View upcoming Parkland events

Shannex Crowned 2023 Carbon Hero

février 21, 2024
Kim MacDonald, Shannex VP of Property and Support Services accepts the 2023 Carbon Hero Award


In December, Shannex received the prestigious Carbon Hero Award at BOMA Nova Scotia’s Annual Holiday Luncheon. The award was presented in recognition of our outstanding commitment to environmental stewardship and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. We are proud of this accolade which not only commends our efforts, but also recognizes our leadership work in the fight against climate change.  

We believe that everyone has a role to play in protecting the environment and that sustainable actions are more impactful when done together. We are the first Canadian Seniors’ Living Organization to receive ISO 50001 Certification and, in 2020, the organization implemented the Ecopilot® AI for HVAC software in seven communities.

Based on the success of this work, Shannex will install the AI solution across 24 more buildings, an ambitious project that is projected to save 3,830,000 KWh – or the equivalent of powering nearly 350 homes for an entire year! 


Learn how Shannex is committed to protecting the environment with an action plan that transforms the way we prioritize sustainability. 

Strategic Direction: Environmental Stewardship

Celebration of Wreaths 

février 21, 2024

 

A Festive Fundraiser

Elder Ally, Maureen Banyard and Parkland at the Gardens raise community spirit and $25,000 for the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. 

Now in its second year, the Celebration of Wreaths, led by Parkland at the Gardens resident, Maureen Banyard, has become a heartwarming symbol of community engagement and support for seniors.

The event, which took place in December, brought together residents and community members in the spirit of giving and raised over $25,000. Guests had the opportunity to contribute by either donating a wreath or making direct contributions to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

“All funds raised go to support mental health. We in turn will take that funding to support community grants, many of which will support seniors in our communities,” said Starr Cunningham, CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. 

“When we can help one person to improve their feelings and their health, I feel that we’ve supported them,” Maureen added 

The event, supported through Shannex Cares, strengthens the relationship between seniors and their community, symbolizing how simple acts, when driven by a sense of community, can create lasting positive change. Elder Allies, like Maureen, make a difference by supporting and developing visible, meaningful opportunities for elders to be seen, heard, and valued. 

“It’s so critically important to connect with seniors over the holidays. When you look at an event like this, that’s exactly what it is. It’s connecting seniors to their community,” said Starr. 

Learn more about Shannex Cares at Shannex.com/ShannexCares 

Maureen Banyard stands with Jason Shannon

Raising the African Nova Scotian flag on African Heritage Month

février 21, 2024
Arborstone residents and team members join in unity to display the African Nova Scotian flag

As we celebrate Black History Month through participation in events and festivities in the community, it is most important to consider how we can make meaningful cultural change.

Unpacking the legacy of colonialism and enslavement in Canada can be an uncomfortable learning journey. Still, it is through cultural humility that we will collectively build a culture of acceptance, belonging and anti-racism. 

At Arborstone Enhanced Care healthcare professionals, management, frontline workers, and residents came together as a collective to proudly raise the African Nova Scotian Flag.

When asked what the flag raising meant to her, Arborstone resident responded, “I was very honoured to be able to lift the flag as I am the only resident of my African heritage at Arborstone Enhanced Care. I was proud to be part of it.” – Susan Mills Downey  

As an organization, Shannex strives to create culturally safe places to work and live and are committed to establishing and cultivating a workplace that reflects the diversity of our Great People -and the communities in which we operate.  

Read more about Black History Month


Designed by Nova Scotian artist Wendie L. Wilson, the flag features colours and symbols of significance to members of the African Nova Scotian community 

About the African Nova Scotian Flag

💧 Wilson’s version incorporates a wave, representing the ocean and her ancestors’ journey through the Middle Passage.

დ The design in the middle of the flag is Wilson’s stylized adaptation of Sankofa, an ancient Adinkra symbol conceived in West Africa, which signifies the importance of bringing past knowledge to the present

🎨 Each colour on the flag symbolizes something different; red for blood and sacrifice, gold for cultural richness, green for fertility and growth, and black for the people. 

💙 Half of a heart with a yin and yang symbol, representing “heartbreak balanced with awareness.”

⌒ The image is encompassed within an incomplete circle, representing those things absent but yet to come.

Learn about the creation of the African Nova Scotian Flag:
New official African Nova Scotian flag looking to connect past, present and future | CBC News

Black History Month Profile: Ola Oludimine

février 21, 2024

Why is Black History Month/African Heritage Month meaningful for you?

Ola Oludimine 
Human Resources Business Partner, Moncton & Riverview 

In the midst of Nigerian rhythms and Canadian landscapes, my immigrant journey as a Black woman is a narrative woven with hope, resilience, and the pursuit of dreams. Migrated to Canada on February 25, 2020, leaving behind the warmth of West Africa for the frost-kissed winds of Canada, a land that promised opportunity and acceptance. 

Navigating the complexities of a new culture, I found strength in the stories of other Black immigrants who had forged their paths. From building a career to creating a sense of home, every step was a dance between nostalgia and adaptation. The Nigerian spices blended with Canadian flavours, creating a unique blend that mirrored the diversity celebrated during Black History Month. 

In the vibrant tapestry of my journey, the narrative takes a new hue with the opportunity to work in a diverse organization. Stepping into the Shannex corporate landscape, I am fortunate to work in a dynamic organization that mirrors the multicultural essence of Canada, which fosters and appreciates inclusivity. This acknowledgment goes beyond policies; it is embedded in the culture, creating an environment where diverse voices are heard and valued. Moreover, I am privileged to have colleagues who are Intentional about knowing me and my culture. They have gone beyond the surface to embrace the richness of Nigerian heritage. These colleagues, in their genuine curiosity, have even shared in the experience of tasting the famous Nigerian jollof rice with me—a delightful delicacy that transcends cultural boundaries. 

It is crucial to acknowledge that my beautiful journey is not devoid of the challenges faced by some Black individuals, including myself. On a personal level, I have experienced being singled out for extra checks and stereotyped while at a mall, highlighting the broader issue of racial profiling. These incidents serve as poignant reminders of the ongoing challenges faced by Black individuals, demanding a collective effort to foster understanding and dismantle stereotypes.  

I would also like to highlight the experiences of fellow immigrants who have encountered difficulties securing jobs due to the perceived lack of Canadian experience and the nonrecognition of previous certifications and years of experience. This reality is disheartening, emphasizing the need for increased awareness, empathy, and initiatives to address such barriers. Some even felt compelled to change their first names to English names, consciously or unconsciously, in response to bias. Some others have been critiqued for their accents, tone, physical appearance, etc., adding another layer to the complexities we navigate.  

In this context, each of us must be the voice and become an ally (support black-owned businesses, learn the history, read books by black authors, be intentional and embrace diverse culture) By standing together, advocating for equality, and fostering a culture of inclusivity, we can contribute to a more equitable and balanced society. 

As I reflect during this special month, I celebrate not only the milestones of my journey but also the collective triumphs of Black immigrants who have blazed the trails before me.  It is a testament to the resilience of the black community and recognition that our stories contribute to the ever-evolving narrative of Black history. 

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” 

― Martin Luther King Jr. 

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Black History Month Profile: Jovana Bailey

février 21, 2024

Why is Black History Month/African Heritage Month meaningful for you?

Jovana Bailey 
General Manager, Parkland on Eglington West 

Black History Month is meaningful to me because it’s a reminder of where I come from and helps me navigate my future in this world. 

Though I am of Caribbean descent, I am of African Heritage, which instills in me a sense of belonging and pride! 

The history of Black and African people is certainly complex, and the world has learned so much from the dark spots of the past.  

What I am most proud of is the history of African civilizations that were Kings, Queens, mathematicians, and astrologers, to a more present-day history of inventors, astronomers, scientists, artists, authors, musicians, you name it! Black and African people have contributed so many amazing things to our historical and modern-day societies, and this inspires me to leave my mark on the world as well – touching lives and leaving a legacy for my children and those who come after me.  

It is so important to be proud of who you are and where you come from because it helps you identify a true sense of self and helps to shape who you are.  

Happy Black History Month! 

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Black History Month Profile: Nicole Brooks

février 21, 2024

Why is Black History Month/African Heritage Month meaningful for you?

Nicole Brooks 
Communications Manager – Home Office, NS  

I’m incredibly proud of my family, where we’ve come from and what we’ve accomplished despite systemic and societal barriers.  

Recently, we re-discovered an interview that my grandparents Rita and George Brooks did with a “community elders” church publication 40 years ago. My grandparents described meaningful lives filled with hard work growing up and raising children in East Preston, Nova Scotia. 

To their grandchildren, it was the humblest of understatements knowing that Granny raised 18 children and finished school after Grade 3 (her family needed her to support their blueberry farm) and that Granddad farmed his entire life across the street from his family home – the first Black-owned hotel in Nova Scotia (The Stag Hotel) that was opened by his great-uncle who was formerly enslaved.  

They persevered through being the first free generation of their family to create a legacy of love that stretches across Canada. 

The African Nova Scotian community is small – there are 52 towns in Nova Scotia where indigenous Black Nova Scotians are from – African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia is dedicated time to loudly promote our culture, accomplishments, and impact we’ve had on this province and Canada.   

Read more about Black History Month

I Love You a Latte

février 22, 2024
Ken and Carolyn Howlett have been married 66 years.


Thomas Hall

Ken and Carolyn Howlett

Ken’s bond with Carolyn, his beloved partner of 66 years, has never been stronger. Carolyn a resident from Thomas Hall Enhanced Care home in Fredericton, New Brunswick enjoys her daily visits from her husband Ken.

Carolyn said she fell in love with Ken when she was 14. When asked what attracted her to him, at first, her reply was his kind eyes.

Ken a known builder in the community, has always been a hard-working busy man. He stated that he and Carolyn worked as a team. “It is a two-way street. Both have to give a bit,” said Ken. He went on to say, that they have experienced difficult times like a lot of couples. He believes, in part, that their faith in God helped.

Together, they nurtured a beautiful family, their household complete with the addition of their fourth son. Now at 96 years old, Ken fondly recalls their early years, where even mundane tasks like washing cloth diapers were met with laughter and camaraderie.

With his sister also residing at Thomas Hall, Ken finds himself surrounded by the cherished women in his life, keeping him happily occupied at 96 years young. While he may not profess to be a romance expert, Ken’s declaration remains unwavering: their love has only deepened over the decades.

Recreation Programmer Feature | Crystal MacNeil 

février 22, 2024
 Crystal MacNeil with Parkland West Bedford resident, James MacIsaac (“Kie”)

Parkland West Bedford

In the heart of Therapeutic Recreation Month, we’re eager to highlight a remarkable individual within our team at Parkland West Bedford – Crystal MacNeil, a devoted Recreation Coordinator.

In her role, Crystal plays a crucial part in the Harmony Wellness program through personalized activities that have a positive impact on the wellbeing of the residents she spends time with.

Crystal wears multiple hats, coordinating monthly calendars for residents in Lifestyle Apartments at Pemberley, and those in Memory Care at Stratford. Her passion and dedication shine through as she facilitates resident-led events and gatherings for Pemberley residents, fostering active participation in the programs she leads. 

“It’s rewarding to me to have the privilege to coordinate and lead programs with Memory Care residents,” she shares, emphasizing the fulfillment she finds in her role. 

Crystal dedicates her time with Pemberley residents to facilitate resident-led events and gatherings, encouraging active participation in the programs she leads. She firmly believes in the importance of empowering residents through community involvement and strives to create an inclusive and vibrant atmosphere. 


Programs and Activities 

For residents at the Stratford Memory Care facility, Crystal leads three to four programs daily, including physical activity classes. She emphasizes the significance of offering a variety of programs that align with the six dimensions of wellness – social, intellectual, physical, vocational, spiritual, and emotional – contributing to a holistic and balanced lifestyle for Memory Care residents.  

Crystal coordinates and leads programs specifically designed for Memory Care residents that aid in memory development and inhibit mental decline.  

Here are some of the scheduled programs Crystal has coordinated for residents: 

Social – Sit dancing, Pictionary 

Intellectual – Puzzles, Bingo,  

Physical – Jumbo Bowling, Ladder Ball, Bean Bag Toss, Walks 

Vocational – Afternoon art, coloring 

Spiritual – Music sessions and spiritual services, guest guitarist  

Emotional – Sing-along, 1-1 chat sessions 

“Offering programs that follow the six dimensions of wellness contributes to a healthy, balanced lifestyle for residents,” said Crystal. 

As we honor Therapeutic Recreation Month, we extend our appreciation to Crystal for her dedication, creativity, and commitment to bringing meaning to the lives of our residents. Her efforts truly exemplify the positive impact of recreation therapy on the well-being of the individuals we care for at Parkland West Bedford.

Thank you, Crystal, for allowing our Stratford residents to live their best lives. 

Learn about the Harmony Wellness Program

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Exploring Opportunities in Long Term Care

février 26, 2024

Three Shannex team members were guest speakers at the Centre of Excellence for Health to share their career paths and why they chose to work in long term care.

Bruce Lutes – Recruitment Specialist, New Brunswick  

Bruce Lutes has been with Shannex for almost three years and is a Recruitment Specialist, Bruce is involved in many projects from working to attract team members to our new communities to supporting recruitment events that happen across the province of New Brunswick.   

As an expert in recruitment Bruce shared information on our different service lines, the many roles available at Shannex, our Employee Total Rewards Program, professional development opportunities and the benefits of working in long term care, like: 

  • Working to your full scope of practice  
  • The meaningful connections with residents and families  
  • Teamwork environment – always someone willing to lend a hand  
  • Career progression opportunities 

“Working in a long term care community is a rewarding challenge, and the people that you meet become your family,” says Bruce. “If you are interested in working in a nursing home, volunteer with us and see what it’s all about.” 

View Bruces’s presentation at: https://centresofexcellencenb.ca/health/?speaker_series=ltc-week-exploring-opportunities-in-long-term-care-with-a-shannex-recruitment-specialist  

Morgan Lambert – Work and Learn Educator, Fredericton  

Morgan Lambert has been working at Shannex for nearly nine years in a variety of roles. Her path with Shannex started as a Personal Support Worker, where she worked for a year and a half while she studied to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). After graduation, she started caring for residents as an LPN right away. She then became a Rehabilitation LPN and she enjoyed this position for three and a half years before moving into her current role as an instructor. 

Morgan feels that the possibilities are endless when it comes to the nursing field and encourages people to try as many things as possible when navigating career opportunities. 

“When I was younger, I always wanted to be a nurse as I had a lot of nurses around me in my family,” she said. “The thought of another career path truly never crossed my mind. My mom was an LPN and was my career mentor.”  

View Morgans’s presentation at: LTC Week – Rehabilitation Licensed Practical Nurse with Shannex | Centre of Excellence for Health (centresofexcellencenb.ca)

Alex Gagné – Activity Coordinator – Pavillon Richard, Faubourg du Mascaret 

Alex Gagné is an Activity Coordinator at Pavillon Richard, a licensed nursing home located on the Faubourg du Mascaret campus in Moncton, NB. She has been a part of the Shannex team of Great People for seven years. Alex initially joined Shannex as a Personal Support Worker (PSW) in 2017, and quickly realized that this is where she wanted to be.  

“It was one of my work placements that introduced me to the idea of working in a nursing home,” she said. “After that experience, I realized that I love working with the seniors.”  

As an Activity Coordinator, Alex is responsible for creating engaging, interesting, and eventful activities that keep residents active and social. She works with residents, families, loved ones, and team members to make everyone’s day fun. 

She adds, “If you are looking for an exciting and engaging job that fills your day with amazing people, this is the position for you. You get to make a real difference in others’ lives. I love what I do.”  

Beyond the Blizzard: Rylan’s 72-Hour Shift

mars 14, 2024
Rylan serves Parkland Antigonish resident, Jean Flory, her morning cup of tea.

A three-day blizzard brought Nova Scotia, and team member Rylan DeCoste to a standstill back in February. 

Rylan, a high school student and part-time team member, plays a vital role at Parkland Antigonish. He serves as a concierge, managing the main entrance, and is part of the waitstaff, handling meal service for residents and guests. Approaching his one-year work anniversary in April, Rylan considers the residents and team members as family, a sentiment strengthened during the blizzard when he was stranded at Parkland Antigonish for three days.

“The staff were very supportive. The managers went above and beyond to make sure that everyone had a nice room to sleep in, and they even delivered us food and washed my clothes,” said Rylan of his weekend stay at Parkland.  

Rylan in his Concierge role waiting to greet residents and their families.

Brenna MacDonald, Business Manager and Lifestyle Consultant at Parkland Antigonish, commended Rylan’s dedication during the snowfall, describing him as a “rock star” who took on multiple roles and coordinated staff efforts. 

“Rylan stayed all weekend and helped in multiple roles and with coordinating staff as a main point of contact. He even had the opportunity to get a ride home with his mother but stayed to help another night,” said Brenna. 

This kind of support is not a one-time event. Fitting for the small town in the northeastern corner of Nova Scotia, Antigonish has a reputation of being a family friendly town. “When there is a storm, the managers will offer to drive to our personal residences to pick us up and drive us to work and give us a lift home when our shift is over,” said Rylan.  

Since starting with Parkland in April 2023, Rylan has discovered a passion for working with seniors. His favourite perk about his serving role is connecting with the residents on a personal level in the meal hall, and identifying how they’re unique in their food preferences. 

“I look forward to clearing Calvin’s dishes because I sit and chat about baseball for a few minutes each night. John will order a salad with poppyseed before his meal with a bowl of fresh fruit for dessert while Alice likes peach yogurt. Joe will always grab a cookie for dessert, but it can’t be anything with a nut in it. Not because of an allergy, but because he just doesn’t like it. That sort of thing makes this place special.”  

Rylan has also discovered a love for hospitality and says managing a Parkland community would be a dream of his. He has had many conversations with Parkland Antigonish General Manager, Adam Jamieson, about his own experiences in management, and hopes to follow in his shoes someday.

“This job has opened my eyes to the world of hospitality management,” said Rylan. “Being able to take care of others and manage a Parkland or hotel is an interest of mine.”

Rylan plans to pursue a business degree from St. Francis Xavier University, while still working at Parkland Antigonish throughout his studies.

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Foyers de soins sans mur: «On a réus­si à ai­der les gens à vieillir à do­mi­cile»

mars 20, 2024


L’Acadie Nouvelle

La directrice du Centre d’études du vieillissement de l’Université de Moncton, Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard, en a des frissons: le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick a créé avec succès un programme social selon les meilleures méthodes, Foyer de soins sans mur.

C’est l’exception qui confirme la règle. «Je n’aurais jamais pensé que c’était possible, lâche la professeure à l’École de science infirmière à l’U de M, Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard. Pour moi, c’est la première fois que le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick crée un programme de la bonne façon de A à Z.»

Le Défenseur des enfants, des jeunes et des aînés, Kelly Lamrock, l’a rappelé cette semaine: le gouvernement mesure insuffisamment les résultats de ses programmes et manque d’imputabilité quand ils échouent à répondre aux attentes.

Le fonctionnaire indépendant a soutenu que ce problème a rendu le système de soins de longue durée, entre autres, peu fiable.

«Exactement tout ce qui doit se faire s’est produit pour une fois, et ça s’est fait rapidement», s’enthousiasme Mme Dupuis-Blanchard.

Elle fait référence à Foyer de soins sans mur (FSSM), dont le but est de veiller à ce que les personnes âgées puissent vieillir chez elles avec le soutien nécessaire (un accès à des informations et à des services ainsi qu’une aide contre la solitude).

Le gouvernement provincial a annoncé qu’il mettrait ce programme en place pendant la présentation du budget en mars 2023, grâce à 2 millions $. Un an plus tard, la démarche fonctionne dans 18 foyers de soins, bientôt 20, sur 75.

Foyer de soins sans mur a commencé en tant que projet pilote qui s’est déroulé de 2019 à 2023 dans quatre établissements de soins de longue durée à Lamèque, Inkerman, Paquetville et à Port Elgin. Il a impliqué 375 participants.

Le projet a permis d’éviter à 28% d’entre eux de faire une visite à l’urgence pour de mauvaises raisons (comme une recherche d’informations). Il a obtenu un taux de satisfaction moyen de 98%. Il a aussi provoqué chez les aînés une diminution du sentiment de solitude, une augmentation des connaissances sur la vieillesse et les services d’aide ainsi qu’une hausse du sentiment de sécurité, selon Mme Dupuis-Blanchard.

«On pense que si nous n’étions pas intervenus, les gens seraient devenus plus vulnérables et se seraient retrouvés à l’urgence en quelques mois, soutient-elle. Leur état de santé peut se détériorer en cas de changements, comme le décès d’un conjoint, une évolution de maladie chronique, des rénovations à faire au logement, etc.»

SERVICES D’AIDE

La chercheuse pense que Foyer de soins sans mur doit son succès à son adaptabilité aux besoins des participants et à son utilisation des ressources présentes dans les communautés (associations, experts, Ambulance NB, Vitalité et Horizon).

Elle ajoute que les foyers de soins volontaires ont réussi à trouver la main-d’oeuvre nécessaire vite parce qu’ils cherchaient d’autres professionnels que des préposés aux soins et des infirmières.

«Pour vieillir à domicile, les gens n’ont jamais identifié comme défi l’accès aux services médicaux, souligne Mme Dupuis-Blanchard. Ils pointaient plutôt les services de soutien (soins des pieds, prêts de tablettes numériques, déneigement, etc.) et social (activités, repas au foyer, visites amicales).»

Elle précise que les participants à FSSM ont indiqué avoir besoin d’aide pour prendre des bains à Lamèque. Dans ce cas, des préposés aux soins à temps partiel ont accepté de travailler davantage au foyer local pour fournir ce service, selon elle.

FÉLICITATIONS SPONTANÉES

«FSSM est un outil que les proches aidantes vont pouvoir utiliser», s’est réjouie une professeure à l’École de travail social de l’U de M, Elda Savoie, pendant un symposium sur le vieillissement, mercredi.

«On reçoit des commentaires spontanés de proches aidants qui nous disent: “depuis que maman fait partie de FSSM, qu’elle va au foyer et qu’elle sort aux activités, elle n’est plus pareille, elle sourit de nouveau.” J’en ai des frissons rien que d’en parler», a répondu Mme Dupuis-Blanchard.

Elle a raconté que FSSM a été le projet de recherche qui a eu le plus de conséquences sur le terrain de sa carrière.

«Voir qu’on a vraiment réussi à aider les gens à rester à domicile… c’est quelque chose», a exprimé la chercheuse, qui a été intronisée comme Fellow de l’Académie canadienne des sciences infirmières, pour son grand rôle dans l’élaboration d’une stratégie provinciale sur le vieillissement entre autres.

INTÉRÊT NATIONAL

Mme Dupuis-Blanchard note que les foyers du Nord-Ouest de la province tardent à participer à FSSM. Elle fait remarquer que la participation de ces organismes est facultative. Leurs gérants ont reçu des informations au sujet du programme, notamment par le biais de l’Association des foyers de soins du N.-B., selon elle.

«Les foyers de soins peuvent nous faire une demande. On travaille ensuite avec eux pour identifier les priorités dans leur communauté et voir comment ils peuvent s’y attaquer», dit la chercheuse.

En attendant, c’est beaucoup plus à l’ouest que Mme Dupuis-Blanchard se prépare à parler de FSSM: à Vancouver. L’intérêt pour sa démarche commence à être national, selon elle.

Shannex to expand transitional care services

mars 22, 2024

Today, the Province of Nova Scotia announced that it would partner with Shannex to expand the transitional care centre at 21 Hogan Ct. in West Bedford. We will purchase the building, take over the renovations and build a 110-suite addition for a total of 178 suites. 

Shannex has been at the forefront of community care for more than 35 years and transitional care is a natural progression of our longstanding dedication to providing quality care that meets evolving healthcare needs.

Read more in the provincial news release.

Meet Kiknu’s Site Manager, Terrance Bernard 

avril 10, 2024
Terrance Bernard stands with his wife, Maddie Elizabeth Bernard, and children in Eskasoni.

National Indigenous Day Feature

With a passion for his community and a dedication to cultural integration in healthcare, Terrance Bernard, Indigenous Nurse and Kiknu Site Manager, is a positive role model dedicated to improving the quality of life of others. 

Terrance’s journey began in the tight-knit Eskasoni First Nation Community in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Motivated by his upbringing and cultural heritage, Terrance pursued a career focused on long-term care and community health. His deep connection to Eskasoni and fluency in the Mi’kmaq language facilitated seamless integration of Indigenous culture into nursing practices.  

“Indigenous nurses have an opportunity to use their knowledge, both western knowledge that is attained through the nursing curriculum and the traditional knowledge that is learned during one’s lifetime, to help narrow the health disparity gap that exists in the Indigenous population.”  

After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cape Breton University, he worked as a Registered Nurse in long-term care before five years of Home and Community Care in Eskasoni. 

“I have always loved my job in Home Care, I have always been welcomed into their home, where I get to hear their stories, concerns, engage with them in conversation over a cup of tea,” said Terrance. 

Terrance’s journey intertwined with Shannex first at Harbourstone Enhanced Care as Site Lead, before learning of Shannex’s partnership in establishing a long-term care facility in Eskasoni – Kiknu, where he landed the Site Manager position. 

As Site Manager at Kiknu, Terrance will oversee daily operations and foster an environment where residents will feel culturally supported and staff members will feel empowered. He is committed to ensuring the community honours Indigenous traditions and that Kiknu Elders receive compassionate care. 

Patience and compassion are two qualities Terrance has identified as fundamental in building strong connections with residents. “What better way to respect your elder than to be able to have a conversation with them in their language, whether in just conversation or an opportunity to teach them about a medication or wellness,” said Terrance of his idea of care at Kiknu. 

Terrance’s journey from a nursing graduate to site manager showcases resilience and determination. As one of the first male Mi’kmaq nursing students, he carved a path for future Indigenous healthcare professionals. His leadership approach is rooted in his personal experiences, emphasizing inclusivity and empowerment. 

“Being a double minority in the nursing program (as a male and Indigenous student) is something that I took pride in because I knew I was being the change and the hope that I wish to see in the world.” 

For Terrance, Indigenous Nurses Day is not just a celebration but a reminder of the importance of representation in healthcare. He sees it as an opportunity to inspire the next generation of Indigenous nurses and foster a sense of pride in their heritage. 

As we celebrate Terrance and his contributions to Indigenous nursing, we recognize his dedication to improving the quality of life for Indigenous peoples. His leadership at Kiknu represents the integration of Indigenous culture into healthcare, paving the way for a brighter, more inclusive future in nursing. 

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20 participating facilities offer the Nursing Homes Without Walls program

avril 11, 2024

NEWS RELEASE: Le Moniteur Acadien

The Nursing Homes Without Walls program has expanded to include 20 participating facilities across the province. He reached his initial target.

Present in Fredericton, Saint-Jean and Bath, the program was recently launched in Moncton at the Shannex nursing home.

“Innovative programs, like this one, will play a leading role in allowing seniors to age with dignity, in the comfort of their home,” said the Minister responsible for Seniors, Kathy Bockus.

A partnership with Health Excellence Canada and the Center for the Study of Aging at the Université de Moncton supported the implementation and expansion of the program.

I am delighted that the program has grown so much since the launch of the pilot project, and that it continues to provide support to people who wish to age in place,” says the director of the research center, Suzanne. Dupuis-Blanchard.

The program improves access to health and social services for older adults living in the community. It began as a pilot project in 2019, and became permanent as part of the provincial health plan.

Read the release

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