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Working collaboratively to fill in the gaps

Taking care of yourself first allows you to improve how you take care of others.

That is the theme of today's second annual collaborative workshop between a number of Cumberland County's health service agencies on April 25.

Taking care of yourself first allows you to improve how you take care of others.

That is the theme of today's second annual collaborative workshop between a number of Cumberland County's health service agencies on April 25.

"If you're not taking care of yourself and you're trying to give to others, you're coming from a place where you're already operating from a deficit," said Connie Fisher, a life coach and counsellor at Nova Scotia Community College's Cumberland campus. "The quality of care that you give is questionable if you're not honouring your own needs first."

Fisher will conduct a morning session at the one-day workshop, which will take place at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Centre from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Participants this year will include Maggie's Place, Family and Children Services, Addiction Services, Cumberland Mental Health, Public Health, Cumberland Family Planning, CAN-U and the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association (CANSA). Together the groups form Cumberland County Collective Partnerships, and will put About 100 service providers, care providers, business people and others are expected to take part.

"It will be a good time and not just a day to get together and listen to someone talk," explained Veronica Richards, clinical manager for Cumberland County Mental Health. "It will be interactive, with many displays from others in the community."

The morning will consist of three presentations focusing on maintaining overall health and wellness. The afternoon will include an opportunity for networking and information sharing.



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Cumberland, Marion Murray Centre Children Services Nova Scotian Association CANSA

Geographic location: Cumberland County

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