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A Caring Community

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Shannex, Parkland and Faubourg communities are located in vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario. We believe strongly in establishing Trusted Partnerships that allow us to give back to the communities where residents and team members live and work.

We are very proud of our community work which focuses on key areas that allow us to be strong advocates for residents and families, recognize the value and richness seniors bring to our lives, and offer opportunities for our team members to give back.

Read more about our community support and how to apply for support below.


Trusted Partnerships

Alzheimer Society

Walk for AlzheimersSince 2009, Shannex has sponsored the Alzheimer Society’s Walk for Alzheimer’s, an event that combines exercise with education and support for a cause close to the heart of Shannex residents and staff. The Walk for Alzheimer’s helps support more than 15,000 Atlantic Canadians who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, as well as their families, friends and caregivers. We know that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia impact the lives of many people in our community, and Shannex is proud to be able to give back to such an important cause.

Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

Festival of Trees

For the last ten years, Shannex has worked with the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia to sponsor their Festival of Trees Holiday Luncheon. This fundraising annual event is a high note on Shannex’s holiday calendar, and for several years we have partnered with the Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre to provide hand-made ornaments for luncheon guests. As the presenting sponsor, Shannex understands the importance of the Mental Health Foundation’s mission and appreciates the profound impact that mental illness has on families and communities every day. We strive to raise awareness and ensure that there is a cohesive understanding and acceptance of mental illness in our communities.  

Treasured Partners

Treasured Partners
L-R: S. Florence Kennedy, S. Donna Brady, S. Joanne O’Reegan, S. Brendalee Boisvert and S. Stella Chafe

Of our many trusted partnerships, few are as treasured as those with the congregations who chose to call Shannex home. The Sisters of Charity have been part of the Shannex family since 2002, when members of the congregation moved to Parkstone in Clayton Park. By 2007, plans were made for the Sisters to leave the Motherhouse on Mount Saint Vincent University campus and move in to the newly-built Caritas Residence. Parkland Riverview has been welcoming members of the Filles de Jésus congregation since 2009, and the Congrégation de Notre-Dame moved in to Parkland Cape Breton on 2011. Most recently, in 2018, the Sisters of St. Martha moved in to their new home at Parkland Antigonish from nearby Bethany House, which had been their home for 96 years.

We are proud to support the sense of community, mindfulness and charity that is so important to all the congregations who make Shannex their home.

Chebucto Connections Pathways to Education

Chebucto ConnectionsShannex has a long-standing partnership with Chebucto Connections, a community-building organization, and Pathways to Education, a national, community-based program, supporting youth education and helping students reach high school graduation. During most of the school year, our production kitchen in Clayton Park sends delicious snacks to Chebucto Connections in Spryfield to help students stay focused and get the nourishment they need to learn and grow. We know from experience how important nourishing food is to well-being, and it means a lot to us to be able to help students meet their educational goals.

Sacred Heart School of Halifax

Sacred Heart SchoolParkland at the Gardens, Shannex’s most urban retirement living community, and the Sacred Heart School of Halifax are great neighbours. And like all great neighbours, they have established meaningful friendships by getting to know each other. Not only do Sacred Heart students of all levels regularly visit residents at Parkland on the Gardens, but residents also contribute to creating educational opportunities for young people who may not otherwise have the means to attend Sacred Heart. Each year since 2014, Parkland at the Gardens has been a lead sponsor of the Sacred Heart Bursary Dinner Fundraiser. We are proud to help give talented, motivated students the chance to contribute to our community, both today and for years to come. 

Local schools

Local Schools
Sherwood Park Pre-School

In every Shannex, Parkland and Faubourg community in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario, our residents and employees create meaningful partnerships with local schools. Intergenerational activities are always a joy for children and adults of all ages, and we are committed to nurturing relationships that bring children and elders together. Whether it be a visit from the local daycare, a musical performance from a nearby elementary school, trick-or-treats handed out to visiting neighbourhood children or simply a chance for a young person to benefit from someone else’s lifetime of wisdom, we work with local schools to create lasting connections.


Education and Innovation

The Maplestone Collaborative Learning Centre in partnership with Dalhousie University

Dalhousie UniversityIn 2010, Shannex and Dalhousie University teamed up to create the first academic nursing home in Atlantic Canada. Together we established the Collaborative Learning Centre (CLC) at Maplestone Enhanced Care in Halifax. Dalhousie Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine residents, along with students from ten other health professions, including nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, social work, and speech language pathology, come to learn in the collaborative nursing home setting. As of 2018, hundreds of learners have been involved in training activities at Maplestone.

University of New Brunswick

NursingScholarshipsThe Shannex New Brunswick Scholarship

In 2018, Shannex and UNB announced the beginning of the Shannex New Brunswick Scholarship, which provides significant support to eligible students in the Bachelor of Nursing degree program. In total, $100,000 will be awarded. Three $3,750 scholarships will be awarded for each of the next 10 years to eligible students at each of UNB’s three New Brunswick locations: Fredericton, saint John and Moncton.

Université de Moncton

Université de MonctonCentre collaboratif d’apprentissage sur le veillissement

At Faubourg du Mascaret in Moncton, our first French-language campus, has partnered with Université de Moncton to create the Collaborative Leanring Centre on Aging (CLCA) (Centre collaboratif d’apprentissage sur le veillissement [CCAV]). The CLCA features an inter-professional learning environment for health professionals, research opportunities, internships and jobs for students in the province. The goal of the CLCA is to lead a positive change in attitudes towards long-term care culture and care of older adults.

Nova Scotia Community College

NSCCShannex Pathways to Success Bursary Program

A trusted partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) was formed in April 2017 through the Shannex Pathways to Success Bursary Program. This program provides significant support to eligible students in the Continuing Care program at NSCC, for a total of $300,000 over three years. Annually, approximately 50 students receive $2,000 toward tuition and related costs. Along with financial aid, Shannex guarantees one year of employment for recipients once they graduate.


Apply for Support

Our vision of Leading the Way to Better Living extends beyond the walls of our buildings to the communities where we live and work. That’s why we work hard to build trusted partnerships with community groups who share the values of our organization, our employees, residents and their families.

We support community groups who are doing great work in the following areas:

  • Providing quality care and service to elders through programs that recognize the value and richness they bring to our lives
  • Creating safe and sustainable workplaces through environmental awareness and innovation
  • Promoting a culture of giving back for our employees
  • Being a passionate advocate for those we serve

How to submit a proposal

We welcome community organizations to contact us about support by completing the application form. An internal committee will review proposals quarterly in April, July, October and January. Deadlines to submit proposals are below. Review and response to applicants will be completed by the end of the review month. All applicants can expect to receive notification of the decision.

Proposal deadlines by quarter

  • January to March deadline: March 31
  • April to June deadline: June 30
  • July to September deadline: September 30
  • October to December deadline: December 31
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