Crystal Cliffs, Antigonish NS. Image credit: Eyeseeu, FlickR
Crystal Cliffs, Antigonish NS. Image credit: Eyeseeu, FlickR

As a born-and-bread in Ontario gal, I’d never been to the East Coast till this summer. We came to see the land, the sea, visit old friends and friends-of-friends (and made some new friends on the way). Halifax, Lunenburg, Peggy’s Cove…it was gorgeous…not to mention, some of the best food and music I’d eaten and heard in a while. People were so welcoming, so honest (after losing my wallet, someone tracked me down to return it with everything intact), I couldn’t wait to come back. As luck (and a little help from the Coalition) would have it, it’s sooner than I thought.

I’m truly delighted to present a full-day workshop for health leaders on the East Coast to “Get to Green” on March 21st. The Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority (GASHA) and St. Martha’s Regional Hospital are our hospitable hospital hosts, and they hope to see lots more participate. Already jazzed to join? You can skip to registration here.

It seems folks here are painfully aware of this not-so-little thing called climate change. When you’re surrounded by an ever rising ocean, and hope to keep your fishing boats working productively far into the future, you kinda  have a lot at stake.  And when you’re in the resource-intense sector of health care and hope not to create health problems in the process, there’s even more at stake. Not surprisingly, many Atlantic health leaders are coming to the table to create meaningful changes and function more sustainably. With UHN‘s support, I couldn’t be happier to help, and learn from them along the way.

So consider this you very own personal invitation from me (via heavily borrowed text from Liz Millet, CEO of GASHA, and Peggy Mahon)…

To: Health Leaders of Atlantic Canada:

We are reaching out to you as a health leader to invite representatives from your organization to participate in the Getting to Green Sustainable Health Care Training Workshop on March 21, 2013. This training session is offered by the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care in partnership with Johnson and Johnson.  The Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority (GASHA) and St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish, Nova Scotia are pleased to host this event. Please forward to appropriate staff.

This one day workshop on March 21 helps participants to understand the links between health and environment and the impact health care facilities have on our ecosystems, and to create a meaningful, actionable vision for sustainable health care. Most importantly, the workshop offers health care professionals of all disciplines an opportunity to learn or enhance the knowledge and behaviours required to develop sustainable initiatives at health care institutions in Canada.

Workshop topics include:

Introduction to Sustainability
Building a Team
Taking Action
Waste Management
Local & Sustainable Foods
Energy Management
Environmentally Preferred “Green” Purchasing

Over 60 health care sustainability professionals from across Canada have already enjoyed the learning and networking benefits of Getting to Green:

“Engaging and knowledgeable speakers.”

“The action plan and team building slides had very practical tips and lessons.”

“Great participating from everyone – a very engaged group.”

“Excellent tips about approaching senior management in a way that will be listened to.”

“Inspiring and informative.”


I hope to see you there!