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Keeping each other safe and well in 2021

07 Jan 2021

Colleagues,

The new year often incites reflection, optimism and renewal. And this year, these sentiments ring even more true.

The social, health, environmental and economic crises we faced, and that will continue to challenge us all, will hopefully begin to diminish over the coming year.

We must all remain positive and optimistic for the future and steadfast in our resolve to do our part, support each other and help the vulnerable populations most affected. I am so thankful for the generosity of our team who supported not only our United Way campaign and the Halifax Transit Turkey drive, but also many important charitable causes throughout our region.

Nova Scotia winters can sometimes feel long, even at the best of times. And with these challenging days ahead, it will be even more important to be kind to ourselves and others, and to prioritize our collective mental health and wellness. There will always be highs and lows, but it is ever important to be supportive of each other and thankful for what we have.

There are many resources available on the Employee Hub to help us through these uncertain times. And of course, our Employee and Family Assistance Program is available to those who may need to access services and resources. Employees can also reach out to their manager/supervisor if they need to discuss supports available, or email MyHR@halifax.ca or phone 902.490.6145 for centralized access to employee services.

I remind everyone that until further notice employees who can work from home are still being directed to do so. All others are to report to their usual work location and continue to follow the health and safety measures in place. I will review the situation again in 10 days from now and communicate any change in direction then.

Also, all non-essential in-person training remains suspended. Adhering to public health protocols in the community and at work remains essential.

Last year has showed us that we are more adaptable, resilient and united than we ever imagined. It has also demonstrated the value of slowing down, working together and focusing on the areas of life that matter most. These attributes will undoubtedly carry us forward in 2021.

I look forward to working alongside each of you as we embrace this new year with grace, kindness and hope.

Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

Jacques

Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system: halifax.ca/hfxalert

Public health information: Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness

Human Resources: MyHR@halifax.ca or 902.490.6145

Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): 902.466.3327 or 1.800.663.1142

Halifax Regional Police Association EFAP: 902.430.8295 or 902.430.8296

International Association of Fire Fighters FFAP: 902.483.6068

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