Urban Community Access Program

Central Dartmouth
Cluster Meeting for Urban CAP
January 6, 2000

    In attendance:

  • Marion Currie
    Downtown Dartmouth Business Development Centre (DDBDC)
    466-2997    465-2233   mcurrie@accesscable.net
  • Jennifer Evans
    Alderney Gate Library
  • Susan Sanford
    Mental Health Self-Employment Opp.
    463-3696    469-9918   wework@dbis.ns.ca
  • Doug Rigby
    Dartmouth Seniors
    466-4048    drigby@chebucto.ns.ca
  • Bernie Hart - Technology and Science Secretariat
  • David Murdoch - Regional CAP Coordinator, CCN
  • Joanne Fraser - Consultant, CCN

    Invited but unable to attend:

  • Anita Price
    Dartmouth Heritage Museum
    464-2916    464-8210   pricea@region.halifax.ns.ca
  • Chris Pawluk
    Incredible Edibles Café
    461-5100    461-5100   incredible.edibles.café@ns.sympatico.ca
  • Hugh MacDonald
    Findlay Community Centre
    490-4739    490-4742   macdonhu@region.halifax.ns.ca
  • Elizabeth Fitzner
    43 Wentworth St
  • Donna Hum
    Atlantic Region Learning Centre
    463-4860    463-5344   hum@ark.net


  1. Introductions were made.

  2. Urban CAP Cluster Concept

             Bernie hart explained the general nighbourhood cluster concept. Reference: Handout entitled The CAP Neighbourhood Cluster Concept. It is evolving that Metro HRM be divided into 12 neighbourhood clusters. A wall map was used to indicate where these neighbourhood divisions were. The key components of each cluster are that it has a library branch and a junior or senior high school. Other access points will be based on the interest and nature of the neighbourhood and opportunities that exist within each.

  3. Potential Players in Dartmouth?

             A discussion was held. The following outlines key points.

    • The downtown Dartmouth cluster originally defined was looked at but the map indicated that a larger geographic area was involved that included residential areas. There was some consensus that the cluster be called Central Dartmouth as the downtown was too limited. The Woodside area would be included in this grouping. We need to work on bringing them in. Suggestions were the home and school parents group and the community centre.
    • How can the various mental health organizations fit into the model? 43 Wentworth street is only open at lunch but there are federal and provincial organizations all in the Ochterloney/King St area- They include 4 mental health organizations that could work together (CMHA - Dartmouth Branch, CMHA- Nova Scotia Provincial Division, the Self Help Connection, Nation Network for Mental Health and the New Beginnings Clubhouse)
    • DDBDC are willing to host a site. They currently have a computer that is available
    • Findlay Centre - likely has space and one computer now
    • Incredible Edibles - not present - need to check interest level and what would be next step
    • Community Services - they should be included. Marion has a directory and will forward contact numbers. Perhaps they need to have a focus group?
    • Others- How do we include shopping malls - Dartmouth Shopping Centre and Penhorn? We need to be inclusive and keep thinking of who else to include. The Nova Scotia Community Access Sites will become CAP sites
    • We need to use existing sites as promotional tools ie: Community Services Computers

  4. CAP Checklist and Applications.

             Bernie distributed a checklist for evaluating and ranking CAP proposals so all could understand what would be required. He also distributed the Application Guide that has been used to date with the rural CAP program. Each site will need to submit an application but there may be common "community information" for Dartmouth Central that could be included in all applications.

  5. Next Steps

             Follow-up is required with:

    • others not able to attend this meeting
    • through community centres- a meeting is planned for the community zones - Bob Nauss is manager.
    • Prince Arthur
    • Dartmouth South/Woodside area.

             We will meet again with representatives from entire area to decide on structure/organization. David Murdoch had an idea that was used with the Sackville Cluster group. A checklist on what each group could bring to the table and what needs each had could be sent prior to next meeting. Next meeting will be end of January.


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