Escape

It is now more important than ever to decompress and feel the support of those around you. This page is dedicated to giving nurses a break from the rigors of the job during this time of heightened stress, workload and anxiety.

Please enjoy these videos, quotes and activities. If you have suggestions for items that could be added to this page to improve user experience, please email them to nsnu.office [at] nsnu.ca.


Escape Contest!


In late February of this year, the NSNU launched the Escape Photo Contest asking members to share pictures and commentary of their favourite pastimes, and ways to escape the more social and emotional side effects of the pandemic.

In total, the NSNU received close to 200 entries! We received beautiful photos and thoughtful messages, all depicting the hobbies and selfcare activities members have been engaging in.

The winner – Lisa Jackson – was selected by random draw. Lisa, who works at Colchester Regional Hospital, loves to go riding on ATVs and feels fortunate to have access to trails from her own backyard.

Thank you to all who entered the draw. We loved hearing from you and seeing your inspiring submissions. 

Stay tuned. We hope to run a similar contest in the fall.

Check out all of our entries below in the Escape Contest Photo Gallery!

Tips for Dealing with COVID-19 Anxiety

Prioritize your self care routine

Avoid excessive consumption of the media

Focus on things you can control, like handwashing and social distancing

Talk to friends and family on calls and texts

Eat well, stay hydrated and get enough sleep

Practice meditation

Distract yourself with games, books and movies

Notice your feelings and written them down

Exercise to get out of your head

Keep busy doing things you enjoy, like music, crafts, or learning


"The simple act of caring is heroic." - Edward Albert


 

Keep in Touch

Keep in Touch

It is important during this time that we keep in touch with our loved ones. Here are a few free video chatting services for you to use.

Zoom - Zoom How-To

Facebook Messenger - Messenger How-To

FaceTime (Apple Only) - FaceTime How-To

Movies

Stream new releases

Rather than delay new releases, production companies have teamed up with streaming services to release new movies to the public. Use your existing accounts to rent films on platforms like Apple TV, HBO Go and Disney+.

Check out this list for films you can screen from home.

Reading

Read free e-Books

E-book website Scribd offers a 30-day free trial with access to their online library. Their website includes a wide array of books, magazines and audiobooks for all audiences. Visit this website and settle in for a good read.


"Nurses - one of the few blessings of being ill." – Sara Moss-Wolfe


 


“Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed” – Dale Carnegie



“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” – Christopher Germer


Stronger together

Canada’s best and brightest banded together to show support for Food Banks Canada’s $150-million coronavirus campaign in Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble, a TV special packed with Canuck celebrity appearances and musical performances.

Watch event performances online

Canada Together

#CanadaTogether

#CanadaTogether is a national initiative to inspire, educate & engage Canadians
as we band together during these times. Whether it’s news, financial assistance, or tips for entertaining kids, you’ve come to the right place!

Visit #CanadaTogether

one world

On April 18, 2020, artists from around the world came together for an online concert to celebrate COVID-19 workers. The music and showcases of people working on the front lines came together to create a special event that honours the human spirit, resilience, and generosity. Please enjoy the One World: Together at Home special at the link below.  

One World: Together At Home Special to Celebrate COVID-19 Workers


Escape Contest Photo Gallery


 

ESCAPE CONTEST WINNER!

Lisa Jackson LPN

Lisa Jackson LPN

I love getting out riding on the ATVs. We are very fortunate to be able to get onto a lot of the trails right from our back yard.

Tammy Hatcher, RN

Tammy Hatcher, RN

One of Tammy’s hobbies is painting custom folk art frames.

Marcey Olender, LPN

Marcey Olender, LPN

I recently took up beekeeping! I’m in my second year and have four colonies at this time. It’s been a big learning experience for me and my family, but we’ve loved every minute of it thus far.

Tammy Hatcher, RN

Tammy Hatcher, RN

Tammy loves spending time with her puppies.

Peggy Blair, RN

Peggy Blair, RN

Hiking the shores of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Allison Jewers, RN

Allison Jewers, RN

Nothing better than relaxing on the water with a cold drink & fishing rod. This is at the beautiful Canso Causeway!

Charlene Snow, RN

Charlene Snow, RN

My favourite way to decompress is to get out in nature, and it’s even more enjoyable with my family by my side.

Karen Roberts, RN

Karen Roberts, RN

I love to escape with my family and go hiking or biking.  Pictured is my daughter and I stopped for a quick break during our bike ride along the LaHave River.

Rhonda Jacquard, LPN

Rhonda Jacquard, LPN

I love painting my fingernails, it’s so relaxing and creative.

Jayne Greene, RN

Jayne Greene, RN

One of my all-time favorite pastimes is fishing. So relaxing and peaceful-a great way to de-stress!

Theresa Ring, RN

Theresa Ring, RN

I’ve found hiking on the many trails throughout this beautiful province a way to escape!

Alison Fredericks, RN

Alison Fredericks, RN

It’s been a great year to ride the trails in Nova Scotia.

Holly Blake, LPN

Holly Blake, LPN

Since this pandemic started, I found hiking as a way to de-stress when everything else started to escalate. It’s been a crazy year and more, but because of the extra time focusing on the outside and becoming more in tune with mind, body and soul, I realized hiking became one of my favorite hobbies to pursue.

Jill Sanford, RN

Jill Sanford, RN

My favourite pastime is spending time with my family creating lasting memories, now more than ever since we have had extended periods of time where we couldn’t be with them in person. This photo is of myself and my father floating over the Valley in a hot air balloon. Highly recommended!

Tammy Hatcher, RN

Tammy Hatcher, RN

Tammy’s art is inspired by time spent in her garden.

Susmy Thomas, RN

Susmy Thomas, RN

I am a very adventurous person. I recently took a chance to do a 26 km canoeing backcountry camping trip with my friend.

Joyce Dobbin, RN

Joyce Dobbin, RN

Here I am enjoying my favourite pastime, which is walking and hiking. This was taken in Ingonish on the beautiful Franey Trail.

Melissa Humphrey, LPN

Melissa Humphrey, LPN

I enjoy hiking with my dog Henry and my son Owen, getting outside and enjoying our beautiful province.

Peggy Blair, RN

Peggy Blair, RN

I love daycations in Nova Scotia.

Lisa Hardy, RN and Tresia Brown, RN

Lisa Hardy, RN and Tresia Brown, RN

Two NSNU members enjoying one of our favourite pastimes, bicycling the rail trail!

Amy Ward, RN

Amy Ward, RN

Amy loves to escape with her pets.

Kimberly Shaw, RN

Kimberly Shaw, RN

My escape is definitely taking photos. I am an amateur  - just love photos in nature of birds and flowers, etc.

Deanna Doucette, RN

Deanna Doucette, RN

My favorite go to hobby is running. I run with no music. I listen to the noises of the trail I run on (the river and birds). It's a great de-stressor of the daily demands of life both at work and at home.

Leanne Haley, RN

Leanne Haley, RN

Lucky enough to spend lockdown with my grandson.

Marcy Dwyer, RN

Marcy Dwyer, RN

Enjoying the beautiful gardens at The Mira nursing home in Truro.

Susmy Thomas, RN

Susmy Thomas, RN

Susmy enjoys a biking trip.

Chantal Hamilton, LPN

Chantal Hamilton, LPN

My favourite go-to activity is hiking with my 11-month-old golden retriever, Remi; he is my favourite adventure pal. This day we hiked the Rogart Mountain trail to Jane’s falls in Earltown!

Susmy Thomas, RN

Susmy Thomas, RN

I love going for hikes. I am very outdoorsy and love being in the nature as much as I can.

Robert Burrows, NP

Robert Burrows, NP

This is me spending time with my family at the strawberry field.

Peggy Blair, RN

Peggy Blair, RN

Hiking the shores of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Jill Sanford, RN

Jill Sanford, RN

My favourite pastime is spending time with my family, especially these two. This is me with my kids, Brady and Charlie.

Catherine Sorrey, RN (Ret)

Catherine Sorrey, RN (Ret)

I am retired now since 2019 and having a hip replacement this December 2020. I wanted to share these photos. Never say never it can’t be done. Biking is a great escape; just completed my first ride this June! This is for sharing not for contest entry! Good luck to the most deserving member. #besafebekind

Allison Jewers, RN

Allison Jewers, RN

My favourite way to unwind, 40 feet below the ocean! This day we explored the SS Arrow shipwreck near Chedabucto Bay!

Lisa Hardy, RN

Lisa Hardy, RN

Always a great escape to go to the Arctic and work for 6 weeks and spend time with my daughter!!

Carlee Bryson, RN

Carlee Bryson, RN

My self care activity is getting out in nature. This reminds me of the expansiveness of our planet and its truly divine design. Here is a photo of me canoeing in Kejimkujik.

Amy Ward, RN

Amy Ward, RN

I like to hike at the beach, lay on the beach, reflect, and let ocean therapy wash over me. I end up going to the ocean anywhere between 1-4 times a week. It is scientifically proven that the ocean, waves, smell has a positive outcome to heal. The ocean is my escape. 

Joan Conrad, LPN and Katheryne-Anne Mills, RN

Joan Conrad, LPN and Katheryne-Anne Mills, RN

Here we are Celebrating Canada Day.

Laurie Gove, RN

Laurie Gove, RN

Cross fit always helps me unwind.

Yvonne Vanderzanden-Megens, RN

Yvonne Vanderzanden-Megens, RN

My escape is running, to clear my head. I see it as a form of meditation, it’s just me and the sound of nature and my mind.

Heidi Fairbanks-Smith, NP

Heidi Fairbanks-Smith, NP

Hiking in search of waterfalls.

Carlee Bryson, RN

Carlee Bryson, RN

Carlee enjoys some relaxing time in a hammock on a trip to Keji Park.

Brenda Etheridge, RN

Brenda Etheridge, RN

My favourite pass time is hiking. No matter what time of year, it always reboots me.

Crystal-Anne LeBlanc, LPN

Crystal-Anne LeBlanc, LPN

My go-to form of relaxation is going to the campground enjoying a nice campfire.

Karen Fowler, RN

Karen Fowler, RN

I love kayaking. I feel so at peace just floating on the water. This picture is after my last race with the Shubenacadie Canoe to the Sea.

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Maggie McInnis, RN

While most activities were shut down at the beginning of the pandemic, hiking with friends and family was and still is a great way to get outside inexpensively.

Mennie Alba, RN

Mennie Alba, RN

Strawberry picking.

Rhonda Jacquard, LPN

Rhonda Jacquard, LPN

My friends and I enjoy time outside together.

Paula Nickerson, RN

Paula Nickerson, RN

Taking a hike with my nephew.

Magen Martin, LPN

Magen Martin, LPN

Fishing with my family and going on adventures all around our beautiful province.

Robin Whooten, RN

Robin Whooten, RN

Robin enjoys running. Here she is doing a half marathon distance – taking another minute off her best time. Her goal is to try to run this distance once per month. 

Marlene Murphy, RN

Marlene Murphy, RN

Marlene loves to make decorations out of shells she finds on the beach.

Marlene Murphy, RN

Marlene Murphy, RN

Marlene loves to watch the beautiful sunset.

Joanah Sigue-Bernal, RN

Joanah Sigue-Bernal, RN

Love spending time with work friends even on our day off, whether visiting a park, a staycation at hotel or walking the Halifax Harbour.

Susan Savage, NP

Susan Savage, NP

My favourite moment of February 2021 was getting my vaccine.

Kailee McCarron, NP

Kailee McCarron, NP

This is my son. Our pastime during the pandemic has been baking! It is fun, occupies our time and, bonus, we get something yummy to eat!

Kat and Joan

Kat Mills, RN
Joan Conrad, LPN

Mom and daughter travel partners.

Lesley Fraser, RN

Lesley Fraser, RN

I learned how to golf last summer. It has been a great pandemic activity with friends!

Lesley Fraser, RN

Lesley Fraser, RN

Walks with an unhappy model.

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

Looking out to Antigonish Harbour on Christmas Eve

Diana Kendall, RN

Diana Kendall, RN

Taking some time out for kayaking.

Vicki Royles, RN

Vicki Royles, RN

Hanging out and antique shopping with my son, John Snyder, LPN

Tiah Skutnik, RN

Tiah Skutnik, RN

My favorite hobby these days is fishing in the canoe on the lake in my backyard with my favorite person, my husband.

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

Ocean swimming with my pooch Arya (Arisag Provincial Park)

Sara MacLeod, RN

Sara MacLeod, RN

Out for a walk with my dog after a day shift!

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

Cross-country skiing (Ski Tuonela, Cape Breton)

Elizabeth Enserink

Elizabeth Enserink, NP

My favourite escape is taking my dog, Zeiss, and going hiking. I love exploring all the beauty Nova Scotia has to offer and disconnecting from the world for a bit.

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

Loving every minute of gardening at our rental in Antigonish

Jenna Macphail, RN

Jenna Macphail, RN

One of my favourite pastimes - spending time outside and exploring beautiful Cape Breton! This is Cape Clear.

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

Going for a walk in the sunshine and enjoying a good podcast

Michelle Grosvenor, LPN

Michelle Grosvenor, LPN

My go-to hobby is hiking!

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

Biking on the Ceilidh Coastal Trail, Cape Breton

Leona Wilneff

Leona Wilneff, RN

I have been enjoying snow mobility since I was a little girl. I’ve been a Nurse for 25 years and still love winter days in my snow mobile.

Jenna Macphail, RN

Jenna Macphail, RN

Snuggling my niece in cozy PJs after a busy set at work is so relaxing.

Elaine Nicholson

Elaine Nicholson, NP

My favourite escape... Cape Breton Island!

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Crystal Francis, LPN

The best views in Cape Breton come from the mountain tops.  Hiking is my favorite way to destress.

Carolyn Adams

Carolyn Adams, LPN

Flying through the air on beautiful ribbons keeps me happy and fit.

Lisa Dorion goat

Lisa Dorion, RN 

Another friendly face from Lisa’s farm is this goat – one of eight!

Audra McNeil

Audra McNeil, LPN

Audra enjoys a weekend getaway with her husband.

Julie Buchanan

Julie Buchanan, LPN

Self care is hanging out with my kids, building forts and such! Here I am with my youngest daughter, Camryn. This is good for the soul!

Melissa Theriault

Melissa Theriault, LPN

Spending quality time outside on a beautiful day with your children is great way to release any negative energy and stress you may be holding inside.

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Melissa Theriault, LPN

I’ve never had much of a green thumb, so now whenever I go to the grocery store I make sure I pick up fresh flowers. It’s the little things that make me happy!

Venus

Venus Sorizo, RN

One benefit of walking around the trails, besides being active, is an opportunity to see and capture cute little decorations made by the community. This photo was taken at Goat Island, Eskasoni.

Fatima Cribby

Fatima Cribby, RN,

Fatima unwinds by entertaining with family and friends.

Erin Thibault

Erin Thibault, RN

Sitting on the rocks at Peggy’s Cove, breathing in the salty air and listening to the waves is my way of turning off the world and concentrating on me. 

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Maggie McInnis, RN

My new-found love for mountain biking began all thanks to the pandemic. This shows that not only bad things have come from the pandemic. As gyms were shutting down, I decided to try out mountain biking and fell in love with the sport instantly. I now mountain bike 3-4 times a week in the fall and summer.

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Maggie McInnis, RN

Canoeing with my partner and our Bernese mountain dog has always been a tradition with us. During the pandemic we truly enjoyed our stay-cations by canoeing out to beaches and camping out at night.

Lorianne Peach, RN

Lorianne Peach, RN

My go to hobby is hiking. I go at least once a day with my dog. The silence of the woods or the sound of water is very calming. Sometimes we are alone and other times we may have a group of people and dogs. I always feel refreshed and destressed.

Martina Cejpova, RN

Martina Cejpova, RN

Enjoying some downhill skiing!

Rhonda Jacquard, LPN

Rhonda Jacquard, LPN

Having a peaceful walk with my family.

Samantha Nickerson, LPN

Samantha Nickerson, LPN

Samantha enjoys golfing as a stress reliever.

Rhonda Jacquard, LPN

Rhonda Jacquard, LPN

Taking a peaceful walk by the river.

Crystal Francis, LPN

Crystal Francis, LPN

Spending time in nature is my go-to hobby.

Perry King, RN

Perry King, RN

When able, my favourite hobby is exploring zoos. This is my last experience traveling to Toronto Zoo.

Dorothy Smith, LPN

Dorothy Smith, LPN

To unwind and relax, I love to spend time walking my puppy. I rescued her from a shelter in Texas last year. I like to say we rescued each other! Here I am on a walk with Miss Arabella.

Nelli Zatserkovna, RN

Nelli Zatserkovna, RN

My favourite activity is spending time with my family and I love spending time with them outdoors - hiking, biking, swimming in the lake. For my birthday this year my family gave me a gift of going to Ontree Park where this picture was taken.

Amy MacDonald, LPN

Amy MacDonald, LPN

My favourite pastime or escape from work is doing anything with my son Jase. He keeps me going and always puts a smile on my face! 

Stephanie Hudson, LPN

Stephanie Hudson, LPN

To escape and destress I enjoy going on my paddle board. I love the scenery of different lakes and hidden treasures. I do yoga and exercising on it! My son and I enjoy endless hours doing this and it distresses me and re-grounds my energy. The water is a healing place for me especially when I get burnt out after all the overtime VON nurses complete.

Jennifer Rose, LPN

Jennifer Rose, LPN

This is a picture of me in my second home – the gym! Burbines in Amherst Nova Scotia; a great place release tension and the stress we face daily.

Mennie Alba, RN

Mennie Alba, RN

Therapeutic planting! Gardening is one of my stress relievers.

Mennie Alba, RN

Mennie Alba, RN

Reading a book! 

Holly Rafuse, NP and Glenna Gallant, NP

Holly Rafuse, NP
Glenna Gallant, NP

Hiking the bunny trail in Oxford NS.

Gerly Enriquez, RN

Gerly Enriquez, RN

Gerly enjoys spending time with her family.

Diana Kendall, RN

Diana Kendall, RN

Enjoying a hike and a beautiful view.

Jenilee Parker, RN

Jenilee Parker, RN

My favourite thing is hiking with my buddy Jerry-Lee!

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

Back-country camping in Pollett's Cove, Cape Breton

Marie-Pier Dion, RN

Marie-Pier Dion, RN

My favourite self-care activity: hiking the highlands with my puppy, Madeline. We’ve seen bald eagles, beaver, so many birds, and moose so far this spring!

Laurie Gove

Laurie Gove, RN

Riding on my bike, so relaxing and peaceful

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

My favourite music companion

Sarah MacLeod, RN

Sarah MacLeod, RN

I’m sending this picture of me “escaping” to enter your contest - kayaking is my favourite way to escape in the summer.

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

Heading out for a hike to Sugarloaf Mountain via the Bethany Trails (Antigonish)

Mary Fast

Mary Fast, RN

During this pandemic, my go-to hobby is paddle boarding on a lake or on the ocean – anywhere.

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

Always find a river to swim in (Cutie's Hollow Falls, James River)

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

Go for a hike. Take some friends (Cape Split Provincial Park)

Jenna Macphail, RN

Jenna Macphail, RN

I love hiking as a pastime. This is a waterfall in River Denys.

Jenna Macphail, RN

Jenna Macphail, RN

Spending the day at the beach listening to the waves is very relaxing.

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Laurie Gardiner, LPN

My family and I enjoy walking the trails at Two Rivers Wildlife Park to visit with the animals and get some fresh air.

Carol Kirby

Carol Kirby, RN

One of my go-to activities for self care is skiing. I go with my grandkids, friends or alone (in which case I often make new friends on the hill). In this picture I am skiing with my 10 year old grandson, Micah. 

Lisa Dorion

Lisa Dorion, RN 

Here is a photo of me with my *biggest* stress relievers on my funny farm - Shaggy Aggie and Norma Jean, two 11-month-old Highland cattle. They, and the rest of my menagerie, keep me super active, super busy and provide lots of nature and animal therapy to keep me going.

Wendy Beaton

Wendy Beaton, RN

Wendy loves exploring hiking trails in Cape Breton with her granddaughter Faye and husband Donnie.

Venus

Venus Sorizo, RN

Went for a group Snowshoeing at Ski Ben Eion as a last winter appreciation and to welcome spring.

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Laurie Gardiner, LPN

My children and I took some time to help out our local community food cupboards. With the help of family and friends we raised $300 and placed Sobeys gift cards in three different food cupboards. It really gave us all a sense of community and felt great to help others.

LIsa Jackson

Lisa Jackson LPN

I enjoy relaxing in the hot tub.

Laurie Gardiner

Laurie Gardiner, LPN

My children and I entered a last-minute snowman building competition. We came up with the VON nurse snow woman. We won the prize for most Creative Snowman. Pictured is myself and 2 of my 3 children Cooper and Zoe. Our entry was a hit!

Yvette Muise

Yvette Muise, LPN

For her New Year’s resolution, Yvette wanted to hike and walk in different places. Here she is looking at seals at the Keji Adjunct.

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Lenora Brace, NP

Hiking through the woods every day is my go-to mindful wellness activity. Why? I can breathe better with the trees. I absolutely must have nature around me to have peace. Do you feel the smile on my face and the strength in years of growth from this tall tree on my property?

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Venus Sorizo, RN

Venus’s go-to hobby is hiking. Here she is with her partner at Humes River Falls in Cape Breton. She says, “Getting out into nature benefits me physically and is also great for my mental well-being.”

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Maggie McInnis, RN

Throughout the pandemic getting outside in the winter has helped incredibly. Being able to snowboard with a friend helps bring joy back into life after such a harsh year.

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Kyla Neary Griffiths, RN

Kyla enjoys snowshoeing with her son, Lucas.

Debbie Morries

Debbie Morris, RN

Debbie loves to be out in the wilderness. Here she is hiking the woods in Cape Breton.

Sue Atkinson, LPN

Sue Atkinson, LPN

This is me and my golden retriever Tater enjoying a walk on the beach at Spencer’s Island. We both loves our walks there, so peaceful and relaxing! We always feel great after a good walk.

Rhonda Jacquard, LPN

Rhonda Jacquard, LPN

Enjoying a boat ride with my family.

Mennie Alba, RN

Mennie Alba, RN

Cooking a Filipino delicacy, Valenciana, for the family.

Rhonda Jacquard, LPN

Rhonda Jacquard, LPN

My friends and I drinking tea at the camp.

Sue Ellen Morrison, RN

Sue Ellen Morrison, RN

Doing some long overdue self care spa time!

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Maggie McInnis, RN

Kayaking with friends in the summer is a great way to get outside and spend some time on the water while getting some vitamin D from the sun.

Marge Ancliffe, NP

Marge Ancliffe, NP

This is Ollie, my 6 month old goldendoodle. We brought Ollie home in November and he's been the best walking/hiking buddy during the pandemic!

Robin Whooten, RN

Robin Whooten, RN

Running is my favourite pastime which has really helped me to cope with this pandemic. This are my three friends who I ran a half marathon distance with.

Marlene Murphy, RN

Marlene Murphy, RN

Marlene loves to collect shells and turn them into jewelry and decorations!

Dorothy Smith, LPN

Dorothy Smith, LPN

Dorothy enjoys playing with her rescue pup, Arabella.

Tracy Gates, LPN

Tracy Gates, LPN

My Escape on my time off is spent with my two beautiful granddaughters exploring beautiful places of Nova Scotia and beyond.

Julie Sutherland-Jotcham, RN

Julie Sutherland-Jotcham, RN

While maybe not always “relaxing”, capturing memories of my boys and their teammates during their hockey games through photography this past year has been one of the things I’ve looked forward to the most on the weekends when they were able to play. The boys loved to see the action shots after the game and I enjoyed being able to share the photos with family and friends who could not attend the games in person.

Joanah Sigue-Bernal, RN

Joanah Sigue-Bernal, RN

Went to Wentworth Falls and what a view. After a busy long day at work, nice to find some time to rejuvenate and relax with nature.

Jessica Gillis, RN

Jessica Gillis, RN

I love to escape to Chipman’s Brook on the Annapolis Valley’s Bay of Fundy for bonfires and sunsets enjoyed with family.

Janet Purdy, RN

Janet Purdy, RN

Reading is one of my favourite pastimes.

Gerly Enriquez, RN

Gerly Enriquez, RN

Enjoying family time at Luckett’s Vineyard, Wolfville, NS.

Lesley Fraser, RN

Lesley Fraser, RN

Working shift work means a quiet ski hill during the week. Took the opportunity to hit the slopes at Martock with friends and family this winter. Wearing my NSNU mask as well!

Marlene Murphy, RN

Marlene Murphy, RN

My go to hobby is going for walks on the beach. I now get to do so with my new grandson, daughter and grandpuppy. 

Vicki Royles, RN

Vicki Royles, RN

Two wheels that move my soul!

Diana Kendall, RN

Diana Kendall, RN

Hitting the trails.

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

Exploring Nova Scotia's many wonderful waterfalls (East Moose River Falls, Five Islands)

Ashley Potter, RN

Ashley Potter, RN

Horses and horseback riding have been my passion for as long as I can remember. No matter what is going on in my day to day, this is my escape. A time to focus on something that I truly love and just be in the moment

Suzanne Sheppard-Jackman, RN

Suzanne Sheppard-Jackman, RN

Hello. My go-to hobby is fitness. I love exercising. I run on my treadmill and do BeachBody workouts too. I make sure to do a combination of cardio and strength training. I turned 40 last year and I make my fitness a priority for me. I need to be strong for my children, my husband, and my patients.

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

Curled up with a book on a winter's day

Laurie Gardiner

Laurie Gardiner, LPN

My family loves the beach.  A nice beach walk, regardless of the weather, helps to clear our minds and makes our hearts happy.

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

Evenings with a book on Lochaber Lake

Jenna Macphail, RN

Jenna Macphail, RN

I can’t think of something more relaxing than a walk on the beach at sunset during the summer!

 

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

A cup of coffee and meditation by the ocean on a quiet morning

Judith Rudderham

Judith Rudderham, RN

Judith enjoys horseback riding and horse therapy.

Emma Fuller, RN

Emma Fuller, RN

Snowshoeing in the Highlands of Cape Breton

Andrea Casey

Andrea Casey, LPN

Andrea enjoys hiking with her dog.

Jenna Macphail, RN

Jenna Macphail, RN

Enjoying a favourite pastime of mine, hiking, with my mom! This is Salt Mountain.

Joan Conrad

Joan Conrad, LPN

I am pictured here with my daughter Katheryne-Anne Mills, RN. We love family trips away and swimming in the Cuban waters. I love volleyball, dancing and games on the beach. As soon as its safe, we will plan a trip back.

Crystal Francis

Crystal Francis, LPN 

On my days off you can find me in the woods on a trail no matter what the season. 

Jen Kirk

Jennifer Kirk, RN

Jennifer’s go-to stress reliever is her horses, enjoying them all year-round.

Cindy Howard

Cindy Howard, RN

My hobbies include sports! Here I am pictured, coaching both my kids’ hockey. My husband, Carl, coaches with me. He is an advanced care paramedic who works in the ER at Cobequid Health Community Centre.

Lisa Dorion Kayaking

Lisa Dorion, RN

Lisa enjoys kayaking with her husband and in the Annapolis basin.

Shelby Davis

Shelby Davis, LPN

I love to adventure in the woods on anything that will get me through, whether it be a snowmobile, a four-wheeler or my own two feet. I spend time outside when I’m not working to fill my sense of adventure. Being in the woods gives me that feeling of being totally separate from my “real life” and makes me feel so refreshed.

This is a picture of me four wheeling on a beautiful sunny day.

Venus

Venus Sorizo, RN

The pandemic has made me rediscover, appreciate and practice making art again. This is a painting that I made on a canvas for the first time.

Becky O'Connell

Becky O'Connell, LPN

My go to hobby is camping and fishing with my family. Enjoying my kids while I can.

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Jessica Gillis, RN

Jessica enjoys running year-round and snowshoeing in the winter.

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Dawn Lowe, NP

The outdoor hot tub and a glass of wine is a favourite and relaxing pastime. The palm trees may not be in the Caribbean, but we’re making it work!

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Lisa Rockey, LPN

Lisa embraced her wild side, hopping on the 4-wheeler with her son. She says he sure enjoyed scaring the wits out of her!


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