Al-Anon Maritimes

Al-Anon Maritimes - New Brunswick - Nova Scotia - Prince Edward Island

                                      COVID-19 Advisory

Affected Groups and Meetings in the Maritimes

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Email your meeting information to Area 91 and AIS Halifax/Dartmouth  and we will update the list.

 

Greetings Fellow Al-Anon Members and Newcomers,                                             August 18, 2020

Many more groups have reopened, or are having Hybrid meetings, which is an in-person meeting with a virtual component, while others have chosen to remain virtual or closed. The uncertainty around COVID-19, along with the restrictions in place by federal, provincial, municipal, health authorities, and facilities groups meet in have made reopening difficult for some. Groups must be able to social distance while meeting and some just do not have the space to do that. The additional cleaning, not sharing of materials, and wearing of masks made the choice to remain virtual or closed more attractive than opening. Members are also taking their own health situations into consideration when thinking about meeting face-to-face again. Check the group listings as there are several around the Maritimes that are open.

For newcomers, many groups have found ways to welcome you, whether they are meeting in person or virtual. Many groups are holding newcomer meetings to acquaint you with Al-Anon and give you an opportunity to ask questions. If you are looking for a meeting nearby, check the listings. If there is not one close to you, feel free to try one of the many FONGO conference call meetings, no matter the location. If you prefer to meet by Zoom, there are groups that, after contacting us, will add you to their email list to receive the invitation every week.

The website meeting cards and spreadsheets for closed and replacement groups have been updated for what we know groups are doing today. If members see something that needs to be updated, please let us know at the two email addresses above, and we will reflect those changes as soon as possible.  

While many of us would prefer things return to the way they were before the pandemic, the reality is that things may never be that way again. We will always have to remain vigilant about protecting ourselves and those we care about around us from COVID-19. Thus the measures we have been mandated to adopt are for everyone's benefit. We will learn how to be comfortable with this in time as our new normal becomes permanent. 

Stay safe and well, Area Chair, Mickie

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Greetings Fellow Al-Anon members and Newcomers,  June 19, 2020

At this time, some groups in PEI and NB have restarted, but only to their own group members, and with several new "rules" and protocols that abide by their Provincial and Health authorities, as well as their meeting facility. They include maximum numbers, cleaning and social distancing rules.

Two districts have chosen to make their Telephone Meeting information public as well. They are District 2 (Fredericton, NB) and District 8 (Annapolis Valley, NS). If you are a newcomer, you may attend one of those meetings, or get in touch with us at the above email addresses and we can connect you to meetings near you.

The Member pages still has the spreadsheet of the remainder of the replacement meetings, so members may look there. 

Stay safe and well, Area Chair, Mickie

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Greetings Fellow Al-Anon Members and Newcomers, April 1, 2020

At this time most Al-Anon face to face meetings are temporarily closed or unable to meet due to federal, provincial, local or health authority restrictions. As a result many groups have found other ways to have their meetings, either by way of conference calls (teleconference) or web meetings (Zoom!).

There has been a column added to the Spreadsheet to acknowledge those meetings, and will note the replacement method the group is using to hold their meetings. In order for NEWCOMERS to obtain the information needed to connect with them, you may email the Area or the Halifax/Dartmouth Al-Anon Information Service (AIS) at the email addresses above. The email will be sent to a member of the District for follow up. 

Members who are looking for information about how to connect with the Electronic meetings, please log in to the Member Pages of this website and view the Spreadsheet of Replacement meeting info.  

We realize these are stressful times and that many of us still want to continue with meetings in a safe manner, so we are happy to assist you in finding a meeting you can connect with.

Stay safe and well, Area Chair, Mickie 

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Greetings Fellow Al-Anon Members,                                                 March 22, 2020

Even though COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is an outside entity,  it is one which can potentially affect the personal health and safety of our members.  The issue--and the confusion surrounding it--arose in the Maritimes this week, illustrating the need for an open discussion about health and safety. At this point in time, my suggestion is that each group have a group conscience to decide how you wish to handle this situation. The 4Cs are very appropriate in this instance.  We didn't cause it, and neither can we control nor can we cure it; however we can contribute to its transmission by failing to exercise common sense.   

Federal, Provincial and Municipal authorities have recommended several measures to limit the spread of the virus:

1. avoiding close contact with other people – stay about 2 metres (6 feet) apart (social distancing)

2. avoid crowds and limit gatherings (check your provincial restrictions for the maximum number of people allowed at any gathering)

3. greeting one another with a wave instead of a handshake, hug, or kiss

4. staying home if you're sick, especially if you have a fever or a new cough

5. Wash or sanitize hands often. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and objects often.

6. Use cough and sneeze etiquette (into a tissue or your elbow, not your hand) and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Following the recommendations by federal, provincial and local authorities to encourage social distancing to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus (novel coronavirus), a number of bodies, from whom groups rent space for meetings, have imposed restrictions on group meetings, up to and including suspension of meetings at those locations.

In addition, other Al-Anon family groups in the Maritime provinces, not currently so restricted, may have opted to alter their meeting structure to limit direct contact, or to suspend meetings for the time being. It is left primarily to each group's conscience and autonomy, however guided by practical concerns, to decide how best to proceed.

WSO has issued the following letter to groups Click here

At the top of the page there is a list, by district, of groups and service meetings that have been suspended for the time being as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This list will be updated as groups or districts report changes.  

Email your meeting information to Area 91 and AIS Halifax/Dartmouth  and we will update the list.

Many groups are meeting by electronic means (web meetings, conference call, etc). Many are choosing Fongo, Instructions to create a Fongo number are on the Computer Q/A page. WSO lists electronic meetings here

Stay safe, Area Chair, Mickie