Statement in solidarity with the Association Black Social Workers

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia (EFMNS) addresses the criminalization of women and girls in Mainland Nova Scotia. EFMNS board and staff members acknowledges the existence of racism within the many institutions in Canada and in Nova Scotia; specifically, within the Justice System. Therefore, EFMNS is committed to providing culturally inclusive services and taking the position to advocate with our Black / African and Indigenous women and girls; as we stand in solidarity with the Association Black Social Workers (ABSW), to eradicate systemic racism within Nova Scotia and in Canada. To learn more about the great work ABSW are doing within the black community today in our society, please visit their website at

Statement from the Association Black Social Workers (ABSW)

Songs of the City

October 23 2019 — The second annual Songs of the City, a United Way Halifax event featuring our Housing Support Worker, Dawn Corkum, took place at Spatz Theatre on October 23, 2019. Dawn shared some impactful moments from her life and her experience working with the Elizabeth Fry Society. Dawn’s story inspired a new song, Hold that thought, by songwriter Yohan Blvck performed live that night. Listen here.

Annual General Meeting 2019

July 4, 2019 — Staff and members of the community joined us for a barbeque at our annual AGM in the backyard of Holly House. We also hosted a panel discussion with women who have lived experience.

Community Day at Holly House

EFry Holly House Community Day 2019

June 7, 2019  — Staff and volunteers at Elizabeth Fry Society Mainland celebrated community day with a barbeque and gardening at Holly House in Dartmouth.

Positive Release Program

CTV Atlantic: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 — Elizabeth Fry Society executive director Emma Halpern and Housing Support Worker, Dawn Corkum, shares details on their new program called the Positive Release Program.

Global News: June 3 2019 — Global News highlights the new Positive Release program from the Elizabeth Fry Society. The aim is to reduce the stigma women face when being released from prison.