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Ally Centre of Cape Breton

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Ally Centre of Cape Breton

Welcome to the Ally Centre of Cape Breton’s website!

christine porterMy name is Christine Porter (Chris) and I have been with this organization for the past 22 years, the last 17 of which I have been the Executive Director. It is an honor to serve our vulnerable population. I have been humbled on many occasions as I listen and learn from them. I believe that stigma is one of the most significant causes of health inequities and I am committed to continuing to work on reducing stigma and establishing programs and services that improve the health of this population and our community.

I am thankful for the support of our funders, our community partners, our Board of Directors and for the coveted trust and involvement of the people we serve as we strive to meet the harm reduction needs of Cape Bretoners.

Please drop in and check out what we have to offer and meet the friendly staff and volunteers. I am always up for a good chat and more than happy to show people around and educate on our services.


Our Mission and Mandate

The Ally Centre of Cape Breton is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to prevent the spread of blood borne pathogens in the community and to create a supportive environment for those infected and/or affected by blood borne pathogens.

In pursuit of this, the Ally Centre uses a community development and harm reduction approach in providing services, education, support and advocacy on blood borne pathogens and related issues for the people of Cape Breton Island.

Providing Prevention and Support Services Around Blood Borne Pathogens for Over 30 Years in Cape Breton.

The Ally Centre of Cape Breton is dedicated to preventing the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C in the community and supporting those that have been infected and/or affected by these blood borne pathogens. We take a community development approach by providing education, support and advocacy services to the people of Cape Breton Island. 

Job Posting: Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioner, Ally Center Health Clinic
Ally Center of Cape Breton, Sydney, N.S.

The Ally Centre of Cape Breton’s (ACCB) mission is to create supportive environments to reduce harm and promote health. ACCB is involved in many mutually beneficial partnerships with government agencies and the community who share a common goal in supporting and providing services for at-risk populations. The Ally Centre of Cape Breton wishes to maintain an atmosphere conducive to a high level of service for the people and the communities we serve; to maintain a work environment that fosters personal and professional growth; and, to ensure fair and equitable treatment for all employees.

The population the Ally Center serves are often referred to as marginalized, excluded or vulnerable. They are typically those people who have faced prolonged difficulties with all or some of the following: poverty, homelessness, mental illness, substance use disorder, social isolation, unemployment, conflicts with the law.
The Ally Center has a host of harm reduction services and programs including access to health care via a primary health clinic. For more information about the Ally Centre please visit:

About the Opportunity
The Nurse Practitioner (NP) works as an independent practitioner within collaborative practice relationships with clinicians at the Ally Health Clinic (Ally Centre) for the purpose of achieving treatment for individuals who utilize their services. The NP utilizes an integrative/multidimensional approach that is biopsychosocial, person centered, culturally sensitive and embraces a harm reduction philosophy.
This position requires work at the health clinic located at the Ally Center in Sydney. Working with a team of health providers and clinicians at the clinic, as well as Ally Center staff including peers with lived and living experience, the NP will collaborate to provide immediate and scheduled health care appointments and services.

About You
We would love to hear from you if you have the following:
• Completion of a Master of Nursing – Advanced Nursing Practice stream or equivalent nurse practitioner program.
• Current registration (or eligibility) as a Nurse Practitioner, and in good standing with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN).
• Successful Completion of controlled drugs and substances (CDS) education program and registration with the Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program (NSPMP).
• Ideally a minimum of two years recent (within last 5 years) NP experience in a Mental Health and Addictions and/or a primary health setting preferred. However, if there are no applicants with 2 years of NP experience, applicants with less than 2 years’ experience will be considered.
• Has a passion for working with vulnerable populations including those who may be living in poverty, experiencing concurrent disorders, homelessness, involved in street work and/or involvement with the criminal justice system.
• Experience, knowledge and respect in the application of harm reduction and determinants of health practice approaches to client care and engagement in promoting health & supporting recovery
• Ability to promote positive workplace culture, staff morale, cooperation, assertiveness, creative planning for creativity and innovation.
• Demonstrated leadership capabilities, strong ethical standards, a commitment to professional development and life-long learning and the ability to promote client-focused care that demonstrates care for and with clients and significant others, sensitive to diverse cultures and preferences, client advocacy and social justice.
• Adheres to the CRNNS Standards for Nursing Practice and the Code of Ethics, and is responsible and accountable consistent with relevant legislation, professional and ethical standards.
• Current certification in CPR and CPI
• Competencies in other languages an asset particularly Mi’kmaq and/or French
Please ensure your resume is up to date and includes all relevant education, experience, training, and certifications.
• The Ally Health Clinic has funding to offer NP services up to the equivalent of 3.5 days per week. The clinic offerings are flexible in that Nurse practitioners interested in offering a number of hours or full days would be welcome. Clinics can be offered during day time hours, early evenings or on weekends.

• Compensation and Incentives
$53.08 - $62.05 hourly (on par with NSH hourly wage)
($64.22 hourly with 25 years of nursing experience)

Successful candidates may be eligible for our benefits package which includes health, dental (based on number of hours/days worked).

As per the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Protocol in High-Risk Settings all team members to be fully vaccinated as per NSH recommendations.

To apply: Please include cover letter and resume and send to the attention of:

Janet Bickerton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sharon MacKenzie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


• No closing date – open until position is filled


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Our Services

Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction
Learn about our Sharp Advice Needle Exchange (S.A.N.E.), Anonymous Testing, Overdose Prevention and Hep C/HIV Support.

Health Services

Health Services
Informaion about our Health Clinic, Outreach Street Health, Housing Support, and Foot Care, etc.

Support Services

Support Services

Info on S.W.E.E.P. (Sex Workers Encouraging and Empowering Their Peers), Food Bank, and how to Drop-In.

Our Research

Our Research
Information on a list of resources provided wholly or in part by the Ally Centre of Cape Breton.

Hours of Operation

Sharp Advice Needle Exchange
Monday to Friday 9:00 to 4:00 & 6:00 - 8:00

Ally Drop-in
Monday to Friday 10:00 to 12:00 & 2:00 - 4:00

SWEEP (Sex Workers Support):
Saturday and Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00

Health Clinic:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 4:00

Anonymous and Confidential STBBI Testing
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 2:00

Take Home Naloxone Program
Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 4:00

Coordinated Access (Homelessness)
Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 4:00

Street Health Nurse
Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 5:00

Operates Monday to Thursday - 10:00 to 4:00

Monday – Sydney/Whitney Pier
Loaves and Fishes in the morning and Whitney Pier in the afternoon

Tuesday - North Sydney/Sydney Mines
Platinum Fitness in the morning and St. Pius X Sydney Mines in the afternoon

Wednesday – Glace Bay
Opioid Recovery, Union St in the morning, Sterling Mall in the afternoon

Thursday – New Waterford
Plummer Avenue all day

Funding Provided By

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Nova Scotia Health and Wellness
Public Health Agency of Canada
Reaching Home, Canada’s Homeless Strategy
Nova Scotia Health Authority

With Contributions From

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Feed Nova Scotia
Canadian Women’s Foundation
East Cape Breton County Community Health Board
Central Cape Breton County Community Health Board
Victoria County Community Health Board
Northside The Lakes Community Health Board


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