CCC Wednesday Communique — November 24, 2021

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Happy Thanksgiving!

New this week:

From: National Alliance for Caregiving | Published: November 2021

If you’re feeling tired this holiday season, you’re not alone. Taking care of others — and yourself — can be difficult work. Those who care for caregivers may wonder why the caregiver in their life doesn’t always notice the good they do for their families, their friends, our communities, and our society at large. This Thanksgiving, take a minute to express genuine thanks to the caregivers in your life. Research has demonstrated that expressing gratitude can offset compassion fatigue and restore positive feelings that are necessary for our resilience. Those who care are the foundation of our families, and our health care systems, our social care systems, and our economies. That gives us 53 million reasons to give thanks.

New Certificate Program at WCCC 
Washington County Community College is excited to announce that their Substance Use and Recovery certificate program is now a 37-hour matriculated certificate course. This course prepares students to test to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of Maine. Learn more here.

NAMI Maine Support Group in Washington County

This Connection Recovery Group, led by trained volunteers, is for any adult who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. NAMI groups will help you:

  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Embrace forgiveness and reject guilt
  • Understand that mental health conditions are no one’s fault

Meets in person on the first and last Saturdays of the month, 3:00 – 4:30 PM at the Downeast Recovery Center, 311 Main Street, Calais and online using Zoom or call +1 646 558 8656 (Meeting ID: 995 7971 1646, Password: 019058). For more information, contact group facilitators Amy: 207-726-0608 or Beth 207-214-9793.  Click here to learn more and see a listing of all NAMI Maine Support Groups.

Wabanaki Voices
Wabanaki Voices invites you to a discussion with Lisa Sockabasin, Co-Director of Wabanaki Public Health & Wellness at 12 Noon on Noon, November 30th, in Science Building 102, University of Maine Machias.  Lisa Sockabasin will provide an overview of Wabanaki Public Health & Wellness programs, and discuss opportunities for collaboration with the UMaine Machias community and Washington County wellness organizations. Attend in person or by Zoom, Password: 167477, Meeting ID: 831 1145 1033. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Jennifer Isherwood, Wabanaki Center,

A Psychiatrist Shares Tips For Balancing Your Career With Caregiving
From: Forbes | Published: November 6, 2021 

When I was 31 years old, my father was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, and my whole world changed. My mother, sister, and I, who all had very busy careers, had to figure out how to balance work with caregiving. Even though we were lucky to be able to share responsibilities, it was so exhausting, I felt like I had jet-lag until long after his 15-month cancer journey had ended. In my professional life, while it did force me to set boundaries with my time and energy, I was so terrified of doing a sub-par job with my patients and projects, the anxiety kept me up at night.  Read/listen to full article.

Hannaford Helps the Prevention Council

The Prevention Council is thrilled to announce that we have been selected as the Community Bag recipient during the month of December from Hannaford! Beginning December 1st, the Prevention Council will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Hannaford store located at 149 Dublin Street, Machias ME. We are excited for this recognition!  All money generated from this program will go directly towards our Community Baby Shower to be held in the Spring 2022. This community event is open to the public and helps expectant parents prepare for their little bundle of joy!! Reusable bags can be purchased in the store or online at Hannaford-To-Go. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 27, is Small Business Saturday.  The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce urges everyone to please shop local and celebrate our local businesses!

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