The Nova Scotia Burn Support Group (NSBSG) was formed in 1986 with the first meeting being held October 25th of the same year. The main goals of the Group are to provide support to burn victims as well as their family and friends during their stay in the hospital as well as after discharge, with the aim of reintegrating the survivor into society as soon as possible. This goal is accomplished by various efforts of the group.

The Nova Scotia Burn Support Group ensures that all patients and their families at the QEII Health Sciences Centre and the children's hospitals have the opportunity to receive a visit by a member of the group. If the patient or family does not wish to see anyone during their stay at the hospital, they are given a business card containing a contact name and phone number, so they may contact a group member at their convenience.

These meetings consist of open discussions, guest speakers and workshops. The meetings give everyone an opportunity to learn more about burns, to ask questions, and to exchange their own personal stories and feelings. In the past, members have participated in the following:

1. CBC Inquiry: “Beneath the Scars”
2. Dartmouth Cable: “Women are Special”
3. CBC Radio: various interviews
4. Local Newspapers: various articles

Members of the group have travelled to various parts of the province, attending seminars, giving presentations, and creating a great awareness of the Nova Scotia Burn Support Group. The group is also an active participant in the annual "Fire Fighters Burn Treatment Society Bowl-A-Thon For Burn Care" event.

The group is currently placing district representatives in areas across Nova Scotia to help support the burn survivor and family after discharge from the hospital.

The Nova Scotia Burn Support Group is funded by the Fire Fighters Burn Treatment Society. Their support and generosity has been overwhelming. The group has been very active since its inception. The group firmly believes in and practices their motto: "By Helping Others We Also Help Ourselves".

Burn Support Meetings are held the first (1st) Wednesday of each month in Room 1243 at the Halifax Infirmary, QE 11 site from 7pm to 9pm. Room 1243 is located on the 1st floor Summer Street Entrance by the service elevators.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a decrease in survivors in the local area, the meetings have been temporarily suspended until further notice. We are currently looking at an option for on-line meetings so all can join from across the Maritime Provinces in the convenience of our own homes.

Deborah Ward (President): (Home) 902-252-2884 or (Cell) 902-830-1822
Daryll Ley (Cape Breton): (Home) 902-631-2019

The Phoenix Society hold a World Burn Congress every year in a different State of the USA. The first was in 1988 in Philadelphia and this years, 2018 will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Canadian Burn Survivors Community Conference is held every second (2nd) year in a different Province within Canada. The first was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 2005. Halifax has hosted this conference twice; in 2006 and 2018. More information on the Canadian Burn Survivors Community can be found on their website by clicking here.

For more information about the Nova Scotia Burn Support Group, please contact

P.O. Box 481, Dartmouth Main
Dartmouth, NS
B2Y 3Y8
Tel: (902) 461-9026


Deborah Ward
110 Bambrick Road
Middle Sackville, NS
B4E 0J4
Tel: (902) 830-1822