Nancy Ellis

(W) 902-742-3074 | (C) 902-247-5614

Having moved to Yarmouth nearly 10 years ago, I was also once a newcomer myself. I experienced first-hand the difference it can make having someone you can trust to have your best interests at heart help you make connections, meet new friends, sharing the best places to go for services, and introducing you to local activities and sights. I am excited to be a trusted resource for medical learners, physicians, and other medical professionals who are looking to call Southwestern Nova Scotia home. It is easy to see, through our community's attractions and people, that this beautiful coastal area is an excellent place to live, work, and raise a family.

My past involvement with community groups, events, the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation, and the Chamber of Commerce coupled with my own family’s medical struggles have given me the perspective and awareness of how important it is to do whatever we can collectively and as individuals to help increase the number of medical professionals in our community and to support the efforts of this medical recruitment partnership.

It is also clear to me that the Community Navigator role is not just held by one person, but is a support network of the community as a whole. Since the inception of this program, seeing people rally together, moving towards one common goal, and the achievements so far, has been inspiring and would not be possible without each and every person in our community doing their part to help! As the saying goes “it takes a village”, and I am honored to be a part of this “village” we call Yarmouth and the team that is working to serve the Tri-Counties in Southwestern Nova Scotia.

The main actions

  • identifying and attending recruiting events
  • Supporting Nova Scotia Health Authority recruiters by facilitating local tours of interested Doctors
  • Liaising with key hospital based Nova Scotia Health Authority employees on Navigator activities
  • Creation and organization of social events to support social interaction between current physicians residents and medical students rotating through our facility
  • Development and support of recruitment initiatives as identified by Dalhousie University Medical School
  • Development of contacts and initiatives to support local students interested in medical careers
  • Establishing and maintaining current lists of local individuals either studying or practicing medicine elsewhere, connecting with them and being accessible to provide whatever support, information or resources they may be interested in concerning our community and medical culture
  • Support, engagement and information input where appropriate to support the development of a housing structure purchased locally and given to the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce. This project will be developed and operate to assist with medical learner and resident housing issues. In this case, a large residence was purchased by the local Costal Financial Credit Union with the understanding that the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce and Community Navigator will be responsible for the operation of this property
  • Continual positive social presence concerning doctor recruitment
  • Support of Dalhousie Family Medical Education Leader and Residency Program Site Administrator  in any identified ways such as planning and implementation of social and educational events involving Family Medicine Interest Group
Community Navigation

• Housing support for new physicians to our area such as providing information on rental options, explaining the Nova Scotia Rent and Tenancies Act, being present during site viewing if requested.
• Identifying and providing ways in which incoming physicians, both national and international, need to be supported to facilitate a smooth transition of them and their family to our community. This may include transportation to and from the airport and around the community, utilities set up, obtaining Drivers licenses etc.
• Identification of local resources ( groceries, recreational activities)
• Identification/ explaining local customs and traditions
• Satisfying child centric needs (school tours, curriculum based meetings, weather appropriate clothing, child care)
• Connections to employment based resources for spouses
• Support of Dalhousie Medical Residents locally in some or all of the above listed ways

Measuring Outcomes

• Monthly and quarterly reporting to stakeholders.
• Financial management of budget
• Gathering of relevant metrics
• Development of social media promotional tools

"We are very pleased to welcome Nancy Ellis to the Medical Recruitment Partnership. Her experience in marketing and her wonderful working relationship with the community at large will help to build on the successes of the past 5 years in our Physician Recruitment journey.”

- Kerry Muise, Chair of the Community Navigator Oversight Committee