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ROC Board Update Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Friday, August 9th, 2019 Posted in Monthly Board News, ROC Board, ROC News | Comments Off on ROC Board Update Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

The ROC Board has been actively communicating throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and resumed in-person meetings in October of 2020 when NS Public Health restrictions allowed.  As the Covid-19 pandemic situation evolves the ROC Board continues to meet in-person, when public health measures allow, or virtually. 

Amid the pandemic, the ROC has shifted focus inward to strengthen our operations in order to navigate the uncertainty that Covid-19 has presented. 

Just before the pandemic began, the ROC came to the end of a 3-year strategic plan. 

The strategic plan had 9 areas of focus:

  • Transportation
  • Marketing
  • Youth
  • Board
  • Operations
  • Partnership/Connections
  • Volunteers
  • Food Security

For additional details and information please visit the Strategic Planning section of the website.

A few pre-pandemic accomplishments to note:

The ROC Board supported staff in the successful application of numerous project/program-specific grants and conducted a transit feasibility study.  The full transit study can be found on our Strategic Planning page.

With the major impact of the pandemic, the ROC Board has decided to postpone the next phase of strategic planning in order to move through the pandemic, as it evolves, and into the recovery period.

Our Board operates in an advisory capacity and we are actively recruiting volunteer board members.  If you are interested in joining us and contributing to our next strategic plan, please reach out to us at

Due to the ongoing State of Emergency, we did not host our 2020 AGM as planned, however, we are currently working towards setting a future date.  Notice of our AGM will be posted to this website as well as the Prospect Communities social media channels. 

The Board would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding as we move through this challenging and unpredictable time.  We are all in the same storm, just not in the same boat!



Board update, August 19, 2019

The ROC board doesn’t usually meet over the summer, but there are still things happening!

Our board has come to the end of the strategic plan that began in 2016, and is now in the early stages of developing a new five-year strategy for the organization.  Part of that will be speaking with community, likely via an electronic survey, to hear what you think priorities should be for our community. Our board will take that feedback, along with trends in areas that align with our vision and mission, and develop goals to work on over the next three to five years.  We’ll be working with HRM Community Developer, Bronwyn Mackinnon to get this important planning activity completed, but we can’t do it without your help as well. We’ll publicize the link to the survey, and if you need assistance filling it in we can use the public computers at PRCC to help you.

The board is still waiting to hear back on the application for funding for a feasibility study around community-based transit.  We expect to hear something in the next few weeks. Feedback from the community on the options that would be supported will be a critical part of this process, so if the funding is approved,  our social media channels  will host information and staff at the PRCC will be informed so you don’t miss an opportunity to share your opinion on what would work best in the Prospect Communities.

One of the roles that the ROC holds is representing the Prospect Communities on the Chebucto West Community Health Board.  The Health Board is working on three main priorities over the next two years. The first, supporting development of a local food security policy, has been an ongoing project  in partnership with the Halifax Food Policy Alliance, and they developing an election primer for the federal election, to empower voters to engage their candidates in doorstep discussions about food security concerns in our local areas.  Look for that in your mailboxes in September.  The next priorities they’ve identified for work over the next couple of years include homelessness and mental health services. They’re in the process of developing action items and you can follow the progress on those issues via the Chebucto West Community Health Board Facebook page. 


Board Update: November 2018

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 Posted in Monthly Board News, ROC Board, ROC News | Comments Off on Board Update: November 2018

Our board continues to meet monthly. We’ve changed our regular meeting night to be more closely aligned with our financial reporting deadlines, and we now meet the fourth Monday of the month at the PRCC, starting at 6:30.

The Board wishes to thank Liz Amyoony, who has been with the board since 2016. Liz has stepped down due to work commitments, but has been a valuable source of human resources expertise for the board of directors. We offer our sincere thanks, and very best wishes to her!

We do have openings for board members, and would welcome anyone who is interested to have a conversation with our Executive Director, Shirley Jollimore, about the role and responsibilities of the board. Email her at if you’d like to discuss the possibility of working with us! We are specifically looking for a voice from the Goodwood area, and the local business community, but would welcome anyone with particular skill or expertise to join our team.

We’ve made some progress on our strategic plan, which you can view here (link to updated plan) and our transit subcommittee will convene early in the new year to examine the possibility of applying for funding through the province for a feasibility study on community transit. We know that the current HRM transit plan will not be reviewed until 2021, so we will look into other community-based transit options.

ROC Annual General Meeting – June 12, 2017

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 Posted in ROC Board, ROC News | Comments Off on ROC Annual General Meeting – June 12, 2017

The ROC Board of Directors welcomes all members of the Prospect communities to their AGM, Monday, June 12, 6:30 PM. The Board provides advisory and policy support and strategic management for the ROC organization; it does not have an operational role with the Prospect Road Community Centre. 
Our election for board of directors will take place at this meeting. We are accepting nominations for one or two volunteer board members! If you are interested, please review the attached information about the role of the collective board and individual board members.
If you feel this is an opportunity that suits your skillset and experience, please indicate your interest to Shirley Jollimore by emailing and you can be presented at the AGM as a candidate!  The ROC board meets monthly on Monday evenings.
We hope to see you there!

Take Part in the ROC Strategic Planning Survey

Friday, January 6th, 2017 Posted in ROC Board, ROC News | Comments Off on Take Part in the ROC Strategic Planning Survey

The Resource Opportunities Centre (ROC) is a local, community-based, non-profit organization that serves the Prospect Communities from the areas of Goodwood to West Dover.  Our work is driven by our vision of a welcoming, thriving, innovative community.  We are dedicated to sustainability and community development through the delivery of diverse recreational, educational, cultural, social, and technology-related opportunities.   

The ROC is working to develop a strategic plan that will guide our efforts for the next three years.  We would like to hear from residents and other stakeholders to provide insight and feedback to help form our plan.  We invite you to take part in the following survey and provide your comments and suggestions.

Community members were invited to attend our Community Conversations, a series of public meetings which were held in 2013 and 2014, to provide their thoughts and ideas.  Details from these conversations, including the information gathered as well as the progress to date and areas of opportunity can be found below and may be helpful in completing the survey:

Download the ROC Strategic Planning Goal Progress Review (pdf)

Click Here to Complete the Survey

The Resource Opportunities Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Shirley Jollimore as Executive Director

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 Posted in PRCC, ROC News | Comments Off on The Resource Opportunities Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Shirley Jollimore as Executive Director

pat-shirleyThe Resource Opportunities Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Shirley Jollimore as Executive Director.  Shirley is a graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University and comes to us with years of experience in the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services, where she was responsible for province-wide programming in the area of employee engagement and communication.  She also has a depth of experience working in human resource and administrative positions in long-term care and transportation-focused organizations.  She is an experienced facilitator with a passion for strategic planning and community development, and supported the ROC in this capacity when we held community conversations in 2014 at the Prospect Road Community Centre.

Shirley has lived in the McDonald Lake subdivision of this community since 1997 with her husband, Peter, and their three children.  Shirley serves the community in many capacities, including as former Warden for St. Timothy’s-St Paul’s, Chair of the Prospect Road Elementary School Advisory Council, Vice-President of Prospect Road Basketball, and Chair of Unicorn Theatre, among others.

The Resource Opportunities Centre is a nonprofit community development organization that has been in existence since 1998. Originally established as the Terence Bay and Area C@P Site, the organization transformed into the Resource Opportunities Centre (ROC), Community Development Association serving the Prospect Road Area in 2002. In 2009 the ROC was named the volunteer management Board for the brand new state of the art Prospect Road Community Centre.

In 2014, Patricia Ullman was appointed as the ROC’s first Executive Director.  Under her guidance for the last 2+ years, the organization has blossomed in its mission to support sustainability and community development through the delivery of diverse recreational, educational, cultural, social, and technology-related opportunities.  Patricia’s years of professional experience, along with her love of community, have enabled the ROC to move to another stage of organization, clarity, accountability, and harmony.  The ROC now provides services and support for many community organizations in the area, offers community meals and other opportunities for increased food security—including a beautiful community garden—and a wide variety of programming and activities for people of all ages. Most importantly, Patricia has fostered a team spirit among the staff , volunteers, and community members, so that the centre is a welcoming place for everyone. 

Patricia is leaving us to go help her mother and family in the U.S., and will be sorely missed. The ROC thanks her wholeheartedly for her service to the Prospect communities and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours.