Se­nior’s hall get­ting new wash­room fa­cil­i­ties

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY JULIE COLLINS BRAS D’OR

Host­ing public events has been a chal­lenge for the Bras d’Or Se­niors and Pen­sion­ers, but that is about to change.

“Our wash­rooms were very small, sin­gle units so there was al­ways a lineup at any of our larger events,” ex­plained club pres­i­dent Joan Skin­ner. “The public is so good to sup­port our events. It was a pri­or­ity to make a change and con­struc­tion of the new, larger wash­rooms is well un­der­way.”

The ini­tial date for re­sump­tion of the weekly card games was moved for­ward from Aug. 4 to Aug. 18, due to a change in the de­sign.

Skin­ner said the new wash­rooms is just another phase of on­go­ing changes to im­prove the hall. Fu­ture changes in­clude a new floor and ma­jor up­grades to the kitchen.

“Any event we hold is al­ways well-at­tended,” she said. “Our re­cent straw­berry fes­ti­val was our best one in a long time.Our fall fair, which is our big­gest fundraiser, is the other ma­jor event that is al­ways a suc­cess. This suc­cess is due to our vol­un­teers and to the peo­ple from the north­side and be­yond who con­tinue to sup­port the club’s ef­forts.”

Brian Jessome and his crew from H.I.S. Home Im­prove­ments started work on the wash­rooms about three weeks ago.

“We weren’t at it steady and there was an is­sue with the de­sign. We ex­pect to have them com­pleted by mid-Au­gust,” Jessome said. “We ex­panded both wash­rooms to make them wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble. Ev­ery­thing is non-struc­tural, it’s just a mat­ter of putting in the in­te­rior par­ti­tions to ac­com­mo­date the stalls.”

The club will re­ceive $15,650 to as­sist with on­go­ing ren­o­va­tions to its build­ing from Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­ni­ties, Cul­ture and Her­itage.

The club moved into the build­ing in April 1977. Last year the mem­ber­ship de­cided to make the build­ing more heat-ef­fi­cient by in­stalling four heat pumps and a duel door sys­tem.

“Be­fore we in­stalled the new doors, when you en­tered the build­ing you were di­rectly in the hall. As a re­sult, we lost a lot of heat,” Skin­ner said. “This change in the en­trance, and the heat pumps were a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment to the build­ing.”

Another pri­or­ity for the club is to con­struct a new wheel­chair ramp.

“Ours is an ac­tive mem­ber­ship,” Skin­ner said. “Sim­i­lar to all other or­ga­ni­za­tions, the work to keep and main­tain our build­ing is on­go­ing.”

JULIE COLLINS/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Brian Jessome with H.I.S. Home Im­prove­ment goes over plans for the new wash­rooms with Joan Skin­ner, pres­i­dent of the Bras d’Or Se­niors and Pen­sion­ers and Ernie Green, a mem­ber of the club’s build­ing com­mit­tee.

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