Senior’s hall getting new washroom facilities
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.”
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.