Cel­e­brat­ing a brand-new kitchen

Re­serve Mines Se­niors and Pen­sion­ers Club to host din­ner

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

There is some­thing new cook­ing at the Re­serve Mines Se­niors and Pen­sion­ers Club.

And there will be an open house on Satur­day at 5 p.m. in cel­e­bra­tion of the club’s new $125,000 state-of-the art kitchen.

“Our kitchen was so tiny be­fore we couldn’t move, we’d al­ways be bump­ing into each other,” said Debby Par­sons, pres­i­dent of the club’s ladies aux­il­iary.

“We’d have to move the ta­ble over to open the oven door and then move the ta­ble back. We added a new wing onto the build­ing and now could fit four or five old kitchens in here, that’s how big it is.”

Par­sons said the old kitchen had small stoves that lim­ited what they could cook. They now have two large stoves with six burn­ers on each.

The kitchen also in­cludes a $13,000 fan system and a safety unit in case of a fire. There are also two fridges, two triple sinks and a hand­wash­ing sink.

She said the club owes the new kitchen to the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of the build­ing com­mit­tee that in­cludes the club pres­i­dent Mel Bry­den, Wal­ter Macken­zie and Winky Maclean.

“The work they put into this was amaz­ing, they did an in­cred­i­ble job.”

She said the kitchen will last for gen­er­a­tions.

“When I’m old … I’ll be here ask­ing for them to serve me a nice cup of tea. That kitchen is go­ing to be here for all the young women up and com­ing.”

The Re­serve club strug­gled for a num­ber of years un­til 2014 when new mem­bers came for­ward and later a new ex­ec­u­tive was formed.

Par­sons en­cour­ages peo­ple to visit their club to see what it’s all about.

“The club is amaz­ing, the mem­bers are ex­tremely friendly. Ïf some­one is home alone even come out once and you’ll see how wel­comed you’ll be. I can’t praise it enough.

“We are like a fam­ily al­ways work­ing well to­gether for what­ever has to be done.”

Club pres­i­dent Mel Bry­den said a build­ing com­mit­tee was formed in 2016 to over­see the ren­o­va­tion.

“We’re ec­static to have this state-of-the-art kitchen,” he said. “We have great mem­bers and a great work­force that helped us, this came from the mem­bers and the com­mu­nity.”

Bry­den said the $125,000 in fund­ing for the kitchen in­cluded $50,000 from the prov­ince, $25,000 from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, $5,000 from the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, $15,000 from the club and $30,000 in-kind do­na­tions of time from trades­peo­ple.

“There were plum­bers, elec­tri­cians, car­pen­ters and oth­ers who do­nated their time. This al­lowed the club to dou­ble up on ap­pli­ances and build an en­tire new set of cup­boards.”

He said the cel­e­bra­tion Satur­day is a way for the en­tire club to thank them.

“It’s all about the peo­ple who gave us their time for noth­ing,” he said. “This is a three-course meal and we’ll be giv­ing a gift to each of them as a way to say thanks.”

Bry­den said the kitchen pro­vides sus­tain­abil­ity for the club, gives the aux­il­iary the op­por­tu­nity to fundraise through meals or cater­ing events such as an­niver­saries and birth­days.

“We have an awe­some group. Not only will this kitchen al­low us to raise money to pay bills it will help so we won’t have to de­pend on gov­ern­ment fund­ing.”

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Mem­bers of the Re­serve Mines Se­niors and Pen­sion­ers Club gather in the club’s new state-of-the-art kitchen in­clud­ing from left, Ch­eryl MacKen­zie, Carol McKen­zie, Bren­don Bry­den, Sharon McLeod, Dot MacLean, Carmella MacLeod, Donna Mullins and Debby Par­sons. The club, which wel­comes new­com­ers at any time, will cel­e­brate the grand open­ing of the new kitchen while thank­ing their part­ners with a din­ner on Satur­day.

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