Ha­ley Street cen­tre host­ing fair

Event will show­case im­prove­ments made pos­si­ble by Chase the Ace

Cape Breton Post - - Northside/cape Breton - BY JULIE COLLINS Jcollins@cb­post.com

Staff and par­tic­i­pants of Ha­ley Street Adult Ser­vices Cen­tre are plan­ning an in­door fair to show­case their new build­ing, made pos­si­ble through the North­side 4 Chase the Ace fundraiser.

The fair will take place on Satur­day, June 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

There will be ta­bles avail­able for ven­dors as well by call­ing the cen­tre at 902-794-3517 or mes­sage the or­ga­ni­za­tion on Face­book.

“It was de­cided just this week to host the fair,” said ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor De­bra Ma­cLean. “We feel a strong obli­ga­tion to the com­mu­nity to show them how all our cap­i­tal pur­chases came back to the North­side — the con­trac­tors, fur­ni­ture, ma­te­ri­als.

“We wel­come folks to tour the fa­cil­ity to see what we are about and wit­ness the tremen­dous changes that have taken place in re­cent months.”

Ha­ley Street will also show off some of the prod­ucts that are now avail­able through its Life En­hance­ment pro­gram in­clud­ing home­made soap and dog bis­cuits. There will be some spe­cialty items for sale from the cen­tre’s wood­shop and some items made by par­tic­i­pants in other de­part­ments for sale as well.

Re­fer­ring to the Life En­hance­ment pro­gram, Ma­cLean noted that par­tic­i­pants are in­volved from the man­u­fac­tur­ing through to the pack­ag­ing and la­belling.

The cen­tre com­pleted the devel­op­ment of a pro­to­type Mon­day for an out­door drink holder that can be put in the ground and will hold two glasses or bot­tles. It will be avail­able in two heights, de­pend­ing on the out­door ac­tiv­ity.

“There is a lot of self-es­teem built into be­ing part of some­thing that has an end, in­clud­ing a sense of pride of ac­com­plish­ment,” Ma­cLean said. “We want all the par­tic­i­pants

to be in­volved in some way that is mean­ing­ful. It bears re­peat­ing that we are al­ways look­ing at the next best thing we should be do­ing with the fo­cus on how to bet­ter serve the par­tic­i­pants.”

Cur­rently serv­ing more than 65 peo­ple with vary­ing sup­port needs, Ha­ley Street Adult Ser­vices Cen­tre is par­tially funded by the Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices. It is ad­min­is­tered by a vol­un­teer board of di­rec­tors, made up of in­di­vid­u­als from the North­side com­mu­nity.

The board has a sub­stan­tial fi­nan­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to gen­er­ate rev­enue on an on­go­ing ba­sis.


Ha­ley Street Ser­vices Cen­tre staff Jil­lian Smith, cen­tre, and par­tic­i­pants Shel­don Dupont, left, and Brent Ma­cLean are seen here with a batch of dog bis­cuits fresh out of the oven.

From left, par­tic­i­pants Ron­nie Chisholm and Sher­rill Mur­phy en­joy the chal­lenges of mak­ing soap un­der the watch­ful eye of Ha­ley Street Ser­vices Cen­tre staff Jes­sica MacDon­ald.

Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege stu­dent Ash­ley Brook­man, who is do­ing a place­ment at the Ha­ley Street Adult Ser­vices Cen­tre in North Syd­ney, shows off one of two out­door drink hold­ers, the new­est prod­uct avail­able through the cen­tre.

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