Haley Street centre hosting fair
Event will showcase improvements made possible by Chase the Ace
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.