Austin W. I, June Meet­ing

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The Austin W.I. met on June 8, 2016, at the home of Bea Juby in Austin. Bea opened the meet­ing at 1:30 p.m. with all recit­ing the M.S. Col­lect and salute to the Cana­dian Flag. Moto : Like branches on a tree, we all grow in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. R.C.: to bring a ‘‘Did you know’’ and was well an­swered by 8 mem­bers with some most in­ter­est­ing and amus­ing sto­ries. Sec­re­tary Liz Good­win read the min­utes from May meet­ing and Trea­sury Betty Telford pre­sented her Fi­nan­cial Re­port – both were ap­proved. The plans were con­tin­ued for the fundraiser, which will take place in Austin as part of the Spring Fes­ti­val, which is held each year around this date at the Austin Town Hall on Milling­ton Road. Cof­fee will be avail­able, plus a used book sale held by the Li­brary. cont'd page 14 21st and launched their $12 mil­lion cap­i­tal cam­paign to sup­port the con­struc­tion of a new 90 pri­vate room care pavil­ion ex­pand­able to 120 rooms at Grace Vil­lage and the even­tual trans­for­ma­tion of the Con­naught Home in North Hat­ley. The of­fi­cial ground break­ing cer­e­mony for the new care pavil­ion is sched­uled for July 21st with con­struc­tion beginning later this sum­mer. Beginning next year, The Con­naught Home will be transformed into apart­ments for au­ton­o­mous se­niors and will cater to a range of eco­nomic re­al­i­ties. Both Grace Vil­lage and Con­naught Home are cur­rently con­tin­u­ing with nor­mal op­er­a­tions and are ac­cept­ing new res­i­dents. In fact, since their plans for the fu­ture were re­vealed, new res­i­dent ap­pli­ca­tions have been fly­ing off the shelf. The new Grace Vil­lage pavil­ion is sched­uled to be com­pleted next sum­mer and at that time all ex­ist­ing res­i­dents of Con­naught and Grace will be given first pri­or­ity to move into the new fa­cil­ity.

Mas­saw­ippi Re­tire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties is a non for profit char­i­ta­ble se­niors care fa­cil­ity that has been serv­ing the Eastern Town­ships for al­most 60 years through the two homes they op­er­ate, Con­naught Home and Grace Vil­lage. Fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion, MRC has moved for­ward with their plan for re­newal in or­der to re­spond to an­tic­i­pated build­ing code changes slated for 2018. Their de­sire is to con­tinue serv­ing the grow­ing needs of the re­gion’s English speak­ing mi­nor­ity com­mu­nity as well as the French speak­ing com­mu­nity through the pro­vi­sion of ex­cel­lent, com­pas­sion­ate and lov­ing care for se­niors. Their bold cam­paign has al­ready risen close to half of their $12 mil­lion goal. This is a com­mu­nity based project that re­quires com­mu­nity sup­port. Ev­ery do­na­tion, no mat­ter what the size, will make a

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