CIBC donates $5,000 to tran­si­tion house in Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A bank that re­cently of­fered to do­nate a prop­erty with a grim past to the Town of Car­bon­ear made an­other good­will ges­ture Thurs­day.

The Cana­dian Im­pe­rial Bank of Com­merce pre­sented a cheque for $5,000 to the O’Shaugh­nessy House in Car­bon­ear.

The O’Shaugh­nessy House is a tran­si­tion house for women and chil­dren es­cap­ing vi­o­lence. The build­ing was orig­i­nally a con­vent, and was do­nated by the Pre­sen­ta­tion Sis­ters in Septem­ber of 2010.

The do­na­tion from CIBC was first an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary, when they first men­tioned a com­mit­ment to pass along the prop­erty on 12 Hay­den Heights over to the town. That now empty plot of land was the scene of the al­leged mur­der of five-year-old Quinn Butt.

Jen­nifer Rus­sell, shel­ter su­per­vi­sor for the O’Shaugh­nessy House as well as the Iris Kirby House in St. John’s, said the do­na­tion is very much ap­pre­ci­ated by every­one

“Right now we’re look­ing at what sort of pro­grams or other such things we can use this money for.” Jen­nifer Rus­sell

at the O’Shaugh­nessy House.

“Right now we’re look­ing at what sort of pro­grams or other such things we can use this money for,” said Rus­sell. “But it’ll all be used here at this lo­ca­tion, that’s for sure.”

The O’Shaugh­nessy House has been open for about seven years, and can hold up to 15 peo­ple at a time. Af­ter re­ceiv­ing the do­na­tion, Rus­sell took the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of CIBC around the build­ing to show them the play­rooms, kitchen and var­i­ous other rooms that peo­ple are free to take ad­van­tage of if need be.

“Build­ings like this are needed all over,” ex­plained Rus­sell af­ter the tour. “It can get a lit­tle hec­tic at times, but it’s all worth it at the end of the day, and we’re more than grate­ful for any as­sis­tance like this.”

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of CIBC pre­sent­ing a do­na­tion to the O’Shaugh­nessy House.

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