Many smiles for L'arche

The Victoria Standard - - Local News -

Tim Hor­tons lo­ca­tions in Bad­deck and We'ko­qma'q do­nated pro­ceeds from this year’s Smile Cookie Week cam­paign to L’arche Cape Bre­ton. Funds raised will go to­wards con­struc­tion of the new Gath­er­ing Place at the L’arche com­mu­nity in Iron Mines, Cape Bre­ton. Ev­ery­one at L’arche Cape Bre­ton is grate­ful to Tim Hor­tons own­ers, Holly and Er­rol Macin­nis, for help­ing to raise over $8,000 for the project.

The new 3800 square foot Gath­er­ing Place at L’arche Cape Bre­ton will serve as a mod­ern, bar­rier-free set­ting. It will pro­vide a place where the L’arche com­mu­nity, and friends and as­so­ci­ates in the wider com­mu­nity can meet, play, com­pete, per­form, en­ter­tain, and ed­u­cate. It will be the cen­ter­piece of a self-built com­mu­nity that has con­trib­uted greatly to life in Cape Bre­ton Is­land and Nova Sco­tia.

L’arche is an in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion, founded by Cana­dian Jean Vanier, cre­at­ing home and work with peo­ple who have in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties. Here in Cape Bre­ton, L’arche op­er­ates six homes for 25 men and women with dis­abil­i­ties, as well as 25-30 live-in as­sis­tants who sup­port them. L’arche Cape Bre­ton also op­er­ates seven day pro­grams that pro­vide em­ploy­ment for all the res­i­dents, as well as nu­mer­ous in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties who live with their fam­i­lies or with other ser­vice providers. These pro­grams in­clude a craft stu­dio, two used cloth­ing stores, a bak­ery and café, a sum­mer day camp for youth, and an or­ganic gar­den. None of these valu­able pro­grams re­ceive any gov­ern­ment sup­port, de­spite be­ing widely rec­og­nized as some of the best em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in the prov­ince of Nova Sco­tia.

Holly and Er­rol Macin­nis, own­ers of Tim Hor­tons in Bad­deck and We'ko­qma'q in­vited the folks at L'arche Cape Bre­ton to lunch on De­cem­ber 13th. Dur­ing the visit they pre­sented the com­mu­nity with the pro­ceeds of Smile Cookie Week 2017. In the photo (l-r) are: Holly Macin­nis, Chris Math­e­son, Er­rol Macin­nis, Jonathan Maceach­ern, Rod­ney Nicholson, Gor­don Mills, Cathy Macmil­lan, Adri­enne Der­mody, Tammy Fraser and Den­nis Mur­phy.

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