Clients are what make Com­mu­nity Work­shops spe­cial

Truro Daily News - - OPINION - KAREN CASEY

There is some­thing spe­cial about Colch­ester Com­mu­nity Work­shops on Arthur Street in Truro.

It is true, they have a great board of di­rec­tors who have guided de­ci­sion mak­ing over the years, and who con­tinue to move CCW into the fu­ture. Those de­ci­sions sup­port and en­hance the lives of adults with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties.

The CCW also has a great net­work of busi­ness lead­ers and car­ing in­di­vid­u­als through­out Colch­ester County who pro­vide fi­nan­cial sup­port through char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions. These con­tri­bu­tions help main­tain, en­hance and ex­pand the ser­vices and op­por­tu­ni­ties for clients.

There is a great net­work of staff and vol­un­teers who give tire­lessly of them­selves, each and ev­ery day, to en­sure the clients are cared for and sup­ported while at CCW or out in the com­mu­nity.

But the most spe­cial part of the or­ga­ni­za­tion is the clients them­selves. They work hard, they greet you with a smile, they are filled with pride and pur­pose, they learn and prac­tise new skills ev­ery day, they be­come more in­de­pen­dent and they make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety. The Colch­ester Com­mu­nity Work­shop is their home away from home. The CCW is a not-for-profit so­ci­ety that pro­vides pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tional and so­cial pro­grams and train­ing for their clients. CCW part­ners and sup­port­ers are pas­sion­ate about re­mov­ing bar­ri­ers for Nova Sco­tians with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties. Cur­rently, 80 clients are served.

On Satur­day, Oct. 19, CCW launched their Cap­i­tal Cam­paign, one de­signed to raise funds for their next project. In Phase I of the project, the for­mer Hal­l­i­days build­ing, ad­ja­cent the ex­ist­ing CCW was pur­chased. This will not only al­low space for ex­pan­sion of the train­ing and skills area, it will in­clude hous­ing units for some cur­rent and fu­ture clients. What an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for these adults to ex­pe­ri­ence a more in­de­pen­dent life­style.

Through the De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, and with the full sup­port of our Premier, Stephen Mcneil, I was both pleased and proud to con­trib­ute $800,000 to­ward their Cap­i­tal Cam­paign. This will sup­port all as­pects of Phase II, and the op­por­tu­ni­ties for their clients are huge. Whether it is train­ing and skill de­vel­op­ment, life en­hance­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, pre-em­ploy­ment skills build­ing or job coach­ing, it will make a huge dif­fer­ence. The pride and con­fi­dence on the faces and in the minds and hearts of the clients should move all of us, both as busi­ness lead­ers, as var­i­ous lev­els of gov­ern­ment and as in­di­vid­u­als to reach out and sup­port those less for­tu­nate, and who face life-long chal­lenges each and ev­ery day. They need our love and sup­port.

Karen Casey is MLA for Colch­ester North.

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