Good News Stories

The Sunset Community expands facility and employment services

Additional space will enable Pugwash social enterprise to create more vocational opportunities for adults with disabilities


April 14, 2021 · Pugwash, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

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‘This is my dream come true’ : Riverview Home Corporation to open downtown New Glasgow cafe

It was a bit of a match made in heaven, and for one resident of Riverview Home Corporation the latest addition to the downtown New Glasgow business community is a dream come true. Click here to read the full story.

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Diverse Abilities NS Responds to Provincial Budget Announcement


Diverse Abilities NS applauds government’s commitment to ensure persons with diverse abilities in Nova Scotia have more opportunity to participate in employment and their community, as evidenced by this week’s budget announcement (Tuesday, February 25, 2020).

Budget 2020-21 includes an initial investment of $7.4 million to create 50 new placements, twenty five for participants who are transitioning from larger residential facilities into community-based residential options and twenty five for participants on the service request wait list,

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Best of Cape Breton gift shop

The Best of Cape Breton gift shop in Sydney has negotiated a licensing agreement with the NHL to sell merchandise bearing the vintage Cape Breton Oilers logo. Listen to the CBC interview conducted with David Farmer, Senior Manager of Community and Business Development at Breton Ability Centre, at the shop.

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Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre Helps Clients Take the Bus

Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre identified transportation as a key component in developing client independence. The most affordable and accessible form of travel in the Annapolis Valley is the public bus system; therefore, a course was developed to increase skills, reduce anxiety, and improve client’s comfort and confidence in using public travel. The bus course was created to troubleshoot foreseeable problems and provide flexibility to allow for individualization. The complete course is 44 pages in length and has comprehensive lessons on 21 topics.

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Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration

Congratulations to Millie Colbourne, CEO of Breton Ability Centre, on being awarded a Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration.

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The Meadows Wins First Prize for Most Artistic Float

Bridgetown’s 35th annual Ciderfest grand street parade drew lots of entries and big crowds on September 8, 2018 as dozens of entries walked all the way from the school to the fire hall in sunny but cool weather. The residents and staff were thrilled to receive first prize for the most artistic float in the parade.

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Sunset Community’s Thrift Store Offers Meaningful Employment

The Sunset Community’s Thrift Store, Laundromat & Café opened in April 2018, offering meaningful employment opportunities to local residents.  They are currently serving 5 participants, with the goal of having up to 10.  To date, the Thrift Shore has  been able to operate successfully on donations only.

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Breton Ability Centre is Making a Positive Impact

Breton Ability Centre released the following video at its AGM held in June 2018, highlighting the many ways that BAC is making a positive impact on the lives of the individuals they support.

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Meadows Community Celebrate Grand Opening of Community Garden

In June 2018, residents, families and staff at the Meadows Community, along with members of the community, celebrated the grand opening of their community garden.  Funded through a special grant received from the Department of Community Services’ Disability Support Program and supported by donations from members of the Bridgetown community, the garden will provide employment and skills development for two Meadows residents and bring enjoyment to the entire community.

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Sunset’s Patchwork Garden Continues to Grow and Flourish

What started as a vision by one of Sunset’s residents three years ago has become a reality that has grown as a result of the hard work of a dedicated group of residents and staff who volunteer their time.  The vegetables grown are shared with clients, staff, and used for meal preparation in Sunset’s main kitchen and there are residents and staff in the garden daily, and is enjoyed by residents and staff.  Sunset’s Ladies Auxiliary,

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Harbourside Lodge’s Social Enterprise Enjoying Success

Harbourside Lodge’s Dodge Biscuit Business is providing employment and skills development for residents while meeting a need for local pet owners.  Residents bake and sell the special dog treats within their community.

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