Business is going well for CACL Antigonish and the Legion in their new home. The two organizations settled into their new facility, the former National
Theresa Borden at the cash register at the CACL Cafe
Philatelic Centre in January. CACL Antigonish Executive Director Jeff Teasdale says they are gearing up for a busy summer, with only a couple of Saturdays open for bookings. Teasdale says the winter market has also been a great boost, exposing more local residents to their new building.
Teasdale says its Café is also gaining momentum. He says it’s a great training tool for program participants in transitioning to employment in the community.
Upgrades for the building that will house CACL Antigonish and the Antigonish branch of the Royal Canadian Legion are moving into high gear. The two organizations will be sharing the former Philatelic Centre. CACL Executive Director Jeff Teasdale says demolition work is now complete and tenders are out for the renovations. Upgrades should begin in a few weeks.
Teasdale says the business community has been very generous in supplying equipment for the new facility.
The new centre will include a 62-hundred square foot auditorium, a commercial size kitchen, a bakery and small cafe, a workshop, and 12-hundred square feet to house the legion and a mini-museum.
The Canadian Association for Community Living in Antigonish and the Antigonish Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion will soon be moving to a new home.
CACL Antigionish Executive Director Jeff Teasdale (left), Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey (center) and Antigonish Legion manager Alex Cameron (right) standing near the former National Philatelic Centre.
The two organizations will be sharing the former National Philatelic Centre on St. Ninian Street, following a renovation that is expected to be completed this fall.
Antigonish MLA and Finance Minister Randy Delorey has announced the province will provide more than 500-thousand dollars towards the 2.1 million dollar upgrade. Financial support from the federal government is expected soon. CACL Antigonish Executive Director Jeff Teasedale says moving to the new building will allow the Social Enterprise to grow.
The new centre will include a 62-hundred square foot auditorium, a commercial-sized kitchen, a bakery and small cafe, a woodshop serving seven supply stores, and 12-hundred square feet to house the legion and a mini-museum of military artifacts.
The manager of the Antigonish Legion, Alex Cameron says this is great news.
A purchase of the building from the federal government is expected to be finalized in the next couple of weeks.