Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey, on behalf of Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard, announced support for the Antigonish Education Centre, today, Nov. 2. The school received close to $8,000 in funding from the Community Access-Ability Program to help create an accessible playground. “The goal of our project is to build an accessible playground for all students regardless of ability,” said vice-principal, Sean Barker. “We know that physical activity is vital to the mental, emotional, physical and academic growth of all children and this should not be limited by ability. The funds have gone towards helping us reach that very important goal of creating a playground for everybody.” New additions to the play area include: an accessible rubber surface a music making area and components for children with sensory needs a variety of climbing structures, such as a lower set of monkey bars for younger children and children using wheelchairs Mr. Delorey says the success of this project came about as the result of strong community support. “The community and government were able to work together toward this shared goal of improving accessibility. Every one of these small steps has a big impact.” Government has committed to introducing Nova Scotia’s first accessibility legislation in 2016. The Community Access-Ability Program offers grants to community groups for accessibility-related capital improvements, such as renovations to make entrances, doorways and washrooms accessible. The grant covers up to two-thirds of the costs of renovations, to a maximum of $10,000. The organization must raise at least one-third of the funding, and can receive funding for one project per year. For more information, visitwww.novascotia.ca/coms/disabilities/communityaccessability.html.
Kyle Dubas will attend the inaugural Grad Send-Off on March 30 at Issac’s. The Brock University Alumni Association (BUAA) invites the graduating class of 2015 to the inaugural Grad send-off at Isaac’s Pub on March 30.This expo style event will highlight the benefits of being a Brock graduate, including alumni discounts, career services and how to expand your network by thousands upon graduation. You will also have the opportunity to have professional LinkedIn profile headshots taken, photos with your friends and Boomer, and samples of wine from the BUAA wine reserve. This is a chance for new graduates to network with Brock University alumni.The BUAA will present Kyle Dubas with an Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Dubas (BSM ’07) is the assistant general manager to the Toronto Maple Leafs and will be available for a meet and greet after the presentation. Dubas says his degree in sport management undoubtedly helped him with his career success.“When I graduated I found that I stepped off the campus and was immediately on the race of life. I wanted success and results to just happen right away,” Dubas recalls. “By doing that, I really didn’t value the process or the ride. When I started valuing the process is when I really felt myself find my footing and my own unique way in the world.“Enjoy the process, ride the wave and ride it well,” he advises.Those who pre-register for the event will receive a complimentary barbecue dinner between 4-5:30 p.m. and be entered in to a draw for a chance to win Toronto Maple Leafs tickets, an iPad mini, and a Blackberry Playbook. Access to the event is restricted to the graduating class and alumni from 4-5:30 p.m. and will open to the public at 5:30 p.m.Register for the event