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The Micmac Native Friendship Centre and North End Community Health Centre bid on the St. Pat's Alexandra school site.

Keeping the North End community strong and diverse.

by Melissa Albiani

Hope Blooms volunteers took photos of their community to put on salad dressing bottles.
Hope Blooms volunteers took photos of their community to put on salad dressing bottles.
Warrington Park is part of the St. Pat's Alexandra site bid
Warrington Park is part of the St. Pat's Alexandra site bid
The BBQ was all donated and went four hours long.
The BBQ was all donated and went four hours long.
Hope Blooms Community Garden is a social enterprise run by neighbourhood kids.  They sell their vegetables and salad dressing to keep the garden running, and to create a scholarship fund.
Hope Blooms Community Garden is a social enterprise run by neighbourhood kids. They sell their vegetables and salad dressing to keep the garden running, and to create a scholarship fund.
The Friendship Centre proposes to occupy the larger brick building, while the NECHC will take the smaller one.
The Friendship Centre proposes to occupy the larger brick building, while the NECHC will take the smaller one.
The North End community had their say in protecting this community space.
The North End community had their say in protecting this community space.

 

On Wednesday September 14th, The Micmac Native Friendship Centre and North End Community Health Centre (NECHC) hosted the community event called: Vision 2011- The future of a community space.  The BBQ and information booths were held at Warrington Park, beside what was St. Pat’s Alexandra School.  The k-9 school was shut down by the Halifax Regional School board this September, and is currently up for sale by the HRM.

The event was organized to draw community attention to the bid that the Friendship Centre and NECHC proposed for the old school site.  They will sell their existing properties on Gottingen St, and share the new buildings.  It is their way to partner in service provision and continue to provide community services to the North End.  

Warrington Park is home to Hope Blooms community garden, a project of the NECHC, which is a garden and salad dressing enterprise run by neighbourhood kids.  All the money earned through salad dressing sales, goes back into the garden and into a scholarship fund for inner city youth.  Many community members expressed their support for the gardens, and the kids were proud of their work in the enterprise.

City staff go to council in November to decide on a bid.  Jane Maloney, executive director of the NECHC believes that their bid is essential for the prosperity of the North End community, and has called on HRM residents to contact their city councillor in support of this proposal.  

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