Workshop to enter new era

Staff ~ The Record
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SPRINGHILL: As we ring in a new year the GOVRC here in Springhill will ring in a new era of operations at the vocational workshop.
Changes have been underway to expand the facility and make for more contract programs while renovating existing space into more efficient amenities. The upgrades are a result of the hard work and dedication of the clients, site manager Joanne Hunter says.
"There is capital funding available to us through the [Nova Scotia] Dept. of Community Services but we didn't use it," Hunter said. "We financed it on own through the products and services of the GOVRC."
The GOVRC, or Golden Opportunities Vocational Rehabilitation Center, provides work placement for mentally challenged adults and giving them an environment to develop their potential in a work environment, which could be used later in the labour market. Currently the shop is working at maximum capacity with 22 clients taking on contract jobs such as the preparation of herbs, building loading pallets or constructing molding and furnishings.
Come the New Year the workshop will make entrance into its newest addition, which began in October, and renovations to the existing workshop will see the expansion of the clients' locker room, a designated food area that will not interfere with contract workers.
It was through the GOVRC services the workshop could bypass provincially funding and make self-sufficient changes at the workshop, Hunter says. Working with a future directions mandate that's updated each year the workshop can also look ahead more and forecast for its needs.
"We used to be in a position where [we] could react instead of being proactive," Hunter said. "Now plans are in place and we're always planning for the future."

Organizations: Golden Opportunities Vocational Rehabilitation Center, Community Services

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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