There has been a lot of activity at Portage Atlantic’s Cassidy Lake rehabilitation centre over the past few months, as several new programs and services have become available and as residents and staff members welcome guests to tour the new facility.
The Executive Management Committee from the New Brunswick Department of Public Safety was one such group of guests to recently visit the centre for their quarterly meeting. They also sat in on a Morning Meeting with the residents and took a tour of the new facility. The group was very impressed by the new buildings and the therapeutic environment at the centre.
Residents also received a visit from the Liberal and Progressive Conservative candidates representing Kings East, prior to the New Brunswick election, who spoke to the youth about their political mandates. Cassidy Lake staff encouraged democratic participation among residents, taking those of voting-age to the booths for early voting.
Among the new services being offered at the Cassidy Lake centre is a Parenting Program, given by Family and Community Services of Sussex. Currently five residents are participating.
The new facility library is coming together, currently being stocked with boxes of books donated by local Lions Clubs and dictionaries donated by the Shepody IODE Chapter. A women’s group in Gagetown also donated some books for the library, as well as “spa night” products for female residents at Cassidy Lake. The residents and teaching staff will be working together in the coming weeks to get all the books sorted and organised on the library shelves and to make them available to the Cassidy Lake community.