Homefires bids farewell to co-ordinator

Wendy Elliott
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Long-time care co-ordinator Christine Lynch, left, posed for a photo with four L’Arche Homefires core members at a recent celebration of her advocacy. - Wendy Elliott, www.kingscountynews.ca 

The L'Arche Homefires community in Wolfville celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by saying farewell to long-time care co-ordinator Christine Pynch.  

A community services employee, Pynch served as an advocate for the majority of core members who live and work in the community.

“She has been a tireless advocate and dear friend,” said director Ingrid Blais.

Through restructuring, Pynch's caseload will no longer include L'Arche.  

Pynch, who attended the first public meetings when the community was founded in 1982, said the key to her work was an appreciation for serving others.

L’Arche Homefires is forging ahead with its $1.5 million fundraising campaign, Building Our Dream.

The campaign is raising funds to renovate the Anglican parish hall in Wolfville to provide a new centre for staff and core members who participate in day programs. 

According to board chair Sandy Fraser, the federal government has just contributed $50,000 to add an elevator to the old hall. He estimated the campaign has reached about one third of its goal.

“We have a lot of oars out there,” he added. “It’s a slog sometimes getting there, but people are very receptive.”

A dance held recently with local band Men Will Be Boys sold out, raising $8,000.

A gala is being planned for spring, when the Famous People Players are booked for two performances.

That will be a good way to bring the community together, Fraser said.

Fundraising chairman Bob Stead said the hall will continue to be used by St. John's parish. The hall will be extended forward to create 11,100 square feet of space. An elevator, storefront, a large weaving studio and office space will be accommodated, as well as the Cornerstone and Discoveries programs.

A recent public meeting held by the town to look at the redevelopment plans went over well, Fraser said.

Homefires employs 48 people in Wolfville.

 

Geographic location: Wolfville, St. John's

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