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Yarmouth Life Skills, Waste Check and artist team up on mascot

Four participants of Yarmouth Life Sills (from left), Ryan Nickerson, Annette Poole, Jody Deveau and Nicholas Adams, chat with local artist Dan Earle and Sharon LeBlanc of Waste Check. They’ve all been working on a new mascot for Waste Check. When finished, the green cart on the table – on which Earle is resting his hand – will be used by Waste Check for as a promotional tool.
Four participants of Yarmouth Life Sills (from left), Ryan Nickerson, Annette Poole, Jody Deveau and Nicholas Adams, chat with local artist Dan Earle and Sharon LeBlanc of Waste Check. They’ve all been working on a new mascot for Waste Check. When finished, the green cart on the table – on which Earle is resting his hand – will be used by Waste Check for as a promotional tool. - Eric Bourque

Waste Check is getting a new mascot and some folks at Yarmouth Life Skills are doing their part to create it.

It was designed by local artist Dan Earle, a volunteer at Yarmouth Life Sills, where four of the organization’s participants are helping him paint it.

When complete, the 35-gallon green cart will be used by Waste Check for promotional purposes at events like parades, says Sharon LeBlanc, education co-ordinator with Waste Check.

LeBlanc had gotten in touch with Angela Collier of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia looking for an artist to work on a new Waste Check mascot and she had recommended Earle.

“We’ve worked with Dan before on the mural we have in our office,” LeBlanc said. “Dan said ‘well, I go to Life Skills.’ He said ‘could we partner up (for the mascot)?’ and I said ‘that’s an awesome idea’ so we partnered up.”

Yarmouth Life Skills provides a diversified day program for post school-age adults with intellectual and accompanying physical disabilities.

 Sherry Robertson, the group’s executive director, said she was happy to hear about this project with Waste Check, particularly given that Yarmouth Life Skills has been recognized for its environmental efforts.

“I was thrilled because it was a project with Waste Check and we have been recognized by Waste Check because we’re a green program,” Robertson said.

Meanwhile, it isn’t just the Waste Check project Robertson is happy about these days. Yarmouth Life Skills just held their annual golf scramble and Robertson said it was their “best one ever.”

When interviewed for this story, she didn’t have a fundraising total, but she said she believed they had broken their record of $6,000.

“The community was amazing,” she said of the June 2 event. “Everybody went home with something ... 83 golfers, 83 prizes.”

Event co-ordinator Lorinda Barnett did a “fantastic job,” Robertson said.

The golf scramble is a fundraiser for Yarmouth Life Skills’ summer programming.

Summertime activities for Yarmouth Life Skills include going to the beach, road trips and camping.

“Our goal (year-round) is to help people with disabilities live and work with dignity,” Robertson said, “and part of that living is vacations, so that’s what we try to provide in the summer.”

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