Miscouche community council initiates events to build connections
MISCOUCHE ‚Äď Community council members were busy at the recreation centre Saturday morning, dishing up pancakes, sausage and other breakfast items at the start of another community day.
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Kevin and Stacey MacAusland were among more than 100 Miscouche-area residents who enjoyed a community breakfast served up by community council members.
It was the second annual winter event to encourage residents to meet their neighbours and become familiar with council members, according to council chair Peter Mallett who was on pancake duty during the morning meal.
‚ÄúAttendance was very good. We figure there were about 100 people,‚ÄĚ Mallett assessed.
For this event, council didn‚Äôt request volunteers as Mallett felt it a good exercise for council to be seen serving the community, with anticipation that the leadership would encourage volunteers to come forward for future efforts.
There have been other events encouraging community connections, and Mallett says council will discuss the frequency of such events as part of the ongoing effort to promote connection within the community as well as the community itself.
‚ÄúWe hope that people will realize what kind of facility that we have here, and that it is for the community, and outside the community as well,‚ÄĚ he explained.
Mallett estimated that about 95% of the breakfast crowd was from within the boundaries of Miscouche, but lauded those who attended from outside areas. He noted that Miscouche often has residents of Lot 16 at its events, for example, as they also have a hall for activities and appreciate the support offered by Miscouche residents in turn.
Jannett Jones learned about it on Facebook, in a friend‚Äôs ‚Äúpost‚ÄĚ. She ended up attending with her two daughters, aged 1 and 7, and was pleased with the effort.
I think it‚Äôs a great idea, a good way to get the community together. Jannett Jones
‚ÄúThe older one is not much of a breakfast eater, but she had some sausage and a cinnamon roll and she loved it,‚ÄĚ Jones related.
‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs a great idea, a good way to get the community together,‚ÄĚ Jones considered, indicating that she would likely volunteer at future events of the kind.
In all, Jones and her children spent about an hour at the breakfast event. For someone who had never attended such an event previously, it is a confirmation of the value council had calculated.
It was an opportunity for exposure of other community activities as well. Miscouche resident Bruce Crabb, who is planning an archery activity for the recreation centre, had a bow on display and answered questions about the sport, dispelling myths about it being a ‚Äúboy‚Äôs‚ÄĚ sport or that it required exceptional strength to accomplish. He is currently waiting on equipment and will announce activities as soon as it arrives.
The effort continues Saturday afternoon, with activities for children, from 2-4 p.m. Saturday evening will feature an adult dance, with doors open at 8 p.m.