Health co-op looking to meet tenants’ needs for more space

Eric McCarthy
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Hoping to do so without expansion

TIGNISH -- The Board of Directors of the Tignish Health Co-op Centre is hoping to provide more space for its three major tenants, and they hope to accomplish it without expanding the facility.

Harley Perry, president of the Tignish Health Co-op’s board of directors, wishes a restful retirement to Lois Harper, left, and Brenda Doyle who have competed two consecutive three-year terms on the board. Wayne Ellsworth and Rhonda Myers were elected to replace them, and Joey Carragher was elected to a second three-year term.

“Ingenuity,” board president Harley Perry responded when asked how they plan to do that. He explained they believe they can provide additional office space for the facility’s doctor and dentist and more retail space for Bob’s Pharmacy by rearranging the main floor layout.

“We’re awfully close to being able to do it, we think, but we never got into the final details and met with everybody,” he said of the preliminary discussions.

Even more pressing, though, is to renovate the basement area, which is currently out of commission due to water problems. Perry said some support groups that normally met in the basement are temporarily meeting on the main level, but the Bargain Basement is closed. That service, alone, he said, normally brings in about $1,000 a month in revenue for the health centre, and is a valuable service in the community.

Perry told residents attending the co-op’s annual meeting Tuesday night that, the board of directors decided during their regular meeting the night before that they will approach government to seek grants for the basement renovations so that that level can be brought back into service, and to encompass the main level reconfiguration into one project.

“This spring was really bad,” Perry said of the water issue. He said the level had to be gutted to prevent the problem from getting worse.

The financial statement indicates the co-operative shows a profit of $14,982 for the year ended December 31.

A provincial government grant of $48,500 up from $36,375 for part of the previous year, wage assistance funds of $12,378 and a $2,700 increase in fundraising proceeds helped generate the surplus.

Proceeds from an eat-in or take-out lobster supper, to be held at the Legion on Friday, June 13, will assist the health centre in its operations.

Perry said the co-operative has been assured of the government grant again for at least this year.  He said the board of directors will be seeking a longer term commitment from government.





























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