BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lauren Emanuel – Chair
Sandra Jones – Director
George Grant – Vice Chair
Garry H. Smith – Director
Peter Wilde – Treasurer
Sandra Denny – Director
Jim Stevens – Secretary
Clyde Paul – Director
Jocelyn Tingley – Director
Marilyn Forrest – Executive Director
BJ is the Office Manager for Building FUTURES. She came to FUTURES in 2003 after graduating from NSCC and spending some time in retail & resale industries. Her responsibilities encompass many aspects of our day to day operations: from financials, fantastic customer service, to support in the businesses, and overseeing building repairs. Her ability to adapt to any situation keeps FUTURES running smoothly and makes for an interesting day (‘other duties as required’ is her favorite term).
In her spare time, B-J enjoys spending time with her husband Mark, daughter Miranda and dog Murphy. She enjoys traveling and trying new and interesting hobbies.
B-J says FUTURES is such a unique company because the team shares a common vision for excellence; for both our social enterprises and our vocational services. The number of repeat customers and our reputation in our community speaks volumes about the loyalty and trust FUTURES has earned over the years.
My name is Jennifer. I have worked at FUTURES since 2000 when The Club opened. I started as a full time counselor and really enjoyed supporting the individuals who attended. I feel fortunate to be able to continue to work with many of the same individuals who started at The Club on the same day as I did.
We are all growing up together and have developed great relationships. In 2007 I was promoted to supervisor. This role involves more office time but I still gets to spend quality time with the participants. In fact, I get a lot of visits in my office daily! I have a BA from Mount Allison University where I studied psychology and have had many other training experiences since I have joined FUTURES.
Gerald and I live in Lower Sackville and we keep busy with our son, Ryan who is a great tennis player and a member of a tennis academy. We also have a cat named Spells. He is the official “boss” of the house and they are his servants.
I’m Marilyn. I have been with Building FUTURES for over 20 years (stopped counting then) as Executive Director. New Brunswick is my home and I spent my 20’s and 30’s in Alberta. I chose this career soon after high school. While in Alberta I started as a group home worker, moved through various positions in supervisory and consultancy roles, finishing up as Regional Director for Services for People with Disabilities for NW Region of Alberta. Along the way I obtained a 2- year diploma in Rehabilitation and a degree in Administration, supplemented with a variety of management courses.
Like many a Maritimer, I moved home to raise my children near family. I came to Anchor for a one-year cover-off position. In doing so I met Bonnie, Shelly, Charlie, David, Dan, Jerry and many others. Who could leave?
During my time at FUTURES I have tried to ensure we provide the best support and services to people that is possible. And with the staff team, our Board, and community support, I believe we are doing well one person at a time.
Krista joined our team in April 2016 as our Business Development Coordinator. She comes to us with a background in sales, marketing/ promotions, and management. Managing salons and spas, winning various sales awards, implementing a successful sales workshop and has organized various events and fundraisers for special causes.
One to always enjoy volunteering, her favorite place was at community living homes doing hair and make-up for residents. This is where she became passionate for the human service field.
After an accident that ended that her first career,she went back to school and graduated with her diploma in Human Services. She was working with people with disabilities for two years when the opportunity presented itself to combine her past and present skills here at FUTURES. “I have to feel passionate about what I do. I feel that with FUTURES it’s a great feeling to be working with an organization whose principles and values mirror my own and where the staff and employees are top notch.”
In her spare time Krista loves spending time with her “girls” consisting of her nieces, step daughter, and daughter.
TJ has been staff at Building Futures for over five years, working part-time in Assembly Plus while seeking other work. He is counted on to take on tasks of a physical nature, using his strength and size. TJ shows a lot of flexibility, helping out wherever he is needed. TJ loves most sports and can usually be seen wearing his team’s jersey. Is it just a coincidence that the jersey happens to be that of one of the winning teams from the night before? His knowledge of the latest scores and stats makes you wonder if the man sleeps!
Ellen came to Building Futures seven years ago. She worked with our Employment Services Team and quickly proved herself to be a trustworthy, hardworking, independent person with a pleasant and upbeat position. Because of these positive attributes, we hired Ellen ourselves for our janitorial work here at Building Futures five afternoons week! In her spare time Ellen volunteers at Beacon House and loves hanging with her bestie Brittney
Shawna is a mother of three active boys, the oldest of which lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This fact has been a major contributor in the path that has led her to a career in human services. Shawna was first introduced to Building Futures in the winter of 2001 as a student of the Community Residential Workers Program at Nova Scotia Community College. She fell in love with the work and knew she had chosen the right path. After graduating from NSCC, she applied for a fulltime position with Building Futures and has been working as a Prevocational and Vocational Coach for the last 15 years. “The highlight of my job is being able to watch our employees reach their personal and professional goals”. In her spare time Shawna enjoys a good book, camping and most of all spending time with her family. She also loves her sleep and can be found napping anytime there is a break in her busy schedule.
Corey is one of our Pre-vocational coaches and came to work with us April of 2016. She studied social sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario. Corey has been working with children with intellectual disabilities for the last 5 years and wanted to expand her knowledge to working with adults in social enterprises.
When Corey isn’t in the city, she is spending time with her fiancé Stewart, her son Cooper and her dog, Piper exploring Nova Scotia trails and beaches.
Every day Corey goes to work she can’t wait to see what the day will bring!
My name is Muffy and I have managed Futures Café since January, 2015. It is by far the best job I have ever had. Who wouldn’t love coming to work where everyone is always happy to see you and wants to give 100% every day!
Years ago, I thought I wanted to be a chef, so went to school and became one, only to find out how much I disliked it! It was very competitive and cut-throat, which is the total opposite of me. Life took me down the path of an eating disorder, the survival of which led me to take Counselling Skills/Human Social Services, in thoughts of becoming a counsellor for those with Eating Disorders. However, life will put you where you need to be, not where you think you should be, and the combined education and experience seemed to make me a perfect fit for the Café.
I have always believed that just because someone is labelled “disabled”, that does not mean he or she is not a superstar in other ways that we “able” people could not ever be!
In my spare time, I conduct workshops on Eating Disorders, I compose music, play piano, drums and I sing. I also love to spend time with my kitties Doodle and Pud, and my Mama and my husband and go for long walks and hikes. So yes – I AM “that girl” you see walking everywhere!
Sarah McGrath is the Office Assistant / Receptionist at Building Futures who even tries her hand at printing in The Copy Shop a few mornings a week. She joined Futures team in December 2014 after graduating from MacTech Distance Education and working a couple administrative positions to gain experience.
Sarah greets everyone who comes through our doors with a friendly smile and is always happy to help in any way she can. As she can be found at her desk entering the payables or receivables she is also very likely to be seen in every room on your tour through the building delightfully helping out in each area of our business whenever an extra hand is necessary.
Off the clock, Sarah spends most of her time with her family enjoying the beauty in life. She is most likely to be found in the woods.
Sarah came to Futures as a temporary job and has learned once you join Futures team you can’t just leave. The staff, clients and customers are so wonderful they become your family, and Futures, your home.
Gerald applied with Building Futures in 1991 with the hopes of attaining a job with daytime hours after working shift work for many years with various residential agencies. He accepted a position as a Job Couch in our Pre-Vocational program and worked there for eight years. Gerald then transferred and is currently a Job Coach in Assembly Plus where his hardworking and dependable work ethic make him an invaluable asset to the team.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the employees on a daily basis. I like coming to work everyday and feel appreciated.”
Away from work, Gerald is a father to a ten-year-old son and a homeowner, both of which keep him busy. He likes most sports, both playing and watching. “I do more watching these days!”
Hello my name is Marcy and I work in the Cafe instructing “the guys” with basic kitchen skills.
I started working at Building Futures in May 2014.Working with the clients is very rewarding for me. I get inspired when they achieve their goals and their faces light up with smiles.
I was born and raised in Halifax and attended SMU graduating with a BA. In my leisure time I enjoy gardening, cooking and going to the gym. My family is very important to me. I have three wonderful children and a granddaughter, who is the light of my life.
Jennifer is originally from Québec. After receiving her college diploma as a Counsellor in 2000, Jennifer decided to move to Moncton NB to learn English as a second language while working in her field. Little did she know that this little adventure would turn into a beautiful journey.
In 2003, Jennifer moved to Nova Scotia and applied for a Vocational Instructor position at Building Futures where she has been employed for 13 years. “I have met wonderful people throughout the years, staff and employees and of course my husband!” From this union came 2 beautiful girls, Abella and Jazzlyn. Jennifer loves to spend time with her family and makes it her number one priority. Jennifer’s second passion is wine and if you ask she would tell you “everything is better with a good bottle!”
“After being at FUTURES for 13 years, I have compiled many memories about all the individuals I have worked with. I’m often reminded when talking with employees and looking through old pictures that time is precious and we should enjoy every moment the best that we can!”
Ann graduated with Early Childhood studies in 1982, wishing to specialize in Autism. Opportunities led her to the Human resources field, working in Bridgewater for 6 years in group homes, then Halifax for 4 years before raising her two sons, Zachary and Ethan, while babysitting.
She went back to work in Senior care privately and at Shannex Parkland, with a certificate in Alzheimer and Dementia.
Ann accepted a position closer to home, and began in the Community Employment program of Building Futures and moved to a permanent position in 2009.
Ann works one on one supporting an individual to develop relationships, job skills and involvement in the community.
Faith, family and friends are very important to Ann and if she can lend a helping hand, she probably will! She can usually be found, with her dog, Ellie; walking/ hiking, kayaking or at the end of a camera lens. Anne has also contributed framed photographs for Building Futures Annual Auction in the Fall.
Belinda is one of the newest addition to our Building Futures Team. Inspired by her son Bret, she has dedicated herself to working with individuals with diversities.
Belinda started with us in 2016 as a student placement and her positive, cheerful attitude and willingness to adapt to whatever challenge was thrown her way made her stand out. After graduating from Success College human services program a position for a job coach became available and we knew Belinda would be the right fit for the job.
Belinda is adventurous, enjoys camping, bonfires and anything outdoors. She can be seen driving her muscle car, shopping and spending time with her family in her spare time.
Meet Sarah Morrison, an Employment Counsellor with our Employment Services. Bringing over 15 years of experience supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities in a variety of settings, Sarah came to FUTURES in 2015 as an SEI Job Coach. At the end of that contract she jumped at the opportunity to permanently join the team. One of the best aspects of being an Employment Counsellor is supporting a job seeker in attaining their employment goals and visiting them at their new job!
In her leisure time Sarah enjoys hanging out with her son and husband. Some of their favourite things are camping, swimming, hunting along Nova Scotia beaches for beach glass, and taking hikes with their old dog.
Sarah strongly believes in life-long learning and in her role coaching individuals, finds that she often learns something from the people she supports as well. FUTURES promotes independence, self-determination and acceptance which are values that closely align to Sarah’s own philosophy making this a terrific place to work.
Bonnie is an Employment Counsellor here at Building Futures. She has been with FUTURES for 3 years now and come to us with 10+ years of experience working in the Human Services field.
Bonnie is passionate about supporting participants of the Employment Services Program gain the confidence, skills and independence needed for working within their community. Bonnie’s responsibilities include but are not limited to; providing participants skills training, job coaching, counselling and long term follow up. She is enthusiastic yet has a gentle approach with the individuals she supports. Bonnie has built strong respectful relationships with participants, families/caregivers and employers during her time at FUTURES.
Bonnie LOVES spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoys Saturday trips to the market, dinner dates and traveling.
“I am very fortunate to work for an organization whose vision and values fall in line with my own. FUTURES culture is one that is supportive, fun and committed to all its employees. I am grateful to FUTURES for being invested in my own professional growth. It is pleasure to be part of such a talented team”
My name is Trevor and I started working at Building Futures Club in March 2011. I have a Psychology degree from Saint Mary’s University and I have had ten years of experience working at a Boarding School in the United States. I try and bring a great deal of enthusiasm, humour, and a positive attitude to each day. I am always encouraging the Club participants to take part in a variety of activities, seek out community connections and attempt to try new things. Speaking of new thing, in 2013, I became the Mandt trainer at Building Futures. Mandt is a system of positive principles and practices for non-aversive behaviour change and crisis intervention.
My name is Sarah Hunt. I started working at Futures June 2013. I have a Diploma in Child and Youth Care work and have previous experience working with the school board. Ever since I was a child I always knew that I enjoyed working in an environment that I could share my enthusiasm and high energy. One of my best qualities is to be able to put a smile on someone’s face. I’m very outgoing, patient and known to be a busy body. I’m sure my co-workers would agree! My sense of humor and upbeat ‘go getter ‘ attitude are some of my best qualities I share at Building Futures Club. At the end of the day I hope to share all of these attributes with those I support. Futures has taught me so many skills and has provided me with many learning opportunities since I have worked here. In my spare time I spend the majority of my time with my two children. Yes, I am a soccer mom!
Hi I’m Barb and in 1973 I completed the first human service counsellor course offered in Eastern Canada. From day one I knew I had picked the right vocation for me. Working in this field challenges you to be a better person and is the most rewarding thing I have ever done! My hobbies and interests include gardening, travelling, reading and cooking. I feel the need to say that this has never been just a job to me, it is something I looked forward to everyday. After 33 years I still encounter new and exciting situations, ideas and experiences.
Hi, my name is Carolyn MacPhail. I started working at Building Futures two years ago, August 11th, 2014. As a teenager I worked at Camp Tidnish, a summer camp for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. From there I volunteered at different elementary schools in the Learning Centers and eventually became a teacher. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Thomas University and a Bachelor of Education Degree from Acadia.
I have three wonderful children; Emily, Breagh and Nathan who keep me very involved in cheer leading and hockey. As a family we enjoy camping, hiking, beach coming, snorkeling and skiing.
I worked from home when my children were little and upon returning to the work force, when they started school, I discovered Building Futures and thought I would give it a try. I really enjoy going swimming and dog walking with our participants and taking a gentleman to gymnastics class.
I bring my love of helping others, my patience, kindness, as well as my easy going personality to work everyday. I have had an amazing two years here at The Club. We have great fun here with the awesome people that we support!
My name is Matt Dixon and I’ve been working at Futures since July 2015. I have 10 years’ experience in this field, staring out volunteering in a residential setting in high school. Since then, I’ve graduated with a Human Services diploma from Holland College in my homeland of PEI, working in both vocational and residential settings as well as in a child and youth development center.
I enjoy staying active by going to the gym, playing sports and going on adventures. I’ve had the opportunity to live in Ireland for a year and back pack through Europe; enhancing my passion for travel! Having completed my on the job training in Halifax while going to school, it gave me a small taste of how great this city is, which has brought me back here where I was fortunate enough to start working with Building Futures.
I love having the unique opportunity to go to work every day. Knowing you’re going to have fun, whether that be swimming, planning/initiating activities in the community or enjoying time at the club. Most importantly, I enjoy having the opportunity to work alongside a fantastic staff team and all the amazing individuals we support!
Hi, my name is Ronald Heebner. I started working at Building Futures Club on July 22, 2012. I have been in this field for 24 years and enjoy every part of it. Recreation and leisure have always intrigued me and I really like all of the participants I support here at The Club. I have a Support for Persons with a Disability Certificate and throughout my career I have received an abundance of training to coincide with my education. In my spare time I like to bake; I make some great loaves! Banana, lemon and zucchini are some of my favorites. I also enjoy gardening and have two cats named Fred and Diddy.
Sandra’s ability to come through when the chips are down while maintaining a sharp wit and easy laugh are well known. With FUTURES since 1988, Sandra has always found herself attracted to the human service field due to having a brother with an intellectual disability. “I always wanted to help whatever way I could”. Sandra has worn many hats in her time here at FUTURES but we think everyone would agree that she is best known for her intense dedication to the Futures Copy Shop and to Future Birds. Starting back in the PrintShop 25+ years ago, she has seen technology change rapidly over the years and always managed to stay ahead of the game. “Who would have ever imagined the role computers and something called the internet would eventually play in our lives”. She has formed lasting relationships with customers and employees and people look to her as someone they can trust as well as for a good laugh. She also brings an artistic flair that she is happy to share with The Future Birds Team.
In her spare time Sandra has eight beautiful grandchildren that she loves to spending her time with, taking them to sporting and school events. She is also a ‘Mrs. Fix it’ and likes doing her own renovations at home.
“The best part of working at FUTURES is the people, they’ve kept me coming back all these years. It’s a great place to work!”
One of the originals, Bonnie is a very strong supporter of Building Futures. She treasures her time with family and friends, is extremely thoughtful and never forgets anyone’s birthday. She loves her music, especially Elvis and the real country music of old. Bonnie also enjoys keeping busy, both at work and during her leisure time and loves spending time with her dogs Snoop and Heidi and her cat Boots.
One of the originals, multi-talented Debra Anne has long been associated with The Print Shop and can still be found lurking around The Copy Shop. She is also on our lunchroom cleaning crew and her attention to detail ensures our lunchroom always looks its best! Debra is also a talented artist and says painting our Future Birds is her favourite job. Very invoved in Special Olympics, Debra is kept busy in her spare time by swimming, bowling and track&field.
One of ” The Girls”, a group of female employees that gravitate to the same worktable, regardless of the job, Cathy is a team player both at work and in Sackville-Bedford Special Olympics. She has overcome various health concerns so that she can continue doing those things that matter most to her and we admire her tenacity. She looks forward to her evening chats on the phone with her co-worker and close friend Carrie. If you were to ask her fellow co-workers what they think about Cathy, the response would be that she’s good to talk to and an amazing friend.
Hard-work and a friendly smile is second nature to Debbie! If you are ever in need of getting something done and done well just see Debbie and put your mind at ease knowing it will be taken care of. Other than being an avid movie fan, shopping, especially for clothes, is a favorite pastime. Taking pride in her appearance is one of her many strengths. If you ask Debbie who she enjoys working with she will tell you everyone but especially Gerald because he’s so funny!
Don is hardworking and helpful with very strong skills in the on the assembly part of the business. Great with tools, he is always willing to jump at the chance to try a new task and we have come to rely on his dependability. Don has had successful stints in various businesses within the Sackville-Bedford area. He is also known for having one of the largest bowling releases in the Special Olympics. Don can be seen buttering the nose of birthday celebrants.
Carrie is one of “The Girls” a group of female employees that gravitate to the same worktable, regardless the job. She has come a long way from the shy, quiet young lady that arrived on the scene in the early 90’s. Now friendly and more outgoing then ever before with a contagious smile, she is always ready to bust a move or whistle when a favourite song comes on the radio. Carrie looks forward to chatting on the phone with her co-worker and good pal Cathy every evening to run over the events of the day.
Luke is charming and personable, with a quick smile and always ready with a friendly wave to greet co-workers and staff alike. Luke enjoys to be busy at work and in his personal life and he has a lot on the go! He works half days in Assembly Plus to accommodate his schedule. A ball-cap aficionado, Luke can be seen wearing the trendiest lids and looking good in them. Music plays a big part in his life and at times Luke can be seen slipping away from his workstation to dance a few jigs.
Kyle likes to put his muscles to work and likes to make others take notice of his great strength. He is a lover of all things reptilian, from dinosaurs to snakes. In Special Olympics, Kyle’s strengths are swimming, track and , and bowling. Kyle is very funny and has a great sense of humour. He loves to laugh and crack jokes. When asked what is his favourite thing or something he loves, he cocked his head to the side, put on a big grin and said “That’s easy! Girls of course!”
As part of the assembly team, Andrew uses his keen sense of touch to carry out the work of the day. Andrew jumped at the chance to be a member of the lunchroom cleaning team, ensuring that the beautiful new space remains sparkling. An avid sports fan, he still holds out hope that his New York Islanders will return to greatness. If not, the Mooseheads will suffice.
Wally’s motto is “You can’t keep a good man down” and Wally lives this to a tee. Despite having some significant health issues over the years, he never lets it stop him from accomplishing his goals. Just get this guy some work and get out of his way! On breaks you can always be sure to find him by the radio and you might even catch him bopping to a favourite tune or two. Of course every good man needs a good wardrobe and Wally is definitely stylin’.
Lisa is full of surprises with a very funny, dry sense of humour. Quick witted and highly skilled, what she can (and does) accomplish often surpasses expectations. Lisa loves to swim, shop and is a very artistic person. The new rage of adult colouring books allows Lisa to indulge in her favorite pastime of colouring; the more intricate the better! When asked what Lisa likes most about work she says she loves celebrating her co-workers success at employee of the month celebrations.
They say be wary of the strong, silent types but you don’t have to be wary of Kim, she’s a sweetheart! She doesn’t say much with words but her eyes, the nods of response and her beautiful smile is usually all you need to fill you in on what’s up. She has a strong attention to detail and being artistic makes her a marvelous addition to our Future Birds Team. Kim loves a good scary movie and when there is a camera around her smile lights up the room.
As a long time employee, Rhonda seems to be the most appreciative of the new renovated building and expansion. Since the move, she has been a working machine. Whether it’s the bright colours, more open space or the large welcoming employee lunchroom, Rhonda has settled in and seems to be saying “The wait was worth it!”
Tom has everyone’s best interest front and center. Work will get done, eventually, but Tom need to make sure everyone is okay and “hold it, what’s that song on the radio? Let’s dance!” Tom has been a willing participant in various work experiences around Beford-Sackville, bringing his compassion to several staff teams.
A beam of sunshine on the cloudiest of days, Allison arrives for work each day with the most cheerful greetings. Her positive outlook continues throughout her workday and makes her an asset to her team. Allison develops and hones her numerous skills in Futures Cafe. Her customers and co-workers love her cheerful and sweet disposition and her impeccable manners. Dances and Special Olympics round out Allison’s life as well as holding down two part time jobs outside of Building Futures.
An important part of the Futures Café team, Michele continues to challenge herself by learning new recipes and practicing her café skills. Her competitive nature, very evident in her Special Olympics track and field and figure skating, has seen her travel the world at international events. For a change of pace and scenery, Michele can be found working in Assembly Plus on Fridays, mainly carrying out quality control responsibilities. By the way, if you have never tried her cookies, you need to, they are the best!
A Futures Café stalwart, Kathleen is sweet, funny and personable. Always willing to take on all tasks you throw her way, she is confident and proud of her abilities as she should be! She is a great asset, wonderful team player and makes the most delicious zesty corn chowder! Always the fashion model, she is the proudest to show off our new uniform. An avid wrestling fan, Kathleen collects the magazines and shares them with her friends. Soap operas are also something she really enjoys.
After leaving Assembly Plus to join Futures Café, Kim has not looked back. As a key member of Futures Café, Kim takes her sandwich/ salad bar responsibilities very seriously. Not only will see make you a fantastic sandwich or salad you can rest assured her station will be clean because cleanliness is of the utmost importance to Kim. Also you will receive your food with a great smile. Away from work, Kim loves NASCAR. Although her favorite racer Jeff Gordon (#5) has retired, she still looks forward to family trips to the U.S. to see the races.
Dan is another former employee of Assembly Plus who wanted to broaden his horizons and try his hand at something new. Dan came to Futures Cafe at first to learn some kitchen duties. As part of his goal of living independently, food prep, cooking and cleaning all seemed to be things Dan would need. Little did he know how much he would love it and never looked back since! Dan has a tremendous, outgoing nature and his customer service skills are of the chart. He also applies his large skill set in the Bedford/Sackville business community and is a dedicated Special Olympian. Last but not least he makes a mean breakfast sandwich 🙂
Whether it is assembly work, hardware packaging, mail prep or garbage, George will get to it when he’s ready. No worries though! George is a hard worker and even though he does it at it his pace it all gets done and he takes great pride in everything he does. If you use the storage facility at Bedford Commons (Sentinel), you can thank George for the cleanliness as he is there two mornings a week and you might run into him there. George also recently received recognition for 25 years of service with Building Futures. Congrats George!
Scott has a keen interest in the workings of the Building Futures organization. He is always willing to seek out senior staff or board members to follow up on an issue. Scott is a willing participant in the various supportive employment initiatives. He is an active and proud member of the Bedford/Sackville Bravehearts, the local Special Olympics Team. Scott likes to work hard and play hard, spending his summers with his extended family in Cape Breton.
Carol is one of our longstanding employees, beginning at Building FUTURES in November, 1990. Carol has a great sense of humour and loves to go for walks. She is flexible in her job and is always more than willing to go in the car to shop for things such as coffee, BBQ supplies, or whatever else is needed. Her various jobs involve her out and about in Sackville and Bedford and she is well known for her friendliness. At FUTURES Carol enjoys doing the laundry, choosing plants for planters and keeping all them watered. Carol is always willing to try something new and is up for a challenge. In her many years with us she has seen a lot of changes in staff, in co-workers and now even the building itself. She is really enjoying the new space especially the picnic tables outside!
Mike is a very eager employee who is always willing to try new things. Assembling, mail services, painting, you name it he’s there. He currently ensures that everyone receives a birthday card on time with many well wishes. He is also very up to date on the news and keeps everyone informed of current events.
Known for being a great friend to her fellow co-workers, Teresa always greets everyone with a smile and asks how they are doing each day. Her impeccable manners and positive attitude are an asset to the workplace. Part of her work day twice a week is volunteering at Pebblestone Creek Preschool which is great training experience and Teresa enjoys very much. In her spare time Teresa is an active participant in Special Olympics NS and has won medals for boccie ball.
Ben is a huge part of the Assembly Pus Team and can always be counted on when it comes to the Quality Control end of the business. Ben enjoys golfing, watching football, and watching a movie from his large DVD collection. He also enjoys relaxing and sipping on the occasional Keith’s. Ben can be seen reading his copy of the Chronicle Herald daily, especially the sports section. Also Ben has the utmost respect for the fire department and for firefighters.
Jason is very friendly and outgoing and enjoys variety. A favorite job may become boring and a change is needed. This has allowed for Jason to have experience doing different jobs. (all of which he’s great at!) After a few decades of excelling at a variety of sports in the Special Olympics, Jason switched to coaching. He is currently playing with the idea of letting the athlete or coach back out. In his spare time Jason likes puzzles, rock&roll, dancing and church services.
Another one of our “assemblers”, Tyler brings a particular sense of humour to the team. A three day work week fits his bill as he likes to spend his leisure time on his Wii, taking walks by the lake or spending time visiting family and friends in the Valley. A big fan of Monster Trucks, BBQ’s, onion rings and “the big ships in the harbour”, Tyler arrives each day eager to share what adventures he’s been up to.
Rob has been coming to Building Futures Club for sixteen years. Rob has a great sense of humour and likes socializing with others. Rob enjoys many things including listening to music, going swimming with his friends and also playing board games. When listening to music, you can always spot Rob clapping along to the beat. Aside from his love of music, one of Rob’s greatest joys is going for walks. No matter what the weather, rain or shine, Rob will never say no! Rob also goes to the ‘Homeward Bound’ animal shelter once a week with a friend to walk with a dog. Those walks are something that Rob really looks forward to each week.
Alison is a very sociable person who enjoys her independence. Alison has been a member of Building Futures Club for sixteen years. She has a variety of hobbies and activities that she enjoys which include shopping, colouring, completing puzzles, playing board games, dancing and singing. Alison has a great memory when it comes to music lyrics and knows the words to most songs, whether it be Shania Twain or Maroon 5. You can often find Alison singing and dancing around The Club. A couple of Alison’s favorite outings are weekly walks to Tim Hortons for a tea and cookie and walking dogs at Homeward Bound. Alison also works part-time at Assembly Plus and when she arrives the whole room erupts with “ALISON!”, reminding us older folks of a character named “Norm” on “Cheers”.
Matt is a very sociable and independent person at The Club and has been coming here for nine years. He has a great sense of humour and loves joking around. Matt enjoys many activities including playing games on the Wii, basketball, air hockey and bowling with his friends. When not busy doing these activities, Matt often enjoys singing along to music videos he puts up on the television for everyone to enjoy. When the weather is nice, Matt is often found outside enjoying the sun with the radio by his side. Matt’s all-time favourite artist is Shania Twain. He knows all her songs and loves singing along. Matt is such a fan he has even gone to see Shania live in concert a few years ago when she came to Charlottetown, PEI.
Dave is a very friendly individual who likes to greet peers and staff with a “Hi” or “Hello” throughout the day. Dave comes to The Club twice a week and has been coming for fourteen years now. Dave enjoys many things such as listening to music, relaxing on an exercise mat, swimming, going for walks and is often seen zooming around The Club as he likes to keep active. Dave is very independent when in the swimming pool and enjoys his space so he can move around the pool. Dave sometimes dunks himself under the water only to come up laughing with a great big smile on his face. Another thing about Dave, he has the best lunches! They look and smell fantastic and are envied by everyone at the Club.
Ross is a very kind hearted, sociable guy with a great sense of humour and he has been coming to The Club for sixteen years now. Ross is a very busy individual with a schedule that includes working at Payzants Home Hardware twice a week and at Assembly Plus once a week. Ross also participates in many other activities organized at The Club. When not busy with his work Ross enjoys many activities such as swimming, watching his favourite TV shows: Smokey and the Bandit and the Ellen Show, listening to music and socializing. While watching TV or movies he often sits and relaxes in his recliner chair. Ross enjoys having company sitting beside him while he watches TV and will often hold their hand or give hugs. Metro Transit is Ross’s preferred method of transportation.
Rick is an affectionate, sociable guy with a great smile. Rick has been coming to the Club for sixteen years and has many things that he enjoys doing while he is here. If you were to ask any of the staff at Building Futures Club what Rick’s three favourite things are, they would tell you it would be his love for tea, sun and cars. Rick is often one of the first participants to arrive at The Club in the morning and truly enjoys his morning cup of tea. During the summer months Rick is often found outside in the sun. Rick also loves to go for drives in cars, having dog visits, going out for snacks and receiving hand massages. Once a week, Rick meets up with his friends at Burger King where he enjoys having breakfast with them.
Mark has a great personality, gorgeous smile and his laughter brightens up the room. Mark comes to The Club three days a week and has been coming to the Club for 16 years. Mark enjoys going swimming, going for walks, listening to music, and relaxing, out of his wheelchair, on the exercise mats. Mark is a great help with prep for lunches. Not only is this a great learning opportunity, we can tell how much he loves it by the huge smile he has on his face every time he is pitching in! Aside from daily activities and swimming, Mark helps to plan a special outings.
John has an infectious smile and glowing personality. John is a very active individual who enjoys keeping busy and keeps himself involved within the Bedford/Sackville business community. Twice a week, John works at Beacon House, picking up and washing laundry. He also helps out at Homeward Bound by taking dogs from the shelter for walks every Thursday. John is a very good swimmer, and enjoys gymnastics. He also loves going to Tim’s for a tea and meeting his friends for breakfast at Burger King. When John has downtime, one of his favorite things to do is hang out in his “man cave” and listen to music.
Wendy is one of the newest members to come to The Club. She has been attending two afternoons a week since January 2016. Wendy is an enthusiastic and outgoing individual who is always excited to be a part of group activities. Wendy participates in many activities in The Club including putting together puzzles, colouring, singing along to music and enjoying the outdoors. One of Wendy’s favorite activities is to go bowling where she is the ultimate cheerleader as she cheers and encourages her friends.
Garnett is a very charismatic, fun-loving individual who enjoys participating in a variety of activities at the club. Some of the many activities that Garnett enjoys includes games like connect four, trouble and Yahtzee. When playing Yahtzee with everyone here at the club, Garnett almost always has a great big smile on her face which is very contagious and it lights up the room. Other things which Garnett enjoys revolve around being pampered with spa treatments like having a hand massage, getting her nails painted as well as having her hair brushed. Garnett also enjoys swimming, bowling and volunteering at Futures. Garnett has been coming to the club for 15 years now and it would not be the same here without her.
Chris is a sociable and friendly individual at the club who also has a great sense of humor. Chris enjoys a variety of activities which through the club he gets to participate in including: massages, being read to, socializing with this peers, going shopping, playing board games, going for walks, and playing bean bag toss. Chris has a great arm! Chris looks forward to his weekly meet-up at Tim’s for a coffee with a friend. Going to the Halifax Jazz Festival to listen to some tunes is an annual event! Chris has been coming to the club for 16 years and has developed many friendships.
Glenn is a personable guy who loves relaxing with a cup of tea while listening to the newspaper. Glenn also enjoys a variety of activities like running errands or going out to Tim Hortons. He really likes being out and about in his community. Glenn is often found relaxing with his headphones on – either listening to music or whatever TV show or movie that is on at that time. Glenn has been coming to the club for 13 years and seems to enjoy every minute of it.