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20 Jul Getting Back to the Blog

For those who follow our blog, you will have noticed that we have not posted anything in a few months. It may seem like we dropped off the map with no explanation and in a sense we have but it was not intentional.

Over the past couple of months, we have been very busy preparing things at the Centre for this summer. This summer we have a number of families, individuals and groups who are planning to come down and take part in our summer programs and there was a lot of work that needed to be done in order to get ready for these groups.

We are very excited that the work in mostly done and our summer program is starting soon. I’d like to take some time to go over some of the things that we were working on the past couple of months.

In May we planted grass on our front lawn. This is something we were planning to do for some time but due to weather and other concerns we never got around to it. Now that the grass is planted we need some rain to make it grow but already it looks like a lawn. A few spots may need to be replanted in the fall but 90% of it is looking good and it really makes the whole property look and feel nicer.

We also did a bit of landscaping. We added woodchips and hostas in several locations around the new community centre. Having some plants growing really helps to IMG_0510

make the place look more natural and get away from the construction/industrial feel that existed before.

One of the biggest projects was getting the old Tiki Club at the back of the property fixed up and ready for use. The Tiki Club was in very rough shape and extremely unsafe. We tore down the fence that was surrounding it which has opened up the whole area and made it feel more spacious. We also put some wood chips down and we hope to eventually plant some hostas or something back there as well

We also built a wheelchair ramp on one of the cabins to enhance our ability to accommodate those with accessibility needs. We feel that this will help us to reach out to more people and make it easier for them to come and enjoy the facilties we have

There was also a lot of little jobs that needed to be done just to organize things. We hung some hooks and racks in the pool area for all the safety equipment. We built some storage shelves in the storage room which made it easier to arrange everything. We also put in some new dispensers in the washrooms and kitchens.

The last thing we did was to do a general clean up of the property to make sure everything is looking great and ready for use this summer.

There were many times that I intended to write a blog post and there are a lot of ideas that I have written down, but I always ran out of time before finishing any posts. I apologize for this and hope that you will continue to read our blog. There will be some interesting posts coming in the next few weeks so stay tuned.

We are looking forward to having a great year this year and hope and pray that all of you will continue to pray for us and support the work we are doing to build a place of peace and tranquility for all to enjoy in the hopes that we may all draw closer to God by spending some time in prayer, reflection and study.