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For the last few weeks we’ve been spending a lot of time at Bonny Lea Farm in Chester, a centre for adults with special needs and disabilities. Following on from our initial project with the Queens Association for Supported Living last year, we’re working on a series of videos covering all of the different areas at BLF, of which there are many: they have day and residential facilities, as well as a variety of work and recreation programs. At this time of year the centre is just gearing up to get fully operational in the barn and greenhouse, so it’s an exciting time for us to be there.
The staff at Bonny Lea Farm wanted us to make some videos that they could use for education and advertising as well as to show donors how their money is used. There are still many misconceptions surrounding this and other similar programs in Nova Scotia, and they want to challenge these. The participants are all very keen to get involved in the videos and show us what they do as well as the skills that they use during their working day. We’re still working on shooting the footage at the moment but we expect to have the first video out in the not-too-distant future. Hopefully you will be as inspired as we have been by the staff and participants at Bonny Lea Farm!
Here are a few photos from our first few shooting days at BLF. Good times!
We made this short film for the Queens Association for Supported Living (QASL) to highlight the amazing project they took on when they bought the old general store in Mill Village, NS. Over the course of 18 months the staff and clients of QASL carried out the complete renovations from top to bottom (with only a little help from professionals where necessary). The store now provides a place for the clients to work out in the community and show the abilities that they have.
If you haven’t visited the Riverbank General Store yet, you are missing out! Now that the store, gift shop and restaurant are up and running it is a great place to stop in for some Christmas shopping and a bite to eat. The gift shop sells items made by QASL at their Penny Lane workshop in Milton as well as products from local crafters. Follow them on facebook to keep up-to-date with the latest product lines.
We are truly lucky to have a place like this in our community and to have the people with the vision to make it happen. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with QASL, it has been a real learning experience for us and we’ve enjoyed every moment!
You might remember our longer film from earlier in the summer which covered the organization as a whole (click here to see it).