WE ARE RENEWING!!
After months of visioning and discussion, St. George’s has officially launched its Renew Accessibility project! A special vestry meeting, held Sunday 6 July, resulted in an overwhelming expression of approval to proceed immediately with the first phase of the project.
The first phase includes the renovation of our two existing washrooms to equip at least one with a high rise toilet, to replace the old unsightly vanities and sinks, and to install new flooring. The other major component of Phase One is the enlargement of our current servery space and the replacement of existing cabinetry and flooring. To meet current health regulations, we will be installing a hand washing sink, three dishwashing sinks, and an automatic dishwasher.
Those among you who have attended church services recently will know that work has already begun. We are so fortunate to have a dedicated and enthusiastic group of volunteers who have literally rolled up their sleeves to rip out the carpet and baseboard in the old nursery and remove all of the dishes from the existing cupboards.
The committee overseeing the washroom/servery project consists of the following individuals: Charlie Grierson (Project Coordinator), Margaret Cassel (People’s Warden), Kathy Richmond-Cox (Rector’s Warden), Margaret Bennett, Paul Ditner, Bill Dunker, Carol Massel, Calvin Williston, and me. Many thanks to Charlie for taking on the role of project coordinator! He has been busy exploring the most cost effective ways to accomplish our renovations and securing quotes from the various trades who will be needed on the project.
Parish Council and our committee have been very conscientious in trying to be both fiscally and environmentally responsible. We have purchased a lovely set of used oak cabinets for the new servery from Habitat for Humanity, and Charlie has managed to find us one free vanity.
Nonetheless, we estimate that the cost of redoing the washrooms and the servery will be in the neighbourhood of $35,000. To date, through a leadership gift initiative, we have received gifts and pledges amounting to nearly $17,000. Over the coming weeks, we will be initiating an appeal to all parishioners for financial contributions. There will also be opportunities to participate in small work parties as the need arises.
This is an exciting development in the life of our parish. There have been no major changes to our parish hall facilities since they were constructed in 1958. Working together, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I have no doubt that we will bring this first phase of our Renew Accessibility project to a successful conclusion.
– Gail Cuthbert Brandt, Chair, Renew Campaign