LAWRENCETOWN, NS - The local brewery saved all the $5 entry fees from its quiz night over the last five months and handed the money over to a local non-profit that provides jobs and training for disabled adults.
Lunn’s Mill Beer Company presented the cheque for $700 June 14 to MacKenzie Akin, executive director of Carleton Road Industries Association based in the former Co-op building in Lawrencetown.
It was a timely contribution for Carleton Road Industries.
“The monies donated will go towards the one week that we take all the participants to camp, out to the Gibsons Lake Camp which is Saint Anne’s Camp,” said Akin as he accepted the funds from Chantelle Webb of Lunn’s Mill. “It’s a big expense and we no longer get funding for it, so the monies will go towards that.”
Akin said Lunn’s Mill has been a great partner with them. “They’ve purchased several of the items that we build, as well as employed some of our clients over there.”
Carleton Road Industries operates a custom woodworking business making picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, benches, lawn swings, washer toss sets, kindling, survey stakes, and more. They also operate a property maintenance service that provides lawn cutting, spring and fall clean up, wood piling, brush and limb cutting, bush hogging, and hedging.
Jim Shields started doing trivia nights 13 years ago as a camaraderie thing for the Lions Club in Bridgetown and did them with wife Joanne for a number of years.
“Chantelle approached me and said ‘Will you do something for Lunn’s Mill,’ and we did. It was very easy. I can produce them pretty quickly.”
Shields loves it. He said Joanne keeps him in line and does all the scoring. Lunn’s billed the taproom trivia event ‘Quiz Night with Jim and Jo.’
Lunn’s Mill had a tight connection with Carleton Road Industries right from the day the brewery opened more than a year ago. The beer company took over the building the adult service centre had previously occupied on the other side of the Annapolis River in Lawrencetown.
“When we took over the building we thought maintaining the partnership would be important,” said Webb. “As MacKenzie said, we purchased all kinds of fabulous things, and we need more picnic tables. It’s businesses helping businesses and helping the community.”
CRIA provides vocational, and life skills training for adult residents of Annapolis and Kings counties who are diagnosed with mental, intellectual, emotional, and/or physical disabilities.
“Our mandate is to provide high quality and diverse programs that will assist in the successful transition into the workforce,” its website says. “When this is not attainable, to provide meaningful employment opportunities with the supervision of qualified and professional staff.”
The association also operates CRIA’s XTR Gas & Go in Lawrencetown that includes a small convenience store; runs the Canada Post office complete with 24-hour mail boxes; and last August opened a thrift store in the village. It also operates a flyer service to homes in the Middleton and Lawrencetown area.
Carleton Road Industries currently helps about 50 people.