SMB Community Enterprise Centre
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
Courtesy post from our friends at Bay Seniors. Can you help?
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
How's the first week of spring going at your house? We're thinking of you. Please stay in touch!
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
Graphic designer Gary Warshaw designed this excellent visual aid, based on University of San Diego research, to illustrate the value of social distancing.
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
A message to our Clients and Partners regarding our COVID-19 response:

As of today, March 16, 2020, the SMBCEC will remain open for members to access.

However, we will not have volunteer receptionists on duty, nor can we guarantee a germ-free environment.

We have established communication protocols for bookings and general information. To book space or alter a booking, please call the following in the order provided:

1. Mel Parsons 902 826 7579
2. Melan Sapp 902 858 2210
3. Fred Dolbel 902 823 1144

For general information:

1. Chris Pelham 902 717 6291
2. Melan Sapp 902 858 2210
3. Fred Dolbel 902 823 1144

If you have any difficulty gaining access to the Centre, contact Melan Sapp at the number above.

We also recognize that many of our volunteers and visitors meet the definition of an “especially susceptible older adult,” a demographic identified as being at greater risk of complications from contracting COVID-19. We therefore request and expect extreme care in adhering to all the recommendations of the Province of Nova Scotia related to sanitation, food-sharing, social distancing, etc.

We also request that clients who have group meetings consider delaying them and/or taking advantage of the teleconferencing facility in the meeting room to limit the number of participants gathered together.

If, like me, you have travelled internationally recently, please self-isolate for the required 14 days.

If you or your guests have any symptoms, we would ask that none of you enter the Centre. If you or your guests have been in close contact with people who have any symptoms, please do not enter the Centre.

We have added an additional cleaning protocol in the kitchen and bathroom, and added additional sanitation products to our supply. There are wipes on the reception desk, and we request that you use them to wipe the door knobs, your FOB, the FOB pad, and other surfaces you may have touched.

The closure of schools, daycare centres, and other public facilities may create added stress on our clients. We ask you to be considerate and prudent when bringing additional people into the Centre.

Like all other public and semi-public spaces, this plan may change quickly as the situation unfolds.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me at 902-717-6291.

Cheers and stay healthy,

Chris
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
COURTESY POST: We're sharing this post for our friends at Seedy Saturday, who have had to cancel tomorrow's event:

We are SO disappointed to have to tell you that Seedy Saturday is cancelled due to the Provincial Government's announcement today discouraging community groups from holding gatherings of 150 people or more. We are currently reaching out by e-mail, phone and other methods to reach all Vendors, Speakers, Demo people and volunteers, and of course the public. We appreciate any shares of this post with your friends! We will hold an event in the future and look forward to sharing info on that when the time is right. We will be postponing our Raffle Draw until fall, pending approval by the NS Lottery Commission. Thank you to all who have contributed in any way to the preparation of this event!

Here is the quote from the Province:

Self-isolation required for returning public sector employees
All public sector employees, including health-care workers, teachers and others, who are returning from travel outside Canada are now required to self-isolate for 14 days.
The province is encouraging the private sector to follow suit and have their employees also self-isolate who have travelled internationally.
Gathering spots and businesses
The province is also asking that public gatherings be limited to no more than 150 people in Nova Scotia. This is a request for now, but the province said Friday that could become a requirement, if needed.

The Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market building will be closed Saturday and remain closed until further notice.
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
Can't wait till spring arrives? Pop in to the CEC to enjoy the bright and charming art on our walls this month, courtesy of artist Joanne Logan. This one is called "The Flowers Are Springing Up," and it's for sale by the artist.

SMBCEC Grand opening and sign unveiling

The weather may have been a little bit dull but spirits were certainly not when so many people turned-up to celebrate the grand opening of the new St. Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre on April 26, 2018.

It was great to see how so many different groups, organizations and businesses came together to share their support of this fantastic initiative. This is exactly what the CEC is all about, bringing people together in a place that allows for networking and connecting, and this evening was certainly full of that.

After canapes and refreshments everyone went outside to see the new CEC sign being unveil, then it was back inside for the cutting of the grand opening celebration cake – beautifully made depicting the new CEC logo.

Well done to Eliot Matheson, logo and sign designer, who was presented with a prize for his winning entry into the logo competition during the event; and well done too to the CEC board and all the volunteers that made the event a complete success.