Gift Certificates For PEDVAC Boutique For Christmas

Hello There,

Vivienne here with a quick update just in time for Christmas.  As we reflect over the past year, there are so many people who have crossed out paths.

The idea of gift giving has in some cases become so extravagant and commercialized that the obvious value of something small and meaningful has almost disappeared.

This year won’t you consider supporting a worthy charity like PEDVAC which does so much for so many in need in our region and beyond? There are folks in need all year round, but especially at this time of year who, even with our prices well below the competition, cannot afford to purchase perhaps some housewares, even a warm winter coat or our famous mittens made from recycled sweaters.

PEDVAC boutique sells quality used clothing for children

Boutique for kids


Now available right here on our Web site (you can use your credit card via PayPal) or in person from the PEDVAC office (cash or cheque), we have gift certificates for purchase in denominations of $10, $25 or $50.

Mittens made from recycled wool on sale at PEDVAC boutique and craft shows in the region

Mittens made from recycled wool

When purchasing from our Web site here, if you’d like to use your credit card, simply click “Don’t have a PayPal Account” and the form will open to securely add your details. Don’t worry, we will never see your credit card number and it is totally secure and encrypted by the latest Web site financial security via PayPal.

See Programs and Services at the top of this page to see all the good work PEDVAC does all year long.


Cushions made from recycled wool and other beautiful crafts on sale in PEDVAC boutique and great fund raisers at craft shows

Cushions made from recycled wool and beautiful crafts

And so much more….just look over in the column to purchase a gift certificate for a deserving loved one or friend. Click the drop down menu and select an amount, $10.00, $25.00 or $50.00 then click the “Click Here To Order” button.

Thank you for your support on behalf of all the staff, board of directors and most of all, the wonderful people who live in our region who benefit greatly from the care and services of PEDVAC.

Vivienne Edwards,

Proud member of the PEDVAC board of directors.



If you are driving down Church Street in Port Elgin this fall you may notice that Pedvac is sporting a whole new look.  Pedvac began renovating the exterior of its building in 2009.  Firstly, a loan was secured to install a new roof on the 6,000 sq. ft. structure.  Next Atlantic Windows donated 20 (10 ft. by 3 1/2 ft.) windows, 15 (5 ft. by 4 ft.) windows, one other window, and two exterior doors.  They also paid to have the windows and doors installed and framed.   The Greater Moncton United Way Day of Caring provided paint and the person power to paint exterior surfaces.


Next came the most daunting task of all.  The exterior bricks were cracked and falling out in places which had led to structural damage to the foundation.  An engineering report confirmed the worst.  The foundation had to be repaired and the bricks replaced or the building would become unusable.

Staff and volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work looking for the resources to continue the repairs.   Estimates for the work ranged from $120,000 to $325,000.  The Regional Development Corporation (Provincial government) and the NB Children’s Foundation provided the majority of the funds to repair most of the foundation.  The Federal government’s Homelessness Strategy Grant along with donations from businesses and individuals replaced the exterior bricks with siding, installed insulation behind the exterior wall, replaced one last door, and replaced the weather stripping on the other doors.

We are 90% finished with the necessary renovations since we took ownership of the building.  Next year, last but not least, we will repair the cold room used for the food bank and complete the final section of the foundation under the front steps and wheelchair ramp.

The cost has been close to the lowest estimate.  Engineering reports and renovations do not come cheap but they are necessary.  Pedvac’s building is prepared to last at least an additional thirty years.  By then hopefully there will be no need for a food bank but Pedvac will still be here adapting itself to the changing needs of the community.

If you happen to be in Port Elgin this fall we hope you drop by to view the new look.  Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and talk with staff and volunteers about what Pedvac does and what you can do to help.  Perhaps you will find a personal renovation in the form of volunteerism is needed.  After all, we are all a work in progress!

New Exeterior