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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!

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  • Heather Hastings

    Hi Vivian,
    Wow …Impressive. The building facade looks great!good to plan for the future. Upkeep is so important to preserve the structure.

    I was wondering how the shopping trip turned out. I was thinking about you! Did you shop ’til you dropped? I hope to be able to join you next year.
    Are you setting up at any of the Christmas fairs? Any other events planned in the near future?
    Cheers from Moncton,

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