Cape Breton Adult Services Centre Gets Land Needed to Expand

July 9, 2013

A Cape Breton organization that provides valuable workforce training for Nova Scotians with disabilities is getting the space it needs to expand and continue its good work.

The Horizon Achievement Centre is a vocational training and employment service centre for adults living with mental disabilities and those facing multiple barriers to employment. Over the past 25 years, the non-profit organization has had great success fostering and promoting the independence of its clients, so much so that it has outgrown its existing three facilities in Sydney. 

To help Horizon look at new and expanded services that would meet the current demands of the sector and reach more people in need, the province purchased 5.5 acres of land within the Harbourside Commercial Park and officially transferred it today, July 9, to the organization. Premier Darrell Dexter was on hand to unveil a sign at the future site.

“It’s important for Nova Scotians living with disabilities to have the supports they need to live more independently,” said Premier Dexter. “Horizon is an incredible organization that is providing that support for people and families in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

“This additional space gives Horizon the opportunity to help even more Nova Scotians live independent and fulfilling lives.”

Horizon currently helps about 200 people across CBRM through its vocational and employment programs and has a wait list of more than 50.

“Today is the culmination of years of hard work by everyone involved in the first phase of the Beyond the Horizon building project,” said Carol Pendergast, executive director of Horizon. “Now that we have secured this property, we can concentrate on building a new, multifaceted facility that will allow us to expand our programs, further develop partnerships, increase our presence in the community and address the growing wait list.”

The province invested $123,750 to purchase the land from the business park.

“We truly appreciate the efforts of the province which has always supported the Horizon Achievement Centre and its role in this community,” said Ms. Pendergast. “Thank you as well to the management team of Nova Scotia Lands and Habourside Commercial Park, and the Department of Community Services for believing in our vision.”