At the core of everything we do as a club are the great people who epitomize the charities that we work so hard to support. The children, the residents, the families; the volunteers, the employees, the board members. Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of many.
Canadian Progress Club - Halifax members are committed to enhancing the quality of life in the community in which we live, most notably those with special needs. We help foster the cause of the physically, mentally and socially handicapped by lending our collective helping hands to the following charities:
PROGRESS CENTRE FOR EARLY INTERVENTION
Serving the Halifax Regional Municipality since 1985, the Progress Centre for Early Intervention is a non-profit Resource and Community Outreach Program for Infants and Young Children with Developmental Delays. Working closely with over 160 families both at home and on site at the Centre, the purpose is to provide a range of stimulation and activities for the parents to carry out with the child, as well as support services and training for parents. Other services provided include: referral services for those children needing professional consultation for speech, hearing, or physiotherapy; an extensive library of books, journals, and other written materials; a complete toy library which assists the child’s learning and skill development. The Centre's primary source of funding is the Province of Nova Scotia Department of Community Services, and the Canadian Progress Club - Halifax has been active as a funding sponsor since the Centre’s inception in 1985. Club members are active on the Board of Directors and have a long term vested interest in the Progress Centre. In addition. the Progress Centre is the primary benficiary of the the Club's annual Big Spring Gala & Auction.
KING'S MEADOW HOME
The King’s Meadow Home was founded in 1967 and is located in Curry’s Corner near Windsor, Nova Scotia. Situated on ten acres of lightly wooded farmland, the Home was once the residence of the late former Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor, the late Dr. H.W. Kendall. A magnificent structure, King’s Meadow’s fifteen spacious rooms are today home to ten adults with mental disabilities who are supervised by a professional team of dedicated residential counselors. The Home is funded by the profits raised from the annual Sports Celebrity Dinner which was started in 1976 and from funds received from the Provincial Department of Community Services.
The Progress Club attempts to provide a diverse recreational and social life for the King’s Meadow residents. The Club sponsors an annual trip to Halifax for bowling and dinner, and has arranged for resident outings to Halifax Mooseheads hockey games. Our members join with other guests and family members for annual Christmas parties and summer garden parties held at the King’s Meadow property. As a result of its activities over the past decades, the Club believes it has succeeded in helping to establish a home in which a warm and pleasant atmosphere is provided and where the residents are given an excellent opportunity for personal development and growth. Karen Lake, the Executive Director, supervises a staff of two full time counselors, nine part-time counselors and ten residents.