News Release April 2014: New Service Centre to Officially Open

April 2014

CAMBRIDGE, NS — Plank Industries Woodworking and Packaging, the newly combined service centre of Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre (KRRC), will host an Open House on May 9th from 2 – 4 pm.

The service centre located at 5687 Highway 1 in Cambridge brings together the former Apple Tree Industries and Plank ‘N Hammer in one location. Providing vocational skill development and employment opportunities to 33 adults with various cognitive and physical challenges, the facility offers supportive services to the local business community, entrepreneurs and individual customers.

Services include kindling and survey stake production, carpentry, furniture refinishing, labelling, shrink wrapping, packaging and a specialty oven-baked dog treat called Dog-Gone Goodies. An onsite portable mill offers the opportunity for participant involvement in taking raw materials to a usable product for the woodworking area and supporting the popular production of kindling.

Community-based vocational training has been part of KRRC’s programming since 1980, and continues to grow with ever evolving contracts and community employment opportunities.

Work is completed in a team oriented environment, providing a sense of pride and accomplishment for participants who are both residents of KRRC and individuals living in the community.

“Plank Industries is an example of the Centre’s commitment to enhancing skill development, personal growth and independence for persons with disabilities,” says KRRC Board Chair Colin Best.

“We are extremely proud, not only for the opportunities offered at Plank Industries, but also for the universal design that makes this facility accessible for a range of abilities and skill levels,” says Service Centre Coordinator Jackie Roop. Renovations to the former First Choice Kitchens property included curb cuts, extra wide doorways, ramps, smooth thresholds, open spaces, lever style handles and counters at several heights. “I hope many of our customers and neighbours will join us at the Open House as we unveil these new premises.”

The Open House will commence at 2 pm following a special ceremony for invited guests. There will be tours and refreshments.

Through its many programs and services Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre provides supportive living, learning and working environments for over 200 individuals with cognitive challenges, mental illness, acquired brain injury and physical disabilities. The organization is accredited by Accreditation Canada and funded through the Department of Community Servic