A real community build


Carpentry class builds gazebo for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities

Seeking out opportunities to help the local community, while developing a sense of civic-mindedness in his students, is of the utmost importance to Jim Swayne, carpentry instructor at Nova Scotia Community College’s Marconi Campus.

Over the last four years, Jim and his students have contributed to carpentry projects that have made a major impact in a number of areas: nurturing Cape Breton’s ailing brown bat population; granting wishes to children with terminal illnesses; assisting with the reforestation of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park; and supporting the Atlantic Burn Camp.

“These projects give students a sense of pride in knowing that they’re giving back to their communities,” says Jim. “Hopefully it’s also reinforcing the importance of establishing community connections and ‘stepping up’ to make a difference where possible.”

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