The extensive renovations to Manson’s Hall are progressing rapidly. In addition to the structural repairs, remodeling of rooms and installation of heat pumps that are currently underway, we now have a new challenge and opportunity. For many years, the Cortes Café has been open on mail days. Islanders and visitors have enjoyed meeting in the Pioneer Room to chat and chew. Many of you are telling us how much you miss it, and others are asking if the hall could have an approved kitchen for preparing labeled food products to sell and one that has the capacity to prepare meals for large events like Christmas dinners and wedding celebrations.
Before the Cortes Café closed at the end of August, the inspector for the Vancouver Island Health Authority informed the SCCA that he would not permit another operator to serve food from the kitchen until he approved the plans and it was brought up to current standards. After the café closed, SCCA board members and volunteers went through the kitchen and determined that the appliances, counters, wall finish, flooring and remaining kitchen wares were in such poor condition that very little could be used to meet VIHA’s requirements for a permit. A complete makeover is necessary. The room has now been stripped to the framing and subfloor.
Our plan is to create a new community kitchen with commercial-grade equipment to provide food service on mail days and serve a variety of other community needs. The kitchen floor area can be expanded by adding the adjacent hallway closet and a corner of the main hall. A new, high ceiling would allow better lighting fixtures, a skylight shaft, and controlled ventilation. New flooring, commercial appliances and stainless steel counters would greatly improve sanitation.
Our total estimated cost is $80,000, including $28,500 for enlarging and refinishing room with new plumbing, electrical wiring, lighting, drywall, flooring and paint. A food equipment supplier has quoted commercial grade appliances and equipment including small wares, pots, pans, dishes and utensils at close to $50,000. We have submitted new grant applications to programs that are supporting our current renovations and may help us with funding in April to buy equipment.
To have the room ready, we need to get to work on it as soon as possible. Thanks to our Regional Director Noba Anderson, the Regional Board has just approved an immediate grant-in-aid of $3,200. We also have received $1,425 from individual donors who want to dine in the Pioneer Room again. Our goal is to raise $24,000 more by New Year’s Eve so we can add the kitchen to the projects currently underway. Please help put this last important piece in place by making a donation now.
• Print out the donation form below.
• Drop off a cheque at the hall office.
• Mail a cheque to the SCCA, Box 222, Manson Landing, B.C., V0P 1K0.
• Donate online at http://mansonshall.org
using a credit or debit card or PayPal through the secure site canadahelps.org.
• Receive a tax receipt for your donation.
• Contact hall manager Mary Lavelle at mansonshallgmail.com or call her at 250-935-0015 with any questions.
Thanks to the many who contribute materials, time, tools, machines and money to keep our community centre a place where we want to go to be together. We are well on our way toward completing improvements that will make it a great place to be for many years to come.
Cheers from your board of directors: Julian Ayers, Desta Beattie, Diane Daly, David Drysdale, Mags Johnston, Myrna Kerr, Jim Murphy, John Sprungman and Cathy Winter.