Category Archives: Visioning

Looking to 2016

An update from the Centre’s Board on…

  • Hosting and Programming for April 2016 – Please share widely
  • Winter staff
  • Planning long term – report available and more news to come
  • Sponsoring Refugees
  • Continued Financial Support Needed
  • New Contact email for the Board:


Open in Spring for Hosting and Programs – spread the word!

Your Board has been working hard. We have reached a place where we feel optimistic about the Centre’s future. Although we have closed the physical site for the winter, the Centre will be open for programs and hosting from mid-April to November in 2016. We have already received bookings for hosted events and are in the process of exploring what Centre programs might be offered in 2016. We hope to have the Centre’s own program schedule out in March. Please broadcast through your networks that the Centre is alive and well and is very interested in providing hosting for groups starting in the spring. They should contact us for bookings now!

Winter Staff

Throughout the winter there are staff people working at the Centre. Katja Burtis is in the office on Mondays. Lisa Pollard continues until the end of January. The staff of BTS (Jackie McVicar and Lisa Rankin) and Peace & Friendship (Joe Michaels) are still working away at their respective tasks. The buildings are checked daily and we have made arrangements for plowing and snow clearing.

New Staff: The Board would also like to introduce you to Heather Allen Johnson who has been hired as the Centre’s bookkeeper and is in the thick of completing our 2015 financial accounts for our annual audit. Heather is also taking steps to ensure we have good financial management systems in place as we move into 2016. Heather lives in the Westchester area and, in addition to being very capable, has already proven to be a joy to work with. Welcome Heather!

Planning for the Centre’s Long-Term Future

A number of people met on November 21, 2015, to talk about transformation – looking at long term possibilities for the Centre. Many questions were raised and many ideas where shared. A key question became “Has the purpose of the Tatamagouche Centre changed? Can we do what we have been doing in a sustainable way? If not, is there a radically different way to do what we have always done – inspire, inform, and engage people in profound transformation?” We clustered our ideas and divided ourselves into four groups to begin the work of researching the viability of those ideas. The report from that day, facilitated by Brian Braganza and Darren Brown, can be found on the Tatamagouche website under the link “Tata Transformation”.

To further facilitate this process the Centre is investigating contracting a coordinator to lead this process to assist the volunteers and to integrate their work into an effective sustainable strategy for the Centre. Look for more news on this in our next update.

Supporting Refugees

Last November the Board offered Tatamagouche Centre to the Province of Nova Scotia as a possible hospitality site for incoming refugees. So far there has not been a need. Last week the Board was approached by the North Shore Refugee Sponsorship Group with a request to rent Steven’s House for the refugee family they hope to sponsor in the near future. We were delighted by the request and look forward to working with the North Shore Sponsorship Group.

We Need Your Continuing Financial Support

Last year, as we are all aware, was a very challenging one for the Centre. It became apparent part way through the year that the current operational model was not financially sustainable and that an infusion of funding as well as significant operational changes were going to be necessary for the Centre to move into the future. Fortunately for the Centre many of its supporters came to the table with significant donations, a special thanks to Kenley MacNeill who worked diligently and successfully on this cause. The resulting generous financial support has put us in the position where we can plan opening in the spring, and further, plan for the longer term. However we still need your ongoing financial support. If you have provided financial support in the past please consider renewing it or perhaps contributing for the first time. The financial contributions from the Centre’s supporters are one of the key building blocks for a stable long-term sustainable future. If you would like to discuss a donation or ongoing support please contact the Board at  and a Board member will get back to you.

Thanks for giving this request your consideration.


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