ST. PETER’S: A variety concert featuring several talented local musicians was held at the St. Peter’s Lions Hall on Sunday, September 24.

This is the 10th year that the St. Peter’s Lions Club has organized this concert in support of the L’Arche Cape Breton community.

Bob Parks led a lively rendition of “I Saw the Light” as a grand finale.

In Cape Breton, L’Arche operates six homes for 25 men and women with disabilities, as well as 20-25 live-in staff who support them. L’Arche Cape Breton believes that everyone, regardless of ability or disability, has the right to a home, to education, to a spiritual life, and to the dignity of meaningful work. To that end, they operate a full work program which provides employment for all their members, as well as numerous individuals with disabilities who live with their families or with other service providers. These programs include a craft studio, two used clothing stores, a bakery and café, a summer day camp for youth, and an organic garden.

None of these valuable programs receives any government support, despite being widely recognized as some of the best employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the province of Nova Scotia.

Marlene Burke sang some beautiful Celtic songs.

The support that L’Arche Cape Breton receives from the St. Peter’s Lions Club in organizing the fundraising concert is greatly appreciated. All of the funds raised will go towards operational costs of the day programs.

The fine performers who shared their time and talent in support of L’Arche Cape Breton were: Evelyn McRae; Mannie Bourgeois; Wayne Bona; Betty and Bob Parks; Marlene Burke; Claire Jeffrey; Joannie and Sheena McRae; Sabastian Weatherbee; and Joseph MacNeil.

For several weeks leading up to the annual concert in support of L’Arche Cape Breton, Wilma Martell and her friends at the St. Peter’s Lions Club sell even-split tickets at their weekly bingos. All proceeds go towards the support of the day programs at L’Arche. In the photo are (from the left): Wilma Martell and Debbie Burke presenting the generous donation to L’Arche cape Breton members David Gunn and Josephine MacEachern.