Building for the community

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WOODSTOCK – When Angela Acott-Smith, CEO of Carleton Manor Nursing Home, needs something built for the facility, she knows where to turn – the Carpentry program at the Woodstock Campus of New Brunswick Community College (NBCC).

For the past few years, Carpentry students from NBCC Woodstock have put their newfound skills to work building furniture for the nursing home. This year’s project was a custom-made shelving unit for Carleton Manor’s library.

“When we approached the Carpentry class, we talked to them about what we would need. Then they came to the nursing home to measure the space and gave us a few design and stain options,” said Acott-Smith. “It was just as it would be if they were already in the workforce and we were a paying client.”

Carleton Manor and NBCC Woodstock have a longstanding partnership that stretches decades. Each year, the Woodstock Campus sends staff and students to the manor for the Robertson Institute for Community Leadership’s volunteer day, and the manor has hosted students completing their work placement practicums.

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