In late January of 2017, the ScotianAires took a road trip to gather in South Alton, NS at Brigadoon Village for a weekend retreat. It was the perfect winter location for us to gather, work, socialize and enjoy hearty food in the main building and then retire to our modern cabins to enjoy a slumber party. (Top bunk, anyone?) It gave us a chance to get to know each other better, to take part in workshops to help develop our craft and to makes plans for an exciting future for the organization. And on top of all that, there was karaoke!!
During the weeekend, we had the opportunity to learn more about the Brigadoon Village facility from Brendan Loughnane the off season coordinator. Brigadoon Village has been operational since 2011 but was conceived a number of years prior. Founding director Dave McKeage was a childhood cancer survivor and later worked at the Canadian Cancer Society's Camp Goodtime. McKeage decided he wanted to create a camp for children with chronic illnesses, giving “extraordinary kids a chance to be ordinary”. Today, Brigadoon Village offers twelve camps each designed to accomodated a specific chronic illness, condition or special need – the latest program is Camp BELIEVE for children who have a parent living with mental illness.
The ScotianAires plan to continue our relationship with Brigadoon Village as an inspirational place to gather and grow. And we want to help offer that same opportunity to the children who attend the summer camps at Brigadoon. The ScotianAires have donated $400 to Brigadoon Village this year and will extend this support in future years.
If you are interested in learning more about Brigadoon Village or would like to support the organization with a donation, visit their website at brigadoonvillage.org.