Friday, 24 March 2017 08:00

Monthly breakfast draws community of Shaughnessy together

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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For the last 14 years, the Shaughnessy Community Association has been hosting several fundraisers to support the community hall. The association took over the Shaughnessy School and now uses it as a community centre.

On the last Saturday of every month, the association holds a pancake breakfast and flea market at the community hall.
Dorthy Garrett, president of the association, says when they first took over the building, they weren’t sure if they were going to be able to keep it going and pay the gas bills, but they’ve been doing it for 14 years and are still doing well.
The pancake breakfast is $5 a person and all the food is cooked by volunteers from the association. What remains after food costs, is put back into the building.
An average of at least 40 people attend the breakfast each month.
Garrett says the pancake breakfast continues to be popular. The only time it doesn’t happen is July and August.
“We’re doing it for fundraisers for the community and also it brings in a lot of people that come out and have coffee,” explains Garrett. “There’s … a lot of people (who) come from Lethbridge and just come in and visit and stay as long as they want.”
During the pancake breakfast, the association holds a flea market. Set up in different rooms of the old school, there are a lot of second-hand treasures people can purchase.
All of those items are donated to the association, ranging from clothes to books, shoes, toys and kitchen utensils.
All of the money that’s raised from those purchases goes back into the community centre. 
In addition to having the flea market open on the pancake breakfast days, volunteers are at the community centre every Tuesday and Thursday and there are Jam Sessions held regularly. People can bring items to be donated or to purchase items at these times also.
Garrett says the people who attend the pancake breakfast events usually take in the flea market as well. All of the items are generally priced at $1, $2 or $5. People can usually fill a bag with clothes for $5.
The next pancake breakfast is Saturday, March 25 from 8-11 a.m.
The monthly Jam Session is held the third Sunday of each month. At this event, people bring in their musical instruments to play as a group. Seniors attend and dance from 1-5 p.m. and then they’re fed a supper to end the night.
“A lot of these seniors are well in their seventies and well into their eighties,” adds Garrett.
Anyone is invited to attend. The cost is $10 per person. The music is generally country/western music.
“We love to have anybody come out … for any of these things and come and enjoy. It’s good music,” adds Garrett.

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