Oxford thrift Shop and Café Blog
January 13th-January 18th 2020
By: Stephen Thompson
Sunday Jan 12th, 2020 was a messy day with the freezing rain pelting my window pane waking me up in the morning. The roads were dirty. Special Olympics were cancelled due to weather.
Monday January 13th, 2020
Amanda and Nicole are the staff members working.
We arrived after the hectic weather of the previous day.
Morgan seemed like his normal-self when talking with Amanda and Nicole poking some gags, in-between his job cleaning and hanging Oxford Frozen Foods clothes.
Duncan was mopping up a lot of snow drippings today; it had been tracked in easily because of how messy it was outdoors. His spirits seemed high. He was happy to be working.
I was writing and doodling on a white board for a discounted Coffee and other hot beverages that were on special that day. Amanda took my photograph with the completed panel.
Afterwards, I was doing Inventory of items in freezer in Kitchen and Break room.
Tuesday January 14th, 2020
I carried in donations with my Dad.
Both Amanda and Nicole were working at the shop.
I had a morning coffee. Duncan and Morgan were all ready for their job.
The Café was lively today with chit-chat and cheerful conversations.
Maintenance worker was doing a check-up on the Laundromat pipes and filters.
Mary did a new task within the Laundry room and was excited to try something new or different than the usual routine.
I checked the inventory of number of outfits kept in the shop.
Morgan did his standard Oxford Frozen Foods tasks within the Laundromat.
Wednesday January 15th, 2020
It is a snowy day today, flakes lightly falling down.
Patti and Amanda are staff working today at thrift shop keeping up at maintaining the shop.
Morgan is working today at the cleaning and hanging clothes on the laundry side.
Baked goods are being prepared by the Staff. The baked goods left a pleasant smell wafting in the air.
Michael showed up for his work coffee, ready to take on his tasks for the day. He Mopped and cleaning the floors.
David showed up today for his job. He washed tables down and mirrors.
Updates on previous weeks:
Christmas break began for me after the Party we held on Friday December 20th, 2019.
We played many games like: dropping candy canes on a string (the majority missed or recoiled and made debris), throwing plush snowballs into a wicker basket, guessing what was in a giant bag and wrapping paper opening with oven mitts.
We had a X-Mas dinner and everyone won a prize at the Party!
Over the Holiday I had time to sleep in and stay warm. The weather was great the majority of the duration of the winter break.
I saw Christmas lights, decorations and wreaths on houses in the: Amherst, Oxford and Pugwash areas throughout the Winter Holliday.
I ended up having Dinner in Amherst at the Lion’s Centre on Christmas Day.
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Sunset Community description:
The Sunset Community is located on the Northumberland Strait in the picturesque village of Pugwash, Nova Scotia.
The Sunset Community supports adults with Physical and Intellectual disabilities. We provide safe and supportive living, learning and work environments so each individual can live a satisfying and meaningful life.
The Sunset Community is a leader in removing barriers which prevent those we support from access to choices
As an Occupational Therapist you will provide support to the Sunset Community Clients, Health Clinic, Nurse Managers, and report to the Director of Client Services regarding any responsibilities.
The successful candidate will provide programs and services to Sunset Clients according to established standards and administrative policies. This will involve assessing client’s needs, and planning, implementing and documenting Occupational Therapy services while working as part of a multi-disciplinary team. They will be responsible for other duties as assigned and as part of the job description.
• Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy or Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy Entry Level, from an accredited University
• Registered member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia
• BLS-C or CPR certification
• Eligibility for membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
• Previous experience in Physical Medicine – O.T.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
• Ability to organize, develop and initiate ideas and programs
• Commitment to working in an interdisciplinary approach
• Demonstrate good communication skills, verbally and in writing
• Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position
• Require access to a reliable vehicle
• Criminal Record Check
• Proof of education & training certifications
• Proof of any additional required qualification
• Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
• Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
Hours of work: 2 days weekly.
Salary Information: As per provincial pay scale.
Check out what’s happening in our Lifestyles department for the first month of 2020.
Oxford thrift Shop and Café Blog December 17-21
By: Stephen Thompson
Monday, December 17, 2019
I checked for clothes hangers that weren’t being used, in the numerous clothes racks in the shop.
Paula and Nicole are the staff working today. They did a variety of tasks around the store such as sorting new donations.
I see signs Christmas is definitely coming. From in the store I can see: flying reindeer and Santa in his sleigh decals on the window, artificial tree strewn up with twinkling lights, blown-up snow man, Christmas books and Toys for sale in a case.
It was a cold, cold day on Monday a gusty wind that seeps right through the pores. Everyone should be dressed warm today, for sure.
My father and I dropped off donations in this morning when we arrived at the store. The cases of odds and ends were carried in to be sorted through.
Morgan is working in the Laundromat side today. Cleaning and folding up the Oxford Freezing Plant outfits.
Michael who came for a break helped Paula put together parts for an electric razor.
Duncan swept the floors with a red broom around the shop today getting every nook and cranny.
Daniel arrived for his afternoon shift, ready to take on the afternoon tasks in the Laundromat.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Today: Nicole and Amanda were working at the front working the café, clothes sales and placing items within the store.
Morgan, Duncan, Angus and Mary have shown up today for work in the morning bright and early.
There are a lot of comical conversations going on at the café portion of the shop. A good laugh can help, waking-up for the morning.
Morgan was bringing together and cleaning Freezing plants outfits as his typical routine. Morgan seems to be high-spirits today.
Angus and Mary were checking for hangers today looking through the assemblage of clothing on display.
Duncan went from place to place dusting the floors with his usual smile. The Staff praised him for doing a good job.
Visitors came in from Sunset Community in Pugwash, Dawn and two of the Clients arrived with her. Amanda gathered up some Christmas items to bring with them.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
The countdown to Christmas is on with only a week to go. X-mas music can be heard the wall mounted TV.
Patti and Amanda are the staff members working for today.
Michael is cleaning the floors today with a push broom going as well as soon mopping around the store.
Morgan is doing his usual job today, and sharing some of his quirky jokes with the Staff and Clients.
Updates and Upcoming events:
Christmas with kids was last Saturday:
The children were very excited to shop and wrap. It was a very successful endeavor.
On December 18th the store will close @3:30 PM for Christmas Dinner for the Staff members.
The Christmas Party will be on Friday, December 20th, for the Clients @ 2:00PM. Pre-Primary Children will be singing, Christmas Carols.
Dec 24th– 8:30 AM -12:30 PM
Dec 25th and 26th– Closed
Dec 27th and 28th– Open Regular Hours
Dec 31st– Closed
January 1st– Closed
Happy Holidays From all of us here at your Sunset Community Thrift Store!
Oxford thrift Shop and Café Blog
December 2nd-7th 2019
By: Stephen Thompson
Saturday was the last day of November, Strong winds were blasting snow much to my astonishment; I decided to hibernate in my home today.
I have been informed that Sunset Community Thrift Store made Cotton Candy for Parade Night, and it was a Complete Success and Sold Out!
December officially started on Sunday. Today is the last day of Special Olympics until January next year. They held a Christmas Party. Awards were given out to Joseph for Athlete of the Year and Rebecca won an award for supporting her teammates and coaches.
Monday December 2nd, 2019
It started out -12 °C today on the ride up to work. The cool weather is starting to kick in.
Even Morgan said he is cold today when chilly air drifted in when the Laundromat Door opened, that is different from usual.
Paula assisted Morgan this morning with Frozen Food Outfits snapping buttons on the tops together into baskets to carry them for a cleansing rinse in the washing machine.
I helped out using a hole-punch in pages for Sunset Community forms, while Amanda helped me with brainstorming ideas for this week’s Blog.
Duncan was hard at work: sweeping, mopping and cleaning with his jovial voice resounding. He helped transfer a Lady with transporting donations into the shop.
Amanda and Paula have been collecting Christmas paraphernalia from the backroom, to stock in regions of the shop.
Angus has taken on new responsibilities in store: looking for hangers and helps clear tables.
Tuesday December 3rd, 2019
I was given the day off from the Thrift Store due to weather conditions.
I saw a Christmas Theatre Play Grandma saves Christmas in Springhill with: Wanda, her husband Bill, Robyn their daughter and their friend Emily.
It had lots of comical performances, lots of laughs and good food. Wanda, Emily and a Woman from Springhill even got to do some performances of their own when asked to come on Stage.
It will be in Amherst from December 10-15.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
I arrived at work this morning. Today: Amanda, Patti, Morgan, Jacob, David and I were working.
Morgan was hard at work on washing and drying Frozen Food Plant tops.
Jacob assisted around the shop and helped Patti with the Printer.
Amanda and Patti have been doing numerous tasks around the shop.
Updates and upcoming events:
Christmas 4 Kids was a great success the last couple of Saturdays. Staff dressed up, helped with Shopping & Wrapping. Almost all items kids bought were 1 dollar.
Oxford Bargain Bonanza starts on Dec 7 starting @ 8 AM. Local vendors will set up at our location.
12 Days of Christmas
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