This week, we're sharing a little love for (and with) our community.
15 years ago, MacKenzie Atlantic opened our doors. In those 15 years, we have grown to become a leader in our field thanks to the talent, determination and focus on quality demonstrated by our team.
And one year ago, when schools closed to in-class learning and national PPE shortages became apparent, countless people in our community jumped into action to help us open Prince Andrew High School as a temporary face shield assembly facility to get face shields to the frontlines.
Our team was incredible, shifting with changing Covid safety requirements and continuing – as they do today – critical work supporting the defense industry, innovating, and driving us forward.
With municipal and provincial folks cutting red tape, material suppliers gearing up overnight, school staff working side-by-side with us, and dozens of people coming out from the safety of their homes to become assemblers in socially distanced assembly lines spread across two gymnasiums, we were able to deliver 1.2 million face shields to hospitals across Nova Scotia via Nova Scotia Health, The IWK Health Centre and nursing homes who were relieved to find a local supply of this PPE they could count on.
We are tremendously grateful for the support of everyone who made it possible for us to help. And we’re glad we could help.
If we weren’t in the midst of a pandemic, we’d be planning a 15-year anniversary party. For obvious reasons, that little idea will have to hang out on the back burner.
So for now, we’ve decided to do something different.
This week, we’re marking 15 years in business and the 1-year anniversary of our first 100,000 face shields by:
• Donating $5,000 to Halifax Regional Arts East to support and expand their phenomenal music and arts programming provided to students from Dartmouth to the Eastern Shore. (Our own daughters have benefited from their music classes, and we want to make sure more kids can experience the power of the arts to help them spark their own creativity, build resiliency, and realize that they can find and create something beautiful, even in the midst of challenging and uncertain times. Maybe, in fact, that’s the most important lesson we can offer our children right now.)
• And recognizing that so many in our communities are struggling to make ends meet, we are also donating $5,000 to Feed Nova Scotia to support the doorstep delivery of food boxes to families who need them.
As Dr. Strang continues to remind us: together, we can make a difference.
With an abundance of thanks to everyone who made – and continue to make – all of this happen, take care, look out for one another, and keep doing amazing things.