O'Regan's makes multi-year investment in Dartmouth North
One of Dartmouth’s most generous companies is throwing its support behind the new Dartmouth North Community Food Centre, a welcoming space where people can come together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food.
O’Regan’s Automotive Group today announced $5,000 a year in support of the Community Food Centre’s wide range of programs, which include access to healthy food, food skills programs for adults, children and youth, and education and engagement opportunities for the entire community.
“The O’Regans are well known for their support of open, inclusive programs and spaces where people can gather in community,” said Gwen Romanes, Board Chair of the Dartmouth Family Centre, which operates the Community Food Centre. “We’re honoured to have their support and involvement in this important new space.”
“O’Regan’s support during our Good Food Matters Matching campaign means this year’s $5,000 donation will be matched by our anonymous donor, turning it into a $10,000 gift!” said Roxanne Manning, Executive Director of the Dartmouth Family Centre
A gift of this size will allow the food centre to offer three months of programs like Community Kitchen and Young Cooks, which provide opportunities for adults and school-aged kids to prepare and enjoy nutritious, delicious meals together.
The gift will also support the centre’s annual Gardening Party, which invites the community to participate in the cultivation of a 20,000 square-foot Community Farm. O’Regan’s will sponsor the event for the next two years and participate in preparing the farm for its growing season.
“The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre has quickly become a hub of community activity and support,” said Patrick O’Regan. “It is a warm and inviting place where neighbours meet, share healthy food, build new skills and help one another. We are proud to work alongside the centre in these early days of its evolution.”
O’Regan’s owns and operates 21 new vehicle franchises in Nova Scotia. They also operate five used car centres, O’Regan’s National Leasing, a collision centre, three auto detailing centres, a NAPA AutoPro and a car rental company.
O’Regan’s is a Platinum Member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies; a 2016 winner of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures; and a seven time winner of the Consumer Choice Award for New and Pre-owned Car Dealer for Halifax.
O’Regan’s contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to local, regional, and national organizations in healthcare, education, sports, the arts, environment, and community based initiatives. O’Regan’s was named Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist in 2013 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Nova Scotia for their $1 million contribution to the Halifax Central Library.