Autism Gardening Center to receive $120,000 from NL Building Trades

Newfoundland Labrador Building Trades Council

October 16, 2017


Autism Gardening Center to receive $120,000 from NL Building Trades

The Newfoundland and Labrador Building Trades Council (NLBCTC), will contribute $120,000 to support Autism Society, Newfoundland Labrador’s new social enterprise, Good Roots Gardening. More than half the donation will help fund a 365 Greenhouse. The enterprise will provide year-round training opportunities and meaningful employment to adults on the spectrum.

Our organization is committed to providing life-long career opportunities to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. With this contribution to ASNL, we are proud to support both job skills training and meaningful employment for individuals on the autism spectrum.” -Darin King, Executive Director of NLBCTC

Good Roots Gardening will act as a training program where individuals on the autism spectrum can gain valuable experience and improve their social skills set and employability. Through planting, tending and harvesting berries, vegetables and flowers onsite at the Centre, and in the community through the Good Roots Mobile Team, adults will reach their full potential.

“Services and supports for adults on the spectrum are very limited. Our focus with this new social enterprise is giving participants a better chance to be more actively engaged in the community. Through on-the-job training, goal-setting and teamwork, these adults are being set up for success in the world of work.”

Scott Crocker, CEO of Autism Society, Newfoundland Labrador

The building construction trades council, representing 16 construction unions and more than 15,000 trades workers throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, has contributed more than $16 million over the past 10 years to support many important initiatives in the province.


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Darin King, Ph.D, Executive Director
NL Building Trades Council. 709-726-4560

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