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CIBC donates $5,000 to transition house in Carbonear

Representatives of CIBC presenting the cheque to the O'Shaughnessy House.
Representatives of CIBC presenting the cheque to the O'Shaughnessy House.

CARBONEAR — A bank that recently offered to donate a property with a grim past to the Town of Carbonear made another goodwill gesture Thursday.

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce presented a cheque for $5,000 to the O’Shaughnessy House in Carbonear.

The O’Shaughnessy House is a transition house for women and children escaping violence. The building was originally a convent, and was donated by the Presentation Sisters in September of 2010.

The donation from CIBC was first announced in February, when they first mentioned a commitment to pass along the property on 12 Hayden Heights over to the town. That now empty plot of land was the scene of the alleged murder of five-year-old Quinn Butt.

Jennifer Russell, shelter supervisor for the O’Shaughnessy House as well as the Iris Kirby House in St. John’s, said that the donation is very much appreciated by everyone at the O’Shaughnessy House.

“Right now we’re looking at what sort of programs or other such things we can use this money for,” said Russell. “But it’ll all be used here at this location, that’s for sure.”

The O’Shaughnessy House has been open for about seven years, and can hold up to 15 people at a time. After receiving the donation, Russell took the representatives of CIBC around the building to show the playrooms, kitchen, and various other rooms that people are free to take advantage of if need be.

“Buildings like this are needed all over,” explained Russell after the tour. “It can get a little hectic at times, but it’s all worth it at the end of the day, and we’re more than grateful for any assistance like this.”

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