Open Sky Co-operative provides home, skills programs, vocational assistance and community connections for adults who require supports to improve their quality of life. We especially welcome adults who face barriers due to social disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, and/or mental health challenges like depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. We are a charitable co-operative social enterprise, made up of many different people and organizations.
Open Sky is located on an 11-acre farm in Middle Sackville, not far from Silver Lake Park and the Trans-Canada Trail, and is within walking distance of downtown Sackville, as well as Mount Allison University. Open Sky has a 5-bedroom house, barn, henhouse, greenhouses and many acres of lawns, gardens and pasture. At Open Sky, adults can live in residence and participate in programs to improve their own well-being, as well as learn and do organic farming and gardening. Day programs and work are also available for adults who do not live onsite. Sometimes, participants simply need a supportive place to be, to regain health and ‘get their lives back’. Others may benefit from intentional skills training that fills gaps in life, social and/or employment skills. Both are welcome and have a place at Open Sky.
The Open Sky vision: At Open Sky, we accept that in our lives, sometimes we are vulnerable and need assistance, and sometimes we are strong and can offer support to others. Residents of Open Sky live as co-creative partners and friends in community, offering and receiving social and vocational support in mutual balance. Each resident has their own goals toward independence, while deriving benefits from living at Open Sky. The principle of “nothing about us without us” guides all decision-making about life at Open Sky. We engage co-operatively in local, sustainable agriculture, with a view to having a positive transformative effect on our community, our land, on business models, on services and on the ideals and expectations of the wider world.
Why a co-operative social enterprise? …because we value and are guided by these principles of co-operatives:
- voluntary and open membership
- democratic member control
- autonomy and independence
- education, training, and information
- cooperation among co-operatives
- concern for community
and because as a co-operative, we will be able to grow new business and employment opportunities with our members.