After more than two years of strategizing, planning and building partnerships, the Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) Memorial team officially re-opened Moulder of Dreams, a pottery studio in Port Hope Simpson, Labrador today at 1 p.m., in the Port Hope Simpson Town Hall.
The pottery studio is a source of employment, physical therapy and social enrichment for members of Port Hope Simpson who have myotonic dystrophy, a type of muscular dystrophy that affects the nervous and muscular systems. The studio opened in 2001 but was forced to close in 2005 due to sustainability issues.
ACE Memorial worked with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), provincial and municipal levels of government and the residents of Port Hope Simpson to develop an action plan to re-open the studio and make it sustainable.
Johnathon Earle is the Moulder of Dreams project manager for ACE Memorial. “This project was ambitious, but we know that Moulder of Dreams has high potential to become an economic stronghold for the Town of Port Hope Simpson and positively affect the south coast region of Labrador,” Mr. Earle said. “Reopening the pottery studio is a proud moment for ACE Memorial and the community of Port Hope Simpson.”
“The Moulder of Dreams pottery studio highlights the area’s cultural history and adds to the tourism offerings in this region,” added Loyola Hearn, minister of Fisheries and Oceans and regional minister for Newfoundland and Labrador. “The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is pleased to support this initiative, which is focussed on developing a strong, sustainable community enterprise.”
The studio now employs eight Port Hope Simpson residents, including four living with Myotonic Dystrophy. The studio sells inukshuks, dinner sets and Newfoundland and Labrador related items through their studio, website and retail partners.