About

Tignish Initiatives is a non-profit community economic development corporation with a volunteer board made up of nine 
individuals from Tignish and surrounding areas including one representative from Tignish Community Council. We are a very diversified group of people with backgrounds from Fishing, Farming, Education, Recreation, Financial and Construction Industry. We have lots of animated discussion and differences of opinion but the one thing we all have in common is the pride we have in our community and the will to see it be as prosperous and beautiful as it can be.

Our Mandate:

· To pursue development initiatives for the Tignish area.
· To own, construct, manage, improve and maintain properties and incidental facilities for development purposes.
· To purchase, lease, or otherwise acquire land and buildings to construct thereon development projects suitable for the long term development future of Tignish.

Our Board Members:

Russell Gallant – Chair

Dryden Buote – Vice Chair

Marie Doyle – Secretary/Treasurer

Sharon Handrahan – Director

Lynn Dorgan – Director

Colin Arsenault – Director

Leo Gaudet – Director

Lloyd Gavin – Community Council Rep

Tignish Initiatives was incorporated in 1993 as a community development arm of the Tignish Village Council as a result of a need to stimulate growth and foster development in our community.  We initially had 3 main projects:

  1. The restoration of the Dalton Annex
  2. The restoration of the old convent into the Tignish Heritage Inn
  3. The formation of a new craft business – Holiday Island Production.

The corporation has had a full time General Manager since 1993 and a full time Admin Assistant since 2002, in 2017 37 employees on term and seasonal positions.

properties and businesses that we own & operate:

Tignish Heritage Inn & Gardens – 17 room heritage inn and gardens in  the heart of the community – a community treasure!
Dalton Annex Complex – Commercial Lease Space and Offices of Tignish Initiaitves – Current tenants, Holland College, IWMC, Egmont MP Gail Shea’s Constitiuancy Office, DFO Catch Certification, Transportation Infrastructure Renewal Finance Offices and Karla Kelly Law Office
Tignish Cultural Centre – Community Library & Interpretive Centre, Welcome Centre, Tignish Internet Access Site, Tignish Treasures Gift Shop & Holiday Island Production
Holiday Island Production – Giftware manufacturing company featuring handmade fine collectables and the SeaSplash Bath & Body Products made with PEI Irish Moss
Tignish Treasures Gift Shop – Featuring Holiday Island Production’s line of products and local artisans 
Tignish Internet Access site –  Evolved in 2011 when CAP funding dried up and Tignish Initiatives continued the services
Dalton Seniors Apartment Building – 6 Unit CMHC subsidized senior’s apartment building 
North Cape Complex – Houses the Wind Energy Interpretive Centre, North Cape Gift Shop and the Wind & Reef Restaurant
Wind Energy Interpretive Centre – The only center in Canada dedicated to wind energy and the technology to harness it
North Cape Gift Shop – A busy gift shop with a great selection of souvenirs
Wind & Reef Restaurant – Leased to private operator
Black Marsh Nature Trail – Located in North Cape and operated under a license agreement with the Province of PEI

Tignish Post Office Building – Located at 289 Church St with Canada Post on the lower level

Stompin’ Tom Centre  – Located in Skinners Pond Gift Shop and Exhibits open daily June 1 to Sept 30th annually with evening events continuing pre and post those dates.

Stompin’ Tom Festival  – Located in Skinners Pond opened July 1st weekend each year

Tignish District Heat  – Central woodchip boiler heats 10 commercial buildings in the community fully operational Jan 2018!  

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