About 70 people gathered at the Mission Seniors Centre on Thursday, June 9 to celebrate its first anniversary.
The building was filled with lively chatter as friends visited with one another, waiting for the official ceremonies to begin.
Joyce and Nettie, who didn’t provide their last names, are at the centre several times a week for activities, such as cards.
“I try to come to as many things as I can,” said Joyce. “We’re fortunate to have this.”
“It’s nice to see everyone here,” Nettie added, noting her social life has improved since the centre opened.
There has been a lot of activity here over the past year and the lounge now feels like a home, said Frank Sleigh, president of the Mission Seniors Centre Association (MSCA), which organizes events at the centre.
“Expansion is coming,” Sleigh warned.
MSCA, formed in 2006, is an active and stable organization endorsed known for its ambition and endorsed by elected officials, said Sleigh.
“Yes, we have some colourful members, impatient for quick results, but … our efforts will bear fruit sooner than you think.”
There was entertainment and a couple of presentations at the luncheon, including one from the Mission and District Lions Club and Benevolent Society, which folded last year, the Mission branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and the district’s fire department.
George Miller, representing the Lions, handed Sleigh a cheque for more than $8,400, the funds leftover from the club. The money will go toward establishing a new seniors centre building.
Legion president Tom Armstrong and Fire Chief Ian Fitzpatrick raised enough money through their organizations to donate a defibrillator to the centre.
“Everybody is working towards a larger seniors centre, but what you have done here is splendid,” noted Coun. Heather Stewart, who attended the event on behalf of the district.
The Mission Seniors Centre is located 33100 10 Ave. To learn more about activities available, call 604-814-2188.