Mission council is committed to expanding the current activity centre to provide more room for seniors and other users

Mission council is committed to expanding the current activity centre to provide more room for seniors and other users

Council commits to expanding Mission seniors’ centre

Bob Ingram pleased with commitment, but still steps down as president of the Mission Seniors’ Centre Association.

Bob Ingram has the commitment he was looking for from council.

After working on creating a new seniors’ activity centre for the past 10 years, Ingram let his frustration over a lack of progress known, blasting council two weeks ago after they announced the need for an architectural inspection on the current centre to see if it was viable to expand it.

Ingram told council he wanted a commitment to seniors in Mission that a centre will be created, not another study.

On Monday, council gave him that commitment.

During the evening council meeting a resolution was released stating “Council is committed to the redevelopment of the Mission Activity Centre to a multi-generational senior’s centre, subject to a favourable inspection and evaluation by a qualified professional consultant.”

Ingram said council, and several members of the seniors’ centre association, met on June 27 and the official commitment is the result of that meeting.

BOB INGRAM

“The seniors’ centre group is really happy that they now have a commitment from council. It’s not in Never Never Land anymore,” said Ingram.

While happy to see the project moving forward, Ingram said he has stepped down as president of the Mission Seniors’ Centre Association. Current vice-president Doug Pearson will take over the top spot.

“I have not left, I’m not going away but I’m not going to be the public face of this anymore,” explained Ingram.

He said he is still heavily involved in the project and the group but felt a need to step back and help the process come to a favourable solution.

“I’m moving from the foreground to the background, he said.

Ingram, who sits on various committees and boards, has wanted to relinquish some of his duties for some time now, saying he has felt over committed. While quitting is not in his vocabulary, Ingram said it’s time to set some priorities.

“I want to see the centre come to a resolution.”

And he may even take his wife on a holiday.