Mission needs a seniors’ centre

Editor, The Record:

As communities are quickly approaching the crossroads of needed changes, the progress, or lack thereof, will be derived from a lack of shared vision, awareness and leadership. Indeed, the lack of political will and commitment to effect and manage reforms and change will flow from a leader’s vision.

A major failing of progress is the divide and conquer methods many current leaders engage in to stifle new people with vision and ideas, to dissuade them from fostering new or more effective approaches, instead clinging to the status-quo. Often in an effort to preserve power bases at any cost, a denial or failure to admit change is needed. Progress is possible, but it may mean to some they failed, and this is untenable thinking, particularly to autocratic, narcissistic persons, from entitlement eras.

Successive councils have failed to achieve results, and now 30-year amenity plans are still being bandied about with no apparent political will or concrete timelines.

High among the failures is the segment of seniors who are neglected. The elders of society who through taxes and contribution to our community have largely created today’s infrastructures. But leaders just turn their backs upon these fine people, so much so, Mission seniors lack a fully functional, seven-day a week, seniors activity centre, an amenity enjoyed by most every other municipality in B.C.

Mission needs a facility like this.

Seniors have largely themselves to blame at the lack of progress, due to no vision and leadership, as the very people who should be pro-active, remain, like council leadership, profoundly moribund.

A small but symptomatic example of ineffective leadership, a new board director raised the spectrum of the cramped small space being used as an office, and queried why couldn’t the adjoining small office be used. The response from another board member was to dispel any thought of daring to bother council, instead claiming, council have been helpful providing this space and besides, “it is small but functional.”

The challenge is for the community to become aware, to speak out and demand a more inclusive community emerge, one that recognizes the massive contributions seniors have made to our society. It can start with a simple step, designate the small north/east office, with e-mail connection, as a seniors general office.

George Evens


Just Posted

Migrating sockeye in the Fraser River August 7, 2007. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
First Nations, commercial, and recreational harvesters join forces to save Fraser River fish

‘We have to work together to rebuild these stocks while there is still time,’ says delegate

Father’s Day Parade planned for Mission

Classic vehicles from the 1920s to the 1970s will drive through Mission, Hatzic on June 20

Vancouver courthouse. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Man loses bid to appeal conviction for 1999 rape at Abbotsford music festival

James Redden, 53, formerly of Nanaimo, was found guilty in 2019 following six-day trial

Fraser Health monitors long-term care vaccination rates amid local COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19 transmission has largely been on the decline in Agassiz-Harrison

FVRD surveyed public opinion on cannabis production and processing in the electoral areas. Odour and distance from residential areas were the top concerns. (Black Press file)
Cannabis production and processing rules being drafted by Fraser Valley Regional District

Data from public opinion survey will be used to guide cannabis-related land use

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

A worker, at left, tends to a customer at a cosmetics shop amid the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Half of cosmetics sold in Canada, U.S. contain toxic chemicals: study

Researchers found that 56% of foundations and eye products contain high levels of fluorine

White Rock’s Marine Drive has been converted to one-way traffic to allow more patio space for waterfront restaurants. (Peace Arch News)
Province promotes permanent pub patios in B.C. post-pandemic plan

More than 2,000 temporary expansions from COVID-19 rules

Most Read