In 1998, one of my first initiatives after being elected was to form the Charleswood Seniors Advisory Committee to plan events and activities to celebrate IYOP (International Year of Older Persons).
Following the launch of IYOP In October 1998, this advisory committee of 11 seniors was formed and eventually grew to include 20 members. The group met monthly and decided to publish a newsletter as a way of letting seniors know what was currently going on in Charleswood, including resources available for seniors.
They also participated in Charleswood in Motion Days and held an extremely successful barbecue for seniors and their families, with more than 300 people in attendance. With the generosity of the Pembina Trails School Division, facilities at Royal School were obtained for a drop-in centre. In January of 2000, the group officially formed its own entity and today has over 400 members.
I am so honoured to have brought this group together in the beginning. This is one of the most gratifying things that I have done as MLA for Charleswood, and while I give most of the credit to the energetic and visionary seniors who carried on, consider this one of my greatest legacies.
Charleswood is home to many seniors — active, involved, and dynamic citizens who thrive on activities that provide socialization and education. The Charleswood Seniors Centre reaches out to many seniors who otherwise may be isolated, and their existence contributes to the health and well-being of many seniors. They fill a very significant need in Charleswood with an ever growing senior population.
This group of dedicated seniors has been energetic and motivated with an amazing sense of community. They have inspired me so much — their enthusiasm, energy, commitment, and dedication. From the very beginning, they exhibited this dedication, and as their numbers grew, so did their vision. As well as exhibiting tremendous enthusiasm, passion, and energy for planning events for seniors, the Charleswood Seniors Centre has shown a commitment to making our community a better place for seniors to live.
If you are 55+ and looking to enrich your life while forming new friendships, drop by for a visit or give them a call at 204-897-5263 and explore the options.
You can also visit their website at www.charleswoodseniorcentre.org