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Archwood 55 Plus Inc. is all about seniors helping seniors.
That’s according to Linda Fourneaux, the current president of the non-profit organization, which is headquartered at Archwood Community Centre, located at 565 Guilbault St.
The group organizes numerous social activities and events for individuals aged 55 and over in the city, such as lunches, teas, art and fitness classes, and excursions, to name a few.
And Fourneaux is hoping community members will make a date in their diaries for two of the organization’s upcoming fundraisers.
First, the Elvis Concert will be held on Fri., May 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and will feature Elvis impersonator Corny Rempel. The event will include a 50/50 draw, and doors prizes. Coffee, tea, and dainties will be served after the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.
Second, the Applebee’s Fundraiser Breakfast will take place on Sat., June 25 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the restaurant at 1598 Regent Ave. W. For $10 per person, guests will receive three pancakes, three strips of bacon, and a drink of choice (coffee, tea, or juice) with free refills. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event.
"As well, we’re hoping to reach out to people who aren’t just into exercise, but also individuals who are less physically active," said Fourneaux, who lives in St. Boniface, noting the group hopes to begin some new card game-focused programs in the fall.
Fourneaux said the group has secured funding for some card tables and hopes to be able to put on games including bingo, cribbage, and whist for its members.
At the heart of the organization’s mantra is the quest to encourage graceful aging and empower older adults to lead healthy and active lives, while maintaining the goal of socializing with their peers.
"Socialization is so important because as people get older socialization keeps people healthy," Fourneaux said.
"People need to be socially active, as well as mentally and physically active. A lot of mental health issues relating to seniors might come from the loss of a partner, or when a new Canadian becomes disconnected and isolated from their social network."
"Sometimes you go to a club that is run by a small clique of people, but we want everyone to feel included," she added.
The current membership of Archwood 55 Plus Inc. is 243, and generally fluctuates between the 240 and 250 mark. Fourneaux said organizers are more than happy to welcome more members from across the city.
Organizers are also always looking for volunteers. The group garnered around 4,500 volunteer hours from its members last year.
Go online at archwood55plusinc.weebly.com for more information.