Community centre report

Tumbler Ridge is blessed with an abundance of community organizations, and one very active and visible one in the community center is Senior’s Corner. Presently the program is being run upstairs in the community center at the former site of ‘Sheila’s’.

I have had several opportunities to pop into Senior’s Corner and be a witness to some impressive programs. Senior’s Corner is run by volunteers and acts as a resource and information corner, as well as a gathering place for programs and activities for seniors and adults of any age.

The head volunteer and spokesperson for Senior’s Corner, when she isn’t ‘Ms Behaving’, is Donna Mandeville who can be reached for information at 250-242-7153. You can also reach Donna at this same number to register for the Senior Snow Angel program here in Tumbler Ridge. Donna points out that the Snow Angel program is for seniors, but also for people of any age who for physical reasons, are unable to shovel their driveways.

One thing quickly recognizable when you step into the Senior’s Corner here at the community center is the large number of men participating. This is nice to see, especially in light of the very recent report by the Northern Health Chief Medical Officer on the Wellbeing of Men and Boys in Northern BC’, including our community. It kind of left a grim picture of men and boys, whom are generally not  looking after themselves, not participating in the community, too much smoking, too much alcohol etc., and of course, the resulting health effects of that poor lifestyle. The benefits of coming out to the Seniors Corner for the men and women are, social time, relaxation with others, information sharing, meeting old and new friends, finding new golfing partners, and much more.

The Seniors Corner is a place to come for coffee, to borrow a book, borrow a video, play some cards, and get information on health/medical issues, the provincial and federal government, and Tumbler Ridge information, including information on programs available in the community center. There have been bingo games which have been very popular, especially the one during the recent winter carnival. I even ended up with a great golf shirt in that one.

The golf shirt might even ending up being my key to beating Tim Synder in golf this summer, and I need to beat him, as he was in the community center after his southern holiday bragging that he is going to look better than any other guy in a gown, at the Women’s Day fashion show coming up the first weekend in March. There are Friday crib tournaments. Wednesdays are lotto day. The money raised supports the Corner and you might even win ten or twenty bucks. Plus they are looking at having a movie night. On St. Patrick’s Day March 17, Donna tells me that Brian Bray is coming in to lead in some Irish songs, which will be a great time.

If you have any comments or suggestions for any events or programs of the community center including Seniors Corner, or the Tumbler Ridge Golf and Country Club please pass them to us the community centre. I also urge everybody to contact our office or program staff at the community centre to allow them to help you meet your recreation and fitness needs. The community center brochure for the March and April programs will be sent along with the Tumbler Ridge News soon. If you don’t receive your copy, or need an extra copy, pick it up at the community centre.