Months of work by the Seniors? Needs Task Force, the Lions Club, and Northern Lights College, along with renovations arranged by the District of Tumbler Ridge have culminated in the official grand opening of the Seniors? Communication and Drop-In Corner. The facility, a great example of cooperation between the Youth Group and the Seniors, and which actually opened for use at the end of May, was officially opened on June 22nd. Approximately 30 people attended, including seniors, town officials, and others who were involved in its development. The response was very positive as was the food. Volunteer seniors have been manning the drop-in, and a number were trained by Northern Lights College in basic computer skills that will allow them to assist seniors (and others with disabilities) to access information on the Internet, develop Resource lists, and other computer activities. A small information library has already been started with more to come. The centre offers an opportunity to drop by for coffee and goodies (donated by Shop-Easy), have a visit, play some cards and/or acquire some needed information and assistance. To date, it has seen a steady increase in visitation and, on the July 1st holiday, hosted 60 seniors for strawberries and ice cream. The centre is currently open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but will increase to five days a week starting in September.
The seniors and the organizers are grateful to the Youth Centre group for agreeing to share their space, and who also celebrated the opening of the newly renovated facility on June 19th with pizza and good fun. Their opening was also well attended, and the youth like the new décor.