The Tumbler Ridge Forever Young Society is pleased to invite everyone to the opening of the Seniors’ Corner at the Willow Hall at 419 Willow Drive. The open house will be on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Refreshments, snacks, light lunch will be served. Doug Beale from Public Works will join us and discuss the many duties of Public Works and there will be a question and answer period.
The Seniors’ Corner is now open Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. except on Wednesday when it is open 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The seniors/information coordinator is Carey Garner who is there to answer questions, assisting in using the computer, in printing documents, in filling out forms, in helping persons who have to travel for medical reasons and in responding to seniors’ needs.
The phone number is 250-242-4422 and will be hooked up on December 5. In the meantime you can call Ellen at 250-242-5283 for more information. Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. PRIS (Peace Region Internet Society) has provided the Forever Young with free internet at the Community Centre for the past two years and will be providing it at the Willow Hall. It will be hooked up as soon as possible. Our thanks to PRIS. You are welcome to use the computers at the Seniors’ Corner or bring your own laptop and use it there.
The Forever Young Society has five directors. Ellen Sager is President/treasurer, Carol Poff is Vice-President, Melody Kingwell is secretary, Carey Garner and Nellie Meredith are directors. We have over 60 members and will be accepting memberships at the Open House and will be for 2014 to 2015 (our year end is March 31). The membership fee is $5.00 and anyone can be a member.
Among our many activities are playing cards, paper crafts (making cards), genealogy, computer club, lunches, speakers, workshops. Our computer club meets every Monday at 12:30 p.m. and you can learn the basics or learn more advanced computing. We will have sessions on photos, facebook, Skype, etc. in the future. We intend to have workshops on cancer and diabetes and have had speakers on Services Canada (OAS and CPP), Alzheimer’s.
We are thankful for a grant-in-aid from the District that funds many of our activities and the seniors/information coordinator. Also, there are many other thank you’s. PRIS provides free internet. Teck is donating money for two laptop computers and these will allow us to provide more persons with the opportunity to learn and use computers. We thank WIP (Work in Progress) program and the high school for making lunches for the seniors. This has been so successful. Chairman Yan of HD Mining, Mr. Blair Lekstrom and Robert Standerwick, Advisors attended our November lunch and the Chairman announced a $500 donation to the students. The KC Dollar Store provides us with a percentage of our purchases. The Tumbler Ridge News has provided us with song books for Christmas. We thank everyone who has supported us and especially all the volunteers we have.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, December 5 at the Willow Hall.