Comings and Goings On – Seniors Council looks at local programs

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan's monthly column of community news and events in Spences Bridge.

Seniors study gets funding

The river is up and the swallows are back – it must be spring!

Firstly, great news; the Community Club has been successful in its New Horizon Seniors grant application! A committee will be formed to discuss moving forward to implement this program for our Elders.

The ultimate goal of this program is to unify elders from all backgrounds in the community through mentoring and sharing their knowledge in cultural activities and history of the land. This project will offer a monthly series of socially integrative activities, led by seniors, for the purpose of bringing diverse community groups together to mentor / share.

An Elders advisory Council will be formed and these vision council meetings will set the stage for monthly pot-luck gatherings at which one or more Elders will address the community at large on specific topics. When deemed appropriate, videography will be employed to record presentations by these Elders. These recordings will be made available to a much wider audience via the internet and the production of DVDs, and then archived for the future. And that’s just the beginning!

If you are interested in becoming involved in the initial committee or the advisory council, please contact me.

Renovations moving along

The renovations at Cleme’s Hall are coming along nicely – we have some fabulous new doors! The new bat houses have also arrived (we kicked them out of the attic, so they need a new home). I will continue to update as the various stages of the project are completed.

Community leadership

Two members of our Community Club had the opportunity to take part in a leadership training workshop hosted by the United Way. They found the day very informative, and have shared their learning with the group. Thank you so much to the United Way for including us in the workshop!

Spring cleaning

April 20 is the date set for our annual spring town clean up. Please join us as we work on cleaning up the cemetery and our streets. Bring gloves, rakes, and clippers and meet at the cemetery at 10 am. We will gather for a meal afterwards; please watch for posters closer to the date.

Easter activities

Easter weekend is fast approaching and the Community Club is busy planning its annual Easter egg hunt and community picnic. Come to the old school grounds Easter Sunday at 11am to see what the Easter Bunny has left, join in fun and games and enjoy a wiener roast! If you would like to help out in any way please contact me.

Weekly cards and crafts

Wednesday lunch, cards and crafts continue – please contact Carol if you would like to provide the soup one Wednesday.

Next Meeting

Next meeting; April 10 at 7 pm. Please join us – everyone welcome!

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan