Seniors centre has room for more members

Much of seniors' physical decline is caused by inactivity and subsequent boredom.

The Lake Country Senior’s Activity Centre is a non-profit society with the mandate to provide and enrich the quality of life for seniors in the community.

No one wants to be considered old. Much of the physical decline is caused by inactivity and subsequent boredom to which the elderly have traditionally been consigned.

Remaining active rather than slowing down and taking it easy could prolong mental and physical health. If you are having a difficult time with situations in your life, please feel free to contact us at the society and we will try to help where we can.

At this particular time we have several activities being held at the centre and there is probably something for everybody. Some of the groups are sewing, crib, bridge, painting, tai-chi, wood shop, bus society, hospital auxiliary and Tuesday lunch.

The centre started in 1979 and since that time there have been many go through the doors, some using the centre for meetings, activities, memorial teas, weddings or just about anything you can think of.

We have just lowered our user age to 50. We are in desperate need of some younger members to assist those who are getting older.

Considering the fact that we are a non-profit organization we are self-sufficient and are responsible for the running of the building. The money we collect goes towards basic upkeep of equipment and kitchen requirements, audio system, tables and chairs.

Each group collects a small user fee which provides them with the funds to run their activity and pay the centre 50 cents per person per visit.

Our membership fee is $5.50 per person per year January to December.  The $5.50 is paid to the District of Lake Country for maintenance on the building so, as you can see, not much comes to the society. At present there are approximately 325 members and room for many more.

The centre is always looking to sponsor other activity groups, so if you or someone you know would like to start an activity let us know and we will try to get it started.

Beginning in February, we are looking to have two drop-in sessions, on Wednesday and Friday, where members can come for coffee, tea and a sweet and visit with friends for a small fee.

Also, we would like to have a Sit to get Fit program. This would just enable everyone to be able to do something a bit physical.

The other program we are starting is bingo on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 1:30 in the afternoon. If there are enough people there could even be a bus available to get you there and home.

The centre is a very nice facility. Downstairs, there is a library with several books and a nice seating area if you would like some solitude. You can borrow the books or donate others. This room can also be used as a meeting room. There is a pool table, a shuffle board and a ping pong table. There is also a large room for other appropriate games or meetings.

Upstairs we have a large hall with seating for 150 people which can be used for many functions. There is a well equipped kitchen ready for use.

We are always in need of more volunteers so if you have some extra time on your hands and want to put them to good use give us a call.

Seniors, this is your centre and it is important that we look after its use or it will be gone someday when others coming up in age would have liked to have been able to use it.

This is a great place to meet others for sharing and caring.

The Lake Country Seniors Centre is located at 9832 Bottom Wood Lake Rd. in Winfield.

Please call Dorothy at 250-766-4568 or Bobby at 250-766-766-0869 for more information and to get involved.