Six years without a community home base calls for immediate action, let’s not wait another six years!
It is after much soul searching,sadness and regret that we have decided to close the door of the Sooke Seniors Drop in Center until we have a home of our own. A home that is what the name implies A DROP IN CENTER, a center where the doors are open at least five days a week, a Center where we can offer activities such as daily lunches, hot meals on a regular basis, yoga, Tai Chi, exercises, card room, scrabble, computer instruction,pool table, shuffleboard and or table tennis, bingo twice a week … the possibilities are endless.
There is not a week goes by I do not get an inquiry as to what there is to offer Seniors in Sooke; sadly the answer is nothing, unlike every other community in the Province. Even small communities like Lake Cowichan and Chemainus have vibrant Senior Centers.
We have been begging for a center for six years, through three administrations, since we lost our home in 2010. But it seems we are not rated very highly on their agenda.
We have been shuffled from pillar to post: three years at the Firefighters Lounge—and thank them for that, but they needed the space and we had been there far longer than had been anticipated—then to the Community Hall.
Since then we are only open two days a week, and can only offer Bingo with lunch and a monthly hot meal. Not every Seniors is interested in Bingo.
The volunteers can no longer cope at the Hall. Setting up and taking down tables and chairs is beyond them, physically. Working in the kitchen is also physically demanding. None of the supplies are in the kitchen, every pot and pan, item of food, urns, utensils are scattered in cupboards, freezers and fridges around the basement, meaning many trips up and down steps to retrieve for set up, and then repeat at closing. The volunteers are all working through bad hips, knees, back injuries and cannot manage under these conditions, we lost some of our volunteers simply because they could not manage at the Hall.
Parking is also a huge issue, some members have come to Hot Meals only to go back home because there was no place reasonably close to park
Three years ago the Seniors held a rally in front of municipal hall. Councillor Kasper addressed the crowd and promised $50,000 was being put aside for a Seniors Center. He attended the first Hot Meal we served at the Community Hall, where he spoke again and confirmed that promise. That is wonderful, and would certainly be needed to help with the cost of a Seniors Center, but just putting it aside is not moving toward attaining a Center.
At this time when provincial and federal governments are advocating for Seniors, and for keeping Seniors home longer, I would suggest it is a great time for the local municipal government to get on board while this type of grant money could be available.
We have so many Seniors in Sooke who have no family here and no relatives. Senior isolation is a huge social problem. These Seniors need a comfortable place to socialize, to be on the radar for us to look out for them. They need a permanent place to drop in and visit with peers, reminisce, and have something to look forward to and occupy their time.
It is my understanding the Lions are interested in a parcel of land on the Wadams Way property the District has acquired in exchange for property they have in the center of town. They are interested in the Seniors sharing a building with them.
My question to Mayor and Council: Why this is not moving forward? It seems to me a very viable solution for getting a Seniors Center, before another six years pass.
- Getting It Built: Community Centre Project 2014 Report prepared for the District of Sooke
- SPN Reader Jeff Bateman mentioned the 2014 plebiscite vote: “Would you support the District of Sooke working with the community to develop multi-use community centre facilities? YES or NO”
- Result: YES (3,072)
- NO (631)”
- The aging face of homelessness in North American cities
- Push for Senior Centre continues
- Classes for Sooke Seniors (55+) start in September
- SEAPARC expands Senior’s golf discount, Monday through Friday
- Half of single BC seniors living on $25K or less per year
- Care for seniors steadily declining in BC
- Sooke Community Grants: Legion gets $10,000, and Council remains within their $50,000 budget
- LETTER: Build a seniors’ drop in centre before we all drop dead
- Room enhancements underway for Hospice at Ayre Manor
- Sooke Hospice Society received funds toward two new hospice beds at Ayre Manor
- Address senior care now, or face future crisis says BC Care Providers Association
- LETTER: Inadequate temporary Sooke seniors centre closes after barely roughing it for three years
- 40 provincially-funded senior housing units designated to come to Sooke
- Sooke Senior Ping Point Paul (Martin) featured on Go! TV
- Official opening of Harbourside Senior Cohousing, photo gallery
- Sooke’s best kept secret: A senior cohousing community with 31 units sets a Canadian standard
- Sooke’s Harbourside Cohousing is going full steam ahead
- ICYMI: “My Last Big Adventure” … Harbourside, Sooke’s Senior Co-Housing project, hits the national airwaves
- Sooke’s senior co-housing project gets noticed, nationally
From the District
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|Sooke Community Centre Advisory Committee||November 19, 2015||Agenda||Minutes|
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|Sooke Community Centre Advisory Committee||February 18, 2016||Agenda
|Sooke Community Centre Advisory Committee||March 17, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|Sooke Community Centre Advisory Committee||April 21, 2016||Agenda
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|Sooke Community Centre Advisory Committee||October 20, 2016||Agenda|