Delegation (aka presentation) to the District of Sooke: Carol Pinalsky, president of Sooke Senior Drop In Centre. She was requesting for approval in principle for a 4000-5000 sq foot centre on Lot A, so they can proceed to request various grants and begin fundraising.
As referenced in her presentation below, three of the original founding members who initiated the quest for a Sooke Seniors’ Centre have since died.
Sooke Seniors have been without a centre since 2010. The push by Sooke seniors has been ongoing, yet nothing has moved them closer to establishing a centre for the past seven (almost eight) years. As Pinalsky wrote in an earlier letter, Build a seniors’ drop in centre before we all drop dead.
After she concluded her delegation, Council thanked Pinalsky for her presentation.
My name is Carol Pinalski, I am President of the Sooke Seniors Drop in Center. I am representing a coalition of Seniors organizations including Sooke Seniors Drop in Center, Sooke Age Friendly Committee and Sooke Region Community Health Network. We are here to request Approval in Principal for 4000 to 5000 sq. ft. Activity Center on Lot A Wadams Way.
The District sponsored a plebiscite for the November 2014 Election which resulted in a yes vote 3072 to 631 in favor of DOS working with the community to develop multi-use community center facilities. A copy of which is attached (below).
We simply ask for approval in principal for the land with the same concessions as the Library so we can proceed to request grant money, donations and fund raise.
There is $200,000 in funding from the District put aside for a Senior/Youth facilities and we also have $55,000 raised by Sooke Seniors through donations and grants. With the land and $255,000 that is a good foundation to begin obtaining funding. We can then approach Premier John Horgan, Randall Garrison MP and Mike HicksCRD re: gas Tax Funds.
The Drop in center Executive spent six short hours on a Saturday at Village foods with a survey that simply said “I/WE Support a 55 plus Activity Center for Sooke.”
We gathered 239 signatures [SPN: See below] and I am confident we could have doubled that figure if we had repeated a second day. We then sent a questionnaire to all the respondents asking for input on what they would like to have offered in the Center. This has given us a comprehensive idea of not only activities, but willingness to volunteer. And what they would be will to pay for membership. We have attached the results. It is our hope that we will have the opportunity to integrate appropriate Seniors and Youth activities such as Ping Pong games, Chess, Checkers, Darts, Table tennis and Pool.
The building could be used seven days a week, Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm for the Seniors, evenings and weekends for senior and youth activities and also to use as a venue for celebrations and meeting space. Venues that are affordable with easy access and adequate parking are in very short supply in Sooke, and there is a demand. Membership fees, food services and Bingo all provide revenue, and also from rental for meetings and Celebrations. We anticipate this Activity Center will enhance other senior programs, such as Better at Home and the Adult Day Care Center also to avoid social isolation among Sooke Seniors.
We attach a list of our assets, appliances, cabinets,tables and chairs and kitchen supplies.
We attach a letter from one of the founding members of the Princeton Senior Centre, I had made inquiries as to how other Centres got their beginning. Their story is the same or similar to the replies I had from Aggassi, Lake Cowichan, Ladysmith, Granges, and Cordova Bay. Also a copy of our Visioning document that was prepared in 2013. Three of the executive listed on the document sadly have passed away having not seen a centre come to fruition.
We can imagine a Health Center, the Library and the Activity Center that would all support each other and provide many more opportunities in the future. So I reiterate, we are not asking the District to pay for this entire building just lease us the land and let us get the building built.
- 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
Also from the November 14, 2017 Council meeting
- Development along Church Hill Drive rezoned to Small Lot Residential
- Push for Senior Centre continues
- New child care facility receives go-ahead nod from Sooke and BC Highways
- Letter: Bad planning leaves public out in the cold … in more ways than one
- Four community service agreements continue for another five years
- Rezoning application for Arranwood Drive fails