Bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether for expo

50+ Expo planned for Whit­ney Pier

Cape Breton Post - - 50+ Expo - SHERRY MULLEY MACDON­ALD

As a so­ci­ety ded­i­cated en­tirely to plan­ning events within the com­mu­nity, it is no sur­prise that the Friends of Neville Park are at the helm of what has be­come one of Whit­ney Pier’s most pop­u­lar spring events.

This year marks the third year for the 50+ Expo and while it is be­ing ad­ver­tised as an event for peo­ple 50 years and older, or­ga­niz­ers feel that there will be a cross sec­tion of in­for­ma­tion that may ap­peal to peo­ple of all ages.

The Expo is sched­uled to take place this Satur­day, May 6th, at the Whit­ney Pier Le­gion. It will fea­ture in­for­ma­tion on an ar­ray of top­ics that in­clude ev­ery­thing from how to ac­cess home care, to plan­ning an estate. There will be ex­hibits and dis­plays by lo­cal real­tors, lawyers and govern­ment agen­cies deal­ing specif­i­cally with is­sues of con­cern to those 50 years of age and older.

As president of the Friends of Neville Park So­ci­ety, Alan Nathanson said or­ga­niz­ing the Expo has been pos­i­tive for the com­mu­nity. He said bring­ing to­gether so many ex­perts in so many dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines gives peo­ple at­tend­ing the Expo the op­por­tu­nity to learn as much as they can about is­sues of con­cern to them. “There are thir­tythree ex­hibitors plan­ning to be in at­ten­dance this Satur­day and they all have some­thing in­ter­est­ing to share. The Expo is a great way to get im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion out to a lot of peo­ple.”

Si­mon Gil­lis is a mem­ber of the Whit­ney Pier His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and will be on hand for this year’s event. He has par­tic­i­pated in the event in the past and said the at­mos­phere that is cre­ated at the Expo is one that en­cour­ages peo­ple to re­lax and min­gle. “Last year it was so nice to see so many peo­ple take their time as they took in all of the in­for­ma­tion that was there for them. The peo­ple seemed to be en­joy­ing it so much, there is a lot for them to ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Not all of the in­for­ma­tion be­ing shared will be of in­ter­est to every­one at­tend­ing, how­ever, those plan­ning to at­tend are en­cour­aged to take in ev­ery­thing that is of­fered in the event that they may need spe­cific in­for­ma­tion on pro­grams and ser­vices in the fu­ture. “There will be a lot of booths with some really great in­for­ma­tion and just be­cause you think you don’t need in­for­ma­tion on a cer­tain sub­ject right now, you may need it some­time down the line,” Gil­lis ex­plained.

In an at­tempt to keep things fresh and new, Nathanson said they try to change things up each year. “So of­ten you at­tend func­tions in the com­mu­nity and you see the same things time after time. We don’t want peo­ple to ex­pect things to be the same year after year at the 50+ Expo. We will be of­fer­ing new ex­hibits this year and plan to do that for ev­ery Expo. It is im­por­tant to keep things fresh so we can keep peo­ple in­ter­ested and get them to re­turn next year.”

Ac­cord­ing to Nathanson, those who have at­tended the event in the past had won­der­ful things to say about it. “We are al­ways en­cour­aged by com­ments made by the peo­ple who drop by any of the events we plan not just the 50+ Expo. We love get­ting feed­back from the com­mu­nity be­cause it lets us know peo­ple like what we are of­fer­ing.”

“The Expo is be­ing held in Whit­ney Pier but we are invit­ing peo­ple from all over the CBRM to take part. We are ex­pect­ing a great turnout and things to get pretty busy,” noted Nathanson.

As for Gil­lis, he said he is look­ing for­ward to the event, “I would tell any­one who would like to get in­for­ma­tion on a lot of dif­fer­ent things to come to the Expo. It is a great way to spend time in the com­mu­nity and maybe see some peo­ple who you didn’t see in a while.”

In ad­di­tion to ac­cess­ing in­for­ma­tion from ex­hibitors, those in at­ten­dance will be pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy light re­fresh­ments and the chance to win an amaz­ing door prize.

The 50+ Expo will get un­der­way at 9:00am May 6th, and will con­tinue un­til 1:00pm. Ad­mis­sion is free. Spe­cial thanks is ex­tended to the gen­er­ous spon­sors whose sup­port makes it pos­si­ble for the an­nual 50+ Expo to con­tinue.

SUBMITTE D PHOTO

Mem­bers of the Whit­ney Pier His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety are look­ing for­ward to an in­ter­ac­tive and in­for­ma­tion Expo planned for this week­end. Pic­tured L-R are Si­mon Gil­lis, Mary Costi­gan and Ge­orge Dunn, Pres.

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