Se­niors club re­ceives fed­eral fund­ing

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - NEWS - BY CHANTELLE MACISAAC chantelle.macisaac@gulfnews.ca

The Ocean­view Se­niors Club in Co­droy has re­ceived $25,000 to sup­port the up­dat­ing and ren­o­va­tion of its build­ing.

Club pres­i­dent Cal War­ren said he and the mem­bers were elated over the fund­ing, which comes from the Min­is­ter of Fam­i­lies, Chil­dren and So­cial De­vel­op­ment.

The an­nounce­ment came from Long Range Moun­tains MP Gudie Hutch­ings on April 18. It in­cluded a to­tal of $350,000 in fund­ing for 20 se­niors or­ga­ni­za­tions in the district.

War­ren said the money is go­ing to­ward a ren­o­va­tion project for the club’s kitchen area.

“With the crowd size in­creas­ing, the kitchen is be­com­ing less ac­com­mo­dat­ing, es­pe­cially for se­niors,” said War­ren.

The project will in­clude an ex­ten­sion put on to the kitchen area and new ap­pli­ances, which War­ren said would pro­vide bet­ter ef­fi­ciency for its mem­bers.

He said one of the big­gest con­cerns is safety for the peo­ple that use it.

The club is used reg­u­larly with 110 mem­bers. Some of those mem­bers are honorary and not ac­tive, and not all at­tend monthly meet­ings at one time, but there is a large mem­ber­ship.

“We hope to be able to add dif­fer­ent pro­grams and ses­sions based on the in­ter­ests of the mem­bers,” said War­ren. “Keep­ing up with main­te­nance on the build­ing will en­sure a sus­tain­able place for se­niors in our area to go.”

Cur­rently, mem­bers meet weekly for card games, monthly for meet­ings, bingo and cards and reg­u­larly host dif­fer­ent so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mem­bers give back to the com­mu­nity through dif­fer­ent fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing do­nat­ing to the Janeway and to the lo­cal hospi­tal.

The build­ing is also used as a re­source to host func­tions out­side of the club, such as an­niver­sary par­ties and, more re­cently, as a polling sta­tion for an elec­tion.

CHANTELLE MACISAAC PHOTO

The Ocean­view Se­niors Club in Co­droy re­ceived $25,000 fund­ing from the fed­eral govern­ment.

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