As our 2nd semester is well underway, we are thrilled that 476 participants are registered in at least 1 activity this semester! In addition to this, I believe we are at a record 35 activities taking place weekly at 7 different venues throughout Brockville.
This is an incredible success story. In fact, I think a refresher of our history is in order. (This information and more, can be found on our website www.fiftyplusbrockville.ca.)
The Brockville 50+ Activity Centre, (formerly called the Shepherd’s Welcome Centre) moved to its current location, the Wall Street United Church on September 14th, 1998. Yes, going strong in its 22nd year! The mandate, unchanged, is: “To enhance the lives of those 50 years old and over, by providing a friendly and welcoming environment, affordable programs and activities that will keep them mentally and physically active.”
This is made possible by the registration fees paid by members as well as an annual donation to the Brockville 50+ Activity Centre from the Shepherd’s Centre Foundation. The Foundation began through a bequest given by a man named Lawrence Stein. At the time of his death, he requested that his endowment would benefit seniors in this area. As a result, his lawyer saw to it that a board was formed to invest and manage the bequest.
The subsequent Foundation continues to make possible the Brockville 50+ Activity Centre. Thank you, Mr. Stein! Your legacy lives on, and we are very grateful for your insight to the importance of our well being.
Having said that, I look back to my own association with the AC. Having lived in Brockville for only 3½ years, I am truly blessed to have found the 50+ group! This is my 8th semester as a member and I could not be happier. I have met and become friends with so many members and continue to do so.
I have learned so many things, of which I really didn’t even think I could!: Painting in Art Studio (something I always envisioned doing after retirement), Drawing/sketching, Mosaic Art, Badminton, Pickleball, to name a few.
This semester, I am playing Table Tennis with a fun and fabulous group of people. I look forward to every Wednesday morning! Also new this semester, School of Rock. Another great group of people, sharing their musical talents. Singing with the gang last Friday was so much fun!!
Keeping in mind, none of this would be possible without our Leaders, Facilitators, Office Staff, Volunteers and Board of Directors. Thank you SO much for all that you do! 😊