Another year is coming to an end and what a year it was. We have been challenged by the pandemic and continue to battle it each and every day. It has changed our lives and altered how we do things...probably for many years to come. We could look upon it as "An Annus Horribilis" or try to see the silver lining. Our lives slowed down and we were able to spend more time within our bubbles cultivating deeper relationships and finding creative ways to stay in touch with people we could not invite into our homes. We were finally praising technology. Everyone became familiar with Zoom!
At the 50+ Activity Centre we also had a lot to celebrate. Mike Libbos, with many helping hands, managed to get the Fall Semester up and running. Over 300 participants signed up for activities. It was great to see friends again and join in our favourite activities, albeit in somewhat restrained circumstances. I was especially happy to see how eager everyone was to ensure the safety of not only themselves but their friends as well. Mask wearing became de rigueur. There was much discussion about mask types, pros and cons, styles, etc. We have accepted the new normal. There were also participants who assisted leaders to be sure the protocols were being followed and I would like to take this moment to thank all of them for their support. I'd also like to thank the Christmas elf who decorated Perth Street.
At this time of year there are always so many to thank, starting with the Board for their hard work and support over these last couple of months. I could not have taken this job on without the support of our very active board. Thank you for the generosity of your time and caring consideration in all our endeavours.
I would also like to thank the organizations and the people within them that help us to bring you all these activities. Wall Street United Church has been our home for many years and we are slowly making our way back. The Tai Chi classes will move there in the new year. The Salvation Army is also a home for us. Not only do they do good works for the community but they have given us a place to enjoy many activities and as we settle back into "more normal times" hopefully we can continue to grow that relationship. Thank you to Major Stephen McNeilly for your kind and welcoming ways.
Ross Thomson from Subramanya Yoga Studio and Arlene Laberge at Mint Wellness have each added to the richness of our offerings. Hopefully our membership will be able to support these companies and pay forward their appreciation.
And where would we be without our leaders? To them the greatest thanks of all!
The board and I would like to wish you all a happy holiday. However you celebrate the season, do it safely for a better 2021.