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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Vermilion Senior Centre Flooring Replacement Project


New flooring going down in the Vermilion Senior Centre. Photo submitted

The Vermilion Senior Centre is making significant strides in its efforts to upgrade its facilities, particularly with the replacement of its flooring. Thanks to generous contributions from various entities and individuals, the Centre is slowly inching closer to its $50,000 fundraising goal, as indicated by the rising levels on the Goal Board Thermometer.

As of January 16, the fundraising total stood at $21,592.90. Since then, the community’s support has moved the figure to $26,891.90. Notable contributors include the Vermilion Lions Club, Irene Fleming, Hugh Fleming, Leo, and Gloria deJong, alongside private donors who prefer to remain undisclosed.

Expressing gratitude for the outpouring of support, members of the Senior Centre extend their heartfelt thanks to all those who have contributed thus far. The funds collected have already facilitated substantial progress, with the flooring in the north hall nearing completion. Additionally, renovations have encompassed the refinishing of tiles in both the north and south halls, as well as in the kitchen. However, with the project still underway, continued fundraising efforts and donations remain imperative to achieve the envisioned improvements.

In a poignant moment, during the Centre’s Annual General Meeting held on March 12, attendees observed a minute of silence to honour the late president, Sterling MacCallum, who passed away prior to the gathering. Furthermore, the meeting provided an opportunity to pay tribute to all members who had passed away in the preceding year. Despite the somber reflection, the AGM witnessed a commendable turnout of both longstanding and newly affiliated members. The Centre’s administration expressed delight in observing the enthusiasm displayed by individuals assuming executive positions, engaging in various events, and actively advocating for the Centre’s initiatives.

In a bid to engage the broader community, the Senior Centre emphasizes its recurring Bingo sessions, featuring a growing jackpot, scheduled for the first and third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. For those interested in exploring other forthcoming events, the Centre invites inquiries either in person or by contacting Dianne at 780-853-4292 or 780-853-7280.

Looking ahead, an open house is slated for Monday, April 8, commencing at 10:30 a.m., welcoming both members and non-members alike. Attendees can anticipate partaking in celebratory festivities, including indulging in birthday cake, ice cream, and coffee, and fostering social connections. The event serves as an opportune moment for visitors to witness firsthand the progress made on the flooring project while acquainting themselves with the range of services and activities the Centre offers to the community.

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