Jan Askew

Dishwasher delivered to seniors

Doing the dishes at the Campbell River Senior’s Centre is a lot easier for the volunteers on lunch duty these days.

Doing the dishes at the Campbell River Senior’s Centre is a lot easier for the volunteers on lunch duty these days.

Thanks in part to the Campbell River Rotary Club, which donated $2,500, the Senior’s Centre has a brand-new commercial dishwasher with a rack that can hold roughly 18 dishes.

“We’re really happy the Rotary Club committed to help with the dishwasher,” says Andy Adams, member of the noon hour Rotary Club. “It makes it faster to clean the dishes and it cleans them more hygienically and properly.”

Each load only takes about one minute and the volunteers say it has made the after lunch cleanup so much easier. They no longer have to worry about bleaching all of the dishes to ensure they have been properly sanitized. The dishwasher is also ergonomically friendly. It sits at counter height so the seniors do not have to bend over to load the dishes.

“We wanted it to be as user-friendly as possible,” says Adams.

Which is important, as more seniors are joining up, and using more dishes.

Les Lengyel, president of the Seniors Centre at Campbell River Common, says membership stands at 430 members as of the end of April. After moving into the mall last July, membership grew by an average of twenty new members per week.

For $15, members can come to the centre and play cards, pool, shuffleboard, darts or read a book from the on-site library.

“It’s a place for seniors to come and hang out and meet other seniors,” says Lengyel. “There’s a lot of new seniors in the area and it’s a good place for them to come.”

On Fridays seniors can come have lunch and listen to guest speakers offer tips for dealing with issues some seniors face on a daily basis.

For more information on the Seniors Centre call (250) 914-4401.