I read with interest Kristen Douglas’ article titled “Mixed use development eyed for city waterfront.”
I was more than a little disappointed that I saw no mention made of the possibility of a seniors’ centre at this location, as I knew it had been discussed. Your readers are undoubtedly aware that there has been much discussion about finding an appropriate location for a seniors centre in Campbell River. Currently, our seniors are housed in the Sportsplex from Monday to Friday for about three hours a day and at the Community Centre on Monday and Wednesday for the same length of time. While we very much appreciate that the city council has allowed us the use of this space rent free, we still do not have a permanent home where we can “hang our hat” as we have to clear out all our materials to prepare the rooms for the next user.
We are simply another entry on the Sportsplex or community Centre’s calendar. Campbell River seniors need their own space where they may gather and socialize, engaging in programs of their own choosing and partaking of nourishing, reasonably priced meals.
I would encourage all senior citizens, if you feel as I do, to make your opinions known to our public officials at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. With our strong voices, we will influence them to act on obtaining a stand alone seniors’ centre that is long overdue for Campbell River. It might even end up being located on the waterfront, with the best view in town.
President, Campbell River Seniors’ Centre Society