Fernie Seniors’ Centre to get upgrades

Fernie seniors, along with other residents and community groups, will be able to enjoy an upgraded seniors drop-in centre.

  • Jun. 17, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Fernie seniors gather at the drop-in centre

Fernie seniors gather at the drop-in centre

Fernie seniors, along with other residents and community groups, will be able to enjoy an upgraded seniors drop-in centre thanks in part to $25,000 from CBT.

“This renovation will help increase safety for seniors and working conditions for volunteers,” said Jim Booth, President, Senior Citizens Club of Fernie and District. “It will also make the centre more appealing for outside groups who wish to access the facilities, sustaining the rental income that’s so vital to supporting new and existing seniors programs.”

The renovation will include replacing interior and exterior doors with accessible entrances, replacing flooring to reduce the risk of tripping and upgrading washrooms with amenities like accessible bathroom stalls. The kitchen—relied upon to make hot lunches, snacks and bake sale items, plus used by event caterers and others—will receive a new stove and new countertops and cabinets.

“This community asset is used frequently by a variety of groups,” said Jennifer Krotz, CBT Community Liaison. “The renovation project will help improve it for those who currently use it, plus increase opportunities for the centre to expand, increase membership and offer new programs to the broader community.”

The seniors club has existed since 1960, providing a place for Fernie seniors to meet and socialize. It has over 200 active members.

To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit www.cbt.org or call 1.800.505.8998.