Thanks to a $60,000 Community Gaming Grant, the future is looking a little brighter for the Seniors’ Drop-In Centre in Fernie. The grant was awarded on Monday to the Senior Citizens Club of Fernie and District and will go towards helping to upgrade and buy much needed equipment for the building.
“Organizations such as the Senior Citizens Club of Fernie and District provide very important services to the communities they serve,” stated Bill Bennett, Kootenay East MLA and Minister of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development. “I am very pleased that the government is able to support the club and help improve the facility, continue to provide a great place for seniors to get together, and among other things, share a laugh and a story over a home-cooked meal.”
The building that houses the Seniors’ Drop-In Centre was built in 1979 and 1980 and is in need of several improvements. The upgrades will include a new stove and kitchen cabinet doors, as well as a number of renovations to provide increased handicapped services to the seniors that use the facility.
The centre offers a Monday to Thursday lunch service for seniors, as well as daily drop-in activities like dominoes, mahjong, and crafts.