Seniors babysit, provide care for spouses, friends and neighbours. The list of seniors’ contributions to Northwestern Alberta is limitless.
And seniors love to have fun! The Grande Prairie and District Golden Age Centre is a place where people come together for friendship, to participate in activities where they can enjoy themselves, and meet other seniors. The Centre’s quilting group members create, sew and then donate quilts to charities for the needy. Card games, exercise classes, painting, dancing lessons, floor curling, and carpet bowling are among the other entertainment offerings.
Close to 600 members have a stronger sense of belonging and connectedness as a result of the opportunities at the Centre. Because fees are charged on a cost-recovery basis, resources for facility improvements are not always available. Working in partnership with the Community Foundation, the Centre established the Golden Age Centre Fund, a charitable organization endowment fund in 2008 for ongoing support to run the facility. Annual grants to the Golden Age Centre support numerous activities including senior’s safety through increased accessibility options, exercise programming, improved equipment storage and so much more. Alberta seniors mirror our past and are the gateway to the future of our communities.
Community Impact Grants are now open for application here – https://buildingtomorrow.cloudstudio.ca/community-impact-grants