Senior Citizen’s Committee Annual report 2011-2012

The Senior Citizen’s Committee has had a busy year with a full calendar of events and preparations for the implementation of our Centennial Project - The Rotary Health & Wellness Centre at The Good Neighbours’ Club.

The Senior Citizen’s Committee selected The Good Neighbours’ Club as the recipient of a $100,000 donation to construct a health and wellness centre which would provide senior, homeless men with access to respite, frontline medical and dental care, social work services and group therapy.  Lieutenant Governor, His Honour David C. Onley performed the official Ribbon-cutting in June 2012.

In addition to the Centennial Year celebrations, the Senior Citizen’s Committee continued its outreach initiatives including two annual Meals-on-Wheels delivery programs, one at Thanksgiving and one at Easter which provides a hot meal to over 150 shut-in seniors. As well, we hosted our annual summer picnic for seniors in partnership with the Second Mile Club and our Seniors’ Christmas Party at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The Seniors’ Christmas Party included over 245 guests who enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings, a selection of Christmas carols, a visit from Santa and live entertainment performed by the Salvation Army Quartet. Many generous Rotarians and friends contributed to make this a special event for these often housebound seniors by donating gifts, providing transportation and by supporting our “Take a Senior to Lunch” program which collected enough lunch tickets to pay for 50 seniors’ Christmas dinners.

Finally, the Senior Citizen’s Committee chose to provide additional funding to The Good Neighbours’ Club in the amount of $7,400 to help them acquire vital medical and dental equipment and supplies for The Rotary Health & Wellness Centre, maintaining our continued support and commitment to them and to needy seniors in the downtown area.

The Senior Citizen’s Committee would like to thank Nick Larter for his years of service as Chair and his guidance in selecting our Centennial Project. Nick left the Committee in January 2012 to take up a new role as a Club Board member and Liaison Director.

Barbara Thomson