Senior Citizen's Committee Annual Report 2012-2013

The Senior Citizen’s Committee has had a busy year with a full calendar of events including 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. The Centennial Luncheon took place on Friday September 14, 2012 with guest speaker Dr. Judith Shamian, President of the Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada (VON Canada) and the President of the Canadian Nurses Association
In addition to the Centennial Luncheon, 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 very special Seniors’ Christmas Party at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
The Seniors’ Christmas Party originated in 1961 and included invitees from the Second Mile Club, Little Trinity Church and The Salvation Army. The tradition has continued over the years expanding the list of guests to include many shut-in seniors who are fixed incomes. This year there were 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 students from the Etobicoke School of the Arts. 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 donating $4,500 in lunch tickets.
Many thanks to the members of the committee for their continued hard work and dedication to the seniors in our community.
Barbara Thomson