More than a year later, Senior Centre reopens

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer

The Fort Frances Senior Centre is finally opening their doors next Monday after they have been closed since last March due to COVID-19 mandated restrictions.

The centre will officially welcome patrons back on Monday with an open house followed by a Christmas in July session.

Cindy Noble, manager of the Senior Centre, said she is also looking forward to seeing some of the younger seniors participate in the events. Noble said they will try and have events that are geared towards those aged 55 years and over.

“We have some people on the board that are gung ho,” Noble said. “They want to do this. It is exciting to see everybody again.”

In the morning, patrons can come, chat and get a doughnut. In the afternoon and evening, there will be crafts and snacks.

Noble said the centre has a capacity of about 120 people, including the pool room. However, just to err on the side of caution, there will be a maximum capacity of 50 people.

“We’ve had some women asking about woodworking, so we’re going to try to get them out to the workshop and teach them how to use the equipment,” Noble said. “We want people to come and let us know what they would like to see going on here so we can see if we can incorporate it.”

Noble also said they are working on the plaque to honour the contributions of Sister Betty Kennedy who worked hard to establish the centre. Noble said the plaque will also include other names of residents who raised money and helped the Senior Centre start.

The following are the names that will be featured on the plaque: Sister Betty Kennedy, David Bourgleault, Deanne Cunningham, Hazel Ek, Bill Tykon, Sheila Moulton, Oliver Dandeneau, Lorraine Currie, Dr. B. Danylchuk, Marlene McQuarrie, George Emes Sr., Murray Hogan and I.B. Dick.

If you or someone you know has contributed, volunteered or raised funds to establish the centre, call Noble and let her know.

“These are the names we have so far, but I’m sure we missed some,” Noble added.