Senior Centre looking for resident input

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer
memara@fortfrances.com

The Fort Frances Senior Centre is looking for input on the building expansion design that is currently viewable at the centre and on their Facebook page.

Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft said residents have two weeks to provide their input, make comments and suggest alternatives before the town goes through the process of getting a builder.

“I think it’s important that people know that they’ve got two weeks to make comments about the changes to the Sister Kennedy Centre,” he said, adding that comments and input could be given to centre manager Cindy Noble. 

Noble said they received the proposed plans for the building expansion and are hoping to get started in May.

“That would depend on the frost in the ground. It should be hopefully gone by then,” she said. “We have not gotten any of the quotes back from the contractor. That’ll be another couple of weeks before we know roughly how long it will take.”

Activities at the senior centre are in full swing, but Noble said masking and social distancing requirements will remain in effect following the masking provincial mandate that gets lifted on March 21.

“We have people here with lung and heart problems,” Noble explained. “We want to keep them safe, and a few too that are going through chemotherapy. We don’t want to take a chance. This will be in effect until Dr. Kit Young Hoon tells us that the number starts going down and it’s ok.”

Although patron visits to the centre have been on and off during February because of the cold weather, Noble said they are preparing for the St. Patrick’s Day party Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“We’re going to be having games and some food, music and singalongs. Other than that, it’s pretty much just the pool game room is going and cards,” she said. “We’re not putting our big luncheon on until the masks are done. Just so that I don’t have to worry about somebody getting up and wandering around without a mask on.”

Noble also said she is good with volunteers, but will need someone to step up on a call-in basis on Monday morning, starting in April.

“I’m okay right now,” she added. “But that can change if somebody decides that they can’t do it anymore or they have to go away for an extended period.”

There will not be an increase in membership fees, Noble said, and explained that the discussion was just proposed in case they needed a financial lift to help with the building expansion.

Noble also said they’re trying to get an email contact list so they can send notices of important events. Agreeing to receiving emails is on a voluntary basis, she added.