BY SHANNON DUFF
LISTOWEL - Things were really swinging at Perth Meadows last week.
Local seniors gathered at the main building to celebrate seniors and mark the announcement of Movin’ & Groovin’ in North Perth, a New Horizons for Seniors program funded by the federal government
The project offers programming directed at seniors for their physical, mental and social well being.
Peath Meadows’ application for funding was approved, resulting in $23,947 for community-based projects.
“Today is an exciting day for everyone in our community and particularly for the folks here at Perth Meadows,” said Shirley Hanlon.
Since its inception, New Horizons for Seniors has funded more than 12,200 programs for seniors in Canada, said Sandra Bulley, speaking on behalf of Perth-Wellington MP Gary Schellenberger. “Right here at Perth Meadows, the Movin’ & Groovin’ program will provide opportunities for social participation, exercise, learning and fun for seniors . . . I extend my congratulations on the start of this wonderful new program at Perth Meadows and a special thank you to the members of the board and the many people who worked so hard to make this program a reality.”
North Perth Mayor Julie Berhns attended the announcement and expressed her desire for the municipality to celebrate the funding along with local seniors.
“Seniors in North Perth are important to us,” she said. “We want to keep you around as long as possible. You make up probably a very large portion of our volunteer network and you have such wisdom through the ages of life experiences. We think that’s important. Congratulations on getting the funding.”
The funding also facilitated the hiring of Cassie Savage, a part-time program facilitator.
Savage brings with her a background in recreation education and working with seniors and she said she’s looking forward to bringing her experience on board as well as learning from North Perth seniors.
“I’d like to make sure you get everything you need to keep living strong,” Savage told the residents gathered. “I’m hoping this is something we can all work towards.”
Following the announcement, local seniors enjoyed square dancing by Egbert’s Scramblers.