Golden Age Club members donate $5,000 to the complex

By Karen Fallon

Fern Elliott, president of the Fort Malden Golden Age Center, presented council with a donation of $5,000 towards the United Communities Credit Union Complex at the meeting held on Monday night.

Elliot was accompanied by Debi Croucher, fundraising coordinator for the town, as well as Fort Malden Golden Age Center members: Theresa Bellefleur, Eve and Don McCaffrey, Stella Bondy, May Hulett and June McManemy.

Members of the Fort Malden Golden Age Centre stand with mayor Wayne Hurst while making a presentation of $5,000 towards the United Communities Credit Union Complex. Front row: (L to R) Theresa Bellefleur, Eve McCaffrey, mayor Wayne Hurst, Stella Bondy, Fern Elliott. Back row: Don McCaffrey, Mary Hulett and June Manemy.

Croucher says the center offers an array of activities, which includes various card games, line dancing, trips and lunches. As well as being a place where lasting friendships are formed.

Amherstburg’s senior center is being relocated to the new complex once work is completed.

Elliott says that she is anxious to make the move.

“I heard some good news tonight,” noted Elliott. “I heard that the cupboards are in…that’s good. Hopefully we can be in there for the end of the month, so we can hold our elections there.”

Membership at the center currently stands at 200, says Elliott, while noting that the annual membership fee is only $5.

Councilor Bart DiPasquale says the new location will offer a larger facility that will be able to accommodate a higher number of members.

“You have a great beginning here to draw in a lot more seniors in town; there will be a lot more room,” said DiPasquale.

“I am sure it is a bitter sweet kind of thing,” said councilor Robert Pillon of the move. “You have been there a long time, but it is good to hear that your community is willing to embrace the complex out there.”

Councilor Carolyn Davies also thanked club members for their donation while noting that the organization is an intricate part of the community.

“I know you are a dynamic group and I do know there are a lot of very lonely seniors out there, who really need to connect…and I know that you will welcome them,” she said.

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