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Senior centre celebrating 30 years


Dauphin Multi-Purpose Senior Centre is celebrating three decades this week with a full calendar of events.
“The centre was started by a group of individuals who felt that there was a need in our community for a place for seniors to gather. I believe it was 1987 when everything kind of started. They had the place built and its grand opening was in 1989,” explained centre administrator Kim Armstrong.
There have been a lot of changes over the years, she noted, but the senior centre has always been at 55 First Avenue SE.
“What was a change though, is there used to be the Dauphin and District Community Council. And under that umbrella, there was Lifeline and other resources for the community for seniors,” Armstrong said.
“They found it very hard to get a board together to survive, so they asked to come under the senior centre and then eventually the council was dissolved and it all came under the senior centre.”
The 30th anniversary kicks off today, Oct. 15, with membership day, she said, which includes some extra draws, cupcakes, coffee and tea for anybody dropping in to renew their membership, or take out a new membership.
A luncheon is scheduled on Wednesday, Armstrong noted, for senior centre supporters and partners.
“That is brand new. We’ve never done that before and we just think it’s important to acknowledge, outside of our thank you’s, just to give a little extra thanks for our supporters,” she added.
Thursday is a volunteer supper, Armstrong said, noting it is usually done twice a year, but the spring supper did not occur.
“And so we are having a big volunteer supper that is for everybody that volunteers at the centre. They’re coming for roast beef supper,” she said, adding there will be more draws for those attending.
“We have to give thanks. If we don’t have volunteers, we don’t run.”
For the first time ever, the senior centre is hosting a sock hop on Friday.
“We’re inviting Elvis to be part of things along with his Good Rockin’ Tonight band,” Armstrong announced.
“So ‘50s, ‘60s and maybe early ‘70s dance music. And it’s open to the public.”
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, she said, and there are prizes for wearing clothing from the era, door prizes and draws.
Saturday afternoon, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Armstrong said, the centre will have a tea with coffee and cookies.
“Just very simple for people to come down and once again to celebrate that we’ve been in our community for 30 years and say hi to our membership and people that want to come on down and just have a coffee and cookie,” she said.
With the passing of 30 years, Armstrong noted, the future of the senior centre is looking bright. The board recently completed its strategic planning, she explained, and will be prioritizing ideas, making decisions about programming and considering the needs of the building.
“Things have changed over the years. The individuals that use the centre are not looking the same, not wanting the same services. They’re wanting broader things, more educational things and we’re trying to serve the seniors that will come to us,” Armstrong said.
“We’re proud to serve the seniors of our community and we offer a lot of services here. But you need to come and see us, so we can show off what is available. It’s not intimidating to come in to see us.”