“Seniors and Kids Should Be in the Same Space”

Published May 09, 2017 17:03

Since 1995, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs (OBGC) has been sharing space with the Society for Learning in Retirement (SLR) at the Martin Avenue Centre. Initially, the space was adequate for both organizations. Organizational growth over the years eventually made the space inadequate. With help from Home Depot Kelowna, Bachelder Construction, and the City of Kelowna; OBGC and the SLR have space to continue flourishing.

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A renovation celebration was held on Friday, May 5th. Supporters from Home Depot, Bachelder, and the City of Kelowna were honoured in speeches from OBGC CEO Diane Entwistle and SLR President Vera Ito. Peppered with humour, the speeches addressed the challenges and ultimately the benefits of sharing space at Martin Avenue. Vera noted that seniors and kids sharing space should become the norm.

Like the kids at OBGC, SLR is an organization that aims to form friendships between seniors. Making friends with similar interests as a senior can be a challenging task. SLR has classes for every interest, from music to political science and literature.

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The event concluded with a ribbon and cake cutting ceremony. Mayor Colin Basran and Counsellor Maxine DeHart joined the community for the celebration. Laughter could be heard throughout the building as guests mingled and formed new connections.

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