The Seniors Centre provides the following services to vulnerable & isolated seniors & elders in our community, and within the Regional District of Mount Waddington on northern Vancouver Island:
Food Programs: Bag lunches, food inventory, food distribution, seniors’ run garden, BBQ's, weekly hot meals, and food delivery.
Educational Programs: Food preparation and storage. Cooking classes. Various tech education classes delivered by North Island College instructors and other community members.
Social Events: Attend and volunteer for all community events. For example, during Filomi Days which is the largest annual community event in Port Hardy, in which our seniors participate in the parade, judge the parade, provide a table for free bingo for the community: Canada Day - Ice and distribute 600 cupcakes: Fall Fair: have an information table and provide entertainment on the main stage. Attend the annual garden tours and Christmas light tour. Visit neighbouring communities to support their activities. Indoor events include for example: Olympic Games – Seniors are divided into various countries and compete against each other for metals and ribbons. Games include: bean bag toss, tabletop bowling, fly swatter balloon basket ball and ladder golf; Flapper Tea & Dance (1920’s); Tacky Tourist; and Fantasy Cruise; Snooker table
Seniors Centre Usage: the centre is available, and used by numerous community groups including, the Diabetic Association, Ambulance Training, Cancer Support and the Adult Day Program.
Arts & Crafts Programs: Personalized hand-made cards – Christmas cards to Armed Forces and all members. Other cards made for special events and holidays. Rock painting, jewelry making, knitting & crocheting; baked goods for donation and distribution.
"Watch List Program": At the beginning of the Covid pandemic, the Senior’s Centre set up a “Watch List” of names of vulnerable and isolated seniors who were confined to their homes. Volunteers telephoned those on the list to make sure the seniors were ok. Assistance was offered to those who needed it.
This is a short snapshot of the humble beginnings of the Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society. It didn’t just happen magically-it took hours, days, weeks, months and years to get it off the ground. The old hospital building was bought by the Port Hardy Hospital Society for $20.00 and we began the rental arrangement that has continued for many years. The Port Hardy Hospital Society disbanded and the VIHA took over the building and our Lease. The use of the building started in 1983 and we became a Society in 1981. The membership has grown through the hard work of so many and we can say that we have 280 members in 2022. The building has served us well and the many changes, upgrades and uses have continued. It is used by groups as well as the seniors. It is a fun place but is also a Food Security depot working with Loaves and Fishes and our many partners feeding and distributing meals through the community. We believe to live to a healthy age; we need to exercise our bodies and minds and socialize with friends.
This is happening at the Centre!
Board of Directors
2022 - 2023
District of Port Hardy Appointee