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First biannual seniors lunch a delight

Posted: June 11, 2018

First biannual seniors lunch a delight

The Seniors Spring Lunch was a big success, with more than 200 attending. 

East St. Paul seniors were treated to a delicious lunch April 25 when the RM Council hosted its first Seniors Spring
Luncheon at the Rec Centre Banquet Room.

More than 200 seniors attended and were treated to fantastic food and important information presented by Mayor Shelley Hart and members of the East St. Paul Fire Department.

The Luncheon was an East St. Paul council initiative, designed to provide a recreational activity for the municipality's senior population.

The extremely successful lunch is the first of two that will be held annually.  A date for the second lunch in November will be announced later.

Mayor Hart welcomed the guests and spoke to them about the exciting things that have gone on in East St. Paul over the last year.  She gave her Top 10 of 2017, which included the installation of path lighting along Hoddinott Road, grant funding of $381,000 received for the Centennial Plaza and the start of its construction, completion of Silver Ridge condominiums, the RM's first multi-family building and the dedication of the Farmers Market in honour of the Kruszelnicki family, who owned the property previously and were market gardeners.

She also spoke about some of council's initiatives aimed at seniors, including Handi-Transit, which was introduced in 2015, a new multi-family development called Montour Gardens, which recently began construction at 3102 Birds Hill Road.

The RM is also working on its accessibility plan, which aims to remove barriers of all kinds so people can access RM buildings, signs, communication and staff.

The RM received more than 100 responses to a survey - which was conducted online, in person and by phone - and were pleased that many said they were pleased with the RM's strengths.

The RM is working on improvements, including installing a power assist exterior door opening at the arena.

The RM is working on improvements, including installing a power assist exterior door opener at the arena.

The RM has already built a platform at the arena so those with wheelchairs, walkers, canes or strollers can watch from there.

Bricks in the ramp leading to the entrance of the municipal office will also be replaced because the current ones become slippery during winter.

East St. Paul Fire Department Captain Jernej Anderlic and Emergency Coordinator Dennis Wiwcharyk made a presentation on household fire safety.

The luncheon also provided an opportunity for the seniors to help others - they brought and donated non-perishable food items for Winnipeg Harvest.


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