Seniors’ Week Provincial Launch event

Cooper Seniors Launch

The Seniors Week Provincial Launch event started at 10 am, Monday June 7, 2021 over zoom and was live streamed onto Facebook, and presented by Harold Hunter, Master of Ceremonies, and hosted by Alberta Seniors and Housing and Seniors Outreach Program Society in Three Hills.

“Thank you to all seniors for your lifetime of contributions to Alberta,” said Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing.

In Kneehill County, Seniors are helped in lots of ways, such as helping with transportation, doctors’ appointments, specialist appointments, lab tests, prescriptions filled, grocery shopping, banking, monthly commitments (bill payment, government forms, etc.), and senior drop-in centre, said Dennis Punter, Seniors Outreach Board Chairman.

Since the Seniors Outreach program started in 1995, they have enhanced the quality of life for so many citizens in the area.

Tim Shearlaw, Mayor of Three Hills, said that this is an exciting vibrant community that has 25% of the 3078 population (according to 2016 census), over the age of 65.

“It’s seniors helping seniors,” said Mayor Shearlaw” And that is amazing in itself.”

For the entertainment and musical breaks, Henry Dick sang a couple of solos while Rhoda Murray played the piano. Then Susan McNeely played the violin while Reg Ewert played the piano. Lastly was a dance celebration of a group of young individuals from across the community.

“Our seniors have lived through the great depression, prohibition, WWII, the Polio Vaccine, the moon landing, and the birth of the internet, and that’s just to name a few,” said Jerry Wittstock, Kneehill County Reeve.

“Their wisdom is earned through a life filled with experience. Experiences that are garnered by their pioneer spirit of resiliency, perseverance, and hard work. A sense of a community and willingness to help neighbours, that we would do well to learn from today,” said Reeve Wittstock.

“I would also like to thank the Seniors Outreach Program for everything that they do for Kneehill County,” said Reeve Wittstock. “For providing transportation, volunteer opportunities, support groups, meals, social events, and so much more.”

“Seniors in our community are the backbone,” said Barry Kletke, Mayor of the town of Trochu. “They’re the ones who built the great town of Trochu and the surrounding area in Kneehill County, and all the other towns and villages.”

“They really are the substance of the community.”

Kelly Klassen, Mayor of Linden, said that Seniors Outreach program has provided many services to Linden, such as Meals on Wheels, Community Wellness Centre, handyman services, and even just a friendly ear if needed.

Bruce McLeod, Mayor of Acme, said that the seniors’ hearts and souls went into building our communities and we thank them, one and all. The Seniors Outreach program has serious volunteers and dedicated staff that have ensured that the seniors have the resources that they need and require.

Bryan Peever, Mayor of Carbon, said that in Carbon, there are many activities for the seniors to enjoy, such as the Seniors Outreach, the Legion, the curling club, the archery range, the library, the hall board, the museum, and the pottery club, to name a few.

Many other officials spoke out, such as said Josephine Pho, Damien Kurek, Member of Parliament, Battle River – Crowfoot, and Nathan Cooper, MLA, Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills.


Pictured above: Nathan Cooper, MLA, Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills presents the Provincial Seniors' Week Declaration to Rhoda Murray, Anna Douglas, and Una Erickson of Seniors' Outreach.