“I was here at the very beginning”. stated Paul Hoeger, Senior Games Committee member. He and fellow members of the committee were welcoming folks to the Kickoff BBQ, for the 28th Annual Senior Games at Senior Drop-In Centre, Bay St. location. The Senior Games Committee, staff from The Bay St. & Steelton Senior Centres, volunteers, summer students, chef and kitchen ensemble, many senior games players, all came together on Monday June 1st to kick off the 28th Annual Senior Games. This fun-filled week of activity is part of The City of Sault Ste. Marie Senior Services, Recreation and Culture Annual Celebration, which coincides with the provincially recognized designation by the Ontario government Seniors’ Secretariat, as June being ‘Seniors Month’. (http://www.seniors.gov.on.ca/en/seniorsmonth/)
Catherine Mallinger, city of Sault summer job, works in partnership with The Senior Games Committee to coordinate the variety of events that take place in several different venues. “These events are meant to encourage fellowship, fun, fitness, and healthy active living” said Catherine.
With names like ‘Pickle Ball’, ‘Golf Ball Toss’, ‘Washer Toss’ and ‘Texas HoldEm’, fun would factor in, more than likely. And that is just what was happening at The Kickoff BBQ. Fun, fellowship, great food, laughter, super conversations rising from all the tables (especially the Dart players). The mood was light and cheery, made warm and welcoming by all who participated. Of note, is the ‘hostess with the mostess’, Victoria Deubel. This gal’s got game, although she is not quite old enough to be a games participant at the Senior Drop-In Centre. To qualify for a Pickle Ball team, for example, a person would need to be 55 years or older. Victoria (Tory) is working at the Senior Centre this summer. She is enrolled in the Hospitality programme at Sault College.
The week of June 1 – 5 is loaded with options for seniors with varied tastes for recreational endeavours. Bocce, Wii Bowling, 10 Pin Bowling, Shuffleboard, Cribbage and Bid Euchre, Contract Bridge, Darts, Golf, Tennis, along with Pickle Ball and more, are happening in the upcoming week. For a complete list of activities and venues, call the Bay St. Senior Centre at 705-254-6474 or visit the following link
Thank you to Terry-Lou Legros, Supervisor for Senior Services, City of Sault Ste. Marie and gang for the lovely lunch, and for all you do to encourage Seniors in our community to live the mantra of The Ontario Senior Secretariat 2015 Senior Month theme, ‘Vibrant Seniors, Vibrant Communities.’
Seniors Calling will be following the goings’ on at the 28th Annual Senior Games all week. Pickle Ball, which is a relatively low impact, and some would say highly competitive, racquet (paddle) sport is being played on Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Bay St. Drop-In Centre. It’s not too late to register for events. All persons 55 and up are invited and welcome to come out and cheer on the Dart players. Or better yet, register and throw some darts. Tuesday at 7:00 pm, Drop-In Centre. $2.00 to play. Vibrant Seniors can be found there, in the Vibrant community, City of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
‘Ontario Senior’s Secretariat is inviting you to participate in a special social media initiative to celebrate the 31st annual Seniors’ Month. In June, the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat Twitter account @OntSeniors will be regularly posting new photos featuring seniors engaging in activities that capture their vibrant spirit. The goal is to motivate Ontarians to share their own photos, and post them to @OntSeniors, using the hashtag #VibrantSeniors.’ (source http://ontario25.ca/vibrant-seniors-vibrant-communities-seniors-month-june-2015/ )’