Seniors Calling. Last Dance for the Steelton Seniors Centre

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At the October 24th, 2016 Sault Ste. Marie Municipal Council meeting, a report from the Manager of Recreation and Culture, Virginia McLeod was introduced, ultimately leading to Council’s vote to move the Steelton Seniors Centre located on Wellington Street West to the Northern Community Centre on Goulais Ave.

‘Moved by: Councillor M. Shoemaker Seconded by: Councillor S. Myers Resolved that the report of the Manager of Recreation and Culture dated 2016 10 24 concerning the Library Community Plan/Steelton Seniors’ Centre be received and Council authorize the moving of the Steelton Seniors’ Centre to the Northern Community Centre.  Carried.’

The 110 year old building created challenges far beyond its usefulness. Lack of parking and accessibility issues continued to pose serious challenges for seniors to adequately access programming at the facility.

On Thursday, May 18th, 2017, the last evening Dinner / Dance was held at the 235 Wellington West building. Saultonline dropped by and spoke with Steelton Senior Centre’s Vicky Taylor, Recreation Programmer and Jerry Paquette, Club 235 Executive member.

“We’re really looking forward to moving our programmes to the community centre. There will be better parking and no stairs to negotiate.” shared Paquette.

“This building has a lot of history to it. A lot of people may not know that it was a jail at one time.”

The remnants of a jail cell still exists in the basement of the Wellington West building.

“There are about 120 active members of Club 235. Two big hurdles at the (Wellington West) building have been lack of parking and mobility issues for our seniors.” shared Vicky Taylor.

Daytime programmes will continue at Steelton Seniors Centre until the end of June.

Vicky Taylor anticipates enhanced opportunities for social events, fitness programmes and more at the Northern Community Centre’s 556 Goulais Ave. location.

“We’ll be trying to start a new walking-soccer league. It’s great for citizens 55 yrs and up who are looking for a sport that is low impact.” she said. The Northern Community Centre has a state-of-the-art indoor turf facility used by a variety of field sports organizations in the community.

Musicians Phil Braido (accordion), Santo Spina (guitar) and Jack Stubbington (percussions) brought seniors onto the dance floor with their much appreciated musical stylings.

Phil Braido and friends play at various community events, retirement and long-term care homes in The Sault. No doubt, they will be headlining a dance at the new Northern Community Centre location.