Photo courtesy City of Richmond
Monday is National Seniors Day, and with a life expectancy of nearly 88 years—the longest in Canada—Richmond has plenty to celebrate.
“The City of Richmond is committed to being an age-friendly city” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Through our Seniors Services Plan we deliver vital support to our rapidly growing 55-plus-year-old population. It also encourages Richmond residents of all ages to recognize the important contributions of seniors within our community.”
This year, the focus will be on positive aging, a campaign highlighting the important role seniors play. A photo display at Minoru Place Activity Centre, and at community centres throughout the city, will reflect this.
At 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, the public is also invited to attend a free showing of Minoru Seniors Legacy Stories: Looking Back, Looking Forward, at the Minoru Place Activity Centre. The locally-made film is a culmination of a year-long artist-in-residency project by Catrina Megumi Longmuir. The artist worked with members of the Minoru Seniors Society to capture individual stories and document the history and impact of the Society–from its conception at the Murdoch Centre to its current location at Minoru Place Activity Centre–and soon onto Minoru Centre for Active Living which will open in the next few months on the site of the former Minoru Pavilion.
A breakfast social will kick off the day’s activities at 9 a.m. at West Richmond Community Centre, where seniors are invited to learn about programs and activities and share ideas for future events. At 10 a.m., East Richmond Community Hall is hosting an international meet and greet, where participants will learn to greet others in different languages. Both events are free, but registration (barcode 2593792 for the breakfast social and 2593793 for the meet and greet) is required at www.richmond.ca/register or by calling 604-276-4600.