Volunteers Rod Browning, Linda Lecomte, Adrian Monych and Marj Hessels prepare food at a previous seniors’ breakfast. (Submitted Photo)

Volunteers Rod Browning, Linda Lecomte, Adrian Monych and Marj Hessels prepare food at a previous seniors’ breakfast. (Submitted Photo)

Quesnel Seniors’ Society celebrating return of programming with free breakfast

The seniors’ centre will open its doors to the public on Sept. 11

The Quesnel Seniors’ Centre will be celebrating their return to programming with a free breakfast for all on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 8 – 11 a.m.

Quesnel and District Seniors’ Society president Doug Service said they had hoped long-planned breakfast would be free from COVID-19 concerns, but health measures remain in place.

“We figured we would have been in phase four (of COVID-19 recovery), which would have made it a lot easier for us,” he said. “We’re going to have some things we have to work around to still have the breakfast and have people here.”

The breakfast was made possible thanks to support from the Quesnel Community Foundation.

In addition to the free breakfast, Service said around two dozen vendors will have booths around the Seniors’ Centre, hosted by organizations like Better at Home, the North Cariboo Seniors’ Council and Fire Smart.

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Previous breakfasts have drawn over 200 people to the centre. Service said he hopes close proximity to the Quesnel Farmers’ Market will draw a big crowd, emphasizing not just seniors are welcome.

“We’re all volunteers, we have no employees here,” Service said.

Most seniors’ centre activities were cancelled throughout the pandemic. Some ipad-based cards and pickleball were played through the winter, but for the most part, the centre remained silent. Programming returns starting on Sept. 7.

”We’re struggling,” Service said, adding he hopes fortunes will turn around with rentals and the return of programming.

A survey from the seniors’ society will be available until Sept. 15.

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