Seniors Centre Loyalist now open, offering programs to seniors west of Kingston

Ministers with Association Board and Loyalist Staff. Photo via the Seniors Centre.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated since it was originally published on Friday, May 3, 2024. Please see bottom of article for most recently updated information.

On Thursday, May 2, 2024, the Seniors Association Kingston Region and Loyalist Township welcomed Hon. Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility of Ontario, to officially launch Seniors Centre Loyalist, which started offering programs to seniors this week.

According to a joint release, the event, which took place at the Amherstview Community Hall, 117 Upper Park Road in Amherstview, was also attended by MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington, Ric Bresee, and Loyalist Township Mayor Jim Hegadorn. The event schedule included a tour of the facility, introductions, and speeches from key figures, highlighting the collaborative effort and dedication towards enhancing the lives of seniors in the community.

In his introductory speech, Don Amos, Executive Director of the Seniors Association (and Kingston city councillor), expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Today’s launch of the Seniors Centre Loyalist is a culmination of dedication, partnership, and the shared vision of enhancing the lives of our senior community. Seniors Centre Loyalist is a home for growth, learning, and friendship. We are immensely proud and grateful for the support and trust bestowed upon us by the community and our partners.”

Mayor Hegadorn added, “Complimenting Township recreation offerings, the Seniors Active Living Centre will provide opportunities throughout Loyalist Township for seniors to engage in enriching programs focused on enhancing health and well-being while fostering meaningful social connections.”

As previously reported, the Seniors Centre Loyalist is the third SALC designation for the Seniors Association, and will offer an array of activities and programs in Amherstview, Bath, Wilton, and Odessa.

“This is an exciting day for everyone in the Loyalist Township,” said Minister Cho. “At the present time, we have 301 Seniors Activity Centres in Ontario, and this year we are adding 17 more. This new Centre helps our seniors and people of all abilities continue to live healthy and independent lives.”

Minister Cho serenaded those in attendance. Photo via Seniors Centre.

The Seniors Centre noted that, a shining example of energy and vitality as a senior himself, Minister Cho gave a gift to those in attendance: playing a song on his saxophone.

The visit by Minister Cho included the stop at one of the four locations of the new Seniors Centre Loyalist (locations also include one day each in Bath, Wilton, and Odessa), interactions with instructors, participants, and staff, followed by a visit to The Seniors Centre at 56 Francis Street, Kingston, where they had the opportunity to meet with members and sample some of the programs offered.

Minister Cho plays Pickleball at 56 Francis Street. Photo via Seniors Centre.

According to the release, Seniors Centre Loyalist, made possible through funding from the Ministry of Seniors & Accessibility and the support of the provincial government, offers a wide range of activities like art and fitness programs. This initiative reportedly reflects the province’s confidence in the Seniors Association Kingston Region’s ability to deliver outstanding services and programs, enhancing the quality of life for seniors in the community.

Seniors interested in learning more or taking programs can visit seniorskingston.ca/loyalist to find the listing and register.

Update (Monday, May 6, 2024):
Although the Honourable Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility, is quoted above as saying there are 301 Seniors Activity Centres in Ontario, and that the Ministry was adding 17 more centres to that list, the Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility said that is not the case. The Ministry provided the following statement:

“Currently we have 299 Seniors Active Living Centre’s (sic) (SALC’s) in Ontario, and this year we are adding 17 more. The Loyalist Township SALC brings the total to 316 Seniors Active Living Centre programs across Ontario.”

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