Richmond Celebrates National Seniors Day

Richmond, BC – A Positive Aging Campaign, two art exhibits and a breakfast social are all part of the City of Richmond’s and its community partners National Seniors Day celebrations beginning Friday, September 29. National Seniors Day, as well as International Day of Older Persons by the United Nations General Assembly, takes place on October 1 each year.

“The City of Richmond is proud to be an age-friendly city and it is through initiatives such as the Positive Aging Campaign that we continue to recognize the value seniors hold within the Richmond community,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

Each year the City of Richmond creates a photo campaign showcasing positive images of adults 55+ years living in Richmond. This year’s campaign focuses on the talents, contributions and participation of seniors and highlights those who continue to be active in the community. The photo campaign will be displayed at Minoru Place Activity Centre and Richmond community centres for one week starting Sunday, October 1.

The public is also invited to attend two free art exhibits celebrating seniors in the community, Portraits of City Centre at City Centre Community Centre and Memories of Place at Minoru Place Activity Centre.

Portraits of City Centre features photographic images of seniors in the community and celebrates their stories and individual histories. The collection will be on display throughout the month of October.

Memories of Place features video recollections from Richmond pioneers collected at the Canada 150 Pioneer Luncheon held in the spring of this year; a photography exhibit capturing seniors from Minoru Place Activity Centre celebrating the history and stories of the centre; and an exhibit from the Minoru Seniors Society’s Chinese Calligraphy Group exploring the concept of place. The exhibit will be on display from Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1. In conjunction with the Memories of Place exhibit, there will also be a free photo and memory capture session for adults 55+ years on Friday, September 29. Call 604-238-8450 starting Wednesday, September 27 at 9 a.m. to reserve a time slot.

To wrap up the celebrations, City Centre Community Centre is hosting a National Seniors Day breakfast social on Monday, October 2 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Seniors can celebrate the day with a light meal while learning about programs and activities for adults 55+ years and sharing ideas for future programming. The cost is $5 per person and registration is required. To register, please visit www.richmond.ca/register, call 604-276-4300 or drop in to your local community centre and quote barcode #2115944.

For more information visit www.richmond.ca/seniors or call Minoru Place Activity Centre at 604-238-8450.

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