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Celebrate the seniors in your life

Posted on June 7, 2016 by Sunny South News

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Seniors’ Week in Alberta. Seniors’ Week in Alberta is a terrific opportunity to recognize the lasting contributions of seniors in the province.
From June 6-12, Seniors’ Week will be celebrated at over 100 special events across the province.
All Albertans are encouraged to attend an event, catch up with the seniors in your own life, or take a moment to thank an Albertan senior who has made a difference to your community.
“I’m proud to help mark 30 years of celebrating Alberta’s seniors and their many contributions to our communities. Seniors’ Week is a cherished annual tradition in our province today. I encourage everyone to honour seniors this week,” said Lori Sigurdson, minister of seniors and housing, in a recent media release.
During Seniors’ Week, Albertans age 65 and older will receive free admission to the province’s 19 historic sites and museums.
Seniors’ Week was inspired by Alice Modin, a Strathcona County resident who urged the county to establish a seniors’ day.
Locally, Town of Picture Butte Coun. Teresa Feist noted seniors are such an important part of the community. “Their vast knowledge, experience and wisdom are so important to our society. To have programs where the youth and seniors work together benefit both ends of the spectrum and both seniors and youth — after working with each other — come away feeling so enlightened. Given the opportunity to interact with each other benefits both,” the councillor said.
Seniors, according to Feist, have lived through situations others can’t even imagine.
Picture Butte Mayor Wendy Jones believes Albertans should celebrate seniors’ week because seniors are the backbone of the community.
“Without our seniors we would not be enjoying the quality of life we have now. They have fought wars for their country, giving us the freedom we all cherish, most volunteer endless hours and think of others before themselves,” noted the mayor.

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