Kaleden Seniors Committee
The Kaleden Seniors Committee (KSC) was formed in 2015 to implement a New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) grant. Since receiving that grant, KSC has received three subsequent grants from NHSP, totalling over $90,000.00. Grants have also been received from FortisBC, RDOS Community Grant in Aid and Community Foundation of the South Okanagan-Similkameen Small Grant Program.
These grants have been used to initiate and support a number of programs and events, purchase equipment and supplies, as well as support renovations at the Kaleden Community Hall and create storage space at Pioneer Park.
Everyone is welcome to attend and/or participate in the events/programs.
About the KSC
The goals of KSC are:
To provide opportunities for older adults to experience various activities and interests including a variety of learning opportunities.
To increase social participation and including of residents of the Kaleden service area (St. Andrews By-The-Lake, Twin Lakes, White Lake).
To build on/increase the variety of activities that are more physical in nature.
To promote volunteerism across the generations and intergenerational projects.
To provide capital assistance for new and existing community projects/programs.
Events and program highlights include:
Sampler series including Tai Chi and Zumba.
Cards and games club that occurs on Thursday afternoon at the Community Hall during the fall, winter and early spring.
Lunch and learn sessions: catered lunch and presentations of a variety of topics suggested on feedback forms including recycling, travel tips, travel locations, gardening, health matters, bird watching, and the use of computers.
Supporting a salsa making event .
Hosting an annual wreath making/share an appetizer event at Linden Gardens.
Coordinating a yearly Heritage Social to celebrate the history of Kaleden and areas.
Providing cooking courses where participants prepare a variety of ethnic foods for the lunch and learn sessions.
Introducing pole walking: group meets at the old hotel park on Friday at 8 a.m. in the summer and 9 a.m. in the late fall, winter and early spring. Poles are available for loan.
Supporting the "Seniors and Kids" program for grade 2 and 3 students at Kaleden Elementary School.
Grant monies have also been used to support the following renovations/equipment purchase:
Fitness equipment for physical activity programs.
Card tables for the hall and folding tables for Pioneer Park.
Equipping the hall kitchen with supplies from cooking utensils/pots to chopping boards/knives that can be used by renters and for community sponsored events.
Chair dollies to allow ease of moving the chairs at the hall.
Renovations to the chair/table storage area at the hall.
Renovations to the 'new' museum room inside the main doors of the hall.
Shelving and storage space in the newly created office area at the hall.
Vacuum, BUNN coffee maker, chair dollies and helping with the purchase of an AED at the Kaleden Community Church to support ongoing community activities.
Kaleden Seniors Committee 2020/21
Chair: Sarah Tupholme
Secretary: Jen Charlish
Treasurer: Rita Masson
Member: Randy Cranston
Member: Paula Marfleet
Member: Jaynie Molloy
Member: Margie O'Brien