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Edmonds time capsule to be dedicated Friday

Arul Raja, Abdul Vellani and Ernie Fernandes look over some of the material contributed by the community for a time capsule that will be dedicated March 14. - Wanda Chow/NewsLeader
Arul Raja, Abdul Vellani and Ernie Fernandes look over some of the material contributed by the community for a time capsule that will be dedicated March 14.
— image credit: Wanda Chow/NewsLeader

Year-in-review magazines, 1970s postage stamps, photos, newspaper articles and VHS cassettes.

Those are all among the items community members have contributed to an Edmonds time capsule set to be dedicated Friday.

"The goal is to capture memories of this community," said Laurie Woolley, seniors program coordinator at Edmonds Community Centre.

The time capsule is a project of the Edmonds Seniors Society. Its original home, the Edmonds Community Centre for 55-plus on Kingsway, first opened in 1973. It closed 40 years later when it moved in 2013 to space in the new community centre and pool.

Unlike most time capsules that are installed within a building's foundation, this one will be contained in a metal box mounted on the wall just inside the centre's Edmonds Street entrance.

It will be opened in 2040. While 26 years is an unusual number, Woolley said they couldn't say for certain as to the centre's life span since the last seniors centre was only open around 40 years. And 2040 just seemed like a nicer date than 2039, she added with a laugh.

"Twenty-six years from now a lot of the seniors may not be here but their kids may still be here."

In addition to material submitted by members of the seniors society, they put a call out to the wider Edmonds community for items that express what they like about the neighbourhood.

There's blueprints of the original Edmonds centre, a 25-foot-long collage of photos and messages from current members, a commemorative coin from 1973 and a pin from the first Edmonds computer club.

There are DVDs of videos explaining the seniors centre's history and VHS tapes. It remains to be seen whether the equipment will still be available to play them in 26 years.

If not, there will still be lots of paper materials to peruse. "As one senior said,

'paper will never go out of style,'" said Woolley.

The Friday event includes a talk by Denis Boyd on coping with change. Woolley explained the idea came from the fact that while many seniors were excited about moving to their new home, some have lamented having to leave the old one in the first place.

Meanwhile, the seniors will have their work cut out for them trying to figure out how to fit all the contributions into the capsule.

"We just put the word out and stuff just kept coming in," said Ernie Fernandes with a laugh.

• The dedication ceremony for the Edmonds time capsule will be held Friday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Edmonds Community Centre. The family-friendly event will include refreshments and a talk by Denis Boyd on "coping with change." The cost is $1 at the door. Info: 604-297-4838.

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