LeBourdais Park was a wonderful example of all cultures and all ages coming together on Canada Day, July 1. And what a multicultural celebration it was, with speeches, music, food and friends!
The huge, beautifully decorated cake made by Safeway was a real piece of art and there was some concern there would be a melt down before it could be served.
Despite the heat, many seniors made their way to the Seniors Tea in the tea tents at 1 p.m.
Prior to that, many seniors gathered in the Reader’s tent at noon, summoned by the sound of music by Ab McQuillin. He acted as host, entertained with songs accompanied by his guitar and encouraged anyone to come forward with stories to share. This was the first time this event has been held and proved so popular that there is talk more space may be provided next year.
At 1 p.m., those who had previously registered for the tea made their way to the tents just next door to the story telling tent. We were again thankful for the shade for those seated around the tables bedecked with floral arrangements.
On behalf of Susan MacNeill and myself of the Seniors Advocacy Service, we wish to extend a very big thank you to all the volunteers, Honey Affleck and Sharon MacDonald for all their time, to the hosts, hostesses, to Ken MacNeill and Chris Alexander for all their help.
Hot pots of tea were brought to each table by Miss Quesnel Development royalty. They did a super job supplying tables with lunch. Tea Granny was Pat Foulkes. Thank you also to hosts and hostesses Marion Gordon, Frances Lepine, Lyle Orchison, Margaret Pascuzzo, Ron and Betty Campbell, Beth Cyr, Sheila Dunn, Rene McDonald, Lenore Demanko, Jackie Cook, Marliss Perry and Nancy Gagnon.
Ruth Scoullar is a seniors’ advocate and regular Observer contributor.