Over 350 seniors and friends turned out for the 2016 Kootenay Seniors Fair held September 30th at the Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre. Organizers Nelson CARES’ Kootenay Seniors Service Provider Group are thrilled with the turnout – and with how much fun everyone had!
In addition to 35 vendor tables offering information about a wide variety of health and community services, seniors participated in belly dancing, chair yoga, and tai chi. The Café Area was popular, giving seniors a chance to rest and visit over a cup of coffee. One of the biggest hits was the vintage horse and carriage rides, provided free of charge by Crystal (and beautiful Percheron horse “Hero”) of Kootenay Horse & Carriage. Crystal noted that for many seniors the ride brought back childhood memories and she enjoyed listening to their reminiscences along the way. Seniors were also able to avail themselves of foot care checks, hearing screenings and chair massages, as well as fall prevention and lung health consultations. Outside seniors toured a full size city bus and HandyDART, learning about how to use transit. Seniors also got hands-on computer experience at the Cyber Table and checked out Nelson Tramways new wheelchair lift. Hourly door prizes were made possible by donations from 14 local merchants and artisans.
The organizers would like to thank sponsors Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre, West Coast Grill, Columbia Basin Trust, Nelson & District Credit Union, Nelson Community Response Network, Oso Negro Coffee, and Kootenay Co-op Radio, as well as the many event donors. They would also like to thank the many volunteers who helped out at Seniors Fair, welcoming seniors and guiding them to the many services and activities, providing rides to and from the venue, and helping out with the many tasks associated with an event this size. Click here for a full list vendors, sponsors, donors. Click here for a list volunteers that came out to help make this event such a success.
The Kootenay Seniors Fair is an annual event and organizers are already busy planning for next year. If you are a senior who attended the Seniors Fair, the organizers would love to hear from you about your experience at the Fair. You can give your feedback by calling 250.352.2708 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.