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History of . . .

The Kanata Seniors Council Inc. and The Kanata Seniors' Centre.

Since the early eighties, Kanata Seniors had been asking for a centre for seniors in the City of Kanata.

In 1982, the City of Kanata Parks and Recreation Master plan recognized this and recommended a centre be built by 1995. A Master plan in 1990 confirmed that sufficient numbers of seniors lived in Kanata to warrant it.

In November 1993, the Golden Era Seniors Club requested help from Mayor Merle Nicholds of Kanata to build a Centre. A Kanata Seniors Advisory Committee was formed in March 1994 and Frank Valentine, the President of the Golden Era Club, was invited to represent Kanata Seniors' interests. Unfortunately in 1995, plans for a centre were delayed and moved further down the road.

Formation of the Kanata Seniors Council Inc.

Unhappy with this outcome, a group of interested seniors met in spring 1996, to form a Seniors' Council to build a Centre.

The group included members from the three seniors clubs in the city: The Happy Companions, Willard Davis; the Heritage Club, Alfred Moore and Walter Fairclough; The Golden Era Club by Frank Valentine, and Judy Laughton represented other interested seniors in the city.

In October 1996, the Council was organized with Harry Riley as President, and included representatives from the community, the seniors and other interested residents.

In June 1997, the City endorsed the request for a Feasibility Study, and in November, the Terms of Reference were presented to City Council. Other interested seniors from the community then joined the group.

In December 1997, The Kanata City Council approved the appointment of these individuals to the Seniors' Centre Feasibility Steering committee: Judy Laughton, Alfred Moore, Frank Valentine, Glenn Chorich, Dr. Patrice Karn, Jim Malone, Charanjit Wadehra, Don Davis, Susan Dow and David Robertson-Palmer.

In March 1999, The City Council endorsed the Seniors Council and the study. The Seniors Council agreed to establish a fund-raising committee under Chairman Owen Prince and agreed to raise a minimum of $150,000. In fact the Council raised $240,000 for the building - $90,000 over target.

In March 2000, the Kanata Seniors Council became incorporated under the guidance of Legal Advisor, Robert Laughton, of Gowling Lafleur and Henderson.

Mayor Merle Nicholds opened The Kanata Seniors' Centre in December 2000, just prior to amalgamation with the City of Ottawa.

Since opening in December 2000, the Council has continued to advocate on all issues of aging for seniors, completed the $75,000+ commercial kitchen, undertaken responsibility for operation of The Coffee Shoppe (now called the Council Café) and the Computer Training Program, continued to partner in the WOCRC Kanata Seniors' Diners Club, established a website, subsidized taxi chits for Centre members and many other projects to help area seniors.

In September 2004, the Kanata Seniors Council amalgamated with the Kanata Seniors' Centre Advisory Group to better serve all Kanata Seniors both in the Centre and in the community.

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