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Seniors activity centre reopens with COVID protocols

Limited dine-in service starts on Sept. 15
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Lori Stemmler, newly-appointed manager at Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre.

The Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre is reopening this month under a set of protocols approved at a membership meeting in the centre’s auditorium on Aug. 25 held under public health guidelines.

The independently operated and member-funded centre is starting up with 10 activities including pickleball, yoga (chair and mat) and dance, among others.

Lori Stemmler, newly appointed centre manager, said the centre will continue to offer take-away frozen entrées and is excited to supplement that with limited dine-in service starting on Sept. 15.

“We recognize how important our limited food service has been during the pandemic and in an effort to broaden the reach of that service, are introducing a new program where members can buy a ‘button’ by donating a dollar, which will go to fund lunches for seniors who are struggling with affordability as the cost of nutritious meals continues to rise,” Stemmler said, noting the service is made possible with grant funds from the District of Sechelt.

During the pandemic, the centre was “refit” with painting, reorganization, repurposing of space and upgrading of equipment including air circulation and filtration.

In recent months, the centre has become a major resource for the community at large, serving as office, training centre and polling station for Elections BC during the provincial election, distribution centre and vaccination point for Vancouver Coastal Health on the lower Sunshine Coast and will serve as a polling station for the upcoming federal election.

More complete details of activities and kitchen services are available on the centre’s Facebook page or website at