Looking at community organizations, it isn’t hard to find a senior lending their time or a hand.
That’s part of the reason why the North Shore Seniors Organization and the Tatamagouche Library are hosting a number of events as part of Seniors Week.
“We’ve got a 1,000 population at normal times in Tatamagouche,” said Sherrill Benoit, the organization’s secretary. “We took six different organizations and contacted them to see how many volunteers are seniors and between those six, there are over 200 senior volunteers. That’s an historic number.”
Benoit took a four-hour volunteer week at $14 per hour as an example. One volunteer would amount to $56 of work a week.
“That’s $11,000 in one week that those volunteers are contributing,” she said.
With the province honouring seniors from Oct. 1 to 7, the organization and library have teamed up to do the same.
“They’re the backbone to our community, contributing lots,” said Benoit, adding Edie Leet is one of those seniors doing so much for their community.
Throughout the week, there is a free event offered daily for seniors, as well as others, in the community. There are events to get the creative juices flowing, and there’s even a tea with some live music.
“We all belong to the same tribe,” said Benoit, about joining the seniors organization about three years ago at the encouragement of her father. “We all need support and love from each other. We need that companionship. For the community to be strong, we need that effort to support one another.”
Benoit said many people, when they hear the word ‘senior’, think that person should be knitting and watching re-runs on TV.
“Everyone has that misconception that a senior is no longer viable, but seniors are able to contribute. They grow and learn more, and every day is an adventure. I love seeing that,” she said.
Seniors Week schedule:
- Oct. 1 – movie screening of ‘Age of Love’, a 2014 film following a group of 70- to 90-year-olds attending a speed dating event. Tatamagouche Library, 2-3:30 p.m. Pre-register by calling 902-657-3064.
- Oct. 2 – Eyes O’Pen Drawing with Ume Hermanski, Roach Hall, 2-3 p.m. No drawing experience is required and all supplies are provided. Pre-register by calling 902-657-3064.
- Oct. 3 – local history: Historical Main Street with Don Beeler, and What the North Shore Archives Has to Offer with Linda Glass, followed by a tour of Tatamagouche (Sharon) Cemetery (weather permitting). Tatamagouche Library, 2-3:30 p.m. Drop-in event.
- Oct. 4 – Just for Fun Trivia with Beth Carruthers, Roach Hall, 2-3 p.m. No ridiculously difficult questions and prizes to be won. Drop-in event.
- Oct. 5 – T-shirt painting with Katie Levy, Tatamagouche Library, 2-3 p.m. Create free-hand art or use an iron-on template. T-shirts provided. Pre-register by calling 902-657-3064.
- Oct. 6 – book club with Desiree Jans, Tatamagouche Library, 2-3 p.m. ‘The Deception of Livvy Higgs’ by Donna Morrissey. Copies available at the library. Pre-register by calling 902-657-3064.
- Oct. 7 – tea and entertainment, Roach Hall, 1-4 p.m. Music by Eric Fresia, food, raffles, and door prize of a private angel reading with Karen Forrest. Drop-in event.