We are pleased to announce that programming for East Village seniors at the Centre of Hope has been extended until the end of 2016.
Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) will continue to provide the space, and the Kerby Centre will continue to provide uninterrupted programming throughout 2016 for East Village seniors.
Recreation and social programming is critical for the many seniors who call East Village home. The Golden Age Club, previously housed in East Village Place, closed its doors in spring 2015. The Kerby Centre Took over leadership for seniors’ programming in East Village and hired a program coordinator to oversee East Village seniors programming. CMLC assisted Kerby in brokering space in Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope, leasing this space for one year and donating it to Kerby for use for seniors’ programming. That lease was to expire at the end of June 2016, prior to the recent lease extension.
East Village Place remains in receivership by Price Waterhouse Coopers. Once a new owner is announced for the building, The City will work with community stakeholders to negotiate the possibility of long-term space, so that programming and services can continue in East Village.
I would like to extend my thanks to Susan Veres and her team at CMLC for their critical role in extending the Centre of Hope lease, to Luanne Whitmarsh and her team at the Kerby Centre for overseeing the programming, to the East Village Neighbourhood Association for their ongoing support and advocacy, and to City staff for their ongoing dedication in the community and funding of the programming. And one last special thank you to all the seniors in East Village for their resiliency, positivity, and patience in making East Village a better community.
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