A group of Winnipeg seniors want to get back to the building that currently no one is using.
The Charleswood 55+ Active Living Centre was using this building, however now it is empty. Last May, the centre received a letter in which it was said that people should leave the building since it was put up for sale.
As it became known, the place was still empty even 9 months after people left it. Only in 2019 it went on sale.
Camilla Waitt, executive director of the centre, said that she does not understand why people needed to leave the building if no one is using it. She also added that the centre had an opportunity to create new programming for members thanks to the large free space in Charleswood Library. For example, the men’s club.
It was very important, since there were few men in the centre and the club could attract them to come. Some men could paint, some worked on other projects or played cards. It was a place where they could come and have fun.
Now the main building of The Charleswood 55+ Active Living Centre cannot accommodate everyone, it is too small. Therefore, the centre was forced to cut some of the programs, including the men's club.
Local Coun. Kevin Klein recently tabled a motion in city hall to delay the sale of the property on Roblin Boulevard. When he met wonderful people who attended the club, he decided to try to help them. He added that the lack of a large variety of programs for a senior Winnipeg society is of great concern to him and other residents of the city. People older than 55 should know that there is a place where they can come and have fun.
At the end of April, the city council will get together to vote on this issue.