Eight seniors’ centres across Chatham-Kent and Leamington are sharing in over $375,000 dollars in provincial funding.

Photo credit: Chris Taylor.

Linda Lucas, executive Director of the Active Lifestyle Centre in Chatham says they typically receive $52,000 from the province each year, but this year they were approved for an extra $10,000 to help with programs and other needs.

“We have installed some fans to keep the exercise people cool, and we also go to all the programs and get their needs and prioritize them,” Lucas says. “We have 60 programs here…it generally gets spread around.”

Meantime, another $52K is going to support building a new seniors centre in Ridgetown. Committee member Bob Dye says they desperately need to get out their current location.

“It’s in a former retail operation on Main Street, not suited for adult activities,” Dye says. “It’s a $2.5-million project, and three are not many of those in Ridgetown.”

Yesterday’s funding announcement covered seniors centres in Tilbury, Wheatley, Morpeth, and Blenheim as well.