Bonnyville Requests Minister at Opening of Seniors’ Week

Famous Fish Fry moved from Sunday afternoon to Saturday evening

The Town of Bonnyville, in collaboration with the Bonnyville Seniors’ Centre and the District FCSS, are submitting a expression of interest for the Minister of Seniors, the Honourable Lori Sigurdson attend the launch of Seniors’ week in Bonnyville. Director of Community Services, David Beale explains that each year the Minister selects a different community to launch Seniors’ week and he feels Bonnyville would be a great selection for her; especially considering the funding the Government has put into the Bonnylodge.

“Our Seniors’ drop-in centre is very exciting; why not?! Why shouldn’t we do it?” David asked Town Council on Tuesday with a smile. “Often times, it’s been an urban centre that they’ve picked; but we’ll throw our hat in the ring and say maybe you need to come out to the country and launch Seniors’ Week this year.”

Bonnyville is known for having some very exciting activities each year for Seniors’ Week; including the famous fish fry. The event is typically held Sunday afternoon, however this year organizers are planning to host it on Saturday evening. “We are already planning what other activities we’re going to have during Seniors’ Week,” confirms David.

Town of Bonnyville Councillor, Ray Prevost supported the idea, “when you apply include the fact that the Ministry has built a new lodge and we’re going into Phase 3 this summer, [Sigurdson] may want a tour of Phase 1 & 2 while she’s here.”

If the ask is successful, the Province provides $7,500 to help with the celebrations. “We’ll probably provide some of our FCSS dollars and ask the Seniors’ Drop in to put some contribution to the event,” David says the celebration will be quite large, should the Minister choose Bonnyville.

“We’d sure like to see Minister Sigurdson in town,” Councillor Prevost says he’d love to give the Minister a tour of the Bonnylodge. Seniors’ Week is June 5-11, 2017. Should the Minister select Bonnyville she would be expected June 5th to launch the week provincially.