Letter: Seniors lose autonomy with move to PAC

The seniors society no longer has autonomy over its own facility as it had formerly. Was this City Hall’s intent?

To the editor:

The Letter of the Week entitled Seniors’ Facility Hasn’t Met Promises Made, in the April 26 edition of the Capital News, written by Frank Missan, was both interesting and informative.

It explains how the Water Street Senior Centre Society lost its home at the Water Street facility. The society no longer has autonomy over its own facility as it had formerly. Was this City Hall’s intent?

At present, the Water Street Senior Centre Society is one of several tenants at the Parkinson Activity Centre (PAC). To call it a “senior centre” is an injustice to the seniors who used and enjoyed the Water Street Senior Centre.

Despite the fact that former Mayor Sharon Shepard stated that there had never been more complaints about a proposed facility when the PAC was in the planning stages, City Hall pursued and implemented its own plans without giving consideration to seniors and their needs.

It seems to me that the City took away the home of the Water Street Senior Centre Society and now it is ‘homeless.’ Is this not a breach of promise imposed on seniors?

Will City Hall make amends to seniors and make sorely needed changes to PAC? Time will tell.

A disappointed Senior,

Rita Clarke,

Kelowna