Cariboo Elders Society Modernizes Its Creekside Seniors Activity Centre in 100 Mile House

Cariboo Elders Building & Recreational Society

2012- With hundreds of hours of work from volunteers and financial support from Northern Development, the Creekside Seniors Activity Centre in 100 Mile House has completed a substantial upgrade project. The renovations enabled the centre to host the carpet bowling and bridge events for the BC Northern Winter Games in 2007. The athletes and spectators had great comments on the centre and many have been back for other carpet bowling competitions.

Improvements to the centre included resurfacing floors, painting both levels, upgrading the kitchen and equipment, sealing the blacktop, furnace inspection and repairs, general repairs, and a computer for the office. The upgrades have resulted in creating a facility capable of hosting weddings, banquets, and meetings for not-for profit groups. In addition, the facility is able to be operated as an emergency operations centre should the need arise.

"Since the renovations to the Creekside Seniors Activity Centre have been completed, I have heard many positive comments from our visitors who are very pleased with the end result. The number of events that are being held at the hall has skyrocketed, and we couldn't be more happy with the growing activity that we are seeing."

Renata Cargnelutti, President, Creekside Seniors Activity Centre

Positive Economic Impacts in 100 Mile House

The upgrade of the Cariboo Elder's Activity Centre is helping the Village of 100 Mile House bring in revenue from out of town guests for weddings, banquets, memorials and other events that are now hosted at the centre. The centre has a higher demand than ever for rentals and 2009 has produced over a 40% increase in revenues compared to the previous year.

The centre is very popular with community groups as the price for renting the facility is very affordable. It is used by the Cariboo Elders Building and Recreation Society for pool, carpet bowling, crib, bridge, and square dancing. A tai chi group rents it twice a week and the quilters rent it once a week regularly. Most recently, the Cariboo Elder's Activity Centre has added a mobile mammogram program that comes to the hall twice a year and x-rays several hundred women each year.