Sicamous and District Seniors Society formally incorporated as a society on June 28, 1983. Since that time, it has evolved from a small but mighty group of volunteers who felt strongly that Seniors needed a place to gather, socialize and share meals, to an organization that provides services to approximately 3000 Seniors per year. The Seniors Centre building is owned by the society and has become locally known as the “Seniors Centre.”
As the article on the next page describes, about 35 years ago, a local group of retirees, called the Old Age Pensioners decided that they would like to have a building to hold activities for Seniors in Sicamous and the Eagle Valley. Through the ongoing commitment and dedication of those Seniors and others who stepped up eg. multiple supporters, funders, volunteers, contributors, community groups, and businesses the doors opened in 1984 on time and on budget. While the organization existed before the opening, the building became its new home. Since that time, the building, its users, and services have increased. What started as a small group of dedicated and committed people has resulted in an organization that has served its Seniors to age well, throughout its history.
Sicamous and its neighbours – Malakwa, Eagle Valley, Craigallechie, Three Valley Gap, 2 Mile, 6 Mile and Swansea Point boast an astounding natural backdrop for life on the water and the land. Sicamous is located 32 kilometres east of Salmon Arm on Highway 1, or 76 kilometres north of Vernon on Highway 97A. Sicamous has a regular population of just under 2500. Estimates suggest that Seniors comprise about 25 % of this population and if retirees 55 to 65 are included this number close to doubles. What is true is that Sicamous has a large Seniors community and the Seniors Centre is a critical resource.