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Sooke seniors activity centre gets green light from council

The move allows three groups to begin lobbying government for funding

District council gave agreement in principle Monday to a new seniors centre.

The move allows three groups – Sooke Seniors Drop-In Centre, Sooke Age Friendly Committee and Sooke Region Communities Health Network – to begin lobbying government for funding.

“We simply ask for approval in principle for the land with the same concessions as the library, so we can proceed to request grant money, donations and fundraise,” said Carol Pinalski, president of the Sooke Seniors Drop-In Centre in a submission to council last November.

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So far, the district has put aside $200,000 for senior youth facilities, and the groups have raised $55,000. The groups also plan to approach the federal, provincial and the Capital Regional District for funding.

The groups would like to see a 5,000 square-foot facility activity centre built on Lot A, along Wadams Way.

Sooke has not had a seniors-designated centre for years. The Sooke Seniors Drop-In Centre last operated at the community hall, but that facility was considered inadequate.

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