This is a copy of the speech given by Evergreen Acres resident Jean Gross during the Open House at Buck Manor
At my age, I didn’t expect to be asked to be a public speaker again. I thought those days were over. I really don’t like public speaking, but it seems to keep happening. This time, I’ve been asked to speak on behalf of Gordon, myself and our neighbours here at Evergreen Acres. To start off, I’ll say it’s a great place to live. I like it. I like my (our) apartment. I like the fact that we can live in our old age in dignity and respect. I appreciate the fact it is affordable. Also, I get to enjoy nature looking out my windows.
As always, before I do any public speaking, I turn to books (real books). My handiest resource book was the “Upper North Thompson Reflections,” printed in 1996. This book gives a clear history of Evergreen Acres Senior Citizens Home Society, the article I referred to was written by Vi Mayer. So many people to thank for believing Evergreen Acres was needed and who worked hard to get it built. The official opening was held on May 14, 1977. With the first readiest moving in that very day.
As Lloyd Strickland said in the dedication address at the official opening in 1977. This building is for the use of those in our community who have reached a point in their lives, that while the spirit remains young the body says “slow down.”
Evergreen Acres is a beautiful spot. It gives us a place to live that is free from all the confusing obligations of this so-called modern world. No one living here ever has a need to be lonely. It provides us with a safe and secure home.
Everyone living here and involved in the care and direction of the daily and future needs of life, has to seek, understand and tolerate the opinions of all who live here.
As the official dedication /opening of the Ed Buck Manor happens today. We once again have a great number of people to be thankful for it. Sadly there are still many people who need places like Evergreen Acres. It takes many people to make it happen.
Here at Evergreen Acres, we are thankful for all past, current and future board members. Past administrators and our current administrators, the Home Care people that help those that need help and our neighbours, friends and the community.
Clearwater really is a great place to live, for all ages.
The end, I hate long winded speeches (listening to and giving), so this is the end. If I repeated myself a time or two, remember, I’m old and it’s okay!