Clearwater’s seniors luncheon program is a success and should continue, town council decided during its March 15 meeting.
“The lunches are getting seniors out who would otherwise stay at home, from not just Clearwater but outlying areas as well,” said councillor Shelley Sim.
Between 60 and 80 typically attend each lunch, which are organized by coordinator Lynne Frizzle and include speakers on relevant topics, Sim said.
The program’s success involves more than just lunches. Seniors also go on field trips by bus and attend events such as a recent figure-skating show.
She noted that Wells Gray Seniors Society is applying for grants to continue the program but there is no guarantee they will be successful.
Sim made a motion that the municipality fund the lunch program for seven months or up to $6,000, in the event that the socieity is not successful in getting grants.
There was some discussion about which line item in the budget the money would come from, or whether a new line item (and budget) would be needed, but eventually the motion passed.