Be Social - Come Join The

Campbellford Seniors Club

"Enhancing the quality of life for seniors throughout our community"

Join the Campbellford Seniors ClubHave you recently retired? Are you new to the Trent Hills Area? Do you wish you had a quick way of getting to know new and interesting like minded individuals like yourself?

If you have answered “Yes”, to any of the above questions, then we have a place for you to fulfill all your wishes. The Campbellford Seniors Citizens Club, right here in downtown beautiful Campbellford. It is situated in the heart of the Trent Hills, on the Trent Severn waterway. Yes, you heard that correctly. Our meeting place is right beside the Trent canal, opposite the License office. If you are so inclined you can paddle, row, or drive a motorized boat to our building. But if you are like most of us, you will have to take the old fashioned way and drive or walk.

We offer a wide range of events for like minded seniors to take part in. Various card games, shuffleboard, tournaments and yes even eating. Once a month, on the first Wednesday of the month, we hold a Soup & Sandwich luncheon. For $7 a person you can bring your friends or you may choose to meet some new friends here. Have your lunch and stay afterward to play an afternoon of euchre.

If this sounds like the place for you and you would like to become a member. Drop by any afternoon and chat with someone about becoming a part of our club. You never know it could be your next big thing. Enjoy yourself, live a little and definitely laugh a lot. Stay young and see you at the Campbellford Seniors Club.


Membership is only $15/year!

For more information, please contact Debbie Bailey

Shining the Spotlight on

"Faye McKelvie"

Campbellford Senior in the Spotlight

Faye McKelvie says family means everything to her and the friends she has made at the Campbellford Senior Citizens’ Club have become
like family to her too.

She talked about how the joy her two sons and their families, seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren bring her every day. Faye also said at the spry age of  90, joining the club has given her a chance to enjoy the many activities, renew acquaintances with old friends and  make new ones.

“I am a life member of the Seymour West Women’s Institute and I am now playing cards with some of those same members who are members of the Campbellford seniors’ centre today,” she said smiling. “I always look forward to going to the centre and meeting all the friends my late husband Bill and I got to know over the years. We always enjoyed our day away from our farm and it was always a fun time,” she commented. And Faye continues to enjoy those friends. 

“I lost my husband Bill in 2009 and miss him greatly. We had many nice trips and fun times together. We were married 62 years,” Faye said. Living in the apartment building across the road from the Forrest Dennis Seniors Centre, she is glad it is nearby. “I have to use a cane now but am trying to keep going as long as I am able,” she said with determination. “My husband Bill and I played shuffleboard a lot. I  m not able to play shuffleboard now but I sure enjoy cribbage and bid euchre and all the new folks I have met. They are all so friendly,” said  Faye grinning.

Living in her apartment doesn’t stop her from visiting her family either at “Faybil Farm”, (they tried to register Faye McKelvie says family is  all important in her life but she admits the friends she has made at the Campbellford Senior Citizens’ Club have become like family to her  too).  She often spends time with her oldest son Frank and his wife Monica and their twin sons. Frank is now running the family’s dairy farm  with sons Jerry and Jamie. “Even though I live in an apartment in town I still go to the farm and spend time with my son, his wife, and my grandkids,” she said smiling.  Photos of her grandkids are proudly displayed on her fridge. Her second son Chuck and his wife Cindy and their family live in Orono so they are not as close in terms of distance, but “I do see them often,” she said.

“I’m sure gramps and great grampa who started all this would be very proud of what the boys have accomplished.” 

On Farm life:

Talking about her childhood growing up on a farm with her three sisters and two brothers, Faye commented, “My parents worked very hard  over those years to raise their family and we were poor but that didn’t bother us because everyone seemed to be poor in those times. We all had our little jobs to do after school to help out, which was probably good for us and at least we all learned we had to work.”

She went to high school for a couple of years then got a job at the old woolen mill here in town working as a weaver and boarded with her
sister Iva. Faye met her husband-to-be when her folks moved from the farm into Campellford and their neighbours, the McKelvies, soon became friends. “They had a pretty nice son Bill,” said Faye with a twinkle in her eye. “He and I hit it off, we both loved going to shows and to dance and we did a lot of that. We were married in 1947,” said Faye reminiscing. Bill was called to the army and when he returned home after the war they bought a farm on the 9th Concession Seymour.

“I always said when I was growing up I would never marry a farmer (too much work) but I have lived to be 90 and am still enjoying life,” she
added with a grin. Faye is a big proponent of the seniors’ club and what it has to offer. “If you are alone and get lonely come and join the seniors’ club and take part in all the fun we enjoy,” she said.

“I have a wonderful family but I also have many senior friends and feel that I am richly blessed,” she concluded.

Meet the 2018

Executive

John Mancini - President, Campbellford Seniors Club
John Mancini

President

"To all members of the Campbellford Seniors Club: First of all, I would like to thank all of you for electing me as your new president. I'm overwhelmed by the amount of support I received during this process. I'm looking forward to serving our members proudly. I anticipate discussing the possibility of adding new programs and new ideas you may have to continue and improve our club. Every idea is important. So, feel free to talk to me or any member of our Executive if you have any ideas or concerns. Most importantly, it's not just me that makes the club. WE make the club together by everyone coming out to enjoy cards and various activities. I believe with a strong committee like we have we can accomplish many things. Your president, John Mancini"

Kathy Cooper - Second Vice President, Campbellford Seniors Club
Heather McCallum

First Vice President
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Kathy Cooper - Second Vice President, Campbellford Seniors Club
Kathy Cooper

Second Vice President
- Rentals
- Soup & Sandwich Co-Chair

"To set up a rental call me to discuss your options. We have a large enough facility for dinners, art classes or even dance classes."

Jan Rutherford - Secretary, Campbellford Seniors Club
Nancy Soulliere

Secretary

 


Connie Quinn - Treasurer, Campbellford Seniors Club
Connie Quinn

Treasurer

"Come out and meet new people at the Campbellford Senior Citizens Club."


Ruth McInroy - Memberhsip Director, Campbellford Seniors Club
Debbie Bailey

Membership Director

 


Jan Rutherford - Secretary, Campbellford Seniors Club
Jan Rutherford

Event Co-ordinator
- Soup & Sandwich Co-Chair

"Our little club has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years. I have met a great many very interesting seniors within the Trent Hills community. If you enjoy meeting new people, please do not hesitate to approach one of our members to find out how you too can be a part of this club. We offer a wide range of activities for all to enjoy. Thru-out the week there is a variety of card games going on, as well as shuffle board. On the first Wednesday of the month, a community soup & sandwich is put on for all to enjoy for the low price of $7. We also offer trips to the theater or boat trips if you like the water. So if you like to meet new people and have fun. Pick a day and come out to see what the seniors are all about here in Campbellford."

The Senior Citizens

Advisory Council

Member of the Month

The Senior Citizens Advisory Council is an office within the Campbellford Senior Citizens Club created to assist local seniors complete various Government forms and applications so that they may obtain all of the benefits to which they are entitled. The program has been in place for over 20 years and has been managed by Bob Laidler since 2009.

The primary function of the office is to assist Seniors within the Trent Hills Community and surrounding area to file their annual Income Tax Returns. It is important to file a Tax Return every year to qualify for the many benefits that seniors are entitled to. For example, the Federal GST, the Provincial Trillium Fund and the Senior Homeowner Property Tax Grant are only paid to people who apply for these benefits when filing their tax returns. If you don’t file an annual Tax Return, you could be missing out on some or all of these benefits. For the 2013 taxation year we assisted more than 250 local seniors in filing their returns and receiving their benefits.

In addition to Income Tax preparation and Electronic filing of current year returns, we can also assist with completion of various government forms including applications for Canada Pension, Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Disability Benefits and Passports. We can also help with filing of prior years Income Tax Returns, tax audits and re-assessments of current or prior years.

The office is open February, March, April, and May on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. The office is located at 55 Grand Road and the telephone number is +1 (705) 653-3001.

After the Tax season (June through January), I can be reached at my home phone (705) 653-5099 and an appointment can be made to meet either at the office or my home to resolve any remaining Tax issues.

No appointment is necessary, just drop by the office at your convenience. Looking forward to helping out in any way we can.