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Our History

 From the conception of a drop-in centre for Penticton seniors, the basic guiding principle has always been that it should provide a focal point for seniors of all income levels, without conditions. It was meant to provide facilities for leisure pursuits, special interests, and specific services at a minimum cost. That was the goal in 1994, and it remains the goal today.

The dream of a drop-in centre for the seniors of Penticton began more than a quarter century ago when a group of determined individuals became vocal advocates for such a centre to be built at the south end of Penticton. They believed it was long overdue citing that the nearby communities of Summerland, Oliver, Okanagan Falls, Peachland, Osoyoos, Keremeos, and Princeton all had drop-in centres for their senior citizens. Why not Penticton?

Recognizing that there was strength in numbers, these committed individuals began, in earnest, to rally the area’s ‘‘grey power.” Seven local seniors’ organizations held a meeting in St. Saviour’s Hall, and the enthusiastic group of attending seniors voted unanimously to form the Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre Society. The seniors of Penticton had become a united voice.

Penticton’s new interim seniors’ drop-in centre held its first official meeting in December 1994 at the former Hansel and Gretel Motel. By February 1995, a full slate of activities was being offered – line dancing, bridge, whist, etc. As well, events such as potluck dinners and dances were being held. This site was to be leased until a permanent centre could be built.

Penticton’s new interim seniors’ drop-in centre held its first official meeting in December 1994 at the former Hansel and Gretel Motel. By February 1995, a full slate of activities was being offered – line dancing, bridge, whist, etc. As well, events such as potluck dinners and dances were being held. This site was to be leased until a permanent centre could be built. 

Fundraising began in earnest in 1994 when it was realized that $1.5 million would be needed to bring the dream to fruition. A building site was still needed, and the perfect location on South Main was found: a former orchard that Henry Johansen had left to the City of Penticton to be used for the enjoyment of the city’s citizens. The location became a hotly-contested issue and, in the November 1996 municipal elections, there was a referendum question that read, “Do you approve the City of Penticton leasing approximately 3.5 acres of Robinson Park property for facilities to house a Senior Citizens Drop-In Centre including management, maintenance, improvements, operations, control and use.” Although it did pass, there were not as many votes as had been hoped. 

On June 19, 1997, then-Mayor Beth Campbell broke ground for the project by taking the first spadeful of dirt from the building site at Robinson Park. Although the original plan for the centre had to be scaled back because of funding, there was a provision that, in the future, an expansion might be undertaken. The doors opened in 1999, and the seniors came, were welcomed, and immediately felt at home.  

Contact Us:
PENTICTON SENIORS' DROP-IN CENTRE SOCIETY
2965 South Main Street
Penticton, BC  V2A 5J7
250 493 2111
psdics@hotmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Penticton-Seniors-Drop-In-Centre-Society-1045806658806383/
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