An Efficiency Nova Scotia representative helped to pass out information about saving money and accessing grants. Here local resident Mary Lee Gonzaga looks over some information.
By Amy Woolvett
There was a big crowd in attendance for the Shelburne County 50+ Expo where they were able to get information on just about everything.
There were around 150 people in attendance with 53 vendors giving massages, taking blood pressure, and informing visitors about services available to them in the area.
Shawna Symonds, organizer and senior coordinator for the area, said the event went well. She was pleased that the Expo was so successful along with the help of social services, the Tri-County Women’s Centre, the recreation departments of Lockeport, Shelburne and the Municipality of Shelburne, the RCMP, Keep it Moving and the Shelburne County Community Health Board.
“We really tried hard to make sure there was a connection between seniors and what was offered in the community with a wide variety of workshops,” said Symonds.
She said what was popular amongst the visitors came as a surprise.
“Some of what we thought would be really popular wasn’t and others we didn’t think would do so well did,” said Symonds.
Anything to do with health care and medications garnered a lot of attention while learning to make your own wine did not see many participants. Exercising lessons including chair yoga were big hits.
Symonds works for Shelburne out of the Shelburne RCMP offices as a safety coordinator for seniors.
“We are so lucky to have her in this community,” said RCMP officer Nancy Mason. “She is a tremendous asset for the community.”
The primary goal for the position, Symonds explained, was to keep seniors safe in their homes as long as possible with a better quality of life.