Agreement between the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the Killarney Community Centre Society clears the way for a Request for Proposal (RFP) to build the long-promised Seniors Centre
Vancouver, B.C., September 23, 2015 – The long-promised Southeast Vancouver Seniors Centre is a big step closer to becoming a reality today after the signing of an important agreement between the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the Killarney Community Centre Society. The agreement clears the way for the Park Board to issue a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) to build the long-awaited Seniors Centre and get shovels in the ground.
NPA Park Board Commissioner Erin Shum, who serves as the Park Board liaison to the Killarney Community Centre, and is also the Park Board Liaison to the City of Vancouver Seniors’ Advisory Committee, says she is pleased that the Seniors Centre project is finally moving ahead after many frustrating years for the community’s seniors.
“The seniors in South Vancouver have waited a long time for this centre to be built, and building it was a key election promise we made. I’m pleased with this huge step forward and that we’re finally delivering on our promise to the seniors,” said Shum. “This facility will be an important asset to the community and go a long way towards reducing isolation and loneliness for seniors in the community, and we will continue to work with our community partners in good faith.”
Shum wants to acknowledge and thank her NPA colleagues, particularly NPA City Councillors Melissa De Genova and Elizabeth Ball who have been unwavering champions for the Seniors Centre over many years, as well as all current and past Park Board Commissioners who have made the Seniors Centre project a number one priority.
Shum also wants to acknowledge and thank Ainslie Kwan, President of the Killarney Community Centre Society, Lorna Gibbs, President of the Southeast Vancouver Seniors’ Arts & Cultural Society (SVSACS), and Keith Jacobson, Treasurer of the Killarney Community Centre Society, and the entire Killarney board for their steadfast leadership in moving the Seniors Centre project forward.
Once completed, the Southeast Vancouver Seniors Centre will serve more than 27,000 seniors who live in the South Vancouver area. Plans call for a 10,000 square foot facility with a separate kitchen and a number of multipurpose and other rooms.
A total of $7.5 million in funding has been secured for the project, split equally between the City of Vancouver ($2.5 million), the Province of British Columbia ($2.5 million), and the Government of Canada ($2.5 million), with land next to the Killarney Community Centre allocated by the Park Board.
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