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Leading the Way

     On Feb 9, I spoke at the Parksville Community Centre in support of the excellent Oceanside Hospice. This gave me a chance to check out some terrific projects for seniors that are taking place in the area. Parksville, BC and the neighbouring community of Qualicum Beach have the highest proportion of seniors in Canada. By 2030, Parksville's current population of some 12,000 people is estimated to grow by 31%. And the population of seniors aged 75+ is expected to double. So I'm watching with interest the plans and projects launched for seniors by these savvy communities. I suspect they'll be leading the way for the rest of us.

     The photo above shows a great example. Last summer the Parksville Lions Club installed Adult Fitness Equipment at the Parksville Community Park next to the kids Adventureland and right near their boardwalk. As a fan posted on their facebook page "... judging by all the comments and the people down there trying out the equipment, it is a big hit! This will greatly enhance my regular walks down to the beach along the boardwalk by giving me some circuit exercises too, and you sure can't beat the view!"

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