Over 20 years ago, the Rotary Club of Guelph recognized the need of facilities for a building to accommodate seniors for their leisure activities. Accordingly the Club in conjunction with the City of Guelph and the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association proceeded to plan for a centre. The Rotary, for its part, mainly with the efforts of three Rotarians, Dave Kennedy, Allen Whitworth and Don Bower spearheaded the venture. An agreement was made with the City of Guelph through the assistance of former mayors John Counsel and Joe Young that Rotary represented by Allen and Dave would raise from the community half of the $3,000,000 required for the project. Of the amount raised, $450,000 was contributed by the local Rotary Foundation which included an amount from the Estate of Rotarian and local businessman, Jack Skov of $350,000. The balance was made up by the community fund drive headed by Allen and together with City funds and other grants. The Evergreen Seniors Community Centre was officially opened on Wednesday, February 19th, 1992.
The original activity groups of the GWSA included the Christmas Variety Show, the Walking Club, the Travel Group, the Craft Group, Line Dancing, Billiards, Euchre and Cribbage. Two original activity groups that didn’t survived were Carpet Bowling and Sailing.
(Brief History of the GWSA courtesy of Art Riley, John Arnold and Veronica Turner).
Click here for a written history of the GWSA
We would like to share the History of the GWSA from 1975 to December of 2016. See the YouTube video below. This is the culmination of a lengthy process involving the GWSA Board of Directors and some of the longest standing volunteers of the GWSA. It is quite long, just shy of 52 minutes. But it is very worthwhile to watch, listen to and enjoy!