Established in 2009 the Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay is a not for profit registered society whose purpose is to help seniors in the St. Margaret’s Bay area realize their retirement dreams, maintain control over their lives and to present opportunities for sharing their skills and experience. Bay Seniors is inclusive, helps local seniors participate in social, community and wellness activities and has a long term goal to assist in finding accommodation in our area.
The findings from a number of public meetings and surveys have identified the following key areas of concern to seniors living in the area:
The Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay works with community groups and other organizations to serve the interests of everyone within our Bay area. Residents of the St. Margaret’s Bay area live in a “community of communities” – each with its own heritage and network of neighbours. This diversity makes for challenges to identify and meet seniors’ needs. We serve long time residents of the area, and those who have relocated to enjoy a retirement and lifestyle unique to the Bay, and reach out to those who may not come forward.
To reach and engage the seniors of St. Margaret’s Bay area, to assist them with their needs, and to enrich their lives.
A secure, healthy, happy, vibrant and enlightened seniors community in the St. Margaret’s Bay area.
To help seniors realize their retirement dreams, maintain control over their lives, and to present opportunities for sharing their skills and experience.
Seniors Information Centre 902-820-3334
Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am – 2:00pm Sept. to May (10am to Noon for July and August) – located inside the Community Enterprise Centre and offers numerous resources for seniors and their families, including:
• Find government programs and services that help seniors save money and live safely in their own home
• Find contact information for local trades people and service providers who work in the Bay area
Website and Facebook
The Seniors Association website, www.bayseniors.ca provides:
• Details of events, activities, and projects;
• Programs and services for seniors and their families;
• Information about seniors’ health, housing, finances, etc;
• Local Services Directory of service providers and trades people who serve the St. Margaret’s Bay area.
• Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bayseniors to stay up to date on news and activities
The Association’s monthly e-newsletter is available online, by email, paper copies locally and by postal mail on request. The monthly newsletter provides news of interest to seniors, identifies relevant government and community resources, and informs members upcoming events and Seniors Association activities.
Our monthly gatherings are an opportunity to hear from, and talk with, experts who work with seniors and their families, as well as speakers on a wide variety of topics from gardening to healthy eating, housing to remembering the past. The meetings are free, and a great way to meet others and make new friends. We have the occasional potluck and parties. Meetings are typically held on the third Thursday of the month, at Shining Water Marina (unless otherwise noted)
Tai Chi and Low-Impact Aerobics Classes
Beginner and Intermediate, 8-week Tai Chi classes for members, held on Mondays. Drop-in style aerobics classes – Wednesdays and Fridays.
Weekly trips to local grocery stores for St. Margaret’s Bay seniors. Participants are picked up at their homes and delivered to a local grocery store. The Seniors Association pays for the grocery bus service and provides volunteers who help participants purchase their groceries. Social time with tea and snacks is included. Participants are delivered back to their home. Transportation is co-funded and provided by BayRides.
Neighbours Helping Neighbours
Supporting our community by meeting the various needs of local seniors.
Excursions for Members
Group tours to Nova Scotia’s special places, primarily during the summer months.
• Educational programs for volunteer leadership and development;
• Facilitating affordable and sustainable housing for seniors;
• Demographic research, outreach and advocacy initiatives for seniors;
• Annual Bay Expo of products and services of interest to seniors and other residents of the Bay area.
The St. Margaret’s Bay Housing Coalition
Organized to develop affordable multi-generational housing for seniors and those in need in the St. Margaret’s Bay area.
Community Enterprise Centre
The new Community Enterprise Centre (CEC) is a gathering place for seniors and community members, a networking and office space for local non-profit organizations and home-based businesses. The CEC is located at 5229 St. Margaret’s Bay Road and is open 8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday.
BayRides provides door-to-door transportation throughout the community at affordable rates. Call 902-820-6600 to book a ride.
Bay Treasure Chest
The Bay Treasure Chest is a weekly 50/50 Toonie draw. Many Seniors Association volunteers help with the weekly BTC draws and support activities. The net proceeds raised from each draw support a wide variety of community organizations, including the Seniors Association.
Recording Secretary – Nancy LaPaix
President – Rebecca Weickert
Vice President – Fred Dolbel
Secretary – Heather Thompson
Treasurer – Melan Sapp
Communications – Sharon Jessup Joyce
2009-2019 Director, President – Doug Poulton
2009-2016 Director, Treasurer, President – Heather Cochrane
2009-2016 Director – John McKee
2009-2013 Vice President – Carol Evans
2009-2013 Vice President – Joan Murray
2009-2012 Secretary, Treasurer – Fred Dolbel
2011-2014 Director, Secretary – Ed Bottrell
2013 Vice President – Loretta Walker
2013 Director – Peter Lund
2014 Director – Jane Bureau
2014 Director – Bob Angus
2014-2016 Director, Vice President – René Lavoie
2016-2017 Director – Bill Brooks, Elaine Brooks
2019-2020 Director – Donna Mattholie
Unit 1 – 5229 St. Margaret’s Bay Road
Upper Tantallon, NS
(Located inside the SMB Community Enterprise Centre)