In the Beginning

Begun in 2009, the Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay is a not for profit registered society whose purpose is to provide housing and accommodation for seniors; to research and represent the interests of seniors living in the greater St. Margaret’s Bay area; and to promote and participate in the development of wellness living for seniors 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 neighbors. This diversity makes for challenges to identify and meet seniors’ needs. We serve long time residents of the area, those who have relocated to enjoy a retirement and lifestyle unique to the Bay, and reach out to those who may not come forward.

A gathering in the spring of 2009 in the community room at the Tantallon Superstore saw almost a hundred people come out in response to a notice of public meeting that had been called to discuss senior’s housing needs in the greater St. Margaret’s Bay area. Following that inaugural meeting and several more village meetings the Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay was established to provide a vehicle for seniors in the greater St. Margaret’s Bay area to come together to promote wellness living in our community. Our primary goal is to serve seniors in the area stretching from Dover to Hubbards although our charter permits anyone to join in the association.

The findings from a number of public meetings and a survey have identified the following key areas of concern to seniors living in the area:

  • To identify those programs that are available to residents and to assist persons to access these services so as to permit them to live comfortably and safely in their own homes;
  • The need for well priced rental accommodation designed for seniors;
  • To enhance and expand assisted living programs both for ‘in home’ delivery and in a residential setting; and,
  • To provide nursing home and palliative care facilities in our own community.

It is well documented that the majority of seniors wish to remain in their own homes. Our Association will assist individuals to make the contacts that can permit this to safely occur whilst working to see appropriate housing options made available such that if one cannot stay in one’s home they at least can stay in their community.

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Active Seniors Association of SMB Programs and Activities

Please click on any of the items below or the menu items to learn more about the programs and activities of our Association:

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2019 Programs and Activities

Since 2009, the Association has provided many programs and activities related to its primary objectives to improve: Seniors Health & Wellness, Housing, and Living.

These programs, activities, events and other ongoing initiatives are conducted for the benefit of its Members and residents of the St. Margaret’s Bay area, and produced by our many volunteers. We have summarized these achievements in a two-page graphic and text document that can be viewed or downloaded – just click on the image.

The list of achievements continues to grow, and includes the following:

  • Seniors Information Centre
  • Monthly Speakers Meetings
  • Website – Local Services Directory
  • Potluck Luncheons & Social Events
  • Birdwatching, Golf, Boat Building
  • Tai Chi, Seniors Exercises
  • Volunteer & Leader Development
  • Seniors Research, Outreach & Advocacy
  • Annual Bay Expo
  • Monthly Newsletters
  • Cookbook, BBQ Fundraisers
  • Grocery Bus
The Association has also initiated and/or supported a number of other non-profit organizations in the area including:

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Directors, Officers, and Staff

Board of Directors 2018-2019

Carl Breckenridge
Fred Dolbel
Carol Evans
Michelle MacLean
Rowena Morrison
Doug Poulton
Melan Sapp
Heather Thompson
Rebecca Weickert



President Becky Weickert
Vice President Fred Dolbel
Secretary Heather Thompson
Treasurer Mel Sapp

Many thanks to former Directors and Officers:

2017-2018 Directors Bill & Elaine Brooks
2009-2016 Chair, President & Treasurer Heather Cochrane
2009-2012 Secretary & Treasurer Fred Dolbel
2009-2013 Vice President Carol Evans
2009-2013 Vice President Joan Murray
2013 Vice President Loretta Walker
2013 Director Peter Lund
2011-2014 Director, Secretary Ed Bottrell
2014 Director Jane Bureau
2014 Director Bob Angus
2009-2016 Director John McKee
2014-2016 Director, Vice President René Lavoie

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By-Laws and Memorandum of Association

Click here to view or download the Seniors Association By-Laws and Memorandum of Association.

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