Seniors Resources Fair promises to inform attendees on Nov. 15

Free admission, light lunch by donation and answers to many questions

By Melissa Smalley

An upcoming resource fair aimed at older adults in the 100 Mile House area is expected to be packed with exhibitors and attendees, according to organizers of the second annual event.

The Seniors Resource Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 100 Mile Community Hall on Nov. 15, and will feature dozens of businesses, organizations and services to provide information to those who attend.

All available exhibitor tables have been booked, says Lea Smirfitt, executive director of the AGE-FRIENDLY Society of the South Cariboo (AFSSC) and hosts of the Seniors Resource Fair.

We have about 30 or so exhibitors confirmed, so it’s going to be a full building,” Smirfitt says.

She adds the diverse list of participants includes everything from health-care providers to local activity clubs, as well as representatives from Cariboo-Chilcotin Donna Barnett’s office and even some handyman and renovation specialists.

It’s quite a strong list this year, so we are pretty excited about it.”

It’s the second year the AGE-FRIENDLY Society has hosted such a resource fair, and the group is hoping for a turnout similar to last year’s event, which drew several hundred people from around the community and beyond.

Admission to the fair is free, and a light lunch – prepared by BJ’s Donuts & Eatery – will be offered by donation and served at a cafe area of the hall with tables and chairs.

The AFSSC initially formed in 2013 as a means of assessing the strengths and weaknesses in the community through the eyes of local seniors. The group went on to create a steering committee with the goal of collecting feedback on important seniors’ issues and helping to create an action plan.

Now, it holds monthly meetings that help to connect seniors with one another and with important resources in the community. Since registering as a non-profit society this past June, Smirfitt says the gatherings have been averaging more than 60 people each month.

Based on the “considerable momentum” the group has been experiencing, the society’s executive director says she and the rest of the society are looking forward to a large turnout at this month’s resource fair.

We are expecting strong attendance and we are very excited about that,” she says.

To find out more about the resource fair, call 250-395-1353.