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Petrolia Seniors group marks milestone

Petrolia Seniors is celebrating 30 years of providing social activities and wellness to Southwest Edmonton seniors. Founded in 1987 with the help of St.

Petrolia Seniors is celebrating 30 years of providing social activities and wellness to Southwest Edmonton seniors.

Founded in 1987 with the help of St. Thomas Moore Church, Petrolia Seniors was created to help meet the needs of the community with everything from physical activity and social time, to accessing information around health and wellness. Lunches were held on the third Tuesday of the month, provided as a potluck, and helped the community get to know their neighbours.

“There's a social aspect, but it's a great chance for seniors to get to know each other, care for each other, to have a program that's educational and entertaining,” Betty Mullen, one of the founding members says.

“We've had musical performers, kids come and sing, ventriloquist acts, all kinds of entertainment, but also we've had some really good speakers.

By 1995, the group had outgrown the church, and relocated to the Greenfield Community Hall. A bridge group was added, which meets every Wednesday. The group continued to expand, offering social activities, outings, and luncheons with guest speakers. Because of the informal atmosphere, Petrolia seniors can operate without the “red tape” of government-funded programs. Most programs run with a small fee that pays for the lunch. The group prides themselves on inclusivity, encouraging all seniors to attend, regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation.

As the population continues to age, the demand for a group like Petrolia Seniors will only get stronger. The luncheons and Bridge club see consistent growth in attendance. With continued community involvement and engagement, Petrolia Seniors can look forward to another successful thirty years, providing a worthwhile service to the citizens of Edmonton.