I’m addressing Dick Richard’s statement on the front of the Stettler Independent, Sept. 9, 2009 where he stated that it is important to remain competitive in regards to services provided for seniors. In my opinion, Stettler is the least competitive in central Alberta for providing a decent drop-in centre for their seniors. This has been an issue for two years now and we are no closer to resolving it.
Also two years ago, senior citizens went to the sports director to find a place that could be used to play bocce. We have been driving to Innisfail, Pine Lake, Lacombe and Wetaskiwin to play and needed a place to practice. We were not given a designated place so we used the soccer field until we were asked not to play there anymore. This year, we were told we could use the ball diamond west of the arenas. Being seniors, we also required a bathroom and one was hauled in for our use and for the ball players. Well, ball season ended and the toilet was removed. No one thought to ask the seniors if they were done using it for bocce and we weren’t. It would have been a nice gesture to have been asked or at least told it would be removed on a certain date. Well, I guess our season has to end when the town decides for us.
I am only a senior trying to enhance things for all the seniors in the town. I do not get paid for my efforts but I just hope this is a wake up call to the town and county to start paying more attention to the seniors and work with them directly on the things that they require.