People living in the Soroptimist Village and Activities Centre got a special visit from the Governor General Dame Sandra Mason this morning.
The visit by the Governor General to the centre’s open day marked the end of the 27th-anniversary celebrations. Dame Sandra viewed the displays and was treated to a dance presentation which included line dancing. She was also given a tour of the retirement village, which currently houses 25 units.
Delivering brief remarks, the Governor General said she was impressed with the displays and in particular the dance presentation.
“I am really impressed, what also impressed me as well is the line dancing,” she said, adding jokingly, “every Saturday night, unless someone makes me leave home I lay on the bed and watch ‘Q in the Community’ and the two highlights are the karaoke and line dancing”.
She thanked the attendees for welcoming her, saying they and the centenarians she visits have paved the way.
“Whenever I visit a centenarian I thank them for giving me the privilege and the honour to visit with them because I am aware that it is [on their] backs [that] I have [come to] be where I am and therefore it would be remiss of me to not say thank you.“
Administrator of the Activities Centre Judith Gittens told the media they were happy to have the Governor General visit and for the opportunity to showcase their talents.
She said the open day was part of the month-long celebration.
“It is part and parcel of a big model and vision that we started a long time ago. We talk about ageing actively and abundantly and we encourage the seniors to come every day and participate in all types of activities.
“We had four main events to celebrate this. Today is the one that is open to the public,” Gittens explained. (KB)