2:30 a.m., April 14)
guiding force calls it a day after 23 years
By Fred Sherwin
Senior Adults Centre executive director shares
a laugh with her daughter and grandson before
cutting the cake at her retirement party on
Friday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
the past 23 years the Gloucester Senior Adults Centre
has flourished under the guidance and leadership of Debbie
Trickey, a bundle of energy and positivity who has left
a lasting and loving impression on everyone involved with
Friday, the GSAC and the community at large got to say
thank you to Trickey who is retiring to spend more time
with her husband Warren and her grandchildren, Kaitlyn
and Jamie, who about to get a new addition.
plan was to retire when I turned 60, but I stuck around
for two more years for the centre's 25th anniversary,"
said Trickey, during a break in her retirement party.
proceedings opened with a 15-minute video retrospective
of Trickey's 23 years at the centre, complete with dozens
of photos that brought back a flood of memories.
accolades started once the video presentation had ended.
One of Trickey's frist acts as the centre's new executive
director iwas to create an intergenerational partnership
with Lester B. Pearson High School.
partnership blossomed over the years and continues to
flourish. Students from the school's hospitality program
serve meals during special occasions at Thansgiving, Valentine's
Day, St. Patrick's Day and Easter and they take part in
the centre's annual Remembrance Day ceremony.
also make regular visits to Laurier Manor where they interact
with the alzheimer patients.
B. Pearson principle Andre Potvin presented Trickey with
a school letter and a group of students gave her a giant
been a wonderful relationship that has really grown over
the years and is really mutually beneficial," said
often runs into former students who recall their experience
meet these guys in the darndest places and they always
are so nice. It's very gratifying and one of the things
I'll miss the most," said Trickey.
Ward city councillor Rainer Bloess reminded people how
heavily involvrf Trickey was the cente.
wore so many hats. Fundraiser, party organizer, social
director. Often times she wore two or three hats at the
same time.," said Bloess. "I'm sure she would
have made a great cruise director."
president Jacquie Lafontaine hinted that Trickey might
nor be gone for long as she reminded eveybody thet Trickey
recently became a member of the centre.
will be truly missed, but the good news she recently became
a member," said Lafontaine.
it was Trickey's turn to take the mic, she thanked everyone
for making her tenure at the helm of the GSAC so enjoyable,
will never forget the first time we organized a trip to
the casino. Let's just say it's a lot easier bringing
200 seniors to a casino than it is bringing them back.
Seniors love to gamble, I tell ya'," Trickey joked.
been a very emotional week, going through all the files
and sharing so many stories. I want to thank all my colleagues;
my husband Warren who has supported through all the ups
and downs; my children who have grown up with the centre;
and especially all the members who I will never forget."
worked very hard to bring the centre to the community
and the community to the centre.and I believe we accomplished
only regret is that she was unsuccessfull in getting govenrment
funding to expand the centre which is located on the second
floor of the Earl Armstrong Arena. However, she hasn't
given up yet and with the help of the local city councillors
and the representatives at the provincial and federal
level the centre may get its funding yet.
the meantime, Trickey plans to sit on few committees now
that she's a member of the centre.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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