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The Haut-Saint-Laurent Seniors’ Fair returns to Ormstown

On September 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Communic-Action Project and Seniors’ Committee of the Haut-Saint-Laurent will be hosting the third edition of the Haut-Saint-Laurent Seniors’ Fair at Chateauguay Valley Regional High School. With the theme of “Moving On!” it will focus on how seniors and their families can heal and recover from the pandemic. There will be 50 kiosks, five conferences, and four health workshops.

At least 300 people are expected to attend. Folks of all ages are encouraged to bring the seniors in their lives to experience the activities and learn more about different services. A press release by the seniors’ committee explains that the goal is “to motivate seniors and their families to be active, recognized, and well cared for.”

Kinesiologist Benoit Lemieux will be showing some movement activities on how to adapt to the transitions folks will experience later in life. Don Rosenbaum will talk about the importance of intergenerational interactions. Michelle Beauchesne from the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent will be teaching people about the local bus system. Service Quebec’s Stéphane Gagnon will be giving a presentation on post-retirement work entitled, “Le Travail et la retraite, un duo gagnant!”.

Workshops will include reflexology lessons with Anne-Marie De Serres, chair yoga with Julie Gergely, and acupuncture and meditation with Louise Robinson and Elizabeth Chanona. In the gym, guests can play or watch sports. At lunchtime, the 65+ Band and the After Hours Choir will be giving a performance. Kira Welburn will be facilitating the creation of a collective art piece with guests, and Stéphanie Lalonde and high school students will be working on an outdoor mandala.

This event is sponsored by the Communic-Action Project, the Réseau d’Éclaireurs, Huntingdon MNA Carole Mallette, and Salaberry-Suroît MP Claude De Bellefeuille, and supported by many invaluable partners and volunteers. (CF)

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