The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation or modification of many celebrated summertime events and traditions, including the Mayor’s Garden Party.
The popular event normally sees hundreds of seniors gather for fellowship, refreshments and musical entertainment in City Hall Park in recognition of Alberta Senior’s Month. To minimize the risk of virus transmission and to adhere to public health orders, this year instead of seniors coming to city hall to see the mayor, she travelled to them.
“Although we were unable to host the annual Mayor’s Garden Party, we would still like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our seniors for sharing your skills, knowledge and experience through the years,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “You all have contributed to the strength of our community, province and country, and we honour you for the legacies you’ve built.”
Earlier this month, Mayor Veer and members of city council travelled to thirteen local seniors residences and care facilities to bring greetings on behalf of the city and deliver personalized cards and flowers. All the greetings took place outdoors, allowing seniors and Council to maintain physical distancing and follow all Alberta Health guidelines.
“We are thrilled to be able to make these special visits to our seniors. We want to celebrate them and make sure they know just how important they are to our community,” said Veer.
Don Holloway is this year’s Honourary Senior, as selected by Mayor Veer. Don is a native Newfoundlander who has called central Alberta home since 1977. He’s also believed to be one of our city’s last living veterans of the Korean War.