It’s been another enjoyable month at the SSAC, every day we sign up new members impressed not only by the activities, services and meals we have available, but also the warm and friendly environment. June saw another positive bottom line on the financial balance sheet, although there will be an expected drop in revenue in July and August with the usual seasonal reduction in activity participation. Keeping the kitchen open during the Summer months has been well received, especially the $8 Tuesday and Thursday Entrée Salads. Thanks to Emily, Liz and especially the kitchen volunteers who make this summer opening possible.

Another invaluable Flea Market has come and gone. This time producing over $1.400 profit. Thanks to all of the donors and volunteers for this success. The next market will be on Saturday October 7th. This will feature Christmas and Craft items along with the usual array of household and sporting goods.

Sadly we are losing a valued front office volunteer Merilee Martell as she moves to be with family in Chilliwack. She is so efficient with a very pleasant manner in fulfilling her taxing front desk role. She will be particularly missed from the challenging role of front desk and greeter volunteers’ co-ordinator. We thank her for the wonderful service she has given us and wish her well in the future.

I am concerned with the everyday running of the SSAC and ensuring a strong viable future. However, I believe it is important to remember where we came from and who got us to where we are. In going through documents at the Centre I came across a large binder and a CD covering the history of the Centre from its inception to 1999. They contain many photographs and much documentation of our history. I feel that it would be appropriate to honour all of those that have come before us by documenting our history in a self-published book. Past-President Doug Smith has written and self-published multiple books. He has indicated to me that he would be willing to head up a group with this goal of documenting our history from inception to present. The target would be to complete the text in 2025. So, if you are a writer or have any relevant publishing, photo editing skills etc., or are just a long-term member with a great memory, let me know. Email me at indicating your interest in participating, with a subject line “SSAC History”. If we can get a group together, we can hopefully get underway sometime in September or October.

To all our new members, thank you for joining and we hope to see you in often. Let us know how you are finding your experience with us. We are always looking to improve the SSAC experience anyway we can. Take care all and have a great Summer.

Richard Ward