Seniors Expo benefits seniors, students of Cumberland County

Andrew Wagstaff
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It may be for the seniors, but the students who put it on take great benefits as well.

Seniors Expo benefits seniors, students of Cumberland County

SPRINGHILL It may be for the seniors, but the students who put it on take great benefits as well.

For the second straight year the continuing care students at Nova Scotia Community College held a Seniors Expo at the Cumberland Campus in Springhill recently, bringing together seniors from around the area to learn about just a few of the programs and services available to them.

The students are the driving force behind it, said faculty member Rhonda Jackson. They take it on as a real passion, and really aim to give the seniors as much of an experience as they can.

A wide variety of exhibits included equipment displays from Lifeline and Northwood, as well as information booths from organizations such as the Red Cross, Parkinsons Society and High Crest Nursing Home.

Many of the visitors won a door prize thanks to countless donations from area businesses, and many more took in some of the valuable information available.

You learn a lot by going to the booths and seeing what they do, said Marjorie Newman, an Amherst senior attending for the first time. Seniors can really benefit from this.

Participating in the event serves many purposes for the exhibitors, according to Red Cross volunteer Rita Smyth.

It gives us a chance to let people know the kinds of services we can provide, and also helps us get the messages out regarding disasters and preparing for one, she said. It also helps us solicit volunteers when people are looking for that opportunity.

But perhaps benefiting the most are the students, who spend months preparing for the event, and gain valued experience from it.

Its pride in the fact that were giving back to the community, said student Jennifer White.

The event was more evidence of how much the college benefits the community, according to Springhill Mayor Guy Brown, who recently met many nurses that had graduated from there during his recent hospitalization.

For years I have claimed the volunteer fire departments are the goose that laid the golden egg for many communities throughout Atlantic Canada, he said. I have now added with honour the community college, which is a diamond for Springhill with its training programs and its leadership.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Red Cross, Parkinsons Society

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Atlantic Canada

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