The fair is in collaboration with Victoria Order of Nurses (VON), the RCMP Seniors’ Safety Program, the Region of Queens (the Recreation Department) and the Queens Community Health Board.
“We’re also sponsored by the Best Western,” says Cst. Laura Cormier, with the Liverpool RCMP detachment.
Over the past 10 years, the fair has been in various venues in the community. This will be its third time at the Best Western, and Cst. Cormier says this is because attendance has been increasing, and they expect about 200 people.
Cst. Cormier describes the event as an afternoon of exhibitors from Nova Scotia providing information to seniors about services, goods and recreational activities among other things.
Ten years after the fair’s start, there are 30 exhibitors. Examples of exhibitors include the Canadian Diabetes Association, Queens County Seniors’ Activity Group and some local businesses.
“During the afternoon, we have live music. This year our music is Amy Grant,” says Cst. Cormier.
There will also be prize draws for gift certificates and other things.
The fair started with the work of Dale Saulnier, who was the seniors’ safety coordinator, Grant Webber, who was the community policing officer, and Margo Walsh-Leaman, who was with VON.
Saulnier says the fair in Liverpool developed because there had been one in Bridgewater for years.
“So we thought, ‘Well maybe we could do a mini version of that in Liverpool,’” she says.
Saulnier spoke with Walsh-Leaman, and they invited all the service groups, such as fire and ambulance services. They also contacted other organizations that might have good information for seniors.
“I love it,” says Cst. Cormier about the event.
She’s says it’s excellent because it brings the community together to socialize and acquire information.
There is no cost for the event.