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Toronto Seniors Living In Diversity | A Fun Time Had By All
Representatives from Retirement Listing Service were on hand at this years annual Toronto Seniors Living In Diversity event. With the music blasting and everyone dancing, the Toronto senior community still knows how to party.
By: Lawrence Comiskey
This was the third annual Toronto Seniors Living In Diversity event, presented by the Toronto Seniors' Forum. With the sun shining and the temperature hovering around twenty five degrees, it was a gorgeous day to celebrate the cultural diversity within our Toronto senior community.
Scheduled to start at twelve o'clock the area around Queen and Bay began to fill with seniors from as early as 9am. Information booths from every city service including the Toronto Library, Immigration Services and Service Canada had all sorts of great information for active seniors, including summer programs, trips and activities. At a glance, you could see groups of seniors crowding around tables, eagerly awaiting their turn to browse over all the great services provided by our city.
As the lunch hour approached, attention turned to the main stage as seats began to fill up in anticipation for the afternoon entertainment.
The master of ceremony, Neil Mudde from the Toronto Seniors' Forum, kicked things off with a warm welcome, which had many seniors smiling and laughing. Immediately following the opening address, everyone participated in the smudging or prayer ceremony and than joined in with the singing of O'Canada. With anticipation building it was time for the entertainment to begin.
As the first performers where introduced, it was apparent that the senior community around Toronto is culturally diverse. The first group to hit the stage was the Caribbean Singers, starting things off with a wonderful rendition of "I shall not be moved". Formed 40 years ago, The Caribbean Singers show us just how far the roots go. With such cultural diversity the two hour long event was packed with performances from seniors from all nationalities including, Aboriginal, East Indian and Asian groups. It was truly amazing to see seniors from every where around the world come together and celebrate not only their love of life but the strong bond that exists within the older population in our fine city.
The entertainment was broken up by guest speakers, with a special appearance from Mayor David Miller who commended our growing senior population for their continued involvement with the city, helping to make Toronto a better place to live for everyone.
As things came to a close, seniors could be seen dancing to the popular song "Jai Ho" and it was quite apparent that the older population in Toronto is alive and kicking. Seniors around our city are active, interested and involved, not to mention still cutting loose.
A big thanks goes out the members of The Toronto Seniors Forum for putting together a fun filled day! Nathan Phillips Square provided an excellent venue to hold the event, with the beautiful back drop of City Hall.
The Toronto senior Community is full of life and growing by the day, come out and join the party!
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