Skip to content

PHOTOS: Vernon centre returns festive luncheon

Halina Centre’s popular Senior’s Christmas Luncheon returned after two-year break Wednesday, Dec. 7

Santa and Mrs. Claus served up smiles.

Red-serge-clad RCMP members served up refreshments.

The Kalamalka Chorus of the Sweet Adelines served up songs of the season.

And the Vernon Senior Citizens Recreational Society, better known locally as the Halina Centre, served up food and smiles as its popular Seniors Christmas luncheon returned Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Vernon Recreation Centre auditorium.

“We are so glad to be able to host this event again after not being able to do so for two years,” said Halina Centre manager and luncheon hostess Diana Williamson.

The 100 or so in attendance enjoyed turkey dinner with all of the fixings, Christmas cake and other assorted desserts, myriads of door prizes from tons of sponsors, carols from the Sweet Adelines and entertainment from magician Leif David in the nearly three-hour gathering.

The annual Seniors Christmas luncheon has been a fixture of the Halina Centre for nearly 50 years.

The first gathering was held in 1973, the same year alderman William Halina officially opened the facility in the Vernon Recreation Complex on Sept. 17, 1973.

The Halina Centre is Vernon’s longest running centre that addresses the social, educational and recreational interests of those 50-plus, helping to enhance the quality of their lives.

The centre will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2023.

READ MORE: Seniors have Vernon-Monashee MLA working for them

READ MORE: Vernon Chamber raises Rally cry

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Roger Knox

About the Author: Roger Knox

I am a journalist with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. I started my career in radio and have spent the last 21 years working with Black Press Media.
Read more