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Bracebridge’s Centre for Active Living benefiting from permanent provincial funding

The Centre for Active Living in Bracebridge is now part of Ontario’s Seniors Active Living Centre (SALC) program.

Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, stopped in Bracebridge Friday afternoon to detail the program which will see the facility receive $20,483 as part of an initial investment and could get up to $50,000 in funding next year. He explained how SALC programs aim to support living an active, healthy, and independent life.

Cho was joined by Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Graydon Smith, District Chair Jeff Lehman, Mayor of Bracebridge Rick Maloney, Deputy Mayor Brenda Rhodes, and Coun. Debbie Vernon for the announcement.

Smith pointed out Cho is 87 years old and joked that the long-time City of Toronto councillor has more energy than he does.

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Cho chalked it up to a secret he learned years ago that also helps keep him looking young and handsome. “When people are happy, they laugh,” he said. “If you have a big laugh, then you become happier.”

Before ending his speech Cho had everyone at the facility raise their arms and let out a big belly laugh.

He said the best ways to stay healthy is to be active and to enjoy yourself.

“I’m absolutely convinced that the next council meeting, we’re going to start off with a one, two, three, big belly laugh,” joked Maloney.

He pointed out how one of the top priorities for the current term of Bracebridge council is the health and well-being of the community. He said the Centre for Active Living has supported that goal since it opened in 1975 and he’s glad it will be able to continue. “Thank you for all the work you do for our community,” he told the assembled crowd. “Thank you for keeping your doors open so that people can come and socialize and engage and be part of a community.”

Cho and Smith also stopped in Parry Sound to announce the Seniors Connect and Active Living program has been added as one of the 316 SALC programs across Ontario.

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