Welcome from Co-Coordinator – Kathleen Buckley
Welcome to MacKay Centre for Seniors.com. The MacKay Centre is a non-profit organization offering social, recreational and volunteer opportunities for older adults (55 years+) in Goderich and the surrounding area. Our programs encourage seniors to remain active and independent in their own home and in the community. We are open Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm. The centre is fully accessible and equipped with an automatic door. The building is available for rental some evenings and weekends – for building rentals please inquire within.
Our building is owned by the Town of Goderich. We receive some funding from the Provincial Government and receive support from the Town of Goderich. We raise funds to cover operating costs through membership, program, and user fees. We offer tax receipts for charitable donations, bequests, memorial donations and gifts.
This centre offers people a chance to meet, make new friends and participate in a wide range of activities.
If you have any questions about the centre please feel free to contact me (519) 524-6660 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop in at the office and it would be my pleasure to give you a tour of the building.
Membership is open to any person is 55 years of age or older. In order to continue providing services we charge a small annual membership fee of $10.00 per person.
In 1925 Robert MacKay donated $12.000 to the Town of Goderich to construct a community hall. The cornerstone of MacKay Hall was laid on October 14, 1926 and the building was officially opened on February 2, 1927. The hall was used by many community groups including The Women’s Institute and the Goderich Little Theatre. During the war years the I.O.D.E. offered meals and organized dances for soldiers stationed at the air force base in Port Albert. The hall was also used by the school board to accommodate classes during school renovations.
In 1977 representatives of Health & Welfare Canada along with town council members toured the town in search of a building suitable for a seniors centre. They decided that MacKay Hall was an ideal location. A steering committee formed, plans were drawn up and in 1979 a party was held at the hall to launch a fundraising campaign. Grants were obtained from New Horizons and Wintario and generous donations were received from the Town of Goderich, Colborne Township, local businesses, service clubs, and individuals. Renovations began in June of 1980 and The MacKay Centre for Seniors was officially opened in October, 1980.
The facility has continued to improve over the years – an elevator and automated door have been added making the building fully accessible.