In the year 1972 a group of older adults, headed by Dr. David Crawford, Kirk Session and the Board of Managers from St. Gile’s Presbyterian Church, felt the need for a drop-in Centre for seniors in the northwest quadrant of the city. Thus, Confederation Park Senior Citizens’s Centre was formed and until 1976 was located in the lower hall of St. Giles Church.
The first President was Mr. Godwin, the first Secretary was Jean Turnbull (later dubbed the “Mother of Confederation”) and the first Coordinator was Mrs. Glora Milligan.
The logo for the Centre, which is still the Centre’s logo, was taken from the “Tree of Life” depicted in a portion of a stained glass window commemorated by St. Gile’s Church.
On October 5, 1973, sod was turned for a separate building for the Centre at 2212 13 Street NW, its present site. The relocation from St. Giles took place in April, 1976.
On May 30, 1984 a sod turning ceremony took place for the building of an addition to the Centre that would include a social room, kitchen, washrooms and storage space. This was completed in November 1984. The official opening was held January 27, 1985.
Confederation Park Seniors’ Centre was registered as a society with the Alberta Corporate Registry in May 1973. The Society’s name changed to Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre in February, 2010.
Now in operation for 40 years the Centre has grown from 125 members in its first year to over 700 members and a volunteer base of more than 300. The Centre offers 40 plus classes throughout each year and has a variety of clubs and drop-in activities. The Centre also plays host to many special events and seminars as well.