We all remember the poem:
The first star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish, I wish tonight!
Seniors who made wishes as children are now wishing for different things. We are a wish granting charity that has a goal of improving the lives of Seniors by having their wishes met by a supporting community. The Senior Wish Association was founded in 2011 by Barbara Richards.
Senior Wish Association
Founder: Barbara Richards
Board of Directors:
Charity Business Registration 84943 8114 RR0001
Mr. Art Smith with the Barrie Colts!
Please see our EVENTS page for current events.
We Grant Wishes for Seniors!
Senior Wish Granted for Art Smith (March 2012):
The Barrie Colts made a special wish come true through the Seniors Wish Association last month! For Art Smith, meeting the players was a wish come true as they joined him in celebrating his 93rd birthday at IOOF Seniors Home. Mr. Smith was born and raised in Barrie, making his home on Shanty Bay Road. He worked at both COPACO & CN Rail and retired from the City of Barrie PUC, while also serving as the Secretary of the Barrie Builders Association for 21 years! Shortly after this wish came true for Art, he passed away. A veteran RCAF and 93 year member of the Trinity Anglican Church, Art Smith will be remembered in the hearts of many.
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Education – for Seniors, their loved ones and the general public, one area of particular interest is Senior Abuse. For more information on Senior Wish Association Founder Barb Richards and The Seniors Show on Rogers TV CLICK HERE
Intergenerational Programs – to relieve loneliness and isolation of the aged by operating a program where younger individuals visit and interact with them. To encourage school children to develop projects that will involve Seniors
Christmas Wish & Christmas Tour of Lights - Christmas is a particularly challenging time if you don’t have any loved ones to celebrate with. Do you know we have Seniors who spend Christmas all alone? Do you know there are Seniors in retirement and long term care homes who have never had a visitor, never had a Christmas present or a birthday present? Our Christmas Stocking program is currently underway.
Donations of new pyjamas, nightgowns, slippers, housecoats, cuddly stuffed animals, playing cards/games, music cd's or items such as deodorant, hand lotion, face cream, soap, small boxes of cookies or candies or anything you would find in a Christmas stocking are gratefully accepted as are cash donations towards this project. Some families and participants are ‘adopting’ one or two special Seniors and making up a complete package for the Senior.
A special part of the Christmas Wish program is our final Wrap Up Night - this is where volunteers (all welcome, all ages!) assemble gifts from the generous donations from our community. Every year our community expands, currently our Christmas Wish program includes Barrie, Collingwood, Elmvale, Innisfil, Bradford, etc. (most of Simcoe County & some areas beyond!), plus Muskoka - Gravenhurst, York Region and more to come!
This special time of year also brings our Annual Tour of Christmas Lights in Barrie: Ten+ buses of Seniors tour the great city of Barrie to view the spectacular Christmas light displays - their final stop of the evening is at the beautiful Barrie waterfront, where our Seniors are greeted by a team providing warm drinks and a treat, along with special singers, and a very special guest (Santa!)!
This event is fully funded by the Barrie-Huronia Rotary Club and Senior Wish Association. We thank all the volunteers and everyone involved for your generousity, with a special thanks to Pat Imrie for heading up this project every year.
Third Party Events:
Zumbathon for Senior Wish Association:
Held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Wood's Park Care Centre, 110 Lillian Crescent, Barrie, ON from 2:00 - 3:30PM this was a fabulous fundraiser! All money raised at this event (minimum $10 donation) went directly to Senior Wish Association and our Christmas Wish program. Participants got a fun workout with some great local Zumba instructors, and help a lonely senior! Thank you to Heather Stone for organizing a great event and for your very generous donation!
BEST CUPCAKES IN BARRIE contest - held on Saturday, November 26 at Barrie Manor, 340 Blake Street, Barrie. Bakeries as well as amateur bakers (two separate categories) were invited to enter 2 dozen cupcakes. The winners were announced at 1 p.m. which is when the annual Holiday Bazaar begins. All remaining cupcakes were sold during the bazaar to raise funds for Seniors Wish Association. This was the first year for what promises to be a yearly event, we thank Dawna Proudman and all the bakeries and home bakers who donated - what a sweet way to celebrate our seniors!