Help Us Re-Build for the Future

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Denman Seniors and Museum Society

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Help Us Re-Build for the Future 

A Year-End Message from the Denman Seniors and Museum Society

To Our Denman Community:

The Denman Seniors and Museum Society is a registered charity that runs the Denman Activity Centre and the adjacent Denman Island Museum. The Centre contains a fitness centre, lounge and gymnasium. It is a busy hub where people play pickleball, badminton, and table tennis, attend fitness classes, and participate in community events such as the Remembrance Day ceremony. 

The facilities are available for rent and host everything from the famous Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival to individual celebrations of life to weekly meetings for a number of groups. Most recently, the gymnasium and lounge were used – along with the Denman Community Hall – for the popular Denman Island Christmas Craft Faire. This year’s event attracted hundreds of visitors who patronized both local craftspeople and Denman Island businesses. 

The Museum saw an increase in visitors and local residents this past summer. You couldn’t miss the huge beach garbage monster created by Liz Johnston that towered over the Museum entrance, along with Jean Coburn’s beautiful shell-based dress, and Helen Mason’s dress made entirely from cigarette lighters that had washed up on our beaches. Thanks to the Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards (ADIMS) who provided the guest summer display. Guests also enjoyed a presentation by Andrew Fyson, in which he described his circumnavigation of Denman Island, and generously donated a copy of his book. 

August 31 marked the end of the fiscal year for the Denman Senior and Museum Society and it marked our first full year of post COVID-restricted operations. 

That happy milestone was marred just a month later when we experienced a serious leak in the large roof over the fitness centre and gymnasium. In addition to our planned replacement of the museum roof, we now had to replace the roof of the gym on an emergency basis. This required us to deplete our reserves, which had been set aside for future major projects such as replacing the roof of the lounge and renovating the washrooms.

We now need to re-build our capital reserves in case of another emergency and also to enable us to maintain our building on an ongoing basis. 

This building plays an important role in serving the social, recreational, cultural and economic needs of our community members – of all ages. We therefore ask you to consider playing a role in maintaining this valuable community asset. You can do so by making a tax-deductible donation to the Denman Seniors and Museum Society.

To make a donation you may:

  • Mail a cheque to Denman Seniors and Museum Society at Box 28, Denman Island, B.C., V0R 1T0 
  • Drop off your donation in the mail slot of the office door
  • Send an e-transfer to dsmsbookkeeper@gmail.com
  • Make an online donation through CanadaHelps.org