PRINCE ALBERT — A packed house attended the third annual Luncheon for Seniors at Plaza 88 in Prince Albert on March 2. The luncheon was sponsored by the Prince Albert Seniors Advocacy Centre, an organization founded a number of years ago with the goal of advocacy and education for local seniors.
The guest speaker for the event was Prince Albert Bishop Albert Thévenot, M.Afr. In his address, entitled “Aging with Grace,” Thévenot stated that “growing old is not bad, it is beautiful.” He encouraged seniors to stay active in their communities, stay connected with their friends and, most importantly, remain an active part of their families.
“Grandchildren need you,” he said. “Listen to them, be there for them, spoil them, and pray with them. Be there for others as well, and be a witness of Christ in our world.”
Thévenot recalled his early childhood and spoke about his own family. He recalled some of his experiences while serving in a parish in Tanzania. He concluded his remarks with this advice: “Learn to listen, learn to love, and learn to care.”
Then, much to his surprise, Thévenot was awarded with the Advocacy Centre’s Third Annual 70 plus and Still Going Strong award by Seniors Advocacy chair Valerie Hettrick. The inscription on the award, introduced by luncheon master of ceremonies Rev. John Fryters, reads: “For his dedication to community service in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, in particular in Métis and First Nations communities, for his gigantic missionary heart and for providing spiritual guidance and true pastoral care to many of the faith and many not of the faith in Prince Albert.”
The bishop was also presented with the City of Prince Albert Merit Award by Mayor Greg Dionne. Dionne stated that “this award, given on behalf of the citizens of Prince Albert, is the highest award that is given to a citizen. It was presented to Bishop Thévenot for his kindness, for his spiritual leadership and for giving to everyone in the community equally.”
A surprised Thévenot accepted the awards with “great joy and humility,” and thanked all who were responsible.