The Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

TRURO – A number of changes are on tap for this year’s Senior Wellness Expo, including its location.

For the last 10 years, the expo has been held at the Best Western Glengarry. This year, however, the Downtown Truro Partnership (DTP) is teaming up with the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC) to host the event at the centre on Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

“As part of our strategic plan, we wanted to form more of a connection between the Downtown Truro Partnership and the RECC,” said Sam Madore, the executive director of the DTP. “By hosting it at the RECC, we’re able to grow the event, invite more vendors, and make it a more interactive experience for seniors.”

She said the event felt at capacity last year at the Best Western, and they wouldn’t have been able to expand if they wanted to keep all the vendors in the same room. There were about 45 vendors last year, with the hopes of having between 60 and 70 this year.

Another advantage of moving it to the RECC is the ability to showcase the services the RECC offers.

“When it comes to the wellness capacity, any services at the RECC can provide information to seniors to allow them to live better,” said Madore. “Seniors will have access to the services the RECC provides – they can check out the equipment and services, programming, and we will have the open ice surface with an opportunity for seniors to skate. It’s more interactive this year, and we’ve program the day for it.”

The event has always featured an entertainment component, and that will continue with live music throughout the day, presented by the Marigold Cultural Centre.

Because the event is out at the RECC, transportation will be provided through a partnership of the United Way of Colchester County and the Colchester Transportation Cooperative Ltd. Those living in rural areas will have a chance to utilize the transportation service.

There is no cost to attend the expo, and an example of some vendors who will be on site include the local lawn bowling association, Scotia Pool, the recreation departments of both the Town of Truro and Colchester County, Canadian Red Cross, Northwood’s Intouch Program, Gideons International in Canada, Property Guys, a nutrition consultant, and Maritime Hearing.

“What’s really exciting is Sylvia Estey and Jackie Waugh will be collectively painting a live mural on the wall at the main entrance, which will be a permanent display,” said Madore.