White Rock waterfront has shops and a wonderful promenade, but Crescent Beach – the longtime favourite of locals – has a few gems of her own, and the jewel in her crown may just be Alexandra Neighbourhood House, or more commonly known as ‘Camp Alexandra.’
Founded in 1918 as a summer camp for children from the Alexandra Orphanage in Vancouver, it also hosted groups of needy mothers and children from Vancouver, who would otherwise have had little chance of getting away from the city. To this day, the camp has continued to not only host camps for special needs, teen moms and the disadvantage but to house and run programs for babies, tots, pre-schoolers, after-school care, a free clothing exchange, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and seniors’ lunches, to name just a few.
She has served her community well.
Now, she needs help.
Membership is down and some of the programs are being lost due to financial cutbacks. The Wednesday seniors’ hot lunches are now soup and sandwiches; Thursday community lunch for low-income folks is gone; rumour has it that the senior’s lunch may be next on the chopping block.
I volunteer at the camp when needed, as do many others who are mourning the loss of what was once a vital community, and I’m asking for your financial help.
We are very fortunate to live in an area that supports community events, and I think we can pull together to make our jewel shine once again.
What do you say?
P.S. This letter is my own doing. I just feel that the public needs to know that the old gal is suffering.
Dee Walmsley, Surrey