Jemma wows the crowd at Kilkivan gathering
SENIOR residents of Kilkivan and district were treated to an interesting line-up at the fortnightly gathering of the Seniors’ Social Hub during the week, at the Supper Room facility of Kilkivan Community Hall.
Guest speaker Pat Lovell, from the Sunshine Coast, accompanied by her (senior) dog Jemma, explained the history of the global Story Dog project.
It operates across all states in Australia, and aims to engage and encourage Year 2 readers in those schools lucky enough to be partners of the project.
The mission is to “make reading fun for children so they become confident, life-long readers”. The children are not judged by their canine listener and are therefore more likely to increase their reading skills.
The morning’s other speaker was pharmacist Nicole Coleman who works in Kilkivan’s latest main street enterprise.
She was able to explain the range of chemist services available to both locals and travellers, and reported that she had been busy since doors opened in late July.
Art inspirer Jan Ferguson from Goomeri again demonstrated and encouraged artistic flair as she quickly produced original coaster designs to appreciative on-lookers.
As an incentive to increase the digital literacy levels of older residents, The Gympie Times On-line and Newscorp recently donated a Samsung tablet which was drawn from the names of all locals who attended the first two hub sessions hosted by Kilkivan & District Community Care Assn Inc.
Long-term Cinnabar and now Kilkivan resident Mavis O’Neill was the lucky winner.