It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Retired RCMP officer Jim Percival gets a big hug from Santa much to the amusement of fellow guest dinner Neil Sterritt. The festive atmosphere was part of the fun at the annual Hub International Seniors Christmas Dinner Sunday evening. Angie Mindus photo
Hub International Staff in Williams Lake put on a dinner for 280 guests at the annual Seniors Christmas Dinner Sunday.

It’s one of the hottest tickets in town at Christmas time in Williams Lake.

The 18th annual HUB International Seniors Christmas Dinner saw the Elks Hall filled to the brim with 280 guests this year, eager to visit one another, listen to Christmas music and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal of ham, scalloped potatoes and vegetables served by 19 sharply dressed members of the RCMP and Sheriff’s office.

“It’s wonderful, all the people are wonderful,” said Dianne Percival, who was attending the dinner for the second year in a row Dec. 9.

“And you meet nice new people who sit beside you,” added her husband, Jim.

The annual event was spearheaded by Sandy Callander and Monica Lachapelle and the entire staff of HUB International Williams Lake, who fundraise all year long to help offset costs and prepare and cook the meal themselves.

“We’re both old-timers at the office and 18 years ago Sandy came up with the idea to host this dinner for our senior community just to get people together. We had very meager beginnings … and its evolved into this — 280 guests,” said Lachapelle.

“Every year we see new friends and it’s fantastic that it’s so popular.”

This year the dinner was also supported by the West Fraser Truckers Association and the Williams Lake Log Haulers Association, which helped buy the gifts and keep the cost to $10 per ticket for guests.

Live entertainment by the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddlers and Les Anderson and his son, Ethan, also created a festive mood for the dinner while Santa greeted guests.

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