By Joanne Rodgers, Bruce Peninsula Press
Aimo Manninen of Southampton retired as a Board Member of Golden Dawn. He was one of their longest serving Board Members. A former principal of Bruce Peninsula District School, he joined the Board of the fledgling Golden Dawn Senior Citizen Home in 1965.
Manninen has helped guide the Golden Dawn, a not-for-profit affordable housing and long term care home, through many changes and challenges over those 57 years. He says he was committed to continuing the vision of the Golden Dawn founders Sherman and Geneva Myles. Saying that the new redevelopment plans for Golden Dawn are exciting, he feels it is an appropriate time to hand over total responsibility of the Home to the local community. He wishes “to see the Home evolve to being what the community needs for the years ahead.”
Recently retired Board Member Jack Schenk of Dunks Bay has been on the Board for 15 years. Schenk says the Home has overcome tremendous hurdles and that there will be many challenges ahead but “the good part is that the Home is still here.”