Though aided by a cane, she’s still fairly healthy, mobile and independent.
Judging by the casual stroll into the Dennis Timbrell Recreation Centre last Saturday, it was hard to tell that Agatha Schroeder was 100 years old.
The milestone, which she reached last April, was celebrated by her senior Guyanese friends who meet for four hours every Saturday from March to November to play games, share memories and enjoy some snacks.
Born in the rural village of Pouderoyen on the West Bank of Demerara, Schroeder grew up in Georgetown before migrating to the Greater Toronto Area nearly four decades ago.
The seamstress returned to school in her 70s to acquire a nurse’s aide certificate and worked in several short-term care facilities before retiring.
The widow, whose husband died just over a decade ago from diabetes complications, has seven children, the majority of them in Canada. They are Maureen Thomas, Derek, Una, Jennifer, George, Clelon and Eon Schroeder.
“Mom lives with my sister, she’s still very active and she’s not had any major health challenges,” said Eon, who brought Agatha to the celebration. “She still cooks for herself and her favourite TV shows are Dancing with the Stars and Dr. Oz.”
Schroeder is the only active member who was around when the Senior Guyanese Association was formed 40 years ago.
“Recognizing that some of our parents missed the closeness and camaraderie which they enjoyed back home, a Christmas party was arranged and 48 seniors attended,” said member-at-large, Carmen Brewster. “They had a great time and decided to start an organization.”
The close-knit group comprises nearly 200.
Members included retired Customs & Excise department officer, Victor Fanfair, who passed away last week at age 94. He was buried on Tuesday.