It has always been said the Irish are dreamers and one Irishman in particular had the dream of establishing a pre-retirement community for the Irish and those who wished they were.
St. Patrick Square became a reality when Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau officially opened the Square on March 10th 1979.
St. Patrick Square 20th Anniversary
Going back to the beginning, some 22+ years ago, the concept to build a "pre-retirement" building that would be managed and operated as "not-for-profit" was initiated on the premise that individuals, on the fixed incomes, would benefit from such a plan. About the same time, other groups initiated the similar projects. To date, St-Patrick Square and only one other building have survived as originally mandated. The other groups initiated similar projects which ran into financial difficulties and were repossessed or had to be sold.
Big ideas usually take some time to organize and implement. So it does not come as a surprise that the big idea to commemorate the 20th anniversary of St. Patrick Square began a full year and a half before the actual event.
The current Board of Directors put together a varied and entertaining program that would both benefit the tenants at the Square, and would also include many of the tenants in the event of the day. Big ideas also cost big bucks. The entire event from the food, wine and flowers, to the specially designed flag, the entertainment, and the commemorative pin were all financed through a special account. The funds in this account were bequeathed by a generous donor for discretionary use by the Directors.
And so it came to be that 20 years in the making and the 16 months in the planning were celebrated on a brilliant sunny afternoon in June, in the flowering gardens at St. Patrick Square.