The day-long celebration, held on November 5, included a workshop led by guest instructor Jim Gazzard, Central Region Management Committee, Ottawa; a visit from David Frame, President of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada, who also brought greetings from the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism; and congratulations from local community officials, who enthusiastically performed their first donyus.
Founded in 1996, the Collingwood Branch includes the nearby communities of Wasaga Beach, Creemore, Owen Sound, Meaford and Thornbury, and now numbers more than 350 members.
The building was purchased four years ago and classes are held on the upper level, including twice-weekly Health Recovery classes. People with mobility issues had some difficulty climbing the stairs, so the branch raised funds to install a motorized lift in September. Members are spreading the word about the improved accessibility, hoping it will attract more people from the community who would benefit from Taoist Tai Chi ® internal arts of health.