A general meeting of those people interested in working toward the establishment of a multi-purpose senior centre in Dauphin was held on June 12th, 1986. The meeting was attended by nineteen individuals which included members of the Dauphin Senior Centre committee, members of local seniors organizations, and other community individuals. A steering committee was formed over the summer. In October the Dauphin Multi-Purpose Senior Centre Inc. board of directors was established. The first President of the Centre was Tom Haverluck.
The decision to purchase land and put up a building was made in April 1988 and an option was taken on land at the current site in early May, 1988. Fundraising started, which included “buy a brick”, a truck raffle, and several monster bingos. Initial funding came from the New Horizons Program. Other funding was received through the Manitoba Community Places Program, which enabled construction to commence in late November 1988.
The Centre opened its doors to the public in August, 1989 and a Grand Opening was held in October, 1989. A mortgage was taken out in March, 1990 for $150,000.00 and was paid in full in March, 1995. The occasion was marked with a huge mortgage burning party at the Centre.
Dauphin and District Handivan rented space and moved into the facility shortly after it opened, and remained with the Dauphin Multi-Purpose Senior Centre until August 2014.
In January of 2004, the Dauphin Multi-Purpose Senior Centre amalgamated with Dauphin and District Services for Seniors, bringing all their services and programs for older adults in the community under the Senior Centre board.