Welcome to the 55 Activity Centre (formerly Squamish Seniors’ Centre) website!

For DISCLAIMER” see bottom of page.

A proposed by-law to restrict wild camping – LINK
This is coming before Council on Tuesday, May 21, 6 pm.
The only comments received so far strongly oppose this by-law, i.e. the climbers want to preserve wild camping in Squamish notwithstanding the environmental impact – human waste, garbage, and wildfire risk. Listen to our mayor’s interview on the CBC – LINK.
It is important to read these comments in the attached – LINK before sending your own comments, prior to Tuesday, addressed to council@squamish.ca.

Cancer Workshop  – POSTER
‘InspireHealth’ is putting on this 1 day workshop in Squamish.
‘InspireHealth’ is a supportive cancer care organization approved and funded by the BC Ministry of Health.
Have you or a loved one been touched by cancer?
If so, please join our Medical Doctors and Nutrition Team for a free workshop on supportive cancer care.
Practical and evidence based sessions will cover topics including:

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Stress Management
  • Emotional Support

For all adults (16 years +) with a current or past cancer diagnosis; support people are also welcome to register.

This program is free of charge but you must pre-register by calling 604-734-7125.
Wednesday May 29, 10 am to 3:30pm

Holiday Closure
The 55 will be closed on Friday, April 19 and Monday April 22 for the Easter long weekend. The 55 will remain open during regular hours on Saturday, April 20.

Sea to Sky Gondola Pass sale is on until April 30.
$109 for Seniors, good for one year.
This pass allows you to take the grandkids and friends and family with you for a 20% discount.
Visit their office – online purchasing is difficult…

St. Paddy’s Pub Night – PHOTOS

Meet The Mayor
At City Hall, Friday, April 5 from 11 – 12, no appointment needed, just drop in and voice your concerns or make suggestions.

Support by the Squamish Community Foundation – LINK
I attended their annual awards event and received on behalf of our Society a cheque for $500 in support of subsidized visual arts programs that were recently held at the 55+. These are intended for all Squamish Seniors (55+). This is the third year we have received their support. This programme filled up early.

This local non-profit’s good work depends on donations from the community so please consider them when the time comes to make your list of donation recipients and bequests.

OUR 2019 PAINTING CLASS

Download this photo.

Regarding future ticket sales for our events when liquor will be available POSTER
We were notified that the DOS will no longer be selling tickets to our events that involve the serving of liquor, notwithstanding that we always had a valid liquor license and a $5 Million liability insurance coverage in favor of the District. From now on volunteers will be handling these ticket sales from the 55 and your participation will be needed.
If you are able to take part in selling tickets for future events after this St. Paddy’s Pub Night
please let Carol Laktin know – 604 892 3676 cjlaktin@shaw.ca.

The Trail Society succeeded in obtaining a $25,000 grant from Horizons for Seniors, a BC Government granting agency. This grant requires that Seniors be involved in the project in a capacity other than doing the actual grunt work. Fourteen people have so far kindly stepped forward – thank you.

Food Services
We have met with a potential operator and more news should be coming soon

Sign up for one or all of the District Email Newsletters  – LINK

The DONATIONS page is now live – LINK.  Ask your friends to consider a donation/bequest to our Society during this SEASON OF GIVING. We do provide a tax receipt and will use the funds to provide low cost programs for Seniors at our Centre. Perhaps also subsidize some of the more expensive bus outings so everyone can participate.

Be First to Know
Sign up for our Seniors Newsletter advising of special events, special recreation VAN outings and Seniors related issues in general.
Send an email to admin@squamishseniorscentre.com giving us your name and phone number.
If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter it is easy to unsubscribe.

Seniors Pass at the Sea to Sky Gondola – LINK
This is now on sale for $109.00 for a one year pass until end of December – regular $139.00.
The validity of this new purchase starts from the expiry of any existing pass you may have.
Includes benefits such as 20% off any purchases in the gift shops and 20% off companion tickets – grand kids.

The Winter Program  Guide is out– LINK
The 55+ Adult section starts on page 48

LOCAL ELECTIONS RESULTS LINK
Final determination of results provided by the DOS:

Elliott, Karen – Mayor
Councillors:
Race, Doug
Stoner, Jenna
Hurford, Armand
Andersen, Eric
French, John
Pettingill, Chris
Contact: council@squamish.ca

CAREGIVERS TAX SAVINGS
Take a look by clicking on this link – LINK

ARE YOU AWARE?
Click on this LINK

Men-on-the-Move Tee Shirts. LINK
These high quality Ultra Cotton Gildan Tee’s are a considerable success with the programme participants.
Kriszti also is wearing one…
If you would like to order yours, please let me know – $25 plus tax.

Volunteer Opportunity.
The Squamish Street Market will be providing a variety of food options and craft beverages to choose from for every volunteer. LINK

Dementia Friends Workshop.
If you missed this recent workshop put on by the Alzheimer Society you may be interested in the presentation material – LINK

Protect your Facebook.
You will have heard in the news about the potential collection of your private information by snooping apps running on Facebook. You can disable these apps as explained in the attached CBC NEWS article. I followed the instructions – they work and are not difficult. Put your grand-kids to work…   LINK 

When to Take CPP?
Read this item by the Globe’s Rob Carrick.

Better at Home programme.
You may want to know about the assistance offered by our Provincial Government in their “Better at Home” programme. It is meant to keep Seniors in their homes longer by providing low cost assistance with housekeeping chores including light yard work, grocery shopping etc.
The cost for these services is income dependent.
The details are in the brochure; via this link.

The MENS’ SHED
The Squamish Men’s Shed was established in 2016 with the primary purpose of  fostering well-being of senior men , and women who may  wish to join. Shed activities include discussions on health matters and work on community projects with a specific aim of reducing isolation . The shed has a well equipped carpentry shop located on the west side of unit 21 at 38021 Third avenue, behind Cedars Housing. Some of the projects completed by these senior men are the bench at the corner of Third and Pemberton, the Xmas toy box in the Cedars lounge and the Bat condo in the estuary. For more details and to join, contact ; info@squamishmensshed.ca

You can see a slide show of random Senior Centre photos taken approximately 2012 through 2015 by clicking on this link. The same slide show  is also played at times on the big TV in the social area.

For our upcoming events please go to the “Special Events” page.

Have you checked the new programmes offered.
For details go to the Activities page

The current Board of Directors who are also the Advisory Board to the 55 Activity Centre staff, were elected at the Seniors Centre Society AGM  in June.Were you at that meeting to have your say?

Name Position Phone/Email
Sharon Tait, Secretary 604 898 4470 stait53@telus.net;
Chair is by rotation:
Rick Boulier, Director 604 892 5325 joyrick@shaw.ca;
Carol Laktin, Director 604 892 3676 cjlaktin@shaw.ca;
Bob Redford, Director 604 898 1175 rredford@telus.net;
Arlene Ingraham. Director 604 898 1251 ajingraham@shaw.ca;
Tony Biggin-Pound, Director 604 898 9279 tb-p@telus.net;
Margaret Taylor, Director 604 898 9536
Suzanne Vaudrin, Director 604 329 5824 vaudrins@hotmail.com;
Honorary Directors
Bill Berg 604 898 3208 bill.berg@shaw.ca;
Herbert Vesely 604 815 0805 Herbert@vesely.ca


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The purpose of this website is to offer seniors a convenient way to find up-to-date information on what’s happening at the 55 Activity Centre (previously known as the Squamish Seniors Centre) and in the Seniors’ community. This home page will be updated with reports to keep you in the know even when you can’t make it down to the centre.

Make sure to keep coming back for the monthly schedule of activities and events! Check out the calendar and schedules on the “ACTIVITIES” page.
Special events are listed on the “SPECIAL EVENTS” page.

Registration for programs can be done online or at either Brennan Park Rec Centre or the 55+ Activity Centre.  The  Calendar of Events is available at the Centre or check out the Activities page for a link.

DISCLAIMER: This site is operated by the Webmaster on behalf of the Squamish Seniors Centre Society. Any opinions expressed herein should not be considered to be  the opinions of the District of Squamish or its Recreation Department or the 55+ Activity Centre.

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