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

For DISCLAIMER” see bottom of page.

ART IN THE PARK

The first workshop was a great success. Excellent instructor and wonderful weather. The other two workshops are now fully subscribed.

New programs are planned for the September to March period – stay tuned.

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More photos from the workshop are here.

CAROL IS ACCEPTING A $2,000 GRANT CHEQUE
FROM WOODFIBRE-LNG

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DID YOU GET YOUR PAYMENT FROM THE FEDS? – LINK
This is not a spoof! You will be getting $300 or $500 for simply being a Senior in receipt of a Federal government pension. No application is required.

MORE ON THE 55 BECOMING A TEMPORARY YOUTH CENTRE …
From recent items in the local print media it is clear that the Muni would like to be consulted on railway issues – LINK
and the Muni further suggests that Woodfibre LNG introducing an environmental approval application during current COVID-19 times is inappropriate – LINK

This exactly has been the position of your Board of Directors with regards making our Seniors Centre (55 Activity Centre) a temporary Youth Centre.

We also would have liked to have been consulted – we have suggestions that should be considered.

One is to move a portable washroom building up against the existing youth centre. This would take care of the defective plumbing and keep youth in their familiar surroundings and close to their much used skate park.

If you have not yet written, for or against, now is the time to make your voice heard – council@squamish.ca

THE MUNI IS AGAIN TELLING US THAT YOUTH PROGRAMMING WILL HAPPEN AT THE 55 – LINK

Although sympathetic concerning the loss of the Youth Centre and the unavailability of a permanent replacement for perhaps a couple of years, we believe that alternatives have not been sufficiently investigated i.e. using a school that likely stands mostly empty during after school hours.

Your Board unanimously opposes the decision to use the 55 for this purpose.

We thought this was settled in 2013 when a previous recreation management group proposed it.

Contrary to what it was in 2013, this is not a proposal, we were told it is a final decision and that we must accept it..

Frankly, we are shocked at the insensitivity of recreation management to go forward with this at a time when they know it is difficult (unsafe) for the Board or the Society to meet.

Your opinion is needed now. Write to Council council@squamish.ca , the local news papers jthuncher@squamishchief.com, news@squamishreporter.com, the BC Seniors Advocate info@seniorsadvocatebc.cahttps://www.seniorsadvocatebc.ca
Send us a copy: admin@squamishseniorscentre.com

There are only 4 reasons to go out:
• Employment activities that cannot be postponed
• Urgently needed errands such as food
• Help for others or the general public
• Exercise outdoors alone or with housemates –
keep a minimum distance of 1m to all others

IS THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT DOING ENOUGH?
I don’t believe they are doing all they should.
For example they are not telling us how many cases of Covid-19 we have in Squamish.
We are only told the number for Vancouver Coastal Health, a huge region of the province.
We would like to know how many cases we have in Squamish and conduct ourselves accordingly to remain safe.
Seniors are the most vulnerable in this situation.

If you agree, share your thoughts with the ministers concerned – the email I sent is here.

Honorable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health
Telephone: 250 953-3547
Email: HLTH.Minister@gov.bc.ca

Mailing Address: PO BOX 9050, STN PROV GOVT.
Victoria BC
V8W9E2
CANADA

Honorable Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety & Solicitor General
Telephone: 250 356-2178
Email: PSSG.Minister@gov.bc.ca

Mailing Address: PO Box 9010 Stn Prov Gov
Victoria BC
V8W9E2

CANCELLATION
the April 4 PRINTING ART WORKSHOP had to be cancelled.
This was necessary because the 55 is closed until further notice.

BC CENTRE OF DISEASE CONTROL – SELF ASSESSMENT
Mar 17, 2020 Are you experiencing #COVID19 symptoms like a cough, fever, sore throat or sneezing? Try this quick, new, online self-assessment tool to see if you need testing: https://t.co/WnsU28614I pic.twitter.com/SPT7FaQH6N
— BCCDC (@CDCofBC) March 17, 2020

BREAKING: Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has now declared #COVID19 in B.C. a public health emergency.

OUR SOCIAL CHAT LOCATION ON FACEBOOK

Keep in touch with your community @squamishseniors
I am not a Facebook aficionado, but some of you will certainly be equipped to continue this conversation.

Squamish Chief reports on March 14 that we will not be told the number of Covoid-19 cases in Squamish, only those in the Coastal Health Region.  – FULL ARTICLE
As a senior you are most at risk by this decision.
If you disagree write to:
SeniorsBC: Text to: 1 604 660-2421
or email servicebc@gov.bc.ca

Squamish Facilities closed – Feb 16  – 5 pm LINK

Corona Virus – Covid-19
Read this important summary by CBC News:

In BC gatherings of more than 50 people will be banned.

Some B.C. cities are closing all community centres, recreation facilities and libraries.

FULL DOCUMENT HERE

THE MEN-ON-THE-MOVE  CLASS BIDS GOODBY TO CHRISTINE CREER
With our best wishes, Christine is leaving for new opportunities in Powell River.

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CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION:
Stop using natural gas at home – THIS MAY BE COMING TO BRITAIN – LINK
What will your next car be? – LINK

MUNICIPAL BUDGET AND PROPERTY TAXES
The budget as currently proposed includes an increase of 4.9% (Chief Feb 6) and yet our population has decreased the most in the Lower Mainland – minus 2.9% 2019 over 2018 (Chief Jan 31).
Yet (prior) Council has supported a developer’s plan to operate and maintain in perpetuity a complicated swing/lift pedestrian bridge across the Blind Channel when there is another option – LINK

I would like our taxes to rise no more than inflation even though I am no longer paying the property taxes, and hope you are all deferring them too. But my kids (the estate, actually) will eventually have to pay up and with interest!

MEETING BRIEFS LINK1 and LINK2
Read here what your Society Advisory Board has been up to.This document, a brief summary of recent meeting notes, was prepared by our very diligent Secretary, Sharon Tait.

STRONGSTART
We all love our grand kids but…If you have noticed a lot of very young children during morning hours at the 55 it is because the District decided to help out the School Board’s StrongStart program that became temporarily homeless. Read about it here:  LINK

The Society Board of Directors were not consulted. Contrary what you read in this December 23 news release some programs were in fact affected.

Learn about the concerns expressed by nine commenters  and add your voiceLINK.

We have been operating for a number of years under the following guiding principles: Under the revitalization agreement, and adopted as policy by past Council, daytime use during weekdays is reserved exclusively for use by Seniors. To change this policy and have children in the 55 during restricted hours requires consultation with the Seniors and should be voted on by District Council. Public policy in Canada has been ever since the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on it: “Consultation is meaningless if accommodation is excluded from the outset.”

THE GREAT ROOM WAS PAINTED – looks great. Come and join an exercise programme. Exercise at any level will keep your brain functioning better, longer. Research has proved it. We had 17 participants at Men-on-the-Move today!

SOCIAL EVENTS PLANNED FOR 2020take a look here

GONDOLA
The Sea to Sky Gondola will re-open on February 14. The tickets will be half price on that weekend.

THE FIT GENERATION – Whistler Premiere Documentary Film
Jan 31 at 6:30pm at the Maury Young Arts Centre, 4335 Blackcomb Way, Whistler

$10 for Seniors – Tickets here: LINK
Provide your own transportation.

The Fit Generation is an inspiring documentary about amazing people in their 70’s and 80’s in British Columbia who choose to live a healthy, active life despite all the challenges that come with aging. They face cancer, arthritis, heart attacks, bone fractures, knee replacements, fatigue and the loss of loved ones, but they won’t give up or stop having fun!

Two Whistler locals, Marcel Richoz and George Tjelios-Nicholas, star with four others in the film, showing us how to live life to the fullest – including dancing, biking, skiing and playing hockey. Join us in The Gallery after the film to meet the stars!

CHRISTMAS DINNER PHOTOS – LINK
All had a great time.
Thanks, Squamish Academy of Music, for providing the entertainment.
Credit for the photos go to Joy Boulier and Heather Sidsworth.

UNHAPPY MEALS – ITEM
Michael Pollan’s insightful article from a 2007 edition of the New York Times.
How appropriate for the Holidays when we all want to consume more food than is good for us…
He debunks a lot of the “healthy” food claims many of us still believe in.

DON’T RELY ON AN INHERITANCE… – LINK
Share this with your kids!

PharmaCare BC – LINK
Don’t wait for the Feds to bring in a national pharmacare program.
We already have one in BC – but you need to register.

2019 FEDERAL ELECTION
Voting results – LOCALNATIONAL
66 per cent of eligible voters exercised their right to vote nationally.

CANDIDATES:
CONSERVATIVES
GREENS
LIBERALS
NDP

HIKING IMPROVES YOUR HEALTH – INFORMATION
Come and join one of the various walking/hiking clubs that suits your ability.
Over-the-Hill Hikers – meets Tuesdays – contact Heather T: 604-815-8561, sidsworthh@telus.net.
Senior Walkers – meets Fridays at 10 am, see CALENDAR in Chief.
Tantalus Walking Club – meets Tuesdays at 10 am, see CALENDAR in Chief,                        T: 604-898-5594

MY PANIC BUTTONARTICLE
From the CARP website.
Perhaps you will find it as funny as I have…

The By-Law to restrict wild camping is now in effect– LINK

We encountered “The Three Seniors” on the KVR bike trail near Penticton
Their website is full of good resources for seniors who want to do easy mountain biking using an E-bike. They left us in the dust on their E-bikes. https://emountainbikingforseniors.com

The sections of the KVR extending 15km E of Penticton and inside the Myra Canyon Provincial Park are vey scenic, in very good condition and can easily be done by any reasonably fit senior.

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.

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.

The Summer 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

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
Nelson Winterburn, Director 604-898-9240 nwinterburn@telus.net
Honorary Directors
Bill Berg 604 898 3208 bill.berg@shaw.ca;
Herbert Vesely 604 815 0805 Herbert@vesely.ca

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

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  2. Sandra Wood says:

    I am glad to see the new website . I have not noticed the boxes and surveys around town but will keep looking. Would it be possible to have a link to the survey for those who would rather do it online?

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