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

For DISCLAIMER” see bottom of page.

COVID-19 MASKS – IMPORTANT INFORMATION – LINK

Health Canada just provide this updated information. Protect yourself with the correct kind of mask!

OUR PETITION WENT TO MAYOR AND COUNCIL – LINK
Thank you for your overwhelming support.
196 out of approximately 3,000 residents 55+ have signed, a statistically significant proportion This petition is now closed

COUNCIL’S POSITION ON A ‘SENIORS STRATEGY’ – LINK
On October 6 Council passed a motion for staff to ‘broadly’ consult Seniors on programming at the 55, Westwinds and Brennan Park. This is where matters now stand but stay tuned …

FLU CLINICS – LINK
By Vancouver Coastal Health. If 65+ its free. Bring your ID.

BC ELECTIONS 2020 – LINK
Our riding for now elected a GREEN member to Victoria. The mail in ballots still have to be counted and may change the outcome.

He is committed to improving public health. Perhaps he can help us improve the health and well-being of the seniors of Squamish?

YOU HAVE BEEN ASKING WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE 55
Senior staff have informed us that they “… have been reviewing plans and are very optimistic we can begin opening the 55 in midNovember. We will start with just Seniors’ programming and add multi generational programming after 4 pm following that”.

Your Society has raised funds in the form of grants to enable us to run Tai Chi programs throughout the Winter. They will start in mid November at the 55. We are also hopeful to obtain additional funding for some Art Workshops in the art room of the 55, starting in December, COVID protocols permitting.

TAX FILING
Seniors, it is necessary that you file your tax return in order to receive certain benefits. Do this even though you owe no taxes. It can be done online for free. Ask your grand kids to do it for you – LINK

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

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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.

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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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

OUR COUNCIL
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

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.

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;
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!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Carol roberts now lives in vancouver. Unsubscribe me . Not obvious way to unsubscribe

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