Senior Adults

Seniors Connection – A Community Program for Older Adults

Seniors from Highlands and the larger community in North Vancouver meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, for a fun, informative and engaging experience.

Winter (Jan – Mar) 2019 Seniors Connection Schedule of Events

Each event begins with 15 minutes of chair exercises, followed by a guest speaker and a hot lunch. Each session offers opportunities for continued learning, access to information and resources, and the sense of well being that comes from being in relationship and connecting with others. The cost per session is $8 and signup in advance for each event is required.

For more information, to sign up for an event, or to participate as a volunteer, contact Colleen Blair.

January 9th….An African Adventure
Experience Africa, from Victoria Falls, through Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.
View the amazing beauty of the Namib Desert, the windswept Atlantic coast, abundant wildlife and incredible people. Presented by Don and Lori Rymes.

Thursdays, beginning January 17th – Line Dancing – see below for details!

January 23rd….Laughter is the Best Medicine
Dr. David Hunt has been involved in pain management for more than 25 years and has a fascinating and entertaining presentation on the role that laughter can play in our physical and emotional health. Come and enjoy some good cheer in the cold days of January!

February 6th.…Jody Robertson, Executive Director of BC’s largest 9-1-1 call centre
will provide an overview of how 9-1-1 works, questions that you can expect to be asked if you call
9-1-1, tips for best use and what’s coming in the future. Jody works for E-Comm, which handles more than 1.45 million 9-1-1 calls each year and also dispatches for 36 police and fire departments in southwest B.C.

February 20th….Canadian Co-operative Model – Supporting Subsistence Farmers in Africa
Scott Hughes will share his recent journey to Malawi in Eastern Africa and explore insights into what
it takes to effect real change in the world. Come learn about the opportunities and challenges for developing nations and see the possibilities of a self-sustaining strategy in action.

March 6th….Charlie’s Chocolate Factory
Almost fifty years ago, Charlie Sigvardsen began the business he loves. Come and hear the story
of chocolate and how Charlie Sigvardsen began this award winning business.


Line Dancing in the Welcome Space!
Come and brighten your winter with some fun, laughter and movement. Join instructor Jan Lockwood for 6 sessions of line dancing on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. beginning Thursday, January 17th, till Thursday, February 21st. Jan is well accustomed to making adaptations for those with reduced mobility so don’t let a walker stop you from dancing! Cost is $20 for the entire session and registration is required. Contact Colleen to register!


Caring Ministry

Highlands is building a lay-led ministry that will ensure support is there in the difficult patches of our life’s journey.

Tanis van Drimmelen, a trained visitor with a compassionate heart, is our designated Hospital, Palliative and Hospice Visitor. If you or someone you know is in need of a hospital visit, please call the Church Office (604-980-6071) and Tanis will be alerted immediately. It takes all of us being aware to ensure that everyone in the congregation receives a caring visit.

Care Facility Visitors

When people move into Care facilities, it’s a big adjustment. Often, they lose touch with their former faith community. Highlands Caring Ministry has a visitor for each North Shore facility that is home to a Highlands person. These visitors connect at least once a month and bring news of church friends and bring some caring faith resources. If you would like to visit folks in a Care facility, or be on the sub/alternate visitor list, please call Jacqueline Scott through the Church Office (604-980-6071).

Highlands “At Home” Ministry

As people live longer and remain in their own homes, there can be some acute loneliness in that decision. Visits and friends are more important than ever. Doree Piercy is the contact person for Highlands At-Home Caring Ministry and tries to ensure that people living alone receive caring phone calls. Would you like to be a caring visitor for the At Home people? Contact Doree Piercy through the Church Office (604-980-6071).

Caring Packages

Twice a year the invitation goes out for people to bake cookies and make goodies so we can deliver care packages to people in Care facilities and in the “At Home” Ministry, as well as a few with special circumstances. This ministry requires bakers and volunteers who will deliver the packages and have a caring visit. The packages usually go out for Christmas and Easter. You can volunteer through the Church Office or respond to the invitation when it comes in the weekly Highlights newsletter.