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.

Fall (September – December) 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.

September 18th…. Israel in photos and stories
Israel is a tiny country with an enormous history, remarkable talent, and living in a perilous situation. Come and hear world travellers, David and Diane Reesor tell stories of their recent trip to Israel and some of the unusual places they visited!

October 2nd…. The Origins of the English Language, with Dr. Graham Forst
The birth, growth, and global flowering of the English language is one of the most fabulous stories of western culture.  This presentation will trace the routes by which a language spoken by a small band of German adventurers became the most spoken language in the world.

October 23rd…. A Look at Covenant House, with Mark Savard
Join us for an orientation and discussion about the programs provided to youth experiencing homelessness. Covenant House helps young people ages 16 to 24 through three core programs that make up its Continuum of Care. Mark will also share information on some recent exciting changes!
Q & A will follow the presentation.

November 6th…. Canada’s Aboriginal Soldiers, presented by Tom Van Walleghem
In 1914, at the outbreak of World War One, many of Canada’s First Nations men came forward to fight for their country, but were not warmly welcomed at enlistment depots or on the front lines. This presentation highlights the more than 4,000 status Indians who served in World War One, bringing their unique skills and bravery to the battlefield, and their treatment upon returning back to Canada.

November 20th…. Dementia: What do I need to know?
Nicole Abbott, from the Older Adult Mental Health team is returning to the Seniors Connection and will give us an important overview of dementia along with a discussion on how you can help yourself and your loved ones.

December 4th…. Christmas Lunch Celebration
Gather to hear and sing along with, members of Janet Warren’s Higher Ground women’s ensemble followed by a delicious Christmas lunch with friends old and new. This has become a treasured tradition and a very special way to usher in the Advent season!


Contact Colleen Blair for more information.


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.