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.
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.
April 4th…. Sabbatical Reflections with Colleen Blair
What’s the difference between a sabbatical and a holiday? With photos, reflections, poems and abundant gratitude, Colleen will share some of her experiences while on sabbatical last autumn.
April 18th…. Birthday Celebrations and Conversations, with Sandi Goldi
The world would not be the same without you: your interests, experiences and gifts that make up the unique person YOU are! At our annual birthday celebration, Sandi Goldie will be talking with us about the footprint of your life that remains in the world: the ways we each have helped to make the world a little brighter just by being ourselves. This interactive talk will help us deepen the connection in our Senior’s Connection!
April 25th…. Chilliwack Tulip Festival
Join us for a bus trip out to the Fraser Valley to enjoy 30 varieties of tulips on 25 acres of working fields and surrounded by beautiful mountain views and rustic farms. We’ll stop for lunch somewhere in the valley. Bring your camera and your galoshes! Watch for details in the highlights and at Seniors Connection events.
May 2nd.… Navigating Care Supports for Seniors
Jessica Rosenfeld, social worker with Vancouver Coastal Health, and working at Cedar View Lodge Long term Care, will share insights and give an overview of experiences, scenarios and services available to seniors on the North Shore. Bring your questions!
May 16th…. Spring Concert with Janet Warren
Join us for an uplifting morning of music with members of Janet’s Higher Ground choral group. To hear wonderful music and to sing alongside these amazing voices has become a much loved tradition and a very special way to end off our regular Wednesday gatherings for the year.
June 6th-8th.… Bus Trip to Vancouver Island
Join us for a two night adventure on Vancouver Island that includes one night at the Beach Club Resort in Parksville, and the second night at the Sydney Pier Hotel and Spa in Sydney. Both hotels are on the waterfront with beautiful walkways along the ocean. Other highlights include a stopover in Coombs, lunch in Cowichan Bay, the summer evening street market in Sydney and Butchart Gardens.
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).
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.