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Old age is not when we stop growing. It is exactly the time to grow in new ways. It is the period in which we set out to make sense out of all the growing we have already done. It is the softening season when everything in us is meant to achieve its sweetest, richest, most unique self.

Joan Chittister

Seniors Connection

Whether you’re a regular at Highlands or part of the larger North Shore community, if you’re a senior you’re welcome at the Seniors Connection, a community program for older adults. 

It’s a time of learning, and community. It’s also a chance for accessing information, resources, and the wellbeing that comes from connecting with others. Hear a variety of guest speakers, catch up with old friends and greet new ones over refreshments.

First and third Wednesday of the month, from 10:30 am to noon. Cost is $5 per session, and you’ll need to sign up with Colleen Blair in advance for each event.
Contact: Colleen Blair, 604-980-6071

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Group shot of members of Seniors Connection

Spring 2024 Seniors Connection


March 6th…. A Look at Life in Canada’s North
Between 2002 and 2023 Angela Steininger and her husband, Manfred, made eight northern trips mostly in summer but once in winter. Sometimes these were guided backpacking trips but mostly they went on their own to see what they could see. Angela will share with us some photos of amazing scenery and her observations on the unusual lives of some of the people they met in these remote areas. Places that are in the news and may play an important role in the future of Canada but most of us are unlikely to see for ourselves.


March 20th…. The Indispensable Binder – All Your Documents In One Place
Imagine your house is on fire, you’ve had a stroke or you or your spouse dies suddenly. Where are all the important documents and information?  This presentation walks you through the steps to create your own Indispensable Binder.  It will become a handy reference for you – your property, medications, finances, will, power of attorney, representation agreement, passwords, contact information for your friends and relatives, and much more.  Here is a systematic format for you to create and organize your own binder, or for $35 in class, you can purchase a binder ready to go.


April 3rd…. AIDS Took His Sight, But Not His Vision
Dr. Peter Jepson-Young was a young, gay Vancouver physician. He had compassion, bravery, joie de vivre. And AIDS.  Many will remember The Dr. Peter Diaries, produced by CBC which brought a human face to HIV AIDS,  and challenged prevailing myths. Dr. Peter’s mother, Shirley Young will share her son Peter’s journey and his legacy.


April 17th…. The Vancouver Integrated Supervision Unit
Yana Nuszdorfer will share insights from working with the Vancouver Integrated Supervision Unit which is  an integrated team supporting clients suffering from mental health issues who are also in the criminal justice system. Located in the Downtown Eastside, they support clients with a multitude of services including housing, psychiatric and medical care, legal support and financial management. The program aims to reduce recidivism and prevent admissions to hospitals and custody centres. 


May 1st…. Yet to be determined!


May 15th…. Higher Ground Concert and Singalong….
Once again we are delighted to have members of Higher Ground Women’s choral group, led by Janet Warren, come and sing us into spring!  We are blessed to have the warmth, the generous tradition and the beautiful music that Higher Ground brings. This will be the last Seniors Connection event till September 18th. 
Watch for details!




FRIDAY, April 26th…. Bus Trip to Van Dusen Gardens
followed by lunch at the Sylvia Hotel. Contact Colleen for details.

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Caring and Wellness

Highlands volunteers also help seniors in hospitals, care centres, and at home, as part of its Caring and Wellness ministry.