Seniors Week Highlights Recreational Options for Seniors

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Vancouver Island North, June 4-8 2018.
Seniors week rolled out on Vancouver Island North with fanfare at senior’s hotspots, highlighting the many great things going on in the community.

The Hardy Bay Seniors hosted numerous events, and their week rounds out with a “cards and games coffee social” on Friday at 3:00 pm, and a BBQ Saturday, June 9th at 4:00 pm at Quatse River Campground. They invite all to attend, with communications lead Rosaline Glynn stating “just bring yourself and enjoy a burger, hot dog and goodies. If you have a fold up chair – bring that. Dress for the weather; sweater, blanket. (Especially if you’re like me – always cold!)”

In Port Hardy there is also a new initiative underway for the North Island Seniors Housing Foundation. A group of dedicated citizens sees the potential for large scale seniors housing developments and are working tirelessly to make it happen. For more information on that initiative, contact Dennis Dugas at ddugas@porthardy.ca.

Over in Port McNeill the Happy Gang is celebrating too. A group of seniors started the Happy Gang seniors’ group in the 90’s, and it’s been going strong ever since. They meet every Thursday from 1:00 – 2:00 at the Anglican Church at 375 Cedar Street to socialize and connect with old and young alike, while enjoying tea, coffee, and of course delicious sweets! Enjoy “Lunch out” twice a year, and a Christmas dinner all paid for by the $1 – $2 collected from the participants.

Also in Port McNeill, town council applied for funding for enhanced seniors care facilities in June 2018. Contact the town for info, or stay tuned for news on that development through local media sources!

At the Sointula Seniors there is a membership-supported organization supporting activities such as bingo, socials, carpet bowling, and gatherings including potluck dinners, plant sales, and bazaars. Interested in becoming a member? Contact Heather Orr at 250-973-6506.

There are also care homes on the North Island, and assisted living:

Comorant Island Health Centre is a retirement home, located in Alert Bay at Cormorant Island Health Centre. It offers residents long-term care options as well as a variety of amenities and services. Contact Comorant Island Health Centre to learn more!
http://www.viha.ca/hcc/residential/locations/cormorant_island_health_centre.html

Eagle Ridge Manor in Port Hardy is another place to receive assisted living:
http://www.viha.ca/hcc/residential/locations/eagle_ridge_manor.htm

Better at Home is a great assisted living program that help keeps seniors in their homes. Their services include friendly visiting, transportation, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, minor home repairs, light yard work.
Primary Contact for Better at Home: Tammy Minihan Nash- Program Coordinator
Email: tammym@nicccs.org
Phone: 250.949.8333
Address: 7095 Thunderbird Road, P.O. Box 2446, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0
Web Address: www.nicccs.org

Alert Bay, Fort Rupert, GNN, and many other locations have seniors groups and activities. Do you know about these organizations, and do you have information or contact details? Comment below and we’ll add those groups to our directory!