Squamish Seniors' Centre Revitalization

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Overview

The Squamish Seniors’ Centre has been in operation since Oct 2009. Since then, Recreation Services has been supporting and promoting active lifestyles among older adults by building programs, partnerships and places that inspire skill development, creativity, leadership and fun. We believe that recreation is a vital public right that is essential to mental, physical and social well-being and we strive to ensure that all community members have access to affordable, quality recreation and services.

The vision for the Squamish Seniors’ Centre is to become a vibrant gathering place in the heart of downtown Squamish that meets the changing needs of our community where people are encouraged to participate and can live healthy and active lives well into their golden years.

Community Participation

Recreation Services is committed to improving 55y+ programming and to increasing the number of visitations at the Squamish Seniors’ Centre. To do this, we will engage a broad spectrum of older adults and other stakeholders to create a project team. The goal of the project team will be to develop a strategy to increase visitation and utilization of the Squamish Seniors’ Centre by March 31, 2017.  Recreation Services is aiming to have the project team comprised of members with varying interests and perspectives. Team members will play a pivotal role in creating an active, vibrant centre that meets the needs of our community while staying true to the value of enhancing the lives of older adults. View the Project Team's Terms of Reference.

Goals:

  • To engage a broad spectrum of older adults to discuss Recreation Programs and find opportunities to improve seniors’ health and wellness.
  • To increase program participation and visits by new older adult users.
  • To increase utilization of the Centre.

Project Timeline

Project timeline, including opportunities for public input:

November 6, 2015

Introduction of project to Squamish Seniors Centre Society

May, 2016

Project Page launched

June 2016

Create Project Team

July-February, 2016

Project Team Meetings
Action Items/Meeting Minutes July 26, 2016

Meeting Agenda October 17, 2016

Meeting Agenda October 19, 2016

Meeting Agenda November 28, 2016

August-October, 2016

Community input: Surveys, Interviews

November-January, 2016

Review of Community Input

Creation of Draft Recommendations

February 27, 2017
6 - 8 p.m.
Squamish Seniors' Center

Open House Presentation of Draft Recommendations

March, 2017

Report to Council

Click here to Review further Project Information including: Background statement, Our commitment, Project Team Members, Project Goals, Process, and How you can contribute.

Click here to Review the Squamish Seniors’ Centre Operations – Informational Document.

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Comments

  • Janice McDonald-Zavarce May 30, 2016

    I'd like to comment about the goals and ask for some clarification. Goal stated: To increase program participation and visits by new older adult users. What is an 'older adult user? 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+? Personally, I think we need to work on involving the 65 to 75 yr. group for the following reasons:
    - many are still very physically active and looking for activities that can be maintained with modification, if needed, in the future. Example - Bev's yoga, lawn bowling in and outside.
    - If you hook this age group, they will be there in 5 and 10 years. Of course, older participants still need to have programs and activities.
    - I'm new to this community and I feel a definite 'attitude' about older community members - perhaps ageism is too strong a word, but it seems to be close to ageism. Perhaps the name needs to be changed - a rebranding.
    - I'd like to see the Senior Centre become a meeting place for walking or running groups, x-country and downhill skiing groups (carpool or maybe bus rental?). Swim and paddle board outings to Alice or Brohm. I love that classes in the arts, computers etc are offered but many of the 65-75 fear sitting (the new smoking) and its affects on the body.

    • Gillian Smethurst Aug 31, 2016

      Hi Janice: I'm a 70 year old and have only just seen your post (followed the link from the Seniors' Centre Revitalization questionnaire) and you echo some of the things on which I have also commented. I too wish to see some ongoing modified walk/run groups out of the Seniors Centre and contacted the recreation department some time ago about this. Three days a week, year round, would be fabulous so I hope someone is listening!

    • Michelle LeBlanc Aug 16, 2016

      Hello Janice:

      My name is Michelle and I am entering my 2nd year of a Master's in Gerontology program at SFU. Please feel free to contact me as I am currently involved in a project you may be interested in.

      My e-mail address is: mpleblan@sfu.ca

    • DOS Communications Jun 23, 2016

      Thank you for your comments Janice. We view older adults as anyone 55 and up and hope that by engaging the community through the SC Revitalization Project we will be able to attract and involve all the age groups you mention and make it a welcoming place for all. I hope that you will fill out an application to join the project team.
      ~Michelle

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