Squamish Seniors' Centre Revitalization

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:

July 18

Click here https://squamish.ca/yourgovernment/meetings/video-library/2017/july/
to view Regular Business Meeting on July 18.

July 11

Click here https://squamish.ca/yourgovernment/meetings/video-library/2017/july/ to view The Committee of the Whole presentation and slides from July 11.

Click here to view the meeting minutes from July 11.

April 2017

The recommendations were presented:

Click here to view The Committee of the Whole presentation from April 11: https://squamish.ca/yourgovernment/meetings/video-library/2017/april/

Click here to view meeting minutes from April 11 .

 

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. The presentation boards were on display at the Seniors' Centre February 28 and March 1, and at Brennan Park Recreation Centre March 2 and 3.

Download the workbook to share your feedback or pick up a printed copy at the Seniors' Centre or Brennan Park.

The deadline to return workbooks to the Seniors' Centre or Brennan Park was 12 p.m. March 3.

April 2017

The recommendations were presented to Council at the Committee of the Whole meeting, Tuesday, April 11 at 4 p.m. Click here to view project presentation slides

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

  • Bev Blackett Mar 30, 2017 11:08 AM (2 years ago)

    I think that the name of the centre should be 'The Clocktower' it does signify an older age group,by the word clock- time moving on- Tower is significant of something regal and grand. From time to time I am asked where I hold my yoga classes when I tell people The Seniors centre they assume right away that it is really old folks, even if they are in there 50's some of them do not want to go to the seniors centre. I think 40 and 50 year olds are a great age group to attract to the centre, they are the upcoming Seniors. Get them involved now and you will have a strong group of supporters as the centre evolves.

  • Janice McDonald-Zavarce May 30, 2016 11:37 AM (3 years ago)

    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.

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