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National Seniors Day Oct. 1

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:24 PDT, Thu September 19, 2019

The City of Richmond is celebrating its more experienced residents with a series of free events to mark National Seniors Day. And while many of them might be focused on our older residents, people of all ages are encouraged to attend.

There will be seven free activities including breakfast socials, an annual positive aging photo campaign and a writer-in-residence meet and greet. The latter is also designated International Day of Older Persons by the United Nations General Assembly. It affords the opportunity for everyone to show their appreciation of seniors and their contributions to our community.

“The City of Richmond is committed to ensuring programs and services meet the needs of the important and growing population of adults 55 years and older in Richmond” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The events and activities being hosted by the City of Richmond, Community Associations and Societies in early October are examples of this commitment.”

The public is invited to attend any of the activities, with pre-registration required for some due to limited space. Register with the corresponding course barcode online at, by calling 604-276-4300 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or in person at any City of Richmond community facility.

Annual Positive Aging Campaign

This year’s photo campaign will be showcased at various City of Richmond community centres and facilities. It will highlight positive images of adults aged 55+ years, and the benefits of participating in community programs and services.

• Tuesday, Oct. 1—National Seniors Day Social 

9 to 10:30 a.m. at West Richmond Community Centre

Learn about 55+ year program activities at West Richmond Community Centre, share ideas for future programming and enjoy a light breakfast. Registration required. Barcode #2745167.

• Tuesday, Oct. 1—Writer-in-Residence Meet and Greet

1 to 2:30 p.m. at Minoru Centre for Active Living

Meet Cynthia Sharp in this drop-in event and learn about an upcoming sensory writing workshop series. Take part in some innovative writing activities or start a memoir.

 • Tuesday, Oct. 1—Musical Interludes

1:30 to 3 p.m. at Minoru Centre for Active Living

Attend this drop-in, lively and piano-led sing-a-long of some classic favourites. Light refreshments served.

• Tuesday, Oct. 1—Climate Change and You Presentation

7 to 8 p.m. at Minoru Centre for Active Living

Explore climate change in B.C. and its impacts on all levels and learn how small changes can make a difference. This session is presented by the Suzuki Elders in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. Registration required. Barcode #2746933.

• Wednesday, Oct. 2—Get Together Social

10 to 11 a.m. at South Arm Community Centre

Learn about the different opportunities for seniors at South Arm Community Centre and socialize over provided light refreshments. Registration required. Barcode #2742539.

• Monday, Oct. 7—National Seniors Day Social  (International Meet and Greet)

10 to 11 a.m. at East Richmond Community Hall (Cambie Community Centre)

Learn about 55+ program activities, share ideas for future programming and enjoy a light breakfast. Registration required. Registration required. Barcode #2750587.

For more information on activities, call the Minoru Centre for Active Living at 604-238-8450.

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