Tammy’s Blog: North Shore Seniors Picnic 2013

500+ Seniors came together Thursday June 27th to celebrate Canada Day at the West Vancouver Community Centre.

Although we had to switch to “Plan B” and move it indoors because of the weather, everyone enjoyed the festivities just the same.

People walked through the doors wearing red and white and maple leafs all over. Heads were adorned in fancy, funny and fabulous hats for the traditional Canada Day hat contest.

There were many booths for people to stop and get information on Seniors Services available on the North Shore. Many of the services providers also gave away gifts like red and white carnations, some had games to play & win a prize.

The HomeCare West booth was a busy spot. Seniors stopped to pick up our give-away fans which came in handy to cool off the heat generated by the excitement of the event.

The Presenting Sponsor Pacific Arbour Retirement Communities offered refreshing lemonade and news of the Grand Opening of their newest Retirement Residence The Westerleigh in beautiful West Vancouver.

Everyone brought their appetite as they enjoyed the BBQ lunch, generously provided by the British Butcher Shoppe. It didn’t take long before people found the dessert tables and all that was left were peach pits and crumbs.

Fruit kindly donated by Whole Foods and coffee from Starbucks(Edgemont).

Volunteers worked hard serving coffee and tea, directing visitors in all directions and going out of their way to be helpful.

Many long hours were dedicated to the success of this annual event, especially Joni Vajda (West Vancouver Seniors Centre) and Annwen Loverin (Silver Harbour Centre).

To them and the amazing Volunteers I would like to say thank you.

The opportunity of participating in this event and the pleasure of watching the Seniors gathering, laughing and giving it up to the Elvis impersonator makes my heart glad.

Happy Canada Day!