Creative Writing for Seniors

WHEN: Tuesdays starting September 13, 10:00am-12:00pm (20 weeks)
WHERE: In the comfort of your own home using ZOOM
COST: Free
Note: Consistent attendance is required.

With leadership from our certified and published, former Shadbolt instructor and support from fellow participants you will:

  • be encouraged to write regularly

  • gain exposure to different styles of writing

  • develop your own personal writing style

  • try new things and learn editing skills

  • be an active listener & support others’ progress

  • have an opportunity to share your writing

Instructor photo and bio available here.

To register, click here.

VOBSS Participates in Dig-IT Program

VOBSS is helping to bring IT awareness and literacy to low income seniors by participating in the Dig-IT program.

This program is designed to enable older adults learn basic and essential digital literacy skills such as connecting to WiFi, tablet gestures, using the camera and accessing email and the internet.

With the help of VOBSS several seniors were identified for the program and VOBSS volunteers acted as Digital Coaches to these participants.

Extreme Heat: Notifications, Vulnerability, and Preparedness

Disha Katyal
Environmental Health Officer, Fraser Health

Download the presentation slides.

CommunityExtremeHeat-FraserHealth.pdf

NOTE: This class/course is over now.

Chair Yoga for Seniors

WHEN: Starting April 26, Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am (20 weeks)
WHERE: In the comfort of your own home using ZOOM
COST: Free (registration required)
CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR: Christine

Chair yoga is a gentle form of Yoga suitable for seniors and those with mobility or balance issues. This mindful exercise has many benefits:

  • Increased Flexibility

  • Improved Strength

  • Improved Self-Awareness

  • Reduced Stress

  • Better Sleep

  • Improved Pain-Management

Help with ZOOM is available if requested.

To register click the link below.
https://forms.gle/S7FoSometxpRZnS47

VOBSS Membership

While most of the activities conducted by VOBSS are open to everyone, we encourage you to become a member of VOBSS. Membership entitles you to the right to vote at meetings, eligibility to hold a Board or Committee position, receive email, newsletters and information bulletins.

For more information about membership and a brief summary of the activities VOBSS has been involved in over the past year please visit the Membership page.

Workshop on Online Security Basics and VOBSS Update

Thursday February 18, 2021
1:00-2:00pm

onlinesecuritybasics.pdf

Workshop on Password Security and VOBSS Update

Thursday December 17, 2020
3:00-4:00pm

password-security-talk.pdf

Advocacy Work in the Era of COVID-19

VOBSS has been busy doing advocacy work during COVID 19 with the seniors not only for Burnaby but also for all of this great nation. This include:

  • Incorporating Long Term Care facilities into Canada Health Act

  • Income tax, the Guaranteed Income Supplement, and Vulnerable Seniors

Previously Completed

From September 2018 to June 2019 VOBSS received New Horizons Seniors Grants and presented workshops and projects on various topics related to seniors.

Calendar of Events 2018 - 2019

2019

January 29: Housing Options for Seniors

January 30: Safety for Seniors Walk-about -Patterson Station-Willingdon Ave.-Central Blvd.

February 4: Safety for Seniors Walk-about -Confederation Park to Hastings St.

February 7: Facebook and Twitter for Non-Profits -College for the Retired, Burnaby

2018

June 8: The Decision Tree

June 21: Seniors’ Safety and Awareness

September 11: Stay on the Road

October 23: Understanding Dementia and Supporting Those Around Us

December 4: Say “Know” to Drugs: Questions to Ask About Every New Prescription

In June, 2018 VOBS sent and Advocacy letter to Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General regarding the cost of completing a Driver’s Medical Examination Report (DMER)