Pictures and Videos of VOBSS Events and Activities

A Big Thank You to Sylvia Helma

VOBSS appreciates Sylvia Helmer (pictured here) from the Health and Wellness Institute of COSCO.  Sylvia facilitated our 7 session series on Personal Care Planning including presentations on Wills, Representation Agreements and Powers of Attorney.  The workshops were held from October 2023 to February 2024.

Writing Your Will Workshop

On Thursday, January 11,  2024, a full house benefitted VOBSS’s “Preparing your Will” workshop.  Sylvia Helmer from the Health & Wellness Institute of COSCO fielded many questions while sharing her presentation describing the duties of the executor, legal terminologies, pitfalls to avoid when preparing your will.

VOBSS AGM 2023 and Holiday Celebration

The Voices of Burnaby Seniors Society held its Annual General Meeting on December 14, 2023  10:30am at the Lakeview Room, Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby.

After the AGM the holiday celebration started with a round of Christman/Holiday singalong led by Alfred on his guitar.  This was followed by several games of Holiday Bingo led by Lori.

To round  out the morning the VOBSS members were treated to some light snacks and a holiday cake.

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Representation Agreement Workshop

On November 23, 2023, VOBSS held a workshop on Representation Agreement.  This is part of the series of workshops on Seniors Empowerment.

The workshop was well attended and lunch was provided after the workshop.

Getting to Know You!

On September 12, 2023, VOBSS held the event "Getting to Know You!" for its members.  It was an engaging "lunch and learn" session focused on getting VOBSS members to know each other better.

Cautious Consumerism: Identity Theft and Fraud

On August 29, 2023, VOBSS organised the workshop "Cautious Consumerism: Identity Theft and Fraud".  The presenter, an expert Financial Educator with the Credit Counselling Society, Sheila Cahill, presented the most common frauds and scams in Canada and how to avoid them and told the participants what to do if they ever become a victim.

Lunch & Learn on Volunteering

On July 4 2023, VOBSS organised the event "Lunch & Learn on Volunteering" where participants shared their experiences on volunteering.  Before the event started, a delightful lunch of sandwiches and fruits was served.

"Belonging" - VOBSS Burnaby Festival of Learning Event

On May 9 2023, VOBSS took part in the Burnaby Festival of Learning (BFOL).  This year the theme is "Belonging".  Several seniors through VOBSS put pen to paper and wrote about what Belonging means to them.  At this hybrid event, these seniors read out their writings.  Shauna Paull, the instructor for the Creative Writing class held by VOBSS earlier in the year acted as the facilitator.

Creative Writing Celebration

On March 21, 2023, VOBSS hosted a Creative Writing Celebration at the Lakeview Room, Bill Copeland Sports Centre, at the conclusion of classes. 

Fabian Williams George, Matriarchal Chief of the Tseil-Waututh Nation, graced our event with a traditional indigenous drumming and song to welcome us to the Celebration.

This was a hybrid gathering enabling Shauna Paull, our instructor, to attend even though she was not feeling well.  Many in the class, who had met only on ZOOM, had an opportunity to meet in person. 

Shauna shared three powerful poems from her book “Blue Gait”.   Many students shared a piece of personal writing before we enjoyed a catered lunch and social time. 

Chair Yoga Completion Celebration

To celebrate the completion of the Chair Yoga series, a gathering for all the participants was held on August 30, 2022 at the Bill Copeland Arena. The Mayor of Burnaby, Mike Hurley and the Chair Yoga instructor Christine were the invited guests of honour at the event. Christine led those present through a short Chair Yoga session, after which lunch and refreshments were served.

VOBSS First In-person Celebration in Over Two Years

VOBSS celebrated the successful completion of its Tai Chi for Seniors  and Watercolour Painting for Seniors classes at the Bill Copeland Sports Complex on March 21, 2022.  

Christmas Party 2019

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