In October 2002 a proclamation was declared in perpetuity that the first week of June every year shall be known as Seniors’ Week.
This is a time to celebrate seniors and their many contributions – providing an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the integral part seniors play in communities across BC
This year Seniors’ Week runs June 5-11, 2022 and local organizers have put together an exciting line up of activities to help celebrate in Mission.
The celebration begins one day early as, on June 4 at 10 am, the Boswyk Seniors Activity Center will finally hold it’s official opening ceremony.
The center opened last year, on June 4, but less than two months later was closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. After about five months, the center slowly re-opened.
“We still have a few teething problems, but it’s nice to finally get it going and have an official opening,” said Jim Hinds, a member of the center’s board of directors.
While the opening may have been delayed by Covid, it hasn’t stopped the centre’s membership from growing.
“We’ve seen the seniors center double in the amount of membership. We went from about 240 to over 550 members now and still growing,” said Hinds.
The new center has allowed for more activities as well. Hinds noted that the old center had one main room and now there are five rooms to host programs and events, including a billiards room with three professional tables.
“We are hoping to hold tournaments with other senior centers, both for billiards and darts,” said Hinds.
The June 4 opening ceremony will feature special guests including mayor and council, both MLAs, Pam Alexis and Bob D’Eith, and MP Brad Vis.
Organizers are also hoping to have a representative of the Boswyk family to attend.
Isobel Mackenzie, BC’s Seniors’ Advocate will also attend.
“The seniors advocate is traveling the province for seniors’ week, this is the first real seniors week in the last three years, and Mission is her first stop in the province,” said Hinds.
After the opening ceremonies are completed, six days of Seniors’ Week activities begin.
Sunday, June 5
A traditional pancake breakfast will take place at the Mission Legion (32657 Logan Ave.) from 9-11:30 am Enjoy the tasty event for only $5. For details call 604-826-2331.
Sunday, June 5
Teddy Bear Picnic
Chartwell Cedarbrooke (32331 7th Ave.) will host a Teddy Bear Picnic from 2-4 pm For details call 604-557-5154.
Monday, June 6
Bingo in the Garden
Cedars Assisted Living (7380 Hurd Street) will host the fun Bingo in the Garden event. Games start at 10 am and everyone is welcome. For details call 604-826-2194.
Tuesday, June 7
Want to learn more about technology? Lifetime Learning at the Fraser Learning Center (32444 7th Ave.) is holding a Tech Time event from 9:45 to 11 am For information, please call 604-820-0220.
Wednesday, June 8
Root Beer Social
Chartwell Carrington House (32679 7th Ave.) will host a Root Beer Social with Classic Rewind from 1:30 to 3:30 pm For information call 604-826-4747.
Thursday, June 9
Dance With Sweetwater
You can enjoy some refreshments and dance with Sweetwater from 1-3 pm at the Boswyk Seniors’ Activity Center (7682 Grand St.). This is a ticketed event so call ahead, at 604-814-2188, for details
Friday, June 10
You can enjoy a Line Dancing Demonstration at the Boswyk Seniors’ Activity Center (7682 Grand St.) from 11 am to noon.
Note: Changes to this schedule may occur.