Welcome to 411 Seniors Centre Society!

Serving Seniors Since 1972

Our Mission Statement
To give older adults voice and provide access to information, activities and sustainable services in a culturally sensitive environment that enhances the quality of their lives, and to expand our reach through collaboration and partnerships with like-minded organizations.

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Seniors’ Housing in B.C. Report

The Seniors Advocate Calls for More Help for Low-Income Renters and Homeowners, a Fundamental Redesign of Assisted Living, and Changes to Help Seniors Access their Preferred Residential Care Bed Faster.

Click here to read the report.

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Open Position: Program and Special Events Coordinator

Posting:                           Program and Special Events Coordinator
Preferred start date:        July 16, 2015
Salary:                                 $20.00 per hour Excellent Benefit package after 3 months
Hours of work:                  Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00
Closing date:                     4:00 pm June 23, 2015

The 411 Seniors Centre Society is seeking a dynamic and committed Program and Special Events Coordinator who will provide a welcoming, vibrant and engaging environment for our membership.

As a well respected registered charitable organization the 411 was founded over 39 years ago; we are recognized for providing a wide range of social services and programming for seniors.

The 411’s mission is to give older adults voice and provide access to information, activities and sustainable services in a culturally sensitive environment that enhances the quality of their lives, and to expand our reach through collaboration and partnerships with like-minded organizations


The Programs and Special Events Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and implementation of all social, educational and recreational program activities; marketing and promoting the organizations’ programs and services in print and through social media. An important component of this position is the overall co-ordination of the annual Income Tax clinic, one of the organization’s flag ship programs.

This position requires the ability to function independently and manage multiple concurrent projects and deadlines while frequently under pressure. The Programs and Special Events Coordinator works co-operatively with all staff, program facilitators, and appropriate committees, in a collegial fashion to achieve the Organisation’s mission in a manner consistent with the Organisation’s values. In particular, s/he works closely with the Volunteer and Membership  Coordinator to facilitate volunteer support in ensuring the successful integration of volunteer


Minimum required: post secondary training in adult recreational programming, community service, or related subject and/or relevant skill-based training is required, and/or several years experience in an equivalent setting


  • Minimum 2 years experience in a related position, preferably in a non-profit setting
  • Must have a well-developed analysis of ageism and the ability to work from a non-ageist perspective
  • Knowledgeable about seniors’ issues and the barriers/challenges seniors encounter
  • Experience working with a diverse client/member/volunteer/staff base
  • Able to work within program budgets
  • Ability to keep accurate records/track statistics
  • Computer skills (Word, Excel)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to handle a wide variety of tasks
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Respectful, consultative, co-operative approach
  • Ability to manage stress and to remain calm under pressure

Application Process

Please submit an updated resume with cover letter describing how you meet or surpass the qualifications by email to skennedy@411seniors.bc.ca or dropped off at 704-333 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.  Attention: Suzi Kennedy                     





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Seniors Week 2015

In 2015, Seniors’ Week is celebrated from June 7 to 13.

However, it’s never too early to celebrate our seniors! From now until June 13th, BC will engage in a celebration of the tremendous contributions that Senior’s have made to our community. Whether it’s by sharing of valuable lessons, dedication to community work or simply by sharing their company, seniors have gone a long way towards improving our lives.

The contributions that seniors make to society often goes unrecognized. How many parents would be unable to find babysitting without the help of grandparents? How many volunteer organizations would be unable to function without the volunteerism of the elderly? How many individuals would be lost in life without the sound advice of our seniors?

Unfortunately, the amount of support and services they receive in return is not proportional.

In 2009 alone, there were over 154,000 reported cases of violent crime against elderly, a number which has essentially remained unchanged since 2004.  Senior’s still face problems in gaining access to adequate housing, medical, and emotional support despite the amount of support that they themselves continue to provide to their communities.

Senior’s Week is one outlet whereby we are able to give back to the seniors of our community. Throughout the city, Senior’s Centers and volunteers organizations will be putting together events and programs to appreciate the dedication of Senior’s towards bettering Vancouver.

We’ve put together a short list of some of the fun activities being organized this week!

Free Oval Admission for Seniors, June 1 – 7th!
 6111 River Rd, (778) 296-1400

Also, a free Oval day pass will be given to every senior that comes in during the week to come back another time.

  • June 1, Monday: Pickleball  2-3:30pm
    June 2, Tuesday: Facility Tour** 2-3pm
  • June 3, Wednesday: Badminton 2-3:30pm
  • June 4, Thursday: Skating*** 2-3:30pm.
  • June 5, Friday: Facility Tour** 11-12pm

Health Fair at Killarney Community Centre
6260 Killarney Street, 604-718-8208
Thursday, June 4, 2015
10:00am-12:30pm – FREE

Health reps from major organizations all over Vancouver will arrive at the Killarney Gym to speak to seniors about a variety of different health related topics. Holistic living, health tips, and medical advice will be just some of the resources offered at this event.

Celebrated Art at Killarney Community Centre
6260 Killarney Street, 604-718-8208
Multipurpose Room-Kelly Jimenez
Tuesday/Wednesday, June 2-June 3, 2015
10:00-11:30am FREE/2 session

As a senior you are important! That’s why Killarney is putting together a special event where Senior’s are able to share their life experiences with each other. So bring your memories and come join the folks at Killarney in celebrating your lives!

Seniors Tea Dance at Roundhouse Community Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, (604) 713-1800
Fri Jun 5, 12-3:30pm, Exhibition Hall

For 13 years we have been providing our community with a lovely lunch and dance. Join friends and family for joy and laughter while you dance the afternoon away. Light lunch, refreshments, and dancing, with music by DJ David Yates.

Light Breakfast at Fleetwood Community Centre
15996 84 Ave, Surrey (604) 501-5030
Thursday June 11 9:30 –10:30 am FREE

Join for a healthy breakfast of yogurt parfaits at the Fleetwood Community Centre. Coffee and Tea will also be served.

Written by Volunteer, Naman Siddique

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June Programs & Events


“A History for Today” connects the horrific history of the Holocaust with the challenges our communities face today. Tour the exhibition featuring 34 large scale panels that speak about Anne Frank’s story, World War II, and addresses themes of discrimination, acceptance, and human rights. At Collingwood Neighborhood House| June 12th 11:00 a.m. | Free! | Registration required

Discover the state-of-the-art integrated newsroom, home of CBC News Vancouver and CBC Radio! June 17th 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Free. Registration required

Enjoy a performance from UBC School of Opera Graduate Laura Miller (singer), and Coach Staff from UBC Opera, Michael Onwood (pianist) at Long & McQuade | June 23rd at 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Admission by Donation| Registration required


Did you know that the number of people suffering from Dementia will double in the next 20 years? Learn how to delay/prevent it with activities to do at home. At Central Library | June 24th at 1:00 p.m. | Free.| Registration required

Celebrate the Filipino culture through song, dance, and of course food! Fabulous door prizes will be awarded to one lucky Karaoke star! |Free. | June 10th at 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Registration required


Participants can share their ideas on what they could leave as a non-monetary Legacy to others and/or organizations.  Facilitators will lead the discussion and bring examples of their own ideas to share with the group. Lunch included. June 24th 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Free for members. $5 for non-members. | Registration required

Bring a dish and celebrate one of the best countries in the world! Hear from others about what it means to be Canadian. Wear red and white for door prizes. | June 26th at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Free for members. | Registration required



Test your skill of strategy and calculation for this ancient Chinese game of Mahjong. Mondays and Fridays 9:00AM – 3:00PM | Free for members. $3 for non-members  Drop-in

Dru Yoga

Improve your mind, body and spirit with Dru yoga – designed to be practiced by people of all abilities, all fitness levels and all ages. Wednesdays 10:00AM-11:30AM | $3.50 for members, $5 for non-members | Drop In


Tell It to the Trees is June’s book. We have copies available at the centre. We have a great group already, but the more the merrier! | Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Free | Registration required.  

Card Games

Come by for a game whose origins are from 411 itself. Wednesdays 12:30PM – 2:30PM | Free for everyone | Drop-in

Receive training at a healthy pace on Thursdays. Then come by our computer lab to practice what you just learned.

  • Beginners 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Intermediate 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Advance 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

New semester of 6 classes start May 28th| $12.00 for 6 members $15.00 for non-members Registration required.

Laughter Yoga is a series of movement and breathing exercises designed to stimulate laughter and cultivate an inner spirit of joy. Some benefits of this easy and safe exercise includes: reducing stress and anxiety, reducing high blood pressure Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | $12/month for members, $15/month for non-members or $4 drop in | Registration required.    

1-on-1 with ELIZA (TECH HELP)
Have specific questions about your electronic device? Our computer teacher is available for 1 on 1 help by appointment! Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |Free for members. | Registration required. 

Learn one of the most romantic languages in the world with our teacher, Ainhoa from Spain. This is a beginner’s class. Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | $12/month for members, $15/month for non-members | Registration required.

Do you enjoy engaging in thought provoking conversations? Do you want to broaden your mind through other’s perspective? This month’s topic: Aruna Shanbaug, who passed away in May. She was an Indian nurse who was at the centre of attention in a court case on euthanasia after spending 42 years in a coma as a result of sexual assault.  Tuesday, June 2nd 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Free for members | Registration required.

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