Monthly Association Newsletter

February 2015
Be a Sweetheart to a Senior
Saturday, February 14th, 2015
At Silver Threads, we love people – especially seniors, and our Valentine’s Day gift to you
is another, unforgettable, free concert at The Victoria Centre. What better way to spend
Valentine’s Day than surrounded by friends and family that you love (and Silver Threads
Staff who love you!) enjoying spectacular entertainment and delicious treats.
There will be musical concerts from some old favourites and a special dance performance
by the Chinese Senior Community Group who practice at Silver Threads weekly.
Returning, by popular demand – are Musical group – Wine & Roses. As well, members
will remember Corinne & Rosie from the Guess Who dinners; they will sing some
romantic tunes and close the show with their signature yodelling! As part of our formal
program we will have special guest representatives from the City of Victoria.
Registration is required and donations for admission will be graciously accepted. Please call 250-388-4268 or email
[email protected] We encourage you to register and bring your family and friends! We are ready to
introduce our new centre to you, your family, and the community. Come and be our Valentine here at Silver Threads.
Where: Victoria Silver Threads Centre, 2340 Richmond Road
When: Saturday, February 14th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Parking: Parking is limited and we encourage you to make arrangements to car pool or take public transportation.
We are in the process of arranging a shuttle to transport people to and from a nearby parking lot. Details are still
being arranged so the location will be announced closer to the event.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner in February
We have some wonderful dinner evenings planned for February at the Saanich Centre.
On February 4th, we have the energetic music of Wine & Roses, Ladies Salon Orchestra, to go along with our meal
of Chicken Parmesan and Ice Cream for dessert.
February 18th, will see Guy Marchi performing, preceded by a dinner of Roast Pork with Apple Sauce
and Blueberry Pie for dessert.
Call 250 382-3151 for reservations or to make pick up arrangements.
MEMORY Practice, Laughter, and Useful
Strategies Corner
Playing games that challenge you to find words may help
you to find that word on the tip of your tongue.
There are 264 English words in the word
VALENTINE. How many can you find?
Here are some examples to get you started: line, lint,
ant, ale, eat.
All you need is a piece of paper and pencil. Have Fun!
Over breakfast one morning, a woman said to her
husband, “I bet you don’t know what day this is?”
“Of course I do,” he indignantly answered, going out the
door to the office.
At 10am, the doorbell rang, and when the woman opened
the door, she was handed a box containing a dozen long
stemmed red roses.
At 1pm, a foil wrapped, two pound box of her favourite
chocolates arrived. Later a boutique delivered a designer
dress. The woman couldn’t wait for her husband to
come home.
News from the Hampton Singers
The Hampton Singers is a ladies choir who have called
Saanich Silver Threads their home since we began
practicing at the newly built centre in 1968. The choir
currently consists of 20 members. Our Director is
Betty Gurney and our pianist is Pam Dickinson. We
have an executive consisting of Betty Gurney, Colleen
Buckley, Coralie Elliott, Lorna Nelson and Valerie Kent.
We sing fun songs as well as serious ones, depending
on the season. We sing at residential care complexes in
Victoria 2 or 3 times a month. We also perform
occasionally at Silver Threads’ Guess Who’s Coming to
Dinner evenings.
We receive a donation from some places, which we
use for our expenses. In December and June, we as a
group, vote where to send our surplus income. This is
another way we like to give back to the community
through our efforts to reach those in need.
We have approximately 10 organizations in Victoria
that we choose from. We choose those that we feel
are in need and that we can help. The groups we chose
to support in December 2014 were: Silver Threads
Service, The Cridge Transition House for Women,
Canadian Tire Jumpstart and the Victoria Native
Friendship Centre.
“First the flowers, then the chocolates, and then the
dress!” she exclaimed. “I’ve never had a more wonderful
Groundhog Day in all my life!”
Useful Strategies:
Did you know what is good for your HEART is also good
for your BRAIN?
February is HEART month. Check out the information
displays on Tips for a Healthy Heart at both centres and
know that you are also learning about ways to promote
having a healthy BRAIN.
By: Lisa Coulson. Program Coordinator and Memory
PLUS Facilitator.
We practice every Monday morning from
9:30am – 11:30am in the auditorium of Saanich Silver
Threads. If you would like to join our ranks, please
come out, we’d love to have you!
By: Lorna N. (Silver Threads Member)
Food Services’ Dynamic Duo
The Food Services department at the Saanich Centre has been blessed for many years now with the volunteer
services of Marcus P. and Dianne B.
Marcus started volunteering in the kitchen at Silver Threads almost 20 years ago. His job coach knew about the
position and suggested that Marcus come and try it out and he’s been as Silver Threads ever since. He has seen many
changes in his years at Silver Threads. He’s worked with 3 different chefs over the years. Marcus remembers the old
dishwashing machine which could be very temperamental. When a new dishwasher was purchased Marcus was very
pleased and said that it made a huge difference.
Although he does not speak the language, Marcus’ last name is French from his paternal grandmother, who was a
great traveller. Marcus has an aunt in town and a brother up island. He has two teenage nephews whose company he
enjoys. Marcus also likes being active. He has been involved with Special Olympics as an athlete for many years now.
His current sports are golf, bowling and floor hockey.
Dianne Brown hails originally from Toronto. She and her mother moved out to Victoria and initially lived together.
Dianne moved into her own apartment as a part of the Supportive Apartment Living (SAL) program through
Community Living Victoria. Dianne enjoys the support of her many friends as well as her two sisters, one who lives in
Langford and the other in Saltair, near Chemainus.
Dianne has volunteered and worked in many areas. In Toronto she worked for 27 years at Humber College. There
she worked with children with special needs as well as in the mail room. When Dianne left, the President’s board
room was filled with people wishing her well. When she first came to Victoria she volunteered at the Royal Jubilee
Hospital. Later, her support worker suggested that she might like to volunteer in the kitchen at Silver Threads, which
Dianne thoroughly enjoys and has been here for over 10 years now.
Silver Threads staff and members alike feel
very fortunate to have two such long term
and dedicated volunteers.
Thank you Marcus and Dianne!
Festival of Trees
A Condo Bag
When you live in a condo and have no husband to take out the
trash, you need “A Condo Bag”! Until I moved into a condo last
year, I did not realize there was such a thing. Yet apart from
needing to pay the rent, there is nothing you need more in a
condo than a condo bag.
Now, if you went to Wal-Mart and asked the lady selling bags
about a condo bag, she would merely look at you, shake her
head and suggest you try another store. Well, I did see a nice
large black canvas bag in her department with stylish white
stripes, held it open and said, “Now, here’s a condo bag”. There
were no pockets, zippers, compartments, just a gaping
voluminous void of sturdy, glazed, woven texture.
You see, the garbage and recyclables in our building are so well
organized that a resident would find containers, neatly labeled,
for 23 different types of treasures from Soft plastics (the muchmaligned shopping bags) to Paper goods and trampled boxes to
Compostables (turkey left-overs and feathers) in the
parking garage.
Thank you to Anna and all the crafters at the
Victoria Centre. Months of hard work went into
the creation of hundreds of handcrafted
decorations. NAI Commercial Victoria Real
Estate sponsored the Silver Threads Tree at the
Fairmont Empress and we are proud to say we
raised $1,466 for the BC Children’s Hospital
Foundation. Well done Ladies – excellent work!
A big thank you also for our in-house Trees of
Hope at both the Victoria and Saanich Centres.
We received many donations on and under the
trees of items to warm (scarves, hats, mitts) and
nourish (non-perishable food items, financial
donations) people in need in Victoria. Those have
now all been delivered to various support
organizations including the Mustard Seed and
“Let’s Go Home” project.
Silver Threads Speaker Series
So obviously I, the new guy, can’t very well afford to abuse the Saanich Centre - February 11th, 12:30-3:30pm
system right off by putting all my stuff in one plastic bag for the
Travel Tips for Seniors Workshop –
Big Blue one. No sir, me and the condo bag need to visit the
Cliff Cunningham
battery of bins, boxes, stands and cans downstairs and deal my
Victoria Centre - February 20th 2:30-3:30pm
disposables into the proper pails. I never did find a proper home
Fraud & Scams - presented by Victoria Police
for my cracked Brooks runners though, but whistling softly I
Saanich Centre - February 25th 2:30 – 3:30pm
found a dark corner in the steel dumpster where a few other
Healthy Heart – presented by the
stow aways where holed up.
Heart & Stroke Foundation
As you can imagine, my condo bag has found additional uses - to
carry my little dog to the car when I couldn’t find the leash, and Silver Threads Service will also continue The
to hold a few mysteries that I may or may not turn into stories! Journey Program at Cook Street Activity Centre
By: Peter Z (Silver Threads Member)
Silver Threads Services Staff
Tracy Ryan - Executive Director
Jean Birtwistle - Executive Assistant
Debbie Erb - Victoria Centre Director
Dustin Lockhart - Victoria Centre Assistant
Anne Nelson - Saanich Centre Director
Julie McGaghey - Saanich Assistant Director
Lisa Coulson - Program Coordinator
Brian Penner - Saanich Chef
on the 3rd Monday of each month - 10 – 11:30 am
Silver Threads Services Locations
Saanich Centre
286 Hampton Road
Victoria, BC V8Z 1H1
Phone: 250 382-3151
Victoria Centre
2340 Richmond Road
Victoria, BC V8R 4R9
Phone: 250 388-4268
Our Mission
Silver Threads Service is a charitable, not-for-profit society that
enhances social connections and well-being for seniors. We do this by providing programs and services that are accessible to all.