Lifetime Event Honours Senior’s Achievements
A wonderful event to celebrate seniors’ commitment and efforts to bettering our communities.
Launched in 2015, the first Lifetime event was a massive success with more than 500 seniors in attendance. The success of the inaugural event helped build momentum for this year’s event, which took place in October at Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver. This free event showcased fun and instructional demonstrations, as well as a range of booths offering information on support and services, and other seniors-related topics. The day included a variety of interesting speakers and topics such as Singing for your Health! Innovative Tech Helping Older Adults, and Mythbusters: What to do about Osteoarthiritis.
The event was capped off by an appearance by special guest BC Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie. Isobel spoke about the United Nations International Day of the Older Person, which took place on October 1st, and issues that surround ageism. Isobel also announced this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Volunteer of the Year Award and recognized the other nominees in the room. “Looking around this room and reading of the accomplishments of the many that will be recognized today, I cannot think of a better illustration of how to combat ageism,” said Mackenzie. Long-time community activist Lorna Gibbs was named Lifetime Volunteer of the Year, thanks to her work lobbying to have a seniors centre built in Southeast Vancouver, and received a $5,000 travel voucher from Ageless Adventures and a $100 gift card from Stong’s.
The event was a great opportunity to connect with seniors who help shape and strengthen our communities with their experience, passion, and knowledge.