The Hub Council collaborates with Partner Organizations to identify, direct and guide activities of the Hub in order to fulfill its mission to build a more responsive and resilient seniors community. Together, they identify and highlight assets that help Westside seniors thrive. They also determine where there are gaps in services and resources and then find ways to fill those gaps.
Broad areas of interest include transportation, communications, housing, programming, elder abuse prevention, health promotion, sustainability, and social engagement. The Hub endeavours to involve local seniors in collaboratively moving forward on important issues.
Ten members currently serve on the Council. They were appointed based on their knowledge and experience with seniors’ issues and willingness to advocate for seniors’ well-being.
What do council members do?
Council members attend monthly meetings and devote 15-20 hours per month engaged in the work of the Hub in various ways to facilitate collaborative action.
Some of the work they do includes:
The Hub Council meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
The Hub Council meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
I am a retired Home Economics teacher, teaching mainly Fashion Design at Van Tech for 22 years. Previous to that I was a busy Mum of 3 very active sons. Now I am a busy Grandmother to 4 grandchildren. I moved to Kits 17 years ago and immediately enjoyed the energy and diversity of the area. One thing I especially love is the ability to walk and or bike everywhere on the west side. When the opportunity to join the Hub came up I felt I had spent sufficient years involved in the lives and education of teens and it was time to be involved with an age group closer to my own. I had spent many years assisting my mother and mother in law becoming very aware of the difficulties seniors face in their later years. The Hub seemed like a natural fit. I am also a member of the South Van GOGO’s, a grandmothers group assisting grandmothers in Africa organized through the Stephen Lewis Foundation and am a regional rep for and paddle with Abreast In a Boat.
Bill is a recently retired Vancouver based Information Technology executive who worked for a well-known international public company based in B.C. His 30-year career spans many roles in software engineering and high tech management. Bill is new to volunteering and now wants to apply his experience and skills to support seniors in the community. Bill and his wife have been long time residents of Vancouver and they now reside in Kitsilano. “Although I’m not yet a senior, I’m keenly aware of the mounting challenges faced by seniors and the Westside Seniors Hub provided me with the opportunity to advocate for them.”
Jan is a recent retiree. One of her most fulfilling roles was working as part of a Canadian-Ugandan health team on a child health project located in southwestern Uganda. Jan enjoys living on the Westside because of the accessibility to community resources such as our libraries and community centre programs. “As a recent retired person, I believe I have the time and energy to work with others to improve access to resources for Seniors on the Westside.”
Raymond is the current President of the Canadian Club of Vancouver and President and CEO of Mr. Fireworks, provider of Fireworks, Party Favours & LED Light Products. Known around town as “The King of Bling”, Raymond is a “people connector” who loves getting to know the people in this great city and seeing other people succeed though these connections. He believes it’s important to stay connected to his peers within the local area and he believes the Westside Senior’s Hub truly strives to achieve this. He loves volunteering and the Hub offers great opportunities to do this whilst at the same time getting to socialize and have fun. “What I like the best about Kits and West Point Grey are the people, you can still walk down the street or into a café, see familiar faces and stop for a moment to have a chat. People here still embrace community and are proud of this fact.”
Sabina is a retired teacher, University Faculty Associate, and School Administrator. She taught both elementary and High School classes and misses the aliveness of the classroom.. Since retirement, Sabina has been involved in a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.. Sabina lives in Fairview Slopes and loves walking in the neighbourhoods. She joined the Westside Senior Hub Council at its inception because of her commitment to building community.…” and the people involved are absolutely wonderful!. I believe in grassroots organizations and the opportunity to make a difference for seniors’ lives is exciting.”
Mary Jane is a retired career public servant with the federal government whose senior leadership responsibilities ranged from labour market development to public pensions to social policy. “My greatest satisfaction came from working with communities to empower them to address social issues. I am thrilled to be part of the Westside Seniors Hub.”
Ken recently retired from an interesting active engineering career managing the Alaska Highway. Since then, whether cooking with others for the Seniors Drop In, setting up and hanging out with the Parents and Tots, helping lead English Conversation Circles, participating in the Westside Hub to coordinate services to seniors or most recently engineering and building waste recycling carts, Ken has been a fully engaged member of the Kits House community. Ken enjoys his day to day retirement with the odd exotic trip like Egypt in October to add spice. Ken encourages others to come join the wonderful group of Kits House volunteers and supportive staff. “Finding enough to keep me busy and socially involved would be a challenge. I tried three things but had too many empty hours and too little social interaction until I discovered Kits House last December.”
Lynn has been a biology instructor, science librarian, and nurse in long-term care facilities. She joined the Westside Seniors Hub at its inception in 2015 as a way to meet and work with neighbours interested in promoting seniors’ issues. Lynn believes that retiring seniors should have ready access to needed services and interesting programs so they can stay active and comfortably age in place. She loves living on the Westside with its parks, beaches, amazing vistas, and proximity to so many amenities. “The Westside Seniors Hub is a way for me to engage in creating a community where seniors can comfortably age in place and find fulfillment.”
When I turned 68, I decided it was time to retire and let young people take over. As a mother, I knew it made sense. I was convinced that my professional years had been full and that I had been very lucky, the young woman from France who came to Canada because she had fallen in love, had accomplished what she wanted to do or hoped to do. I had spend 12 years as a reporter for CBC in Alberta, tired of observing, a move to Ottawa allowed me to switch and stand on the other side of the camera, I became active in electoral politics on the Parliament Hill. Politics has its own rule, and 6 years later I lost my job and got involved in international development at CUSO as the Director of communications. Then we moved to Vancouver, there was too much snow in our garden and on our street! It is in Vancouver that I reconnected with the francophone community, first as the Executive Director of a Francophone social agency, homelessness and addiction, and 8 years later as the Director of the Federation of Francophones in BC. At 68 I felt I had been spoiled and was afraid to sit at home. I knew that now I belonged to another group of people with other concerns and it made sense for me to join a group of seniors like me. I live in Kitsilano and know that our community is very diverse. It is wonderful to once again feel that I can contribute and feel I can still make a difference.