Seniors share their rich stories and talents at Kiwassa.

Seniors programs at Kiwassa were started and continue to be led, by seniors themselves, together with volunteers, staff and community partners.  There are many leadership opportunities available within the broad range of multicultural seniors health, wellness, social and educational activities here.

Seniors at Kiwassa come from all over the world and include those whose roots are deep in this neighbourhood.  The community benefits greatly from the involvement of our elders at Kiwassa, as people of all ages gather together, learn from and enjoy each other. For more information contact the Seniors Program Coordinator, at 604.254.5401 ext 232 or

English as a second language

Numerous ESL classes and activities are offered for seniors at Kiwassa so that newcomers can learn English, make friends, learn about local programs and resources and integrate into Canadian society.  You are always welcome to practice your English in this friendly, multicultural environment.

Seniors health and wellness

Being active and involved in Kiwassa can include joining the weekly healthy lunch, our health and wellness services and workshops, and fitness activities including dance, tai chi and walking.  Learning and volunteering also build health and wellness.

Social and recreational activities

Seniors develop and enjoy arts and crafts, singing, cards and games and field trips to local parks and special places.  Part of the fun is relaxing and sharing stories and jokes with new friends who share similar and different life experiences.

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If you enjoy crafts, consider leading craft activities for our programs, or joining the Kiwassa Seniors Teddy Bear Project. Since 2003, Kiwassa seniors have been creating knitted teddy bears, and making children's quilts. Through a partnership with the Chinatown Rotary Club, 2,000 teddy bears and 1,500 quilts have been distributed to sick and orphaned children all over the world, including Ethiopia, the Phillipines, Siberia, Thailand, the Ukraine, China and more.