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North Van's Silver Harbour turning 40
For Annwen Loverin, working at the Silver Harbour Centre is a lot like attending Oxford.
“I’m surrounded by people who are experts in life,” says the executive director of the popular seniors’ activity centre. “It’s a wonderful experience.”
And for the seniors who use the facility, the experience has been equally wonderful, since the day it opened its doors on September 22, 1973.
Next week, the facility celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special tea and other celebratory activities, including the viewing of digital stories made by seniors and a video about the centre.
Also on display will be a wall of comments made by seniors about the centre, sentiments like: “People here are so friendly and kind. They are always encouraging you to do things. There is so much to do that you can’t get bored!” Another senior wrote this: “Being involved in Silver Harbour means using a lot of my skills but also learning new skills.””
Through the years Silver Harbour has grown into North Vancouver’s largest seniors’ centre and now offers 70-plus services and activities for seniors to help them keep “active, mentally fit and socially engaged.”
Last year the centre had 159,000 visits. Equally important to the centre is the dedicated team of volunteers who contribute up 45,000 hours of their time a year.
Silver Harbour’s anniversary dinner dance with live music takes place this Saturday (Sept. 21) and the anniversary tea, with special dignitaries, is set for Tuesday (Sept. 24).
For more information visit silverharbourcentre.com or call 604-980-2474.