Kiwanis Village January 2018

2 weeks ago ·

Kiwanis Village January 2018

Phew! The dark and dreary month of January has finally drawn to a close. We’ve had a mild winter, past years considered, but I can’t help but hope we receive some much needed sunshine as each day gets longer than the next.

In the meantime, this month is a great time to dust o the ol’ pen, typewriter, computer, or what suits you to enter the 22nd Annual North Shore Writers’ Association Writing Contest. Whether you’re an aspiring or established writer, this is a fantastic opportunity to engage with your community. Not to mention, there are $100 first prizes in the categories of Fiction, Non-fiction and Poetry. But do hop on it, as the entry deadline is February 28th, 2018. Check out the official website www.nswriters. org for more details!

To help get you started, here’s a writing prompt:

The Professor

Tell us about a teacher that has made an impact in your life. What’s the most important thing they taught you?

Lastly, Valentines Day is right around the corner! While rampant consumerism can go a long way to dull this particular holiday, we hope that you spend at least a moment of it connecting with someone you care about. That, or take February 14th to practice some self love—you deserve it.

All residents are invited to submit their contributions, as well as any other enquiries or submissions to hello@ethocreative.com. Alternatively, we’ll be checking each building’s message box ahead of the next edition. Looking forward to hearing from you! Next submission cut-o date: March 1st, 2018.

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Kiwanis Villager December 2017

3 months ago ·

Kiwanis Villager December 2017

Another December again? Crikey, the year is almost at an end!

With the holidays right around the corner, there’s no better time to slow down and practice some self care. Grab every opportunity you can to rest and recharge, straighten your affairs, and find balance between the merry onslaught and your regular routine. As the saying goes, “you cannot serve from an empty vessel”.

It’s also a wonderful time of year to consider all that you’re grateful for in this world. Is it just me, or does this become that much harder during these wet, dark months? Even so, there’s so much each of us has to be thankful for and what better time of year to let our family, friends, and community know much you appreciate them. It may sounds trite, but try it: you may just surprise yourself. This edition we were fortunate to receive many original poems and stories.

The wisdom and talent found among your fellow residents is truly astounding. If one of these submissions sparks a response in you please let us know. Your submissions, as always, are welcome!

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Kiwanis Village October 2017

4 months ago ·

Kiwanis Village October 2017

Over almost four years, with the four buildings involved at the West Vancouver Kiwanis Senior Housing, we have had many people joining and resigning within the Social Committee. With two resignations in the spring, the remaining members met and – after much soul searching – decided to carry on with less structure. A note to this effect was added to the weekly events in August and we welcomed three people who dropped in to the monthly meeting. They all expressed interest in how we organize things but felt no obligation to attend on a regular basis.

Our feeling is that with less structure we will continue to meet on a regular monthly basis, but that the meetings will be open to all residents. Please feel comfortable to drop in on one of the regular meetings or leave a note in the suggestion box in the Terrace library. Our meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month and start at 2pm. Very occasionally there will be a meeting organized by management that is scheduled at that time so, on those occasions, we meet at 12pm. The meeting time and location is always recorded in the weekly event notice. We have been meeting in the library but, if we get hearty attendance, we can move to the Great Hall or the Cypress Lounge. We will continue to conduct a meeting but in a more informal atmosphere and visitors will be welcome to offer suggestions for social events, movies, or craft groups in the Multipurpose Room.

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Kiwanis Villager August 2017

6 months ago ·

Kiwanis Villager August 2017

The expansion of Lynn Manor is beginning to take shape, at least on paper, through the addition of a low rise building south of the existing highrise. A concept plan has been sent to the District of North Vancouver for discussion, and there will be an open house at Lynn Manor on September 6th at 11am for our residents to review the plans and provide comments.

The proposed building will have 100 one bedroom apartments with underground parking. It will also have a new multi-purpose amenity room for the residents of both buildings to enjoy. And the project team is keen to explore energy e client building models including the possibility of solar panels for hot water heating.

The biggest challenge in providing affordable rental housing is the cost of land. In this case, Kiwanis already owns the land at Lynn Manor so it is ideal for an expansion project. However, this is the last piece of land that Kiwanis owns on the North Shore so we want to use it wisely.

It will take about 18 months to get project approvals from the District of North Vancouver plus an additional 18 months for construction. If everything goes according to plan, the building should be ready for residents in the summer of 2020. That seems like a long way o but the time will go by quickly. We know how important it is to add more housing for seniors and Kiwanis is committed to making a difference in our community.

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The Kiwanis Villager April 2017

9 months ago ·

The Kiwanis Villager April 2017

This edition is the first of the new, expanded version and I am very excited about it! The nearly 700 suites that the Kiwanis now have represents far more than simply being the largest provider of seniors’ homes on the North Shore. Sure, this is a lot of housing but it is, first and foremost, a community.

The vast majority of our residents see their suite as their permanent home. It is not a place they plan on moving on from any time soon. So, knowing that they are staying put and are surrounded by others who feel the same way, the desire to reach out and connect with others is often very strong. This is as it should be.

700 residents bring a huge variety of life experiences. There are endless possibilities for getting involved in existing events, or in starting up new ones. My personal goal is to help make the Kiwanis ‘Village’ be the most sought after place to live for seniors on the North Shore. This not only means having a clean, warm, and safe environment, but a vibrant and friendly one too!

The Villager is a great vehicle for enhancing this sense of community and I encourage all residents to submit material to the editors (Mia and Anna) be it recipes, poems, jokes, life stories, opinions etc. The Kiwanis North Shore community is just getting going and an exciting future lies ahead, so come to events and get involved in whatever way calls to you.

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