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Gong Hei Fat Choy!!  Chinese New Year came a bit early this year on January 22.  Bonsor Seniors Badminton group was delighted to have a celebration without any Covid restriction.  To celebrate the year of rabbit, we held a banquet dinner at Grand Crystal Seafood Restaurant in Crystal Mall.  130 people signed up for the event.  With the concerns of Covid still lingering, the attendance was slightly down this year.

This year, Mary Horton, our 55+ Society liaison, and the badminton group were delighted to have Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley as our special guest of honour.  It was Mike’s first time to join our event.  He went around each table, handed out red envelopes and took pictures with everyone.  I have never seen so many cell phones up taking pictures!  Later, some of the pictures were uploaded onto Mike’s Instagram and Twitter account.

We had 2 musical performances by our members: an Er-hu and a guitar performance.  After the guitar performance, Mike offered to sing a song with the borrowed guitar.  What a pleasant surprise and what a great impromptu performance!!!  The whole room just burst into cheers with everyone shouting “Encore” afterwards.

The food was absolutely delicious.  Mike enjoyed the food so much he stayed for the whole dinner.  And he really loved the desserts, baked tapioca pudding.

In all, everyone enjoyed the dinner and had a wonderful time.

Submitted by Caroline Young

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To celebrate Lunar New Year, the Open Art Studio prepared an art display shown in the Bonsor 55+ Lounge. The New Year theme artwork done by group members showed off a wide variety of medium including print making and Chinese painting. Hope you enjoy the display as much as we enjoy doing it.

Our group has also moved to the larger room in the north side of the building and our time has changed to 1:45 -3:45pm on Tuesdays. We are now able to welcome more members. Do drop by to visit if you are interested in our group's activities.

Goodwin Young

Open Art Studio Lunar New Year 2023

Open Art Studio Lunar New Year 2023


The Bonsor 55+ Open Arts Group was invited to participate in the Mulberry's annual ART WALK featuring the artistry of Burnaby Seniors.  The works on display showed an amazing amount of talent!  How wonderful to have an opportunity to show the public another example of how our seniors contribute to the community while keeping active and utilizing their talents in a friendly social environment.  New members are always welcome!

Mulberry Art Walk 2022

Mulberry Art Walk 2022


A competition was held last weekend for the Harvey Lee Trophy.  There was a full attendance the final day, starting at 10:00 am.  Dave Braganza was the winner, and Stan Ziolkowski was the runner up.  Dave Braganza also won the high break of the tournament with a 52 point lead.  Thank you to the volunteers and referees.



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The B.E.A.R.S. held their semi-annual sale at the Bonsor Recreation Complex in December 2019, with great success.  As you can see, we have a new member! Bob, our longtime B.S.E. who is dearly beloved by all our members, has now retired and become a member of this group.  A second sale will be held today but with the COVID-19 virus, we are not expecting much in the way of sales.

It is interesting to note that every year the B.E.A.R.S. give approximately $1,000 to the Society with instructions to distribute among various groups, such as Children's Hospital, C.K.N.W. Orphans fund etc.  This is a bright cheerful friendly group who are always on the lookout for more members.  As you can see by the pictures, the quality of their work is excellent.  They are a valued part of the Society, and they meet to socialize and learn new skills from each other every Friday.

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Our annual gala event was held on Friday, February 28, 2020 at Fraser Court Seafood Restaurant.

Due to concerns of the Coronavirus, many members opted not to attend the dinner this year.  Thus we only had 13 tables, instead of the usual 19 tables.

We had karaoke from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.  Our members sang and danced all afternoon until 6:30pm.   Then the dinner began with blessings from our president Peter McConville, followed by a short speech from our guests of honor, Mary Horton and Francis Sykora.

This year, we were able to negotiate an upgraded menu without extra charge. Instead of 2 crabs, we negotiated to have 2 large lobsters per table, which was the highlight of the meal.  Another delicious upgrade was the sautéed prawn and chicken in bird’s nest.  The baked tapioca pudding and Chinese pastry rounded out the meal perfectly.

In between the dishes, we also played a fun game challenging our members’ badminton skills.  There were also a lot of door prizes, like a  pair of Canucks tickets and a unique handmade wood watch, etc., all donated by our members.  After dinner, many members opted for more dancing until 10pm.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the party, with bursts of laughter and cheers throughout the evening.  I’d like to thank all the volunteers who help make this event so successful.

Submitted by Caroline Young

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