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The 55+ Social Line Dance group recently had their annual dinner/Christmas party on November 28 at the Joyful Seafood Restaurant in Burnaby.  A total of 50 members came for this event. We also had the honour of Louise Kowalenko, our 55+ Board of Directors liaison, coming to join us and Louise was so generous to have brought along two huge prizes for our lucky draw.

The evening’s atmosphere was jovial with laughter and boisterous conversations.  Two of our members, Mabel and Jane surprised us with their karaoke prowess. Their singing skills rivaled that of a professional if not better.  Everybody had a wonderful time. One member even commented that she has never had this much fun in years, everyone seemed like family.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is involved with our program, the Board of Directors, the staff, the volunteers and no less all the members for their support without which this would not have been possible.

Have yourself a marvellous holiday season and a magnificent new year!

Social Line Dance Christmas Party 2019 Picture 1

Social Line Dance Christmas Party 2019 Picture 2

Social Line Dance Christmas Party 2019 Picture 3


At 9:00am, Monday, September 30, the Bonsor 55+ Board boarded our bus for a trip to Mayne Island in the Gulf Islands arranged by Paolo (staff) and Ernie our energetic and capable President who drove the bus for the day. This trip was a chance for board members to get to know each other on a more personal level as compared to the more business-like connection at Board Meetings.

The weather was perfect and the sea was calm. After docking at Village Bay on Mayne Island we proceeded to one of the sightseeing stops - the lighthouse. There we wandered, enjoyed the view, took photos and saw a whale breaching in the distance.

After a suitable time enjoying the fresh sea air we travelled to the Bennett Bay Bistro where we enjoyed some appies and some delicious food. Everyone was very impressed, not only with the menu’s variety, but also the presentation and quality of the food. Service was excellent!!

Next we drove to see the tranquil Japanese Gardens near Dinner Bay dedicated to the memory and legacy of the Mayne Island’s Japanese-Canadian community who were interned at New Denver for the duration of World War 2. When that time was up we headed back to the ferry for the return trip to Burnaby. Again a calm and peaceful crossing. We arrived back at Bonsor about 7:30 PM after enjoying a wonderful, worthwhile day together.

Freda Jenkins

Directors's Retreat 2019 picture

Directors's Retreat 2019 picture

Directors's Retreat 2019 picture

What an enjoyable trip it has been!  From Sunshine Coast to Vancouver Island, we traveled all the way to the end of Highway 101, the historic village of Lund to Coombs, a bustling town with interesting unique shops among other things such as the live amusing goats on roof.  Along the way, we visited different places, all with its distinct flavour and history.  And so, after 4 days in each other’s company, friendship forged, experience enriched and memorable moments etched on the photographs.

Brett, thank you for organizing and planning all the details of our trip; Monica, thank you for coordinating and taking care of the paperwork; and Wing, thanks to taking us everywhere safely and minding the van.  Much appreciated and heartfelt thank you to the Bonsor Bus Committee!

Submitted by Stella Au
Tour Participant
October 1, 2019


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choir singing

The Bonsor 55+ Sing-a-long started about 20 years ago.  We sing beautiful songs from the 1950s, 60s, classicals and famous Broadway musicals.  We have a musical team consisting of a pianist, two guitarists, two drummers, two song leaders plus two volunteers who prepare coffee and snacks.  We use a large mirrored room on the second floor of Bonsor Complex where you can dance with some of the music.

Each member is made available a song book with lyrics. You have 2 opportunities to sing a solo, duet, play an instrument or dance at each session.

We celebrate Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day,  Remembrance Day, Christmas, etc. We collect 50 cents for coffee or tea. Some members bring snacks, food and donate flowers.

From the feedback we received, our members enjoy the sessions very much. We grew from 25 members 4 years ago to about 45 members and our membership is still growing. Membership is free, but you must be a member of the Bonsor 55+ Society.

We meet every other Thursday from 12:45 to 2:45pm at the Bonsor Recreation Complex main building, multi-use rooms 1&2 (upstairs).

You are very welcome to join us for the nice music and have fun!

sing-a-long singing together


sing-a-long volunteers


On the Road Again.... !

We are pleased to report that the Society has once again been able to offer its members an overnight trip.

The Bonsor MiniBus left Bonsor Recreation Complex on Monday, May 13 at 7:45a.m. with every seat filled for the start of a circle tour through Howe Sound, Whistler, Duffy Lake Road through Lillooet, Cache Creek, Kamloops, Osoyoos, and back to Burnaby via Hope-Princeton highway, with overnight in Kamloops and 2 nights in Osoyoos. The 3rd day was a scenic circle tour from Osoyoos to Penticton and back to Osoyoos, with stops for lunch and wine tastings. The Okanagan Valley was at its best in late spring greenery with blossoms and roadside flowers.

Many thanks to the volunteers who made this wonderful trip possible. Rod kept us safe on the road behind the wheel of the Bonsor Minibus, making sure the bus was in top condition at all times, including cleanups, inside and out! Brett did an excellent job of planning and organizing everything from budget, costing, route and itinerary preparations, and arrangements for accommodation. Monica looked after administrative matters for registrations.

And many thanks to an awesome group of travelers who made it all worthwhile!

Future Society trips will be promoted at the Bonsor 55+ Centre and on the Bonsor 55+ website. Sign up procedures will be advised when dates and details are available.

Submitted by Monica Robidoux
May 21, 2019


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On February 15, 2019, our members welcome the year of pig with a big feast at Fraser Court Seafood Restaurant.

During the two weeks before the dinner, Vancouver was pounded with a number of heavy snow storms, seriously putting the party in jeopardy because it would be a challenge for many of our seniors to maneuver through the snow.  Luckily, the weather began to warm up the day before and our party was held as planned.

The party started around 3pm.  Our members sang and danced all afternoon until 6:30pm.   The dinner began with a short speech from our guests of honor, Mary Horton and Michelle St. Jean.  We, then, gave our president Peter McConville a surprise for his 82nd birthday.  First we sang the English Happy Birthday song.  Then one of our members, Clarence Wu, led the crowd to sing an impromptu Chinese Happy Birthday song, with everyone cheering and clapping.

The dinner was a traditional 10 course meal, including lots of seafood, chicken and vegetable dishes.  The baked tapioca pudding rounded out the meal perfectly.  We also had a lot of door prizes, like pair of Canucks tickets, Cinplex movie bundles, a pair of badminton rackets etc., all donated by our members.

The party, with 192 people attending this year, has been a popular event for the last 4 years.  Everyone attended had a good time and enjoyed the food and camaraderie.  Many are already looking forward to next year’s event!!!

Submitted by Caroline Young

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