There are two reasons to mark 1 October 2021. It is the United Nations Day of the Older Person and Canada’s Senior Citizens Day. This year sees some vaccine driven recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that caused deaths and created health threats to elders around the world.
Various locations in Vancouver will celebrate the occasion in blue lights, the result of requests made by the 411 Seniors Centre Society. Marion Pollack, President of 411, says “The evening sky in Vancouver will be an illuminated tribute to seniors here and around the world and a reminder of those we lost.“
The city-wide display involves the lights at the Sails of Light (Port of Vancouver), City Hall, the Burrard Street Bridge, Science World, the Convention Centre, Harbour Centre, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and the Bloedel Conservatory. Alana Kenyon, the 411 Seniors Centre board member who co-ordinated the plan said “Everyone involved was quick to recognize the need to salute our elders at this time. I’m grateful for the warmth of their co-operation. It was inspiring”.
The idea for marking the day across the city came up in a planning discussion as 411 prepares to move to a new purpose-built location on Fraser Street at 19th Avenue by this time next year. Housed at 411 Dunsmuir Street when it was founded in 1977, the Society is the longest serving Seniors Centre in the city and, after years of renting, is now readying to move to a brand new facility, built in a partnership with the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency and Community Land Trust which will manage the housing on the site. The 411 Seniors Centre Society (www.411seniors.bc.ca) is raising funds for the completion of the new centre.
Members of 411 will be taking photographs of the lights at the sites.
For more information:
Leslie Remund, Executive Director
Stuart Alcock, Past-President
Alana Kenyon, Board Member