News & Updates

Fun to a Latin Beat

“The main focus is to have fun,” says Frances Seward, and everyone nods agreement. But, as the last hour had just shown, a whole lot of dancing goes into that fun. Dancing — with a Latin Beat. Every Tuesday afternoon, 1:30-2:30. Centre member and volunteer Wendy Hatanaka has exactly the right background to lead the group. An accountant by profession and a 20-year student of Latin dance, Wendy joined the Centre in August 2017 — “I came for the Spanish classes” — and by November was offering this new activity. “My own main dance is the Argentine tango — it’s addictive — but here we focus on slower dances, with simpler steps. Right now, lots of merengue. If you can walk, you can dance the merengue!” And, to the pulsing strains of Suavemente, that’s exactly what everybody is doing, this mild, cloudy January afternoon. Wendy (from left) partners Rae Collins, while Rae’s husband Paul Morris dances with Frances. It’s all very relaxed and cheerful, with encouragement and demos by Wendy throughout the hour. Paul twirls Mary Beam... ...then people switch partners, even switch who leads and who follows. Now (from left) Rae twirls Frances, while Paul practices a hand-hold move with Centre intern Vivian Liu. Vivian, who dropped in out of curiosity, and has never done any of this before, later talks about how joyful and friendly it is, along with being very good exercise. She and Rae share a joke as they dance… ...and are still laughing as they try an ambitious back-to-back manoeuvre. Right near the end of class, a quick taste of a different dance, the bachata. Slower than the merengue, also with a basic set of side-to-side and backwards/forward steps, but with a little tap! thrown in. Wendy demonstrates … Everybody step-steps, tap-taps, and it all ends ...
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Seniors Create Project Enters Phase 2

In the fall of 2016, South Granville Seniors Centre partnered with Marnie Perrin (Project Lead) to collaborate on the Seniors Create Project.  The goal of the project was to engage older adults in creative discussions about invisibility in later life. We held a series of creative , energy-filled workshops at several seniors’ centres and residences, collecting stories about older adults' experiences and concerns. The touching and inspiring stories collected were developed into a narrative script, with some of the stories filmed by Michael Sider. This script, along with the filmed segments, was performed during the project's final reading and celebration on March 14th, 2017. The project also received some media attention (See more here and here)! The project has now entered its second phase, and the rough script have been worked into a performance script. An amazing cast of senior-aged actors has been assembled: Yvonne Adalian, Bernard Cuffling, Richard Newman and Gina Stockdale. This winter, we hope to share this meaningful performance piece with our community, with performance dates to be announced in February. If you would like to support the project, donations can be made through GoFundMe ...
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Holly Bazaar 2017 Highlights

Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers and community members who contributed to our Holly Bazaar! With your help, the Centre raised more than $10,000. Volunteer Penny Williams gathered stories and photographs of our amazing volunteers and the shoppers who came to the Bazaar ...
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Grandma's Birdthday

Letter from the Executive Director – 2017

Dear members, The year’s end always brings with it a tremendous sense of accomplishment. It’s amazing how much has been achieved by our staff, volunteers, Board of Directors and by you, our valued members, in 2017. We have had a happy, busy year here at the South Granville Senior Centre. More seniors have been joining us and participating in our programs and services. The fact that we have approximately 1,500 senior visitors per year is proof that we are the heart of the Fairview community and a place for seniors to connect, make friends, and stay engaged ...
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Throughout 2016, we hosted a series of workshops at the South Granville Seniors Centre (as well as other seniors centres in Vancouver), engaging seniors in discussions about growing older. These discussions formed the foundation of a humorous and touching script about aging that was developed by a group of senior playwrights, who were supported in their endeavours by funding from the City of Vancouver’s Community Arts Grant Program.

The project received media attention at the CBC, which you can read about here.

If you’d like to contribute to the project, please considering visiting our Go Fund Me.


A group of women from the South Granville Seniors Centre’s Spanish Group participated in a project facilitated by the Canadian Centre for Elder Law and West Coast LEAF designed to identify legal barriers faced by older women. As part of that project, the women met regularly over six months to identify a key legal problems faced by older Latin American women and to advocate for law and policy changes that will eliminate that barrier. The group chose to work towards improving access to affordable prescription drug coverage. This video tells the stories of some of the women in the group and their difficulties in accessing prescription medications.


On October 18th, the Columbia Institute hosted the briefing for their latest report “Our Future: seniors, socialization and health,” at our Centre. CBC attended the briefing and had the opportunity to speak with “Grandma,” Mae Irving, our 104 year old member and participant at our Centre.