Learning English through song

By MOSAIC Staff


MOSAIC’s Seniors Choir may not be a Grammy or Juno award-winning choir (yet!) – they prove that voices of the world can unify in song.

With that spirit, the choir is being featured in a CBC Radio special on Later Life Learners, showcasing how music can be a tool to bring immigrant seniors out of social isolation and improve English language skills through song.

Our staff member Daisy Au is the coordinator of the Seniors Club, which is open to any older immigrant or refugee aged 55+. The Seniors Choir is just one of the programs offered at MOSAIC for immigrant and refugee seniors to make new friends and be more connected with their community overall.

Such engagement has shown to positively contribute to a seniors’ physical, social, spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being.

When people sing together, there is a human language connected from the heart that words can’t describe, says Daisy who is so proud of the seniors and the work her team is doing to help seniors become more engaged in the community.

The Seniors Choir was recently featured in Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, as they performed for residents at Villa Cathay Care Home, a seniors care home. Not only was it a great way to bring about more meaningful interactions for the residents of the seniors care home, but also for the choir members themselves.

The Seniors Choir is looking for more members to join this free program – especially to add to the voices from around the world. If you are a senior immigrant or know of any who wants to improve their English skills through song, please contact Daisy at 604-254-9626 or read more about the program.


MOSAIC’s Seniors Club, aimed at immigrants and refugees aged 55 years and up, has a wide range of free activities that encourage participants to make new friends, learn new skills and join community events. To learn more about the Seniors Club please visit mosaicbc.org/seniors.