On Saturday, September 29, 2018, over 350 seniors from diverse communities gathered at Bonsor Recreation Complex in Burnaby to celebrate the 5th MOSAIC Multicultural Seniors Day, “Seniors Connect: My Community My home”.
The event was opened by Latash and Marissa Nahenee who offered the traditional welcome and blessing. MP Peter Julian, MLA Anne Kang, MLA Raj Chouhan and Mayor of City of Burnaby Derek Corrigan who was accompanied with Burnaby City Councillors Paul McDonell, James Wang and Pietro Calendino conveyed congratulatory messages to MOSAIC for our exceptional work supporting immigrant and refugee communities not only locally but also regionally.
A highlight of the event was the MOSAIC Seniors Champion Award which started in 2014 as a humble way to acknowledge and honour experiences and contribution of immigrant and refugee seniors. “We should all advocate for our rights,” said Carmen Orquiola, one of the MOSAIC Seniors Champion Award recipients. Melody Lin, a long-time community volunteer was also acknowledged for her years of commitment and active engagement in supporting other peer seniors.
Our Seniors Club has a wide range of free activities that encourage participants to make new friends, learn new skills and join community events. Aimed at immigrants and refugees aged 55 years and up, participants enjoy a myriad of benefits to their physical, social, spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being through these activities.To learn more, please visit mosaicbc.org/seniors.