November/December Newsletter

From the Manager

Having grown up in Vernon, I am proud to be part of an established non-profit organization. The Halina Centre embodies what I believe in, encouraging our citizens to be involved in this community and to enjoy themselves while doing so. The passion that the board, members and volunteers put into the Centre to ensure its success is more than impressive. The changes that have taken place over the past few months have been, for the most part receptive. Please realize, I am not looking/wanting or trying to change everything, I am looking at areas with a new set of eyes. Over the past few months, we have incorporated some changes to see what feedback is received. The feedback is reviewed and decisions are made from there. Not everyone is going to be receptive of the changes but remember that the Centre and the Society are the focus. I always say that you should look at any event/organization/relationship as a tree. You need to have a solid foundation (roots) and then a strong base (trunk) in order to branch out. That is what we must work towards. I am open to ideas, suggestions and solutions to make the Halina Centre the best it can be.
Diana Williamson Manager Interim

Volunteer of the Month - Elisheva Benjamin

Hello everyone at the Halina Centre. I have been volunteering with the Halina Centre for 2 ½ months. You may have noticed my work at the 45th Birthday. I was the one who put together the slide show presentation with pictures of social occasions from the past. I enjoyed putting together the slide show and seeing all the happy faces of people participating in the centre. I have been concentrating my efforts on the computer by putting together information on Tuesday Treasures, Octoberfest dance, Winter carnival dance and a brochure. I have been enjoying my time very much and find Diana Williamson the temporary manager a very interesting and insightful person to volunteer for. I have been volunteering for Seniors Services through NexusBC for over 10 years. I do what is called Satisfaction Services to seniors to find out what they thought of Seniors Services. I have also been volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association in their Peer Support Services as the Assistant to the Coordinator. Each one of these volunteer positions have been very rewarding to me personally. I am in on Tuesday or Wednesday in the Halina Office. Please feel free to come to see me and say hi.

Anti-Bullying Information

Anti-bulling and what we need to know
WHAT IS BULLYING? According to the federal government, bullying is defined with the following core elements: unwanted aggressive behavior; observed or perceived power imbalance; and repetition of behaviors or high likelihood of repetition. Bullying can be direct (e.g., bullying that occurs in the presence of a targeted individual) and indirect (e.g., bullying not directly communicated to a targeted individual such as spreading rumors). Broad categories of bullying include physical, verbal, relational (e.g., efforts to harm the reputation or relationships of the targeted individual), and damage to property. Bullying can happen in any number of places, contexts, or locations. Cyberbullying that occurs using technology (e.g., phones, email, chat rooms, instant messaging, and online posts) is considered electronic bullying and is viewed as a context or location. Some bullying actions can fall into criminal categories, such as harassment, hazing, or assault (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, n.d.). Studies suggest that most senior-to-senior aggression in long term care settings is verbal abuse, and that men and women are equally likely to be the victim as well as the aggressor (Senior Bullying, 2015). However, all forms of bullying are possible.

Ways of Bullying
• Dirty looks
• Passive-aggressive comments
• Negative, critical comments about appearance, personality
• Demanding bossing around a member
• Gossiping
• Sexual harassment
• Ignoring a member
• Participating in cliques that conspire to isolate a member.

If there is bullying in our centre please come into the office and tell the manager, Diana. Your Rights Against Bullies NO MATTER, you deserve to feel safe. Everyone has the right to live in a safe environment

It's Flu Season 🙁

Influenza, often called the flu, is a serious and contagious respiratory infection that can lead to hospitalization, and death in severe cases. The infection spreads when a person comes into contact with droplets from an infected person who coughs or sneezes. Symptoms of influenza may include fever, aches, fatigue, headaches, muscle pain, a runny nose, sore throat, and cough. Visit to find out more about influenza. The flu shot is available at pharmacies throughout Vernon. If you would like to receive a flu shot and are not sure where to go, phone ahead and talk to a pharmacist.

Mindful Meditation?

Would you be interested in Mindfull Meditation? Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. … When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. Meditation is relaxing the mind so that you can give it a break, to be in silence. It gives yourself an opportunity to commune with your body, mind and emotions. In other words, meditation means turning your attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment. Meditating is deceptively simple. If Well-being isn’t enough of an incentive, scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways. Mindfulness can: help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.

Other areas of benefit are: get better sleep. make progress toward your weight-loss goals, lower your stress levels, decrease loneliness in seniors, banish temporary negative feelings, improve attention, manage chronic pain, help prevent depression relapse and Increase brain gray matter. More detail can be found at the website Please let Diana, know if you would like to be part of a group doing Mindfulness Meditation. This most likely be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. one day a week.

Kitchen Corner

Welcome back hot lunches!

  • November 6 Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Cheese Assorted Vegetable, Tea Biscuit Dessert, Coffee/Tea
  • November 13 Lasagna Sweet Kale Salad, Garlic Toast Dessert, Coffee/Tea
  • November 20 Irish Stew Tossed Salad, Tea Biscuit Dessert, Coffee/Tea
  • November 27 Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes Coleslaw, Biscuit Dessert, Coffee/Tea
  • December 4 Pulled Pork Tater Tots, Cucumber Salad Dessert, Coffee/Tea
  • December 11 Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes Assorted Vegetables, Tossed Salad Dessert, Coffee/Tea
  • December 18 Chicken Breast with Rice Assorted Vegetables, Tea Biscuit Dessert, Coffee/Tea

For Sale

Acorn StairLift – Superglide 130
Unit is complete with 8 foot rail – padded seat and back rest. It also comes with all hardware & brackets for installation and manual.
Asking $1000.00 or best offer. Phone 250-309-9471

Shop Rider Deluxe Scooter is in like new condition. Has approx. 25-30 hrs on it. It has been in storage. It has a canopy, leather seat and basket as well as high and low gearing. Cost $6000.00 new.
Asking $3200 or best reasonable offer.
Call 250-306-6439 to view.


Grab a copy of the monthly calendar to keep up with everything at the Centre. These are available from the pamphlet file on the wall or here online!

The office will be closed:
Monday November 12th
Monday December 24th through to Wednesday January 2nd
No programs will be running on November 12, December 25 & 26 and January 1st.

Annual General Meeting

Halina Centre Annual General Meeting
The Halina Centre AGM will be held in February. The exact date will be posted on the bulletin board when it is set. If you have been a member for 6 or more months and think you or another member can contribute to the betterment of the Centre, please contact Marion Sparkes, the chair of the nominating committee.

Your Board

President – Gloria George Vice President – Jean Crittenden Treasurer – Mary Viala Director – Carol Bidulka Director – Richard Fausten Director – Suzanne Zupp Director – Debbie Otway Director – Maureen Hallstrom Manager Interim – Diana Williamson

Lest We Forget

The Halina Centre will be offering a wreath at the Remembrance Day Ceremony at Kal Tire Place
Sunday November 11th

Tuesday Treasures

Tuesdays Treasure (third Tuesday/month)
November 20th and December 19th
• Artisans – home based business show and sale
• 4:30 to 8:30
• free admission
• art, craft and vintage tables
• Good food from Halina Centre Kitchen
• third Tuesday of the Month

Pancake Breakfast

Pancake breakfast
November 24th and December 22nd
All you can eat Pancakes and Sausages from 8:30 am – 11: 00am. Enjoy pancakes, sausages, applesauce, coffee, tea or juice for $6. Kids 6 and under eat for free.

Christmas Luncheon Social!

Wednesday, December 12th
Come and meet friends as well as make new friends.
Doors open: 11:30 a.m. Program: 12:00p.m. Luncheon: 1:00 p.m.
Tickets in advance from the office: $15.00
There will be a traditional turkey dinner as part of the event.

Halina Centre Membership

Halina Centre Membership
Sign up for your 2019 membership.
Forms are available from the office
For only $25 annually, you can support the Centre and take advantage of the activities and homemade meal discounts as well as social, recreation and educational opportunities.

3310 37th Avenue
Vernon, B.C. V1T 2Y5
* We are across from the Rec Centre, share the same parking lot.


Phone: 250-542-2877

3 + 5 =

Beverley Bailey

Gloria George

Past President:
Mary Graham

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