January/February Newsletter

From the Manager

Happy New Year to Everyone. I hope that 2019 brings you good health and happiness. A huge thank you to everyone who has made my first few months at Halina Centre positive; I look forward to what the new year has to offer. I am always looking for suggestions and ideas to enhance the offerings of the Halina Centre, so please feel free to stop by the office and offer your suggestions.

Diana Williamson Manager Interim

Treasures a Plenty Dinner Dance

Date: Saturday February 9th, 2019
Time: 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Admission: $20.00 (tickets available from the office)

Come on over Maties and be a part of the Golden Age Treasures! Enjoy an evening full of scouring for wealth…you will find silver in the hair, gold in the teeth, iron in the arteries, but definitely no lead in the arse! Dig into the delicious array of grub from the pirates’ graveyards, delicacies of the seas and much more. Dance the night away with the swashbuckler band, the Treble Makers. Costumes are encouraged.

Wise quotes for inspiration into the New Year

  • “Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.” – Vivian Komori
  • “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball
  • “True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” – David Tyson

Enjoyable times at the Christmas Dinner

The Christmas luncheon was a wonderful success. Thank you to everyone who attended and to everyone to helped ensure the success.

Cannabis and Seniors

This is part of an article done by CBC news about cannabis also known as marijuana and seniors.

The generation of Canadians who rocked out to the 1960s song Marijuana by Country Joe and the Fish are seniors now, and some of them are newly curious about the drug ahead of its legalization on Oct. 17. Seniors’ concerns include not just interaction with prescriptions but also the potential of the drug to increase heart rate and the risk of confusion and falls. So far, one of the biggest pieces of advice Teed has is to take it “low and slow.” He suggests that if clinicians determine that an elderly patient might benefit from cannabis, they should start them on small doses — in part because the drug is more powerful now than it was when they may have tried it in their younger days. Not everybody agrees that today’s marijuana is necessarily more potent than strains of the plant consumed in the past, but Teed said some research indicates that in the ’60s and ’70s, marijuana buds commonly contained about six to eight per cent THC, while today, it can be between 20 and 30 per cent. THC is responsible for the way your brain and body respond to cannabis, including the high and intoxication. THC has some therapeutic effects but it also has harmful effects. Harmful effects may be greater when the strength of THC is higher. Hopefully excerpts from this article has given you some insight into thinking about the benefits and risks of taking cannabis.

Kitchen Corner

Welcome back hot lunches!

  • January 8 – Hamburgers, Salad, Dessert, Coffee or Tea
  • January 15 – Stew, Mashed Potatoes, Tea Biscuit, Dessert, Tea or Coffee
  • January 23 – Meat loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Dessert, Tea or Coffee
  • January 29 – Scalloped Potatoes, Ham, Assorted Vegetables, Tea Biscuit, Dessert, Coffee or Tea
  • February 5 – Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Salad of Choice, Bun, Dessert, Coffee or Tea
  • February 12 – Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Assorted Vegetables, Dessert, Coffee or Tea
  • February 19 – Lasagna, Sweet Kale Salad, Garlic Toast, Dessert, Coffee or Tea
  • February 26 – Cook’s Choice


The City of Vernon Council has recently amended the Parks & Public Spaces Bylaw #5057 to prohibit smoking in a park or a public place except in designated areas. The Recreation Complex, the Kal Tire Place grounds and the Lakers Clubhouse property are all considered parks and public spaces. As such, smoking is no longer allowed on Recreation Services properties except in designated areas.

Smoking as defined in the bylaw “means to inhale, exhale, burn or carry a lit cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, pipe, electronic cigarette, or other smoking equipment, that burns or vaporizes, tobacco, cannabis or any other substances”. The bylaw explains that “every person who violates a provision of this bylaw ……. is guilty of an offence …..” and “this bylaw may be enforced by means of a municipal ticket or bylaw notice …” While it was considered to go completely smoke free on our properties, the decision was made to pilot “designated smoking areas”. Three locations have been designated at the Recreation Complex, two at Kal Tire Place and one will be designated at the Lakers Clubhouse for the smoking or vaping of tobacco (please see the maps on the bulletin board for more details)


We are always seeking volunteers who believe in the Halina Centre as much as we do. If you have interests in the following areas, please contact the office for more information.

  • Kitchen
  • Catering
  • Crafting
  • Maintenance
  • Office work
  • Organization
  • Decorating
  • Fundraising
  • Bingo
  • Tour guide
  • Bus driver
  • Any other position


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!

Winter Carnival is coming

The first Winter Carnival was held on Long Lake (Kalamalka Lake) February 23, 1893. Several of those taking part stated that this was the first affair of its kind to be held on ice in the Province of British Columbia. It proved to be successful and a very enjoyable event. Many prominent citizens took part as well as hundreds of skaters who enjoyed the ice rink that had been cleared for the event. Many people who attended came in horse drawn sleighs which kept “livery” keepers busy. At this time there were approximately 10,000 residents in the area and it was said the crowd was a credit to this number.

Show your Carnival spirit by purchasing a Carnival button at the kitchen and attending our event for Winter Carnival.

Bus Tours

Venture out and come with your friends to interesting destinations. The Halina Centre Bus tours will be starting in March. Join in the laughter and comradery. If you have ever been in the past on a bus tour you know how much fun they can be. Plan to be with us and don’t worry about the driving. Instead enjoy the view. For more information see our next newsletter or inquire with the office.

Garage Sale

If you wonder what you would like to do with the 3rd vase that you own or a picture frame that just collects dust in your storage room, bring them to the Halina’s garage sale. This promises to be an exciting event taking place in April. Your garage sale items are want to be treasures for another person. Get in on the action. Sign up for a table. A table costs $10.00.

Annual General Meeting

The time of year is coming to update the Board of Directors. Are you thinking about serving on our Board of Directors team? Come to the office to discuss the various positions that are up for election this year. We thank the members who gave of their time on the Board this past year to make the Halina Centre the success it is. The following positions are vacant:

  • President
  • 5 directors

The AGM will take place on February 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Halina Room. All members are encouraged to attend.

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

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.

Email: halinaseniors@telus.net

Phone: 250-542-2877

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