Kerrisdale Community Centre is Life-Changing

Just back from an active vacation in the UK and Croatia, Janet Polonijo immediately credited the Kerrisdale Community Centre with helping her to take that type of holiday. “I have a personal trainer and am in the exercise room several times a week,” she explained. “Being able to work out here has been instrumental in keeping me fit and healthy – and getting me to a point where I can take a vacation that includes being very active

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The Language of Community with Kevin Wong

Kevin Wong can often be found playing snooker in the billiards room at the Kerrisdale Community Centre. “The snooker table is an important part of social interaction here at the community centre,” he explained. “It gives quite a few of us an opportunity to connect on several levels – playing the game, the banter and conversation with the other players, and knowing that you can always find someone here to shoot a game. It is

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A Welcoming Place to Land

For mom and daughter duo, Alison and Bella Verghese, the Kerrisdale Community Centre is a big part of their lives. When their family emigrated from Australia to Canada several years ago for her husband’s career advancement, Alison said it was initially tough because she was unable to work while waiting for her permanent resident status. Moving to a new country can feel overwhelming and lonely, especially when you don’t know anyone. When they moved into

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A Family Affair

It’s clear that for Dennis Healey, going to the Kerrisdale Community Centre is truly a family affair. Dennis is a regular at the centre (he uses the fitness centre six times a week) – and almost everyone that passes by waves hello or stops to chat with him. In addition, both his wife and son used to work at the centre and are still members. He laughs: “We have all been here a lot over

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Meet Me at KCC!

Suzanne Stothers is a regular visitor to the Kerrisdale Community Centre. She says that for her, it is a central hub to meet people. She laughingly explained: “It happens several times a week, where I will be making plans with a friend and will say: ‘Meet me at KCC!’.” (Editor’s note: This sounds like a perfect advertising slogan for the community centre. We love it!) At KCC, Suzanne uses the pool and comes for the

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Building a New Life at 91 Years Young

Several years ago, Mary Wong, then 91, moved from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Vancouver, British Columbia to be closer to her daughter, Janice. While Mary and Janice were looking forward to living in the same neighbourhood, they worried about how Mary would adapt to her new life here. It turns out they had absolutely nothing to worry about. Shortly after Mary moved into an apartment down the street from the Kerrisdale Community Centre, Janice took her to

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‘Wooing’ the Younger Generation

Below is a profile on Kerrisdale Community Centre Society Board Member Melissa Woo. This is one segment of a special profile series on our community centre patrons and our volunteer Board Members. Melissa Woo is a dynamo. She might be slight in size and gentle in demeanour, but in reality, she is a full of ideas and energy – and has the ability to get things done. The youngest and newest member of the Kerrisdale Board, Melissa is

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Kerrisdale Community Centre – A Family Affair

Below is a profile on community centre member Paige Swartz. This is one segment of a special profile series on our community centre patrons. For Paige Swartz, the Kerrisdale Community Centre is a family affair – and three generations of it, at that. Unlike many at the community centre, her father didn’t bring her to the community centre when she was a child, but as an adult when she moved into the area with her

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An Environment of Success

Below is a profile on Kerrisdale Community Centre Society Board and community centre member Robert Lockhart. It is one segment of a special profile series on our community centre patrons and our volunteer Board Members. Robert Lockhart has been involved with the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society (KCCS) – as President of the Board and, now, as a Board Member – for more than seven years. Before volunteering on the Board, he also brought his children

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The People of KerrisdaleCC – A Profile Series

Below is a guest blog post by Ruth Atherley of AHA Creative Strategies. A seasoned writer, Ruth was asked to write several blog posts for us to profile some of the Kerrisdale Community Centre members and our Board. When I was asked by the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society executive to write a few profiles on some of the members who make use of the Kerrisdale Community Centre, I expected it to be an interesting, fun

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