As COVID-19 gathering restrictions are lifted, we are pleased to deliver more of our workshops and programs in hybrid mode. Below are some of the outreach programs being offered to the more vulnerable seniors in Chinatown with some of our more tech savvy seniors participating at the comfort of their own homes.

Beginner Chair Yoga on March 8, 2022

Health and Wellness from a TCM Perspective on March 15, 2022

Spring Celebration Luncheon 2022

Gaia Cares hosted the Spring Celebration Luncheon on March 4, 2022 at Floata Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown. Over the past two years many vulnerable seniors suffered from isolation during the pandemic. To encourage them to re-connect with the community, Gaia Cares invited over 150 low-income seniors from the Chinatown neighborhood to a free luncheon with traditional Chinese performances including lion dance, Cantonese Opera and Lucky Draw. We even had a “God of Fortune” dressed in full custom to hang out red packets to each senior. In addition, many prominent government officials were also in attendance to show their support. Below please find some of the photos capturing this meaningful event.

Group photos with our honorable guests and the Lion Dance Team

Opening Speech from our Board member Margaret Chow

Lion Dance Opening

Souvenir presented to Mayor Stewart

Souvenir presented to MP Jenny Kwan

Souvenir presented to MLA Melanie Mark

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport of British Columbia

Souvenir presented to MLA Mable Elmore

Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors’ Services & Long-Term Care

Souvenir presented to Councillor Pete Fry

Guest speeches by MLA Mable Elmore & MLA Melanie Mark

Cantonese Opera performance by our Executive Director Percy Wong

Cantonese Opera performance by our guest performer

God of Fortune handling out red packets

One of our lucky draw winners receiving the prize from Councillor Pete Fry