While the blues might conjure images of sadness and depression, at Olympic Vista they are something to look forward to every week. There, seniors who have struggled with homelessness, addictions, and poverty can relax, make friends, and discover hidden talents and passions that were impossible to pursue on their own.
For Yvonne, that means the chance to write and perform her own music at regular jam sessions.
Click here to listen to the live recording from Olympic Vista of Yvonne and four fellow Olympic Vista residents having fun with one of her original songs, My Arms Are Empty Without You.
Playing on the recording are:
- Yvonne (Lead Vocals), pictured center.
- Tony (Rhythm Guitar), pictured right.
- Rob (Bass Guitar), pictured left.
- Andy (Lead Guitar)
- Louis (Acoustic Guitar)
- Kingston (Bongos)
Thanks to the generous support of BC Housing, Island Health and the Victoria Foundation, Cool Aid’s Rob Dunsmuir hosts regular weekly activities and special seasonal outings year-round at Cool Aid’s three supportive housing facilities dedicated to seniors.
As well as his musicianship, Rob uses his talent for gardening and his background as a professional cook to host garden-to-table workshops, outdoor activities, and a host of activities that encourage new and long-term residents to stay active, make friends, and take an active role in each building.
How can businesses help to end homelessness in Greater Victoria?
If anyone can help us answer this question, it’s Frank Bourree. CEO of Chemistry Consulting, Chair of the Board of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Board of the Victoria Community Living Foundation, and a Director of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, Frank deeply cares about growing our community into a healthy and prosperous place for everyone.
On June 24th Frank Bourree and Cool Aid Executive Director Kathy Stinson will have a conversation about how businesses can help make that happen. Kathy Stinson and Board President Brad Clark will also be showcasing some of the work Cool Aid has done to help end homelessness in the past year, and introducing some of the people whose lives have been touched by that work.
Cool Aid AGM
- Wednesday, June 24th, at 12 noon.
- Downtown Community Centre: 755 Pandora Avenue.
- Doors open at 11:30 am.
As well as the essential duties of an Annual General Meeting, we will also be taking the opportunity to express our gratitude for the generosity of the many volunteers, private donors, funders, community partners, and our dedicated staff. The overwhelming support of these people and organizations enable Cool Aid to provide essential support through shelter, housing, health and other services to those most in need in the Capital Region.