Seniors Inspire Local Legend


If you already know about Olympic Vista and the talented seniors living there, you might already know about Yvonne and the amazing song she wrote for their jam sessions. You can watch her perform it with fellow tenants Tony (in orange) and Louis (in the wheelchair) and Cool Aid seniors programmer Robert Dunsmuir (in the back), or click here to listen to the original recording of Yvonne’s My Arms Are Empty Without You.

You can also read the original web story right here.

The original recording made its way through the grapevine to local blues legend Bill Johnson. Bill liked it so much that he recorded a full studio version with the Bill Johnson Band!

BJ BandClick here to listen to the incredible Bill Johnson Band performing My Arms Are Empty Without You.

We would like to send a huge thanks to Bill Johnson and his band for making this possible. It means a great deal to Yvonne and the other seniors who have overcome personal tragedy, stigma, and homelessness and achieved a high quality of life at Olympic Vista.

This was all possible in part thanks to the generous support of BC Housing, Island Health and the Victoria Foundation, providing funding for Cool Aid’s Seniors Recreation Worker, Rob Dunsmuir to host regular weekly activities and special seasonal outings year-round at Cool Aid’s three supportive housing facilities dedicated to seniors.