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Our programs and services will be closed for the day on Monday, Sept. 19

Our programs and services will be closed for the day on Monday, Sept. 19

My Lions Gate BREAK

Need more information?
Contact the Seniors' Hub:

Chantal Pankratz

My Lions Gate Break Program Coordinator 

604-988-7115 ext. 2009

My Lions Gate BREAK

The My Lions Gate BREAK (MLGB) program, operated by Capilano Community Services Society, is a gathering place for individuals experiencing the changes associated with mild to moderate dementia. Our mission is to support and enhance the lives of each individual and their family caregiver within a community setting, supported by a dedicated team of staff and community volunteers. The goal is to provide low-cost creative care in the form of fellowship, fitness, leisure, and lifelong learning opportunities so program members can live their best life.


The program currently operates from 11 am to 3 pm each Monday and Wednesday at Lions Gate Community Recreation Centre (excluding statutory holidays). Brief breaks (of one to two weeks) happen each spring, summer, fall, and winter.


The program is flexible and responsive to the needs of members. A diverse range of activities are offered, with recognition of members’ interests, limitations and changing moods, to ensure a happy and meaningful day in a safe and secure environment.

Members are given encouragement but are never forced to participate in an activity. Ongoing assessment allows staff and volunteers to identify needs, which informs our planning process. Evaluation, which is also ongoing, ensures the program remains responsive to members’ needs and well-being.

The member’s care partner is the most important person in providing information to assist staff and volunteers to become familiar with each member’s interests and needs.

Program Goals

To create an environment of friendliness, safety, predictability, and acceptance that will relieve fears and anxiety.

To promote a sense of belonging and establish some order in the member’s world.

To provide quality of life via a program of varied activities, stimulation, and socialization.

To maximize a member’s abilities and independence by identifying and providing age-appropriate activities aimed at increasing self-esteem, and sense of self-worth.

Objectives of the Program


Encourage group interaction and socialization.

Reinforce sense of identity, increase self-awareness and orientation.

Highlight sensory experiences.

Maintain independence.

Decrease anxiety, restlessness and wandering.


Program Activities


Musical activities, dancing, and entertainment

Bus trips into the community

Social meals and fellowship


Quizzes and word games

Brain Gym

Physical activities and chair yoga

Liaison with community groups /schools

Laughter yoga

Meditation and reflexology




$40/day paid in six-week sessions.

Get involved


For more information and to register for the program, please contact: Austin Neaves, Seniors' Hub Coordinator:

Phone: 604-988-7115 ext. 2009


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