My Lions Gate BREAK

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Contact Melanie:

Melanie Macauley

Seniors' Hub Coordinator

604-988-7115 ext. 29


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 on Fridays from 11am - 2:30pm, at Parkgate Community Centre in North Vancouver. In fall 2021, the program will move to Lions Gate Community Recreation Centre and continue there on a permanent basis, as a two-day a week program on Mondays and Wednesdays. The program runs year-round with brief breaks (of one to two weeks) in spring, summer 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.

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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.



  • Encourage group interaction and socialization.

  • Reinforce a 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.

  • Reminiscence.

  • Quizzes and word games.

  • Brain gym.

  • Physical activities and chair yoga.

  • Liaison with community groups /schools.

  • Laughter yoga.

  • Meditation and reflexology.

Program fees: $40/day paid in six-week sessions.

For more information and to register for the program, please contact: Melanie Macauley, Seniors' Hub Coordinator, by phone at 604-988-7115 ext. 29 or, email at: