President’s Message – Spring 2018
Hello to the Thunderbird Community.
Didn’t like global events of 2016 or 2017? Get ready for 2018 – the world is still in turmoil and here in B.C a new provincial government is dealing with challenges on every front; prices are going up, up, up and so is our emotional barometer – stress, stress, stress. A new mental health focus is alerting us to the prevalence of depression and loneliness in North America. We humans are social animals and we need time for both relaxation and interpersonal connectedness to stay healthy. Yet the frenetic pace of our lives; financial pressures, obligations, commuting , congestion, conformity, the boon and bane of technology, the excesses of consumerism; of bling, of food, drugs sex and lures of superficiality everywhere, all constantly distract us from what is truly important, as in; those relationship with ourselves, our family, friends and colleagues.
Why did i devote a paragraph to this topic? TNA and Thunderbird Centre are here to serve the community’s needs. We keep our prices as low as possible to remove one hurdle that our community has to participating in our programming. Feeling depressed? – the best medical advice is to start with a moderate exercise program. You can either drop in or buy a monthly pass (LAP accepted) to Thunderbird’s Fitness Centre and get started with a free orientation session with Brian Tang on Friday afternoons. Feeling adventurous and want to make friends? – join the Healthy Hearts program 9 starting in March) or sign up for pickle ball, basketball or indoor soccer. Want to socialize? We offer dance classes, group computer/smart phone sessions plus seniors’ lunches, games and movie nights. Want to destress? – try our Tai Chi or Yoga classes (OHMMM). Do you have ideas for programming that is relevant to you and your friends? – please contact our Programmers Angela Nicholson or Cindy Gulbransen or leave a suggestion with staff in our lobby office.
Staff changes include Youth Worker, Matt Charan is transferring to Hillcrest and “J.J” Johnson, the current Youth Worker at Hillcrest, is coming to Thunderbird. They have been working closely with the Youth at both Centres to make the transition as seamless as possible for all. Matt has been part of the Thunderbird team in various positions, for over 15 years. The youth, staff and Board greatly appreciate Matt’s contribution to our community. We wish Matt every success in his new posting and we welcome “J.J” to Thunderbird, later in February.
Alisha Paxton-Judge, Thunderbird’s former RFC, who managed the office’s finances and bookings, has moved to Sunset Community Centre. We will miss Alisha’s calm and sweet disposition in a position that can be very hectic. Our new RFC staff is Janice Kwan, coming to us in March from Kitsilano CC. Welcome Janice. Thanks go to Angela Chalmers who will cover the RFC position and help orient Janice to her new duties.
Angela Nicholson has returned from maternity leave to her half-time programming position at Thunderbird (and Renfrew CC) we missed you! Thanks go to Geoff Langan for filling-in for Angela and best wishes for success in his work at Renfrew and beyond