Wisteria Place Newsletter February
February 3rd, 2021

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! It is February 2021 already. It’s the year of the Ox, known for positive characteristics such as being hardworking and honest.

You will experience both of these attributes when connecting with Wisteria Place, where our honest, caring, and dedicated team are putting in lots of great effort to get set up for our first residents. A special Lion Dance team will dance at Wisteria Place in a COVID-friendly ceremony bringing good luck, fortune, health, and longevity to our community. Lucky us!

In January, we enjoyed a great degree of productivity. With our community, we looked at vibrant ways to embrace 2021 in our Zoom Coffee Chat, and we prepared some final details before assigning suites and helping future residents review and decide on their preferences.

Please join us for Seniors' Zoom Fitness with Lynn Walters in February. See details in this newsletter or on our website.

Our team is growing, and we have a new General Manager starting in February. Stay tuned for details and to prepare for Wisteria Place’s opening in June.

Maureen Fakaro

Community Relations Manager
(604) 338-5280
[email protected]

4388 Garry Street
Richmond, BC, V7E 2V2


February 11th - Coffee Chat Double Header: "Ain't Love Sweet?" and Chinese New Year

Topic One: "Ain't Love Sweet?"
This day can be for anyone: single or in a relationship. Like the old love song says, "Ain’t Love Sweet?" 

We invite you to send in or call us to share a sweet or unique love story and/or picture that we can share at our February 11th Coffee Chat. Secret Admirer? Pets that love us to bits? A date to remember? A friend who lovingly made your day? Tell us your story; after all, they say love makes the world go 'round. 

Topic Two: Happy Chinese New Year
2021 is the Year of the Ox, a year when hard work will get rewarded. In Steveston, we’ve been working hard on Wisteria Place, and we are excited to welcome our residents this spring. Join us for a conversation when we will commemorate the new year and watch a Lion Dance video together. Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Visit our Facebook events page to join.

The Development

Construction is progressing well. In the photo above, Maureen and Gurpreet take a tour with one of the site supervisors. Each of the many tradespeople that work on Wisteria Place are keeping safe and fully following all COVID-19 regulations. Wisteria Place will open in June 2021.

Webinar: Living Vibrantly

On February 4th, join us for our webinar, “Living Vibrantly: How Innovation is Reimagining Senior Life.” 

Dr. Adrian Wagg and Dr. Zahra Moussavi—our knowledge partners at the Universities of Alberta and Manitoba—will be discussing how technological innovations are improving senior life across Canada, including in the physical and mental health fields.

Watch the session on the Optima Living Facebook page at 10 AM PST/11 AM MTN.

Senior's Zoom Fitness with Lynn Walters

On February 18th at 10:45 AM, we will be hosting Fitness with Lynn Walters on Zoom. Lynn will lead a Chair Yoga class for all skill levels. Lynn brings joy and wisdom to her classes. See our Events page to learn more and to join.

Webinar: Reimagine Senior Living Caregiving in Community

Seniors are valued members of our society, and at Optima Living we want to ensure they are equipped with all of the facts they need about caregiving, community, and our goal of reimagining senior living. The care partners at all Optima Living communities are carefully selected and well trained for all facets of high-quality living. As senior care professionals, we understand the concerns of living in a care community. In this webinar, Wild Rose's General Manager Marie Concepcion discusses "Reimagine Senior Living: Caregiving in Community." Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more resources.

Community News

  • Assigning and securing suites begins in February! Gurpreet and Maureen will begin contacting people on the Interest List to choose their favourite suites for move-in June 2021. A refundable security deposit will be required to secure your suite.

  • We had many people come to our Q&A session on Jan 28, "All Things Wisteria Place." Watch for these videos to be posted on YouTube. We shared an abundance of information about our community and how to get involved.

Gurpreet's Corner

Greetings from Gurpreet Pannu
Community Relations Coordinator

I am your tech-savvy helper, and I have been inspired by watching people learn to join Zoom for the first time by phone, tablet, or laptop.

If you need help or have questions about joining our Coffee Chats on Zoom, you can contact me at 604-339-5670 
or [email protected].

The links to our Coffee Chats and Webinars are on our website under Events, and we do send out reminders as well.

I am embracing 2021 the vibrant way by stopping in the morning to get grounded and ready with mindfulness. I challenge others to find their own way to make this a vibrant year for themselves!

For detailed instructions on how to join Zoom with your computer or phone, visit our blog.

Feel free to contact us should you have questions, want information, or would like help to join our events. 


Maureen and Gurpreet