Port Alberni in BC have a 5 Star Social Club for the over 50’s and Seniors.  The Sunshine Club in Port Alberni began in 1967, today it has over 1000 members.  The Sunshine Club is powered by Volunteers and is a membership-based organization. The membership fee is $70 per person and operates from September to August. Their Volunteers strong commitment to Port Alberni BC increases the value of life for the over 50’s and senior communities.  For those of you that are widowed, retired, children have moved away, or on your own.  The Sunshine Club does not only provide activities and events; they provide a sense of belonging, knowing you are not on your own, that there is a whole community behind you and around you.

Sunshine Club events and activities for the over 50's and Seniors

The Sunshine Club offers a lot of social events in Port Alberni BC such as the Annual Sunshine Club Tea & Bazaar, which is an event that is held in October and is open to the public.  This year it is being held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Echo Center. It is a fundraiser for the Club; there are raffles, hampers, and lots of baked delicious goods, different crafts, jewellery, plants, books etc. that can be purchased.  Another big social event is the Dinner at the Casino and Rim Rock Restaurant.  For more information, please click : {http://playinpa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/ESC-Newsletter-September-2019.pdf}

The Sunshine Club offers a wide range of activities all year round, such as Table Tennis, Carpet Bowling, Bridge, Spanish, Pottery, Painting, Tai Chi; the Sunshine Club has over 50 activities to choose from.  For more information, the below link is the Sunshine Club September event calendar. {http://playinpa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/SC-Calendar-of-Events-September-2019.pdf} 

The Sunshine Club in Port Alberni have two fantastic biking groups: Easy Riders Biking Group and Happy Trails Biking Group.  It is a fun experience and a great way to exercise.  If you prefer to walk, then their walking club is a great way to enjoy fresh air with the company of others. If fitness is your passion, then try the Line Dancing or Limber Up classes.

If you love to read books and discuss with others, look no further as both book clubs are amazing Turn the Page Book Club and Second Book Club; or do you love to write short stories, children’s stories, poetry etc. Then visit their Writing group on Tuesday morning’s from 10:00 – 12:00 pm at Echo Centre. 

The Sunshine Club in Port Alberni offers a daily Friendly Phone Call to anyone in Port Alberni that lives alone. The Sunshine Club will check in with you to ensure that you are safe and not alone. Their calls are between 8:00 am to 9:00 am, 365 days of the year.  Another amazing service they arrange is Hospital visits, their astounding Volunteers will visit you in hospital and send you a get-well card.  You just need to inform the admitting Clerk at the hospital and let them know you are a Sunshine Club member.

If Hobbies and Crafts are your desire, the Sunshine Club in Port Alberni will keep you busy with their Sunshine Garden Club and Hobbies and Crafty Wool. The Sunshine Club has a fully equipped Woodwork shop and is open to their members for a fee of $1 per visit. All members must provide their own wood. It is a great place to meet new friends and to share your knowledge and to learn from others.

Meeting new Friends at the Sunshine Club Lunch Brunch, once a month the Sunshine Club Volunteers organise a delicious meal in one of the local restaurants.  Great to catch up with friends and enjoy some local food.

Port Alberni is blessed to have such a well-organised Club and it is only possible because of the passionate, creative and hard-working Volunteers.  You are like a light in the dark, to so many people in this great community of ours, Port Alberni.