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S3 E39 - Kindness, Compassion, and Service
Our 89th Zoomcast (January 13, 2022); Host  Charlotte 'SistaC' Ferrell presents today’s theme of Kindness, Compassion and Service and how they connect to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as a leader. Neall Ryon presents dramatic poems on the theme of kindness: Disorientation by Theoretical Physicist Dr. Katie Mack, followed by his own poems, Its Only a Dollar; The Courage to Fear; and Wholeness. Lesley Hebert accentuates a sense of compassion with her poems Hope, Raccoon, and Inner Child. Charlotte plays an excerpt from Dr. King’s life-assessing sermon, “The Drum Major Instinct,” delivered Feb 4, 1968, two months before his assassination. We reflect on the powerful outcome of his consistent service as a relentless leader in the Civil Rights movement. We discuss kindness as a way of being, springboard for action and a way to heal the trauma of separation. The power of loving oneself and having compassion for others was anchored by listening to a recording of Luther Vandross singing The Impossible Dream. To submit ideas for future programmes or to take part in upcoming podcasts, contact Charlotte at or on our website, Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada: New Horizons Grant;and G & F Financial.
January 13, 2022
S3E38 - Cold Days, Creativity and Future Plans
Our 88th Zoomcast (January 6, 2022); Our host, Charlotte 'Sista C' Ferrell, announces that future podcast sessions will begin with breaking news about Covid Omicron restrictions and how the 411 Centre and other senior centres are modifying or ceasing their programs. PBA will help more people learn to use remote communications and increase their comfort in presenting topics or their creative writing. We introduce ourselves by sharing something that the recent heavy snowfall has made us realize. We discuss pills and supplements we use to nurture our immune systems and cautions about overdosing. Joel Flynn invites suggestions for “Threefer” segments – three songs by one artist which form a cohesive narrative or focus on a particular theme. He shared the links to the edited version of last week’s Beatles medley. Per the host’s prompt to write about the coldest day in our memory, Jeannie Kammins reads “January 1977”, a memory of a day out in Saskatoon at 40 below. Chris Morrissey reads “A drop of 70 Degrees” about her return to Prince George, B.C. at Christmas after teaching in a missionary school in tropical Brunei. Lesley Hebert reads her poem Twelfth Night. Charlotte asks us to brainstorm words beginning with Br, Be and Ba which leads to “Brain”, “Belly” and “Back” being identified as topics for future episodes. Dr. Ramona sent a happiness calendar for use in our podcasts and email to homebound participants. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada: New Horizons Grant; and G & F Financial.
January 06, 2022
S3E37 - Uplifting New Year’s Wishes
Our 86th Zoomcast (December 30, 2021); We introduce ourselves by sharing good things we will take with us into the new year. Joel Flynn introduces Chris Schultz from Horizon School of Music who talks about the school’s programmes for adults and at-risk youth. Inspired by the recently released Beatles documentary, Joel sings Let it Be, Here Comes the Sun, and Hey Jude. Neall reads his joyful tribute to his brother, A White Ford Pickup with Texas Plates, Jeannie Kamins reads her poem One Kick at the Can, and Charlotte Ferrell reads her Kwanzaa poem Stepping Through Kwanzaa. We share our intentions for the New Year. Dr. Ramona Srinivasan shares her intention to follow the mantra 'Lokah samasta sukino bhavantu' (May all living beings everywhere be happy and free). Our host #CharlotteSistaCFerrell invites listeners to hear all the issues we covered in 2021 by listening to podcast recordings on You Tube, Spotify, iTunes or our website, Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada: New Horizons Grant; and G & F Financial.
December 31, 2021
S3 E36 - Holiday Cheer
(Our 86th Zoomcast December 23, 2021); Our host #CharlotteSistaCFerrell welcomes everyone to our Holiday Cheer podcast and Nansey Sinclair and her daughter Christine share a fun Christmas trivia game. Joel Flynn sings a selection of holiday songs: Dean Martin’s Marshmallow World, It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas, Silver Bells and Let it Snow. Neall Ryon reads his poems: Siddhartha by the River and In the Stillness. Ramona, Leslie and others comment on ways the poems generate positive emotions and self-reflection. In recognition of Kwanzaa, December 26-Jan 1, #CharlotteSistaCFerrell reads a segment of the Annual Message by #KwanzaaFather, Dr. Maulana Karenga, “bringing greetings of celebration, solidarity and continuing struggle for good in the world.” Elizabeth Wu reads To Ann, a poem dedicated to a friend in hospice. Charlotte invites listeners to hear our past episodes and register to join our Zoomcasts at Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada: New Horizons Grant; and G & F Financial.
December 23, 2021
S3 E35 – Johnnie Proby
Our 85th Zoomcast (December 16, 2021); Host #Charlotte Sista C Ferrell introduces our featured  presenter, Johnnie Proby, a jazz and gospel recording artist, and ‘Sound  Healing Practitioner. She sings Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song,  which generates a discussion about the powerful ways music and other  vocal practices stimulate healing vibrations that regulate stress and  act as a memory trigger for people with memory loss. Our virtual  participants introduce themselves with the name of their favorite song.  Johnnie explains how the words, tone or pace of our favorite songs help  create our Heart song. Dr. Ramona Srinivasen chants the Lotus Sutra and  explains it relaxing effect. Nansey Sinclaire shares how calming her  heart while walking dogs and encountering a bear has lead to the bear  walking past without bothering them. Neall Ryon shares his poem The Yellow Umbrella which  includes the song Sing a Song of Sunshine. You can enjoy more of Neall’s  poems at Listeners can get in touch with Johnnie at, or go to for free meditations Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada: New Horizons Grant; and G & F Financial.
December 16, 2021
S3 E34 - Gratitude
Our 84th Zoomcast (December 9, 2021); Host Charlotte Sista C Ferrell introduces our theme for today, Gratitude, and welcomes 411 Centre Board member Jeannie Kammins, who shares a poem incorporating all the things she is grateful for. Lesley Hebert reads her poem A Posy of Gratitude. Ramona Srinivasan tells us the story of how her brother’s unfortunate accident led to her meeting her husband. Charlotte reads her poem Thank you for Being my Children from her book From Pillows to Pillars. Neill Ryon shares his story, Grateful for the Dishes, and reads In Appreciation, a poem from his book From the Other Side. We discuss how hearing each others’ expressions of gratitude increased our appreciation for all the conveniences and choices we have and how it reduces stress and anxiety. Jeannie announces the 411 Centre’s free Christmas decoration workshop on December 13, 10:30 to noon, and the December 22 Holiday Celebration. Call 604 684 8171 for reservations as numbers are limited. This is also the number to call for information and referral services or to become a member and/or volunteer. Charlotte invites listeners to check out the ”S.P.I.N.”- Easy Listening segments on the website and to contact her at to receive invitations and reminders to participate in our weekly Thursday podcast creation meetings. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada: New Horizons Grant; and G & F Financial.
December 09, 2021
S3 E33 - Breaking News and Beautiful Brains
Our 83rd Zoomcast (December 2, 2021); Host, #CharlotteSistaCFerrell introduces David Handelman, Chair of the 411 Seniors’ Programme and Membership Committee, and a longstanding Board Member. He announces the launch of Telus Internet for Good -the second phase of Telus programs that reflect positive reception to the appeals by 411 and other senior centers to make mobile phone and internet services more affordable for low-income seniors. The program extends the Telus Mobility for Seniors program which provides a $25 per month cell phone package and refurbished phones to seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement. For only $10 per month, the new Telus Internet for Good program provides seniors with no-contract home internet, installation of a router that gives ‘wi-fi’ access to tv, computers, and laptops- enabling affordable access to programs like our PBA podcasts, video medical calls, and connection to other services. Call Gurpreet Sandhu at the 411 Senior Center --604 684-8171 - if you need assistance applying to the program, computer help, or a free or low-cost computer. The main event for today’s podcast is Your Beautiful Brain, facilitated by Ramona Srinivasan who leads off with fun facts on Brain Health and ways to improve it. Charlotte talks about the functions of different areas of the brain. and we discuss practices that support them. Ramona elicits comments on the powerful ways expressing gratitude nurtures our brains. Charlotte invites all listeners to write a gratitude story, poem, or another expression to share next week. (Dec 9) . Information about Telus for Good  is available at Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada: New Horizons Grant; and G & F Financial.
December 02, 2021
S3 E32 - Thinking About Words
Our 82nd Zoomcast (November 25, 2021); We introduce ourselves with a “word of the day” and our host Charlotte Ferrell invites us to present pictures which are “worth 1000 words.” Neall Ryon shows us a photo of him chatting with a panda in China. Ramona Srinivasen describes an 80-year-old family photo. She tells us about the people in the picture, and we discuss connections between pictures and memories. Charlotte shows us a picture of a robot camera, and talks about its potential use in future programming. Neall Ryon reads his poem How Dare You Write Poetry! In our feedback on his reading, we consider boundaries as both limitations and challenges. Charlotte provides information on the online writers’ resource and shows us one of its free writers, tools, lists of trigger words for emotions such as energy, fear and trust. Ramona Srinivasan tells us about her upcoming workshop on “The Brain” Charlotte encourages us to pass along information on our podcast and to send contact information for potential new members to Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada: New Horizons Grant; and G & F Financial.
November 25, 2021
S3 E31 - Introducing the STAR Institute
Our 81st Zoomcast (November 18, 2021); Host, Charlotte Ferrell Introduces special guests Andrew Sixsmith and Hannah Shin of SFU’s STAR Institute who describe the community-based research they are conducting with the 411 Seniors’ Centre on the digital divide and accessible technology. They highlight the value of having a researcher onsite, assisting 411 Center volunteers with the arduous task of helping seniors install the Covid-19 vaccination QR code on their phones, and documenting other priority issues. We discuss issues around the Provincial government roll out of the Covid-19 vaccination card, and the importance of providing immediate feedback to governmental and business entities that seniors (and others) need alternative-non digital ways of receiving vital information. Information on the STAR Institute can be found at Information on the Institute’s study on the BC vaccine card rollout is here: For a printed copy of the survey or to share questions and concerns, contact Hannah Shin by email or by phone her at 250-580-3719. Charlotte encouraged listeners to visit the 411 Seniors Centre Society, which serves all BC seniors, at 333 Terminal Avenue. Phone (604) 684-817l for an appointment to use the computer resource centre or for assistance on immigration, income tax, housing and other services. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada: New Horizons Grant; and G & F Financial.
November 18, 2021
S3 E30 - Remembrance
Our 80th Zoomcast (November 11, 2021); Charlotte Ferrell welcomes us to this special Remembrance Day episode to share memories and engage in a wide-ranging discussion of our sometimes conflicted thoughts on this day. Ramona Srinavasan shares songs and memories of her mother and her childhood in Mumbai. Charlotte Ferrell shares memories of her father inspired by an Automobile Club handbook. Lesley Hebert describes a map of her father’s World War Two march through Europe and his feelings about November 11. Our discussion topics include the complex issue of women in the military, sexual abuse prevention, ways to use social media and education to encourage social change, the rise of intergenerational collaboration and global awareness of alternatives to war, and the nature of democracy. Charlotte outlines upcoming programmes and encourages people to contact her at with their programming ideas. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada: New Horizons Program; and G & F Financial.
November 11, 2021
S3 E29 - Diwali Celebration
Our 79th Zoomcast (November 4, 2021); Charlotte Ferrell welcomes us to our first hybrid Zoom/live programme from the 411 Centre, where members are celebrating Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Ramona Srinivasanan talks about Diwali customs, sings a Sanskrit song celebrating the triumph of light over darkness, and shows us a table of traditional offerings to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. She introduces traditional rangoli and answers our questions as we share the relaxing, cooperative, time-consuming process of creating a rangoli design with 411 Centre members who have come to the center for the event. Everyone compliments Jeannie Kamins, a 411 Senior Center Board Member and professional artist for coming in early to sketch the designs on a table for this engaging group activity where people fill in the design with an array of paint powders. 411 Centre Membership and Volunteer Coordinator Gurpreet Pannu tells us more about Diwali and answers our questions. Gurpreet outlines future 411 programming plans, and explains the INR programme, which helps seniors to navigate government services and assistance. For more information on 411 membership, which is currently free, please email Gurpreet at or phone 604 6848171 Ext 242. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada: New Horizons Program; and G & F Financial.
November 04, 2021
S3 E28 - Putting out Your Best Voice Possible
Our 78th Zoomcast (October 28, 2021); Charlotte updates the goal for exploring ways to “put our best voices possible” in reading or creative writing is to increase opportunities to have our work published as audio books or included in “listening sessions” hosted on websites, such as PBA or community radio stations, such as CJSF. She invites us to introduce ourselves with a notable event associated with the date on a coin, and to describe the types of writing we enjoy doing. We share feedback on an exercise where we read short segment of our own, or others’ work. Lesley Hebert plays with reading part of her travel story Soccer Fever at different speeds, and reads it normally later in the podcast. Neill Ryon repeats the exercise with an extract from The Artists Way by Judith Cameron and we discuss the goals of these reading exercises. We give Delsa Degait feedback on a reading of Sad Guru’s advice on fear, anxiety and insecurity. We discuss an audio clip by from Becoming by Michelle Obama. Neill read part of his short story Universum Fabulum. Charlotte provides ideas on how to use collaboration to meet the challenges of self-publishing and recording audio books – two potentially income-generating activities several of our podcasters have expressed a desire to pursue. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada-New Horizons Program; and the G & F Financial Group.
October 28, 2021
S3 E26 - Poetry by Peter Jailall
Our 76th Zoomcast (October 14, 2021); Host Charlotte Sista C Ferrell introduces Peter Jailall, our featured guest, who is a retired teacher continuing his work as an activist through storytelling and poetry performances across Canada and the Caribbean. He evokes comments about the influence of grandparents after tenderly reading his poems Aja and Aji, dedicated to his paternal grandfather and grandmother. Listening to his poems Gratitude, When September Comes, and Black Skin generate discussion of systemic racism and sexism. Members of our live “Zoomcast” discuss the benefits of creative arts and meditation in the classroom as demonstrated by hearing Peter read his anti-bullying book for children, Stop! Stop! Don’t Be a Bully! which is available for purchase through Charlotte concludes with possible topics for future PBA podcast meetings and welcomes ideas. Listeners can send suggestions to Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada: New Horizons Program; and F & G Financial.
October 21, 2021
S3 E27 - Put Your Best Voice Forward
Our 77th Zoomcast (October 21, 2021); Our host, Charlotte Sista C Ferrell invites us to introduce ourselves with an animal sound that reflects our feelings about the past week, and introduces Robin Eriksson, a PBA Podcast mentor who is also Program Coordinator at CJSF radio. She opens our skill-based session, “Put Your Best Voice Forward” with a guided meditation on bodily awareness. We listen to Lesley Hebert’s description of Japanese soccer fans, Neill Ryon’s poem The Yellow Umbrella, Chris Morrissey’s childhood vacation memory, Delsa Degait’s poem on a Buddhist monk, Prafulla Vayas’s poem about a kitten and Peter Jailall’s poem You Must be Born Again. Robin gives each one a different cue for re’vitalizing their reading by varying the speed, intonation or vocal range to add tension, drama and power to their voices. Although none of the group had previously experienced such cues everyone expressed happiness with the effect and new way of experiencing their writing. Robin announces that the new CJSF studio at SFU is almost ready to begin in-person broadcasts. Those interested in taking part in more extensive preparation to host a radio show or record their writing can email her at Charlotte announced PBA future sessions will continue to offer audio and virtual technology skill building; she welcomed everyone to email her at to share ideas or register to join our podcast program. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada: New Horizons Program; and G & F Financial
October 21, 2021
S3 E25 - The Meaning of Cheer
Our 75th Zoomcast (October 7, 2021); To celebrate our 75th episode, our host Charlotte Ferrell recalls past program accomplishments, such as covering all 20 topics initially indicated as key elements in creating an “Age-Friendly City.”. Delsa Degeit introduces her friend and upcoming feature guest, award-winning poet Peter Jailall. Inspired by last week’s episode on tribute poems, Nansey Sinclaire reads Where does the Time Go? a meditation in celebration of Older Person’s Day. Rosario Larion reads her poem The Being Next Door. Aparna reads an introspective tribute to her mother and Lesley Hebert reads an endearing acrostic poem. Charlotte leads an activity—"write your heart more cheer” from her book Heart Balm Just for You. We brainstorm adjectives around the concept of “Cheer” and use them to create a poem or paragraph to the accompaniment of “Dance of Life: Relaxing Fantasy Music for relaxation and meditation” and “Upbeat Study Music: Deep Focus for Complex Tasks”. Peter Jailall shares his poem “Old Fight, with accolades for older people’s contributions to our society. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society, Vancouver; the government of Canada- Information and Referral; and F & G Financial.
October 07, 2021
S3 E24 - Awareness, Celebration and Tributes
Our 74th Zoomcast (September 30, 2021);  Hosted by #CharlotteSistaCFerrell Charlotte welcomes us to our 74th edition-- Powered by Age’s second “birthday” anniversary as a senior-led podcast program. JesseWentzloff plays Stevie Wonder’s Happy Birthday to Ya. In recognition of Canada’s new September 30 national holiday, Truth and Reconciliation Day, we watch two videos and discuss the issues and ways to move forward. In the first, Chief Robert Joseph highlights the horrific ways Indigenous children’s lives were devastated as they were separated from their parents and sent to residential schools. The second, 94 Calls in 94 Days, encourages everyone to learn the Truth and Reconciliation  Commission Calls to Action and put one into practice daily. Nansey Sinclaire reads and explains the rationale for the UN proclamation of October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons. This year’s focus is “Digital Equity for all Ages.” Charlotte helps us to write a tribute poem to ourselves based on acrostics of our names and reads her poem Rebirthing I Worthiness. Poems we create today will be read Oct. 1, at a “Seniors Day” event at the 411 Senior Center., Vancouver. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society, Vancouver; The Government of Canada, Information and Referral Services, and F & G Financial.
September 30, 2021
S3 E23 – Re-imagine Yourself through Memory, Mindfulness and Meditation
Our 73rd Zoomcast (September 23, 2021); Charlotte introduces today’s facilitators/ podcast mentors: Jesse  Wentzloff and Nansey Sinclaire. Nansey opens today’s session with a  humorous narrative on typical human concern about schedules and success  versus the memory of mi versus re-imagining life where world peace,  Tupperware lids and odd socks. Delsa Degeit explains the difference between mindfulness and  meditation. She leads us through a guided meditation. We discuss how the  experience affected us and discuss the nature and purpose of silence. Neall reads a poem from the Bhagavad Gita about the nature of God. Jesse comments on the value of silence within a podcast or radio show  when people are nudged to reflect upon their lives or practice an  unfamiliar meditation. Charlotte gives a preview PBA’s Thursday’s 2nd year birthday  celebration where she will present a Tribute Poem writing workshop where  selected poems will be presented Oct 1 at the 411 Senior Centre’s  annual program dedicated to the U.N. International Day of Older People.
September 23, 2021
S3 E22 - Inspirational Prompts
Our 72nd Zoomcast (September 16, 2021); Our podcasters write and read inspiring stories based on Charlotte’s prompt: "a 7.5-year-old child and their 75-year-old relative are planning to make a lunch to take outside. Write how you think their conversation will go.” Stories included “A picnic with Nana”, and A first day of Preschool. Charlotte presents ideas for using paper plates and found materials to create crests representing us as individuals, our backgrounds, and our state of mind. We describe our creations to the group and discuss the history and meaning of crests in various cultures. Neall Ryon reads a new poem, the Yellow Umbrella. Music: "Allegro Autunnale" by Dee Yan-Key 
September 16, 2021
S3E21 - The Why, What and When of Important Senior Issues
Our 74th Zoomcast September 9, 2021); Charlotte introduces Marion Pollack, 411 Senior Centre Society Chair and seniors’ advocate, who outlines key election issues, emphasizing national standards for affordable long term care; increased community-based funding for senior housing; affordable health and Pharmacare. Marion encourages listeners to vote and to consider joining the 411 Centre Seniors’ Issues Committee. For information, phone (604) 684-8171. Our other guest--environmental activist, Susan Gage—enlightens us about elder and intergenerational protests at the Fairy Creek old growth logging site and ongoing court cases against logging companies and the RCMP. Susan believes it is both a privilege and a responsibility for elders to play key roles in environmental activism. Our online ‘zoomsters’ echoed these concerns and expressed interest in joining letter writing or other advocacy efforts to get more healthy brain and mental health programs for seniors; reducing the 2 year wait for subsidized housing; and universal, affordable daycare for young families to ease this burden on grandparents.. . Neall Ryon, Nansey Sinclair and Lesley Hebert read Neall’s multi-voice performance piece The Alien, a short story with a big nudge to consider how we treat others. Host, #CharlotteSistaCFerrell notes that stories and poems are powerful advocacy tools and welcomes more. Next week we will be celebrating our 75th Episode.
September 13, 2021
S3E20 - Sharing Stories
Our 70th Zoomcast (September 2nd, 2021); Another week of stories and other writing from our PBA podcasters. Last week, Author/Host Charlotte Sista C Ferrell gave us 2 alternative Writing Prompts to use in writing either a poem or a mini-story, and several participants share their responses this week. These prompts are as follows: Imagine you woke up to discover it is 30 years in the future. Describe or write what you would say to the first person you meet. Write a funny or silly “to do list” that you would give to a kid who asks what they could do to earn $20. We also hear a short story by award-winning author Neall Ryon who has just braved the odds and published a new book of stories and is making sales.
September 07, 2021
S3E19 - Writers at Work
Our 69th Zoomcast (Aug 26th, 2021); Host, #Charlotte Sista C Ferrell opened with a welcome to our featured presenters, Una Bruhns and Lesley Hebert; others participating as guests introduced themselves. Una, a published author and writing activity leader began with inspiring Haiku poems about the Cherry Blossom festival. This led to others’ sharing memories of cherry blossom festivals and several inquiries about the nature of Haikus. Una anchored the structure of this three-line poem with 5 syllables, 7 syllables, then 5 syllables. Aside from encouraging us to experiment writing a haiku about anything that inspires us – plants, people, events. Her rich bounty of inspiration included sharing how she created the book, Poetry in Photography where poems convey feelings generated by photos. Her tips are to read other people’s poems; use writing prompts and participate in critique groups. Leslie demonstrated the value of participating in a review or critique by reading a suspenseful attention-locking passage from her memoir- Japan travelogue in the works. As a career writer and - English as a Second Language instructor, Leslie has not only educated hundreds of students, she’s won awards and had some recent poems selected for publication. Her tips were to always carry a notebook, go out into the world, “relax, observe, and just let your words come. Our engaged “zoomcast” guest participants also described ways that writing enriches their lives. These included Jenny, Neall, Ramona, Del and Maria who will be sharing their work in upcoming podcasts.
September 07, 2021
S3E18 - Influencers
Our 78th Zoomcast (Thursday, Aug 19); We learn the Who, Why and What about "Influencers",  and explore whether YOU could be one with our guest, Dr. Ramona Srinivasan. She has been teaching in schools and colleges, across Mumbai for 40 years. Her students included Bollywood film stars, and the grandson of the then Prime Minister of India, Morarji Desai. She has written several textbooks in History and workbooks in French. I received a publication award for her published thesis,Diarchy in the Bombay Presidency. Her other passions include singing, mostly Western music in choirs in India and Canada as well. IShe also sing spiritual songs in Sanskrit, known as bhajans (kirtans), which she continues here on zoom every Sunday, with a group in Lagos , Nigeria. She has always been a voracious reader, and is ever grateful to the libraries in Canada, which permit me to continue reading one fiction and one nonfiction book every week. In Toronto, she joined the Active Adults Centre, in Mississauga, where she participated in various events, like a fundraiser with the Active Goan Adults, and volunteer work in Telephone Reassurance.
August 27, 2021
S3E17 - Island Hopping
In the midst of this Heat Wave, we have a cool treat for you.  Join our Podcast ship and enjoy Nansey Sinclaire’s travelogue “Day trip to Nanaimo”. You will almost feel the sea breeze as we travel along the waterfront, roam downtown, and check out the restaurants, museums, and art galleries. Imagine an overnight stay with a little jaunt over to Newcastle, Protection or Gabriola Island from downtown Nanaimo. Get answers to your questions on where, how, or how much it takes to travel to the islands “across the way.” Hear about special ferry fees for seniors on certain days. Nansey is a PBA production team member, former radio show host, innovative 50+ owner of a pet ‘nurturing’ business, and a community services volunteer.
August 27, 2021
S3 E16 - Chi, That’s Nice
Charlotte Sista C Ferrell welcomes us to the start of “Awesome August”. We do our customary self intros of people online at the start, we hear an overview of today’s “Chi, that’s Nice” – energizing Breathing and Chair Yoga class with Gurpreet Sandhu, the Memberships and Volunteering Coordinator for 411 Seniors Centre. Gurpreet describes and demonstrates simple, daily, arm and shoulder movements that help us to feel rejuvenated. She took us through some seated neck stretches that help relieve stress or strains after long periods of sitting, especially before going to sleep. Listeners may be able to follow the audio from Gurpreet’s excellent descriptions. According to her, “Yoga is a great way for people to gain balance and strength in all phases of life.” Today, we also heard award-winning Author, Neall Ryon read a story from his latest book, the Brighton Tarot Card Mystery. He shared how his “Cold Break” story evolved from a writing prompt for a 24 hour writing contest. Next Week our Awesome August feature will be a Travelogue by Nansey Sinclaire with tips on how we can enjoy the “fantasy islands” a short ferry ride away.
August 27, 2021
S3 E15 - Celebrating Pride with QUIRK-E
Our 65th Zoomcast (July 30, 2021); Charlotte acknowledges that we are previewing and creatively acknowledging the onset of PRIDE Week in Vancouver this weekend. Some members of our podcast group are also members of QUIRK-E the QUeer wRiting and Imaging Kollective for Elders. We discussed the stories written by Cyndia, Don, and River; a mini history of PRIDE and its new directions from Chris. We also discussed the many applications for QUIRK-E’s new Zine about overcoming Black Racism in Canada. Next month we begin Awesome August” with explorations of Extended or Alternative Health, Chair Yoga, an sample workshops being considered for dual presentation on Zoom.
August 06, 2021
S3 E14 - Movement and Health
Our 64th Zoomcast (July 22, 2021); We discuss the importance of reviewing and following the Covid-19 regulations the 411 Senior Center and other senior centers are communicating to members as they slowly resume services. Charlotte presents some colorful infographics on ways exercise benefits muscles, circulation, and brain health. She leads an “virtual outdoor movement” activity where everyone first imagines themselves like a small animal and mimics its movement, then we go a guided visioning activity moving as tree branches. We concluded there is a benefit to breaking up our hour-long weekly meeting with exercises and will invite practitioners of different modalities, such as Emotional Freedom Technique.
August 06, 2021
S3 E13 – A Writing Roundtable
Our 63rd Zoomcast (July 15, 2021); Charlotte facilitated our discussion of favorite authors, writing styles and the challenges or schemes some independent writers face, especially older ones. Neall describes how loving his work provides the motivation to enter contests such as the Writers’ Weekly periodic 24- hour short story contest. Chris and Lesley are making progress in organizing segments they have written for memoires. Lesley shared the benefits of joining a readers’ group where everyone reads segments of their work and gets feedback. Dr. Ramona, a retired professor likes writing children stories, vignettes and exploring “influencers.” Charlotte shared her positive experience in getting her book, Heart Balm Just for You accepted into the Vancouver Public Library system.
August 04, 2021
S3 E12 - Getting to Know You And What you Love
Our 62nd Zoomcast (July 8, 2021); Charlotte welcomed new and existing participants to introduce themselves around something they love to do. We used the Zoom “rooms” and discussed how the interests and skills identified will help us select future topics or activities. Chris informed us that City Council has approved a new LGBTQ2+ Center after 20 years. Nansey is keen on presenting a travelogue of beautiful, nearby affordable places; Diane loves sharing a variety of writing styles and teaching holistic health practices; Neal described new explorations of the emotional world reflected in his poetry and a new book of short stories. Jesse confirmed people will be able to make appointments to record new SPINS for the PBA website. Our next two months will be termed Awesome August, and Savvy September.
August 04, 2021
S3E11 – Continued Observation of Indigenous Peoples’ Month
Our 61st Zoomcast (June 24); Charlotte recaps why we – like concerned community organizations  across the country – are Commemorating instead of Celebrating Indigenous  People’s Day this year. In light of the painful news that 700+ more  bodies of Indigenous Children- and possibly some adults  have been  discovered on the grounds of a Residential School, we  had a lively g  discussion of our understanding and feelings about, these words:  Indigenous, Unceeded,  Treaty, Traditional, Reconciliation,   Sovereignty, Nationhood. While our opinions or experiences varied, we  concluded that such discussions are essential in helping non-Indigenous  people become better informed and serve as allies and advocates for  children, families, and organizations seeking to rectify emotional,  educational and financial injustices against the first inhabitants of  Canada and other disenfranchised people. Participants: #Charlotte Sista C  Ferrell, Gail, Nansey, Jesse, Mario, Neall.  (last names not given here  due to possible controversial nature of some comments)
July 06, 2021
S3 E10 – International Refugee Day
Our 60th Zoomcast (June 17, 2021); As a way of honoring International Refugee Day, Nansey Sinclaire  facilitates an engaging conversation with Hassan Aj Konter, author of  Man at the Airport. We learn how he lost his Syrian citizenship,  business and home for not supporting the war, then spent seven months  living in an airport, seeking help until he decided to use social media.  We discussed his surprise in seeing how international attention led to  his getting the five private, sponsors needed to become a Canadian  refugee representative. PBA participants, such as Chris and Elisa  recognized and acknowledged Hassan’s current work with the Red Cross and  other refugee advocacy organizations. He earnestly replied to questions  by Lesley and others regarding how he met his personal needs and  maintained such a positive sense of gratitude after not having any  personal space in the airport. He attributed his faith and the kindness  of strangers.
July 06, 2021
S3E9 – Indigenous History Month II
Our 59th Zoomcast (June 10, 2021); Charlotte highlighted June’s special months or days: Indigenous  People’s Month and Year; Pride Month; Father’s Day; Juneteenth,  International Refugee Day, and how acknowledging these provide  opportunities to learn more and have more harmonious conversations.  People were asked to bring any momenta that connected them with any of  these special days. We heard the song, Young, Sick, Broke by Nimkish Chris brought and explained the colors in a small PRIDE flag. In  discussing things that were special to us we spoke about how devastating  it is to people when their people’s culture or sacred spaces are lost  when their land is taken or segments of a city get ‘gentrified.’ Diane shared the introduction to a presentation she is creating about her aunt; it will be featured in a future podcast.
July 06, 2021
S3E8 - National Indigenous History Month
Our 58th Zoomcast (June 3rd); The Powered By Age team discusses the beginning of National Indigenous History Month, including the tragic discovery at the Kamloops Residential School of 215 dead children, and then discusses their efforts to bridge the digital divide. The Powered by Age Podcast is sponsored by the Government of Canada New Horizons Grant, the 411 Seniors Centre Society and G&F Financial Group
June 10, 2021
S3 E7 - Shibani Gokhale
Our 57th Zoomcast (May 27th) Featuring renowned Video Journalist, Shibani Gokhale, the host for Yahoo News Canada. She raises our awareness and appreciation for S.E. Asians whose contributions and heritage are often overlooked . We learn more about global efforts to help assist India in quelling the surge of Covid-19, and some uplifting ways we can help stop Asian Hate Crimes. Shibani Gokhale is a video journalist based in Vancouver, Canada. She primarily works as an Associate Editor for Yahoo News Canada and is also a video contributor at Daily Hive Vancouver, CBC Creator Network and The Quint. She has a masters in journalism degree from Columbia University and has previously worked as a digital journalist at ATTN: in Los Angeles and Brut. in India. She can be found on Instagram@bani_sg.
June 10, 2021
S3 E6 - Celebrating Asian Heritage Month
Our 56th Zoomcast (May 21, 2021); In our 2nd week in recognition of Asian Heritage Month, Mariko Takashina, Program Director at  411 Senior Center Society highlights treasured aspects of Japanese culture including Zen meditation; an earth-friendly way to wrap & parcels with fabric; and how a gift of 1000 trees gives Vancouver so much beauty. Bryan Phillips presents a thought provoking  poem exploring changes in Chinatown. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell.
May 28, 2021
S3E5 - Writing With Doretta Lau
Our 55th Zoomcast (May 13, 2021); Charlotte Sista C Ferrell, Host Our 1st of 2 episodes honoring Asian Heritage Month. Charlotte welcomes our special guest, Vancouver Writers Fest featured author, Doretta Lau, who shares a discussion-stimulating reading of a story from her collection of short stories, “How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank God for the Sun?” All of our podcast participants shared previous or renewed experiences in writing stories, books, memoirs or poetry. This included Anne, Nansey, Aideen, Chris, Diane, Wendy and Jesse. Doreen encouraged us to carry a note card or note book to be ready to write ideas as they emerge. As a writer of different genres she endorsed others inspirations to do likewise. We were welcomed to register for the free workshop she is doing especially for immigrants via on June 5 to 6.
May 26, 2021
S3E4 - Mother's Day
Our 54th Zoomcast (May 6, 2021); Mother's Day Charlotte Sista C Ferrell, Host During our 54th Episode Charlotte posed two questions that sparked a rich flow of conversation. The first dealt with the origin of North American Mother’s Day celebrations- first as a special time for recognizing the importance of the role of mothers and their value in raising children with a concept of freedom, peace and responsibility to a highly commercialized semi holiday with heavy advertising for jewelry, restaurant meals, flowery cards etc. The second involved bringing a photo or other item to express its significance to Mother’s Day. Nansey brought a photo of herself with her mother and reflected upon the exhilarating feeling of seeing your newborn baby despite the pain. Neall read, “Ordinary Mary”, a poem expressing regret and awe for all the ways his mother cared for him and survived life’s challenges without him noticing as a child. “Queen” Kombi discussed the absence of a Mother’s Day celebration in Ghana where the whole neighborhood or community extends the care associated with “mothers” and cares for a child if its mother dies.
May 14, 2021
S3E3: Preview to May
Our 53rd Zoomcast (April 29, 2021); “Preview to May” Hosted by #CharlotteSistaCFerrell Charlotte introduced questions pondering ways we can travel via our  imagination and creativity at a time when travel restrictions have been  tightened by the Provincial government to help reduce the spread of  Covid-19. Participants had reflections on the word MAY DAY that varied  from the May Day distress call that means “help” in French to vivid  memories of Maypole dances and coronations of a May Day princess. Neall Ryon read his latest entry to the 24 hour short story contest  he enters seasonally. Everyone was surprised by what happened to the  boys in the Treehouse. Charlotte facilitated an acronym activity where  everyone first selected “chrisis” words for the letters in MAY DAY then  happy, uplifting words. Chris, Nansey, Aideen and Lesley  enthusiastically posed creative ideas, formats and topics for the  remainder of the month and our Journey into June.
May 14, 2021
S3E2: Celebrating Earth Day!
Our 52nd Zoomcast (April 22, 2021); An Earth Day episode of the Powered By Age Podcast featuring Vancouver-based arts-researcher, Christine Germano, who joined the show to share stories, poems and songs gleaned from her work with children from the Arctic to the South Pacific on their understanding of climate.  We also hear a short story from Aideen Dufour who reflects upon her childhood in Ireland with its special connection to the land.
May 07, 2021
S3E1 - No Fooling: Seniors want Affordable, Healthy, Sustainable Housing
Powered by Age: Age-Friendly City Podcast (S3 E1). Our 51st Zoomcast April 1st, 2021); April 1 is often identified with ‘foolish” pranks. But, Powered By Age kicked off its 51st episode THURS., Apr. 1 with a salute to National Poetry Month and a special presentation “No Fooling: Seniors want Affordable, Healthy, Sustainable Housing", led by housing thought leaders Sarah Radia , a “healthy buildings” and sustainability expert, and Anastasia Koutalianos, founder of the Tiny Homes Collective and livability researcher. They shared their extensive experience as consultants working with public agencies as well as developers and architects. We learned that “health is sometimes the price of building development”, but that price can be modified when people work together across age groups and neighborhoods to challenge unfavorable building codes and zoning that prevents construction of lower market rate living structures in some neighborhoods. We discussed ways some of our podcasters are pressing for support of cooperatives and housing modifications that enable people to grow older in the same place. One of our prolific poets, Neall Ryon read his original poem, “The Poet”.  Charlotte thanked our guests and reminded everyone to LOOK Forward to the wonderful ways PBA will observe National Poetry Month during April. For further information or to refer others to the podcast you can PBA at or phone 778-512-0664
April 26, 2021
S2E50 – Celebrating our 50th Episode!
Our 50th Zoomcast (March 25th, 2021); Celebrating our 50th Episode. Hosted by #CharlotteSistaCFerrell Charlotte Sista C Ferrell, PBA Coordinator and Host, welcomes  everyone to PBA’s 50th online episode since the “pandemic shutdown”  forced the podcast creation program to shift from meeting at the 411  Senior Center to meeting via Zoom. She highlights ways PBS created  programs for special months or issues, and initiated training for  podcasters to record their Stories, Poems, Interviews and Novelties on the website Leslie Remund, Director of the 411 Senior Center Society,  acknowledges ways PBA connects seniors from “411”, other senior centers  and community groups, and helps reduce loneliness. She announces the 411  Board has approved funding to support PBA for another year. Marion Pollack, 411 Board Chair, recognizes today’s episode as the  golden anniversary of a project which has given a voice to seniors  across BC who wish to be creative, have fun and change the world. Robin Erickson, PBA mentor, facilitates a creative showcase of PBA talent featuring Lesley  reads A Simple Cup of Tea, a story from her Japanese travel memoir. Joel Flynn plays his adaptation of Kate Bush’s Man with a Child in his Eyes from an album arising from his ongoing cross-border music project. Chris Morrissey reads It’s Customary, her story about crossing the border when returning to Canada with her Irish/American partner. Filmmaker Adhel Arop reads two poems reflecting her traumatic childhood in South Sudan: The Child I used to Be and The Trenches of Emotion. Neall Ryon reads Siddhartha by the River and Sista C closes with a spoken word performance of I’m on Fiyah. We conclude by discussing the relationship between the languages we speak and our world view. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society, Vancouver.
April 26, 2021
S2E49 - Choose to Challenge
Our 49th Zoomcast (March 18th, 2021); Charlotte acknowledged we are still celebrating Women’s History Month and we will have special stories today related to the international theme, “Choose to Challenge.” Joel Flynn announced the St. Patrick’s Day release of an album by his father Doug Flynn which is available for no charge at Joel assures us he will be sharing some of his personal music next week. Nansey Sinclaire told a personal story about improving her physical and mental health through observing her eating prompts and habits during a 30-day nutrition challenge. She describes how learning to read labels helped her eliminate and find substitutes for dairy, wheat, and sugar. Chris Morrissey read “Walking in History,” which memorializes the day she and her partner were officially recognized for their successful fight to obtain immigration rights for same sex and common law couples. Charlotte Ferrell highlighted plans for PBAs 50th episode celebration and asked everyone to invite friends to subscribe to so they can interact with our live broadcast on YouTube next week or post comments on our podcast audios anytime. Hosted by #CharlotteSistaCFerrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society, Vancouver.
March 24, 2021
S2E48 – A Tribute to Charanpal Gill
Our 48th Zoomcast March 11th, 2021; Charlotte Ferrell announced PBA is presenting a special Panel today  paying tribute to Charanpal Gill, an Order of Canada honoree, who fought  throughout his life for equal rights and against racism. 411 Senior Centre Board Chair, Marion Pollack announced that the 411  free income tax clinic is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lesley Hebert read a statement from the International Council of Women, affirming International Woman’s Day (March 8, 2021). Charlotte read PM Justin Trudeau’s statement designating March 11 as a  National day of Observance for COVID-19 victims, their families and  healthcare providers. Marion Pollack shared joyful accolades to the life and legacy of  activist extraordinaire Charan Gill, then introduced three stellar  speakers: Sarwan Boal of the WCB Appeals Tribunal, Harinder Mahil of the  Canadian Farm Workers’ Union CFWU, and MLA-Speaker of the House (B.C.  Parliament), the Hon. Raj Chauhan. Each shared memories chronicling over  40 years of working with Charan in founding such organizations as the  British Columbia Organization to Fight Racism; the Canadian farmworkers  Union, and PICS (Progressive Community Services Society). In Mr. Gill’s honor, Diversity Village in Aldergrove will be named the Charanpal Gill Diversity Village. This Zoom recording also aired in the “Speak Up, Listen Up, Act Upon”  show, 10 a.m., March 12 at 90.1 FM and online at Hosted by  Charlotte Sista C Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society,  Vancouver
March 20, 2021
S2e47 - Changing the Ways We Make Money
Our 47th Zoomcast (March 4th, 2021); As we enter International Women’s Month, Charlotte asks us to share ways we “Challenge to Change” making money past retirement age. Nansey Sinclaire describes how she found a way to do what she loves by opening a pet sitting and dog walking service and continually upgrading it over 7 years. Lesley Hebert tells about her pioneering experiences teaching English as a second language online and adapting to different time zones and communication systems. Chris Morrissey discusses the launch of a writing anthology by the Queer Imaging and Writing Collective (QUIRKE) as part of the SFU Women and Gender Studies 50th anniversary. The book, Together we Stand: Queer Elders Speak Out, is available at Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium, and the People’s Coop Bookstore. Chris enlightens us about queer rights activism and her work as an advocate for immigration sponsorship rights for same sex partners, for which she received the Order of Canada. Joel Flynn shares his exploration of online music production and creative ways that music might be monetized in the digital world. Charlotte Ferrell describes how she healed from a traumatic brain injury and generated a new source of income by first writing and performing poetry that effectively transforms anger, pain and grief, then marketing her poems via books, digital music and workshops. Lesley announced the virtual launch of A Poetry of Place: Journeys Across New Westminster on March 11 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom Hosted by Charlotte Sista C Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society, Vancouver.
March 12, 2021
S2E46 - Celebrating Black History Month
Charlotte announces our celebration of Black History month and introduces Dr. Charles Quist-Adade, facilitator for today’s program. He outlines the programme of 25 Years of Black History Month: Celebration and Reflection, a February 28 event, that will explore common threads among the customs and values of different African countries and people of African descent. We hear members of the organizations that collaborated to produce the “25 Years” event. Dr. Quist-Adade sang an African song and told the story of why Anansi the Spider has no head. Teacher and storyteller Mme. Comfort Ero told the story of how Anansi broke a gourd full of wisdom and it was spilled out into the world. Queen Kombe told us about a wise woman who saved her family from being eaten by monsters. They expressed that variations of these stories are told in different African countries and the West Indies. We discuss how storytellers can adapt stories for children; other popular characters in African folk tales; and cultural appropriation. Here is how to get in touch with today’s participants: Ghanaian Canadian Association of BC: Great Lakes Society of BC: Harambecouver Festival: African Stages: Hosted by Charlotte Sista C Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society, Vancouver.
March 11, 2021
S2E45 – Money Talks
Our 45th Zoomcast (February 18th, 2021); We contrast a notion we had about money as teens with our current perceptions. Charlotte Ferrell introduces accountant Maggie Taylor of the 411  Centre income tax team who presents pertinent information about  organizing for and filing income tax; provides tax tips and answers  questions from participants. The 411 Center’s  tax clinic runs March 1 to April 29; 10 a.m. to 2  p.m; Monday to Friday.You can drop your paperwork off at 333 Terminal  Avenue (7th Floor). Phone 604-684-8171 to make an appointment with a tax  advisor,  or with an “Information and Referral” (INR) counsellor for  more complex assistance with other issues such as residency, housing and  dental services. Chris Morrissey announced she will be reading at the launch of  QUIRK-E’s anthology “Together We Stand: Queer Elders Speak Out” as part  of SFU’s Gender and Women’s Studies 50th anniversary, February 19 at 4  p.m. Register at: Neill Ryon read his poem It’s Only a Dollar and also noted  that Simple Wealth Tax at offers a pay-what-you-can tax filing service. Hosted by Charlotte Sista C Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society, Vancouver.
February 27, 2021
S2E44 – Feelings about Feelings
Our 44th Zoomcast (February 11th, 2021); Our pre-Valentine’s Day discussion focusses on a range of feelings.  We discuss the different emotions evoked by the ways people respond or  look away when we greet them while walking in our neighborhoods.  The  prevalent commercialization of Valentines Day is compared with its  original meaning. Several people reflect the ways that music, writing  memoirs and journals help us work through strong emotions or reach  desired outcomes. Neall Ryon reads his poems The Melancholy of Windblown Grass and Talk to the Child, and Charlotte Ferrell reads her poem Rebirthing our Worthiness. Joel Flynn expresses  his experience in exploring new music technology tools through the  extra time ‘generated’ by the Covid-19 shutdown. We consider aspects of  reaching our PBA goal to create “ Canada’s largest archive of   interviews about interesting or notable older people. Hosted by Charlotte Sista C Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society, Vancouver
February 27, 2021
S2E43 – What’s in A Name?
Our 43rd Zoomcast February 4th, 2021; We consider the implications of various names as labels for older  people, particularly when identifying this demographic in housing,  health and research studies. We discuss how the names we use, or are  called, reflect upon our identity and the perceived rights and  privileges of Canadian citizenship. We also note differing receptions  the labels “senior citizen” or “elder.” Charlotte shares a list of qualities previous podcast groups have  asserted they would like to see as the profile of older people in an  “age-friendly city. These include, resilient trailblazers and skilled  decision makers. Chris Morrissey provides an update on her progress following major  surgery. Lesley shares the interview she recorded with dialogue  facilitator-community activist, Angela Sealy.    . Charlotte announces the 411 Centre’s free tax clinics for low income  seniors begins March 1. For an appointment to drop off your paperwork,  phone 604-684-8171 or e mail Hosted by Charlotte Sista C Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society, Vancouver.
February 27, 2021
S2E42 – The Learning Curve
Our 42nd Zoomcast (January 28th, 2021); Charlotte Ferrell announces the launch of an “Interview Reservoir   Campaign” to achieve a goal set by PBA podcasters in 2020 to: “create  Canadas’s largest reservoir of interviews about ‘interesting’, ‘notable’  older people. Joel Flynn, one of our technical support gurus, for  participants and listeners, engages us in discussing challenges such as  saving and sharing files to Zoom via Google Drive. After Chris Morrisey shares part of her thirty-minute interview with  feminist lawyer Barbara Findlay, we talk about using this interview as  the basis for a future webinar, and other programming ideas. Neall Ryon shares his experience in creating a short interview with his young grandson, Benjamin. Nansy Sinclaire describes Nancy’s Travel Showcase, a series of  interviews she’s planning with people around Vancouver Island, with the  intent of  building relationships when people are able to travel again. Hosted by Charlotte Sista C Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society, Vancouver.
February 27, 2021
S2E40 – Leadership and Positive Change
Our 40th Zoomcast (January 14th, 2021); In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, Charlotte opens a  discussion on servant leadership and the benevolent community by  sharing thoughts on the civil rights movement and the power of  non-violent protest. We discuss leadership, public service, the potential for corruption  at the political and the local level, and the capacity of political  activism to forge links between people, groups and causes. We also  recognize the need for positive healing energy, the value of the  imperfect healer and leaders with conviction, the divisive force of  opposing convictions and the challenge of change. Hosted by Charlotte Sista C Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society.
February 27, 2021
S2E41 - A Conversation Potluck
Host, Charlotte Sista C Ferrell, convenes “A Conversation Potluck” with “appetizers”, a Main Course, and Dessert. As our appetizer, participants introduce themselves by describing a flavour that reflects their character. For our main course we share take-aways from the U.S. Jan. 20 Inauguration, starting with Vancouver poet, Sherry Duggal reading the dynamic last stanza of Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman’s awesome poem. Our savory discussion included possible directions for US politics; the implications of President Biden’s Executive Orders, particularly the closing of the XL pipeline, for Canada. We acknowledged the historical rise in women’s prominence and roles in the celebration. We concluded this course noting ways that writers, especially, can encourage international unity, and reduce fear or anxiety. Our Desert was poetry. Sherry Duggal reads her poem “I Stand with Farmers” and Lesley Hebert reads her poem “Thanks Be.” Hosted by Charlotte Sista C Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society, Vancouver.
January 29, 2021
Listening Session #9 - Poetry by Cynthia Sharp
In this listening session, Cynthia presents several poems, including a suite written in response to the paintings of Jilly Watson. Cynthia Sharp is a poet, author and workshop facilitator. She is a full member of the League of Canadian Poets, as well as The Writers’ Union of Canada and was the City of Richmond’s 2019 Writer in Residence. You can find her work in journals like CV2, Friday’s Poems, Toasted Cheese and untethered, as well as on Amazon. Cynthia lives on the beautiful west coast where she's completing her MFA in creative writing, inspired by the rainforests and Pacific shoreline.
January 20, 2021
S2 E39 - Democracy & Resilience
Our 39th Zoomcast (January 7th ,2021); On the first Thursday of 2021, Charlotte encourages us to talk about democracy and resilience. In light of the storming of the U.S. Capitol, we discuss the definition of democracy and problems inherent within it. We consider the role of poets and other creative writers in supporting and promoting social justice. We talk about our ability to have a positive influence in social media by building resilience, hope and transformation. We explore the resilience seniors have built through life experiences. Hosted by Charlotte Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
January 19, 2021
S2E38 - Farewell to 2020
Our 38th Zoomcast (December 31st, 2020); Charlotte Ferrell invites us to say goodbye to 2020 and to welcome 2021. Neall reads his poem This is Hard Time which recalls the challenges of 2020. Elizabeth Wu reads an inspirational poem to welcome the light of the new year. Charlotte reads a poem for Kwanzaa, a holiday created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga of California State University. Her reading is followed by a discussion of the history and meaning of Kwanzaa. Joel Flynn performs three song requests: I Did it My Way, Feeling Good and Christmas Auld Lang Syne (livestreamed at We end our final podcast of 2020 with positive affirmations for the coming year. Hosted by Charlotte Sista C Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
January 06, 2021
Christmas Eve
Our 37th Zoomcast (12/24/2020); Charlotte 'Sista C' Ferrell hosts our Christmas Eve podcast session featuring a Christmas sing along with Ukulele music by Instructor/Performer Jane Belanger and song leader/Zentangle instructor, Judy Heintz. They led us in favorites like We Wish you a Merry Christmas, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Feliz Navidad. Good-hearted conversation carried this activity to hearing one of our podcast developers, Joel Flynn, treat us to a beautiful Karaoke cover of Dean Martin’s Silver Bells. Charlotte read a new poem, 'Happiness is Having Our Friendship', and dedicated it to our podcast family. We discussed ways that music and sing along help release the kind of healing brain chemicals we all need right now. We sent sincere wishes of health, wholeness and happiness to all who contribute to or listen to this podcast.
December 30, 2020
S2 E36 - Wishes and More
Our 36th Zoomcast (December 17th 2020); Charlotte introduces today’s podcast theme, “Wishes and More” , thanks the  411 Sr. Centre Society for supporting our podcasts, and acknowledges their delivery of Christmas hampers to shut-in 411 Center members. Robin Erickson invites us to share two wishes, one for ourselves and one for someone else. Participants exchange their hopes and strengths regarding grace, patience, healing, creative energy, human connection, security, peace and love. Mariko Makashima, the 411 Seniors Centre Volunteer Coordinator, introduces a drawing for ten prizes to be awarded to lucky 411 Centre members. She recognizes the local vendors from whom all prizes were purchased.  Brian Phillips, an original podcast peer leader and 411 Center volunteer reads his poem about the transformative power of snow. Hosted by Charlotte Sista C Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver
December 23, 2020
S2 E35 - Celebrating International Human Rights Day
Our 35th Zoomcast (December 10, 2020); Charlotte Ferrell hosts a discussion on “what can you do” in recognition of the UN International Human Rights Day theme, “Recover Better”. Judith Rainey shares intentions expressed by Eleanor Rosevelt on the power of individual small action. Participants discuss the increased inequality created by COVID 19, the need to speak up against systemic racism and to work towards change, even in small ways, and the importance of storytelling as a means to raise awareness. Neall Ryon shares his recent interaction with a telephone scammer which made him aware of the importance of forgiveness. 411 Seniors Centre Board member David Handelman reports that, as a result of sustained, collective effort by the 411 and other senior centers, Telus has introduced an internet phone service for low income seniors. For more information email or contact the 411 Seniors Centre for assistance. Hosted by Charlotte Sista C Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
December 16, 2020
S2E34 - Strength in Exploring Loss
Our 34th Zoomcast (December 3, 2020); Charlotte welcomes Samela Dingus and Elizabeth Wu, seniors active in The Agape Wise Ones, a spirituality group that helps elders develop their unique talents. Robin Erickson facilitates a discussion on the meaning of loss using Angel cards. Participants’ personal responses to randomly selected cards (gratitude, patience, flexibility, respect, power, communication, responsibility, presence, trust and strength) lead into an engaging, reflective discussion. Neall Ryon reads Round and Round, a poem he wrote for his deceased brother Don. Charlotte announces upcoming special programs including Zoom meetings on Christmas and New Years’ Eve. Hosted by Charlotte 'Sista C' Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver
December 08, 2020
S2 E33 - Zentangle and Imaginative Storytelling
Our 33rd Zoomcast (November 19, 2020); Host Robin Erickson introduces us to Judy Lynne, an instructor and Zentangle practitioner who enthusiastically discusses and demonstrates this inter-related, meditative creative art form. Listeners may wish to look up Zentangle videos on the internet. Robin facilitates a lively word association game where participants build stories from random and related words. Many people expressed joy in doing this activity that had many variations at home parties in the past. Charlotte asks for suggestions on the number of songs for our Dec. 24, 1 pm Christmas Eve Zoom party. Hosted by Robin Erickson. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver
December 01, 2020
S2 E32 - Ukeleles and EFT
Our 32nd Zoomcast (November 19, 2020); Host, Charlotte 'Sista C' Ferrell, announces we have some upcoming presentations by 411 Center instructors or volunteers who are testing Zoom as a safe-distance teaching platform. Jane Belanger introduces the ABCs of Ukelele, from “Accessibility” to “Zing” - enhancing happiness, and relaxation. She plays some happy tunes and demonstrates the ease of learning to play a “uke”; she welcomes listeners to contact her at 604 733-2640 to book free online lessons. Jane will play some tunes for a “sing along” during our 1pm Christmas Eve podcast “party.” Cancer survivor and Certified EFT practitioner, Neall Ryon, discusses the connection between emotional well-being and healing dis – ease as he demonstrates how to do the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to produce positive energy vibrations and relieve stress. Hosted by Charlotte 'Sista C' Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
December 01, 2020
S2 E31 - Thoughts on Remembrance Day
Our 31st Zoomcast (November 12, 2020) is all about war and peace. Host Robin Erickson reminds us that today’s discussion takes place on the 75 th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the end of WWII and the founding of the UN. Panelists share Remembrance Day memories and ways they commemorate November 11th now. We address the current relevance of Remembrance Day ceremonies, the causes of war, its pointlessness and its financial and human cost. We discuss the glorification of war, the lack of recognition of wartime trauma and uncounted civilian casualties, and whether it is possible to create positive change. Neill Ryon reads his poem The Forgotten. Lesley Hebert reads Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen. Hosted by Robin Erickson. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
November 27, 2020
S2 E30 - Debunking Myths on Aging
Our 30th Zoomcast (November 5, 2020) features an engaging conversation on a Myths about aging facilitated by Charlotte and Robin. Charlotte shares the finding of a Yale University of Public Health and Psychology researcher, Dr. Becca Levy, that replacing negative myths about aging with positive perceptions resulted in a “nearly eight-year increase in average lifespan. We debunk myths about aging such as “older people can’t learn new things” and “seniors are not interested in sex.” We look at how such perceptions not only create ageist attitudes but also contribute to the aging process. Robin shares a researcher’s assertion that stressors such as cold weather, fasting and extreme exercise help prevent aging. We humorously counter these notions with comments on the importance of mindset, the impact of our own expectations and the expectations of others, how lifelong learning can ward off dementia, and the various ways people interpret “dressing your age.” Judith Rainey reads from Milton’s Paradise Lost that she associated with a quote by Frankel that led to a flurry of chat messages regarding the most applicable quote. We agreed everyone’s positivity indexes these conversations raise our self-appreciation. Hosted by Charlotte 'Sista C' Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
November 27, 2020
Listening Session #8: Poems about Empathy with Herb Bryce
In this listening session, Herb Bryce shares 3 poems about empathy in the face of great challenges: Not Good Enough, I'd Rather be Alive, and Rage. Plus, a bonus poem from Sista C: Living the So Amazing Life.
November 19, 2020
S2 E29 - The Hats We Wear
Our 29th Zoomcast (October 29, 2020) features a free ranging discussion on social roles. Facilitator, Robin Erickson invites participants to consider the various roles they play or have played in the past. Our discussion touches on the freedom of chosen roles versus the strictures of assigned roles, and the influence of family and upbringing. Everyone wore a hat to the virtual meeting and emphatically comments on how hats evolve throughout our lives and change to meet the needs of the moment. People share examples of how different roles we play influence the formation of our authentic self. Neall Ryon reads his new poem, Masks Hosted by Charlotte 'Sista C' Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
November 12, 2020
Listening Session #7 - My Mother's Insomnia, by Don Martin
In this spin-off episode, Don Martin of Quirk-e (the QUeer Imaging and wRiting Kollective of Elders), shares his story My Mother's Insomnia.
November 10, 2020
S2 E28 - Looking Back and Looking Forward
In our 28th Zoomcast (October 22, 2020) we look at how far our podcast has come. Charlotte Ferrell opens by acknowledging how the Powered by Age podcasts emerged from four multi-topic, studio-recorded episodes last year, to creating 28 (to date) episodes of non-scripted discussions on topics or issues suggested by participants.  She confirmed ways participants have become  Powered by Age Ambassadors who have learned how to access digital platforms, help others get connected, and  collaborate in making special presentations. She welcomes participants to celebrate our seventh month of podcasting and to continue pursuing the goal of making Vancouver an age-friendly city. . Participants Neall Ryon, Don Martin, Chris Morrissey and Lesley Hebert discuss ways they have  enjoyed the  benefits of collaboration,  discovered inspiration and creativity, and reflected upon love and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic..We finish with a discussion of possible future collaborations and creative endeavours. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
October 29, 2020
S2 E27 - Why, How and When to Vote
In our 27th Zoomcast (October 15, 2020) we discuss the upcoming provincial election. Robin Erickson reads a certificate of appreciation for our PBA zoomcasters. Charlotte Ferrell introduces special guests Gudrun Langolf, past president of COSCO, and 411 Board member Stuart Alcock. Guests urge listeners to exercising their valuable voting rights. Stuart outlines available voting methods and notes that mail ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on October 24th.  Gudrun describes how to obtain accurate information and suggests ways to advocate for change. We discuss election issues, most importantly the need for improve funding and staffing for residential and at-home care, Gordon Neighbourhood House Chef Amanda Bacalenick shares a recipe for a vegan harvest bowl. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
October 20, 2020
S2 E26 - Nurturing Ourselves
Our 26th Zoomcast (October 8, 2020), Charlotte Ferrell introduces Gordon Neighbourhood House Chef Amanda  Bacalenick, who presents pre-Thanksgiving suggestions for cooking fall  vegetables and discusses the importance of food literacy. Amanda also  describes the Gordon House Better At Home meals program for West End  seniors. More information on this program can be found at Neall Ryon reads two poems from his book From the Other Side:  Ordinary Mary, a poem of thanks to his mother, and a Thanksgiving poem  In Appreciation. Neall also shares the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT  Tapping) by demonstrating special taps for calming difficult emotions. Hosted by Charlotte ‘Sista C’ Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
October 14, 2020
S2 E25 - Seniors Day
In our 25th Zoomcast (October , 2020) - a recording of a live broadcast for 2 Anniversaries: First, the 30th anniversary of the UN International Year of the Older Person with special guests; and then to recognize the Powered by Age Podcast Program’s FIRST Anniversary as a Senior-led podcast creation sponsored by the 411 Center and the City of Vancouver, we’ll hear some ways creating podcasts have affected  participants’ lives. As  this party rolls on, we’ll be “rolling out” our brand new Website and  “Listening Sessions” with our seniors’ savvy Stories, Poems, Interviews  and News. If you haven’t already, now is a perfect time to join this  inspiring, friendship-building group.  You'll learn more about “remote  communications” and creative ways to express your ideas and issues. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
October 14, 2020
Listening Session #6 - Poems from Neall and Lesley
In this spin-off episode, Neall Ryon and Lesley Hebert share a few poems - Lesley's Game/Bear on the Edge and Raccoon; and then Neall's The Coin Has Four Sides and In the Stillness
October 01, 2020
Listening Session #5 - Gail Interviews Spiritual Engineer Tim Badoo
In this spin-off, Gail Harwood interviews Spiritual Engineer Tim Bartoo
October 01, 2020
Listening Session #4 - Poetry with Sista C and Judith
In this spin-off episode, Judith Rainey reads from Milton's Paradise Lost, and Charlotte 'Sista C' Ferrell shares her new poem Time to Resonate with Ageless Joy Again - a special Grandparents' Day poem.
October 01, 2020
Listening Session #3 - Stories by Neall Ryon
In this spin-off episode, Neall Ryon shares two more short stories: Jane of the Car, and The Alien
October 01, 2020
Listening Session #2 - Interview with Geologist Christine Telford
In this spin-off episode, Sylvie Anderson interviews geologist Christine Telford about her experiences in a male-dominated industry.
October 01, 2020
Listening Session #1 - Mixed Storytelling & Poetry with Neall and Lesley
In this spin-off episode, Neall Ryon and Lesley Hebert collaborate to combine Neall's story A Million, Million Stars with some of Lesley's Poetry
October 01, 2020
S2 E24 - Brain Health
In our 24th Zoomcast (September 24, 2020), we discuss ways to maintain a healthy brain. Robin Eriksson facilitates an interactive round table discussion - on memory and ways to improve brain health. Lively discussion of personal experiences and some physical activities ensue as she introduces each of the following “Six Pillars of Brain Health”: Be social Engage our brains Manage stress Exercise Enjoy restorative sleep Eat a healthy diet Warm thanks to Robin Eriksson for leading today’s discussion. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
September 24, 2020
S2 E23 - Creativity and Health
Our 23rd Zoomcast (September 17, 2020) features a discussion of creativity and health. Charlotte Ferrell describes the physical benefits of creativity. These include remission of dementia and improved cognition, problem solving and mental health. Adel Arop talks about creativity, her personal healing journey, and engages the group in some poetry games that stimulate the memory. Charlotte Ferrell presents Twelve Habits of Creative People and participants give examples of using them. Our conversation included: physical responses to the creative process, brainwaves as vibrations, the importance of play and curiosity, creative problem solving, ways to overcome your inner critic and find your authentic voice, and how to overcome recurring negative patterns. Hosted by Charlotte “Sista C” Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
September 23, 2020
S2 E22 - The Digital Divide
In our 22nd Zoomcast (September 10, 2020) we host a panel  discussion on The Digital Divide – a vital issue for seniors. Panel  Moderator, Penny Goldsmith is the author of Storming the Digital Divide: the PovNet Story,  and a member of the 411 Seniors Centre Issues Committee. Prior to the  panel discussion she introduces Nicky Dunlop and Kate Fish of the online  anti-poverty community PovNet. Penny welcomes each of the following panel members: Two 411 Seniors’ Centre board members. Patsy Craig outlines  technological challenges faced by seniors, and David Handelman talks  about efforts to provide free computers to low income seniors. Bella Coola Elder Mary Mack describes difficulties faced by seniors  in remote communities and overcomes some of the challenges of  long-distance virtual communications. Viveka Ellis of the B.C. Poverty Reduction Coalition addresses human rights aspects of the digital divide. Erin Knight of stresses the importance of political action and encourages listeners to get involved at Special thanks to Penny Goldsmith, our Digital Divide panel Moderator and all of the panelists. Hosted by Charlotte 'Sista C' Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
September 10, 2020
S2 E21 - The Meaning of Labour Day
In our 21st Zoomcast (September 3, 2020) Charlotte Ferrell hosts a discussion focussing on Labour Day. We open with a TED Talk on the meaning of Labour Day for Americans and Canadians. The follow-up discussion addresses various topics including labour history, exploitation, the rights of aging workers, the role of unions, the gig economy, teleworking, seniors engaging in labor advocacy, and the future of the workforce. In the final segment. Pat Hogan reads her story Serendipitous Downtown Eastside Christmasses and Chris Morrissey reads a short story which shows how immigrant counselling changes a life lived in the shadows. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
September 03, 2020
S2 E20 - The Zen of Poetry
In our 20th Zoomcast (August 27, 2020), our special guest hosts a creative writing workshop. Today teacher and published poet Cynthia Sharpe facilitates a unique experiential workshop to foster inspiration and creativity. Cynthia opens with a reading and discussion of her poem Alone and Together which centres around gratitude and a focus on the present moment. Participants prepare for the writing segment by moving and stretching before producing sensory descriptions of meaningful objects they have brought to the session. Everyone shares what they have written and Cynthia closes with a reading of her poem Remembering. Hosted by Charlotte “Sista C” Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
August 27, 2020
S2 E19 - Tasty, Timely Thoughts about Walkability
For our 19th Zoomcast (August 20, 2020), we discuss walkable cities: What are the benefits of walking, what makes a city walkable, and how can we make cities more walkable? We also welcome to the show Alix Tier from BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation), who discusses some of the initiatives their organization is working on. Special thanks to Neall Ryon for organizing and chairing this week's episode, and for sharing his poem “Just a Step Away”. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
August 27, 2020
S2 E18 - Raising a Two-Spirit Child
For our 18th Zoomcast (August 13, 2020), our regular podcast participant and elder knowledge keeper Kendra Crowell shares her stories and experiences on raising a Two-Spirit child into healthy adulthood, and answers questions from the group.  Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
August 27, 2020
S2 E17 - PRIDE
For our 17th Zoomcast (August 6, 2020), we celebrated PRIDE! In our pre-segment, Marion Pollack from the 411 Seniors Centre Society provides a quick update on OAS/GIS payments and the volunteer income tax filing program. In the first segment, Chris Morrissey talks a bit about the history of Pride since the 1960’s and what has changed in the LGBTQ community. In the second segment, Cyndia Cole reads a poem “PRIDE: What Pride Means to Me”. In the third segment, Farren Gillaspie reads a fictional memoir. In the fourth segment, Janie reads a short story about coming out and her first labrys. In our final segment, the group shares and discusses various stories about their LGBTQ-related experiences. Special thanks to Robin Eriksson and Chris Morrissey for all their hard work planning and coordinating this week’s episode. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
August 13, 2020
S2 E16 - Working After Retirement
For our 16th Zoomcast (July 30, 2020), we welcomed 3 special guests to the show. In the first segment, Don Davies (Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Kingsway) discusses some of the key issues facing seniors and ways in which the federal government could address them. In the second segment, writer and teacher Ruth Kozak talks about her experiences as a self-employed 86-year-old living in Vancouver. In the third segment, BC Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie talks about seniors in the workplace, ageist attitudes in society, and more. Special thanks to Gail Harwood and Lesley Hebert for all their hard work as coordinators and interviewers for this week's episode. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
August 12, 2020
S2 E15 - Healing, Health and Aging
Our 15th Zoomcast (July 23, 2020) features two guests and a poetry reading. We open with a video demonstrating seated exercises for aching backs and backsides from the series Senior Fitness with Meredith. Our first guest, filmmaker Adel Arop, talks about how to create the most effective mindset for the journey towards wellness. Our second guest, Judith Rainey, shares her personal experience with the 811 Health Line. Finally, Sista C shares her personal healing journey and reads inspiring poetry from her book From Pillows to Pillars. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver
July 30, 2020
S2 E14 - Alternative Modalities for Healing and Emotional Wellbeing
In our 14th Zoomcast (July 16, 2020) we welcome three special guests. In the first segment, Judith Rainey provides information on the Feldenkreis Method of awareness and gentle exercise for healing and pain management. In the second segment, cancer survivor Neall Ryon shares his healing journey and his use of meditation and mindfulness practices for healing disease. In the third segment, Haida Elder Ruby Marks gives a brief introduction to some of the principles and practices of First Nations health traditions. Special thanks to our facilitator, community radio maker Robin Eriksson. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
July 30, 2020
S2 E13 - All About Food
Our 13th Zoomcast (July 23, 2020) features three guests interested in food and nutrition. Our first guest, City Councillor Sarah Kirby-Young, talks about food friendly neighbourhoods and the demise of the corner grocery store. In our second segment, Anthony Kupferschmidt, Executive Director of the West End Seniors Network, discusses food insecurity among seniors. Finally, Emily Hsu shares some advice from her book Mindful Eating for Vibrant Living. A warm thank-you to Sylvia Anderson for putting this show together, and to Neall Ryon for reading his poem Who Killed Mom and Pop? Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
July 30, 2020
S2 E12 - A Post Canada Day Buffet
In our 12th Zoomcast (July 2, 2020) participants read their work and discuss memories. First, our guest Morgan Jacko outlines COVID-19 compliant networking initiatives to fight social isolation among First Nations elders. Next, PBA regulars read their work. Lesley Hebert reads a short story, Elaine Woo reads three poems, and Adel Arop reads two poems. In the third segment, our second guest, Haida Elder Ruby Marks, shares her memories of family separation and foster care. This is followed by a discussion of First Nations perspectives on Canada Day Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
July 30, 2020
S2 E11 - Housing and Health Challenges for an Aging Population
Our 11th Zoomcast (June 25, 2020) welcomes two very special guests. In the first segment, Vancouver City Councillor and anti-poverty activist Jean Swanson focuses on housing, poverty and homelessness among seniors, and looks at potential solutions for the housing crisis in the Lower Mainland. In the second segment, Marcy Cohen discusses health care support, promotion and prevention for both seniors who wish to “age in place” and for those in care settings. Morgan Jacko and Kendra Crowell talk about the challenges of helping seniors access communication technology Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
July 07, 2020
S2 E10 - Juneteenth, Justice and Inclusion
Our 10th Zoomcast (June 18, 2020) celebrates Juneteenth and features a special interview. Charlotte Ferrell reads a statement on racism from 411 Seniors Centre. She points to Canadian connections with Juneteenth and highlights ongoing international concerns about human trafficking. Sylvie Anderson interviews Christine Telford of the UK about her ground-breaking career as a female geologist in the oil and gas industry. Pat Hogan of QUIRKY presents a virtually produced video for the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. We finish with two poetry readings, Neill Ryon reads Erasure and Sista C reads a Fathers’ Day poem for Juneteenth. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
July 01, 2020
S2 E9 - PBA Celebrates Seniors Week
Our 9th Zoomcast (June 11, 2020) welcomes one very special guest. In recognition of Seniors’ Week, Chris Morrissey welcomes special guest Colleen McGuinness, Chair of the City of Vancouver Seniors’ Advisory Committee to discuss various issues connected to the concept of an “Age Friendly City” and ways that seniors can get involved. Topic discussed include city engineering and traffic issues, traffic lights, public spaces and accessibility. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver
July 01, 2020
S2 E8 - Exploring and Embracing Advocacy
Our 8th Zoomcast (June 4, 2020) participants discuss aspects of advocacy. Participants discuss the meaning and purpose of advocacy and share their experiences. They look at some of the challenges involved in becoming an advocate, recognizing injustice, raising awareness, speaking up, changing perceptions, and creating change. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver
July 01, 2020
S2 E7 - Imaging the New City Plan
Our 7th Zoomcast (May 28, 2020) features an insightful discussion with a special guest. We open with participants sharing their positive lockdown experiences. Next we welcome special guest Ishmael Traore, Engagement Advisor, from The UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning. Ishmael leads a discussion focussing on two questions from the City of Vancouver Planning Department: What would a thriving relationship between nature and urban life look like in Vancouver? What would a city that truly adopts reconciliation and decolonization look like? Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
June 03, 2020
S2 E6 - Seniors Advocating for Seniors
Our 6th Zoomcast (May 21, 2020) features a special guest from COSCO BC. Today we welcome Linda Forsythe from COSCO BC (Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of B.C.) to introduce her organization and discuss some of the work they are doing. Topics covered in our discussion include: Issues with for-profit long-term care facilities and the case for de-privatization The need for a national pharmacare programme. Continuity of care (care homes versus aging in place). Our concluding creative segment features Neill Ryon and Lesley Hebert reading from their prose/poetry collaboration “A Million Million Stars.” Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
June 03, 2020
S2 E5 - Bridging Generational and Digital Divides
In our 5th Zoomcast (May 14, 2020) two guests discuss two very different topics. In our first segment, Pat Hogan welcomes special guest Veronica Grassey, Program Manager at Volunteer Grandparents information. Veronica provides information on how her organization helps to meet community needs for supportive and nurturing connection. In our second segment, 411 Board Chair Marion Pollack talks about the impact of COVID-19 on 411 income tax clinics. We discuss the importance of technology during COVID-19 for both community connection and health care, and how the pandemic has created awareness of the “digital divide” among seniors. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
June 03, 2020
S2 E4 - Creative Juices
Our 4th Zoomcast (May 7, 2020) features readings by our regular zoomcast participants. In our first segment we listen to Chris Morrissey read her short story Widowhood. We discuss the grief and anger she felt when she found herself facing homophobia following her partner’s death. In our second segment Neill Ryon reads his spiritual poem Siddhartha by the River. We conclude with Gail Harwood reading her poem Then and Now: Roads. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
May 12, 2020
S2 E3 - Planning and Musing
Our 3rd Zoomcast (April 30, 2020) features brainstorming, open discussion and an invitation to the poetic muse. Neall Ryon reads his poem A Birthright. Charlotte Ferrell encourages participants to brainstorm content for future programmes and Sylvie Anderson provides a preview of an upcoming session. Adel Arop encourages participants to work together to create a poem. The result is a cooperative poetic musing on the topic of social isolation, and a discussion of ways to overcome it. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
May 12, 2020
S2 E2 - Together We Create
Our 2nd Zoomcast (April 23, 2020) presents content created by our podcasters. Pat Hogan of QUIRKY (Queer Imaging and Writing Collective) reads a statement of purpose from QUIRKY’S new book Together We Stand and shares her short story Grandpa John, Simple Treasures. Gail Harwood reads We all belong here, her poetic essay on immigrants and refugees. Sylvie Anderson reads two poems, Wilbur and Sentence on the Road to Newcastle. Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
May 08, 2020
S2 E1 - Our Very First Zoomcast
Our first Zoomcast (April 16, 2020) replaces in-person podcasting from the 411 Seniors’ Centre. Following brainstorming for upcoming shows and a discussion of technical issues connected with Zoom, we discuss two questions posed by the Planning Department of the City of Vancouver: What would it take for you to feel safe in Vancouver? What things would you like to see that would reflect more culture and art? Hosted by Charlotte "Sista C" Ferrell. Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society and the City of Vancouver.
May 07, 2020
S1 E4 - Involvement with 411, Meditation, Ever-Changing Technology, and Poetry
In the first segment, Mayumi Spry talks to Betty about her involvement with the 411 Seniors Centre. In the second segment, Charlotte, Michelle, Taylore and Lynn talk about meditation. In the third segment, Michelle and Frank talk about the challenges of ever-changing technology, and provide some resources and tips. In the fourth segment, Kathy Gregg shares her poetry. In the fifth segment, Taylore Co shares her poem “Smoke”. In the sixth segment, Michelle Nguyen shares her poem “Beautiful Joel in Hamburg”. In the seventh segment, John Roberts reads his poems. In the eighth segment, Charlotte reads her poems “Just For You” and “Open Up Your Heart”.
November 18, 2019
S1 E3 - Intergenerational Collaborations, Classes at 411, Saving Money as a Senior
In the first segment, Kathy Gregg talks to Luke Schuss about Intergenerational Collaborations. In the second segment, Kathy Gregg talks to Hyunok Ryu about Intergenerational Collaborations. In the third segment, Frank talks to Oscar the computer instructor about his computer classes. In the fourth segment, Bryan talks to Jane about her involvement with the 411 Seniors Centre. In the fifth segment, members of the 411 Seniors Centre talk about creative ways to save money.
November 18, 2019
S1 E2 - Making Money as a Senior, Zoomer-Boomer-Senior Comedy Program, Creative Short Stories
This is the second episode of our new podcast series! In the first segment, Flor and Dorothy talk a bit about themselves and what the 411 Seniors Centre means to them. In the second segment,  Lynn Curtis, Kathy Gregg, Mayumi Spry and Taylore Co discuss ways in which seniors can make money. In the third segment, Mayumi Spry interviews Janice Bannister, a Brain Fitness instructor and Laughter as Medicine expert. In the fourth segment, Taylore Co shares her creative story “Caught by the Cops”. In the fifth segment, Kathy Gregg shares her creative story “Reitmans”. In the sixth segment, John Roberts shares his creative story “Existentialist”. In the seventh segment, Mayumi Spry shares her creative story “Me & My Gallbladder”.
November 18, 2019
S1 E1 - Intro to the Podcast, History of 411, Storytelling
This is the first episode of our new podcast series! In the first segment, John interviews Leslie Remund, Executive Director of the 411 Seniors Centre Society, on the origins of the podcast series and other recent developments. In the second segment, Ivy Leung interviews Stuart Alcock, Board Member of the 411 Seniors Centre Society, on the history of the 411 Seniors Centre Society. In the third segment, Mayumi Spry interviews Betty, volunteer at the 411 Thrift Shop, on the history of the thrift shop. In the fourth segment, Mayumi Spry shares her story, "Japanese Brides for Sale". In the fifth segment, Taylore shares her story, "The Blizzard of '49".
November 18, 2019