Programs and Activities

We offer our members a variety of classes, clubs and drop-ins at Barclay Manor. Our 30+ programs are a fun way to enjoy a hobby, learn a new skill and socialize with others, all at an affordable cost. Activities are open to older adults 55+ with a current WESN membership. You are welcome to try an activity before becoming a member.

A note from our Manager of Programs:

Hello and welcome!  I look forward to meeting you and am happy to answer any questions about our instructors, class formats, registration or which activities might suit your interests. Please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 604-669-5051. I am always grateful for your feedback and program ideas!                                           Jessica

For program details please read our newsletter or click on the following links:


Acting Class

Our intermediate level Acting Class encourages participants to explore a range of emotional expression in a fun and supportive environment. The regular class is full but there is an open class on the last Wednesday of each month for new students.

Wednesdays 9 to 11 a.m.
Free, Registration Required.

playing-cardsBeginners’ Bridge Group

Are you starting out with the popular and complex game of bridge? Learn the rules and strategies at this friendly and welcoming group before moving on to join the larger regular groups at the West End Community Centre or Barclay Manor.

Tuesdays 9 to 10:15 a.m.
Free, Registration Required.

Active Minds

Drop by Barclay Manor Thursday mornings for a mental workout to keep your brain active and your memory healthy. If you enjoy solving word games, sudoku, logic puzzles and more in a relaxed and companionable setting, this group is for you.

Thursdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Free, Registration Required.

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Bowen Treatments to Help Eliminate Muscle and Joint Pain
with Dr Cathy Sevcik, ND

Are you suffering from pain and stiffness in your joints and muscles? Bowen is a hands-on bodywork therapy that is gentle, safe, and enjoyable to receive. The patient lays on a treatment table (or sits if needed) while the practitioner activates sequential locations on the body. These activations allow the nervous system to re-balance heal the body. and This therapy is good for virtually every type of pain including arthritis and injuries and virtually every joint. Please come early for your first appointment to complete some paperwork.

Thursdays 11:30-4:30pm
Suggested rate $40, Registration Required. For more information call 604-669-5051.

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Cell Phone Tutorials

Make an appointment to get answers to your questions about texting, using the address book, special features, smart phones, and more.

Thursdays, 12 to 12:30 p.m.
30 minute one-on-one sessions
Free, Registration Required.

Computer Programs

Barclay Manor has five computer stations, complimentary wireless internet, and a printer that members are invited to come and use. We offer a variety of classes, seminars and tutoring for beginner and advanced learners alike. These include:

Computer Class for Beginners

Our beginners’ level class takes you through all the important basics with patient and clear instruction in a small group setting. Topics covered include:
-computer parts & terminology
-keyboard & mouse skills
-navigating programs
-understanding the desktop & windows
-browsing the internet
Students are welcome to bring their own laptop (no Macs, please) or to use our computers.

Wednesdays 2:15 – 4:15 p.m.
May 15 – June 12, 2013 (No class May 29)
$5, Registration Required.

Intermediate Computer Class

If you are an intermediate computer user and want to take your knowledge to the next level, this is the class for you. It is based on a combination of lessons and student questions.

Mondays 2:15 – 4:15 p.m.
May 27 – Jun 17, 2013 (No class May 20)
$5, Registration Required.

Computer Coach Appointments

Free, one-on-one 60 minute appointments with a tutor to ask specific questions or learn a certain skill.

Tuesdays 1 – 3 p.m.
Thursdays 9 a.m. – 11 am.
Free, Registration Required.

Computer Seminars

Offered once a month, these small group seminars focus on a more advanced skill or program such as Twitter, Email: Beyond the Basics, and Skype.

See newsletter for details.
Free, Registration Required.

Computer Drop-in with Tutor

This is drop-in time for members who wish to use a computers to check their email, play games or explore the internet. There is a tutor present if you have any questions as you go along.

Mondays 11am to 1pm

Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursdays 1 to 4 p.m.

Free, Drop-in.

We also offer Computer Drop-in times when you can drop in to use our computers, wireless internet and printer. Times vary month to month so please check our newsletter to make sure you drop by when the room is free.


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Crochet Workshop

Learn basic stitches from one of our resident Happy Hooker, Maureen, at this weekly drop-in workshop.

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Free, Drop-in.

DinnerClub-LogoDinner Club

Enjoy a new or favourite restaurant with the company of other WESN members. Each person pays for his or her own meal but the company and good conversation are free! Check the newsletter for dates and locations and just ask for the WESN table when you arrive.

3rd Wednesday of the month, 5:30 p.m.
Pay your own way, Drop-in.


English as a Second Language Class

If you would like to learn English, learn it with us! We create a friendly learning environment to help you improve your English. The class level is between beginner level I.

ESL is returing Oct. 10th and will run until December 
Thursdays 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
$8 for 8 classes, Registration Required.

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Sit back and watch some excellent films on our 55″ flatscreen TV. Check the latest WESN newsletter to find out what’s playing this month.

Documentary Films

Sometimes serious, sometimes inspiring, but always thought-provoking, these are some of the best new documentaries.

The first Monday of the month, 2:30 p.m.
By Donation, Drop-in.

Friday Movies

Munch on popcorn while enjoying the most popular movies just out of the theatre. Stay after the show for cookies and conversation.

Fridays 1:30 p.m.
By Donation, Drop-in.

Foreign Films

Join us for award-winning foreign films as we show them in the original language with English subtitles.

The first Monday of the month, 12:15 p.m.
By Donation, Drop-in.

Nature Show Series

Are you fascinated by animals in the wild around the world? Stunning footage from the BBC and National Geographic feature in this weekly 1-hour nature show series.

Wednesdays 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
By Donation, Drop-in.


Favourite operas performed on the world’s best stages are featured once a month at Barclay Manor. The show is usually close to 2 1/2 hours long, so be prepared!

The second Wednesday of every month 1 p.m. – Currently on Hiatus 
By Donation, Drop-in.

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French Conversation Circle with Richard

This new group for non-beginner and intermediate speakers is a friendly and informal chance to brush up on your French conversation and vocabulary alongside other non-native speakers. Learning a language is one of the best things you can do to keep your brain healthy, so why not pick up your school or travel French again?!

Mondays • 10:00 – 11:00 am | Free | Registration Required | Barclay Manor

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Happy Hookers Crafters

Formed in 2004, the Happy Hookers are a craft group that gathers every Friday to share craft projects and socialize. This group sells their crafts at WESN events and community craft sales in order to raise money for WESN programs at Barclay Manor. In 2011, the Happy Hookers raised over $4,000!

Their generosity does not end with Barclay Manor; the Happy Hookers have also donated crafted goods to local seniors’ homes, shelters, and to the Sunrise Rotary Club’s African projects.

Their wares are on sale from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. every Tuesday at Barclay Manor.

If you would like to get involved with this dynamic group drop in to the Happy Hookers session any Friday between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Barclay Manor.

Heritage Harmonies

Do you like to sing? Come join other members that love to sing as well in the Barclay Manor Piano Room.

Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Free, Drop-in.

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Knitting & Crochet Class

Instructor Kuzi has perfected the art of knitting and crocheting, and will happily lead you through the creation of a beautiful sweater, scarf, or pattern. In this class, you will learn the different styles of knitting, the difference between a single crochet, double crochet, or chain and get hands-on instruction. Kuzi will bring samples to the first class to demonstrate the different styles of knitting and crocheting. Bring an existing project you are trying to finish or come with an open mind! Participants must bring their own materials- if you’re not sure what you need, come to the first class and Kuzi will let you know.

Starting September 2014
Mondays- 1:00-2:00 pm
Free with membership- Registration Required

Men’s Breakfast Club

Every Third Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m., the men of WESN get together to have a great breakfast at Hamburger Mary’s Diner. You pay your own bill, but you shoot the breeze for free! Remember that sensational ad about seniors you see pasted on the city buses: “Lonely seniors die sooner.”  That’s the best reason to join us! No reservation needed. Just pop in, eat and shoot the breeze! First timers, WESN pays for your breakfast!

3rd Wednesday of every month 9 a.m.
Location: Hamburger Mary’s
Each man pays his own way, unless it’s your first time.  Drop-in

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Learn how to use Nordic Walking Poles and get some exercise while making new friends!

Thursdays 10-12pm
Free, Registration Required.

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Bring your current project and materials and come paint in our relaxed studio atmosphere. An instructor is on hand to assist with techniques in a variety of styles.

Tuesdays 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (currently full)
Fridays 12:30 to 4 p.m.
Free, Registration Required.

Drop-in Games


The game is Texas Hold’em and we play for fun, not money! Come place your bets and meet some new friends.

Tuesdays 1 to 3 p.m.
Free, Drop-in.


For those with a talent for words and diction, join us for a friendly afternoon of triple-word scores and fun.

Mondays- 1 to 3:30 pm
Fridays- 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Free, Drop-in.

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Short Story Book Club

A shorter, livelier version of the traditional book club for all bookworms! Discover some excellent stories and share in thought-provoking conversation.

The first and third Wednesday of every month 1:00-2:30pm
Free, Registration Required.

Spa Treatments

Massage & Facials

Practitioner Shirley Gibbons offers gentle healing and rejuvenating massage treatments. Choose from Reflexology, Chair Massage, Reiki & Facials.

Tuesdays 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Starts at $22 for 30 minutes
Registration Required

Manicures & Pedicures

Our Esthetician, Lance, offers gentle foot care at Barclay Manor twice a month. Enjoy a foot soak, nail trimming, and callus removal at a special seniors rate.

The third Thursday and Friday of every month 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Manicures – $15
Pedicures – $18
Add Polish – $5
30 minute appointments, Registration Required

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Spanish Conversation

Brush up on your Spanish and meet fellow enthusiasts at our informal conversation groups led by a facilitators from Mexico or Spain.

Intermediate Conversation
Tuesdays 1 to 2 p.m.
Beginners Conversation – On Hiatus 
Wednesdays 3 to 4 p.m.
Free, Registration Required.

Spanish for Beginners Class – Level I

If you want to learn this beautiful language, this is your chance! Our instructor Isabel will take beginners who have some basic Spanish language skills through a fun and relevant Spanish Class, filled with topical information, music and more.

Each class is about 3 months long.

Fridays, 10:30-12:00pm

$10 total, Registration Required.

Spanish for Beginners Class – Level II 

If you want to learn this beautiful language, this is your chance! Our instructor Isabel will take beginners who have some basic Spanish language skills through a fun and relevant Spanish Class, filled with topical information, music and more.

Each class is about 3 months long.

Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30pm

$10 total, Registration Required.

Speaker Series

Every month we bring you a presentation or two on a range of interesting and important topics and knowledgeable speakers. Get the advice and information you need on topics ranging from Chinese Medicine to Travel Health to Personal Planning to Avoiding Frauds and Scams.

Check newsletter for dates and topics
Free, Registration Required.

TED Talks

TED made headlines when they moved their conference to Vancouver and now we’re bringing them to Barclay Manor! TED’s mission statement explains what’s got everyone so excited: “We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.” Together we’ll watch one or two 5-20 minute TED Talk videos and then share a lively discussion bringing our own ideas, experiences and curiosity into it. Examples of popular TED Talks include: Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA; Lee Cronin: Print your own medicine; Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability; Jane Fonda: Life’s Third Act; and Sue Austin: Deep sea diving…in a wheelchair. Join us for fascinating conversations on cutting-edge ideas!

Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Free, Registration Required.

Please note that programs at the West End Seniors’ Network are always changing. Please refer to our current newsletter for an up to date list of all our programs and for information on any changes. If you would like any more information or to register for a program, please call Jessica at 604-669-5051. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions for new programs!

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