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Activities and Their Leaders

Chess at Rollo
Kaamran Hafeez

Contract Bridge
Vanda Blok

Gary Henschke

Discussion Group
Lynette Jackson

Duplicate Bridge
Kees Langereis

Gather n' Stitch
Noni Fidler

Mah Jong
Kathi Chorneyko

Palette People
Anne Harvard (President)

Parkinson Support Group
Doug McKnight
John Peirce

Photography Club
Sharron Palmer-Hunt

Quilting Group

Vicki Dods

Spinners and Weavers
Luane McCollum

Ongoing Renters Activity Leaders

Gabriola Players

Garden Club
Connie Clifford

New Age of Aging
Suzette Delmage

Liz Lutz

Stepping Up Stepping Out (SUSO)
Suzette Delmage

Seniors' Monthly Luncheon
Suzette Delmage
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Gabriola Senior Citizens Association is a non-profit organization run by volunteers.


 People participating in activities should be members of Gabriola Senior Citizens' Association.

Membership Fees


Activity fees are charged at $2.00 per session to members and $5.00 for non-members.


(Additional fees may be charged by individual activity groups.)

Activity Reports            2021

                         Duplicate Bridge


American Contract Bridge Association (ACBL) to hold a session at 6:30pm on Monday evenings. Currently 4 or 5 tables of players whose skill ranges from expert to novice, with lessons available when the ACBL certified teacher who lives on the island is at home. Scores are The Duplicate Bridge group has been sanctioned by the handicapped, so that everyone stands a chance at winning. About once every three months, hands are pre-dealt and analysis of these is available. If you have played contract bridge, but not duplicate, come along to the Rollo Centre and try it. People who play both often find duplicate more interesting because of the opportunity to see what has happened at other tables on exactly the same hand. Ruth Miller (250.247.2017) is currently responsible for finding partners for individuals who wish to play but don’t have a regular partner.










                             Gabriola Players


community theatre group whose productions include fully realized plays with serious content, comedies, and a holiday extravaganza; and Readers Theatre with minimal staging and actors with scripts in hand. Rehearsals and most presentations take place at the Rollo Centre. Not everyone in the group wants to act; the membership includes set designers and builders, costume designers and sewers, props gatherers and dispensers, theatrical lighting and sound technicians, front of house people, prompters, producers, stage managers, and every other kind of skill that is needed for a theatre production. The group brings in experts three of four times a year to give workshops on a wide variety of theatrical skills


. To find out what’s happening with the group, visit its website at


Meets Tuesday at 7:00pm, Thursday 7:00pm 

& Sunday 2:00pm 


Contact: Marshal Mangan.  (




Mah Jong

The Mah Jong group meets every Wednesday from 1:30pm - 3:30pm.from September to June. We are happy to help beginners learn the game which is rather like playing cards except we use beautiful tiles instead. It starts out as a simple game but it's possible to challenge yourself more as you learn and so it remains interesting. We welcome new players at any time.

The Gabriola Island Photo Club is a group of people interested in learning about photography and sharing images with each other and to the public.  It meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month (except July and August) at 10 am -Noon at the Rollo Centre.  All levels of skill, experience and expertise are welcome; all that’s needed is excitement about photography.  Annual membership is $10.




We meet:

When: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesdays year round;

Where: Rollo Centre 685 North Road Gabriola, BC V0R 1X0


The Gabriola Quilters is a group of individuals who get together to share ideas, work on projects, our own or the group’s, and socialize. We love to play with colours and fabric.


Members’ skills range from beginner to very experienced. It is an advantage for a beginner to have taken a Beginner’s course at a quilt shop.

Help and advice is given freely.

Some members are also fibre artists, some do other forms of needlecrafts to be incorporated into their quilts, or while in between projects.


Membership Fees: $20/calendar year.

This fee goes toward paying the cost of the storage cupboard rental as well as enabling us to purchase items that are required from time to time for use by the group.

In addition, members pay a $2 activity fee to the GSCA each time they attend.

Primarily, we work on our own projects and occasionally we may be involved as a group in projects that benefit the community. Drop-ins are always welcome.

Scrabble meets on Fridays at 1:00p.m. It is an informal group and new players are always welcome. We play 2 games and then stop for tea.  I say informal because the use of cheat sheets and the Scrabble Dictionary are allowed.



The Cribbage Club meets at 1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Rollo Senior Centre. Cribbage has a long and illustrious past and is one of the longest running activities held at the Rollo. We usually play five or six games during the afternoon but stop for coffee, snacks and conversation after three games. We welcome new players, and if you are interested but have not played before, we will teach you the game. We are a friendly group and would love to see you at Cribbage. Come and join us on Tuesdays.

For more information contact

Gary Henschke


Gabriola Spinners and Weavers Guild


group email:


We are a group of spinners, weavers, needle felters, wet felters, dyers, knitters, crocheters, finger weavers and surface designers who meet at the Rollo Centre on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and sometimes 5th Thursday of the month year round.

The second Thursday meeting offers a three hour program on a different technique.

Guild members demonstrate and sell their creations at Street Art in August and at the Rollo Christmas Craft fair in December.

We welcome new members The Rollo Centre drop-in fee for your first visit is on us.

To become involved, contact Luanne McCollum at (250)-247-8873.

Discussion Group

        Gabriola Discussion Group


The discussion group provides a place where each person can voice an opinion and expect to be listened to. The wide range of subjects helps to expand our interests. The group provides practice in discussing things in a civilzed manner. We develop tolerance for each others' opinions and learn patience in having to wait our turn to speak.

Newcomers are most welcome.

Contact:           Lynette


       Gabriola Discussion Group Meets

                 Monday at 10:00AM


The Palette People


Meet to draw, paint, inspire and support each other every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30am to noon and often well into the afternoon.  For more information, see or email

Contract Bridge





We meet every Thursday afternoon at l:30 p.m. There are anywhere from two to five tables (eight to twenty individuals) who play. Lately there have been four tables. A trophy for the highest score overall is given out. Cash prizes are given out for first and second place plus random cash prizes for card sequences. We enjoy a Christmas pot luck lunch and party in December. Vanda Blok

Pilates Method
Maintaining Mobility
Tools and Techniques


Instructor: Liz Lutz

('Pilates at Arbutus Bluff')

Fridays 3:30pm to 4:30pm $5.00 per class


Chess at the Rollo


Everyone is welcome to drop in for a game of chess on Wednesdays from 7 – 10pm.

We have a regular turnout of roughly 8 – 10 players (and growing). All ages and levels are welcome. Bring your own board if you like, but we have plenty of the club-style sets available. A $5 drop-in fee covers rental costs for the Rollo.

Play is informal and tea and cookies are provided.

Contact:  Kaamran Hafeez. ( 247 8269


The Gabriola Garden Club usually meets the first Thursday of the months September to May from 7 pm to 9 pm.


 Contact: or watch for meeting notifications in the Sounder Events column.


On the third Sunday in June, July and August, and some time May and September, some members open their gardens for member-only tours.

 Annual membership is $15 for single and $20 for family memberships.
Gather 'n Stitchers
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Gather 'n Stitchers is a casual group of creative makers.

We meet on Monday afternoons from 2 to 4 pm in the Small Room.

On any given day you might find knitters, needle felters, crocheters, jewellery artists, spinners, menders or quilters. We stop for tea and goodies about halfway through the afternoon.

                        Everyone Welcome.

Regular membership to the Rollo plus a $2 drop-in fee apply.

For more information

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