Last Tuesday I had the opportunity to speak to the Vancouver Chapter of Probus, a club that includes many retired and semi-retired Vancouver businessmen and community leaders. It meets the second Tuesday of every month in the Vancouver Planetarium where they usually fill the theatre for a guest speaker. I was invited to speak almost a year ago by Don Hudson, a former executive with Eatons and past president of many community organizations who sadly was not in attendance due to some recent surgery. (The lengths some people will go to to avoid one of my talks!)
I'm told there were about 300 in attendance this week, including many friends and acquaintances. I was delighted to see Bruce Buchanan, past President and Vice-Chair of BC Packers, a former client with whom I worked on the planning and disposition of BC Packers Steveston property and the Celtic Shipyard (today Deering Island) in the 1980's, and Phillip Owen who served on Vancouver Council and as Mayor when some of the housing projects I presented were approved.
The theme of my talk was the range of housing options that are available, and should be available for 'empty nesters' and seniors who are ready to downsize, but not yet ready to downgrade! I talked about smaller houses on smaller lots, laneway housing, duplexes and townhouses, and different types of apartments
Below is a link to the presentation. If you are uncomfortable with a picture of grown men dressed like Sasha Cohen in Borat, you may want to miss the fifth slide! Enjoy...as always comments are welcomed