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The Bowser Seniors Housing Society

The Society is a registered charitable organization located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia between Qualicum Beach and the Comox Valley.

The Bowser Seniors Housing Society is currently in the development process of building Lighthouse Villa, an affordable independent living facility for seniors. . (Please see the “Lighthouse Villa” page for more information on the project.)

Lighthouse Villa will contain 22 private units furnished with the seniors’ own possessions. Residents will live independently. Privacy and independence are preserved in a welcoming atmosphere providing companionship and social activities in the common areas. The residents are responsible for their own unit’s housekeeping, personal laundry and their own meals.

The complex will consist of 22 adaptable (three fully accessible) rental apartments – 20 one bedroom and 2 two bedrooms, all of differing sizes. The facility will be one storey in height and include surface parking stalls for residents. Each residential unit will be fully self-sufficient with bathroom, kitchen, bedroom(s), living area, and limited storage. Amenity space may be used for dining, companionship, gatherings, crafts and games. There will be a coin-operated laundry on site for the residents.   Lighthouse Villa will be located in the Bowser Village, behind Magnolia Court and close to shopping, cafe, library, bank, trails and transportation.

The target group of residents for the Villa are local seniors who are finding it difficult to maintain their current residence, would benefit from increased socialization opportunities, and would like to stay in their community rather than move to a larger town or city among strangers. The Society will be offering spaces to local seniors and to seniors outside the area through BC Housing Registry and our own waiting list.

We have many seniors currently living in our rural community who are or may be unable to afford the housing alternatives provided by private organizations in the larger urban communities.  Seniors are a vibrant part of the social and economic fabric of our community and contribute long after they can no longer stay in their homes.  The Society will provide a housing alternative that allows seniors to remain in the community close to friends and family and maintain independent living.

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Seniors who live in our area have been part of the community for many years. They have lived and worked, raised their families, and been part of the fabric of the community. This society was formed because many older residents were being forced to leave the area and move to cities or towns further away in order to get the services that they now need.

Our future has its roots in our community. Life-long friends and our families form the fabric of our lives, and we don’t wish to lose touch with them as we grow older.

Members contribute in practical ways to the development of seniors housing in Bowser. A wide variety of knowledge and skill is needed to get the building project off the ground. Once the housing is built, different skills and experience will be required to keep the place running smoothly for the residents. Volunteers are the life-blood of rural community societies, and the Bowser Seniors Housing Society needs the individual support provided by its members and other volunteers.

Lighthouse Villa will provide seniors the opportunity for affordable independent housing within a social atmosphere and enable them to remain within the local area, close to the friends and neighbours who make up their support networks.

 For many seniors, the opportunity to be involved in the welfare of the community and to contribute to its economy is important.  Although considered rural, the Villa’s location will be within the village centre and easy walking distance to the local grocery store, pharmacy, library, coffee shop, credit union, ATM, post office, bus stop, and other businesses.  The proximity of the Villa to village amenities and event venues such as the Legion will encourage and facilitate seniors’ continued participation in the community.