OCTOPUS is an outreach to seniors in the community that focuses on technology and information.

It will include  virtual programs on technology and on art, music, anything creative or educational; access to information; and fraud prevention. Full details are here (PDF).

Now, working with local seniors, we have the following workshops available for participation.
Registration is limited.
All of these sessions will take place on Zoom. Click here to learn about what Zoom is and how it works.

Overview of sessions

see the next section below for details

Staying ConnectedWednesday October 21, 1:00 p.m.
Learn more about Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, Snapchat & Instagram?

Email Confusions and FrustrationsWednesday November 4, 1:00 p.m.
Some options for how to use email, and solutions to some basic challenges.

Convert Old PhotosWednesdays, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. October 21 & 28 and November 4
Learn how to convert prints (and negatives) to electronic (digital) format.

StorytellingWednesdays, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. October 28 to December 2 (no class Nov. 11)

LifespanThursdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. November 5 – December 3
This program explores how human development changes across our lifespan. 

Exploring WritingFridays, 10:30–noon October 30 and November 6, 13 & 20
An exploration of different creative writing genres: memoir, non-fiction, short fiction, and poetry.

Safety Online Thu. Nov. 19 at 10 *OR* Wed. Dec. 9 at 1:30
How to spot a scam in your email or in a website.

Learning about your Device Wednesday, November 25 at 1:00 p.m.
For your smartphone, tablet, etc. Learn about updates, battery life, cookies and more.

Details and registration

NOTE –  For programs that are more than one week, you can use the same link for all of the dates.  

Staying Connected

Wednesday October 21, 1:00 pm

Would you like to know more about Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, Snapchat & Instagram? These programs are ways of staying connected in our ‘new normal’ world. Let’s look at the safety of these ways of communicating with family and friends. In the class you will learn how to connect your device to these different methods. Just think: you’ll see and talk to your family wherever they or you are in the world!!

Workshop Facilitator: Joy St. John has the knowledge, experience and capability to help a peer who is having problems with the subject of staying connected in our ‘new normal’ world or having problems understanding how to deal with all those emails they receive or send. Joy has previously taught iPhone basics and How to Handle the pictures you’ve taken on your phone. 

Register in advance for this workshop


Email Confusions and Frustrations

Wednesday November 4, 1:00 pm

Have you wondered, what is the difference between Outlook, Firefox and my favourite Google? We need to know the safety of these. Let’s learn how to send an email with an attachment. Better yet how to open an email with an attachment. Let’s learn, how do we delete emails when we no longer need them.

Workshop Facilitator: Joy St. John, has the knowledge, experience and capability to help a peer who is having problems with the subject of staying connected in our ‘new normal’ world or having problems understanding how to deal with all those emails they receive or send. Joy has previously taught iPhone basics and How to Handle the pictures you’ve taken on your phone. 

Register in advance for this workshop


Convert Old Photos

Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. October 21 & 28 and November 4

In this three-week program you will learn how to convert prints (and negatives) to electronic (digital) format. Inexpensively preserve & share old photos with extended family members (young and old). If you have a scanner – great! If you have a home computer – good. If you have a mobile phone – well OK. If you only have the photos, we’ve still got great “how to” information for you! You will need to attend all three weeks to enjoy the benefits of this program.

Program Facilitator: René Andersen is retired from his own business in 2015. He has a technical background in computer programming, electronics, and home handy works such as carpentry, electrical and some (ugh) plumbing. He inherited a load of photo prints, negatives and slides from passed on family and is slowly digitizing these for interested family members).

Register in advance for this program


Storytelling

Wednesdays, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. October 28 to December 2 (no class Nov. 11)

Join in the fun of sharing your true stories. Learn how to add some “funny” to any story. Storytelling shows are becoming one of the entertainment forms that is growing. With successes like the Moth, Story Slams, and Mortified, personal storytelling and sharing are exciting.
Do you have a collection of true stories, hidden in your books, on your computer, or just brewing inside your creative mind?
You will learn:

How to craft a fascinating story, as a first-person storyteller.

The steps of the story structure including the outline premise, characters, settings, and action.

The importance of editing your long stories.

The storytelling format that works best for the teller and the audience.

How to prepare your story for the stage. Online or live.This group is Collaborative and is under the guidance of a professional Storyteller, who performs regularly at shows and festivals. The classes include a showcase night to be scheduled at a later date. This program runs for 5 weeks and participants are asked to participate all 5 sessions.

Program Facilitator: Janice Bannister is a stand-up comic, storyteller and owner of Laughter Zone 101, a comedy school that offers stand-up comedy and storytelling classes to all ages. She is a local New West producer of comedy shows such as the F is for Funny Series, Out of the Box, Laughs from the Past and Aunt Biddy’s Wake.

Register in advance for this program


Lifespan

Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. November 5 – December 3

This program explores how human development changes across our lifespan. We will explore several developmental theories and the lived experience, and will look at human development in the context of biological, physical, emotional, cognitive, contextual and cultural influences. Emphasis will be placed on adulthood and the aging process. This program runs for 5 weeks and participants are asked to participate all 5 sessions.

Program Facilitator: Wendy Parry (M.A, M.Ed) recently retired instructor at Douglas College, Faculty of Applied Community Studies. Specialized in Disability studies, Autism Spectrum Disorder and employment supports for people with disabilities.

Register in advance for this program


Exploring Writing

Fridays, 10:30–noon October 30 and November 6, 13 & 20

Join Liz Orme for a four-day exploration of different creative writing genres: memoir, non-fiction, short fiction, and poetry. Each session is literature-based, so will begin with an example of the selected genre written by a published author. Writing time will follow, as participants experiment with different writing techniques and prompts, and thus develop their own practice. If they are interested, participants will be invited to share their work, via read-aloud, with others in the class, thus gaining some listener-response. Theoretically, each session will have two samples and two blocks of writing / sharing time, but that will depend on participant preferences; to a great extent, this course can be regarded as a living document and will therefore be designed as it develops over time, based on participant input. If you’ve always wanted to “write that book”, this is the place to start. Participation at all four sessions is expected.

Program Facilitator: Liz Orme is a semi-retired high school English teacher with 30 years of classroom experience. She has degrees from SFU (B.A., hons) and UBC (M.A.) and has co- authored three multi-genre textbooks with Oxford University Press. Although her academic focus has been the study of literature, she is also very interested in the creation of literature, and has dabbled in writing fiction and poetry for many years. She looks forward to exploring the creative side with all the like-minded people who sign up for the Octopus Project.

Register in advance for this program


Safety Online When Using Email or Browsing the Internet

Thursday November 19 at 10, or Wednesday December 9 at 1:30

Do you use Email or browse the internet?  Then this course is for you. Scams can happen to any of us.  In this seminar, you will learn how to spot a scam. You will learn how online scammers take advantage of our natural human tendencies and trap us into taking actions we shouldn’t, possibly leading to financial loss or worse.  Join us for an interactive discussion.

Facilitator: Tania Cernezel, Tania has been a member of Century House for about two years.  In February 2020, she retired from a long career at a local utility, working in various professional roles including Finance and Accounting, Contract Management, Project Management, Information Technology, Supply Chain and Regulatory Matters.

For your convenience we are offering 2 different dates.  Please only register for one of the dates.

Register in advance for Thursday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m.
OR
Register in advance for Wednesday, December 9 at 1:30 p.m.


Learning about your Device

Wednesday, November 25 at 1:00

For your smartphone, tablet., etc. … HAVE YOU WONDERED?

  • 1. Should I download the updates for my device when I receive them?
  • 2. How can I keep my battery life better on my device?
  • 3. What are cookies that people talk about? 
  • 4. What is a bookmark and history on my browser?
  • 5. Do I need a laptop, tablet or IPad what will meet my needs?
  • 6. What is authentication, backup on my device?
  • 7.  Who is Siri?

Register in advance for Wednesday, November 25  at 1:00 pm

After registering for any of these sessions

You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Don’t forget when you get the confirmation you will look for the words “click here to join,” click there a few minutes before the session. For programs that are more than one week, you can use the same link for all of the dates.

For more information contact Shelly Schnee, 604-519-1061 or sschnee@newwestcity.ca

Last Reviewed on 2020-10-22