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“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” - Confucius

OPAL by element will be hosting events on various topics. We encourage you to call or email us to let us know what you’re interested to participate in, noting days and times of weeks that are best to accommodate your schedule. And stay tuned as we post dates of events here!

Focus Groups

We would like to engage you to shape your home into a vibrant community.  Please guide us in the programming of our:

  • arts and crafts
  • games
  • intergenerational activities
  • food and beverage planning
  • cultural and community outreach opportunities.

You’re invited to put in your name for any and all topics that matter to you.

Interactive, instructor-led sessions 
Experience different teachers and forms of yoga, TaiChi and QiGong. The right fit of energy, personality and level of intensity makes a world of difference. Give your voice as to what and who you like most, and we will strive to secure your favorites into our movement studio programming.

Informative seminars
We are honored to have a chance to be part of the planning of your legacy – for yourself and your next generations. We will invite specialists to give presentations and information packages on investment, wealth management, estate planning, and financing options.

If you have any additional topics you wish for us to host, please don’t hesitate to contribute ideas for our Discovery Centre Events calendar.

Purchasers, Michele and Douglas Guest, speak with Element’s Don and Candy Ho, about their family experience and why they decided on OPAL.

June 20, 2017 -

In this series, Michele (72) and Douglas Guest (37), mother and son, talk about their very moving account of their family’s experience, reflecting the experiences that Don Ho, President of Element, and his daughter, Candy Ho, have faced in their own family through the generations, which led them to form the intergenerational aging-in-place model. Douglas bought…

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Veronica Da Conceicao, sharing 26 years of passion and compassion on CISL 650AM Radio

June 02, 2017 -

Veronica Da Conceicao, Sales and Leasing Manager of OPAL, has worked with seniors and families for 26 years. She joins Candy Ho, Director and Vice President of Element, and opens her heart to share with us what her work means to her. (Well, it’s a lot more than “work”!!!) She has deep passion and compassion,…

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OPAL in Vancouver Sun and The Province NEWS: Purchaser who bought for his mom and for his in-laws goes in the news

May 24, 2017 -

Original Articles available here, including an embedded live video interview: Vancouver Sun The Province Thank you to Douglas Guest and his mother, Michele Guest, for being such avid believers and ambassadors, so proactively helping to raise awareness about this new living arrangement that fulfilled all of his families’ dreams! Content copied from the articles: A…

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OUR PURCHASER SHARES HIS PERSONAL FAMILY EXPERIENCE LEADING TO THEIR COMMITMENT TO OPAL

March 12, 2017 -

Douglas Guest has purchased two units, for his mom and his in-laws. He’s only 37 years old, but very much looks forward to his own children being able to spend quality time with both sides of the family, engaged in meaningful activities like cooking classes, arts and crafts, music, movies, ping pong and the like….

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OPAL Groundbreaking widely covered in the news of most mainstream media

February 24, 2017 -

Our intergenerational aging-in-place model won an international award over 950 projects assessed worldwide. It is an honor that with the groundbreaking of this revolutionary project, we have made the news on Fairchild TV News, CBC, CTV , City TV, Global, Vancouver Sun, Province, Calgary Herald, BC Business and Business in Vancouver.

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BoomerLife ElementLifestyle Feb11th2017 Seg1

January 27, 2017 -

On this show, Element hopes to offer you information and encouragement that will get you on a focused path to financial freedom…a path that could easily have you become a resident at the OPAL by Element. Joining me is Maili Wong, who will be a featured expert here at OPAL’s Discovery Centre. Maili Wong is…

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BoomerLife ElementLifestyle Feb11th2017 Seg2

January 27, 2017 -

On this show, Element hopes to offer you information and encouragement that will get you on a focused path to financial freedom…a path that could easily have you become a resident at the OPAL by Element. Joining me is Maili Wong, who will be a featured expert here at OPAL’s Discovery Centre. Maili Wong is…

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Opal by Element Lifestyle

Tax Kick-Backs to Boost the Security of Your “Work-Optional” Years

October 25, 2017 -

Growing older has its perks! Among them, tax breaks. Here, a few ways you can save a few bucks at tax time. Pension Income Splitting: If you’re one of the lucky few to be taking home a pension, you might be able to split up to 50 per cent of your eligible pension income with…

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Try Free Zumba Classes at Opal by Element!

October 11, 2017 -

Here at Opal by Element, we like to keep things fresh and interesting, and that extends to our workout classes! Not only is dance a fun and energizing way to break a sweat, but studies have shown that making dance a part of a regular workout regimen can help older adults maintain balance and coordination,…

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living obituaries

Share Your Life Story With a Living Obituary

October 02, 2017 -

Many of us have the desire to share our life stories, passing on wisdom, values and experiences to next generations. One way you can take a proactive approach to creating your legacy is with a “Living Obituary.” Unlike a regular obituary which is normally written by a loved one after your passing, a living obit…

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Navigating the Neighbourhood: What’s Hot in Cambie Village

September 15, 2017 -

By Lise Boullard Yes, Opal’s luxury residence is set to offer so many amenities and activities (from a spa to cooking, yoga and TaiChi classes), that residents and their families might not find a reason to ever leave. But when they do want to go for a stroll, a short drive or a bike ride,…

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children and retirees

Children Light Up Retirees’ Lives in British “Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds”

September 15, 2017 -

Boundless curiosity, play and a sense of wonder … If only we could all enjoy the giddy energy of a four-year-old (minus the temper tantrums, of course). Now, in a small social experiment, a British TV series charmingly named “Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds” is exploring the effect of a group of young,…

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Intergenerational Living

A Family Affair: The Rebirth of Intergenerational Living

September 15, 2017 -

: Intergenerational living, where grandparents, parents and their grandkids live under the same roof, has been a common practice in many cultures for centuries. But in today’s North American society, where independence is celebrated and living miles away from family is often the norm, the tradition, and its many benefits, has gone by the wayside….

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flu clinic

Get Immunized at Opal by Element’s Flu Clinic!

November 01, 2017 -

Aching muscles, a pounding headache and running nose .. just some of the signs that you may have caught the flu virus. The infection of the upper airway is one of the most common fall and winter viruses, easily transferred from human to human through coughing, sneezing or face-to-face contact. People 65 years and older…

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Free zumba class vancouver

Try Free Zumba Classes at Opal by Element!

October 11, 2017 -

Here at Opal by Element, we like to keep things fresh and interesting, and that extends to our workout classes! Not only is dance a fun and energizing way to break a sweat, but studies have shown that making dance a part of a regular workout regimen can help older adults maintain balance and coordination,…

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July 2017 Calendar of Events – RSVP for free informative and interactive seminars!

June 22, 2017 -

Pursue Life! Starting in July 2017 we will be holding informative seminars on various of topics.  We invite you to attend at no cost to you and hope that you will help us shape Opal’s future Focus Groups by making suggestions on topics that would be of most interest you. Seating is limited! Please RSVP as soon as possible…

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The residence is rising above grade!

September 29, 2017 -

OPAL construction has proceeded to above-grade works, and the community is increasingly excited to watch the residence rise above grade. Conrete is being poured, structural framing is progressing steadily, and the feature staircase in the central building is taking form!

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Continuous smooth progress with construction!

July 19, 2017 -

                Building A perimeter drainage

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Construction of OPAL progressing smoothly!

July 02, 2017 -

OPAL by element is our proud flagship, and we are very pleased that construction has been coming along very smoothly since it began at the end of February. We are proceeding on time and on budget, and excitement is mounting in the surrounding community, all along the Cambie Corridor as families watch this revolutionary Intergenerational…

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2 and 3 bedrooms sold out. 18 units available.

May 16, 2017 -

The demand for our condominium units is steady and strong. We continue to have two generations of families purchasing to live together in OPAL. With 2 and 3-bedroom units now all sold, families are now purchasing two nearby or even side-by-side suites for convenient visits with each other, while still maintaining a degree of independence. Our…

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Rental Launch! Saturday, May 20 Noon to 6pm

May 16, 2017 -

Rental Launch: the moment you’ve been waiting for! Date and Time: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 12:00pm – 6:00pm Location: OPAL Discovery Centre, #130, Upper Shops City Square Mall at 555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver Seating is limited! Please RSVP by Thursday, May 18, 2017. Dear Valued Friends and Family, To date we have been very…

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Over 50% condominium inventory value sold, 45% of available units sold

March 08, 2017 -

Since groundbreaking and the beginning of construction, the physical reality of OPAL has triggered a significant flurry of sales activity. The larger units have gone the fastest, as families have secured suites that accommodate intergenerational living. We are also seeing two generations purchasing separate units to enjoy activities together while maintaining independence in living space. Based on…

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Free tickets to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, sponsored by Element, and OPAL by element.

January 19, 2017 -

We believe in the arts for its cultural, historical value and ability to inspire, engage and enrich lives. Element, and OPAL by element, are avid supporters of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  This 2017 season, we are sponsoring two concerts and will have 10 free tickets to each: 1) Tea & Trumpets, March 16, Thursday 2pm: …

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OPAL Sponsors a Public Art Program

August 26, 2016 -

In Element’s development of its proud flagship, OPAL by elementTM, we have successfully proposed an innovative alternate way of meeting the City of Vancouver’s requirement for Public Art Contribution. The City of Vancouver has embraced our proposal to redirect the public art allocation, in the value of $235,671, from the site of a new, “aging-in-place”…

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OPAL Sponsors Lifetime Of The Year Award

August 15, 2016 -

September 16, 2016 Update Element Lifestyle Retirement believes passionately in all that retirees and seniors have to give to their community. In the spirit of encouraging and supporting their contribution, we are sponsoring this year’s Lifetime Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by Vancouver Courier and Tapestry Foundation. The informative day was a real success last year…

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Two Easy Heart-Healthy Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight

December 13, 2017 -

Pollo à la Mexicana (Mexican Chicken) Packed with lean protein and tomatoes, which are filled with heart-healthy nutrients lycopene and potassium, this low-fat and traditional Mexican dish is best served over brown rice for a hearty and comforting winter meal. Prep time: About 10 minutes Cook time: About 30 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients 4 boneless…

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3 Weekend Getaways for PNW Travellers

December 05, 2017 -

With kilometres of mountainous terrain, and excellent dining, arts and cultural options to experience, Vancouver’s environs beg to be explored. Here, a few getaway ideas made for the mature adult. Harrison Resort Seniors Getaway Just a two-hour drive from Vancouver, Harrison Hot Springs draws visitors year-round to its quaint community alongside the sandy beaches of…

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Apps for Mature Adults

November 19, 2017 -

Whether you need assistance with memory, health monitoring or simply want some fun entertainment, there’s an app for that. Here, five that are especially interesting for an aging population. 1. Designed and developed by a registered nurse, the Pillboxie app notifies you when it’s time to take your next pill. Simply colour code the medication…

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Discovery Centre: #130, City Square, 555 West 12th Avenue
Hours: Monday-Friday 12-3pm | Saturday-Sunday 12-6pm
Presentations on the hour, daily: 12pm, 1pm and 2pm
Private appointments: Monday-Friday 10am - noon | Saturday-Sunday 11am - noon
Please note that we are not open on public holidays, and we apologize for any inconvenience so caused.

Phone: 604.871.9265
OPAL Residence: 438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver BC
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