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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.

Candy Ho, co-founder, Director and VP of Element, speaks at the 30th Public Salon by Global Civic Policy Society

March 01, 2018 -

Candy Ho, co-founder, Director and Vice President of Element, leads a movement to restructure society to address the Silver Tsunami with an integrative, intergenerational solution that ends the stigma and categorical isolation of retirees and elderly. We envision a future where our model becomes as pervasive as condominiums. As Element’s flagship, OPAL is the first…

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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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Topping off ceremony for $105.7 million retirement residence

May 18, 2018 -

On time and opening early 2019: revolutionary concept never seen before in Vancouver. Vancouver, BC Element Lifestyle Retirement Inc. (TSX.V:ELM) poured the final concrete slab for the top floor of its innovative aging-in-place community in the Cambie Corridor in May. OPAL is the flagship project for Element’s award-winning intergenerational approach to creating community residences that overcomes…

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Candy Ho, co-founder, Director and VP of Element, speaks at the 30th Public Salon by Global Civic Policy Society

March 01, 2018 -

Candy Ho, co-founder, Director and Vice President of Element, leads a movement to restructure society to address the Silver Tsunami with an integrative, intergenerational solution that ends the stigma and categorical isolation of retirees and elderly. We envision a future where our model becomes as pervasive as condominiums. As Element’s flagship, OPAL is the first…

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Intergenerational Living

February 09, 2018 -

Original article: http://www.westerninvestor.com/news/british-columbia/mixed-age-concept-widens-appeal-of-seniors-housing-1.23167759 Mixed-age concept widens appeal of seniors’ housing Welcoming younger family members into retirement complexes delivers benefits for seniors – and deepens the market for developers Baila Lazarus Western Investor February 8, 2018 Opal in Vancouver: the unique mixed-age retirement residence opens in 2019 with 44 condominiums, 56 rentals and 30 care units. | Tri-City…

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Business in Vancouver Features OPAL: A New Age for Retirement Residences

February 01, 2018 -

Vancouver multi-generational residences are the first in Canada to address the need to include family members in a senior’s new environment Original article here: A New Age for Retirement Residences Vancouver multi-generational residences are the first in Canada to address the need to include family members in a senior’s new environment By Baila Lazarus | January 30, 2018,…

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OPAL by element honoured in BC Profiles of Excellence

February 01, 2018 -

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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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Four Ways Older Adults Can Boost Their Energy

August 01, 2018 -

When it comes to ageing, a drop in energy comes with the territory. There are a few reasons why older adults experience fatigue. One is that they spend less time in a deep sleep than they did in their younger years. The other is that after age 70, older adults have generally lost 30 per…

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How Older Adults Can Stay Cool in a Heat Wave

July 30, 2018 -

We wait all year for warm, balmy temperatures like these. But when things get a little too warm they can be detrimental to the health of older adults. In fact, it’s not uncommon to hear reports of older adults experiencing severe illness or even death during a heatwave as occurred in July 2018 where 50…

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Vancouver’s Best Seaside Walks

July 14, 2018 -

Vancouver residents are blessed with an array of options when it comes to ocean-side strolls. Here are four we recommend meandering this summer, or any time of year for that matter. 1. Dundarave Seawall If you live in Vancouver, driving across the Lions Gate bridge to the quaint West Vancouver neighbourhood can feel like a…

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OPAL Flagship: structure completed to the top!

May 08, 2018 -

On May 4, 2018, the Element leadership team, our contractor, PEAK Construction, and our bank financing team from BMO, celebrated the structural completion of OPAL with a top-up ceremony on the rooftop. We continue to be one of the very few projects in Vancouver that has its construction progressing on time, on budget and to…

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Structure completed to the top!

May 08, 2018 -

On May 4, 2018, the Element leadership team, our contractor, PEAK Construction, and our bank financing team from BMO, celebrated the structural completion of OPAL with a top-up ceremony on the rooftop. We continue to be one of the very few projects in Vancouver that has its construction progressing on time, on budget and to…

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Site Update: March 28, 2018

April 15, 2018 -

Things are moving along smoothly at the Opal by Element Lifestyles site in Cambie Village.            

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78% Condos Sold, 90% Rental Units Reserved

February 01, 2018 -

We are very happy to provide living arrangements and lifestyle services that clearly are answering the needs and desires of many families. To date, we have sold 78% of our condominiums by sales value (75% by number of units for sale), and our rental units are reserved with deposits to 90% of available units. Our…

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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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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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4 Easy Hikes Around Vancouver

August 15, 2018 -

Vancouver is known for its proximity to beautiful mountains and trails, many of which offer quite the challenge. But for those looking for a lighter workout there are some beautiful options in the area. Here, are five easy hikes around the Lower Mainland. Quarry Rock Beginning in the quaint community of Deep Cove, the hike…

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4 Books to Read This Summer

August 08, 2018 -

It’s summertime and the reading is easy! Here are four books we recommend taking with you to the beach, to the cafe or on the plane this summer. In the novel, An American Marriage, author Tayari Jones tells the story of two newlyweds with bright futures ahead of them. Roy is a young executive and…

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“Intergenerational RRSP Loans” Could be the Answer to Unaffordable Housing

June 26, 2018 -

When it comes to finding ways to afford housing in Vancouver and Toronto’s out-of-reach markets, many homebuyers are forced to be creative. For some, that means pairing up with friends or family members to purchase homes. For others, it means choosing to rent out portions of their home to tenants who can act as “mortgage…

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Discovery Centre: #130, City Square, 555 West 12th Avenue
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 10-5pm | Saturday-Sunday 12-5pm
Private appointments encouraged.
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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