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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.

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’s average age is 65, in contrast with industry average of 87

March 08, 2017 -

Element receives excavation permit for OPAL project Tuesday, February 14, 2017 The City of Vancouver has issued an excavation permit to Element Lifestyle Retirement Inc. (Element) for OPAL, the developer’s flagship retirement residence in Cambie Village. Construction on OPAL is completely financed and construction is scheduled to begin immediately after a ground-breaking ceremony on February…

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Industry News -Journal on Active Aging

March 01, 2017 -

Construction begins on innovative Canadian community Element Lifestyle Retirement’s flagship residence, OPAL by elementTM, broke ground in Vancouver, Canada, in February 2017 with a ceremony signifying the start of construction. Once complete, the aging-in-place community will span an entire city block on the city’s West Side. OPAL’s design combines with Element’s intergenerational approach to create…

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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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OPAL in the news across Canada: Calgary Herald coverage

February 22, 2017 -

For Direct Link http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/homes/opal+27aging+place+residency+rise+cambie+village/12747271/story.html KATHLEEN FREIMOND, VANCOUVER SUN  02.22.2017 Choose a special brew in the loose-leaf tea bar or practise yoga poses in a studio with a back-lit Himalayan rock salt wall. Indulge the senses in a rooftop herb garden, play games with the grandchildren in specially designed intergenerational spaces or host a family meal…

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Transformative changes: Element leads the world with its innovative intergenerational retirement model

February 07, 2017 -

FEATURE |Mingling generations, communal kitchens and a village environment among the transformative changes being tested in British Columbia By BAILA LAZARUS wieditor@biv.com The landscape of retirement homes is shifting. From independent living to 24- hour care homes, the structures, amenities, programs and philosophies are undergoing transitions. Some transformations are the result of a reduction in…

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Maili Wong: achieving and sustaining a work-optional retirement

January 30, 2017 -

At the OPAL Discovery Centre, we want to invite the community’s families to plan for the long-term – how to achieve and sustain a liberated, quality lifestyle, and have no worries about how long the money can last, or whether anything can be left to pass on to your future generations. Maili Wong is author…

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2016 Vancouver 55+ Lifestyle Show.

August 17, 2016 -

Element Lifestyle Retirement will be returning for the 2nd annual Vancouver 55+ Lifestyle Show. Please come to our booth for more information and exciting news about our flagship residence, OPAL by element. OPAL just recently received its Development Permit from the City of Vancouver, and we are anticipating the start of construction before the end of 2016. Our…

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OPAL’s average age is 65, in contrast with industry average of 87

March 08, 2017 -

Element receives excavation permit for OPAL project Tuesday, February 14, 2017 The City of Vancouver has issued an excavation permit to Element Lifestyle Retirement Inc. (Element) for OPAL, the developer’s flagship retirement residence in Cambie Village. Construction on OPAL is completely financed and construction is scheduled to begin immediately after a ground-breaking ceremony on February…

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February 21, 2017: Drone aerial videography of our Groundbreaking milestone

March 01, 2017 -

February 21, 2017 was truly a momentous day, signifying the physical realization of our revolutionary intergenerational aging-in-place residence! Drone videography by Lift Marketing

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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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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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Purchaser’s Testimonial: CEO of Kryton International Inc.

January 29, 2017 -

Kari is a tremendously successful, forward-thinking entrepreneur who runs a concrete waterproofing company that has presence in many countries worldwide, from North and South America to Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. Here she explains why she believes in OPAL and Element, and entrusts us with herself and her family: our innovative model that “gets it…

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25% of condominiums sold in 10 days

November 07, 2016 -

There has been an overwhelming amount of interest in OPAL, with many families visiting us every day. Several of our contracts have been signed in the presence of three generations of the family. It has been a tremendous pleasure to see that our vision for inter-generational family participation being so enthusiastically embraced. We are witnessing our…

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OPAL Discovery Centre is opening on Saturday, October 15

September 27, 2016 -

OPAL’s Discovery Centre is opening to the public on Saturday, October 15 at 12:00pm. We will be open 7 days a week: Monday – Friday 12pm – 6pm Saturday & Sunday 11am – 6 pm You’ll find us on the Upper Shops level of City Square, in Unit 130 at the corner of 12th Avenue and Cambie…

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