Mission, Vision & Values

Mission:

Whatcom Council on Aging provides nutritional, social, recreational, and educational programs that promote wellness of mind and body for community members as they age.

 

Vision:

As people age, they are empowered and cared for as valued members of our community.

 

Values:

Whatcom Council on Aging engages in partnerships with agencies and community groups that support the values of Accessibility, Connectedness, Involvement, Independence, Personal Responsibility and Health. Therefore:

 

  • We believe all seniors in our community must have access to decent and affordable housing, food, health care, and programs that support wellness of mind and body.
  • We believe seniors can easily become isolated as they age, negatively impacting overall health; senior centers, programs, and outreach help people stay connected with others.
  • We believe active involvement in civic and community life creates vitality and meaning for people of all ages; we therefore value the contribution of seniors and of seniors-to-be.
  • We believe people should be supported in maintaining self-determination and independence in their lives and in their homes for as long as possible.
  • We believe while it is the community’s responsibility to provide services and opportunities for seniors, it is each person’s own responsibility to choose how they will live their life.
  • We believe maintaining good physical and mental health through proper nutrition, exercise and other activities are important for everyone, and especially critical as we enter our senior years.

Board of Directors

  • Pat Atkinson, President
  • Shirley Forslof, Vice President
  • Janet Malley, Treasurer
  • Bill Bezanson, Secretary
  • Joan Fortune
  • Dr. Ione Adams
  • Steve Avery
  • Louise Bjornson
  • Marcia Corey
  • Gurpreet Dhillon
  • Ryan Romero
  • Jeremy Standen
  • Bob Dawes, Emeritus
  • Phil Tucker, Emeritus

Staff

To reach a staff member by phone, call 360-733-4030.  Once message begins, enter the 4-digit extension number. For TTY access, dial 7-1-1.

Hours for the Bellingham Senior Activity Center

Monday - Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm (note the Front Desk closes at 4:00pm) Saturday: 9:00am to 1:00pm

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