Mission, Vision & Values


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



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



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


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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