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Activity and Leisure Programs

Recreation Programs are provided six days a week with varying hours of programming to meet the needs of the residents and provide opportunities for choice and flexibility.  Seven day recreational services are available in our Special Care Neighborhoods Nordheim and Solheim.

The Recreation Department at Normanna is committed to providing daily therapeutic recreational programs that promote and facilitate social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual growth.  These daily activities include:

  • Osteofit Exercises and Walking Programs
  • Morning News and Views/ Headlines of the Day
  • Gentle Massage
  • Word Games, Scrabble, Crossword, Spelling Bee
  • Chef’s Creations
  • Creative Corner, (painting, coloring, clay work, knitting, crochet, scrapbooking, decoration committee, stencil art)
  • Beauty Group  (manicures, foot spa, facials, make-overs, hand spa)
  • Armchair Travels, Biographies, Movies, Sporting Events
  • Helping Hands- folding towels, pet care, watering plants
  • Men’s Club
  • Table Games – Scrabble, Crib, Bridge, King in the Corner
  • Spiritual Expression- Pastoral Services, Hymn Sing, One to One opportunities for Spiritual Time
  • Music Therapy
  • Karaoke Sing-a-Long
  • Bingo
  • Bowling

Residents have access to Recreation Calendars in all Neighbourhoods and are welcome to partake in activity throughout the building.

Scheduled Community Outings

At Normanna we believe in the importance of providing outings into the community.  Six monthly outings are planned per month via Handi-dart.  We offer two Scenic Drives sponsored by our Ladies Auxiliary.  Two outings to restaurants in the community, destinations chosen by our residents.  One lunch outing to the local Scandinavian Centre in keeping with our Scandinavian origin: this outing is also sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary. There is also a monthly bowling outing to the Zone Bowling Lane.  We also make arrangements to attend local school productions.

Special Events

At Normanna we celebrate monthly Theme Weeks, whether it be a Cultural Theme week such as Norwegian Week, Japanese Week, Chinese Week, Indian Week, a fun filled Carnival and/or Cruise Ship Week or a sentimental Wedding Week with the highlight being the heartwarming Wedding Vow Renewal. All of these events bring much joy and anticipation for our residents’ family members and staff!  These beloved Theme Weeks complement the existing special celebrations of Birthday Socials, Pub Socials, Ice Cream Socials, traditional monthly celebrations of Valentines, Easter, St. Patrick’s, Robbie Burns, Canada Day and many more.  Staff residents and volunteers work together making decorations, creating costumes and partaking in all of the festivities!   

Another program we hold dear to our hearts is our Resident Showcase.  Once a month we showcase the life of our residents; one from each neighborhood.  Family and friends are encouraged to attend this celebration.  Activity Staff create a photo board with pictures of the residents when they were younger, photos of their wedding, photos of their hobbies and travels and of course of family and friends.   The resident’s life story is compiled using information from the resident and family members, which is then presented at the Resident Showcase Tea.  This event instills feelings of pride in our residents and provides an opportunity for the residents to get to know each other better and in many cases find common interests and past experiences.  This is an event that brings together residents, staff, family members and friends.

Recreation and Leisure Services

Life at Normanna is one of infectious energy and anticipation for the day the lay ahead.  The staff of Normanna take pride in the knowledge that residents will have the opportunity to partake in daily recreation programs that promote opportunities for social, physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual growth.  Residents are encouraged to take part in the planning of their own recreational pursuits.  Ladies Auxiliary Special Events and special Theme Weeks are the highlight at Normanna.  All staff work together to make for a unique and enjoyable experience for our residents.  Cultural Theme Weeks including the much loved Indian Week, encompass a team spirit.

Ladies Auxiliary contributions to residents


Ladies auxiliary provides entertainment twice a month.

The first Monday of each month it also provides refreshments for the residents and serves them.

Gifts for all residents are purchased and given to them with Santa at our annual Christmas Open House.

The Ladies Auxiliary holds an annual Christmas event fundraiser – raffle, silent auction, baking etc.

The Ladies Auxiliary has provided Christmas trees and decorations and decorates together with the residents and staff each year.

Auditorium kitchen

The Ladies Auxiliary equips the kitchen

The Ladies Auxiliary has also supported the fundraisers for the home i.e. benches and our current bus campaign as they are important to the lives of our residents.

Some of the items purchased by the Ladies Auxiliary in recent years for the enjoyment of the residents.

  • Electric pianos – 2
  • I-pods
  • Portable sound systems – 2
  • Planters for the patios – replenished with flowers each year
  • Christmas lights for the patio – added to each year

Various supplies for the recreation department listed on their wish list.

Activity Calendar

Download a pdf of the Activity Calendar

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Our Mission

Normanna provides quality residential healthcare services that reflect the values of trust, respect, caring and diversity.


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7725 4th Street
Burnaby, BC
V3N 5B6
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12noon – 1 pm
Monday - Friday | All Statuary Holidays
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Normanna is one of a few care facilities in Canada to have earned Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada for 2014 - 2018. Accreditation Canada certifies that Normanna and its contractors meet the national standards of quality for health services set by the Council.