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Bermuda Youth Library
Senior’s Valentine’s Tea

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) of the Youth Library started in 2004. The main purpose of the Board is to encourage young adults to be active in the public library by assisting the Youth Library staff with the designing and implementation of programs for young people. It also provides an opportunity to promote and encourage reading amongst young people. The Teen Advisory Board members are also able to earn community service hours by assisting with programs and public service.




The Teens came up with the idea to have a Valentine’s Tea for seniors in 2009. They enjoyed putting on the event and it has become an annual one. The Young people have an opportunity to perform for and serve the seniors at the event. For many years Mr. Ranaam Burch was the main entertainer with students performing in song, poetry, dance, violin and steel pan.

This year, our 10th anniversary, we had the Berkeley Institute Choir and Band on hand to perform, Poetry was read by the members of TAB and sister violinists, Sari & Naphisa Smith performed several pieces. The afternoon wasn’t complete without the annual BINGO game which offered prizes such as grocery, gas and pharmacy gift certificates.

I fun time was had by all. The event is always a rewarding one for the Teens as they learn to give of themselves and honor their elders. We look forward to entertaining the seniors again next year!


Zurich Bermuda Hosts Island-Wide Seniors Tea

For a decade Zurich Bermuda has sponsored island-wide social tea events for Bermuda’s seniors. With financial support and staff volunteers, over 1,600 tasty meals have been served to seniors during Heritage Month.

The director at Bermuda Senior Islanders’ Centre, Fredrick Hassell said, “Fifteen senior groups spread across the island that comprises the Island Wide Social Committee wishes to thank Zurich, Bermuda for sponsoring their May social.

Read more and see pictures of the event at Bernews.

Read Fredrick Hassell's letter to Zurich on the Royal Gazette site


Premier And Ministers Attend Seniors Lunch

Premier David Burt, Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports Lovitta Foggo, Minister of Health Kim Wilson, and Attorney General Kathy Simmons recently helped serve lunch at the Bermuda Seniors’ Centre Christmas Lunch.


See the full story on Bernews with more pictures.


Centre on Philanthropy Volunteer Recognition Reception - December 2018.

Some photos from the event.

The first picture includes the Deputy Governor Mrs. Alison Crocket, Jayunae Bailey and Joel Schaefer, Chairman, Centre on Philanthropy and the second picture Leslie Virgil, our volunteers for 2018.





Tag Day October 17, 2018


Tag Day Promotion committee from left to right: Fred Hassell, Leslie Virgil, Joy Fubler, Premier David Burt, Dawn Simmons (Ageing Committee), Myra Bristol, and Derrick Burgess, JP, MP.

L/R Joy Fubler, Leslie Virgil, Derrick Burgess, JP, MP (Ageing Well Committee) Premier David Burt and Myra Bristol at a Tag Day Promotion at the Cabinet Office

Read the story on Bernews about how we raised $7,000
and Fred Hassell's letter of thanks to donors.


'Our job is to keep people's spark alive'

Reverend Fred Hassell committed himself to a life of service. At a young age he was led to become a priest in the Apostolic Church; he’s spent the past 42 helping the elderly as director of the Bermuda Senior Islanders’ Centre.
On Thursday a lunch was held at the Fairmont Southampton by the leaders of the island’s various senior clubs honouring him for his work.

Read the full story in the Royal Gazette


Mrs. Mateen of the Special Peoples Club makes a presentation to Mr. Hassell from members of seventeen senior groups on the island.


Craft volunteer is a 'godsend'

A Devonshire woman with a passion for crafting has been sharing her love of all things handmade with seniors for the last three years. Kathy Faries volunteers with the Crafty Bunch Angels — a group of ten to 15 seniors — who come together at the Bermuda Senior Islanders’ Centre in Pembroke every Tuesday afternoon to craft.




The Centre on Philanthropy presentation on June 26, 2014 was in recognition of the Bermuda Senior Islanders' Centre's Decade of partnership with the The Centre on Philanthropy. The award was presented by the Minister of Community, Culture and Sports The Hon. R. Wayne Scott, JP, MP at O'Hara House, Bermudian Road. The Centre will post pictures of the event on their website soon.


Somersfield Academy students record seniors’ memories

The “Write It Down” project has been led by Fredrick Hassell, MBE, since 2005. Today Young Observer applauds and celebrates Mr Hassell’s efforts. Mr Hassell is the director of Bermuda Senior Islanders Centre. The Write It down project saw children overwhelmed and astonished at the experiences of people 70-90 years of age, who spoke of their young days growing up in Bermuda without electricity, telephone, cars, radio and television stations and all the necessary household and domestic conveniences we can’t do without today.


Canon Nisbett, Chairman of the Bermuda Senior Islanders’ Centre, takes a salute of fellow war veterans

Cannon Nesbitt
Picture from the Royal Gazette 13 November 2012


Presentation of a $10,000 cheque from Friends4Ever

Friends4Ever presentation
Picture from the Royal Gazette 12 October 2012


Fairmont Southampton Hosts Seniors Lunch

Four hundred of the Island’s seniors gathered today (Dec 20) in the ballroom at The Fairmont Southampton to celebrate the season together at a special Christmas party hosted by The Fairmont Southampton in partnership with the Bermuda Senior Islanders’ Centre.

Seniors treated to Christmas lunch

Bermuda’s senior citizens were treated to Christmas luncheon courtesy of the Fairmont Southampton today.

Fairmont Southampton helps spread holiday cheer

A Christmas party for senior Bermudians just celebrated its 26th year in action. Participants were invited through the Island-wide Social Committee and the Bermuda Senior Islanders' Centre at Admirality House.

Website for seniors launched

"Bermuda's seniors now have a website dedicated to providing them with information at a "one-stop shop"" - Minister Scott tells the House of Assembly.

New van adds to mobility of the Island's seniors

The Bermuda Senior Islanders' Centre (BSIC) now has a new set of wheels thanks to Ernst and Young.


Check out today's news at The Royal Gazette or Bernews