All the events and news for Quesnel seniors

Ruth Scoullar’s regular column for the Observer

Tax help

The venue has changed for those still requiring help filling out their income tax forms. They may now be assisted by volunteers in a spacious office at Spirit Square on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until noon and 1 to 3 p.m. This service was previously provided in Salvation Army’s Warrior’s Song Cafe. Co-ordinator Sharon Anderson wants people to know that if they cannot make it on Wednesday to call her at 250-747-2132 to arrange a more convenient time.

Bouchie Lake dinner

The annual dinner at Bouchie Lake organized by the Bouchie Lake Recreation Commission was held March 19. Delicious food was prepared by volunteers. Guests donated non-perishable items for the Salvation Army food bank. However, there were a number of empty chairs unlike any year yet. One reason may have been there were no sign-up sheets at OAPO’s Golden Centre or the Seniors’ Centre, which has been done previously. The event is not advertised but relies heavily on seniors contacting seniors. Perhaps it can give us a wake up call to reach out and make sure plans that are made are carried through. It was great to see that a bus load of residents from Dunrovin were able to attend.

On behalf of all of the seniors who attended, I want to extend much appreciation to all those who worked to make this year’s event happen and who enjoyed a delicious hot dinner in the St. Patrick’s theme and had the opportunity to visit with old friends. Entertainment was provided by the Old Time Fiddlers and Windy Reeds. Again, many thanks for the delicious dinner.

At the Seniors’ Centre

Quesnel Vision Impaired, one of the groups that meets at the Seniors’ Centre, is looking for more members. They meet the second Monday of the month at 12:30 p.m. They are a social support group. Contact Denise at 250-992-5078 for more information.

Looking back

I’ve been thinking back to some of the organizations I was actively involved in over the years in the Quesnel area, such as Crisis Line, volunteer teacher’s aid for Bouchie Lake School, Citizens Concerned with Crime against Children (4 Cs), school reporter for Red Bluff School, Block Watch program, Girl Guides, Brownies, youth soccer, church choir, Volunteer Grandparents, Community Response Network, One on One reading program (Lions), Teen Rec program, Volunteer Adult Literacy Tutoring (Valt), OAPO, Quesnel Seniors’ Society, Campfire Singers, Quesnel Naturalists, Seniors Advocates, Royal Canadian Legion, writers Wordspinners. My reason for trying to recall some of these organizations is to show how things have changed in our community. Some of these organizations no longer exist. No doubt they are being replaced by other activities, but each served, or in the case of those who are still active, are serving, a much needed purpose.

Ruth Scoullar is a seniors’ advocate and a regular Observer contributor.

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