By Brenda Gardiner and Sally Service
Special to the Quesnel Observer
The North Cariboo Seniors’ Council has received a COVD-19 related grant earmarked to provide much needed support for our seniors’ community. The North Cariboo Senior’s Council was one of the successful applicants who applied for funds released by the federal government through the Community Foundation of Canada to the Quesnel Community Foundation and others like it throughout B.C. and the rest of Canada. Our application was supported by the City of Quesnel.
Seniors in Quesnel have demonstrated a huge need to have some help in maintaining their yards. Many are widows who remain in the family home with medium to large yards. They are often able to maintain the house, but the yard becomes problematic due to health issues or just aging.
Our project will provide much-needed yard maintenance work to seniors living in single-family dwellings or duplexes and are unable, for financial and other reasons maintain their own yards.
This project will also provide employment for an industrious individual who has experienced loss of work or serious reduction of wages because of the pandemic. We anticipate there will be enough call for this service that will allow us to employ a worker for 10 to 12 weeks. Please check the dedicated advertisement in this paper for the job’s description and application details.
The successful candidate will be employed by the NCSC office at Spirit Square where needy seniors will call in with their yard maintenance needs. The jobs to be covered will be basic yard maintenance, such as mowing, weed whacking, yard clean up, hedge trimming and then as autumn happens upon us: yard and garden cleanup.
Seniors in need will have to phone in their list of needs and work orders issued by the NCSC office will be handled on a first come basis and dependent on weather conditions.
North Cariboo Senior’s Council was formed at the beginning of 2020 to help seniors navigate services in Quesnel and thus be able to stay in their homes as long as it is possible and safe to do so.
We are certain that the yard worker grant for seniors will fill a much needed service requirement.