Seniors were able to enjoy various learning sessions and connect with community resources after a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Quesnel and District Seniors’ Centre.
The free expo kicked off at 8 a.m. with breakfast sponsored by the Quesnel Community Foundation.
From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. seniors were invited to participate in learning sessions on fall prevention, emergency preparedness, healthy eating, fraud prevention, levels of medical intervention and funeral planning.
They also met with organizations such as the Quesnel Lion’s Club, the Quesnel Vintage Car Club, and the Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association.
“This is the first time an expo and breakfast has taken place, and the great thing about it is the Quesnel Community Foundation is paying for the breakfast, and we got a grant from the TD Bank to be able to put on the workshops,” said North Cariboo Seniors Council coordinator Nicole Audet. “Everything is 100 per cent funded by supportive organizations in the community.”
Providing information on Emergency Support Services (ESS) and take home red emergency bags was volunteer Jennifer Pinette.
She showed participants some of the items she had tucked inside her emergency bag, ready for her to grab at a moment’s notice should disaster strike.
Written on the bag, containing a phone charger, toiletries, book of contacts, photocopies of her ID and some clothing, in large black ink were the words ‘MEDS’ as a reminder for Pinette to also quickly get her medications should she immediately be told to leave her home.
Stopping by the seniors’ expo was Linda Veer of Quesnel, who was pleased such an event was made available.
“There were so many questions I had, and everything has been answered,” Veer said.
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