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Elder topics explored at Quesnel info fair

Safety, services, subjects for seniors at empowerment event
Quesnel Fire Department chief Ron Richert spoke to seniors on safety topics, as part of an emergency preparedness fair. (Karen Powell photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Topics pertaining to senior living were on stage and on display at Quesnel Bethel Church.

Saturday (Sept. 23) was a comprehensive gathering of vendors, service agencies, information organizations, and emergency preparedness departments at the Empowering Senior Citizens Resource Fair.

The guest speakers came from the RCMP, cyber security specialists, and Quesnel Fire Department chief Ron Richert provided information on smoke and carbon dioxide detectors, how to get out of your home safely and quickly, and other pertinent information on saving yourself in a fire situation.

Information booths were in the room from Quesnel GreenHope Society, Give a Hoot Home Care, Quesnel & District Seniors’ Society, Coralee Oaks MLA Office, Medi Chair, Seniors Advocacy Service, Gambling Awareness, North Cariboo Seniors’ Council, BC Hydro, Best Living Home Care, Hospice, Clayton’s Funeral Directors, Emergency Social Services, Hospital Auxiliary, Fire Smart, plus many seniors social groups.

The booths were the source of information such as Power Smart ideas for the home, wildfire prevention techniques for outside the home, products to put in a safety pack in case of emergencies, and much more.

“Lots of ideas a person would never think of,” said one attendee from the public.

“This will be an excellent outing for seniors to obtain knowledge in our ever changing world,” said a statement from the City of Quesnel.

The event was spearheaded by Angela Phillips and a team of volunteers. Cost to attend was $5 which included a complementary lunch and tea/coffee.

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Frank Peebles

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