First Seniors’ Housing fundraiser set for Oct. 13

Quesnel Lion Club set to begin fundraising for seniors' housing in Quesnel

It was with great anticipation that we learned the Quesnel Lions Club has purchased property for much needed seniors housing. Now comes the effort of raising funds.

One of the first projects toward this end for the Quesnel Lions will be October Fest dinner and dance Oct. 13 at the Seniors Activity Centre. The capable hands of volunteers will ensure a tasty dinner with donations of baking. Music will be provided by three local bands.

Tickets for $25 per person will be available at Quesnel Music 242 Reid St., Sun Life Financial Services at 327 Reid, K-MAX music & Video 101-246 St. Laurent, Rocky’s at Bouchie Lake and the Alamo at Kersley. Phone Frank or Bessie at 250-992-7184 for information.

Automatic door openers

Just a word of appreciation from seniors and handicapped persons to let the businesses know how grateful they are when they find a button that automatically open heavy doors. The situation is improving all the time but it is still difficult to access some facilities, especially when a person is using a walker or wheelchair or lack strength to tackle the heavy door.

October is Accessible Awareness Month

Lynn Turner and Alison Duddy, both in wheelchairs, have launched a project for improving accessibility to handicapped parking areas in Quesnel. After having the problem over the years they decided to tackle the problem head-on.

“A lot of people don’t realize it’s a real matter of safety especially in winter,” says Duddy.

She explained that it’s not just for convenience but safety when vehicles may not see a person in a wheelchair when backing up.

“It’s always a problem. Also when people see a spot and think they’ll just be there two or three minutes but it may just be the time when a handicapped person drives by,” Duddy added.

She wants to stress that they are not just putting the blame on able-bodied persons.

Unfortunately quite often vehicles will go to a disabled designated spot but the disabled person does not get out.

The able-bodied person could use a regular parking spot allowing others to use handicapped parking. Turner and Duddy are trying to educate disabled and able-bodied persons.

They have made a presentation to City Council and are willing to help them out by coming on board. Bylaw officials will be checking vehicles using handicapped parking spots.

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

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