On a wall in the seniors centre in Abbottsford is a small sign that reads Seniors must be recognized as an asset to society – not a burden.
Old Age Pensioners Organization
Having just returned from the BCOAPO convention June 14 – 16 in Abbottsford, B.C., my head and suitcase are full of helpful suggestions. Resolutions previously submitted from branches throughout the province to be sent to Federal or Provincial governments that passed covered such topics as Vitamin D, mercury amalgam dental fillings, Old Age Security Pension, dedicated seniors ministries, sale of B.C. water, Medical Services premiums, emergency departments in rural hospitals, residential care facilities, dental care, shingles vaccine, hospital parking, home support systems, B.C. Transit Handi-Dart Program and affordable housing.
“We do it for children, why not for seniors?”
Hike to Farwell Canyon
On June 2 some members of the Quesnel Trail and Nature Club joined William’s Lake Wanderers on a trip to Farwell Canyon and sand dunes. This is B.C.’s largest sand dune and an Earth Cache for those who are geocachers.
The view is just spectacular and this being my first trip out I was truly impressed.
The hike gave us a good workout but it was truly worth it. Even Mother Nature cooperated sending a heavy shower just prior to getting out of our cars to begin our hike. I don’t believe that even photos could do justice to this breathtaking scenery. Although physically spent for a time it renewed my appreciation for the beauty all around us.
As well as a schedule of hikes and field trips. Quesnel Trail and Nature works with the Baker Creek Enhancement Society, Quesnel Airshed Management, Climate Action Group including Community Garden, part of the food sustainability, Backyard Bird Count (this year Feb. 13), Winter Carnival, visit to fisheries with students, and monitoring bluebirds at various bluebird houses. For information on Quesnel Trail and Nature Club call Sally at 250-992-3787.
Canada Tea for Seniors
The City of Quesnel and Seniors Advocacy Service are once again holding the Canada Tea for seniors in LeBourdias Park July 1 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. They will be located next to the Story Teller’s tent which runs their program from 1 – 2 p.m. Please register with Honey at 250-992-5875 for seating at one of the 14 tables that will be set up under shelter.
This annual event gives an opportunity for those 65 and older to socialize and enjoy the holiday.
Your help may be required to let an elderly friend and neighbour know about this or even help with transportation since no buses will be running on this holiday.
To give a ride or need a ride please call me at 250-992-1567.
Raspberry Cream Tea
Gold Pan Grannies will be hosting a Raspberry Cream Tea at the home of Olive and Peter Walsh July 9. There will be two settings at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from any Grannie for $12. All proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis foundation.
Ruth Scoullar is a seniors; advocate and regular Observer contributor.