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A Legacy Worth Supporting

By Dianne St. Jean, Administrator

For the last forty-four years Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society (VSCHS) has worked with BC Housing to provide0 safe and affordable housing for seniors in Valemount. Its stated vision is “to be an inclusive community where the physical, mental and social needs of seniors are met”.

VSCHS operates under an elected Board of Directors with daily operations overseen by the Administrator. The Board members are all volunteers who take time from their personal and work schedules. This is their way of advocating for seniors’ needs. Their contribution is essential in helping the Society fulfill its vision.

Board directors are elected at the Annual General Meeting and must be current members of the Society. But what some people may not know is that any member can contribute their knowledge and skills apart from serving on the board by volunteering on various committees.

Currently the Society oversees three residential buildings. They are also working toward expanding affordable living spaces and services. This has begun with the establishment of Valemount Cares committee, which is one of the committees struck by the Board. The plan for Valemount Cares is to create new independent, and supportive living / assisted living units. Plans are underway for the construction of a new facility that will be situated next to Valemount Secondary School on Ash Street.

The Society is also upgrading and renovating the Golden Years Lodge. There was a need to replace aging wood structures around the perimeter, and so original decks are now being replaced and outside drainage upgraded. This is a massive project that will take most of the summer to complete.

Aside from providing safe, affordable living spaces the Society contributes to the needs of seniors in the community in other ways. Our facility opens its door to host a number of special events and social programs geared especially toward seniors. This includes anything from lunches and social teas to exercise programs.

A fundamentally important service to local seniors is the Meals on Wheels program also run under VSCHS, providing affordable home-delivered meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, even on holidays. The VSCHS also supports the Legion for Loan Closet by providing storage space at the Golden Years Lodge. This service provides seniors with medical equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, and other medical aids at no charge.

The VSCHS Annual General Meeting will be held at the Golden Years Lodge in the main downstairs hall on Thursday, June 16 at 7:00 pm. Some members will be stepping down from their service on the Board this year. A well-functioning Board is the backbone of a successful organization. If you or someone you know has a passion for the well-being of our seniors, consider putting your name forward as a member. If you are not a current member and want to be involved, contact the office at 250-566-4867 located next to the downstairs main hall.

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi

Changes at Meals on Wheels

After many years of managing the Meals on Wheels program, Marion Farquharson is stepping down from that role. She will continue to be the Administrator for the Society and manage the operations and administration side of Golden Years Lodge and Valemount House.

Rashmi Narayan will coordinate the program in the interim. She is working with the Meals on Wheels committee made of board members Berna Paquette, Laurel McKirdy and Mary Anne Watt with the transition. Our cooks and drivers will be the same.

The Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society would like to thank all those who have supported the Meals on Wheels program in 2020 and 2021
Valemount New Life Centre
Valemount Community Forest
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 266
Valemount Seniors Club
Underwriters Insurance
Urban Systems
Balsam Ranch (Deb Cochrane)
Food Mesh Program
Volunteer Drivers in 2020/21 – Dee McEachern, Jane Shaw, Sandy Hudson, Laurel McKirdy, Joyce Mackey, Betty Hannis, Linda Hedberg, Gwen Pich, Kerry McKirdy, Les Dammann (and any we may have missed). Special thanks for the drivers who have continued to help us during the pandemic.
Cooks – Shirley Gonyou, Sylvia Cuddeback, Sandy Hudson
Thanks to Marion Farquharson who has managed
the program for the past several years.

Meals on Wheels will be managed by Rashmi Narayan (250 566 1302) and Berna Paquette (250 566 0126). If you need to change your schedule, please contact them and they will do their best to accommodate requests as soon as possible. You can also call them to sign up for meals, to test a meal or to share ideas on how our program could serve you better. We will be calling clients to check if there’s any suggestions to the program they would like might like to see.

Meals on Wheels offers hot meals delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for $8 per meal. The program is available to seniors and anyone else who might be going through an illness or injury.

We’re surveying current and potential clients on other options through Meals on Wheels such as hot soups, frozen soups and meals, and other meal preferences as well. Complete the survey below by April 15.

Please consider making a cash or in-kind donation to support Meals on Wheels, as the Society can provide tax receipts as a registered charity.

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