My first impression of Lorna was her warm, friendly, down to earth presence.
Lorna was born in a coal mining town, Blairmore Alberta, and has fond memories of growing up there. It is where she met her best friend Helene Long. She and Helene recently celebrated 65 years of friendship.
Lorna and her husband David moved to Chilliwack in 2003 from Mara BC. Mara is one of those blink-and-you-miss-it places so if you have never heard of it that is ok. It lies between Enderby and Sicamous. They had a “Certified Organic” goat dairy venture there. It was a challenging time. Mad Cow Disease was discovered in a Black Angus cow in Alberta that year. Sadly, although their own farm was not affected, the fear generated at that time washed over all farmers. They were forced to liquidate. It was a distressing time.
Moving to Chilliwack was a chance to start fresh and try a few new things. Lorna opened a dog training business last year, “Good Calm Dog Training”, which keeps her busy. Lorna does obedience training by using a non-traditional method which involves using games. Dog training is a childhood desire, only recently realized. She clearly loves it.
Another childhood dream which was not fulfilled until she was 48 years old was the desire to play bagpipes. She took lessons and was able to play Amazing Grace at a wedding only nine months later. Since then she has played at numerous weddings and funerals and she loves that too.
Whenever Lorna’s client is mentioned her face lights up. The warmth and compassion that she has for senior people really shines through. Armed with extensive knowledge about Chilliwack, Lorna works together with the board and the office to advocate for those who need it. That knowledge has been helpful in the office, as we make use of the local resources that are available to help our elderly clients.
*****Special General Meeting of the membership*****
When: December 11, 2017 at 10.00 am.
Where: The large boardroom at the office. 45938 Wellington Avenue.
Purpose: Discussion and vote of the membership on whether to amalgamate with the Senior Resource Society.
Chilliwack Senior Peer Counsellors After Christmas Party
When: January 12, 2018 TIME: 1 – 4 pm
Where: Chilliwack Airport Address: Airport Rd, Chilliwack, BC
Cost: To be determined… stay tuned!…. ( Families, guests and clients are all welcome to attend.)
- Kim McLeod
- Lynda Lorenger
- Jeff Bridges
- Bette Middler
- Little Richard
A little humour for Christmas:
Caregiver Stress Test:
The following test will help you become aware of your feelings and the pressures and stress you currently feel. Responses are:
1 = Seldom 2 = Sometimes 3 = Often 4 = Usually 5 = Always
________I can’t get enough rest.
_________I don’t have enough time for myself.
_________I don’t have time to be with other family members as well as the person I care for.
_________I feel guilty about my situation.
_________I don’t get out much anymore.
_________I have conflict with the person I care for.
_________I have conflicts with other family members.
_________I cry every day
_________I worry about having enough money to make ends meet.
_________I don’t feel I have enough knowledge or experience to give care as well as I would like to.
_________My own health is not good.
If your response to two or more of these areas is “ALWAYS” or “USUALLY” or “OFTEN” it may be time to look for help for your family member and making time for yourself as well. Call Family Caregivers of BC’s toll- free Caregiver Support Line at 1-877-520-3267 OR click HERE for more information and resources.
Reprinted by permission from The Fall Edition 2017, Volume 31. No.4 of Caregiver Connection.