Newsletter – June/July 2017

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Highlights of May 2017 AGM

New Directors elected:
Welcome to Peter Duncan (vice president)
Michael Scott (secretary)

Continuing Directors:
Lorna Olitch (president)
Helene Long (treasurer)
Doug Aldrich (social convener)
Irene Lawrin (past president)
Lorna Olitch (statistician & membership)

Vacant – Public Relations

Thanks to retiring Directors
Jim Bernard (statistician)
Rachel Doucette (membership/fundraising/PR)

    • Our treasurer Helene Long reports that financially Chilliwack Senior Peer Counsellors is in a good position and sees no difficulties in meeting our obligations going forward.
    • Since inception CSPC has helped over 500 clients!
    • In the last nine months 18 new trained volunteers have joined our organization.
    • Thanks to a generous donation, the office will finally be purchasing a new computer!

Chilliwack and District Senior Resources Society made a presentation at the AGM about a possible collaboration between the two organizations. The Board of Directors has asked for more information. Stay tuned

LEGION LogoThe Vedder Golden 280 Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion made a very generous donation to Chilliwack Senior Peer Counsellors of $1,000.00!
Thank you for your kindness.
Did you know that the legion welcomes ALL visitors to their locations? You don’t need to be Military or ex-Military! Please feel welcome to stop in, have a beverage or a meal, enjoy their entertainment and support their organization.

Lorna Olitch, our new President, has been calling volunteers to introduce herself and extend an invitation to the next Board Meeting on July 10, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Royal Hotel.


Chilliwack Senior Peer Counsellors’ Volunteer Summer BBQ

CSPC Summer BBQ Event

August ? 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: STAY TUNED
More information to follow!

Thank you to the Chilliwack Hospice Society for hosting a presentation about Advance Care Planning for our volunteers. The pasta lunch and companionship following the discussion was enjoyed by all!
Making Future Health Care Decisions
Advance care planning begins by thinking about your beliefs, values and wishes regarding future health care treatment. It is about having conversations with your close family, friends and health care provider(s) so that they know the health care treatment you would agree to, or refuse, if you become incapable of expressing your own decisions.
When you write down your wishes and instructions for future health care, you are making an Advance Care Plan. An Advance Care Plan is a written summary of a capable adult’s wishes or instructions to guide a substitute decision maker if that person is asked by a physician or other health care provider to make a health care treatment decision on behalf of the adult.
Click HERE For more information:

If you need help finding the advance care planning guide, call HealthLink BC, toll-free at 8-1-1 (dial 7-1-1 for deaf and hearing-impaired [TTY] assistance).
Chilliwack Senior Peer Counsellors has a few “My Voice Advance Care Planning Guides” available on a first come basis. You can order then on line at the above website as well.

Laughter graphicFirst in Line

An attorney I know once drafted wills for an elderly husband and wife who had been somewhat apprehensive about discussing death. When they arrived to sign the documents, he ushered the couple into his office. “Now,” he said to them, “which one of you wants to go first?” (Reader’s Digest)




To all the volunteers: My last day at Chilliwack Senior Peer Counsellors will be August 3, 2017. I have enjoyed working with all of you. The service this organization provides to the seniors of Chilliwack is invaluable. Thank you for the work you do to make Chilliwack a better community for seniors. Please say hello if you see me out and about!

Sincerely, Mary Erickson, Staff.

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