Newsletter – August 2017

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Charlie Lense - CSPC Volunteer of the MonthCHARLIE LENZ —   VOLUNTEER of the MONTH

Our volunteers are many and varied. They cover a variety of skills and backgrounds. The more varied the better as we try to match up our clients to our volunteers for the best fit. That way we can put some friendships in the match-ups. We are ever so grateful to get a volunteer as talented as Charlie Lenz.

Charlie was a powerhouse engineer in Whitehouse, Yukon in 1975. This is where he met Helen, his wife of 41 years and mother of their five children. He decided he had enough of shift work and pursued being a Pastor, which is his forte.

He spent four years with the Anglican diocese in the Yukon, then on to Burnaby with the “Christ the King” church for 11 years. He retired in Chilliwack in 2015 after serving the Saint Thomas Anglican church for 12 years.

Charlie was one of the people, along with Nick DeRegt, who started The Bridge Soup Kitchen. This project was a joint effort with the five churches in Chilliwack. He also volunteers with the Red Cross Medical Equipment volunteer services, the “Read to Me” program and the Immigrant Services with CCS and with Chilliwack and District Senior Resources. He has been a non-stop outstanding Chilliwack community member.

We are thankful to have him as a volunteer with the Chilliwack Senior Peers Counsellors.

Volunteer training classesUP-COMING VOLUNTEER TRAINING — SEPTEMBER 11th, 2017 at 9:30 am.

The most important date of the year! This is the orientation date to start our next training session for volunteers. The classes will be at Chilliwack Community Services at 45938 Wellington Avenue and conducted by the ever-popular Helene Long. The classes run Monday’s and Wednesday’s thereafter until October 11, 2017.  If you know anyone who would be interested, please have them call the office at 604-793-7204.  Office is open Monday -Thursday 9am – 1pm

Upcoming Events:



WHEN:   FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2017            

TIME:     3 P.M. – 8 P.M.

WHERE:  Gwynne Vaughan Park,

  46181 Hope River Road, Chilliwack

Bring your favorite potluck dish! 

Whatever it is, bring it along and try other people’s specialties.

CSPC will be barbequing hot dogs and hamburgers with the fixings! Plates, cutlery, soft drinks will be provided.

Learn more about this here.

Happy Birthday cake with candlesBirthdays In August

  • Donna Etcheverry
  • Carolyn Meeres
  • Dieter Bohnert
  • Elaine Bowes
  • Shania Twain
  • Sidney Crosby

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Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Behind these statistics are the individual stories of those who have, for many different reasons, questioned the value of their own lives.
Each one of these individuals is part of a community. Some may be well linked in to this community, and have a network of family, friends and work colleagues or school mates. Others may be less well connected, and some may be quite isolated. Regardless of the circumstances, communities have an important role to play in supporting those who are vulnerable.

This sentiment is reflected in the theme of the 2017 World Suicide Prevention Day: ‘Take a minute, change a life.’

Chilliwack Walks!

WALKING IS GOOD FOR YOUEight walks in eight weeks will set you up to stay active for better health.

By participating in 8 walks in 8 weeks throughout the summer you could not only feel better but win prizes too!

Walking Chilliwack says: Anyone can join these community walks. Here’s how it works:

After completing all the walks either the guided ones or by doing them on your own you submit your passport to be eligible for a number of draw prizes.

Pick up a Passport and participate in 8 walks in 8 weeks throughout the summer months.

It all starts at 6:45 p.m. every Tuesday evening.  This year’s walks  are led by Chilliwack Family YMCA volunteers.

See listings below for all the walks.

  • Tuesday July 4, 2017 Fairfield Island (Gwynne Vaughn Park)
  • Tuesday July 11, 2017 Greendale (Greendale MB Church,6550 Sumas Prairie Rd)
  • Tuesday July 18, 2017 Vedder Rotary Trail (Lickman Road Parking Lot)
  • Tuesday July 25th, 2017 Sardis Park
  • Tuesday August 1, 2017 Chilliwack Lions Club (Hope River Rd, Fairfield Island)
  • Tuesday August 8, 2017 Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve (no dogs permitted)
  • Tuesday August 15, 2017 Yarrow (starting at Yarrow Church, 42479 Yarrow Central Rd)
  • Tuesday August 22, 2017 Cheam Wetlands (no dogs permitted)


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