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General · 3rd April 2014
We're excited about receiving a New Horizons for Seniors grant funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada for our volunteer development project! We're now setting up our Community Connection Centre in “the Cubby” (beside Quadra Medical 's office) in the Cove Centre. Thank you to Cove Centre owners, Kim Zapshala and Ed Fisher, for generously donating part of our rent.

The Community Connections Centre will be open 11am-3pm, Wednesday through Saturday and staffed by a volunteer Coordinator. People who want services and information and those who want to volunteer can drop in and learn what is available on Quadra. We will recruit, screen, train and supervise the volunteers, linking them with all the volunteer opportunities in our community, such as Quadra Circle programs, Fall Fair, Quadra Children's Centre, Quadra Trails Committee, ESS, Quadra Rec Centre, etc. We'll provide information of interest to seniors, their families and the general public on topics such as local home maintenance services, social activities, government services for seniors, wills and estate planning, etc. Partnering with Quadra Elementary School, we will also arrange for Quadra seniors and other volunteers to provide educational talks, experiences and mentoring to classes and individual children. The school principal and staff are enthusiastic about this new inter-generational program. We hope our Community Connections Centre project will be a win-win for both volunteers who want rewarding experiences and the organizations who need skilled, motivated helpers. Watch for news on our official Open House later in April. Contact: Karen: 285-3064.

Friday Lunch Program:
Thank you to John Walton for his heart-warming reading of a Garrison Keillor story that could have described Quadra folks. On April 4th Sheelagh Elmitt gives us some tips on home safety to prevent injuries. April 11 features a mini-workshop, “Lets Talk about Dying”on estate and funeral planning and 'dying well'. Margaret Verschuur and 3 other speakers will answer questions in small groups following their main presentation. Join us Fridays at 11 am for armchair exercises with Ann Lawrence, lunch at noon, then the presentation. 1281 West Road (Lower Level at Quadra Bible Church). For information or to arrange a ride call Karen at 285-3477.

Quadra Circle's Housing Committee and Quadra Island Seniors Housing Society are pleased to be working together to apply for a CMHC grant. This would fund a Needs Assessment and Financial Feasibility study of the proposed Seniors Supported Living Residence and Affordable Housing project for seniors and young families in Q Cove. Contact Maureen:285-2221.

Transportation Program
: welcomes volunteer drivers for seniors, particularly in the Q Cove and south-end area. Trips are pre-arranged to suit your availability. For details call Diana at 285-3630.

Seniors Outreach: Marie Sheran and her team offer seniors friendly visits and information on useful resources. Call 285-3950.

Quadra Home Meals
: For $5 per meal Island seniors, care-givers and anyone dealing with illness or recovering from surgery can order tasty, nutritious meals prepared specially for the program by the Gowlland Harbour Resort Chef. Food preferences, allergies and special diets are accommodated. Meals can be reheated or frozen for later use. Pick them up at the Community Centre on Wednesdays between 11:30am and 12 noon. If needed, volunteers can deliver meals. To order by Sunday noon call Lynda:285-3205.