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Profile: Meet the Volunteer Senior Advocates Team Today’s world is increasingly web based and communication, (whether web based or by phone) can present some challenges for seniors trying to access services and information. We have all experienced the frustration of what should be a simple call for information to government agencies as we navigate a long list of choices and long wait times when we are put on hold. Do not despair, our volunteer team of advocates are ready to help! They are available to provide guidance, information and assistance navigating websites, making phone inquiries and developing strategies to address matters such as: senior housing, health care systems, unexpected financial hardships, online applications and correspondence.

Introducing our team! John Anderson is a retired school teacher and administrator. He has volunteered at Beacon in a variety of roles including: volunteer driver, Chair of Board of Directors, the Income Tax program and as a pioneer of the volunteer advocacy. Gillian Boucher is a retired bookkeeper and accountant. Her volunteer portfolio is diverse and includes: volunteering for Beacon as a visitor, reception, and driver. She has experience in advocacy in domestic violence and as a Red Cross disaster volunteer.

Phil Schwartz is a retired social worker with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. His passions are golf, family, reading and helping others.

Sandra Donaldson is a retired business owner with 25 years experience as a driller and blaster. She is a lifelong learner who loves research and helping others.

Keith Rolfe is a retired Chartered Accountant. He has been an avid volunteer for Beacon since 2008 and his accomplishments include Chair of the Board of Directors and Income Tax program. A few of his additional accomplishments include serving as an Alberta Lay Bencher for the Law Society, chairing the Eye Care Disciplines Advisory Committee and the Persons with Development Disabilities Board in Alberta.

We are so grateful to have these empathetic volunteers committed to supporting seniors through challenging systems and situations! Appointments are available at the SHOAL Centre the first Tuesday and last Thursday of every month. Email: or call 250-656-5537 to book an appointment.

SHOAL Wellness Programs Be Well Clinic checks blood pressure and glucose every Monday in Auditorium A, 1 - 2pm. Admission by donation. Better Breathers Program for those with breathing difficulties, is held the fourth Monday of each month in

Auditorium B. There will not be a meeting in April– the next meeting is Monday, May 27, 1:30 - 3pm. For information please call Kelly Ablog-Morrant at the BC Lung Association at 1-800-665-5864.

Dementia Caregivers’ Support Group for those who are caring for someone with a diagnosis of Dementia or Alzheimer’s, meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1:30 - 3pm. This group will be meeting on Wednesday, April 10. Participants must connect with the facilitator before attending – 250-656-5537.

Family Caregivers’ Support Group for family members or friends in a caregiver role. This group meets the 2nd Thursday of the month, 7 - 9pm. This group will be meeting on Thursday, April 11. Drop in if you feel you could benefit from this program.

Foot Care Clinic by Glynis Miller, Licensed Practical Foot Care Nurse of Soul to Sole Mobile Foot Care. Appointments are every Thursday and include: nail care (clipping, sanding, trimming) for Diabetic, difficult, thick or fungal nails. Care for callouses and corns, ending with a moisturizing foot rub. Sessions are 45 minutes. Please call SHOAL Centre to book an appointment – 250-656-5537. Note, there is no foot care clinic on Thursday, April 25.

Free Legal Clinic is held on the first Thursday of each month, 1 - 4pm. Book your 30 minute appointment in advance by calling us at 250-656-5537. The service is provided by David A. Busch of Perlman, Lindholm, Barristers and Solicitors. The next clinic will be Friday, April 5.

White Cane Club for those with vision impairment. This group meets the first Thursday of the month. Their next meeting is on Thursday, April 4, 2 - 3:30pm.


TideLines April 2019


Profile for Beacon Community Services

TideLines - April 2019  

The newsletter for Beacon Community Services at SHOAL Centre

TideLines - April 2019  

The newsletter for Beacon Community Services at SHOAL Centre