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SENIORS RESOURCE DIRECTORY FALL/WINTER 2013

Qualicum Beach, Parksville & Area

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Seniors Information & Resources..................................... 5 Seniors Housing & Assisted Living ....................................8 Seniors Services & Organizations ................................... 14 Government Information for Seniors.............................. 18

The Seniors Resource Directory is a special supplement to The Parksville Qualicum Beach News. The News is distributed to over 15,500 homes in Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanoose, Arrowsmith and Lighthouse Country, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Society of Organized Services (SOS) ............................... 25 Legal Help ...................................................................... 26 Health, Education & Finance .......................................... 27 Seniors Leisure & Recreation .......................................... 33 Seniors Transportation ................................................... 35

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Many of the area’s seniors find camaraderie at the Parksville Legion which is a gathering place for veterans year round.

Aging well in District 69 The area known as Parksville Qualicum Beach is proud to be called a retirement community, with the average age of residents hovering around 60 (the oldest in Canada). It’s only natural that the communities have tailored much of their services and organizations around assisting seniors with everyday needs. Private care facilities, local businesses and volunteer-based organizations — from social advocacy to music and theatre groups — provide many services to help seniors live a healthy, active and engaged life in their community. Within this guide are a multitude of activities, resources and supports for seniors, and information to easily access those services. As Canada’s population continues to age, more and more government and public resources are being made available to seniors, their families and to local community organizations that work with elderly people. Our aging population is a significant issue in District 69 as well. Organizations like the Qualicum Beach and Parksville Seniors Resource and Activity Centres, and the Society of Organized Services (SOS) in Parksville, offer information and direction and help older people access the resources they need, and the activities they enjoy.

SOS seniors coordinator Dawn Barry says SOS provides assistance and information about services for seniors in the region, as well as help to access those services. In fact, the SOS has become one of the largest local single stops for seniors if they want information on local programs, and Barry says they work hard to help people get the help they need. “We do our best to find out seniors’ needs,” she explains. “For example, the Seniors Are Talking group, is about education and socialization. We have about 115 members and they meet weekly to discuss any topic of their choice — health, finances, exercise and more. We also enjoy occasional field trips to areas and events of interest to seniors.” Yet, for the SOS that’s only the beginning. The Seniors’ Connection program offers one-on-one needs assessments to determine appropriate services and supports for older individuals. The new Oceanside Better at Home program offers help with everyday, non-medical tasks, offered by volunteers for no charge, or by contractors for a fee, based on a sliding scale. You’ll read more about this in the other sections of this directory. To reach the SOS, call 250-248-2093 or drop in at 245 West Hirst Avenue in Parksville. pqbnews.com

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INFORMATION & RESOURCES ALCOHOL & DRUG INFORMATION & REFERRAL SERVICE Provides information & referral to education, prevention and treatment services and regulatory agencies. ..........................................................................................1-800-663-1441

DIETITIAN SERVICES – HEALTHLINK: HEALTHY EATING Food & Nutrition information from professional dietitians. www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthyeating/......... Dial 811/711 hearing impaired, or email from website

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF BC Exists to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. www.alzheimerbc.org...........................................................1-800-462-2833

DISTRICT 69 FAMILY RESOURCE ASSOCIATION Offering a variety of free programs designed to give people the tools to move forward in life. 198 Morison Avenue, Parksville BC or 181 Sunningdale Road West, Qualicum Beach BC V9K 1K7 www.d69fra.org......................................................................250-752-6766

BC ASSESSMENT AUTHORITY Produces independent, uniform and efficient property assessments on an annual basis for all property owners. 300-125 Wallace Street, Nanaimo BC V9R 5B2 www.bcassessment.ca..................... 1-800-977-2775 or 1-866-825-8322 BC CANCER AGENCY Centre for cancer research, education, prevention, diagnosis and treatment on Vancouver Island. 2410 Lee Avenue Victoria BC V8R 6V5 www.bccancer.bc.ca............................................................1-800-670-3322

HARDSHIP EMERGENCY SUPPORT & REFERAL (SOS) Program that provide immediate help in crisis and gives support to promote self -sufficiency. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville BC V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com...................................................................250-248-2093 HEALTH & SENIORS’ INFORMATION LINE Seniors are able to speak with a real person to answer questions on health programs & services as well as a broad range of other govt services for seniors. www.seniorsbc.ca......................................1-800-465-4911 or 811-option 2

BC CENTRE FOR ELDER ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT Forum for individuals, seniors, community agencies, govt and policy makers, working together to eliminate the abuse of seniors. 411 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver BC V6E 2R1. Seniors Abuse and Information Line: www.bcceas.ca...................................................................1-866-437-1940

HEALTH INSURANCE BC Insures medically required services and provides financial assistance to BC residents for eligible prescription drugs and designated medical supplies. http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/.....................................1-800-663-7100

BC HIGHWAY CONDITIONS / DRIVE BC Check highway conditions -- automated phone service. www.drivebc.ca...................................................................1-800-550-4997

HEALTHLINK BC: BC NURSELINE Speak with a nurse about your symptoms, consult with a pharmacist about your medication questions 24/7. www.healthlinkbc.ca......................................Dial 811/Hearing Impaired 711

BC PENSIONERS ORGANIZATION Promotes the best interest of elder citizens of BC, in all matters pertaining to their welfare. 801 Gatensbury St., 204, Coquitlam BC V3J 5H6 http://clbc.cioc.ca/record/CLB3067..................................1-604-936-6300 BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU OF VANCOUVER ISLAND Fairness & honesty in the marketplace, promoting trust. 220-1175 Cook Street, Victoria BC V8V 4A1 www.vi.bbb.org....................................................................1-877-826-4222 CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY Peer support, cancer information, information on obtaining financial aid and other programs. Main 101-1537 Hillside Ave, Victoria BC V8T 4Y2 www.cancer.ca....................................................................1-800-663-7892 CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION Not-for-profit organization providing essential data & analysis on Canada’s health system & the health of Canadians. 600-880 Douglas St, Victoria BC V8W 2B7 www.cihi.ca............................................................................250-220-4100 CARP Canada’s association for the 50 plus. A new vision of aging in Canada. PO Box 940, Stn Main, Markham ON L3P 9Z9 www.carp.ca.......................................................................1-800-363-9736 CITY OF PARKSVILLE Hours of Operation: 8:00am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday. 100 East Jensen Avenue, Parksville BC V9P 2H3 www.city.parksville.bc.ca/......................................................250-248-6144 CITY OF PARKSVILLE - PARKS Municipal, sports and area parks www.city.parksville.bc.ca/......................................................250-248-6144 CRIME STOPPERS TIPS Pays up to $2000 for information that results in an arrest, drugs/stolen property recovery. www.nanaimocrimestoppers.c om.......................................1-800-222-8477

ICBC SENIORS INSURANCE Discount available for ICBC basic insurance for 65+ registered owners and operators, pleasure only. Visit an AutoPlan broker for details. www.icbc.com.....................................................................1-800-663-3051 MEDIC ALERT FOUNDATION Provider of emergency medical information services linked to customized medical bracelets, necklets and watches. www.medicalert.ca..............................................................1-800-668-1507 MEDICAL SERVICES PLAN Insures medically required services and provides financial assistance to BC residents for eligible prescription drugs and designated medical supplies. PO Box 9035 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC V8W 9E3 www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/................................................1-800-663-7100 MINISTRY OF HEALTH Seniors Health Care Support Line. 1515 Blanshard Street, Victoria BC V8W 3C8 www.gov.bc.ca/health.........................................................1-877-952-3181 NANAIMO REGIONAL GENERAL HOSPITAL 1200 Dufferin Crescent, Nanaimo BC V9S 2B7 www.viha.ca........................................ 250-947-8214 (toll free from PV/QU) OCEANSIDE HEALTH CENTRE: Urgent Care, 7:30 am-10:30 pm, treatment of emergency/urgent conditions excluding major trauma, heart attack & stroke Primary Care, for services typically provided by family doctors or nurse practitioners Medical Imaging Laboratory Services (LifeLabs) Seniors Outreach Mental Health & Substance Use Home Support Home & Community Care Diabetes Education Program 489 Alberni Hwy, Parksville BC V9P 1J9 www.viha.ca/locations/oceanside����������������������������������������� 250.951.9550 continued on ... page 7

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INFORMATION & RESOURCES continued from ... page 6 OCEANSIDE HOSPICE SOCIETY Providing equipment loan, self care, respite, bereavement supports, counselling at end of life. 210 Crescent Road West, Qualicum Beach BC V9K 2L7 www.oceansidehospice.com...................................................250-752-6227

SENIORS CANADA ONLINE Provides a straight forward way for seniors, their families,caregivers & organizations that support seniors to access trusted information on a range of topics. www.seniors.gc.ca............................1-800-622-6232; TTY 1-800-926-9105

PARKSVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 1275 East Island Highway, Parksville BC V9P 2G3 www.parksvillechamber.com...................................................250-248-3613

SENIOR PEER COUNSELLING PROGRAM (CAMPBELL RIVER) VANCOUVER ISLAND & NORTH WOMEN’S RESOURCE SOCIETY Free service providing emotional support to all men and women 55+ in Campbell River. 1265A Ironwood Street Campbell River V9W 5T4 www.crwomen.ca/other-programs/senior-peer.......................250-287-3044

PARKSVILLE DOWNTOWN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION A non-profit organization enabling property owners and businesses to pool funds and resources for marketing, beautification, safety and management of other initiatives in downtown Parksville. 201-177 Weld St., PO Box 275, Parksville BC V9P 2G4 www.parksvilledowntown.ca....................................................250-248-8079 PARSKVILLE QUALICUM COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Working to improve the quality of life in our communities through grants for charitable activities from earnings of funds invested in perpetuity. 101-691 Beach Rd, Qualicum Beach BC V9K 0A7 www.parksvillequalicumfoundation.com......................................................... PUBLIC GUARDIAN & TRUSTEE OF BC Adults right to self-determination, support & protection for those vulnerable to abuse or incapable of making their own decisions. 1215 Broad St, PO Box 9251, Victoria BC V8W 9J2 www.trustee.bc.ca..................................250-356-8160 or 1-800-663-7867 QUALICUM BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 124 W. 2nd Avenue, PO Box 159, Qualicum Beach BC V9K 1S7 www.qualicum.bc.ca..............................................................250-752-0960 QUALICUM BEACH HISTORICAL & MUSEUM SOCIETY A society that collects, preserve and interprets the history of Qualicum Beach and surrounding area. 587 Beach Road, Qualicum Beach BC V9K 1K7 www.qbmuseum.net/.............................................................250-752-5533 RAVENSONG AQUATIC CENTRE Aquatic centre offers a wide number of water events; swimming lessons, aqua fit; swim club and lots of general swim time. 737 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach BC V9K 1S4 www.rdn.bc.ca.......................................................................250-752-5014 RCMP COMMUNITY POLICING, OCEANSIDE Staffed by community volunteers under the supervision of the Oceanside RCMP Community Policing Unit. 104-660 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach BC V9K 2R5 or 100 East Jensen Avenue, Parksville V9P 2H3 http://mypage.uniserve.ca/~qbpolice/........................PV 250-954-2223 or . ....................................................................................... QB 250-752-2949 REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NANAIMO Services such as public transit, water and sewer, planning, garbage and recycling as well as parks and recreation. 6300 Hammond Bay Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N2 www.rdn.bc.ca.......................................250-390-4111 or 1-877-607-4111 ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE 727 West Island Highway, Parksville BC V9P 1B9 Non-Emergency .....................................................................250-248-6111 SAFER (SHELTER AID FOR ELDERLY RENTERS) Helps make rents affordable for seniors by providing monthly cash payments to subsidize rents for eligible BC residents 60 plus. www.bchousing.org/initiatives/providing/SAFER.................1-800-257-7756

SERVICE BC Information on Provincial services & programs. 460 Selby St, Nanaimo BC V9R 2R7 www.servicebc.gov.bc.ca........................250-741-3636 or 1-800-663-7867 SERVICE CANADA Information on federal services and programs. www.servicecanada.gc.ca...................................................1-800-622-6232 SOCIETY OF ORGANIZED SERVICES (SOS) SOS is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization providing a safety net of select, supplementary social services and resources not adequately available, to those most in need within District 69. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville BC V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com...................................................................250-248-2093 TOWN OF QUALICUM BEACH 201-660 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach BC V9K 1S7 www.qualicumbeach.com.......................................................250-752-6921 TOWN OF QUALICUM BEACH - PARKS Municipal, sports and area parks. www.qualicumbeach.com.......................................................250-752-6921 VANCOUVER ISLAND REGIONAL LIBRARY 100 Jensen Avenue East, Parksville BC V9P 1K3 or 101-660 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach BC V9K 1S9 www.virl.bc.ca................................ PV 250-248-3841 or QB 250-752-6121 WELCOME WAGON Canada’s largest and most respected greeting service. www.welcomewagon.ca.......................................................1-866-518-7287 FIRE HALL DEPARTMENTS (NON-EMERGENCY) Bow Horn Bay 220 Lions Way, Qualicum Beach BC V6K 2E2 .............................................................................................250-757-9433 Coombs-Hilliers 992 Ford Road, Coombs BC V0R 1M0 .............................................................................................250-752-2144 Dashwood 230 Hobbs Road, Qualicum Beach BC V6K 2B2 .............................................................................................250-752-5434 Deep Bay 5031 Mountain View Road, Bowser BC V0R 1G0 .............................................................................................250-757-2030 Errington 960 Errington Road, Errington BC V0R 1V0 .............................................................................................250-248-5601 Nanoose 2471 Nanoose Road, Nanoose Bay BC V9P 9E6 .............................................................................................250-468-7141 Parksville 160 West Jensen Avenue, Parksville BC V9P 2H3 .............................................................................................250-248-3242 Qualicum Beach 124 Harlech Road, Qualicum Beach BC V9K 1S7 .............................................................................................250-752-6921

SENIORS 101 Your online seniors guide to Vancouver Island. Box 41, Chemainus, BC V0R 1M0 www.seniors101.ca................................................................250-246-1227

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The senior care facilities in Parksville and Qualicum Beach provide everything from long term care to spectacular active retirement living. Here the seniors at Stanford Place enjoy a sing-a-long, one of the many activities offered at the residential care facility.

A variety of housing options They are picturesque seaside communities so it is no surprise Parksville and Qualicum Beach have long been favourite retirement destinations. The beautiful scenery, good weather and active lifestyle have been attracting people to the region for generations and our laid back and casual atmosphere makes this the premier place in Canada to retire to. Though vacancy rates are historically low, the region offers a variety of housing options for the area’s large senior population ranging from single family developments to all levels of assisted living. The area boasts a healthy development industry building condos and single family homes that may be just a little more physically accessible than in other regions, up to various forms of adult only facilities, senior specific housing and assisted living options. The region also has an increasing number of assisted living options for those who need different levels of longterm care but are generally able to get around. Options for care facilities in Qualicum Beach include Eagle Park and The Gardens. At The Gardens seniors are offered the ability to age in place. The choice allows couples to stay together in the same facility as their care needs 8

change over the years. Parksville’s seniors care facilities include Stanford Place, Trillium Lodge, Cokely Manor Arrowsmith Lodge and Hustwick Place built by the local Lions Club. In addition, groups like the Lions Club, Royal Canadian Legion branches and others operate seniors living apartments throughout the district. The Vancouver Island Health Authority’s (VIHA) assisted living program provides rental accommodation with hospitality services and personal care assistance for seniors and people with physical disabilities. It supports independence and community living for people who need a safe environment and help to manage daily living tasks. Publicly funded assisted living is provided by VIHA, often in conjunction with BC Housing through Independent Living BC and in partnership with private and non-profit operators. If there is permanent decline in someone’s health, a significant increase in care needs, or inability to make decisions on their own, people may move from assisted living to a higher level of care. Many of the area’s facilities include independent living with virtually no help, up to residential care options that provide 24-hour professional care.

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Delivery Service Program Sendial is a unique shopping and home delivery service for customers in need who are unable to shop in-store. Thrifty Foods has proudly offered this program since 1987 and many customers say it allows them to maintain their independence and remain in their own homes. For information or to register for Sendial: In person or by fax: Complete a Service Application Form and drop it off at any Thrifty Foods Location, or fax it to Thrifty foods Customer Service at 250.783.1694 Call Thrifty Foods Customer Service toll-free at 1.800.667.8280, or visit any Thrifty Foods location.

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SENIORS HOUSING & ASSISTED LIVING HOUSING ARROWSMITH LODGE Assisted living. 266B Moilliet Street, Parksville www.arrowsmithlodge.ca........................................................250-248-4331 COKELY MANOR Assisted living. 266A South Moilliet Street, Parksville www.arrowsmithlodge.ca........................................................250-947-9777 EAGLE PARK Complex care. 777 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach www.viha.ca/hcc....................................................................250-947-8220 HALLIDAY HOUSE Complex care. 188 McCarter Street, Parksville .............................................................................................250-248-2835 HAWTHORNE PLACE Independent living. 750 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach www.novapacific.ca................................................................250-752-4217 KIWANIS VILLAGE Independent living. 250 W 1st Avenue, Box 398, Qualicum Beach, V9K 1P5. ......................................................................................................No phone

CANADIAN HOUSING & MORTGAGE CORPORATION Information on housing & mortgage programs specific to seniors. 1675 Douglas St. suite 150 Victoria B.C. V8W 2G5 www.cmhc.ca......................................................................1-250-363-8048 HOMEOWNER GRANT PROGRAMS One of three provincial property tax assistance programs offered to help homeowners reduce taxes. Box 9991, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/hog........................................................1-888-355-2700 INDEPENDENT LIVING BC (ILBC) Offers a middle option for seniors who need some assistance but do not want or need 24-hour residential care www.bchousing.org/initiatives/creating/ILBC LIVESMART BC Helping BC residents make better energy choices. Rebate program. www.livesmart.bc.ca............................................................1-866-430-8765 OCEANSIDE BETTER AT HOME (SOS) Helping seniors with day-to-day tasks such as light housekeeping, friendly visits, non-medical drives. Administered by Society of Organized Services. www.betterathome.ca.............................................................250-248-2093

KINGSLEY HOUSING & 49ERS MANOR Independent living, 55years plus. 280 Moilliet Street, Parksville www.bchousing.org................................................................250-248-2446

PARKSVILLE LIONS HOUSING SOCIETY Administration of Housing Programs. 241 S Moilliet Street, Parksville, BC V9P 1M8 www.bchousing.org................................................................250-248-9154

LIONS -SENIORS Independent living, 55years plus. Various locations. www.bchousing.org................................................................250-248-9154

PARKSVILLE-QUALICUM KIWANIS HOUSING SOCIETY Supportive housing programs. www.bchousing.org

LITTLE MOUNTAIN MANOR Assisted living, palliative care, short-term care, complex care. 959 Little Mountain Rd, Parksville www.littlemountainmanor.com................................................250-248-4591

PROPERTY TAX DEFERMENT Homeowners aged 55 years and over may defer the payment of annual property taxes on their principal residence, through a low-interest loan program. Ministry of Finance. www.fin.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Property_Tax_Deferment/ptd. htm........................................................................................250-387-0555

QUALICUM MANOR Complex Care. 124 - 4th Avenue East, Qualicum Beach www.tcgcare.com...................................................................250-752-1262 STANFORD PLACE CARE CAMPUS Licensed campus of care includes Assisted Living and Complex Care accommodation. 250 Craig Street, Parksville, BC V9P 0A7 www.stanfordplace.ca............................................................250-951-0811 THE GARDENS AT QUALICUM BEACH Independent Living, Assisted Living (Government funded) Residential Care Services and condo’s. 650 Berwick Road North, Qualicum Beach V9K 2T8 www.retirementconcepts.com.................................................250-738-2253 TRILLIUM LODGE Complex care. 401 Moilliet Street, Box 940, Parksville, V9P 2G9 www.viha.ca...........................................................................250-947-8230

HOME-RELATED SERVICES

RELOCATION SERVICES GROUP Expert relocation assistance, “Cash Back” on real estate available at no cost to CARP & 50-Plus members. PO Box 212, Peterborough, Ont. K9J 6Y8 www.relocationservicesgroup.com.......................................1-866-865-5504 RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (RRAP) Provides low-income homeowners with financial assistance for the repair of lower value homes. www.cmhc-schl.ca...............................................................1-800-668-2642 RESIDENTIAL TENANCY OFFICE Provides landlords and tenants with information regarding their rights and responsibilities. 101-3350 Douglas St., Victoria, V8Z 3L1 www.rto.gov.bc.ca................................................................1-800-665-8779 SAFER (SHELTER AID FOR ELDERLY RENTERS) Helps make rents affordable for seniors with low to moderate incomes. Provides monthly cash payments to subsidize rents for eligible BC residents 60 plus. www.bchousing.org/programs/SAFER.................................1-800-257-7756

BC ASSESSMENT AUTHORITY Produces independent property assessments on an annual basis for all BC property owners. Unit 300, 125 Wallace St, Nanaimo or 400-3450 Uptown Blvd. Victoria B.C. V8Z 0B9 www.bcassessment.ca...........................250-753-6621 or 1-800-977-2775

SENIORS CANADA ONLINE Provides a fast & straightforward way for seniors, their families , caregivers & organizations that support seniors to access trusted information on a range of topics. www.seniors.gc.ca.........................................................................1-800-622-6232

BC HOUSING A provincial program dedicated to providing housing assistance to those in need. Suite 201, 3440 Douglas St, Victoria, V8Z 3L5 www.bchousing.org.............................................................1-800-787-2807

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SPECIAL POWER CART PRICES TOO! Golf passes are valid until March 31, 2014 and can be used every day of the week, subject to no pre-booked events. It is recommended that you book tee times in advance. Arrowsmith Golf Club offers excellent Practice Facilities... open all year ’round.

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The Gardens at Qualicum Beach Retirement Community offers the independence you want and the support you need. We have lifestyle options to suit the individual needs of today’s seniors with the ability to ‘age in place’. We offer full service Rental Suites, Condominium Ownership, Assisted Living and 24 hour Complex Care. For more information call Julie Chambers 250.738.2253

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SENIORS HOUSING & ASSISTED LIVING continued from ... page 11 SENIORS’ CONNECTION Addressing the concerns of housing, finances, home support, health and mobility. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com ...............................................250-248-2093 Ext. 239 SENIORS’ SUPPORTIVE HOUSING Provides specially modified rental homes, in selected subsidized developments, primarily to low income seniors who need assistance in order to continue to live independently. www.bchousing.org/programs/SSH ....................................1-800-257-7756 TRAC TENANT RESOURCE & ADVISORY CENTRE Works to improve legal protection for tenants, community action to protect/ increase the supply of affordable rental housing. Advice on legal rights. www.tenants.bc.ca .............................................................1-800-665-1185 VANCOUVER ISLAND REAL ESTATE BOARD Real Estate Board provides service and information to foster professionalism in the real estate industry. 6374 Metral Drive, Nanaimo www.vireb.com ...................................................................1-250-390-4212

LOCAL REAL ESTATE OFFICES COAST REALTY GROUP Real Estate Office. 314 E. Island Highway, Parksville or 689 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach www.coastrealty.com ..................... PV 250-248-8371 or QB 250-752-3375 COLDWELL BANKER Real Estate Office. 124 Craig Street, P.O. Box 460, Parksville V9P 2G6 www.cbvanisland.com ...........................................................250-248-2488 RE/MAX ANCHOR REALTY Real Estate Office. 113 West 2nd Avenue, Qualicum Beach www.remaxanchor.ca.............................................................250-752-2466 RE/MAX FIRST REALTY Real Estate Office. 101-897 Island Hwy W, Parksville www.remax-first-bc.ca ...........................................................250-248-1071 ROYAL LEPAGE P/Q REALTY Real Estate Office .. 127 Alberni Highway, Parksville or 679 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach, PO Box 1360 V9K 1T4 www.parksvillerealestate.com ...........................................PV 250-248-4321 SUTTON WHITECAP REALTY Real Estate Office. 135 Alberni Hwy, Parksville, V9P 2G6 www.suttonwhitecaprealty.com ..............................................250-248-8801

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Members of the Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi group showed how much fun Tai Chi can be at the 2013 Oceanside Family Health & Wellness Fair.

Staying active with community support Planning for healthy aging takes some thought and effort. Luckily, living in the District 69 area makes it easier to find activities to stay active and healthy. When seeking out senior-specific information and resources on matters such as health, special interest groups or local fitness opportunities there are many places in District 69 worth considering. Seniors centres in Nanoose Bay, Parksville and Qualicum Beach are logical places to begin, as is the local chapter of the Old Age Pensioners Club. Call 250-7528217. The Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association (PGOSA) is a great resource for anyone looking to stay active and take part in social events. The group has been dedicated to helping people in the community maintain an active, healthy lifestyle for 20 years, and their list of activities is extensive. With an atmosphere that promotes camaraderie it is not surprising their membership is well over 1,000. For more information on the group visit www. pgosa.org or call 250-752-9499. The Regional District of Nanaimo’s Active Living Guide is a helpful resource for anyone looking for a favourite activity, or looking to try something new. The guide comes out each spring and fall, with hundreds of listings for everything from arts to hobby and service clubs and contacts for recreational organizations. It can be found online at www.rdn.bc.ca or you can pick up a copy at 14

Oceanside Place Arena, Ravensong Aquatic Centre and the Parksville Community and Conference Centre. At the Society of Organized Services (SOS) in Parksville, Dawn Barry is the seniors’ coordinator who will address almost any inquiry. Barry is available by appointment, and can connect seniors with many services, organizations and resources that they require. Call 250248-2093, ext. 239. SOS offers many seniors’ programs, including: • Seniors Are Talking group — weekly discussions about matters of concern to seniors, socialization and some field trips. • Seniors’ Connection — a one-on-one program to help people identify their specific needs, from health challenges to taxes and benefit forms, and help them access the required resources. • Meals on Wheels — a meal delivery program to assist people in maintaining their independence by providing hot, nutritious, meals at a reasonable cost, delivered three times each week. • Medical Transportation — volunteer drivers transport local residents to medical appointments, and drive them back home again. “There are a lot of seniors in our community,” explained Barry. “We’re trying to connect with them and help them maintain a better quality of life.”

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SENIORS SERVICES & ORGANIZATIONS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Support & information for individuals with alcohol related problems, 24 hour answer line. Only for Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni for meeting times www.aa.org....................................................................... 1- 800-883-3968 ALANON AND ALATEEN A fellowship for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. #2, 2020 Douglas Street, Victoria Recorded message for available meeting times. www.bcyukon-al-anon.org................................................. 1- 250-383-4020 ALS SOCIETY OF BC To meet physical & emotional needs of ALS patients & their caregivers. 1233-13351 Commerce Parkway, Richmond, BC www.alsbc.ca.................................................................... 1- 800-708-3228 ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF BC Exists to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. 200-1585 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo BC V9S 1G4 www.alzheimerbc.org......................................................... 1- 800-462-2833 Dementia helpline:..............................................................1-800-936-6033 ARROWSMITH COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT SOCIETY The mission of ACES is to engage & mobilize residents of the Arrowsmith Community for the purposes of enhancing the “quality of life” for everyone living within its boundaries. http://mabr.ca......................................................................250-954-1944 ARTHRITIS SOCIETY OF BC Committed to excellence and leadership in research, care, education and advocacy for persons with arthritis. 895 10th. Ave. W., Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L7 www.arthritis.ca/bc........................................................... 1- 800-321-1433 BC LUNG ASSOCIATION Leads Provincial and International lung health initiatives and lung disease prevention. 2675 Oak St. Vancouver, BC V6H 2K2 www.bc.lung.ca................................................................. 1- 800-665-5864 BC LUPUS SOCIETY Provides education and support to people affected by lupus. 1645 West 7th Ave. Suite 200 Van,. B.C. V6J 1S4 www.bclupus.org.................................................................1-866-585-8787 BC PARAPLEGIC ASSOCIATION Assists people with spinal cord injuries & other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance & full community participation. 780 S.W. Marine Rd., Vancouver, BC V6P 5Y7 www.sci-bc.ca........................Nanaimo 250-616-1186 or 1- 800-689-2477 BC PARTNERS FOR MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE USE Helps individuals & families better manage mental health & substance use problems. Oceanside Health Centre. 489 Alberni Highway, Parksville, B.C. www.heretohelp.bc.ca.......................local 250-947-8225 or 250-951-9550 ............................................................................ Toll Free 1-800-661-2121 BC SCHIZOPHRENIA SOCIETY Support & education for people with schizophrenia & other serious mental illnesses. 201-6011 Westminster Hwy. Richmond, BC V7C 4V4 www.bcss.org.................................................................... 1- 888-888-0029 CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES Recruits blood donors, organizes and operates blood donor clinics to provide blood for Canadian hospitals. www.bloodservices.ca.........................................................1-888-332-5663 CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY Peer support, cancer information, information on obtaining financial aid, transportation and other programs. 4-172 West 2nd Avenue, Qualicum Beach www.cancer.ca.......................................................................250-752-3222

CANADIAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION Promotes health through diabetes research, education, service & advocacy. 255-2000 Island Highway North Nanaimo, B.C. V9S 5W3 www.diabetes.ca.....................Nanaimo 250-729-3824 or 1-800-226-8464 CANADIAN LIVER FOUNDATION Dedicated to liver health & the elimination of over 100 forms of liver disease. 109-828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver www.liver.ca...................................................................... 1- 800-856-7266 CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOC. OF BC Info & referral, lending library, newsletter, resource materials, public education, speakers bureau, bursaries and more. 801-409 Granville Street, Vancouver www.bccerebralpalsy.com.................................................. 1- 800-663-0004 CNIB Vision Health, Vision Hope. CNIB is a nationwide community-based registered charity committed to the vision health of all Canadians. 2340 Richmond Rd. Victoria, B.C., V8R 2R9 www.cnib.ca............................... Victoria 250-595-1100 or 1-800563-2642 COUNCIL OF SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATIONS OF BC Purpose is to advance the social and physical welfare of all BC elder citizens. www.coscobc.ca.................................................. President 1-604-576-8000 ......................................................................Membership 1-604-576-9734 CREDIT COUNSELING SOCIETY OF BC A non-profit debt solutions service. 435 Columbia St., Suite 330, New Westminster, B.C. V3L 5N8 www.nomoredebts.org.........................................................1-888-527-8999 DENTURIST ASSOCIATION OF BC Everything you ever wanted to know about dentures, and where you can find a local denturist. Suite 312C 9801 King George Hwy., Surrey B.C. V8R 5H5 www.denturist.bc.ca............................................................1-604-582-6823 FAMILY RESOURCE ASSOCIATION Team of professionals dedicated to helping families in District 69. 181 Sunningdale Rd. West Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1K7 www.d69fra.org......................................................................250-752-6766 FORWARD HOUSE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Provides adults in District 69, who have serious and persistent mental health issues with varied and meaningful opportunities to develop social support and independent life skills. www.forwardhouse.com..........................................................250-954-0785 GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP Small group supporting each other through loss. Knox United Church 345 Pym St Parksville www.kucparksville.ca.............................................................250-248-3927 HEART & STROKE FOUNDATION OF BC YUKON Dedicated to prevention & relief of heart disease & stroke. Funds research and education. BC & Yukon. 401-495 Dunsmuir, Nanaimo www.heartandstroke.bc.ca..................................................1-888-754-5274 HOSPICE SOCIETY Offer compassionate supportive care to individuals and families who are facing advanced illness, death and bereavement. 210 Crescent Rd W, Qualicum Beach, V9K 1J9 www.oceansidehospice.com...................................................250-752-6227 KEEPING IN TOUCH (KIT) PROGRAM Free telephone program providing a sense of security for vulnerable persons living alone - provide by Community Policing. 132 E. Jensen – Parksville; 104-660 Primrose Rd. - Qualicum Beach ........................................................................................PV 250-954-2223 ....................................................................................... QB 250-752-2949

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SENIORS SERVICES & ORGANIZATIONS LIONS & LIONESS CLUBS A group of service-minded men and women who are interested in improving their communities. Please check current service directory in the RDN Active Living Guide MEALS ON WHEELS (SOS) Assists people by maintaining their independence by providing hot nutritious meals at a modest fee..245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville, V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093 Ext. 225 MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOANS CUPBOARD Loan out equipment for a period of time. Run by Legion Branch 49. Hours of operation are 10:30 to 11: 00 am daily. 170 W Hirst St. (side door) of Arbutus Grove Church .............................................................................................250-248-6842 MEDICAL APPOINTMENT TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM (SOS) Delivers people to and from their medical appointments when no alternative transportation is available. By donation. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093 Ext. 222 MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING Mission to stop impaired driving and support victims of this crime. www.madd.ca.....................................................................1-866-900-6233 MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY CANADA MD Canada is a none-for-profit organization committed to finding a cure for neuromus disorders. 7th Floor, 1401 West Broadway, Vancouver www.muscle.ca................................................................. 1- 800-366-8166 NEW HOPE Various support programs for newly bereaved widows and widowers. “People Place, #004, 3402 - 27th Ave. Vernon, BC V1T 1S1 www.newhope-grief.org, e-mail new-hope@telus.net...............250-545-6004

PROBUS CLUBS Non-profit organizations for men and women who have retired from their business of profession and want to maintain a social network with others who have similar interests. Please check current service directory in the RDN Active Living Guide http://www.parksvilleprobus.ca..............................president 250-752-1072 ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION Provides support to veterans & seniors including low-cost housing, healthcare and home support. www.bcyuk.legion.ca...................................................................................... Royal Canadian Legion branch 211, 7035 Island Highway West, Bowser .............................................................................................250-757-9222 ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, Branch 49, 146 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville .............................................................................................250-248-5633 ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, Branch 76, 180 Vetrans Way, Qualicum Beach .............................................................................................250-752-9632 ROTARY CLUBS Please check current service directory in the RDN Active Living Guide http://wwwparksvillerotary.org or http://qbsunriserotary.ca SALVATION ARMY The largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in Canada. www.salvationarmy.ca.................................................. Office 250-248-8794 Food Bank/Soup Kitchen.......................................................250-248-8793 SENIORS ARE TALKING (SOS) A great place for socializing and addressing common concerns. Dinners, teas, guest speakers & bi-monthly excursions. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville B.C. www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093 Ext. 239 SENIORS’ CONNECTION (SOS) Addressing the concerns of housing, finances, home support, health and mobility. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093 Ext. 239

NEWCOMERS CLUBS There are two Newcomers Clubs in the Oceanside area, in Qualicum Beach and Parksville. 150 Village Way St Stephens Church or 132 East Jenson, Parksville http://qbnewcomers.org, http://parksvillenewcomers.org.............................. .........................................................PV 250-586-6698, QB 250-240-8644

SOCIETY OF ORGANIZED SERVICES (SOS) SOS is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization providing a safety net of select, supplementary social services and resources not adequately available, to those most in need within District 69. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville, V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com...................................................................250-248-2093

OCEANSIDE VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATION Search for volunteer opportunities in Parksville, Qualicum Beach and the surrounding area. #10 – 221, West 2nd Avenue, Qualicum Beach www.oceansidevolunteer.org...................................................250-594-2637

ST. JOHN AMBULANCE Information & registration services for first aid training, emergency and CPR courses, first aid kits and supplies. 2250 Labieux Rd., Nanaimo BC V9T 6J9 www.sja.ca/BCYukon......................................................... 1- 866-321-2651

PARKINSON SOCIETY OF BC Address the personal and social consequences of Parkinson’s Disease. Ste. 600-890 W. Pender, Vancouver, BC www.parkinson.bc.ca........................................................ 1- 800-668-3330

SENIORS CANADA ONLINE Provides a fast & straightforward way for seniors, their families, caregivers & organizations that support seniors to access trusted information on a range of topics......................................................................................................... www.seniors.gc.ca

PARKSVILLE & DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY LIVING Supporting adults with development disabilities through innovative programs, personal centered planning & advocacy to enhance the lives of all people in the community. 188 McMillan Street, Parksville www.pdacl.ca.........................................................................250-248-2933 PARKSVILLE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY Hours are May 1 to August 31 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 7 day a week. Winter hours are Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. 1245 East Island Highway, Parksville www.parksvillemuseum.ca......................................................250-248-6966

STROKE RECOVERY ASSOCIATION Serving stroke survivors & their families. Support group meets St. Columba Church, Parksville, Fridays 11:00-1:30. St. Columbia Pres. Church, 921 Wembley Rd., Parksville BC V9P 2E6 www.strokerecoverybc.ca........................................................250-752-9796 WHITE CANE CLUB Support group meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday at SOS. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville http://www.ccbnational.net...................................................250-757-9938

PARKSVILLE-QUALICUM MS SELF-HELP SUPPORT GROUP Supporting research into multiple sclerosis and providing services and programs to the 8000 British Columbians affected by MS. 200-185 Bowen Road, Nanaimo www.mssociety.ca...................Nanaimo 250-754-6321 or 1-800-268-7582

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ALBERNI-PACIFIC RIM Scott Fraser, MLA. 3945B Johnston Rd, Port Alberni, V9Y 5N4 http://www.scottfrasermla.com..............250-720-4515 or 1-866-870-4190

CITY OF PARKSVILLE 100 East Jensen Avenue, Parksville www.parksville.ca...................................................................250-248-6144

COMOX VALLEY Don McRae, MLA. 437 5th St, Courtenay, V9N 1J7 http://www.donmcraemla.bc.ca/...........................................250-703-2422

TOWN OF QUALICUM BEACH 201-660 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1S7 www.qualicumbeach.com.......................................................250-752-6921

COWICHAN VALLEY Bill Routley, MLA. 273 Trunk Rd, Duncan, V9L 3X9 http://www.billroutley.com/main.html....................................250-715-0127

REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NANAIMO Services such as public transit, water and sewer, planning, garbage and recycling as well as parks and recreation. 6300 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N2 www.rdn.bc.ca.......................................250-390-4111 or 1-877-607-4111

ESQUIMALT-ROYAL ROADS Maurine Karagianis, MLA. A5 - 100 Aldersmith Place, Victoria www.maurinekaragianis.ca.....................................................250-479-8326 JUAN DE FUCA John Horgan, MLA. 800 Goldstream Ave, Victoria www.johnhorgan.ca................................................................250-391-2801

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT ADDRESS CHANGE For moves within BC, use this website to electronically send change of address info to various provincial government programs and/or offices. www.addresschange.gov.bc.ca.............................................1-866-775-0011

NANAIMO Leonard Krog, MLA. 4 - 77 Victoria Crescent, Nanaimo http://www.leonardkrog-mla.ca/............................................250-714-0630

AGING WELL IN BC To access the report from the Seniors Advisory Council, go to www.hls.gov.bc.ca/seniors www.seniorsbc.ca/.....................1-877-952-3181

NANAIMO-NORTH COWICHAN Doug Routley, MLA. 524 1st Ave, Ladysmith V9G 1A2 http://www.dougroutley.ca.....................................................250-245-9375

BC HIGHWAYS INFORMATION Check highway conditions -- automated phone service. www.drivebc.ca...................................................................1-800-550-4997

NORTH ISLAND Claire Trevena, MLA. 908 Island Highway, Campbell River V9W 2C3 www.clairetrevena.ca..............................................................250-287-5100

BC HOUSING A provincial program dedicated to providing housing assistance to those in need. www.bchousing.org.............................................................1-800-787-2807

PARKSVILLE-QUALICUM Michelle Stilwell Contact: www.stilwell.ca.........................................................250-356-6171

BUS PASSES FOR SENIORS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Affordable transportation on all BC transit systems for low-income senior citizens and persons who are disabled; information and application service. Bus Pass Program. Ministry of Housing and Social Dev. P.O. Box 9430 STN. Prov. Gov. Victoria B.C. V8W 9V2 ............................................................................ Nanaimo: 250-739-6600 ..........................................................................................1-866-866-0800 FOOD & NUTRITION INFORMATION Food & Nutrition information from professional dietitians. 9am-5pm, Mon.-Fri. www.healthlinkbc.ca.....................................Dial 811/ 711 Hearing Impaired

VICTORIA-BEACON HILL Carole James, MLA. 1084 Fort Street, Victoria www.carolejamesmla.ca.........................................................250-952-4211

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT NANAIMO-ALBERNI Dr. James Lunney. 6-6894 Island Highway North, Nanaimo, V9V 1P6 A-5262 Argyle St, Port Alberni, V9Y 1T9 www.jameslunneymp.ca......................................................1-866-390-7550 Nanaimo: 250-390-7550

FOREST FIRE REPORTING Web site gives up dated report of fire threat in the area. Should always check before camping. Always remember 911 is your main number for all fires. www.rdn.bc.ca........................................................................................ 911

NANAIMO-COWICHAN Jean Crowder. 101-126 Ingram Street, Duncan, BC V9L 1P1 www.jeancrowder.ca...............................250-746-4896 or 1-888-609-9998

HEALTH INFO & SENIORS LINE Seniors are able to speak with a real person to answer questions on health programs & services as well as a broad range of other gov’t services for seniors. Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-4:30pm. www.health.gov.bc.ca/seniors.............................................1-800-465-4911

SAANICH-GULF ISLANDS Elizabeth May. 9711 Fourth Street, Suite 1, Sidney, BC Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca....................................................1-800-667-9188 VANCOUVER ISLAND-NORTH John Duncan. 104-576 England Ave, Courtenay www.johnduncanmp.com.......................250-338-9381 or 1-800-667-8404 VICTORIA Murray Rankin. 1057 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8V 3K5 Murray.Rankin@parl.gc.ca.......................................................250-363-3600

HEALTHLINK BC Provides 24-hour, confidential health information and advice. Speak to a registered nurse 24-hours or a pharmacist from 5pm to 9pm every day. www.healthlinkbc.ca......................................Dial 811/711 Hearing Impaired LIVESMART BC Helping BC residents ,ale better energy choices. http://www.livesmartbc.ca..................................................1-866-430-8765

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GOVERNMENT RESOURCES continued from ... page 18 MEDICAL SERVICES PLAN Automated 24/7 phone service providing limited information about your MSP account, and general information about MSP benefits and services. Medical Services Plan P.O. Box 9035 Stn. Prov. Govt. Victoria B.C. V8W 9E3 www.hibc.gov.bc.ca .......................................................... 1- 800-663-7100 MINISTRY OF HEALTH 1515 Blanshard Street, Victoria www.hibc.gov.bc.ca ............................................................1-800-663-7867 Seniors Info Line ................................................................1 800-465-4911 OMBUDSMAN BC’s independent voice for fairness. P.O Box 9039 Stn Prov. Govt. 947 Fort Street Victoria B.C. V8W 9A5 www.ombudsman.bc.ca .....................................................1-800-567-3247

PUBLIC GUARDIAN & TRUSTEE OF BC Adult’s right to self-determination, support & protection for those vulnerable to abuse or incapable of making their own decisions. 1215 Broad Street Victoria www.trustee.bc.ca ..............................................................1-800-663-7867 RESIDENTIAL TENANCY OFFICE Provides landlords and tenants with information regarding their rights and responsibilities. www.rto.gov.bc.ca...............................................................1-800-665-8779 SERVICE BC Basic information on government programs, toll free transfers to provincial offices. www.gov.bc.ca .................................................................. 1- 800-663-7867

PHARMACARE Provides financial assistance to BC residents for eligible prescription drugs and designated medical supplies. Medical Services Plan. P.O. Box 9035 Stn. Prov. Govt. Victoria B.C. V8W 9E3 www.hibc.gov.bc.ca ............................................................1-800-663-7100

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C A R I N G S U P P O R T, C O M M U N I T Y C O N N E C T I O N Seniors’ Connection A personal needs assessment addresses issues such as benefit entitlement, health, nutrition, housing, safety, mobility, and isolation. Free. Call extension 239. Seniors Are Talking Social/educational get-togethers, seminars, guest speakers and monthly excursions. Transportation and refreshments are provided. Free. Call extension 239. Medical Appointment Transportation Service Providing transportation to and from medical appointments. Call extension 222. Meals on Wheels Supports health and independence by delivering affordable, nutritious meals three times per week. Call extension 225. Income Tax Program Free tax preparation for low income individuals. Call extension 229. Oceanside Better at Home Helping seniors age at home with dignity, by providing assistance with simple, everyday tasks. Call extension 248.

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GOVERNMENT RESOURCES continued from ... page 21 TOURISM BRITISH COLUMBIA www.hellobc.com................................................................1-800-435-5622 TRAVEL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Helps alleviate transportation costs for eligible BC residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community. Automated application service 24/7. Pick up TAP form at doctor’s office. www.health.gov.bc.ca/tapbc/..............................................1-800-661-2668 VITAL STATISTICS AGENCY Birth, Death & Marriage Certificates, Marriage Licenses, Name Changes, Wills and Registry information. www.vs.gov.bc.ca................................................................1-888-876-1633

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ABORIGINAL BUSINESS CANADA Mission is to foster growth. Increase Canada’s investment growth and build a fair efficient and competitive marketplace. 300 W. Georgia, 21st Floor, Vancouver www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca.....................................................1-604-666-3871 1-800-567-9604.........................................................TTY 1-866-553-0554 CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY General border services information; for in-depth information. www.cbsa.gc.ca..................................................................1-800-461-9999 CANADA PENSION PLAN, OLD AGE SECURITY, GUARANTEED INCOME SUPPLEMENT www.canada.gc.ca..............................................................1-800-277-9914 ....................................................................................TTY 1-800-255-4786 CANADA PENSION PLAN ADVOCACY PROGRAM Advocates provide individualized service to people with CPP disability applications, appeals and tribunals. #204 456 West Broadway Vancouver B.C., V5Y 1R3 www.bccpd.bc.ca................................................................1-800-663-1278 ....................................................................................... TTY 604-875-8835 CANADA REVENUE AGENCY Individual tax inquiries. www.cra.gc.ca.....................................................................1-800-959-8281 CANADIAN HERITAGE National policies & programs: promote Canadian content, foster cultural participation, active citizenship & participation in civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians. www.pch.gc.ca....................................................................1-866-811-0055 ....................................................................................TTY 1-888-997-3123 CANADIAN HOUSING & MORTGAGE CORPORATION Federal housing agency, affordable mortgage insurance products, consumer & industry housing information, residential assistance programs. Home Adaptations for Senior’s Independence (HASI program) grants (forgivable loan) for homeowners or landlords, income qualifications. 1675 Douglas St. Suite 150. Victoria B.C., V8W 2G5 www.cmhc.ca....................................................... Victoria: 1-604-731-5733

HEALTH & SAFETY Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety. www.ccohs.ca.....................................................................1-800-668-4284 HEALTH CANADA Health CDN is responsible for helping maintain and improve health while respecting individual choices. www.hc-sc.gc.ca.................................................................1-866-225-0709 ....................................................................................TTY 1-800-267-1245 HOME ADAPTATIONS FOR SENIORS INDEPENDENCE (HASI) (THROUGH CANADIAN MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION) Financial assistance for home adaptations to help low-income seniors live independently and safely. Forgivable loan of up to $3500.00 (does not have to be repaid. www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/prfinas/prfinas_004.cfm.................................. ..........................................................................................1-800-668-2642 INCOME SECURITY PROGRAMS Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement. www.servicecanada.gc.ca...................................................1-800-277-9914 ....................................................................................TTY 1-800-255-4786 INFORMATION - GOV’T OF CANADA A link to other websites. INFO ONLY www.infosource.gc.ca..........................................................1-800-622-6232 ....................................................................................TTY 1-800-465-7735 PARKS CANADA Protect natural and cultural heritage, foster public understanding to for the present and future generations. www.pc.gc.ca......................................................................1-888-773-8888 ....................................................................................TTY 1-866-787-6221 PASSPORT CANADA Application forms: Passport offices, Canada Post outlets, via the Internet. www.ppt.gc.ca.....................................................................1-800-567-6868 ....................................................................................TTY 1-866-255-7655 SENIORS CANADA ONLINE Provides a fast & straight forward way for seniors, their families , caregivers & organizations that support seniors to access trusted information on range of topics. www.seniors.gc.ca...............................................................1-800-465-4911 SERVICE CANADA Full service centres offering a mix of information and transactional services. www.servicecanada.gc.ca...................................................1-800-662-6232 ....................................................................................TTY 1-800-926-9105 SOCIETY OF ORGANIZED SERVICES (SOS) Assists with determining and completing qualifying government program applications and with the preparation of income tax returns and pension applications. West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville, V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com...................................................... 250-248-2093 ext.239

CITIZENSHIP & IMMIGRATION 24 hours a day for automated telephone service. Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm www.cic.gc.ca.....................................................................1-888 242-2100 ....................................................................................TTY 1-888-576-8502

TOURISM & TRAVEL - FOREIGN AFFAIRS & INTERNATIONAL TRADE Helps Canadians prepare or foreign travel, provides a variety of services once abroad. www.travel.gc.ca..................................................................1-800-267-6788

FOREIGN AFFAIRS & INTERNATIONAL TRADE Consular Affairs Bureau: helps Canadians prepare for foreign travel, provides a variety of services once abroad. www.travel.gc.ca.................................................................1-800-267-6788

VETERANS’ AFFAIRS CANADA Promotes the health and well-being of Canadian veterans, programs and services. 900-605 Robson Street, Vancouver www.veterans.gc.ca.............................................................1-866-522-2122

GST CREDIT SERVICE , CANADA REVENUE AGENCY The GST/HST credit is a tax-free quarterly payment that helps individuals and families with low and modest incomes offset all or part of the GST that they pay. www.cra-arc.gc.ca...............................................................1-800-959-1953

WEATHER INFORMATION Meteorological service of CDN Data Service. Environment CDN 77 Westmorland St Suite 260 Fredericton, N.B. E3B 6Z3 www.weatheroffice.gc.ca

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SENIORS SAFETY & SECURITY

PETER MCCULLY PHOTO

Valuable contributions are made to the community by volunteers, like Carol Round at the SOS Thrift Shop.

SOS has something for everyone The Society of Organized Services in District 69 strives to serve all residents in the region, providing, a nurturing and supportive environment for children, youth, adults, seniors and families alike. Seniors play an integral part in the SOS community, and seniors programs include ‘Medical Appointment Transportation Service’ and ‘Meals on Wheels’ and the ever-popular ‘Seniors are Talking’ as well as ‘Seniors Connection.’ Some say experience is the best teacher and the SOS definitely benefits from the collective wisdom of its members. Many seniors contribute to the community at large, learn new skills and meet new people by generously volunteering to share their valuable time and expertise in a wide array of SOS programs; from childcare to the Thrift Store. One member, Lil Jarvis, is 92 years young and has been sharing her energy with the SOS for over 40 years! The SOS is home to several programs aimed at assisting with specialized tasks such as ‘Income Tax Preparation’ in addition to promoting personal development through classes such as ‘Hatha Yoga,’ workshops

on ‘Personal Growth’ and a Zumba exercise class for participants in TIC TAC, a program for children and their family caregivers. SOS is also a resource for those in crisis, and the Hardship and Emergency Support and Referral program provides immediate assistance and gives direction to support self-sufficiency. Serving the community as a whole means SOS also offers a wide variety of programs that cater to various groups, ranging from music and games in ‘Preschoolers on the Move’ to dinner and group activities on ‘Family Night.’ Various school-aged children’s programs are also available, including ‘Girl Talk’ and ‘Guyz Time,’ ‘After School Education Assistance,’ and the ‘St. John Ambulance Babysitting Course.’ Teens feel welcomed and understood at SOS with programs like ‘Teen Nite’ ‘Middle School Nite’ and ‘Teens in Transition’ as well as a ‘Grad Wear’ program that dresses/suits graduates up for their big day. Young or old, in a stroller or on a skateboard or scooter, the Society of Organized Services is for everyone! Call 250-248-2093 for more information, or go to www.sosd69.com. pqbnews.com

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SENIORS SAFETY & SECURITY ANTI FRAUD (PHONE BUSTERS) If you think someone is trying to raise money dishonestly, please call us! ........................................................................................ 1- 888-495-8501

ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE 727 West Island Highway, Parksville Non-Emergency......................................................................250-248-6111

CANADIAN SAFETY COUNCIL Safety education materials, product information for seniors and contact numbers for provincial safety leagues (fire safety, propane, sports and active living, etc.)... http://canadasafetycouncil.org

SENIORS ADVOCACY INFORMATION LINE Information line that will give you the tools to help find an advocate that would help in a number of issues ...........................................................................................1-866-437-1940

CRIME STOPPERS TIPS Pays up to $2000 for info that leads to an arrest, drugs/stolen property recovery. http://wwwnanaimocrimestoppers.com/.......................... 1- 800-222-8477 CRISIS LINE VANCOUVER ISLAND 24-Hour Emergency Line/1-888-494-3888..................TTY 1-866-872-0113 DIAL-A-LAW A free service providing general information about law in BC. Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-4:30pm. www.dialalaw.org.................................................................1-888-687-3404 HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE Provide home support/home care nursing; services in home; long term mgmt. VIHA. http://www.viha.ca/hcc.........................................................250-951-9500 LAWLINK Get free legal information, advice & self-help resources over the phone or Internet. www.lss.bc.ca................................................................... 1- 866-577-2525

SENIORS CANADA ONLINE Provides a fast & straightforward way for seniors, their families , caregivers & organizations that support seniors to access trusted information on a range of topics. www.seniors.gc.ca...............................................................1-800-622-6232

SENIORS’ CONNECTION (SOS) Addressing the concerns of safety, housing, finances, home support, health and mobility. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093 Ext. 239 SMARTRISK Offers information on evaluating the risks in everyday life and shows how best to take those risks in the smartest way. 36 Eglinton West Suite 704, Toronto, On. M4R 1A1 www.smartrisk.ca................................................................1-416-596-2700

LIFE SUPPORT - ASSISTED LIVING SYSTEMS Sales, service, repairs, rentals & installations. Scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, lift chairs, ramps & more. 192 West Island Hwy, Parksville .............................................................................................250-954-0309

VICTIM LINK For victims of family and sexual violence and all other crimes. 124 Harlech Road, Qualicum Beach www.victimlinkbc.ca...............................................................250-752-6921 ........................................................................................ 1- 800-563-0808

NANAIMO LIFELINE PROGRAM Live safely & independently in your own home. For more information or to apply for lifeline, please call or email. 202-1801 Bowen Nanaimo Parksville: 250-951-9824 ........... Toll free from Oceanside: 250-947-8212 lifeline@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com....................................................... www.nanaimohospitalfoundation.com/lifeline................................................

LEGAL

OCEANSIDE COMMUNITY POLICING OFFICES Staffed by community volunteers 9:00am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. 104660 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach or 132 East Jensen Avenue, Parksville ......................................................... PV 250-954-2223 QB 250-752-2949 OCEANSIDE GATEKEEPERS PROGRAM Works to identify isolated or vulnerable adults in the community who may benefit from supported services. 132 E Jensen St. Parksville, B.C. .............................................................................................250-248-0455 PARKSVILLE-QUALICUM HAVEN HOUSE A transition house located in Parksville for women and their children fleeing domestic abuse. www.havensociety.com........................................................1-888-756-0616

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ACCESS PRO BONO SOCIETY Services for individuals and non-profit organizations of limited means free of charge by our volunteer lawyers. Facilities are provided by social agencies committed to providing help to the needy. Locations throughout Canada www.accessprobono.ca..........................604-878-7400 or 1-877-762-6664 COMMUNITY LEGAL ASSISTANCE SOCIETY Legal advice and assistance and to help people who are physically, mentally, socially, economically or otherwise disadvantaged or whose human rights need protection. Suite 300 - 1140 West Pender St. Vancouver, BC, V6E 4G1 www.clasbc.net.................................................... Toll Free: 1-888-685-6222 DIAL-A-LAW A library of scripts prepared by lawyers offering general information on a variety of B.C. legal topics, but not legal advice. www.dialog.org....................................................................1-800-565-5297 LEGAL SERVICES SOCIETY LEGAL AID LSS is a non-profit organization supplying legal advice, information and services to low-income Canadians. www.lss.bc.ca.....................................................................1-866-577-2525 JUSTICE ACCESS CENTRE The place to come for help with family and civil law issues, such as divorce, income security, employment, housing or debt. www.justiceaccesscentre.bc.ca............................................1-800-578-8511 PRO BONO LAW PROGRAM SALVATION ARMY Provides legal advice and assistance to those who qualify (low income). 886 Wembley Rd. Parksville www.salvationarmy.ca/...........................................................250-248-8794

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Citing the importance of seniors to the area, Minister of State for Seniors Ralph Sultan (second from right) chose to launch the Better at Home program at the SOS in Parksville in April 2013 with (from left): SOS executive director Renata Sutherland, former Parksville-Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon, SOS co-founder Edith Chamberlayne and United Way COO Deborah Irvine.

Taking care of mind, body and finances Parksville Qualicum Beach offers a wide array of health and educational services for older adults. There are many educational opportunities available to seniors through local governments, schools and non-profit organizations. The Parksville Vancouver Island (VIU) University campus offers Elder College (www.viu.ca/eldercollege) available to people 50 and over, with general interest classes taught by expert volunteers and very low annual membership and per-course fees. ElderCollege features casual, social classes that offer a lot of lively, informative discussion and no quizzes or grades. VIU also has a number of adult basic education, continuing education and university transfer courses open to everyone. The Society of Organized Services (SOS) runs programs for people of all ages, and seniors can take advantage of the Seniors Are Talking program. This program offers seniors a friendly, comfortable place for social interaction, problem solving and brainstorming around common concerns. Topics include health, safety, housing and seniors’ benefits, with guest speakers and monthly excursions. “We keep the program fun, and also offer seniors the opportunity to take a proactive role in issues that affect

them,” says seniors coordinator Dawn Barry. The SOS (www.sosd69.com) is also the local provider of a new program called Oceanside Better at Home, which is a partnership with United Way and funded by the Government of British Columbia. “The Oceanside Better at Home program allows seniors to age at home with dignity, by helping with everyday tasks such as light housekeeping, friendly visiting and non-medical drives,” says program coordinator Jane Williams. It’s meant to compliment existing local programs and those provided through regional health authorities. Check www.betterathome.ca for more information. The SOS also offers tax preparation and benefit application programs, helping low income seniors file their returns and complete the proper paperwork to ensure they get the benefits they are entitled to. Through the Seniors’ Connection program, SOS can assess the needs of individual seniors to determine individual needs, and help them access local resources. There are many general practitioners and health services in the area including the Island Health’s new Oceanside Health Centre, an urgent and primary care health facility. pqbnews.com

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HEALTH, EDUCATION & FINANCE HEALTH ACT NOW BC Simple tips for better health: program to help families live healthier lives through improved nutrition and increased physical activity. www.actnowbc.ca................................................................1-800-661-8773 OCEANSIDE HEALTH CENTRE Call for hours of operation. 489 Alberni Highway, Parksville. ............................................................................................ 250-951-9550 ALCOHOL & DRUG INFORMATION & REFERRAL SERVICE Information and referral, education, prevention and treatment services and regulatory agencies ...........................................................................................1-800-663-1441 AMBULANCE BILLING SERVICE Provides information on ambulance billing and costs. ..........................................................................................1-800-665-7199 BC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION 115-1665 W. Broadway, Vancouver B.C. V6J 5A4 www.bcma.org....................................................................1-800-665-2262 BC TRANSPLANT SOCIETY Directs, delivers or contracts for all organ transplant services across BC. www.transplant.bc.ca..........................................................1-800-663-6189 CANADIAN RED CROSS Under the Homecare Services of this website, find information on medical equipment loan programs. 909 Fairfield Rd., Victoria, V8V 3A3, 3-2525 Mc Cullough, Nanaimo, V9S 4M9 www.redcross.ca................................................... Nanaimo: 250-756-9363 ........................................................................... Victoria: 1-800-661-9055 COMMUNITY CARE SERVICES - VIHA Home Care Nursing, Community Rehab Services, Long Term Care Management, Home Support Services. 200-180 McCarter Street, Parksville. www.viha.ca/hcc................................................................... 250-951-9500 CHRONIC DISEASE SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (THE) Lay-led patient education programs (Chronic Disease, Chronic Pain and Diabetes). Groups meet once a week for six weeks. “community settings (senior centres, libraries, recreation centres, etc. (by Vancouver Island University)” www.coag.uvic.ca/cdsmp/information_cdsmp_program.htm......................... Lower Mainland: 1-604-940-1273....................................1-866-902-3767 ELDER COLLEGE Free courses for 55+. Wide variety of courses led by volunteer instructors with passion for their topic. “Parksville and Nanaimo (through Vancouver Island University)” www.viu.ca.............................................250-248-2096 or 1-866-734-6252 HEALTH & SENIORS’ INFORMATION LINE Information regarding health programs, Federal and Provincial Health Services available for BC Seniors. www.healthlinkbc.ca............................................................1-800-465-4911 ..................................................or Dial 811 Hearing /711 Hearing impaired HEALTHLINK BC: BC NURSELINE Speak with a nurse about your symptoms, consult with a pharmacist about your medication questions 24/7. www.healthlinkbc.ca......................................Dial 811/711 Hearing impaired HEALTH UNIT Provides Health care. 494 Bay Avenue, Parksville www.viha.ca/.........................................................................250-947-8242 HOSPICE SOCIETY Offer compassionate supportive care to individuals and families who are facing advanced illness, death and bereavement. 210 Crescent Rd W, Qualicum Beach, V9K 1J9 www.oceansidehospice.com...................................................250-752-6227

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INTEGRATED HEALTH NETWORK & CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT #204, 154 Memorial Avenue, Parksville .............................................................................................250-947-8210 LIFELABS Life labs provides laboratory testing service which aids doctors in the diagnosing and treating patients. Oceanside Health Centre 489 Alberni Highway, Parksville #2-140 W 1st Ave. Qualicum Beach www.lifelabs.com/........................ 250-248-1067 (PV) 250-752-6222 (QB) MEALS ON WHEELS (SOS) Assists people by maintaining their independence by providing hot nutritious meals at a modest fee. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville, V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093 Ext. 225 MEDIC ALERT FOUNDATION Provider of emergency medical information services linked to customized medical bracelets, necklets and watches. www.medicalert.ca............................................................ 1- 800-668-1507 MEDICAL APPOINTMENT TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM (SOS) Drives people to and from their medical appointments when no alternative transportation is available. By donation. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093 Ext. 222 MEDICAL SERVICES PLAN Automated 24/7 phone service providing limited information about your MSP account, and general information about MSP benefits and services. P.O. Box 9035, Victoria, BC, V8W 9E3 www.health.gov.bc.ca/1- 604-683-7151............................1-800-663-7100 MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY CANADA Muscular Dystrophy is a non for profit organization committed to finding a cure for neuromuscular disorders.7th Floor, 1401 West Broadway, Vancouver, V6H 1H6 www.muscle.ca................................................................. 1- 800-366-8166 NANAIMO REGIONAL GENERAL HOSPITAL (NRGH) 1200 Dufferin Crescent, Nanaimo www.viha.ca.......................................................................... 250-947-8214 OCEANSIDE HEALTH CENTRE Call for hours of operation. 489 Alberni Highway, Parksville .............................................................................................250-951-9550 OCEANSIDE HOSTS Free service for seniors and caregivers, offering friendly, senior peer tutors to help access and use current health related websites. 653 Morison Avenue Parksville V9P 1G3 www.oceansidehosts.webstart.com........................................250-240-5914 OCEANSIDE FOOT CARE NURSING ASSOCIATION Foot care maintenance provided by a professionally trained foot care nurse .............................................................................................250-954-2265 PARKINSON SOCIETY OF BC Address the personal and social consequences of Parkinson’s Disease. Ste. 600-890 W. Pender, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1J9 www.parkinson.bc.ca........................................................ 1- 800-668-3330 PHARMACARE Provides financial assistance to BC residents for eligible prescription drugs and designated medical supplies. www.health.gov.bc.ca/1-604-683-7151.............................1-800-663-7100 PHARMASAVE HEALTH CENTRE Meet with a pharmacist who will review all your meds and offer recommendations and provide follow-up care. 1-281 E. Is. Hwy, Parksville, V9P 2G3 www.pharmasave.com............................................................250-951-0227

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HEALTH, EDUCATION & FINANCE continued from ... page 28 POISON CONTROL CENTRE Provides information on poisons and treatment. http://www.dpic.org............................................................1-800-567-8911 PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA A national, non-profit, web-based information service that helps Canadians find information about staying healthy and preventing injury and disease. 757 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, V6C 3M2 www.publichealth.gc.ca.......................................................1-604-666-2729

DIABETIC CARE, EDUCATION, SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE VIHA 204-154 Memorial Avenue, Parksville, V9P 2G3 .............................................................................................250-947-8202 CONNECT HEARING 101-166 Corfield Street, Parksville #-211 West 2nd Ave., Qualicum www.connecthearing.ca............................. 250-248-8144 or 250-752-2809

QUALICUM PHYSIOTHERAPY CLINIC Let us help with your pain, we do home visits. 1-140 West 1st Ave, QB. .............................................................................................250-752-3212

KELTY RESOURCE CENTRE A provincial resource centre linking children, youth and their families with resources in all areas of mental health and addictions. (Also adults with an eating disorder) www.keltycentre@bcmhs.ca.................................................1-800-665-1822

SENIORS CANADA ONLINE Provides a fast & straightforward way for seniors, their families , caregivers & organizations that support seniors to access trusted information on a range of topics. www.seniors.gc.ca/1-800-622-6232............................TTY 1-800-926-9105

MS SELF-HELP SUPPORT GROUP, PARKSVILLE-QUALICUM Supporting research into multiple sclerosis and providing services and programs to the 8000 British Columbians affected by MS. 200-185 Bowen Road, Nanaimo www.mssociety.ca..................................250-754-6321 or 1-800-268-7582

SCREENING MAMMOGRAPHY INFORMATION LINE Provides general information on the province’s breast screening program for women over 40. www.smpbc.ca....................................................................1-800-663-9203

STROKE RECOVERY ASSOCIATION Serving stroke survivors & their families. Support group meets St. Columba Church, 921 Wembley Rd., Parksville BC V9P 2E6 Fridays 11-1:30 www.strokerecoverybc.ca........................................................250-752-9796

SENIORS ARE TALKING (SOS) Friendly place to socialize and discuss common concerns such as health, safety, housing, mobility and finances. Outings, seminars, refreshments and transportation provided. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093 Ext. 239 SENIORS’ CONNECTION (SOS) Addressing the concerns of housing, safety, finances, home support, health and mobility. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093 Ext. 239 SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE BC’s information resource for sexually transmitted diseases. www.stdresource.com/1-604-707-5625............................1-888-488-7444 TRAVEL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TAP) BC residents on MSP whose medical travel expenses are not covered by third party insurance plans and who have a physician’s referral to travel for the service that is not available in their home community. Pick up form at your Physician’s office ..........................................................................................1-800-661-2668

EDUCATION ARTHRITIS SOCIETY Provides information on research programs and education services to patients, professionals and the general public. 201- 1600 West 6th, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R3 www.arthritis.ca/.................................................................1-800-321-1433

FINANCE CREDIT COUNSELING SOCIETY OF BC A non-profit debt solutions service. www.nomoredebts.org.........................................................1-888-527-8999 FINANCIAL ADVISORS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA Provides knowledge, advocacy in all matters regarding financial decisions. 390 Queens Quay W., Suite 209, Toronto, ON M2V 3A2 www.advocis.ca...................................................................1-800-563-5822 INCOME TAX PROGRAM (SOS) Provides assistance with the preparation of income tax returns for low-income individuals. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093 Ext. 229 PUBLIC GUARDIAN & TRUSTEE OF BC Adults right to self-determination, support & protection for those vulnerable to abuse or incapable of making their own decisions. 1215 Broad St., PO Box 9251, Victoria, V8W 9J2 www.trustee.bc.ca..................................250-356-8160 or 1-800-663-7867 SENIORS’ SUPPLEMENT Provides financial benefits to approximately 40,000 low-income seniors through the Ministry of Social Development. www.bchealthguide.org.......................................................1-866-866-0800

BC SCHIZOPHRENIA SOCIETY Support & education for people with schizophrenia & other serious mental illnesses. 201-6011 Westminster Hwy. Richmond, BC V7C 4V4 www.bcss.org.................................................................... 1- 888-888-0029

SENIORS ARE TALKING (SOS) Friendly place to socialize and discuss common concerns such as health, safety, housing, mobility and finances. Outings, seminars, refreshments and transportation provided. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093 Ext. 239

CANCER INFO LINE Information on dealing with cancer. Need to talk support line, 565 West 10th Ave. Van. B.C. V5Z 4J4 http://cancerguide.org/1-888-939-3333....................TTY 1-866-786-3934

SENIORS CONNECTION (SOS) Addressing the concerns of housing, finances, home support, health and mobility. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093 Ext. 239

CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOC. OF BC Info & referral, lending library, newsletter, resource materials, public education, speakers bureau, bursaries and more. 801-409 Granville Street, Vancouver, V6C 1T2 www.bccerebralpalsy.com....................................................1-800-663-0004

VARIETY - THE CHILDREN”S CHARITY OF BC Leave a Legacy. Leave a Bequest in your Will to Variety and BC’s children who have special needs. Variety, 4300 Still Creek Dr., Burnaby, B.C. V5C 6C6 www.variety.bc.ca.............................................................. 1- 800-381-2040

DIABETES ASSOCIATION, CANADIAN Provides information on the prevention and management of diabetes to those living with the condition, family, friends, caregivers and others. www.diabetes.ca.....................Nanaimo 250-729-3824 or 1-800-226-8464

VETERANS AFFAIRS CANADA Provides exemplary, client-centred services and benefits that respond to the needs of our veterans and their families. www.vac-acc.gc.ca..............................................................1-866-522-2122

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SENIORS LEISURE & RECREATION

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Local lawn bowling clubs are some of the recreation jewels of the Island. At the Qualicum Beach club there is an indoor and well as outdoor bowling green.

From slow-pitch to year-round golf The list of fun and meaningful activities for seniors to enjoy in Parksville and Qualicum Beach is immense and all retirees have to do is make the effort to take advantage of them. The Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association (PGOSA) has been getting people in touch with sports in the community since 1993. According to one of the founding members, Peter Kucey PGOSA started with just 31 people initially but now boasts over 1000 members who participate in a wide variety of sporting activities. “Our growing numbers are a testament to the fact you’re never too old to try.” Membership is open to people 55 years and older who want to maintain an active, healthy and social lifestyle. Kucey agreed hockey and slo-pitch have been their biggest draws but recently the demand for pickle ball has been on the rise. Although some PGOSA teams represent at the BC Seniors Games Kucey said you do not have to be a serious athlete to take part in their long list of activities and everyone is welcome. For some social interaction and mild exercise on the green there are two local lawn bowling clubs carrying on the tradi-

tion of one of the friendliest sports around. The Parksville Lawn Bowling Club is open from May until September and every April holds an open house to demonstrate the sport to new members. The Qualicum Beach club is one of the few facilities in North America that has both indoor and outdoor greens so those who love their “bowls” can play year round. You don’t have to be a snowbird to golf 365 days a year in our mild climate. Admittedly there can be a few winter days when die hard golfers may have to wait for the frost to melt before they can tee off from any of the areas seven golf greens. The early risers can always practice their putting at one of the three mini-golf courses in the area. Aquatic programs tailored to seniors are offered by the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) at the Ravensong Aquatic Centre in Qualicum Beach. The RDN also offers courses covering a wide range of activities from guided hikes to yoga. The four Probus clubs give retirees from the business world an opportunity to maintain a social network and have fun at the same time. Both the Parksville and Qualicum Beach seniors centres also have a wide variety of programs to offer. pqbnews.com

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SENIORS LEISURE & RECREATION ACTIVE LIVING COALITION FOR OLDER ADULTS Information to help older Canadians to maintain and enhance their well-being and independence through a lifestyle that embraces daily physical activities. P.O. Box 143 Shelburne , ON L0N 1S0 www.alcoa.ca .....................................................................1-800-549-9799 ARROWSMITH COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT SOCIETY www.arrowsmithcommunity.ca ....................................................................... BC HIGHWAY CONDITIONS Check highway conditions -- automated phone service. www.drivebc.ca ..................................................................1-800-550-4997 BC PARKS Responsible for the designation, management and conservation of a system of ecological reserves, provincial parks and recreation areas. www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks ................................................1-800-689-9025 BC SENIORS GAMES SOCIETY Exists for the purpose of promoting active participation in sport & recreation for BC resident seniors, 55 and over in both active and passive events. 2032453 Beacon Ave. Sidney, B.C., V8L 1X7 www.bcseniorsgames.org ...................................................1-778-426-2940 LAWN BOWLING CLUB (PARKSVILLE) Open from the beginning of May until the end of September. Open draws daily (except Monday), evening leagues, club and inter-club tournaments at regular intervals throughout the season. 149 East Stanford Avenue Parksville www.parksvillelawnbowlingclub.com ......................................250-951-0670 CITY OF PARKSVILLE - PARKS Mon. to Fri. 8:00 to 4:00 pm. 100 Jensen Ave E. Parksville B.C. www.parksville.ca/ ................................................................250-248-6144

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RAVENSONG AQUATIC CENTRE Pool hours and sessions in Parks and Rec Activity book. Put out twice a year. 737 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach www.rdn.bc.ca ......................................................................250-752-5014 RECREATION INFORMATION Recreation and Parks for the Regional District of Nanaimo www.rdn.bc.ca ........................................... Oceanside Place 250-248-3252 SENIORS’ ACTIVITY & DROP-IN CENTRE Seniors can drop in for a number of different activities or coffee and snack Parksville ..............................................................................250-248-3200 Qualicum Beach ...................................................................250-752-0420 Nanoose Place......................................................................250-468-5339 SENIORS ARE TALKING (SOS) Friendly place to socialize and discuss common concerns such as health, safety, housing, mobility and finances. Outings, seminars, refreshments and transportation provided. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com .................................................... 250-248-2093 Ext. 239 TOWN OF QUALICUM BEACH - PARKS Hours are 8:30am-4:30 Mon.-Fri. 201-660 Primrose St. Qualicum Beach, B.C. V9K 1S7 www.qualicumbeach.com/ ................................................... 250-752-6921 VANCOUVER ISLAND REGIONAL LIBRARY 100 Jensen Avenue East, Parksville and 101-660 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach www.virl.bc.ca ............................... PV 250-248-3841 or QB 250-752-6121

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PARKSVILLE QUILT HOUSE QUILTERS A non-profit organization, which was formed to educate, maintain and share the art of quilting. Bradley Centre, 975 Shearme Rd., Coombs PO Box 1177, Parksville, BC V9P 2H2 www.parksvillequilthousequilters.com ............................................................

WHEELCHAIR LOAN THROUGH PARKSVILLE PHARMASAVE BEACH WHEELCHAIRS 2 beach wheelchairs (adult and child sizes). Available for wheelchair users to enjoy on Parksville’s beaches. Donations accepted, #1-281 East Island Hwy .............................................................................................250-951-0227

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OCEANSIDE VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATION Search for volunteer opportunities in Parksville, Qualicum Beach and the surrounding areas. 221 Second Ave W., Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2S5 www.oceansidevolunteer.org..................................................250-594-2637

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT SOS Join the SOS Volunteer Team and make a positive difference in the lives of families & individuals in our community. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com .................................................... 250-248-2093 Ext. 230

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Lorna Szpradowksi coordinates volunteer drives for those who have no other means of getting to medical appointments.

Transportation options for seniors For some people, getting older means an increasing reliance on alternate ways to get around. Fortunately for seniors who require transportation — whether due to limited mobility or not having access to a car— there’s an established network of transportation options. HandyDart is one well known service, available by appointment for those unable to access traditional transit. Call 250-248-4557. The SOS (Society of Organized Services) offers Medical Appointment Transportation, a volunteer driver program that will transport seniors to medical appointments and back home in Parksville or Qualicum Beach. Program coordinator Lorna Szpradowski, explained that the program helps those in need get to local health appointments, with around 40 volunteers ready to offer a ride, based on availability. Seniors needing a ride are asked to make their request at least 48 hours before their appointment time. SOS offers non-medical rides through the Oceanside Better at Home program, a new program designed for seniors age 65 or over. “We are always trying to improve,” says SOS executive director Renate Sutherland. “Our

Better at Home program helps seniors with simple dayto-day tasks as well as non-medical rides.” For more information on SOS services for seniors, call Dawn Barry, seniors coordinator at 250-248-2093, ext. 239. For medical appointment transportation, contact Lorna Szpradowski at local 222, and for Oceanside Better at Home Services, contact Jane Williams at local 248, or visit www.sosd69.com for more information. For longer distance medical appointments in Nanaimo, Duncan and Victoria, Wheels for Wellness is a by-donation service that can assist at 1-250 338-0196. Of course Oceanside is seeing gradually improved transit service as well with the addition of a total of 21 weekly trips on routes #90 and #88, including a stop at the new Oceanside Health Centre. There is also a morning bus from Ravensong Aquatic Centre in Qualicum Beach that runs direct to the ferry terminal in Nanaimo with dedicated, same-day return service in the evening. For schedule information and more go to www.bctransit.com/regions/nan/ or call 250-954-1001.

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SENIORS TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE TAXI Taxi company serving Parksville & Qualicum Beach ..............................................................................................250-954-5567 ANGEL FLIGHT OF VANCOUVER ISLAND An Island based, charitable, non-profit organization that provides free, accessible air transportation for people who must travel for medical purposes. www.angelflight.ca.................................................................250-818-0288 BC FERRIES 65 &over ride free Mon. to Fri. (except Holidays) special rates for Disabled (with pass) Passenger fares ONLY. Suite 500, 1321 Blanshard St., Victoria B.C. V8W 0B7 www.bcferries.com..............................................................1-888-223-3779 BC TRANSIT Linking communities, business & lifestyles. www.bctransit.com.................................................................250-954-1001 BCAA Insurance, auto services and more. #400-6581 Aulds Road, Nanaimo, V9T 6J6 www.bcaa.com.......................................................................250-390-7700 BUDGET CAR & TRUCK RENTAL Car rentals including sedans, trucks, SUV’s and more. 405 East Island Highway, Parksville, V9P2H6 www.budget.ca.......................................................................250-248-5341 BUS PASSES FOR SENIORS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Affordable transportation on all BC transit systems for low-income senior citizens and persons who are disabled; information and application service. Ministry of Housing & social Dev. P.O. box 9430 Stn. Prov. Govt. Victoria , B.C., V8W 9V2 ........................................................................................ 1- 866-866-0800 CANCER SOCIETY VOLUNTEER DRIVE PROGRAM Transportation to appointments. www.bccancer.ca................................................................1-800-663-7892 CARE-ONE MEDI TRANSIT LTD. Stretcher/Wheelchair & Ambulatory Transportation Service with 24 Hour NonEmergency Service. Veterans Affairs Canada cards accepted .............................................................................................250-616-3206 DRIVE BC / HIGHWAY CONDITIONS Check highway conditions -- automated phone service. www.drivebc.ca...................................................................1-800-550-4997 DRIVING MISS DAISY Provides assistance, accompaniment and transportation services to seniors and those with disabilities. www.drivingmissdaisy.net/.....................................................250-714-5980 GREYHOUND Fares, schedules and ticket ordering information. 540 East Island Highway, Parksville, V9P 2G4 www.greyhound.ca/250-248-5332.................After Hours: 1-800-661-8747 HANDY DART A door-to-door transit system for those unable to access the public transit system. www.rdn.bc.ca.......................................................................250-248-4557 ICBC SENIORS INSURANCE Discount available for ICBC basic insurance for 65+ registered owners and operators, pleasure only. Visit an AutoPlan broker for details. www.icbc.com................................................................... 1- 800-663-3051

ISLAND LINK BUS Provides passenger express bus service between most Vancouver Island points and BC Ferries services at Nanaimo Departure Bay. www.islandlinkbus.com.................................................................................. KD AIR / QUALICUM BEACH AIRPORT Scheduled and chartered air service between Qualicum Beach and Gillies Bay (Texada Island) and Vancouver. 1000 Ravensbourne Lane Qualicum Beach, V9K 1P9 www.kdair.com.......................................250-752-5884 or 1-800-665-4244 MEDICAL APPOINTMENT TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM (SOS) Delivers people to and from their medical appointments when no alternative transportation is available. By donation. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Box 898, Parksville V9P 2G9 www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093 Ext. 222 OCEANSIDE TAXI Also has wheelchair or scooter accessible van .............................................................................................250-954-8294 ORCA AIRWAYS Provides daily scheduled flights between Vancouver, Victoria, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Tofino and Ucluelet. www.flyorcaair.com..............................................................1-888-359-6722 PACIFIC COMPANION Assisted Accessible Transportation Charters, Tours. P.O. Box 343, Brentwood Bay, B.C. V8A 1E3 www.pacificcompanion.com................................................1-877-617-0400 RDN REGIONAL TRANSIT INFORMATION Transit services, information and schedules. www.rdn.bc.ca.......................................................................250-954-1001 SUE’S SENIOR CARE Transportation and assistance with appointments, grocery shopping, etc. 1306 Woodland Dr. Parksville, B.C. www.suesseniorcare.com/.....................250-951-2077 or 1-877-806-0283 TRANSLINK Transit services on the Lower Mainland. 1600-4720 Kingsway, Burnaby B.C., V5H 4N2 www.translink.bc.ca............................................................1-604-953-3333 TRAVEL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Helps alleviate transportation costs for eligible B.C. residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community. Automated application service 24/7. ..........................................................................................1-800-661-2668 VIHA TRAVEL CLINICS Improve your chances of staying healthy when travelling abroad for work, to visit family or when vacationing. 8-1599 Dufferin Crescent, Nanaimo www.viha.com/disease/travel_health............................................................. Parksville/Qualicum Health Unit:............250-947-8242 or 1-866-533-3391 WEATHER INFORMATION Canada’s most accurate local weather forecasts and weather information. www.theweathernetwork.com.......................................................................... WHEELS FOR WELLNESS SOCIETY Provides transportation to and from non-emergency medial appointments. 1894 Bolt Ave. Comox B.C. V9M 2J4 www.wheelsforwellness.com...................................................250-338-0196

ISLAND CHAUFFEUR Pre-booked door-to-door passenger service for one to twelve persons. www.islandchauffeur.com.......................250-954-9694 or 1-877-954-9694

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Arlene O’Brien is one of the area’s many volunteers helping with the Christmas Angel Tree Program.

Volunteering offers community connection Staying connected to your community often changes when you retire. While in the workforce, you are connected to your business associates, and often, contacts and friendships made through raising a young family. But after you retire, some of those social structures are difficult to maintain. Volunteering may offer a solution to seniors who are making that transition. “Volunteering is an excellent way to become part of a social network again,” says Andy Telfer, coordinator of volunteer resources at the Society of Organized Services. “Next to the desire to give back to the community, connecting with other people is a top reason that people volunteer.” This is especially true for newcomers, who may have left decades-old friendships when they retired and moved to the Oceanside area. According to a 2010 pan-Canadian research study, volunteering is a two-way relationship that needs to meet the goals of the volunteer and the organization, and volunteering in groups appeals to all ages for social and business networking. Plus, choosing the right organization is top of mind with those looking to donate their time.

“I heard that the SOS was a good organization,” says Wendy McLean, who recently started volunteering with SOS. “I lost my husband years ago so I was also looking for the social interaction. And it’s good to feel useful.” Savvy organizations ensure volunteers feel as though they are contributing something of value, and SOS works hard to match volunteers with their skill set. It’s important for volunteers to communicate the areas that they are interested in, and to choose an organization that offers positions they are looking for. That being said, it might be fun to pick up a new skill, or for a former CEO to step away from a leadership role, and try on a more supportive role for a change. With the wealth of volunteer opportunities in the Oceanside area, retirees will have no trouble connecting, or reconnecting to their community. To volunteer at SOS, call 250-248-2093, ext. 230.

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ADVERTISERS INDEX ARROWSMITH GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole Golf course which can be easily walked, playable in 3 1/2 hours. 2250 Fowler Road, Qualicum Beach http://www.golfarrowsmith.com/...........................................250-752-9727

LITTLE MOUNTAIN MANOR Licensed adult residential seniors facility specializing in respite, dementia, palliative & convalescent care. 959 Little Mountain Road, Parksville www.littlemountainmanor.com................................................250-248-4591

BARE ROOTS NATURAL HEALTH & YOGA CENTRE Yoga, vitamins and supplements, advice and life coaching for a natural way to better health. 203-891 Island Hwy West, Parksville www.barerootsnaturalhealth.com............................................250-954-2273

MCINTOSH NORTON WILLIAMS, CGA’S For all your tax preparation, pension splitting, estate planning & retirement planning needs. 102-222 Second Avenue West, Qualicum Beach www.mnwcga.com..................................................................250-752-6996

BC SECURITIES COMMISSION The independent provincial agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in British Columbia. Offers investment, policy, and enforcement information. www.bcsc.bc.c............................................................................................... BMO FINANCIAL GROUP Financial planning. Investment and retirement planning. Lesley.Cowan@bmo.com.........................................................250-752-4106 BREEDLOVE REAL ESTATE - MATT BREEDLOVE - ROYAL LEPAGE REALTY Residential, condominium, vacant land, commercial and recreational real estate sales and leasing. 679 Memorial Avenue, P.O. Box 1360, Qualicum Beach, V9K 1T4 www.mattbreedlove.com........................................................250-954-9033 DR. STERLING DESMOND Nineteen years successfully treating arthritis, back and joint pain; digestive, respiratory and circulation conditions; fatigue, immune, anxiety / insomnia. New Patients welcome. 1842B Comox Avenue, Comox www.evolvewithdesera.com....................................... Toll free 250-738-0082 DRIVING MISS DAISY Services for seniors and disabled. Assistance, accompaniment & incidental transportation. Serving Nanaimo, Parksville & Qualicum Beach www.drivingmissdaisy.net.......................................................250-937-8812 ............................................................................ Toll Free 1-877-613-2479 FORGET-ME-NOT-DENTAL HYGIENE SERVICE We provide dental cleanings for seniors that cannot travel to a dental office. .............................................................................................250-586-6266 IC YOU MOBILE OPTOMETRY Mobile eye examinations, serving nursing homes / residential. Any age welcome. P.O. Box 25001, Parksville, BC V9P 2X2. www.icuoptometry.com..........................................................250-586-3746 INCOME TAX PROGRAM (SOS) Provides assistance with the preparation of income tax returns for low-income individuals. 245 West Hirst Ave., Parksville www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093, ext 229 INVITING FUTURES Providing help and advice for technology and computer queries. 432 Mill Road, Qualicum Beach www.invitingfutures.ca............................................................250-752-2512 ISLAND CLEANING SUPPLIES Vacuum sales, installations & roughings for new & existing homes. Carpet machine rentals, complete line of cleaning products & paper. Purolator shipping agent. 7A-1209 East Island Highway, Parksville www.islandcleaningsupplies.com...........................................250-954-3211 JOHN NAYLOR COMPUTER SERVICES Computer sales/service. Repairs. Hardware/software installation. Virus/ Spyware removal. Lessons. Parksville www.johnnaylorcomputerservices.vpweb.ca............................250-951-5684

MEALS ON WHEELS (SOS) Delivers hot, nutritious meals at an affordable cost. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093, ext 225 MEDICAL APPOINTMENT TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM (SOS) Free drives to and from medical appointments. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093 ext. 222 MEMORIAL COMPOUNDING MEDICINE CENTRE Prescription Services & Customized Medications, Home Healthcare Products & Services, Vitamins & Natural Supplements, Personalized Healthcare Consultations. 699 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach www.medicinecentre.com.......................................................250-752-9976 NURSE NEXT DOOR CARE SERVICES Homecare for seniors. Fast easy access to the help you need, 24/7. 2175 Widgeon Rd, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1Y8 www.nursenextdoor.com.................. PK 250-927-1895 / QB 250-752-2597 OAK TREE MANOR Independent seniors supportive housing. Affordable prestige in the heart of Nanaimo. 325 Hecate Street, Nanaimo www.oaktreemanor.ca............................................................250-716-1799 OCEANSIDE HOSPICE Oceanside Hospice staff and volunteers provide community based hospice supports in a team setting with healthcare professionals. 210 Crescent Road West, Qualicum Beach www.oceansidehospice.com...................................................250-752-6227 OCEANSIDE SCOOTERS Family owned and operated business. Specialize in the sale, rental, repair of electric mobility scooters, power wheelchairs and electric bikes. A-120 Middleton Ave, Parksville www.oceansidescooters.ca.....................................................250-586-2220 PARKSVILLE / QUALICUM HEARING CLINIC Free hearing screening, hearing aid repairs, custom ear molds and hearing protection. 104 Middleton Ave, Parksville................................................250-248-6440 #2-692 Beach Rd, Qualicum Beach.......................................250-752-9250 www.pqbhearing.com..................................................................................... PHARMASAVE Compounding Pharmacy, Natural and Home Health Departments, Cosmetics, In-Store 1-Hour Digital photo, Giftware & Toys. 720 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach www.qualicumpharmasave.com.............................................250-752-3011 PHARMASAVE HEALTH CENTRE Full Service Pharmacy, Natural Medicine, Home Health Care and Delivery Service. 1-281 East Island Hwy, Parksville www.parksvillepharmasave.com.............................................250-951-0227

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ADVERTISERS INDEX continued from ... page 38 QB PHYSIOTHERAPY Our highly trained team of physiotherapists offer a full assessment and wide variety of treatment options to suit your needs. #1-140 west 1st Avenue, Qualicum Beach www.qualicumphysiotherapyclinic.com...................................250-752-3212

STANFORD PLACE CARE CAMPUS Stanford Place is a licensed campus of care that includes assisted living and complex care accommodation. 250 Craig Street, Parksville, BC V9P 0A7 www.stanfordplace.ca............................................................250-951-0811

RAYMOND JAMES Your independent financial services provider. “Your place to delegate.” #103-193 West Second Avenue, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2N5 www.raymondjames.ca/qualicumbeach.................................250-752-8184

SUE’S SENIOR CARE INC. Certified caregivers and housekeepers providing all levels of care in the comfort & security of your own home. Covering North Qualicum to Nanaimo and Port Alberni. 1306 Woodland Drive, Parksville www.suesseniorcare.com.......................250-951-2077 or 1-877-806-0283

RDN RECREATION & PARKS We are here to keep you active just for the health of it! Swimming, skating, fitness, parks, trails and more. Oceanside Place Arena, 830 W Is. Hwy, Parksville........................................................250-248-3252 Ravensong Aquatic Centre, 737 Jones St, QB.........................250-752-5014 www.rdn.bc.ca/recreation

TD CANADA TRUST & TD WATERHOUSE Full range of financial products & services. 222 2nd Avenue W, Qualicum Beach / 115 Alberni Highway, Parksville tdcanadatrust.com................................................................tdwaterhouse.ca

ROYAL LEPAGE PARKSVILLE QUALICUM BEACH REALTY Providing market leadership and outstanding service. 127 Alberni Hwy, Parksville.....................................................250-248-4321 679 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach.................................250-752-6926 www.islandsbesthomes.ca THERESA ANTOLICK - ROYAL LEPAGE REALTY Providing real estate services from Nanaimo to Deep Bay. 679 Memorial Avenue, P.O. Box 1360, Qualicum Beach, V9K 1T4 www.TheresaAntolick.ca.........................................................250-752-6926 SENIORS ARE TALKING (SOS) Free service providing a friendly place to socialize. Outings, seminars, refreshments and transportation provided. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093, ext 239 SENIORS IN MOTION (SOS) Free assessment addressing housing, finances, home-support, health, nutrition and mobility issues. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville www.sosd69.com...................................................... 250-248-2093 ext 239

THE GARDENS AT QUALICUM BEACH Independent living, assisted living (Government funded), residential care services and condo’s. 650 Berwick Road North, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2T8 www.thegardensatqualicum.com............................................250-738-2253 THRIFTY FOODS SENDIAL PROGRAM Sendial (Seniors Shopping for Seniors) Service. On-line shopping (Pick-up or Delivery). Home Delivery Service. 280 East island Highway, Parksville www.thriftyfoods.com.............................................................250-248-8823 THRIFTY FOODS PHARMACY On site pharmacy, providing drug therapy consultations and monitoring. Pharmacy Manager Duane Mottle. 280 East island Highway, Parksville www.thriftyfoods.com.............................................................250-248-8823 VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (SOS) Join the SOS Volunteer Team and make a positive difference in the lives of families and individuals in our community. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville www.sosd69.com..................................................... 250-248-2093 ext. 230

SOCIETY OF ORGANIZED SERVICES Society of Organized Services (SOS) is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization offering services and resources not otherwise adequately provided within District 69. Also offers services, activities and programs promoting healthy, active and independent lifestyles to District 69 seniors. 245 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville www.sosd69.com...................................................................250-248-2093

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