Access Awareness Day – Sat. June 2, 10 am – 2pm
SHOAL Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney
Don’t miss Access Awareness Day at SHOAL Centre (held on behalf of the Town of Sidney)! This fair is a coming together of resources to help raise awareness about inclusion and accessibility in our community.
The event features a Scooter Rodeo and Parade, leaving from This year we are privileged to welcome local author Diana Frizell to speak about her journey with her brother who had Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. Come see who will be given the Jeannette Hughes award, recognizing their work for increasing accessibility and inclusion in Sidney. There will be tons of door prizes, free coffee and cookies and a BBQ lunch!
The day’s events are as follows:
10am: Scooter Rodeo & Parade (leaves 10:45am) at SHOAL Centre
11am – 2pm: Accessibility Information Fair
11:15am: Opening Ceremonies with Acting Mayor, Councillor Cam McLennan of Sidney and Mayor Alice Finall of North Saanich
12pm: BBQ lunch for $5
1pm: Keynote Speaker, local author Diana Frizell, & Jeannette Hughes award
Hope to see you there!
Walking for Alzheimer’s
Some of Beacon’s Home Support & Licensed Dementia Housing Care staff teamed up with a few residents from our Brentwood House on the Alzheimer Society’s Sunday, May 6 Walk for Alzheimer’s: Make Memories Matter event – walking & fundraising to support British Columbians living with dementia & their families. A fun, sunny day, and a great walk for a great cause!
Celebrating incredible volunteers
On April 20, we wrapped up National Volunteer Week by celebrating our amazing 550+ volunteers! At our Volunteer Appreciation Lunch we get to recognize everyone who has dedicated 5, 10, 15, 20+ years of serving our community through volunteerism – our longest term volunteer has been with us for 29 years! Thank you for your part in making Beacon what it is today.
The event was the perfect occasion to reveal our new wall hanging featuring photos and quotes from our volunteers! Check out the new feature wall hanging left of the entrance to Auditorium A at Beacon’s SHOAL Centre in Sidney.
Beacon VP helps connect health care leaders
Our Vice President of Home Support & Residential Care, Carin Plischke (3rd from left), was pleased to recently serve on the discussion panel at a local Canadian College of Health Leaders “speed networking” event.
Along with other panelists, Carin spoke about professional development and networking opportunities in the health care sector – and attendees then enjoyed a series of whirlwind, 3-minute introductions/networking sessions one-on-one with other health care professionals.
Beacon launches new seniors program
We’re excited about a new program we’ve launched… and if you’re a senior living on the Peninsula, we hope you’ll join us!
Our Seniors Engagement project will enhance the range of community services for Saanich Peninsula seniors, combining a monthly free Seniors Lunch with a new Neighbourhood Chats service that’s designed to inform older adults (and their apartment or condo neighhbours) about the many community resources available for them.
Our first Seniors Lunch was held in March. These lunches will take place once a month, bringing together 50 isolated seniors with 25 volunteers for a nutritious meal, socialization, entertainment and information. Free transportation is available for participating seniors.
Seniors who attend the lunch are also given an extra meal to take home for another day.
We ‘dressed up’ in recognition of Pink Shirt Day
February 28 was Pink Shirt Day! At Beacon we are standing together against bullying today, and every day. Thanks to everyone who stood with us and wore pink on Feb. 28 to show support for anti-bullying initiatives!
Beacon Community Services Nurse Wins Prestigious Award
Sarah Reiter, a Licensed Practical Nurse Supervisor with Beacon Community Services, was honoured on Feb. 20 as BC’s Home Support Care Provider of the Year. The BC Care Award was presented by the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) in Victoria, at a special ceremony attended by BC Lt Governor General Judith Guichon and BC Health Minister Adrian Dix.
The award honours a front-line care provider employed by a BCCPA member for going above and beyond in delivering care to BC’s seniors.