Passing the Board ‘baton’….
June 27 saw us bidding sad farewell to two dedicated, retiring Board volunteers (Chair Joan Axford and Director Denise Lloyd) and welcoming two new very skilled members who were elected to the Board of Directors at our Annual General Meeting (Susan Rand and Diana Lokken). The volunteer Board of Directors then elected its Executive for the coming year, with Bryan Waller as Board Chair.
THANK YOU to all volunteers (past and present) who share their time and talents as members of Beacon’s Board….We’re so grateful to have your guidance and leadership in helping people and improving lives!
‘Meet’ the current Board by clicking here.
Beacon team presents at BCCPA conference
We’re honoured that 3 Beacon Community Services staff were invited to share their knowledge with care providers from across the province at the recent BC Care Providers Association’s “Shift Happens” conference in Whistler. Beacon Community Health Worker Tamara Parent and Scheduler Anne-Marie McKillop joined Carin Plischke (Vice President of Home Support and Residential Care) to present on Beacon’s development and implementation of a new, creative model of care to support seniors who live in high density neighbourhoods.
We celebrated Access Awareness Day
Taking steps to improve accessibility in our community
June 2’s Access Awareness Day at SHOAL Centre (held on behalf of the Town of Sidney – you can find the official Proclamation here) brought together resources to help raise awareness about inclusion and accessibility in our community.
The event featured a Scooter Rodeo and Parade, a jam-packed Community Information Fair, and a moving and informative speech by local author Diana Frizell, who shared details of her journey with her brother who had Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. And the Town of Sidney proudly received the Jeannette Hughes Award, in recognition of its work to improve inclusiveness and accessibility.
Beacon volunteers and staff are so proud to be part of this special annual event — and we’re already looking forward to next year’s! 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.