Dawson Creek 'Better at Home'

 The following was posted on the BC Seniors Advocate website on March 7 2022.  

One-Time GIS Payment for Seniors Affected by CERB

Many seniors who received the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) in 2020 saw a loss or reduction in their federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) payments as a result.

The federal government will provide an automatic, one-time repayment to alleviate the financial hardship of seniors who saw a loss of GIS or Allowance by compensating them for the full, annualized loss amount. Seniors will not need to take any action to receive the one-time payment.

When will I receive the repayment?

Payment is scheduled for April 19, 2022 and will include repayment of GIS from July 2021 to June 2022. Regular GIS payments will resume July 2022.

Is this payment taxable?

No. This payment will be non-taxable and non-reportable.

Will this payment affect other benefits?

This payment will not affect eligibility for income support programs, such as the Old Age Security (OAS) or the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and will not impact the amount you receive through the provincial SAFER program or what you pay for provincially subsidized housing.

Will this happen again next year?

The federal government has introduced formal legislation to ensure that this issue does not reoccur in the future

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Arleene Ann Thorpe
April 10, 1943 - February 11, 2022

    It is with great sadness that we say a final goodbye to our friend and coworker, Arleene Thorpe.

    Arleene was the Volunteer Coordinator for Dawson Creek Better at Home for many years. She was very active in our community and touched many lives. She will be greatly missed.

    Many will remember the wonderful bus tours she organized to watch the rodeo, or to see the Christmas lights, and many others. 

   If you would like to extend your condolences to the family, please visit the link below.

Obituary of Arleene Anne Thorpe



December 17, 2021:  The 2021 Seniors Gift Bags are being distributed, but cold weather has slowed us down a bit. Please be patient and we will get them all delivered eventually, preferably when there's not 'Frostbite Warning' in effect!  Brrrrrrr

Sponsor  a  Senior CHALLENGE

Thank you to Dwayne Dilworth, Glacier Mobile Glass Ltd, for Sponsoring a Better at Home Senior. This $720 will provide housekeeping services for a senior for a year!

Dwayne CHALLENGES all Dawson Creek Car Dealerships to meet or beat his donation.

Call Better at Home to take up the challenge. 250-782-2341

 

Right:Dwayne Dilworth, Glacier Mobile Glass Ltd., presenting Linda Studley, Better at Home Coordinator, with his “Sponsor a Senior” donation

August 4 2021

The office door is open and it's lovely to see all the smiling faces again. So many things went on hold in the last year and a half. Our tours were all cancelled due to restrictions. 
But we're back in business and the busses are full for our first event since December 2019! 
On Wednesday August 11th, as ARC Resources is partnering with Better at Home to host over 70 seniors at the Rodeo Chuckwagon Races!

Check back later for pics of Better at Home seniors at the races!  

Big Thanks going out to ARC Resources Ltd. for making this possible.


Welcome, Carmella Maga,

Better at Home's new Volunteer Coordinator

I asked Carmella to send me a picture that I could share. The photo on the left is what she sent me. However, after some coaxing, she agreed to take the happy face bucket off, thank goodness!  Carmella comes to us with lots of experience in volunteer management and special event organization. She loves working with and for seniors. Carmella is an upbeat, friendly addition to our office. Please join me in welcoming her to our Better at Home Team. Carmella’s email address is vcbah@spcrs.ca 
Or contact her by phone or text 250-784-7877

 

‘Dawson Creek Better at Home’ and ‘Square 1 for Seniors’ would like to thank everyone who generously donated and supported the Seniors’ Gift Bags initiative.  190 gift bags were delivered.
 B&T
City of Dawson Creek
Dawson Co-op
Dawson Creek Fire Hall
Dollar Store with More
Faking Sanity
Happy on Main
Hub International
Northern Lights College
Northern Toybox
Peavey Mart
Pharmachoice
Rip's Cleats
Shell Canada—Fuelling Kindness
Simple Pleasures
Software Emporium
Square 1 for Seniors
Tiger Stationers
TL Coe Financial ltd.
UFA – Calgary
United Way of Northern BC
Hug a Mug's Coffee House & Eatery
South Peace Community Resources Society
BC Community Response Network
Community Printers & Stationers
 
Thank you to our Volunteers who helped assemble and deliver the gift bags.
packing 200 bags! Above -  left to right: Linda Studley, Terry Dechief, Jeannie Lindgren

Below: Seniors receiving gift bags. Lots of great smiles. 

Thank You Shell Canada Ltd.

A big thank you to the folks at Shell Canada Ltd. for their support for our 'Seniors' Gift Bags' initiative. Their donation of bags and items will go a long way towards helping us spread some happiness. 

Below: Better at Home Coordinator, Linda Studley, with a representative from Shell Canada Ltd.  with a small sampling of the many great items that they collected to help out with the Seniors' Gift Bags. Thanks also to the United Way of Northern BC for helping to arrange this through the "Day of Caring". 

Better at Home Seniors' Gift Bags  -  So Many to Thank!

We are proud to list our many sponsors who are making our "Seniors' Gift Bags" a reality. 200 bags filled with both useful and fun items will be distributed to Seniors in Dawson Creek over the next few weeks. 

Here are the generous donors:  Rip's Cleats | Simple Pleasures | Northern Toy Box | Dawson Creek Co-op | Tiger Stationers | Pharmachoice | Your Dollar Store with More | City of Dawson Creek | Dawson Creek Fire Hall | UFA-Calgary | Northern Lights College | Peavey Mart | Hub International | Faking Sanity | B&T | Community Printers & Stationers | Hug a Mug's Coffee House & Eatery | Software Emporium | Happy on Main Street | Shell Canada Ltd. | BC Community Response Network | TL Coe Financial Ltd.  



Thank You Chances Dawson Creek

December 19, 2019
A Big Thank You to Chances Dawson Creek! Your generous donation will make a big difference to local seniors.
(left to right: Barb Smith of Chances presents Linda Studley, Program Coordinator of Better at Home, with a cheque for $1,100.00)

 

Thank You Dawson Co-op!

October 1, 2019

What a great time we had, with the folks from Co-op at the BBQ on Sept 21st. The Dawson Co-op generously provided everything we needed to operate the BBQ and we got to keep the proceeds for the Better at Home program.
Thanks Co-op - and thanks to our volunteers and to the folks who braved the crazy winds to enjoy a burger or hot dog.

Picture: left to right - Scott Jamieson-Dawson Co-op, Linda Studley-Better at Home, and Jason Koutstall-Dawson Co-op.



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Review of CBC Video "Never Too Old"

August 28, 2019
I highly recommend taking the time to view this CBC documentary about Olive, an 81 year old woman in PEI. the video follows her journey to earn her PHD. Her dissertation follows rural senior women, focusing on their capabilities rather than obstacles. A very inspiring video with some excellent information and a positive message.
Thank you Angela, for recommending this video. :)

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Get Moving - With ActivAge and Choose to Move!

August 21, 2019
New dates for these two popular programs hosted by the City of Dawson Creek. We've heard lots of positive feedback from seniors who have participated in earlier programs. See the posters for more information.




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Focus Groups at the Library

July 31, 2019
There will be TWO different meetings - 10 am for Seniors.  1pm for Senior Service Providers & Families

 

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Get those knitting needles and crochet hooks flying...

July 31, 2019


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Did you know that if you are 65 or older you can take programs at Northern Lights College and not have to pay the tuition cost? And even better - you will receive credit for that course!

July 31, 2019


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Seniors' Pickleball

July 10, 2019


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Thank You Inland Auto Ltd.

May 14, 2019
Thanks to community minded businesses like Inland, Better at Home can continue to offer services to local seniors to help them remain independently in their own home. 


Left to Right: Arleene Thorpe, Volunteer Coordinator - Better at Home, receives a cheque for $300 for Dawson Creek Better at Home, from Dan Brennan, Owner - Inland Auto Ltd.  

 

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NLC Students Raise Funds for Better at Home

April 17, 2019
We were so very touched that the Northern Lights College, Class of Management 425, thought of Better at Home and our community seniors. They put on an amazing fundraiser event, with international food, dancing, and the wonderful music of 'Earth, Wind, and Snow'. Today Sai Kaethia Addu and Bhaegav Bhalgamadia, representing the class, came to the office to donate $2,000.00 to the Better at Home program. They also raised money for the Dawson Creek Literacy Society and the Art Gallery. Kudos to t...
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Information Brochures on the Dawson Creek Better at Home Program:

General Brochure - prints double sided 8x11

Housekeeping Services  - prints double sided 8x11

Sponsor a Senior - prints one sided 8x11 (card fold)

Leave a Legacy - prints double sided 8x11


Better at Home e-Newsletters

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For more information about the Dawson Creek Better at Home program please go to the FAQs page.