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.  



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Get Moving - With ActivAge and Choose to Move!

Posted by Better at Home Dawson Creek on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, In : recreation 
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

Posted by Better at Home Dawson Creek on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, In : Partner Promotion 
There will be TWO different meetings - 10 am for Seniors.  1pm for Senior Service Providers & Families

 

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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!

Posted by Better at Home Dawson Creek on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, In : Partner Promotion 


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What is the CBSS sector?

Posted by Better at Home Dawson Creek on Tuesday, June 26, 2018,
CBSS stands for 'Community Based Seniors' Services' sector.  This sector includes all municipal and not for profit organizations that provide services and programming for older adults at the local level.

Better at Home is a member of the CBSS sector and both of our host agencies (South Peace Community Resource Society and South Peace Seniors' Access Service Society) have signed the CBSS Declaration.

You can too!

Go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/CBSSDeclaration   and sign the declaration and show you...
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Thank You Encana!

Posted by Better at Home Dawson Creek on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, In : Sponsors 
A Big Thank You to Encana for donating $3,000 to Better at Home to go towards plowing driveways for seniors. Without the help of our generous community, we wouldn't be able to offer this vital service to our local seniors. Left: Better at Home Volunteer Coordinator, Arleene Thorpe, Right: Brian Lieverse, Community Relations Advisor with Encana.


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2017 ARC Resources/Better at Home RODEO Outing

Posted by Better at Home Dawson Creek on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, In : Event 

On Wednesday August 9, 2017, Dawson Creek Better at Home partnered with ARC Resources Ltd.  to take 44 seniors to the rodeo to watch the chuckwagon races.  This is the third year that we have done the Rodeo tour for the seniors. All the expenses for the rodeo were paid for by ARC Resources.

The Homers bus arrived at the back gate and the seniors went to the reserved section that was set aside for them. After the races started, the ARC Resources crew of volunteers brought the seniors hamburge...


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2016 - 07 - 23 Fire Truck Pull / 18 Wheels of Christmas in July

Posted by Better at Home Dawson Creek on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, In : Event 
A busload of seniors spent a sunny (and windy) day at the Dawson Mall parking lot enjoying the festivities for the 'Fire Truck Pull' fundraiser organised by the United Way of Northern BC.
Dawson Creek Better at Home loves to partner with other agencies and businesses to bring fun events and great services to our local seniors. 
Thanks to City of Dawson Creek and BC Transit for providing the bus and the services of the driver for this event.


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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

 email pcbah@spcrs.ca to put your name on the Better at Home e-Newsletter emailing list

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