Dawson Creek 'Better at Home'

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We would like to send out the biggest Shout Out and Thank You to ARC Resources Ltd for once again making so many Seniors very happy by taking them to the Rodeo event at the Fall fair.  ARC not only provides the transportation (Diversified Transport and the wonderful Step Up and Ride) to the event but also supply a lovely meal (Fixx Urban Grill), gift bags and loads of water. We cannot say enough about the attentiveness of the ARC personnel throughout the event.

ARC has been doing this for so many years and the people start signing up for the event well in advance.  It is a joy to see the smiles on everyone’s faces throughout the event and well into the evening.

We would also like to thank Diversified Transport for supplying a very large bus and Step Up and Ride for supplying 2 busses for the day and being on call if someone needed a ride home early.  Also, a big Thank you to The Fix for the great spread that they put on for everyone.

And of course, a huge Thank you to the Better at Home volunteers and the ARC staff for making the day so enjoyable for everyone.

 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.
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
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.  

Seniors Rounding Up some Fun at the Rodeo!

August 20, 2015
A Big Thank You - to ARC Resources Ltd.  for their generous support of the 2015 Rodeo Trip! This community minded business supplied the bus, the entry, many of the volunteers, and even bought the 33 participating seniors lunch! To say a fun time was had by all would be an understatement! 
Thank you to our Better at Home volunteers too, with a special mention of Crystal - our talented photographer.
See the photo gallery on the right..........


Where Can I Get the Cookbook?

August 13, 2015
You can get a copy of the Dawson Creek Better at Home "Good Things" Cookbook at these locations:
  • Dawson Creek Tourism Centre
  • The Butcher Block
  • Baked Cafe
  • Diamond Willow Retreat

And, of course, you can get a copy right here at the Dawson Creek Better at Home office. 

A Big Thank You to these businesses who are offering support by selling the cookbooks.
If you know an outlet that would be interested in selling the cookbook, please have them give us a call.
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Thank You United Spring & Brake Ltd.

June 17, 2015

Thank you United Spring & Brake Ltd. for your generous donation of $2000 to the Dawson Creek Better at Home program. Your kindness will help local seniors to remain independently in their own homes.
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Thank You ARC Resources Ltd.

June 11, 2015

ARC Resources Ltd. has been a very generous supporter for several years and we appreciate their constancy as well as their generosity.
We were also very happy to extend an invitation to ARC Resources employees to join our Better at Home Volunteer family. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with this community minded business into the future.  

'Dawson Creek Better at Home' Program Coordinator, Linda Studley, (center)  accepting a cheque for $2,000. from ARC Resources Ltd. Field...

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The Cookbooks Have Arrived!

April 9, 2015
The cookbooks arrived today - in good time for the Kiwanis Trade Show thank goodness! This cookbook is such a win-win situation. The recipes were donated by seniors and other community members. Generous local businesses purchased ads - so the printing was all paid for. The book itself is just great, easy to read, and full of yummy recipes perfect for just one or two people. And best of all - the proceeds from the sales will help local seniors stay independent in their own homes.

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'Good Things' are coming soon!

March 25, 2015
So happy to tell you that our first cook book "Good Things" will be available very soon! The printer has confirmed that they will be here in time for the Dawson Creek Kiwanis Trade Show (April 17 - 19). We'll be in our usual booth - #340 in the Memorial Arena and we'll have them for sale there and at the office, and probably at a few other spots around town. We'll keep you posted on that.

This cookbook is filled with recipes for one or two people - everything from salads to desserts - many of ...

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Thank You Clinic Drug Store!

March 11, 2015

Thank You Clinic Drug Store - for sponsoring a senior. You are making a big difference in the life of a local senior.

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Volunteer Drop Ins! Next one March 17th

March 11, 2015
The volunteer drop in on February 17 was so successful we're really excited to see how the next one turns out!
The March Volunteer Drop In is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th - (Goodness, that's St Patrick's Day! I'll have to make sure the cookies are green!) from 2 to 3 pm.
Our special guest this month is Jennifer Craft - the new Geriatric Psych Nurse with Northern Health. She'll be visiting with us and answering questions. 
So I hope to see lots of our Better at Home Volunteers come out to me...
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First 'Volunteer Drop In' Scheduled for Feb 17th

January 22, 2015
Calling all Better at Home Volunteers as well as anyone interested in volunteering. Be sure to stop in on Tuesday, February 17th between 2 and 3 pm for the first 'Volunteer Drop In'. Meet other volunteers, ask questions, share experiences, celebrate milestones... and have a cookie!  :)
We'll be having these Drop Ins every month and we'll have a different guest each month. For February, our guest will be Tracie Janzen, Community Geriatric Clinician. So if you have any questions about services a...
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The Cook Book

January 22, 2015
We still need some advertisers in our cook book before we can go to print. If you're interested in advertising or if you'd like to advance order a copy (or copies) of the cookbook, please contact us. If you'd like to see the rate sheet for advertising just click here! 
There are some very yummy looking recipes here!
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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.