By Jean Pedersen, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Revelstoke Senior Citizens’ Association
The Revelstoke Senior Citizens’ Association honoured its volunteers from the computer tutorial program, the volunteer medical transportation program and the good morning program on November 16. The volunteers were invited to the monthly birthday party to enjoy cake and coffee and received certificates of appreciation.
The programs, which are entirely dependent upon volunteers, have been extremely successful in the past year. The volunteer medical transportation program has provided members of our community with 22 drives to medical appointments out of town and six local drives. These drives are provided when other transportation is not available or appropriate for individuals to attend specialist appointments, medical testing, surgeries, etc. The volunteers give the gift of their time and brave the highways to ensure that the medical needs are met for those who have registered to use the program.
The computer tutorial program is an ongoing success story and continues to be very popular with the membership. Over the last year, volunteers have tutored more than 100 seniors in computer literacy. This success has earned the Seniors’ Association the 2011 Community Literacy Award from the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy.
The program continues to offer a variety of courses to its members. Another round of classes will be scheduled in mid-January and February. We are always looking for more volunteer tutors – no teaching experience necessary – just a willingness to share your knowledge.
We are also implementing a few new programs this fall. Helping Hands Home Services will provide volunteers to assist elderly and disabled individuals in need with snow removal, yard maintenance and minor home repairs. We are in desperate need of volunteers for these programs.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all the volunteers who have helped over the past year and who will be helping this coming year. Their generosity and loyalty is greatly appreciated. If you would like to join the volunteer team please contact the co-ordinator of volunteers at the Seniors Centre at 250-837-9456 or drop in Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.