Two events planned for Valley to meet Advocate

B.C.’s Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie is inviting seniors, their family members and seniors’ service providers in Duncan, Lake Cowichan, Chemainus, Shawnigan Lake, Crofton and the Cowichan Valley to meet with her on Dec. 3. The advocate will discuss her role and the activities her office currently has underway, including a review of seniors’ housing in B.C. and the monitoring and analysis of various services to seniors.

She will also report on concerns and issues she heard from seniors across B.C. The audience is invited to participate in questions and discussion.

"I want to hear from seniors and their family members who live in the Cowichan and Duncan area. Please come and share what is working, and what is not working, for seniors in this community," said Mackenzie.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan in the Mesachie Room.

The Cowichan Valley is known for its wonderful spirit and the Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation is aiming to celebrate this with a special Community Spirit Breakfast Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 7-9 a.m. at the Silver Bridge in Duncan.

"The efforts of so many individuals, businesses and community organizations is what make the Cowichan such a great place to live, work and play," said Vicki Holman, Foundation executive director.

Networking is the name of the game. It’s all about "cheering on your fellow community champions and mingling with others in hopes of creating partnerships and collaborations for doing great things in Cowichan," she said.

The event’s guest speaker is Isobel Mackenzie, newly appointed as BC Seniors Advocate: a first in Canada.

"Isobel will provide an eloquent presentation of volunteerism and salute to the not for profit sector," Holman said.

There is no charge to this event but donations to the Foundation will be welcomed, she said.

Contact Holman at 250-715-6481 or cscfoundation@shaw.ca if you plan on attending so they can reserve a seat for you.