03/28/20 MLA Update – Aid for Seniors

I have felt my heart swell with so much pride watching New Westminster residents helping each other during this crisis.  From the creation of a Facebook page where people can ask for or offer support  – to New West businesses delivering food and goods to those in need.

The cheers at 7:00 pm every night are another reminder that our health care workers have our back.  And every time we keep physical distance, self-isolate, and wash our hands we are saying that we have theirs!

New Westminster is a community that meets challenges head on.  We know that when there is an issue at hand, the best way forward is together.  Even when that challenge means physically distancing from each other, we are there to come together socially and digitally.

With that spirit in mind, BC is expanding the BC 2-1-1 helpline to match seniors in need with volunteers willing to help.

If you’re a senior who needs help getting groceries, getting medications and staying connected, call 2-1-1 or visit bc211.ca and we’ll try to match you up with a volunteer or a service.

People who want to help seniors with tasks that require leaving the home — or those wanting to comfort an isolated senior with virtual visits — are encouraged to volunteer by calling or visiting the website.

Seniors are most at risk during this pandemic.  But that doesn’t mean that we have to cut them off from our community.  With the right safety measures, New West is here to say that we are more connected than ever.

Thank you all for doing your part during this crisis.

I’ll leave you with the striking and timely words of Dr. Bonnie Henry, “This is our time to be kind, to be calm, and to be safe.”

Judy Darcy