The Information Service Area will operate out of the front entrance of Cheam Village

Seniors to get better access to info

The Agassiz-Harrison Healthy Communities Committee is opening a Community Information Service Area at Cheam Village.

In an effort provide senior residents of the Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs communities with increased support, the Agassiz-Harrison Healthy Communities Committee (AHHCC) is opening a Community Information Service Area at Cheam Village.

Arnice Asquin, chair of the AAHHC, explained that the idea for the area came up because the committee felt that a space for community members to access information about health and care services was lacking in the area.

“The subcommittee has identified a gap in the information flow so we’re trying to look at alternatives where people could gain that information,” she said. “We’re hearing from seniors that they don’t know where they can find information on different topics.”

As a result, Cheam Village, a care home in Agassiz, has donated their front entrance as space for the initiative. Although the AAHHC is still planning exactly what the space will look like, Asquin noted that it will include a display for community based programs and services, a computer station for community members to access information, as well as an area with tables and chairs.

“We’re going to need some racking and have brochures and pamphlets and information that people can take away,” she said. “We will probably need a desk and a small computer just so people can do some research or read some of the reports.”

While the required technology will likely be provided by WorkBC and School District 78, the AAHHC is hoping that the local Lions Club will help as well.

“We need some volunteers and some training and advertisement to get the awareness out,” Asquin said. “That’s when it was suggested that we consider applying to the Lions.”

The AAHHC is currently working on a proposal to request that the Lions Club support the initiative by providing funds for the purchase of pamphlets, wall display cases, shelving, as well as desks and chairs.

The Community Information Service Area will have its grand opening on October 18, which is also seniors health and wellness day at Cheam Village. The event will feature guest speaker Isobel Mackenzie, BC Seniors Advocate.

At this point, the AAHHC is unsure of  when the area will be open to the public, but she noted that it will likely be sooner than the grand opening date.

“It depends on funding and commitment of people,” she said. “Going into the summer, people take vacations and we just don’t want it to drop over the course of the summer.”

 

Just Posted

One of Chilliwack’s oldest clubs, Toastmasters, hosts an open public speaking event this month

An open house will take place on Oct. 24 at the Mt. Cheam Lions Club Hall at 7:15 p.m.

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Canada Post supports popular literacy program in Agassiz, Seabird Island

Community foundation awards grant to Story time in the Park

10 things still illegal in the new age of recreational cannabis

Pot is legal – but there are still a lot of rules, and breaking some could leave you in jail

Agassiz, Harrison thank fire crews for battling Mt. Hicks wildfire

Dinner for crews hosted by Agassiz Seniors Community Friday night

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Jagmeet Singh says marijuana pardons are not enough

Trudeau government will streamline pardon process for Canadians convicted of simple possession of marijuana in the past

BC Ferries begins taking debit in two-month pilot project

Company is giving customers option to use Interac on two-month trial on select vessels

Caregivers banned from smoking, growing cannabis around children-in-care: MCFD

Ministry has limited cannabis use for caregivers, stating it may “pose a risk to children and youth.”

Cheaper strains sell out within minutes on online BC Cannabis Store

Province says new strains will become available in the coming months

Only 40% of B.C. car dealerships have electric cars available: report

Researchers found buyers frustrated at the lack of options

VIDEO: Millionaire Lottery returns to give back and win big

Since 1996, Millionaire Lottery has raised $52 million for the VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation

Test case challenges a politician’s right to block people from Twitter account

3 people say Watson infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them

Most Read