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Spring Update

Pemberton Valley Seniors Society
    AGM April 22nd 2016
2015 Year in review - Report from the President

The past year has been an eventful one for the members of the Pemberton Valley Seniors Society and the death of two long time members Shirley Ellingson in March and Bill Perfitt in April this year saddened us all. They are missed but not forgotten.  Both Shirley and Bill will be remembered for their kindness and generosity and unfailing good humour. Hazel and Irene, two of our older members fell and broke their hips. Both are recovering well. Marion, Hazel's Wii bowling partner is now living at Hilltop House in Squamish.

Activities :The regular activities - fitness classes, walks, yoga/Zumba, tech time, painting classes and weekly brown bag lunch meetings and jam session for the PVMS and our end of the month Pot Luck lunch kept us all busy throughout the year. Thank you to Fran Hopkins, Vancouver Coastal Seniors coordinator for publishing the calendar and for coordinating the popular Diners' Club and Health Talks and assisting and caring for us in so many ways. Unfortunately, Fran is leaving us at the end of the month. We will certainly miss her.
Highlights: Art and Bowling for Life was a monthly treat and provided the opportunity to interact with our neighbours from Mt. Currie.  Art & lunch at the Raven B&B, lunch with Peggy and Bill at Anderson Lake to view the salmon run was a special treat (sadly our last). We attended interesting workshops on Estate Planning and Wills and Scams and Frauds. The Xmas festivities started early with a Xmas Diner's club lunch at the Duhb Linn Gate Inn, a wonderful Xmas dinner hosted by the Pemberton Lion's at the Legion and PVSS Xmas luncheon on December16th.
Members gathered for soup/sandwiches and a movie at The Rec. Centre, a new social event for seniors.
Flea Markets: The Flea market committee of Carmen, Gail & Rolande with the help of a number of volunteers held three very successful Flea Markets during the summer. Carmen, John and Jim entertained the shoppers with their karaoke singing. Thank you to all who participated in this fundraiser for PVSS.

Grants: PVSS was successful in obtaining a number of grants for the PVMS program. All but the new $10,000 grant from the Squamish Savings and portion of the grant from our MP's 2015 budget have been discharged and the required reports submitted. The VOP applied on behalf of PVSS and administered the UBCM grant for $20,000. New Horizons for Seniors, $12,000, Vancouver Coastal $8,000 and $5,000 from our MP Jordan Sturdy were the other grants PVSS received. We received grants from the Health Care Foundation both in 2015 and 2016 to support the Men's Shed and Art & Bowling for Life programs plus an additional $2,000 from the Pemberton Music Festival Community fund.  The SLRD has graciously extended our free use of seniors/youth centre for a second year.

Men's Shed and Tool Library - The Men's Shed and Tool Library continue to grow their membership. Derek will provide a full report on their activities.

Sea to Sky Seniors Issues Advocacy Activities:  Ongoing work to meet health and transportation and housing needs of corridor seniors is progressing slowly on a number of fronts. Over the last couple of months representatives from the boards of the seniors groups in Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton have met to discuss developing an alliance between our three organizations (Sea to Sky Seniors Alliance group). This would enable us to advocate for seniors needs from a position of greater strength than as individual organizations. We have met to develop terms of reference with the Sea to Sky Community Services who will be our "umbrella organization" and will enable us to apply for grant money and facilitate access to services. The Seniors Resource Magazine a free publication partially funded by the Alliance partners will be available later this month.
I thank you all for your support this past year and anticipate an exciting year ahead for PVSS.

Prepared by Marnie Simon - President PVSS

Posted: Sunday, May 01, 2016