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December Update

Chair Yoga Program Update: As per many requests, Ethlyn will be continuing  Online Chair Yoga  over the holiday break. 
The class will run every week  at the regular time on Thursdays including December 24th and 31st.
Michelle's Fitness class time to be confirmed in early January.  Depending on her
programs at the com. centre, she may be able to fit a second class in.

Message from Maddy:

The Community Centre Seniors support closed for a couple of days over Christmas, but Maddy says "please do feel free to call me on my cellphone if you or any of the other seniors in town would like some support. Whether that be with errands or someone to talk to."

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!    Maddy.  604 967 2137

As well, Maddy brought this Telus program to our attention:

TELUS COVID-19 update - Supporting our communities and helping them stay connected during the holiday season


 December 16, 2020

 To our valued Municipal Partners,

 As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Canada, the health and safety of our customers, communities and team members remains our #1 priority. As an essential service, we are maintaining our efforts to keep our communities connected during this unprecedented time. This holiday season is unlike any other and as we move into a new 2021, we wish you, your family and friends a healthy and safe holiday season. 


Mobility for Good - Seniors Expansion 


Seniors have been disproportionately impacted throughout the health emergency as many have had to isolate from friends and loved ones in order to stay safe. In early December, TELUS launched Mobility for Good- Seniors, which provides Canadian seniors receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) access to a free smartphone, unlimited nationwide talk and text and 3GB of data for only $25 per month. 

As I have shared prior, this new TELUS Mobility for Good for Seniors is part of the TELUS Connecting for Good portfolio of programs that gives Canadians in need access to TELUS' world-leading technology.

 Partnering for a Healthier Future

 We encourage you to let your community members know that if they don't have a family doctor or need healthcare after hours, Babylon by TELUS Health is here for them. Plus, Babylon by TELUS Health offers mental health counselling services from the comfort and privacy of your home.   If you're feeling increased stress or loneliness due to the pandemic, mental health counsellors can support. Download the free app from the App Store or Google Play, register and it's ready to use. For more information, visit

 Continuing to Support Our Economy Through COVID-19

 Indigenous Connectivity Report 

 As part of our commitment to reconciliation, TELUS is working to develop strong, collaborative relationships with Indigenous Peoples. In November we launched our 2020 Indigenous Connectivity Report which celebrates the work we are doing in partnership with communities. We are enthusiastic about sharing these stories of our collaborative efforts with all Canadians as we work towards reconciliation as a country.

Rural and Remote Connectivity

As you are likely aware, on November 9, 2020, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) announced a $750 million increase to the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF), for a total of $1.75 billion for the expansion of broadband internet connectivity in Canada. At this time, TELUS team members are currently reviewing funding criteria to identify which areas are eligible for UBF funding. Our primary focus has been reviewing eligibility of over 1,500 communities across British Columbia and Alberta for the Rapid Response Stream for projects that can be completed next year. We will be contacting all communities directly that meet the criteria.  

Further, this month we released the  TELUS Rural Connectivity Paper where we propose that, with the right combination of technologies enabled by coordinated partnership models and federal, provincial and municipal public policy - that unleashes both spectrum and funding - all of Canada can be connected by 2025.

TELUS Supports Communities During COVID-19 

Since the pandemic, over 200 communities throughout British Columbia and Alberta have reached out for support on both community and business continuity needs. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TELUS has committed $150 million to support Canadians with the services and resources they need. If you have any questions, please let me know. 

 Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,   Ned Hodaly.   General Manager      Cell: (604) 209-8605


Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2020