Oscar’s was the scene on April 19th as the Queens Care Society  board members and guests marked a year of progress at the Annual General Meeting of the society.

Chair Gil Johnson welcomed everyone to the AGM, gave a brief outline of the Queens Care Society purpose and mandate as well as introduced board members present throughout the attendees.  He emphasized that without the generous support of the donations we receive, the work of the Society could not continue.

Chris Clarke presented an outline of the work being done on a project to provide affordable housing for seniors in Liverpool.  Negotiations are ongoing with a non-profit agency that has several housing developments already in place in Nova Scotia.  Several locations are being considered and the QCS is working hard to make this important project a reality for Queens County.

Gary Jones presented a report on another ongoing project of the Society:  effective

and affordable transportation, principally for seniors but for all age groups and users without their own “wheels”, in a system that would include all of Queens, from Caledonia, from East Port Medway and from Port Mouton and Port Joli to the Liverpool area.  With a feasibility study concluding that there is most definitely a need for this kind of service, the committee is working on the more practical aspects of establishing a transportation network for Queens.  This is an ongoing partnership with the Region of Queens in conjunction with the provincially-funded Transportation Regional Initiative Program (TRIP).

Helping Hands is another branch of the work of Queens Care Society. Debbie Page, head of the Helping Hands committee, outlined the progress to date and indicated that the program is soon to get under way.  A group of energetic volunteers has been assembled, a phone line has been installed, and very soon, if a senior has a need for assistance in a household chore (like changing a high lightbulb, or replacing batteries, for example), a phone call can bring a volunteer to their door.  More information on Helping Hands will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks.

Guest speaker for the evening was Simon D’Entremont, the Deputy Minister for the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors.  The first thing Mr. D’Entremont pointed out was that seniors are not a “problem” in Nova Scotia--they are an asset!  He presented

a new action plan called “Shift”, which emphasizes a shift in attitude of government and citizens regarding the role of seniors in everyday society.  His talk was inspirational,

thoughtful, and optimistic about what groups like the Queens Care Society can achieve

under this action plan.

The last item of the day was the election of officers and board members for the coming year.  President will be Gilbert Johnson; Vice President, Gary Jones; Past President, John Murray; Treasurer, Mallory Plummer; and Secretary, Mary Keirstead.  Board members include Chris Clarke, Al Doucet, Brian Fralic, Margo Walsh-Leaman, Debbie Page, Kim Masland, and Anna-Lise Parker.

Be sure to watch for progress reports from Queens Care Society!

If you are interested in participating in the initiatives of the QCS please contact any of the Society members.

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