Over the last number of months, the Region of Queens Municipality has been promoting our county as an ideal place for people to live, both to work and to live, particularly after retirement.

And it is.  Ideal, that is!  This is a county that offers the beauty and recreational opportunities of Kejimkujik National Park, the beaches of the Queens County south shore, and the rolling landscape and lovely lakes all around us.  We have a top-notch hospital, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and arena, a theatre and playhouse that is as vibrant as it is historic, and a charming, well-stocked library in Liverpool.  Add to that affordable housing, friendly folks, great shops and restaurants, and community spirit in spades, and you have a pretty special place for anyone to call home.

This is where the Queens Care Society comes in.  We want to make Queens County a place where seniors can live while enjoying cultural and educational opportunities, suitable and affordable housing, and the security of knowing that the services they need are there for them.

After a very successful fundraiser this spring and summer, our Baby Barn Raffle (with thanks again to Brady’s Home Building Centre for donating the prize!), the Queens Care Society is working quietly but diligently at achieving its main goals.  These are:   (1) to establish affordable rental housing for seniors in Queens County; (2) to establish a workable system of transportation in Queens County for those for whom “getting there” is a problem; (3) to continue to develop the “Helping Hands” initiative as a means of assistance for seniors living in their own homes; and (4) to act as an advocacy group for Queens County seniors. 

The need for more housing in Queens County has clearly been recognized, particularly in the Liverpool area where developments are under way in the Cobbs Ridge, Bristol Avenue (Dene Manor), College Street, and Milton.  The Queens Care Society has been negotiating with an agency that has developed a number of affordable rental facilities throughout Nova Scotia. 

Discussions are ongoing and we hope to make an announcement in the near future.

As for transportation, there is much in the works.  The feasibility study (which involved a community survey) has been completed, and the QCS has been consulting with other communities with a goal of developing a bus transportation service that works for a county that is pretty “spread out” (Queens).  There will be a business plan development session to establish a rural transit service on October 27th with a follow-up meeting on November 6th.  There are a lot of hoops to go through with this initiative but we hope to have a service up and running in 2018.

Helping Hands has been successful in North Queens, and the South Queens project is off the ground.  Like any new venture, there are bugs to be worked out. But the committee heading this initiative is keen and anxious for folks to take advantage of this service, which offers assistance to seniors in completing simple household chores which aren’t so simple any more for them.  It’s a sort of organized neighbourliness! 

The Queens Care Society is an organization whose goal is to enable seniors to continue to live independently in their own community. If you have any comments, concerns or suggestions for QCS, please feel free to visit our website (queenscaresociety.ca) or our Facebook page.  

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