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Changes Coming as COVID Guidelines Evolve!


With Canada Day just one week behind us where we saw the start of Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, Interior Health has just confirmed that they will be returning to Peachland this weekend for another mobile vaccination clinic. They will be located in Cousins Park from 11 am-6 pm on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11. Like last time, it will be a drop in clinic - no registration is required. Vaccines will be provided for anyone 12 years of age or older who has not yet had their first dose or who is eligible for their second dose (at least 4 weeks past their 1st dose).


A HUGE thank you goes to Mayor Cindy Fortin, Interior Health, the group at the Community Centre, the Peachland Fire Department, and our volunteers from the PWC. Without this amazing group of people, these clinics would not have been possible.


The criteria for Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations. In Step 3, all sectors will transition to using communicable disease prevention guidance from WorkSafeBC.


For the Peachland Wellness Centre (PWC) and our Programs & Services that support our community, it means the Board, Staff and Volunteers continue to pivot and change as the COVID restrictions evolve, change, and lessen.


We are still recommending masks be worn in the PWC building when in the proximity of those with only one dose or no dose. However, for your comfort it is known that the majority of people involved with or entering the building have both doses. We are extremely grateful for everyone who has done their part to ensure the safety of Peachlanders.


PWC operates, as most know, out of the very small, cozy little house on 5th street. We do however partner with the district and other organizations, and you will see PWC programs at Heritage Park, the Residences on 6th, 4th Street Place, and the Community Police building. We set-up in a variety of spaces in order to ensure programs are available for the community.


A recap of what is happening at this time includes:

  • Adult Day Service – this Service has moved to the Residences on 6th as of July 7th and will continue there for the foreseeable future. We are grateful to the PSSS for renting space to the PWC to allow this much needed service to continue in Peachland.

  • Bereavement Support Group – continuing in the PWC building Thursdays at 1:00 PM.

  • Holiday Dinners – July 1st saw 60 picnic lunches leave the little house on 5th street. I find it so amazing to think ‘where there is a will, there is a way’ and we found it yet again, in order to serve this community. From the donors who provided the funding to the volunteers who pulled off a fantastic meal, we are grateful.

  • Watch for the next meal coming in October for Thanksgiving. We are looking for a donor to sponsor this meal.

  • Community Gardens are looking fantastic. If you haven’t seen them stop in and take a look and enjoy some shade in the gazebo.

  • Computer Literacy – continues by appointment.

  • PWC Tablet program, our newest program funded by New Horizons for Seniors. If you want to get involved in this program as a participant or volunteer, please call to get on the list.

  • Men’s Coffee and Cards – in the PWC building Tuesdays, at 1:00 PM.

  • Monday Morning Coffee (Monday Coffee Social Support) is now held at 4th street place every Monday at 1:00 PM.

  • Tai Chi for Wellness – Heritage Park Thursdays, 10:00 AM

  • The Cantina at Swim Bay is the place we can be found on various days throughout the summer. Helping the District provide treats for the fun seekers at Swim Bay.

  • And don’t forget the End of Summer Gala scheduled for September 25, 2021, at the Community Centre.

Remember if you need support in this heat, whether it be grocery delivery or a ride to a place with Air conditioning. We will assist you!


Pulling together and supporting people is what we do. We are in the office and here for you from Monday to Friday from 9 to 3.

PWC is the go-to place for so many and for such a variety of needs and we grow and adapt to meet those needs as they arrive; from the COVID-19 pandemic to the heat wave we just went through. Now the smoke is making it hard for some with health-breathing issues to venture out.


Your support to continue this organization and the programs and services it provides is greatly appreciated, monthly donations help fund the operations on an ongoing basis, to donate visit https://www.peachlandwellnesscentre.ca/support-us


Volunteers keep things on track such as the Administration Volunteers https://www.peachlandwellnesscentre.ca/volunteer-opportunities who answer phones and assist in various ways to deliver programs and services.


Thank you, Peachland!


References


Province of British Columbia 2021 BC’s Restart: A Plan to Bring Us Back Together, accessed July 2021, <https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restart#step-three>


The PWC is always available for you to contact by calling (250) 767-0141 Monday to Friday between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm to get information on available resources, programs and services. The PWC partners with many organizations to ensure the help you need is available.


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