Contributed by: Christina MacMaster, Executive Coordinator
Although the sunshine has started to appear periodically as of late, we continue to be in a season that can evoke feelings of “cabin fever” and restlessness. Add on top of that the continuing challenges of COVID and the restrictions we adhere to in keeping ourselves and others safe, and that makes for a huge struggle to get through the month.
Here at the Peachland Wellness Centre, we may have a solution for you.
The PWC has several Programs and Services going on that follow all COVID guidelines and still offer support and comradeship to individuals. For instance, the Friendly Caller program is where you receive a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly call from a PWC staff or volunteer who spends time chatting with you, offering you the chance to share your feelings. If this is a fit for you, or you think it would be of value for someone you know, give us a call and we will get you on the list. Also, our Services staff are here Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm and can meet with you in person while following protocols for proof of vaccination and mask wearing when in the building. Perhaps it is Light Housekeeping through our Better at Home Service, or a much-needed ride to an appointment that you require. Our staff and volunteers will find the fit that meets your needs from Transportation to a Friendly Caller.
On Thursday mornings at 10am, our Bereavement Support Group continues to meet and is open to anyone that has suffered a loss. The Adult Day Service has been able to continue over the past several months which we are very happy about as it is such an important support to the community.
As COVID restrictions ebb and flow, we here at the PWC continue to pivot to meet what community needs we can, and therefore Programs have seen a start and stop process for almost two full years. As we prepare for these changes, please note that we are hard at work behind the scenes to be ready at a moments’ notice to restart a Program. This includes the Peachland Wellness Centre hosting the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) for 2022 in March and April. Participation will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY with no drop-ins permitted.
This year also brought some changes to our staff as we navigate the needs of individuals, the organization, and the community. To ensure you know who we are, I will introduce all the staff.
Introducing myself - Christina MacMaster, Executive Coordinator. I want everyone to know I am available anytime you want to chat. My love for this organization and the community of Peachland is limitless.
Bonnie Hall who has been here for just over the one-year mark is now working in the capacity of Administration Coordinator. Her knowledge and flexible personality have seen her move from Administration to Program Coordinator and then back to Administration throughout this past year.
The incredible skill set that is needed to operate the PWC has again been achieved in the hiring of Tricia Schweers who came on board as the Administration Coordinator and has recently moved into the role of Service Coordinator. Again, like Bonnie, her knowledge and flexibility has allowed us to make seamless changes as other staff have moved on.
On that note, it is with sadness that we say goodbye to Teri Pentland who is retiring after five years as an employee. Teri started as a volunteer at the PWC, was hired as the Service Coordinator and has plans to again volunteer during her retirement. Teri brought a level of professional positive change to the Services department, and she will be missed!
We have also transitioned our Media Coordinator - Tammy Arishenkoff - from working only four hours per week by adding Program Coordinator to her role. She is now here every day from 11:30am to 3:30pm and will support all the Programs as they restart post-COVID.
Our value has also increased exponentially by the hiring of two AMAZING ladies for the Adult Day Service. Maggie Getz and Rona Nadeau have joined the PWC and are bringing huge excitement to the service. Margaret Pieczarka, who is off at the moment, is our third ADS Coordinator, and we look forward to her return to work.
Volunteerism, which is the life of the PWC, is lead by the amazing Bev Andrews – Volunteer Coordinator - a long-time Peachlander who really understands the community and its people.
Furthermore, the PWC continues to be fortunate to have many amazing volunteers working to serve this community. Volunteering is a wonderful way to not only get yourself out of the house, but reconnect with others, build your social network, and enhance your sense of self-worth by contributing to the community where you live. Helping others truly does help ourselves as well. Each of us has unique skills and experiences we can share with others or use to assist others. Volunteering is fun and very rewarding.
With these exemplary employees in these changed roles as of the beginning of January and the amazing volunteers we have, I believe the PWC is positioned to better meet needs in the community than ever before.
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