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Peer counselling society needs more volunteers

Berwick Retirement Residence recently held a Community Resource Showcase, and the Comox Senior Peer Counselling Society was invited to present a table of information.

The brochures and booklets were presented by the staff and volunteers and were so popular that they had to restock.

The event was well-attended by interested residents of Berwick house and their families, as well as by community members.

The fundraising committee of the CV Senior Peer Counselling Society recently presented a barbecue for its staff, volunteers and guests.

This was to provide a social time to welcome volunteers back after the summer and an opportunity to introduce new program co-ordinator, Susan Armstrong.

More than 30 people attended and enjoyed the food that was donated in part by Costco, Natural Pastures Cheese and Quality Foods.  Board director Les Corbett was volunteer extraordinaire.  Board members assisted and were able to connect with the volunteers and hear their stories.

Lynne Brown, chief operating officer of United Way, Central and Northern Vancouver Island, was pleased to attend and meet some of the volunteers who work so hard with clients.

The Comox Valley Senior Peer Counselling Society says it realizes how important it is to acknowledge all the hours of time given by our volunteers as they continue to provide support to the seniors of our valley.

Armstrong says she is looking forward to working with all the volunteers of the society as it moves in new directions.

Due to referral volume, the society says it needs many more volunteer visitors and three additional field supervisors.  The supervisors assist with visiting potential clients and determining which of the group’s programs might suit the client.  Training is provided.

If you are interested in these volunteer opportunities, contact Armstrong at 250-890-0099. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.

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