Chamber Chatter: October is seniors’ month

Welcome to our newest members: Big Canyon Rafting and Royal Canadian Legion. We look forward to seeing you at the General Meeting.

Welcome to our newest members:   Big Canyon Rafting and Royal Canadian Legion. We look forward to seeing you at the General Meeting.

Oct. 1 is National Seniors Day, an occasion to honour and celebrate seniors for their valuable contributions to society as leaders, mentors, and role models. We invite businesses to help celebrate seniors in their workplaces and communities. For example, you could offer a seniors’ price discount, create a storefront display, or lead an event to shine a spotlight on the seniors who are actively engaged in or around your workplace. We encourage everyone to be involved.

National Seniors Day builds on many other measures introduced by the Government of Canada, including the commitment to support the well-being and quality of life of seniors by providing them with the information they need to remain active, engaged and informed. To further demonstrate this commitment, the seniors.gc.ca website has been recently redeveloped with new resources for seniors, including the new Information for Caregivers portal that brings together a variety of federal, provincial/territorial and municipal resources about relevant programs and benefits. And more recently, the Government of Canada collaborated with more than 22 federal departments and agencies to create the Government of Canada Action for Seniors report, which will provide an overview of various Government of Canada programs and initiatives that are helping seniors.

This report will be released soon and made available online at seniors.gc.ca. Some ideas included thanking a senior’s ongoing contribution in your workplace, displaying posters to mark the day, or having an event using the Do-it-Yourself Guide found at seniors.gc.ca. The guide also includes sample event products such as a news release, media advisory, speech, and messages for social media and radio.

We invite members to attend our General Meeting luncheon Thursday, Sept. 25 from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Signal Point Restaurant.   Chamber meetings provide members with the opportunity to meet other businesses and talk about what affects them most.  We ask that you help us and the restaurant to RSVP by Tuesday Sept. 23 to 250-392-5025.

Cost for lunch is $16 for members and non-members are welcome.  Members are encouraged to enter one of our draws and your business could be profiled compliments of the Williams Lake Tribune and Cariboo Country and the Goat.

Our guest speaker this month is Trevor Barnes, Executive Director of the Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice (CIRD).

Trevor’s position is about ways to improve the local Primary Health Care system, to look at ways to find family physicians for those persons who wish to be attached to family doctor and to enhance the physician and patient relationship.

The Chamber has excellent preferred rates through VersaPay for Chamber members: 1.659 per cent on Visa and MasterCard, 10 cents per transaction fee (waived for $100 or more) and five cents per transaction for Interac Direct Debit.  Also check out ways to save costs with Petro Can with two cents per litre off all grades of gasoline and diesel plus much more. For more info on our benefits, call us 250-392-5025 or e-mail visitors@telus.net.

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The ninth independent and non-partisan British Columbia Electoral Boundaries Commission wants your input on the area, boundaries and names of provincial electoral districts to be used for the next two provincial general elections.  “Now is the time to have your say and shape your province,” states commission chair Justice Tom Melnick. “This democratic process is a unique opportunity for British Columbians to provide their views about how their communities are represented geographically in the Legislative Assembly.”

Beginning on Monday, Sept.  22, the commission is holding public hearings in 29 communities throughout B.C. to hear views and receive presentations and submissions.

This input will inform the commission’s Preliminary Report to the Legislative Assembly which they are mandated to submit before May 9, 2015.

For a complete schedule of public hearing dates, locations and times, visit the commission website at www.bc-ebc.ca. Views, submissions and presentations may also be made through an online submission form on the commission website (www.bc-ebc.ca), by email to info@bc-ebc.ca or by mail to PO Box 9275 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC, V8W 9J6. All submissions must be received by the commission by Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

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