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May 15, 2024
Office Closed for Victoria Day Statutory Holiday

Happy long weekend! Our programs will be closed on Monday, May 20th, 2024 for the Victoria Day Statutory Holiday. Our programs will re-open on Tuesday, May 21st, 2024.

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April 26, 2024
Home Services and Equipment Fraud Increasing

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has released a new bulletin indicating that it has noticed an increase in reporting related to misleading home services and equipment. Read the full bulletin below or access the PDF file here. For more information, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Website. Home Services and Equipment Fraud 2024-04-25The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) […]

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April 23, 2024
Join us for two free webinars! Wills & Estates for Indigenous Peoples

Catharine Schlenker, our Advance Planning Clinic Program Manager and a Staff Lawyer, will be presenting in two free webinars on Wills & Estates for Indigenous Peoples for the First Nations Health Authority through the UBC Learning Circle from 10am to 11:30am tomorrow, April 30, 2024 and on Thursday, May 2, 2024. Part 1 will be […]

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April 5, 2024
Our April 2024 Newsletter is Out!

Our April 2024 Newsletter is out! https://mailchi.mp/bf9b460478c3/seniors-first-bc-april-2024-newsletter Read about the updates to our SAIL hours, staffing changes, new Advance Planning Clinics in partnership with the shíshálh Nation, free tax clinics, Pain BC's support services, and updates from the Office of the BC Seniors Advocate. To subscribe, visit: https://seniorsfirstbc.us8.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=4e276b95094b838c2351b3413&id=25ee3572af

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April 3, 2024
Seniors Abuse and Information Line Schedule Change

Starting April 7th, 2024, our Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL) will be closed on weekends until further notice. SAIL will continue to operate from 8am to 8pm, Mondays to Fridays (except statutory holidays) and will return voicemail messages as soon as possible during those hours.

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March 27, 2024
Office Closed for Easter Long Weekend Stat Holiday

Happy long weekend! Our programs will be closed on Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1st, 2024 for the Good Friday and Easter Monday Statutory Holidays. Our Seniors Abuse & Information Line will be open on Saturday, March 30th and Sunday, March 31st for its usual schedule. The rest of our programs will re-open on […]

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March 8, 2024
Happy International Women's Day!

Happy International Women's Day 2024! Marked annually on March 8th, IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world.

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February 16, 2024
Office Closed for Family Day 2024

Happy Family Day! Our office will be closed on Monday, February 19th, 2024 for the Family Day Statutory Holiday and will resume service the following day, Tuesday, February 20th, 2024.

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January 26, 2024
New BC Seniors Advocate Appointed

BC Health Minister, Adrian Dix, has appointed Dan Levitt, an adjunct professor of gerontology at Simon Fraser University and the head of a non-profit long-term care facility, as the new BC Seniors Advocate. The BC seniors' advocate acts in the interest of seniors and their caregivers by monitoring care and supports for seniors provided by […]

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January 20, 2024
Our January 2024 Newsletter is Out!

Our January 2024 newsletter is out! https://mailchi.mp/e7487596a100/seniors-first-bc-january-2024-newsletter-8935676 Read about updates to our legal programs, new career and volunteer opportunities, our new board members, upcoming learning events, a new book release about the invisible problem of elder abuse in the LGBTQ2SA+ community, and the Canada Dental Care Plan. To subscribe, visit: https://seniorsfirstbc.us8.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=4e276b95094b838c2351b3413&id=25ee3572af

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January 19, 2024
Calling for Volunteer Legal Professionals!

Due to high demand for our legal presentations, we are seeking volunteer legal professionals to assist our Public Education and Outreach Program as Public Legal Education Volunteers. For the full details and how to apply, visit our volunteer page here.

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January 17, 2024
We're Hiring! SAIL Intake Worker and Clinic Assistant in Williams Lake

Join our team! We are currently seeking a part-time Seniors Abuse & Information Line Intake Worker and a part-time Clinic Assistant for our Advance Planning Clinics in William Lake. For the full job descriptions, visit our careers page here.

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January 16, 2024
Newton Seniors Centre Elder Law Clinic Schedule Change

In February, our Elder Law Clinics held at the Newton Seniors' Centre (13775 - 70 Ave) will be changing from the first Tuesday of each month to the third Tuesday. Clinics will continue to be in the mornings by appointment. During these free 30-minute clinics, Seniors First BC lawyers meet eligible seniors to assist with […]

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January 12, 2024
Book Release: Elder Abuse in the LGBTQ2SA+ Community

Researchers at Simon Fraser University—Claire Robson, Gloria Gutman, Jen Marchbank, and Makaela Prentice—have released a new book titled Elder Abuse in the LGBTQ2SA+ Community - The Impact of Homophobia and Transphobia. This book raises awareness about the invisible problem of elder abuse in the LGBTQ2SA+ community. It features stories of 9 elder abuse survivors in […]

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January 11, 2024
New Advance Planning Clinics in Williams Lake!

Starting in February, our Advance Planning Clinics will be available by appointment in Williams Lake. Held in partnership with the Cariboo Friendship Society, the monthly clinics will take place mornings every 1st Wednesday of each month by appointment at 99 3 Ave S in Williams Lake. Eligible, low-income older adults can receive free advance planning […]

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January 3, 2024
Meet Our New Directors!

We wish to extend a warm welcome to Kenneth Armstrong, K.C., Anthony Kupferschmidt, Abdul Sana, Curt Van Ardenne, and Sam Zeitoun to our Board of Directors, each of whom bring a wealth of knowledge and experiences to our organization!  Read the full biographies of our Board of Directors here.

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December 26, 2023
Canada Dental Care Plan

The Government of Canada is accepting applications for the Canadian Dental Care Plan in phases starting with seniors. The care plan is intended to reduce financial barriers to accessing oral health for eligible Canadian residents who have an family net income of less than $90,000 per year and who do not have access to dental […]

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December 21, 2023
2023 Holiday Schedule

Our Seniors Abuse & Information Line will be open for our regular schedule from December 23, 2023, to January 2nd, 2024, except for closures for the Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day statutory holidays on December 25, 2023, December 26, 2023, and January 1, 2024. The rest of our programs will be closed […]

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December 19, 2023
Happy Holidays! 2023 Year in Review

Seniors First BC wishes you a happy holiday season! Read about our highlights from this year here: https://ow.ly/76WA50QkrQ9. With a continuously growing demand for support services for BC seniors, donations to our organization are needed more than ever. This holiday season, visit our Canada Helps page to donate securely online to positively impact the lives […]

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November 30, 2023
We're Hiring! Advance Planning Clinic Assistant in Williams Lake

We're hiring! We are seeking a part-time Advance Planning Clinic Assistant in Williams Lake. To read the full job description, visit our careers page here.

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November 11, 2023
Office Closed for Remembrance Day 2023

Seniors First BC recognizes and remembers Canada’s Veterans for their service and sacrifice for our country and freedom. Our programs will be closed today to observe the Remembrance Day 2023 statutory holiday. Our Seniors Abuse & Information Line will resume service the following day, Sunday, November 12, 2023. The rest of our programs will return […]

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November 1, 2023
We're Hiring! Advance Planning Clinic Assistant in Nanaimo

We're hiring! We are seeking a part-time Advance Planning Clinic Assistant in Nanaimo. To read the full job description, visit our careers page here.

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October 19, 2023
International Pronouns Day 2023

Today is International Pronouns Day! Happening every third Wednesday of October, it's a day that seeks to make respecting, sharing, and education about personal pronouns commonplace. Learn more about this day here. #PronounsDay

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October 6, 2023
Office Closed for Thanksgiving Day 2023

Our programs will be closed for the Thanksgiving Day statutory holiday on Monday, October 9th, 2023. We will re-open on Tuesday, October 10th, 2023. Callers to our Seniors Abuse & Information Line (604-437-1940 or Toll-Free at 1-866-437-1940) may leave a voice message and receive a call-back when we re-open.

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October 1, 2023
National Seniors Day 2023

Today is National Seniors Day today! On this day, we recognize and celebrate the contributions that older adults in our lives have made and continue to make to our families, communities, and society. Our Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL) will be open today, like every Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm at 1-866-437-1940 […]

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September 30, 2023
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023

Taking place each year on September 30th, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day for all Canadians to honour the resilience, dignity, and achievements of survivors and intergenerational survivors of Residential Schools, Day schools, and Indian hospitals. We learn everyday how colonization generally continues to impact Indigenous communities. At Seniors First BC, […]

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September 21, 2023
Seniors Abuse & Information Line closed on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023 for organization-wide training

Our Seniors Abuse & Information Line will be closed for an organization-wide training event on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023 and return to service the following day. Callers may leave a voice message and receive a call-back when we re-open.

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August 26, 2023
Join us for a free webinar - "Protect What's Yours! Prevent Financial Abuse, Fraud, and Scams"

Join us for a free BCCRN Provincial Webinar titled "Protect What's Yours! Prevent Financial Abuse, Fraud, and Scams" taking place on September 19th, 2023 from 10:30am to 12pm PST! Hosted by the BC Association of Community Response Networks (BCCRNs), learn how seniors can protect their belongings and assets from crime! Sara Pon, Seniors First BC […]

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August 4, 2023
Office Closed for BC Day 2023

Happy BC Day! Our programs will be closed on Monday, August 7th, 2023, for the BC Day statutory holiday. We will re-open on Tuesday, August 8th, 2023.

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July 20, 2023
Our July 2023 Newsletter is Out!

Our July 2023 newsletter is out! https://mailchi.mp/a61b3e001944/seniors-first-bc-july-2023-newsletter-8923328 Read about how to beat the heat, a new digital booking service to speak to a local pharmacist, our new Seniors Abuse & Information Line Team Lead, our upcoming workshops, and a new report from the Office of the BC Seniors Advocate. To subscribe, visit: https://ow.ly/HRlk50OVj2L

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July 5, 2023
Beat the Heat

As summer temperatures are expected to rise above 30°C to the mid to high 30s in some parts of British Columbia, the heat poses an increased risk of heat-related illness, especially for those aged 65+, infants and children, and those who do physical activity or work outdoors. Health Link BC published a health feature on how […]

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June 29, 2023
Office Closed for Canada Day 2023

Our programs will be closed on Saturday, July 1st, 2023, for the Canada Day statutory holiday. Our Seniors Abuse & Information Line will return to service on Sunday, July 2nd, 2023 for its regular schedule, and the rest of our programs will re-open on Tuesday, July 4th, 2023.

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June 28, 2023
BC Office of the Seniors Advocate Report Release Livestream- It's Time to Act: A Review of Assisted Living in B.C.

Watch a livestream of Isobel Mackenzie, the BC Seniors Advocate, as she releases the findings of a new comprehensive review of assisted living services in B.C today, June 28th at 2:30pm. Watch here: Live Stream Report Release - It's Time to Act: A Review of Assisted Living in B.C. - YouTube

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June 21, 2023
Our June 2023 Newsletter is Out!

Our June 2023 newsletter is out! https://mailchi.mp/8d3ec90ba7ba/seniors-first-bc-june-2023-newsletter-8906843 Read about updates to our Advance Planning Clinics, new staffing changes, a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day recap, and a national survey on social isolation and loneliness. To subscribe, visit: http://eepurl.com/g1nn5v

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June 15, 2023
Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2023

Taking place every year on June 15th, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) recognizes elder abuse as a significant public health and human rights issue for older adults across the globe. At Seniors First BC, we are doing our part in supporting and assisting older adults across the province who are experiencing or at risk […]

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May 19, 2023
Office Closed for Victoria Day 2023

Our programs will be closed will be closed on Monday, May 22nd, 2023, for the Victoria Day statutory holiday and will re-open the next day on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023.

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April 17, 2023
Our April 2023 Newsletter Is Out!

Our April 2023 newsletter is out! https://mailchi.mp/d04bbddc3c51/seniors-first-bc-april-2023-newsletter-8902623 Read about our program updates, changes to our legal clinics, the April BCCRN Provincial Learning event, and volunteer opportunities with the Office of the BC Seniors Advocate. To subscribe, visit: http://eepurl.com/g1nn5v

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April 7, 2023
Easter Long Weekend 2023 Holiday Hours

Our Legal Programs, Victim Services, and Public Education & Outreach Program will be closed for the Good Friday and Easter Monday long weekend from April 7th to April 10th and re-open on April 11th, 2023. Our Seniors Abuse & Information Line will be closed on Good Friday (April 7th) and on Easter Monday, (April 10th). […]

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March 1, 2023
March is Fraud Prevention Month!

March is Fraud Prevention Month! At Seniors First BC, we regularly hear from our clients about being targeted and financially impacted by fraud. We aim to do our part in fraud prevention by providing assistance, encouraging reporting, and raising awareness. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) has created a new guide called "Tricks of the Trade: […]

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February 22, 2023
Our February 2023 Newsletter Is Out!

Our February 2023 Newsletter is out! Read about our SAIL language interpretation hours updates, staff and volunteer updates, the March BCCRN Provincial Learning Event, and upcoming UBC Older Adult Health research projects! https://mailchi.mp/2a5f20278599/seniors-first-bc-feb-2023-newsletter-8746267 Subscribe here.

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February 17, 2023
Happy BC Family Day! Office Holiday Closure

Happy BC Family Day! We will be closed today, Monday, February 20th, 2023 and re-open tomorrow. Happening every third Monday of February, this provincial statutory holiday gives time for British Columbians to spend with their loved ones. Learn more about this holiday and some family activities across the province here.

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January 17, 2023
One-Time Top-Up to the Canada Housing Benefit Now Available

As of December 12, 2022, Canadians can now apply for the new one-time top-up of the Canada Housing Benefit. Intended to support low-income renters with the cost of renting, eligible individuals may receive a tax-free, one-time payment of $500. Applicants do not need to receive other housing benefits such as the Canada Housing Benefit. Applications […]

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January 12, 2023
We're Hiring! A Paralegal and a Legal Advocate

We are looking to hire one full-time Paralegal and one full-time Legal Advocate located in the Lower Mainland to join our team. The Paralegal will assist lawyers of our Elder Law Clinic and our upcoming Advance Planning Program by preparing Wills, Representation Agreements, Powers of Attorney as well as court documents (based on the paralegal’s […]

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December 22, 2022
Happy Holidays! Our 2022 Holiday Schedule

As we approach the start of 2023, Seniors First BC would like to wish you a happy holiday season! From December 24, 2022, to January 2, 2023, our Seniors Abuse and Information Line will remain open except on statutory holidays on December 25-27 and January 1-2. Our Legal Programs, Victim Services, and Public Education and […]

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December 20, 2022
Our December 2022 Newsletter is Out!

Our December 2022 newsletter is out! This edition covers our holiday schedule, new legal clinics at the VCH Deaf Well-Being Program, an upcoming workshop in partnership with the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC and Intercultural Strategies, a report released by the Office of the Seniors Advocate, and recent federal benefits updates: http://ow.ly/ZaPU50M8zJR Subscribe here: http://ow.ly/hUyZ50M8zJQ

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December 3, 2022
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities! At Seniors First BC, we support the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. Stay tuned to our website and social media for information on new features to enhance accessibility of our services across BC in 2023!

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November 24, 2022
Our November 2022 Newsletter is Out!

Our November 2022 Newsletter is out! Read about our new Nanaimo Advance Planning Clinics, upcoming workshops and events, a report release from Department of Justice Canada, and the Office of the Seniors Advocate's 2021/2022 Long-Term Care Directory: http://ow.ly/8kLA50Lz7to

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November 11, 2022
Seniors First BC Closed for Remembrance Day

Seniors First BC remembers Canada’s Veterans and their service and sacrifice for our country and for freedom. Our office will be closed today in honour of Remembrance Day.

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October 1, 2022
Our October 2022 Newsletter is Out!

Our October 2022 Newsletter is out! Read about the release of our Annual report, new additions to our staff and board of directors, our community legal clinics in Burnaby, recent updates from the Office of the Seniors Advocate, and a workshop hosted by the BC Community Response Networks.

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September 30, 2022
SFBC 2021-2022 Annual Report Release

Our Annual Report for 2021-2022 is out! The report provides updates and statistics about our programs during this period. To read the report, visit here.

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September 27, 2022
Office of the Seniors Advocate Report Release: Falling Further Behind

Our October 2022 Newsletter is out! Read about the release of our Annual report, new additions to our staff and board of directors, our community legal clinics in Burnaby, recent updates from the Office of the Seniors Advocate, and a workshop hosted by the BC Community Response Networks.

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Seniors Abuse & Information Line (SAIL)

SAIL is a confidential means for seniors to speak to a professional intake worker about issues that affect their well-being, receive information, or learn about our programs. Call 604-437-1940 or Toll-Free at 1-866-437-1940 weekdays 8am to 8pm. Language interpretation is available. 
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