Editor: The Times
A great input of energy and enthusiasm was injected into the community on Monday at the meeting between the Community Development Institute of the University of Northern BC and seniors from Clearwater.
Thanks to Leslie Groulx, who takes seriously the District of Clearwater’s intent to involve seniors every step of the way, a meeting had been arranged to inform people of the scope and plan for the “Front Door to Grocery Store: Getting Seniors Where They Want To Be” project
For me this meeting highlighted the importance of this research project to the longterm wellbeing of folks in Clearwater and other rural communities.
As an active member of the Wells Gray Country Seniors’ Society, it is vitally important to me that communication channels are clearly open as change occurs. Some of us don’t see so well, some don’t hear … some can’t remember and many don’t move as quickly as we once did. All of us have lived vital and contributing lives and change poses challenge.
Change without consultation is frightening. I appreciated the clarity of the content and the presentation of this meeting. I appreciated the room size and the fact the building has no step, an automatic door and wide hall ways so all could attend. I appreciated the way Marlene Morris, the associate director of CDI, and Jessica Blewett, the research manager, listened attentively to and responded to the comments and questions from the audience.
Thank you Leslie, for organizing this meeting. I look forward to continued involvement with this project as it is truly the foundation that will secure improvement in the lives of many rural seniors.