Perhaps some of you seniors got an iPad or a laptop computer for Christmas. The Fort St. John Public Library has a special program to help people with using computers. It is called CLICK.
The librarians can teach you the basics of computers and how to use things like Zoom, email, and online banking. The tutoring is one-on-one so you can learn at your own pace. The library staff will also help you over the phone.
If you do have a computer, get Libby installed. Libby is a free online library in British Columbia. You do need to have a local library card to access it.
Once you get the Libby app on your computer, you can order books just as you would take them out in a library. I was reading Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky and the print was too small. I persisted for a few chapters and then thought of Libby, which my grandson had put on my computer.
I went on and ordered the book. It came to me right away and it had slightly larger than normal print. If the book is not available you can put it on hold.
Karlene assures me that their staff will help you to put Libby on your device and teach you how to use it.
A valiant worker
We in Fort St. John have just lost a dedicated social worker: Clovette Chandler.
Clovette was near retirement when she passed away from leukemia on Dec. 5. She was employed for more than 30 years here as a social worker, working with children in care. The names for her position changed over the years, but she was working with children in need the whole time.
A friend and fellow worker told me that Clovette was always singing. I think it must take a special person to keep cheerful when making difficult choices regarding children’s lives. May she rest in peace.
Peter Mansbridge’s book
The first story in Peter Mansbridge’s book, Extraordinary Canadians, is about a social worker named Cindy Blackstock. Ms. Blackstock especially worked to better the lives of indigenous children. Reading that story made me realize what a difficult and important job the social worker has I look forward to reading about more of Mansbridge’s heroes.
BC Recovery Benefit
The BC Recovery Benefit opened up on Dec. 18, and will be open until June 30, 2021. It is based on your net income in 2019, which is found on Line 23600 of your 2019 tax return.
To apply you need to have your social insurance, tax, and BC driver’s license numbers. The benefit will be issued by direct deposit to your bank or credit union.
If you have questions, phone 1-833-882-0020 Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Seniors Games update
Annette Reeder tells me that the Seniors Games for 2021 which had been scheduled for Victoria has been put off to 2022.
Quote of the week
“Winning is fun, but those moments where you can touch someone else’s life in a very positive way are better.” - Tim Howard
Ruby McBeth is a community columnist and lives in Fort St. John.