Ruby McBeth: North Peace senior women in the news

We congratulate Roxanne Chmelyk on receiving Fort St. John’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Roxanne is always thinking of new ways to help out. She has recently begun making and selling face masks.

Margaret Little and Gail Weber have both given presentations to the Select Standing Committee on Finance for the Government of British Columbia. Each of these ladies has put the needs of seniors in this area forward clearly. Reading their presentations, I was impressed. Margaret spoke for Save Our Northern Seniors and Gail for North Peace Seniors Housing Society. Well done ladies.

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Doreen Markham, whose picture was in the paper last week, is to be congratulated for graduating with straight A’s. She sets an example to all seniors that with hard work we can meet our goals. The rest of us can now get out our bucket lists and choose what to work on next.

News from Down South

Way down south! My WI pen pal Ann from New Zealand replied to me on June 10 telling me how things were there.

“We have been 22 days without any new cases which is wonderful. We are now at Level 1, which means life is much as usual with the exception that our borders are closed to most people … We have done well so far but the financial cost has been tremendous and I fear that many people will be jobless. Winter has arrived and the Southern Alps are covered in snow making the skiers happy and giving us heavy frosts.”

Soon after, Ann replied to me there were two more cases due to an exception made with the quarantines of two women who had returned from England. The government was very embarrassed and has put the army in charge of ensuring the quarantine rules are properly followed. I checked with Ann. She says, “we are still back to normal except for international air travel.”

Seniors Club opens again

After a break of three long months, seniors were back at their club on MacKenzie Street on Monday playing cards, table tennis, and floor curling. Members enjoyed seeing friends and making plans for the future at their meeting.

Quote of the week

“There is nothing wrong with trying to look your best but it’s a problem when your goal is to look younger. The goal is health, not youth.”

— Ashton Applewhite, anti-ageism campaigner

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