Region 7
Antigonish, Guysborough and Pictou Counties

Meeting Schedule
Region 7 Executive
Important Announcements and Functions

Next Regular Business Meeting

May 2017  (Date to be determined later)
Thursday, November 3, 2016 1:30 pm New Glasgow SuperStore
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Region 7  Executive

Joe Boardway
Vice-President William Dewtie 902-922-2192
William Dewtie
James DeWolfe
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Important Announcements and Functions

Thursday, November 1, 2007

2007 Christmas Party at the Maritime Inn in Antigonish

We have our Christmas party early in order to avoid winter weather, and early in the afternoon so us old folks can get home before dark. Attendance was 52 persons and included Bernie LaRusic,Steve and Marg MacDonald, and Jim Bacich. A scrumchious buffet meal was enjoyed by all with a background of lively conversation accentuated by spirited exchanges between the members of Region 7 and the outsider personalities.

Annual Dinner at the Heather Motel
November 8, 2006

The NSGREA Seniors Handyman Program

The Nova Scotia Government's Retired Employees Association is currently organizing a group of volunteers who will assist Seniors with low maintenance tasks, seniors living in their own homes or in residents where help is not immediately available.  The focus of the Senior' Handyman Program is to recruit retired tradesmen and handymen with plenty of home maintenance experience who will provide a little of their time helping other seniors. Many now rely on family members, friends, or neighbours to help them do repairs such as fixing a leaky tap, a running toilet, hanging blinds, installing weather stripping, or even changing a light bulb. Having experienced seniors help other seniors will also allow for a quick safety inspection by checking for possible hazards such as shaky hand rails, loose carpet ends, dark shadowed areas and make sure rugs are not placed on slippery floors. This will help prevent unwanted injuries and help ensure the safety of seniors.

Often it is difficult for seniors to find contractors that are affordable or even willing to simple plumbing repairs or minor electrical repairs. Senior volunteers could make sure that grab rails are in place, smoke dectors are working, install CO2 dectors, door locks are sufient, etc. Even the simplest of tasks such as changing a furnace filter or even checking the hot water tank could be done by seniors.
According to statistics provided by the Nova Scotia Seniors Secretariat, 30% of NS seniors live alone and 70% of those live in their own homes. Many live below the LICO (18,000)  and 72% (13,000) are women who live alone.
The initiative for this program came from our curent NSGREA President Bernie LaRusic of Sydney. We had a provincial Grant under The New Horizions to do a two day workshop in Halifax last week with the help of a facilator Nancy Radcliffe of the Seniors Secretariet of Nova Scotia. This is a new concept and we are not aware of such a program in any of the other provinces.
The Seniors Handyman program will be in effect across Nova Scotia and we are looking forward to  getting it underway here in Antigonish by the end of the summer. These volunteers dont have to be Seniors themselves, we would welcome any adult with handyman experience to get involved. Women in general do a great deal of volunteering so this is a chance for the men to give a little of their time.
If you are interested in volunteering a little of your time to help other seniors
you can contact the coordinator for the Antigonish area, Tony MacDonald, at  863-0095.

We are also looking for a Volunteer to act as Co-ordinator in the Pictou County area.
Please call Don Duncan at  755-1421  for details.

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