By David F. Rooney
The Seniors’ Centre’s new volunteer coordinator, Jean Pedersen, is the perfect choice for the job.
She’s competent, organized, well-spoken and she has a lot of experience working with seniors, having been employed at Moberly Manor for 10 years.
“I have always quite enjoyed working with the elderly,” the self-described “Prairie gopher” who has lived here since she was a teen, said in an interview last week. “I really want to help people maintain their independence.”
Jean said she has a list of tasks she wants to accomplish first:
- Establish a Volunteer Medical Transportation Program to help people get to their out-of-town medical appointments when the regular medical bus transportation is not available;
- Restart the Good Morning Call-out Program that once existed. This program puts people in touch, however briefly, with shut-ins — those seniors who never, or almost never, leave their homes; and
- Find new tutors to help interested seniors learn how to use computers and navigate the Internet.
If you’d like to help Jean accomplish these tasks please contact her at 250-837-9456 or drop by on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays when she’s at the centre from 9 am until 3 pm. You can also reach her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re sending her an e-mail please be sure to put her name in the subject line.