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Sources Community Visitors Program

Visits mean more to seniors than volunteers know

BY CAROLYN COOKE, NOW JANUARY 8, 2013

Sources Community Visitors Program

Nancy Hoyano, left, shares a laugh with Rose, who she visits regularly at Peace Portal Lodge as part of Sources' Community Visit program.

Photograph by: Carolyn Cooke , Surrey NOW

When her visitor walks into the room, Rose's face lights up.

"What a treat," she said happily. Rose, 92, lives at Peace Portal Lodge, across from Peace Arch Hospital, and loves her visits with Nancy Hoyano and her mom Phyllis, who is also 92. But this December day, it was just Nancy bearing a plate of freshly baked cookies. She said her mom was running late and she'd go out in a bit to collect her and bring her by to see Rose.

There is a waiting list of seniors who would like to pair up with suitable visitors. Volunteers must be adults, have a criminal record check and be cleared beforehand.

To find out more about how to volunteer, see volweb.ca, call Sources at 604-542-4357 or email volunteerservices@sourcesbc.ca.

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