President, Judy Greenaway and members of the Fort St. James Seniors Association held a lunch in celebration of the Seniors Helping Seniors program.
But mostly, they wanted to thank the person who helped start it.
On Nov. 26, Emily Colombo, economic development officer/deputy corporate officer for the District of Fort St. James was recognized by the community at the Seniors Centre for her dedication and willingness in helping develop the Seniors Helping Seniors program.
“Without you it wouldn’t have started,” said Yvonne Sam, scheduling coordinator for the program.
The program is all about helping seniors who are medically challenged and who find it difficult to get around,” Greenaway said. “Emily saw that seniors in the community were struggling and she wanted to change that.”
With two vans now running, volunteers deliver groceries. They also provide seniors with transportation to medical appointments as well as to social and wellness events.
“It’s one of the best programs to come to the District. It’s had such an impact on the community,” said Larry Taylor, one 14 volunteer drivers.
“It’s running seamlessly now. And now other communities want to know more about it and how we did it,” Colombo said.
In December, she begins a new career in Quesnel, B.C.
“I’m so thankful. There’s such a sense of camaraderie and friendship in this community.”