NexusBC is looking for residents willing to help seniors shovel their driveways this winter.

NexusBC is looking for residents willing to help seniors shovel their driveways this winter.

Snow shovellers needed for seniors

NexusBC Community Resource Centre is in need of snow shovellers to help local seniors

With snow just around the corner, NexusBC Community Resource Centre is in need of snow shovellers to help local seniors keep their driveways and sidewalks clear.

“The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a snowy winter for southern B.C.,” said Lee Brinkman, seniors services co-ordinator for NexusBC.

“So we really need to hear from individuals and companies willing to provide affordable snow removal services for seniors.”

Many seniors that access services through NexusBC are on fixed incomes, collecting just the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security.

“In most cases, a senior can pay a little bit for snow shovelling, but ideally we’d love to have more volunteers to shovel snow for our lowest income earners,” said Brinkman.

Last year, the NexusBC seniors services program had only two volunteer snow shovellers which left them forced to look for alternative resources.

“We try to maintain a list of affordable snow removal individuals and companies, but with this list seniors are still advised to do their own price confirmations and background checks if they choose,” said Brinkman.

The list of seniors needing snow removal services grows every year, but Brinkman is still encouraging seniors needing help to call.

“It’s about preventing slips and falls,” said Brinkman.

“Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls, and over half of seniors’ falls occur outdoors.”

For more information call 250-545-0585 or e-mail seniors@nexusbc.ca.