Seniors Helping Seniors – Meet Terry, an advocate for Seniors in Mission

Meet Terry, a long time Mission resident!

When COVID-19 restrictions came into effect a few months back, Terry focused her time on assisting seniors living on their own and had difficulty accessing groceries or meals. Her compassion for helping others – especially seniors – led her to The Safe Seniors, Strong Communities initiative, a joint response by the BC Government, United Way’s Better at Home, and bc211. Through this, she learned our Mission Better at Home Program expanded services to vulnerable seniors during this time.

Terry helped us connect with many seniors in Mission who faced social isolation and needed essential supplies while self-quarantining. She emphasized her concern over the importance of social connection among seniors and how she hasn’t been able to normally support the people she does. That was where we were able to help bridge the gap with our services and volunteers. Terry also expressed how pleased she was to see the daily wellness check calls happening. These wellness check calls allow seniors to feel a part of the community while keeping them safe at home.

Terry received meals and groceries thanks to a volunteer referred through bc211. Terry is very grateful for the expanded support services our Seniors Department has been providing. She expressed the staff and volunteers were “so helpful, accommodating, and happy to help”.

Terry has previously been a volunteer with us at Mission Community Services and at Red Cross in Australia. She can now be seen around Mission delivering fresh veggies to seniors from Emma’s Acres.

Thank you, Terry, for your dedication to the community you live in as an advocate for our seniors.