Heads up, Vernonites! The 2022 Seniors Fair is coming your way this fall.

September 17, 2022 | 10am to 3pm | Polson Park

There will be information booths on community services and seniors housing, and a focus on emergency preparedness.

This is a family event and everyone is welcome.

Entertainment for the kiddos includes:

  • Bubble Wonders
  • Kiki The Eco Elf

Registration for vendors is open and we invite non-profit organizations who serve seniors and seniors housing providers to register for free here: Vendor Registration

This event is brought to you by the Vernon Seniors Action Network with support from NexusBC Community Resource Centre.

Are you experiencing difficulties getting out of your home for activities? Would you like to stay socially connected?

Join our free Telephone Events and Activities for Seniors (TEAS).

The program is available for any senior 55+ living in Vernon area (includes Lumby and Armstrong), and who may find it difficult to join community activities in person. Enjoy all sorts of engaging activities and talks from the comfort of your own home such as

  • Trivia games
  • Community presentations
  • Health and wellness talks
  • Friendly conversations

How does it work?

  1. Call or email a TEAS coordinator to register anytime during the term: 250-545-0585.
  2. You will receive a reminder call to confirm your attendance.
  3. A few minutes before the program starts, you will receive a phone call from the TEAS coordinator.
  4. Press “1” to join the call and enjoy!

You will be mailed or emailed new program guides when they are published.

Download the TEAS flyer.

Are you concerned about the health and wellness of Vernon seniors? Here is your opportunity to get involved.

The Vernon Seniors Action Network [VSAN] is a coalition of community representatives working together to share information and resources, and address priority issues that impact the health and wellness of Vernon seniors.

VSAN Mission: Vernon Seniors Living Well

VSAN Vision: The community works together to identify and address the needs of Vernon Seniors

VSAN Goals: To listen to the collective voice of Vernon Seniors, caregivers and service providers in identifying priority issues; to seek and implement solutions that have mutual benefit and; to share information and resources among service providers and agencies

Download the 2022 Vernon Seniors Resource Guide

Last Published Newsletter: Spring 2021 (set to resume publishing in Fall 2022)

For more information, contact VSAN at [email protected]

VSAN’s activities and initiatives are sponsored by the Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice

Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice logo

Are you interested in expanding your network, learning about and enhancing the lives of Vernon’s vulnerable populations, and building on your skills with free training such as strategic planning and leadership workshops?

Then please consider joining our volunteer Board of Directors!

We are a non-profit, charitable organization that enhances lives by providing programs and services for seniors, vulnerable adults, job seekers, employers, immigrants and volunteers. As a board member of our organization, you would apply your expertise through the lens of good governance practices and support the board in its mandate to provide oversight and leadership to our organization.

Specifically, if you have skills and experience in any of these areas, we really want to hear from you: Law, Fundraising, Human Resources and/or Administration.

Consider these 5 benefits to joining our Board:

You Can Support Initiatives That Resonate with You

Many individuals join a Board of Directors as a way to give back. Joining our Board can provide an excellent opportunity to positively affect change or support a cause we are passionate about. So whether you are helping to hone a focus we are currently working on or helping with an initiative that resonates with you, serving on our Board can be a uniquely rewarding experience.

You Will Grow Your Network Of Contacts

Not only will you meet and get to know your fellow board members, who themselves come from different networks and walks of life, we currently have a staff of 17 that are very connected to our community. We are always growing and recruiting new staff members and are proud of a team that is passionate about what we do and driven to succeed.

You Will Boost Your Community Profile

If you are interested in building your personal brand or community profile, joining a Board is an impressive addition that adds appeal to any resume or LinkedIn profile. It shows that you are connected to your community and are well-equipped to help shape the future of a community organization.

You Will Have Free Learning Opportunities

We believe that training and educating our Board of Directors makes an important investment in their leadership which, in turn, has a direct bearing on our organization. Therefore, we are always looking for ways to build the level of skills that our Board of Directors currently has. This includes leadership and board governance workshops and a professional strategic planning session.

You Will Be Intellectually Challenged

For individuals who are always curious to learn more, joining our Board will provide a rewarding intellectual challenge, especially if you come from a very different industry. We are in the business of helping and specifically we serve seniors, vulnerable populations, immigrants, job seekers, employers, and those who volunteer in the community. If you join our Board, you will develop a deeper understanding of our community, its residents and their challenges, as well as the programs and services that support these clients.

Board of Directors Application Form:

If you are a senior or soon-to-be a senior, doing your taxes on time is important for you to be eligible and continue to receive benefits such as the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), the Shelter Aid For Elderly Renters (SAFER) and the quarterly Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit.

At NexusBC, we understand this and so we provide free basic income tax returns for lower-income seniors through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. This free service is provided by trained volunteers and operates year-round by appointment, as well as through a tax clinic during regular tax season (March and April). If you haven’t filed taxes in several years, we can file back taxes as well.

Here is what you need to know.

  • The maximum income level for this service is $30,000 for a single person, or $40,000 combined for a couple.
  • Please bring all your T-4 slips and your previous year’s tax return. This is a drop-off and pick-up service only.

Please note that we do not prepare returns for:

  1. Deceased persons
  2. Bankrupt individuals
  3. Self-employed individuals
  4. Individuals who report capital gains or losses
  5. Individuals who report interest income of more than $1,000.
  6. Individuals who report employment expenses or business or rental income and expenses.

If you have questions or would like to book an appointment, phone the CONNECT Program at 250.545.0585.

Appointments are available from March 7 to April 21, 2022

At NexusBC, we are so proud of the high success rate in our training for jobs programs. This is thanks to our amazing job coaches who motivate, inspire and help our clients become passionate about their own success. It is also thanks to the certificate training that makes our clients so much more qualified for the job they want. Whether you need to upgrade old skills, improve your tech skills, or learn how to promote yourself, we help build your confidence and position you for success.

At the moment, we have three employment programs. All are offered at no cost and tailored to each person. You can meet with a job coach in-person or virtually. Your choice. Start anytime.

START: Training For Jobs
Job coaching and certificate training for youth age 17-29 to learn new skills, develop confidence and feel supported to thrive.

To qualify for our no-cost coaching through START, you must be age 17-29, unemployed or have unstable employment. You must be legally entitled to work in Canada, and living in British Columbia.

NAVIGATE: Training For Jobs
Job coaching and certificate training for adults age 30-99 to move forward after job loss, unsuccessful job search or retirement.

To qualify for our no-cost coaching through NAVIGATE, you must be unemployed or have unstable employment. You must be legally entitled to work in Canada, and living in the North Okanagan.

OPPORTUNITY: Training For Jobs 
Job coaching and certificate training for newcomers to Canada, visible minorities and francophones to help you overcome challenges and see opportunities for success.

To qualify for our no-cost coaching through OPPORTUNITY, you must be a permanent resident within 10 years of landing, and/or a visible minority, and/or member of a francophone community. You must be legally entitled to work in Canada, and living in the Thompson-Okanagan.

Let us help you become who you were meant to be.

This is Lenore. At the beautiful age of 71 years old, she is living her best life thanks to support from NexusBC Community Resource Centre.

Lenore’s childhood story is not a happy one. It involves an alcoholic father and terrible mistreatment. Lenore never did marry, and instead worked hard and lived with her mom until her mom passed away in 2003.

Many seniors, just like Lenore, live alone in our community. Sometimes they are survivors of horrible childhoods. Too often they struggle to pay the rent and heat. They can afford only basic groceries. Fresh fruit and vegetables are too expensive. Medication costs can be high. Hearing aids, dentures and eyeglasses are often completely unaffordable.

These are the seniors that we at NexusBC work hard to support. With the assistance of some amazing volunteers, we help seniors fill out applications for benefits and subsidies, and file taxes for free so they continue to receive their benefits. We distribute hampers, gifts and coupons to those seniors in our community who need it the most. We provide rides to doctor’s appointments and to pick up groceries. We provide subsidized house cleaning and last, but certainly not least, we have a drop-in centre for information on affordable housing, transportation, counselling programs, home support and so much more.

In Lenore’s words . . .

“Where would I be without this help?”

There are so many seniors just like Lenore that need our help. Here are some examples of how your support can help transform lives:

  • A $5 contribution can ensure a senior has a ride to their doctors’ appointment.
  • A $15 contribution can ensure a senior has a ride to a medical test in Kelowna.
  • A $25 contribution supports a senior to get subsidized housing.
  • A $35 contribution can provide an hour of cleaning for a senior who has lost mobility.
  • A $50 contribution gives a wonderful Christmas gift to a senior who needs it the most.


Please give today. We have seniors waiting for your support and your gift will be put to work immediately.

95% of the money raised will go directly to our seniors programs. 5% of the money raised will go to keeping the lights on and other operational requirements.

It is donors like YOU that will enable our most treasured community members to be cared for and supported so they can live their very best lives.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

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Safe Seniors Strong Communities is a partnership between NexusBC, the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, the United Way of the Lower Mainland, local volunteers, non-profits and businesses to make sure that local seniors are staying safe and receiving the help they need.

If you know of seniors who need grocery or pharmacy pick-up and delivery, prepared meal delivery, phone or virtual visiting, please ask them to dial 211 or visit BC211.ca to sign up for services.

Once their information is collected, it is sent to NexusBC and through the help of our Better At Home Program volunteers, we will be meeting these needs.

If you want to volunteer, please visit BC211.ca.

Thanks in advance to all our community partners, volunteers, small businesses and local non-profits who will be assisting with this process. It takes a village!