Message from the Chair

The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving .                 Oliver Wendell Holmes

Change is inevitable in life and often resisted, but it is what makes us better and stronger, both personally and as a society.

As we conclude another successful year at Seniors Come Share, we can look back at all the activities and people that were cared for and assisted through the various programs. I was reminded recently, at our Grandparents Day, of the humble beginnings of Come Share and how it was started by a few, very dedicated members of the community who saw a need to help others that were in a more vulnerable stage of life. Change was continual from the beginning, with new locations, increased needs and growth in size and services.

As we prepare to open our new Guildford location, Seniors Come Share will grow again, not without the usual uncertainty and growing pains. The one constant in all this is the dedication and caring of the staff and volunteers. This is the glue that keeps the organization together to move forward and continue to be successful in our efforts to service the Seniors of our community.

Some of the highlights this year include:

  • Renovations to the lower floor to add a Community Meeting room, which provides additional privacy for some the programs we deliver. We partnered with a local elementary school to help decorate this room.
  • We have added additional clients to our Day Program in the existing facilities as we prepare for Guildford to open, which was very capably handled by our existing staff in their usual caring and compassionate manner.
  • A new meal program called “Come Share Around the Table” in which we were able to assist seniors learn how to make nutritious meals, due to a grant from PADH Foundation.
  • Our Christmas outreach program provided gifts to over 260 isolated and low income seniors.
  • Partnering with the City of Surrey and Surrey Food Bank to provide a warm spot and some social interaction for those waiting to receive their monthly food support

The needs of our community are always changing and, unfortunately, growing. This makes it more important that organizations such as Seniors Come Share Society adapt and grow along side. On behalf of my fellow board members, I would like to thank all the staff and volunteers for their compassion and dedication.

Doug Waymark