Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Upcoming Senior Information Fairs in New Westminster

From: "manage@mariamlarson.com" <manage@mariamlarson.com>
To: Residents' Associations
Subject: Senior Information Fairs in New Westminster

Hello,
I am the Event Planner for a trio of information fairs being held for
seniors in New Westminster. I am writing for a few reasons:
1. To provide you and your organization with details of the upcoming events
in our community (described below my signature)

2. To ask you to help identify seniors in your neighbourhood who might need
transportation or a companion to make it possible for them to attend

3. To ask your members to consider volunteering for the events, possibly to
accompany or drive a senior (or seniors) from your neighbourhood so they can
attend the event. Other event assistance would also be welcomed.

4. To ask you to consider local service providers or businesses that provide
senior-friendly services (delivery, discounts, etc.) who might want to have
a presence at the fair(s).

I greatly appreciate your sharing this information within your organization.
Please email or call with any questions, to volunteer, or to provide names
of people who might need help to attend.

Many thanks for your consideration,

Mariam Larson, IMBY Event Planner
Gerontologist & Consultant

Email: manage@mariamlarson.com
Office tel: 604-524-8627

EVENT NAME: “In My Back Yard” - IMBY Fairs: Connecting Seniors to Services

GOAL: To inform New Westminster seniors about the range of local services
and resources to help improve their lives.

PARTICIPATION FEE: Free to all.

DATES and LOCATIONS:
1. Saturday, June 14, 2008 from 10 am – 2 pm at Sapperton Pensioners’ Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster (near Royal Columbian Hospital)
2. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 from 10 am – 2 pm at Queensborough Community
Centre, 920 Ewen, New Westminster (Queensborough)
3. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008 from 10 am – 2 pm at Century House
620 – 8th Street, New Westminster (Uptown)

Setup time will be at 9 am and take down to be completed by 3 pm.

ATTENDEES: The active as well as the frail community seniors.
We expect 120 – 150+ attendees at each fair. Some will be accompanied by
family/friends.
If you know a senior in New Westminster who needs assistance to attend, let
me know!

EXHIBITORS: Community and commercial service providers and resource
organizations. We ask them to:
1. Provide a personal presence at the fair (someone to explain services and
answer questions).
2. Clearly present services offered, fees and instructions for how people
can access services.
3. Clearly present service/office locations and contact information.
4. Consider a demonstration and/or offer a take-away item to engage and
educate attendees.

ENTERTAINMENT: There will be games, entertainment and speakers, and food.

EVENT FUNDING: Provided in part by a grant to Seniors Services Society from
UBCM (Union of BC Municipalities). The City of New Westminster is also
supporting these fairs. There is a research component, to develop a
community database of senior resources.

NEXT STEPS: Please email or telephone if interested, or have any questions.
EMAIL: manage@mariamlarson.com / TEL: 604-524-8627

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