Terrace Scouts Desirae Wallington, front, and Hailey Tokarchuk, back shovel snow for local seniors to help with the Volunteer Terrace Snow Angels program this last snowfall. (Photo contributed)

Volunteer Terrace snow shovelling program at capacity

A total of 18 seniors on the wait list for Snow Angels program, with help only if it’s found

With more than two feet of snow over the last week, and more snow expected, Snow Angels volunteers have been plowing forward to help local seniors clear the access ways to their homes.

According to Environment Canada, 70 centimetres (2.3 feet) of snow fell in Terrace last Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 29-30, with another eight centimetres (three inches) Thursday.

For seniors and those with mobility challenges, snow can bring a lot of worry about getting around safely, especially getting in and out their homes. Snow Angel volunteers try to ease that burden by clearing pathways to and from their homes after every major snowfall.

The Snow Angels program, run by Volunteer Terrace since 1991, hit a new record this year with the total number of people it serves: 51 seniors in Terrace.

That’s almost 20 more than last year and there’s never been this many people in the program, said program coordinator Lori Beauchamp.

“We don’t really have the capacity to keep growing,” Beauchamp said, noting that they are struggling to find volunteers to shovel for all the people signed up.

“It’s becoming increasingly difficult to manage,” she said.

Beauchamp says there are a total of 18 regular volunteers who are paired up with local seniors for the winter and take responsibility to clear access ways. That includes one person who is paired up with six seniors, but paid a small amount through the Helping Handyman Northern Health funded program.

Other than that there are two other on-call volunteers offering to help if and when they can.

Despite the generosity of these volunteer Angels, there are 18 seniors on the wait list this year.

For this last week’s snowfall, Beauchamp says she spent one to three hours each day trying to round up volunteers for the seniors on that wait list.

It’s stressful, she admits, but it’s also rewarding to see the kind of help that often comes through. Terrace Scouts saved the day on Tuesday, she said, noting that they cancelled a regular meeting to shovel snow at the last remaining six houses on the list.

It was similar with the Terrace Bantam rep hockey team back in November, who stepped up with shovels during the season’s first snowfall.

Now, looking at the forecast, it looks like the snow shovelling is not over yet.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Snow Angels program is asked to contact Lori through the Volunteer Terrace Facebook page or via phone at 250-638-1330.

 

The Kermode Bantam rep hockey team volunteered to shovel for Snow Angels during the first big snow this winter. (Contributed photo)

Just Posted

Sports Briefs

Your top athletes and teams

VIDEO: Dog behaviourist holds classes to raise funds for NARA

Holidays are a busy time for rescue agencies

Residential projects delayed for years in Terrace pick back up

LNG confidence a catalyst for progression, developers say

Terrace one step closer to first pot shop

Public hearing on BC Cannabis store in Skeena Mall scheduled for Dec. 10

City of Terrace leaps into real estate market

Expects that Canada LNG project will spark developer interest

VIDEO: This B.C. school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF

Federally funded Kids Boost Immunity uses quizzes to earn vaccinations

Small quake recorded west of Vancouver Island

No injuries or tsunami warning after 5.4 rumble felt some 400 kilometres from Victoria

B.C. suspends Chinese portion of Asian forestry trade mission due to Huawei arrest

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of U.S. in Vancouver

Canadians spent $1.7 billion dollars online in December 2017

Online retail sales accounted for 3.4 per cent of total retail sales

2-year investigations nets $900,000 in refunds for payday loan customers

Consumer Protection BC says selling practices were ‘aggressive and deceptive’

China: Canada’s detention of Huawei exec ‘vile in nature’

Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet company

1 of 2 B.C. men wanted in connection to home invasion, explosives in custody

Cameron Cole is charged with two counts of possessing an improvised explosive device

Judge rules private landowners can’t block public access to B.C. lake

The Nicola Valley ranch’s position was that it owned Stoney Lake and Minnie Lake

Half of Canada’s chinook salmon populations in decline: scientists

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife In Canada says some are in danger of disappearing

Most Read