I had a terrific experience this morning as the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Wellington. They invited me to give an update on the programs and services currently available through Community Care. I’ve spoken to this group of Rotarians before and it was always in person. This time it was on Zoom and it was the first opportunity I’d had to present this way.
Things got off to a slow start as the members of the Club worked their way through how to have a meeting with some people in the room (physically distanced of course) and some on Zoom. Everyone was very patient and convivial about the whole thing.
I offered to speak with or without a powerpoint presentation. Having slides has its good and bad points and sometimes I opt to just use my words to paint a picture. They thought the slides would be good to have so I was successful in sharing my screen so they could see what I’d prepared.
At the end of the presentation there were some great questions that I seemed to answer to the satisfaction of those present. I sent an email with materials and contact information because leaving pamphlets is now out of the question even if I’d been in the room. I received an email shortly thereafter from the President who said “You gave a great presentation, thank you very much for joining us today. I will be happy to circulate the information.”
If you want information on what’s available through Community Care to help seniors live at home then I’d be happy to join your online meeting. I’m not willing at this time to come to any in-person meetings but there aren’t many groups meeting that way right now anyway. Just thought I’d put out there that I’ve now been successful as an online guest speaker so if you have a spot on your speaker list think of Community Care.
For information about Community Care services you can call 613-476-7493 and leave a detailed message so we can call you back; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or check our website at www.communitycareforseniors.org .
If you want information on community-based services – services offered by Community Care and other agencies, too – there are a few ways to get that information. You can start by calling 211 on your telephone or by accessing this comprehensive database at www.ontario211.ca .
When you use the database the system will default to a 100km range and bring up way too much information. Before clicking “search” just change that to 10km range and you’ll find more local services. Another option is to access the Ontario Community Support Association on-line “Care Finder” that provides information on Community Support Services in all of Ontario.
Check it out at www.caredove.com/ocsa and enter the city in the search box.
-Debbie MacDonald Moynes