Community Care for Seniors receives a welcome donation from RTOERO

A SILVER LINING- (Back Row, L-R) Gerry Watts, District President RTO/ERO, Sheila Van Soelen, Member of District 19, Pronica Janikowski, PEC Community Care Director, David Fox, District 19 Member and PEC Community Care Director, Debbie MacDonald Moynes, Executive Director at PEC Community Care, (Front Row, L-R) Margaret Werkhoven, District Secretary and past PEC Community Care Chair, Phyllis Davis, Member, Diane Turrall, District Treasurer, MaryLynn Lester, Secretary at PEC Community Care, Barb Proctor, Chair of the PEC Community Care Board, George McNabb, Member (Sarah Williams/Gazette Staff).

SARAH WILLIAMS

STAFF WRITER

On Tuesday, November 22nd, members of the Hastings and Prince Edward, District 19, Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTOERO) donated $1,000 to The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association. This welcome gift was made possible by an unexpected surplus for the non-profit organization.

“A silver lining to the pandemic,” said President Gerry Watts. “Because of Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions we find ourselves in the unusual situation of having a surplus at year-end. As a non-profit organization, our income and expenditures need to balance.”

As Watts described, how best to handle the unexpected windfall of money was easily decided when considering the important work conducted by local Community Care agencies. The work of these agencies is also in line with one of RTOERO’s strategic goals to improve the lives of members and seniors.

Six Community Care for Seniors agencies in the area were beneficiaries of the surplus. These local support services are only partially funded by Ontario Health East, along with donations moderate client fees and fundraising. They operate with minimal staff and countless volunteers, many of which are RTOERO members.

In consideration of these factors, Dictrict 19 RTOERO donated $1,000 to Community Care agencies in North Hastings, Centre Hastings, South Hastings, Prince Edward and Quinte West, and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Home Support Program.

These organizations provide a laundry list of services, including programs and services for older adults, such as hot and frozen Meals on Wheels, foot care, grocery pick-up and delivery, escorted transportation for medical appointments, community stroke support, help with forms, telephone reassurance calls. They also host social and recreational programs.

“Our agency has a long history of connections with the RTOERO and have found that they are responsive and well in tune with the community. This donation of $1,000.00 comes at a time when the pandemic has forced the on and off closure of our main fundraising venture-Community Care’s Thrift Shop at 153 Main Street in Picton-and really shows how much the RTOERO cares about the community where their members live. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” said Debbie MacDonald Moynes, Executive Director of The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association.

RTOERO, with more than 80,000 members, is Canada’s largest membership organization for education workers and retirees. Its vision is “a healthy, active future for every member of the education retiree community in Canada. District 19 Hastings and Prince Edward has a membership of 1032 retired teachers, administrators, and other education workers.

For more information about RTOERO contact Gerry Watts, President of District 19 at: president19@districts.rtoero.ca

For more information about The Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors Association, please call: 613-476-7493 or visit: www.communitycareforseniors.org