Branch 93

Branch 93

Branch #93 has a very busy Activity Centre. With over 550 members we are open Monday through Friday 9am to 3pm for activities and lunches. Our Centre is governed by both the BCOAPO constitution and the constitution of our local Non Profit Society.

The name of this Society is:

THE OLD AGE PENSIONERS’ ORGANIZATION BRANCH #93 WILLIAMS LAKE AND DISTRICT SENIORS’ ACTIVITY CENTRE SOCIETY.

One arm of this Society consists of a nine member Board of Directors who handle the logistics of operating the Centre including office management, rentals, building maintenance, kitchen operations, grant applications, activities etc. The other arm is the OAPO Branch #93 of which we have 12 – 15 core members. This group initiates and executes many events throughout the year, deals with the political aspects of seniors’ rights and needs, and works to keep our seniors informed on issues affecting us all.

Much of our fundraising income goes to assisting with the maintenance of our Centre, but we also donate to scholarships and charities, both locally and further afield. The Covid years were difficult for all branches. To help our members through this difficult time, we organized hugely popular safe events like our “parking lot coffee house” during the summer of 2020, and several drive through “dinners out the door” during 2020 and 2021.

Very grateful to be full steam ahead in 2022, we hosted the 2022 BCOAPO annual convention, which was pretty low in attendance but big on enthusiasm. We are looking forward to another great year for 2023.

We would love to hear how your branch has been faring!

Tina Derksen,

President

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Branch #126

Black Creek OAPO #126 became Branch Member of BCOAPO January 1975.

Originally, we leased the Hall and renamed the building Halbe Hall after Mr. Bill Halbe who had donated the Land. Our OAPO#126 has been maintaining and repairing the hall and provided a Seniors Community Center for 45 plus years.

We were fortunate in November 2020 The Campbell River and District Adult Care Society has been renting our Hall for Adult Day Care. The Adult Day Care seniors are provided with lunch, many activities and is run by Island Health.

Our Member groups started meeting again in September 2021 with Covid restrictions in place. Our Rental groups have been able to return this year in 2022. We are fortunate that several ladies from Cumberland have joined Halbe Hall as members and life members. We are grateful for their help and input.

First Larger Activities since Covid in 2020

1. Birthday Party: We were able to have 95 Birthday Party at Halbe Hall for our Life Member Vicki .

2. First Fund Raiser this July 2022. Some of our senior members had not seen each other since COVID and they enjoyed visiting and selling their 2 years of knitting. Members and friends brought baking, books, white elephant gifts to sell. We had a Raffle

3. Our Art Group had Art Show fund raiser. We wish to thank our Members, their Families and friends for volunteering. Great appreciation of the Black Creek Community for donations of money and products, and great support of our Fund Raiser. We would like to thank the Communities from Campbell River, Black Creek, Courtenay and Cumberland for their continuing support.

4. Fall Start Up Our Member groups Start in September and usually go to end of May.

Our Member Groups are:

a. Craft Tuesday 10 am to 12 pm contact Frances York 250 923-5131.

b. Whist Group Wednesday Evening 7 pm to 9 pm Contact Al Jonsson 250 923-3935.

c. Art Group Thursdays 10:30 am to 2:30 pm (bring lunch) Contact Trudi Garratt 250 337-5037 or email trudigarratt@gmail.com

d. Halbe Hall rentals phone 250 337-5388

Our cost of Membership is $15.00 per Calendar Year.

For Memberships contact President Al Jonsson 250 923-3935 or Secretary Trudi Garratt 250-337-5037 or email trudigarratt@gmail.com


We work with various organizations and community partners to promote the concerns of seniors.

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Branch #170

 

Our branch is opening again with activities for members of our community.

Prior to Covid we had yoga, exercises for seniors, bridge, music nights, carpet bowling, writing class, weekly Blood Pressure and blood sugar clinics, a painters group, and a variety of speakers for our monthly meetings and occasional luncheons that were either catered or pot-luck. We hope to build these activities once again.

Currently we have yoga and carpet bowling, and monthly meetings with refreshments or a meal. We hope to have more lunches this winter and our monthly music night (Old Timers Café) is planning to start again soon. We also rent out our rooms to those needing a space for an event. This October we will be celebrating our 40th anniversary as a member of BCOAPO.

Annual Membership - $15

We have a website with current events www.fulfordseniors.com and we can be contacted through secretary@fulfordseniors.com

You can also contact us by phone: Gladys Campbell at 250 653-4336

Branch #69 ( MATSQUI OLD AGE PENSIONERS ORGANIZATION )

On March 6, 1974 the branch was started with 24 members and have been advocating
for seniors issues ever since. Resolutions have been put forward to government, both
provincial and federal to get better pensions, and pharma care to name a couple.


Our branch has several different card groups, bridge, whist, cribbage, and bingo. We
are also open to new things. If you have an idea that you would like to see for this
group please contact the people listed below. We welcome new people!


Our branch owns the facility that we meet in and also rent it out to the community for
events. The facility is located at 3106 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford, BC.


Monthly meetings are held on the 2 nd Tuesday of each month. Everyone Welcome!!
Contact: Deana Fisher, Secretary, at icicle@telus.net or Bob Dusang, President, at
bdusang@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Branch #126

Black Creek OAPO #126 became Branch Member of BCOAPO January 1975.
Originally, we leased the Hall and renamed the building Halbe Hall after Mr. Bill Halbe who had
donated the Land. Our OAPO#126 has been maintaining and repairing the hall and provided a Seniors
Community Center for 45 plus years.


We were fortunate in November 2020 The Campbell River and District Adult Care Society has been
renting our Hall for Adult Day Care. The Adult Day Care seniors are provided with lunch, many activities
and is run by Island Health. Our Hall rentals are steady and many of our regular renters have returned
after covid.


We are fortunate that several ladies from Cumberland have joined Halbe Hall as members and life
members. We are grateful for their help and input.


The craft Ladies knit all year round for our Bazaar Sales. Thank you to all our members for providing
Baking, Knitting, Crafts, Member Art Shows and volunteering to to help set up and provide their warm
and fun personalities at our Bazaars.


Last Year 2023 was very busy with Member and Friends Halloween Party and lunch.


Three (3) Bazaars-Fund Raisers & Member Art Show Fundraisers; and Celebration of Life.
1. May 2023 Spring/ Mother’s Day Bazaar and Fundraiser.
2. July 2023 Christmas in July Bazaar and Outdoor vendors from the community help to make it a
special day.
3. October 2023 Members Family and Friend-HALLOWEEN Party lunch and games.
4. November 2023 Celebration of Life for Life Member Vicky E. who for over 20 years organized
kitchen for our Bazaar lunches, member special dinners.
5. December 2,2023 Christmas Bazaar and Fundraiser. Member Art Show
Beautiful Day- members and our communities had great fun.


Special Thank You
We wish to thank our Members, their Families and friends for volunteering. Great appreciation
to the Black Creek Community for donations of money and products, and great support of our
Fund Raiser. We would like to thank the Communities from Campbell River, Black Creek,
Merville, Courtenay and Cumberland for their continuing support.


Fall Start Up
Our Member groups Start in September and usually go to end of May.
You do not have to be a senior to join Black Creek OAPO #126 Halbe Hall
2024 Planned Bazaar Fundraisers -Saturday May 11, 2024, -July 13,2024 - Nov 30,2024


Our Member Groups are:


a. Craft Tuesday 10 am to 12 pm contact Frances York 250 923-5131.
b. Whist Group Wednesday Evening 7 pm to 9 pm Contact Al Jonsson 250 923-3935.
c. Art Group Thursdays 10:30 am to 2:30 pm (bring lunch) Contact Trudi Garratt 250 337-5037 or
email trudigarratt@gmail.com
d. Halbe Hall rentals phone 250 337-5388


Our cost of Membership is $15.00 per Calendar Year. Do not have to be a senior to Join
For Memberships contact President Al Jonsson 250 923-3935 or
Secretary Trudi Garratt 250-337-5037 or email trudigarratt@gmail.com