FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Senior Care Foundation hopes a sizeable donation will help them continue providing essential programs for seniors.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited presented the Senior Care Foundation with a cheque for $30,000 in January.

According to an email from CNRL Operations Superintendent Richard Calliou, “At Canadian Natural, we are strongly committed to investing in the communities where we live and work. By working together with local organizations, we support initiatives that have a direct impact on the quality of life and wellbeing of communities. We are proud to support the Fort St. John and Area Senior Care Foundation and their programs, which will make a positive and lasting impact for the region.”

Fort St. John Senior Care Centre Foundation President Roxanne Chmelyk says the funds will go to Meals On Wheels as well as the new Reach Out program.

Reach Out is a virtual program designed to create a social atmosphere for seniors having trouble connecting during the pandemic. The program brings musical events with refreshments, and a time to socialize and dance.

Chmelyk says the seniors miss their live events.

“They’re very lonely and they just need a bit of stimulation. They really enjoyed the music, and we used to do that on a weekly basis on Friday, Saturday, Sunday afternoons,” said Chmelyk.

Having familiar faces and familiar people around brings stability to their lives, and Chmelyk says it’s something they’re trying to bring back through the virtual program.

“It maybe instills a little bit of peace or contentment in their bodies, instead of the anxiety of what is going on around here.”

The Fort St John Senior Care Foundation works to keep seniors comfortable at home longer. The Foundation raises funds to support Meals on Wheels and light housekeeping.