“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

Leo Buscaglia

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of those 50+ who are living independently in the community, but need to connect with peers who can facilitate discussions on Planning One’s Journey to Wellness. OASIS is uniquely tailored to build on older adults’ strengths, maximize their potential and optimize physical wellness.

Volunteering with the OASIS program is easy, training is provided, and you will meet new people while learning about important issues for local seniors. We work with you to design a volunteer experience that fits your schedule and uses your skills and strengths. The ideal candidate is integrated into the community and is living in an older adult living situation with a common room that can host educational sessions.

The Older Adults Sharing Information on Substance use (OASIS) program at Pathways Addictions Resource Centre is looking for Peer Volunteers in Penticton and the South Okanagan Region.  The goal of the program is education and counselling support to raise awareness, encourage healthy lifestyles and develop successful strategies to reduce the risk of substance use and medication misuses.

Peer Support Volunteer:

Who: We need friendly, outgoing adults (50+) who are interested in healthy lifestyle issues

What:  Leading conversation circles for older adults in the community (50+ YOU MATTER)

When:  About 6 hours a month for a minimum of 6 months preferred

Where: In pre-arranged community service locations around the South Okanagan

Why:  To offer older adults opportunities to socialize and talk about healthy lifestyles. Share information and resources with older adults in the community. Help link older adults to community services.

Qualifications: Requires a valid Driver’s License, references, and a criminal record check.

A complete volunteer training program is provided!   Volunteers will meet new people and gain communication & group facilitation skills. Volunteers will also learn about healthy lifestyles and community resources and gain experience working with older adults.

For more information: Bonnie Kooistra, OASIS Outreach Coordinator, 250-809-4743 oasis@pathwaysaddictions.ca

Pathways Addictions Resource Centre has been proudly serving the citizens of Penticton for over 43 years.  Pathways continues to foster the well-being of the whole person and their connectedness to self, family and community when dealing with substance use and addictions.