Strong partnership means a stronger community

Panorama joins forces with Sidney SeniorCare to benefit senior community

Shauna Dorko of Sidney SeniorCare is looking forward to making a difference in the community.

A new public-private partnership is hoping to benefit the local senior community.

Panorama Recreation and Sidney SeniorCare recently joined forces to form a partnership they hope will bring more diversity in programming as well as more health and wellness to the local senior community.

“[This partnership] was the next logical step to providing superior community health and welfare to our senior population,” said Shauna Dorko, the president and CEO of Sidney SeniorCare. “Our goal is to enrich the quality of life of each and every client of ours and really make a significant difference in our communities.”

The partnership has also seen Sidney SeniorCare get on board with Panorama’s Elder College program as the program’s sponsor.

“By us creating these partnerships in the community it enables us to enhance they types and number or programs we’re able to offer,” explained Lisa Sneek, the marketing co-ordinator for Panorama Recreation Centre.

The partnership will eventually see the installation of enhanced Elder College programs at the Greenglade Community Centre in addition to possible new programming at the recreation centre, Sneek said, adding that more information on the programming is to come in the next few months.

Sidney SeniorCare has been offering customized services for seniors for more than 10 years and is currently the largest private home support agency on Vancouver Island.

Their goal, Dorko said, is to help seniors maintain their independence in the comfort of their own homes while remaining an integral part of the community — something which can be achieved through the new partnership and keeping seniors active.

The partners are offering an open house on Thursday, Jan. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. and again from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Greenglade Community Centre in Sidney (2151 Lannon Way) to offer a chance for all to attend.

“The idea is seniors can attend during the day and families or caretakers of seniors who might work during the day can attend in the evening,” said Sneek, adding that there will be door prizes, free membership giveaways, refreshments and information on Elder College course offerings during the open house.

Watch for more on the partnership in the News Review.