COVID-19: Website for Burnaby Residents on How and Where to Seek Care

medical aidBurnaby residents and patients of Burnaby Physicians and Nurse Practitioners can access the website for information about how and where to seek care regarding COVID-19.

This is a new website, hosted by the Burnaby Primary Care Network, in collaboration with the City and other service providers. Currently, it offers a link to the COVID19 self-assessment tool, which steers people who may be sick to the appropriate course of action, including telephone and video conference consultation with a physician, and screening appointments where appropriate. Soon, the site will be expanded to include links to the various services available for people who have been affected socially and financially by the Coronavirus. The site is constantly being updated to stay in compliance with the latest information and criteria from the BC Centre for Disease Control. It is an excellent, accurate, and up-to-date resource.


COVID-19: Community Support Programs for Seniors

important noticeThe United Way and London Drugs are partnering to provide help to seniors and other isolated individuals during the COVID-19 crisis. They are also offering volunteer opportunities. To get help or to volunteer please visit United Way’s “local love in a Global Crisis” website.

In addition, London Drugs has also set up a dedicated resource to help seniors on a one-on-one basis.   Caregivers and family members can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if they know of a family member who might be isolated and in desperate need of any essential items or medications.  This email option is a new way specifically for seniors to get assistance.  For more information about this click here.


Caregiver Connection Newsletter and Enews

Caregiver Connection is a free quarterly newsletter published by the Family Caregivers of BC. It contains interesting and informative articles directly related to caregiving issues that help build a stronger family caregiver community.

The online Enews keeps you up to date monthly on relevant caregiver news, resources and opportunities.

Click here to find out more about the Caregiver Connection newsletter and enews.


BC Expands 211 Hotline to Pair Seniors with Volunteers

You can now call 2-1-1 or visit  if you are a senior in need, or would like to volunteer with a senior in your community to check in on them or help pick-up groceries/prescriptions. The helpline takes calls 7 days/week to help keep seniors safe.

To read more on what extra measures the BC Government is doing to help seniors and bolster seniors’ supports at community service agencies in the province click here.

Help seniors stay safe


The New Dementians

A Multicultural Dementia Friendly, Intergenerational Choir!

Artistic Director - Jennyfer Hatch, MTA, Certified Music Therapist

Most Saturdays from 10:30am-12:00pm at 2055 Rosser Ave., Burnaby
Come sing and socialize! Nutritious food and drinks provided.  For more information call 604-291-2258.

The New Dementians Choir


BSOSS, BCS and Burnaby Meals on Wheels Appoint New Executive Director

Alexandra Munroe has been appointed as the Executive Director of Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society (BSOSS), Burnaby Community Services (BCS), and Burnaby Meals on Wheels effective December 17, 2019.  Alex has a track record of success as a strategic and operational leader with an engaging personality.  Alex’s background includes working as Vice-President of Administration and Human Resources in the for-profit tech industry, and she has held leadership roles within the seniors’ health care sector.  Her extensive experience in management and HR is key to our organizations.  Other requirements for this job include outstanding communication skills, along with a commitment to fundraising and to building a sustainable plan that ensures the societies continue to serve the Burnaby community.

As background, the Boards established a search committee comprising of Larry Ho, Rahim Rajan, Danelle Laidlaw, and Evelyn Gut  to undertake the search for an Executive Director.  Career Contacts, an experienced executive search firm was engaged to undertake this search.

An Executive Brief describing the opportunity was posted in October.  This brief was used to market the opportunity resulting in over 68 individuals declaring their candidacy for this role.  Career Contacts evaluated and screened all these candidates and conducted in-depth interviews with 12 individuals.  5 candidates were selected for interviews and 2 candidates were invited for a second interview.

Please join us in welcoming Alex to her new position as Executive Director.  We have every confidence that she will thrive in her new position and be a welcome new driving force in our organization.


Danelle Laidlaw
President BSOSS