Brella Community Services Society (formerly Seniors Come Share Society)
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In 1977, Ellen Sinclair (now Kennett), Ida Miller, Joyce Kennett, Joyce Palmer, Muriel Brodie, and Reverend Howard Filsinger recognized that dedicated services were needed to support their older neighbours who struggled with feelings of loneliness and isolation. The founding members, four of whom would become our first board of directors, learned about the Adult Day Program that was offered in a couple of neighbourhoods in Vancouver, and they determined that a similar program would have a huge impact in White Rock/South Surrey.
Knowing that the federal government provided funding under the New Horizons for Seniors initiative, they obtained the application package and met at the White Rock Health Centre to write the first grant application. To their delight, they received word from the government that their submission was successful. The White Rock Come Share Society was born, and the first Adult Day Program for Older Adults opened in White Rock.
The initial grant from New Horizons only extended for one year, but that was sufficient time to demonstrate the value of the Day Program. The Board went into high gear writing grant applications and making presentations to potential funders. Their efforts were rewarded by receiving long-term contracts from, initially, the Ministry of Health and, eventually, the Fraser Health Authority, whose financial support continues to this day.
Over the decades, the Adult Day Program evolved from being provided two days a week to six days and expanded to include three locations: South Surrey, Newton, and Guildford. The White Rock Come Sha
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