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Special Bulletin: SSC COVID-19 October 2020

As we move further into fall, we all have a role in staying healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please read through this entire bulletin and discuss it with those closest to you.

Cases of Covid-19 are climbing steadily, with nearly 1,800 confirmed cases in Alberta, including one each in Canmore and Banff. The number of active cases now is much higher than the 60 that existed when the states of emergency were originally declared last March. Since studies show that there are about five undiagnosed cases for every diagnosed one, we can assume that there are about a dozen cases in the Valley right now. Tragically 280 Albertans have died, most of whom were seniors.

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Special Bulletin: COVID-19 September 2020

As we move into fall, we all have a role in staying healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please read through this entire bulletin and discuss it with those closest to you.

Cases of Covid-19 are climbing steadily, with 1,571 confirmed cases in Alberta, including two in Canmore. The number of active cases in Alberta is far higher now than the 60 that existed in March when the states of emergency were declared. Since studies show that there are about five undiagnosed cases for every diagnosed one, we can assume that there are about twelve cases in Canmore right now. Tragically 265 Albertans have died, most of whom were seniors.

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Special Bulletin June 9, 2020

NEWS:

From Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health

  • With regard to a resurgence of cases in Alberta over the weekend: “We are seeing recent pockets of spread, suggesting that people think that they can relax precautions as a result of the slowdown in cases…I think that’s why we need to always be reminding people that this is not over, that the low numbers are a result of the work we’ve done together, that COVID has NOT gone away.” 

  • The province’s relaunch plans will be successful only if people continue to work together to make sure those numbers stay low…people may be tempted to believe they no longer need to take precautions. Unfortunately, this is NOT the case. It is CRITICAL that all of us continue to take steps to protect our community.”

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Special Bulletin May 14, 2020

NEWS:

From Alberta’s Premier 

“Your efforts and tremendous sacrifices have so far succeeded in containing the spread of the virus far below the devastating scale of the outbreak in many other places…”

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Special Bulletin May 1, 2020

NEWS: From Alberta’s Premier

 “Your efforts and tremendous sacrifices have so far succeeded in containing the spread of the virus far below the devastating scale of the outbreak in many other places…”

From Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health

 “I am grateful for the collective efforts and sacrifices of Albertans that have built a barrier between our communities and what could have been an overwhelming surge of cases…I want to stress that the fight against this virus is far from over…we must continue to work together to manage risk, use common sense and remain vigilant to contain this virus. We are all in this together.”

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December 2019 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin December 2019

NEWS, INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

 Alberta Budget 2020

The provincial government released their first budget intentions in November, and while details are still forthcoming, we have been directed to cease taking new applications to the Rent Supplement Program and to suspend adding new clients to the program from the waitlist. We have also been told to expect reductions to the Rent Supplement Program budget, as well as relatively small reductions to our Social Housing Program operating budget.

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November 2019 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin November 2019

NEWS INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

 Alberta Budget 2020

The provincial government released their first budget intentions in November, and while details are still forthcoming, we have been directed to cease taking new applications to the Rent Supplement Program and to suspend adding new clients to the program from the waitlist.

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October 2019 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

MONTHLY BULLETIN

September 2019

NEWS, INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

 Bow River Seniors Lodge Fall Tea Party

We will embrace the fall with a special tea party in October. We hope that a festive atmosphere and seasonal treats will help us accept the end of summer in the Bow Valley!

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September 2019 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin

September 2019

NEWS, INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

 Bow River Seniors Lodge Fall Tea Party We will embrace the fall with a special tea party in October. We hope that a festive atmosphere and seasonal treats will help us accept the end of summer in the Bow Valley!

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August 2019 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin August 2019

NEWS, INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

 Designated Supportive Living Operations Planning Senior management continues to work on the development of an operating model in collaboration with Alberta Health Services and other relevant professionals in preparation for operations following the construction of Phase 2.

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June 2019 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin

June 2019

NEWS, INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

 Bow River Seniors’ Lodge Spring Garden Party Our Second Annual Spring Garden Party was held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, to kick off Seniors Week in Alberta. It was a sunny afternoon full of fellowship, live music, snacks, fun activities and more, and it as all for free! Thank you to everyone who helped put it on, and to all who attended and helped make it great!

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May 2019 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin

May 2019

ACTIVE INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

 Bow River Seniors’ Lodge Spring Garden Party

Please join us at our Annual Spring Garden Party on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Feel free to drop in anytime, to kick off Seniors Week in Alberta and enjoy community, live music,

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April 2019 BVRH MOnthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin

April 2019

ACTIVE INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

Bow River Seniors’ Lodge Spring Garden Party

Please join us at our Annual Spring Garden Party on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Feel free to drop in anytime, to kick off Seniors Week in Alberta and enjoy community, live music, snacks, fun activities and more, all for free! Doors will open at 1:00 p.mm with activities running until 4:00 p.m.

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March 2019 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin March 2019

ACTIVE INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

 2018 External Audit

Kenway Mack Slusarchuk Stewart LLP presented the 2018 Audit Report and Financial Statements to the Board of Directors at the February regular meeting.

 2019 Municipal Requisition

The annual requisition packages will be provided to our contributing members in April, 2019. The requisition subsidizes our seniors’ lodge supportive living program.

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February 2019 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin February 2019 ACTIVE INITIATIVES AND EVENTS BVRH Housing Needs Study The consultant is currently incorporating all feedback and information collected during reviews of

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November 2018 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

ACTIVE INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

2018 Housing Needs Study

The consultant is currently incorporating all feedback and information collected during reviews of the draft report.

2019 Policy Review

Senior management has conducted a full policy review. The board will be asked to review the recommended changes and additions in 2019.

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October 2018 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

ACTIVE INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

2018 Strategic Planning

The board has approved the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.

BVRH Bylaw review

The board has approved the updated BVRH Bylaws.

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September 2018 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

ACTIVE INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

2018 Strategic Planning

The board is nearing completion of updated strategic goals.

BVRH Bylaw review

The board is also nearing completion of the bylaw review.

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2018 BVRH May Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin                                                        May 2018

ACTIVE INITIATIVES

 Housing Needs Study         

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2018 BVRH April Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin

April 2018

ACTIVE INITIATIVES

 Housing Needs Study

Our study has moved into the analysis and reporting stage. The project schedule anticipates completion in June of 2018.

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2018 BVRH March Bulletin

ACTIVE INITIATIVES
 Governance Review
The CAO joined the board in a facilitation development session in March, during which organizational governance, including our enacting bylaws were reviewed. A full review of the bylaws will be conducted over the next several months.

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2018 BVRH February Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin
February 2018
 Housing Needs Study
Our study has moved into the analysis and reporting stage. The project schedule anticipates completion in May or June of 2018.

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2017 BVRH June Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin
June 2017

ACTIVE INITIATIVES
 This is Home Phase 3

CAO has submitted proposals to the Government of Alberta for the next phase

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2017 BVRH April Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin             

April 2017

ACTIVE INITIATIVES

This is Home Phase 3

CAO has submitted proposals to the Government of Alberta for the next phase, which is a consolidation of the previously-labelled phases 3 and 4 into a single project:

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2017BVRH March Bulletin

ACTIVE INITIATIVES
 This is Home Phases 3 and 4
CAO has submitted proposals to the Government of Alberta for the next two phases:
 Phase 3 envisions conversion of the Southeast wing of BRL into independent seniors’ accommodation. This will make efficient use of our available spaces to improve our

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2017 BVRH January Bulletin

BVRH Monthly Bulletin            January 2017

2016 Core Need Income Thresholds (CNIT)

The thresholds for Canmore, which control aspects of eligibility and revenue for social and affordable housing programs, do not adequately reflect the actual rental market. CAO is working with Canmore Community Housing Corp (CCHC) advocating for a revision. We are waiting to hear back from Alberta Seniors (Housing) and CMHC.

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2016 BVRH December Bulletin

BVRH Monthly Bulletin            December 2016

2016 Core Need Income Thresholds (CNIT)
The thresholds for Canmore, which control aspects of eligibility and revenue for social and affordable housing programs, do not adequately reflect the actual rental market. CAO is working with Canmore Community Housing Corp (CCHC) advocating for a revision. 

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2016 BVRH November Bulletin

BVRH Monthly Bulletin            November 2016

 

2016 Core Need Income Thresholds (CNIT)

The thresholds for Canmore, which control aspects of eligibility and revenue for social and affordable housing programs, do not adequately reflect the actual rental market. CAO is working with Canmore Community Housing Corp (CCHC) advocating for a revision.

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2016 BVRH October Bulletin

Work continues on a Bow Valley Housing Needs Study, which will give us the information we need to make sound decisions about how we can best meet the needs of the region, as well as support when seeking government assistance with meeting those needs.

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2016 BVRH September Bulletin

Work continues on a Bow Valley Housing Needs Study, which will give us the information we need to make sound decisions about how we can best meet the needs of the region, as well as support when seeking government assistance with meeting those needs.

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2016 BVRH August Bulletin

Chair and CAO attended a government-led engagement session. Topics discussed included: current state of affordable housing in Alberta; what works now; what can be improved; how to achieve desired outcomes and; roles and responsibilities of organizations that are part of the system.

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2016 BVRH July Bulletin

CAO attended this provincial association event, which included an asset management education component, as well as an address by the Minister of Seniors & Housing, the association’s AGM and, networking sessions.

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2016 BVRH June Bulletin

CAO presented 2 sessions on Fund Raising, and also facilitated a group discussion about the financial challenges faced by public housing bodies. The conference offered educational opportunities, a tradeshow featuring products and services used in the industry, government information sessions, and networking opportunities.

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2016 BVRH May Bulletin

Our request to use our 2015 operating surplus for back logged maintenance projects in 2016 has been approved by the Government of Alberta. This means we have extra money for maintenance this year.

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2016 BVRH April Bulletin

The board has approved the Audited 2015 Financial Statements. The auditors highlighted a very clean audit and positive business practices.

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2016 BVRH March Bulletin

BVRH has acquired fresh data regarding the need for seniors housing in our region, which we will use in decision making and advocacy. Highlights include:

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2016 BVRH February Bulletin

BVRH continues to assist the Government of Alberta with their efforts to house local victims of the southern flooding. This program is winding down; just two tenants remain in place.

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2016 BVRH January Bulletin

The board approved revisions to minimum and maximum lodge accommodation rates, as well as hospitality package rates effective July 1, 2016. The board also approved new additional personal service fee rates effective January 1, 2016.

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BVRH December Bulletin

The BVRH board has approved our 2016-2020 Business Plan, which was developed in accordance to our updated strategic plan. Our core mission, vision, values and goals remain in place, having evolved to some degree.

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BVRH November Bulletin

The BVRH board and senior administration engaged in a planning workshop in September to up date our strategic plan for the period of 2016-2020. The session confirmed the directions taken over the previous period, and refocused our efforts for the next period.

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BVRH October Bulletin

The investigation continues and is expected to take years to generate a report. Damage to the Bow River Seniors Lodge has been confirmed to be mostly non-structural, with very little in the way of structural concerns. Two lodge residential units are out of commission pending repairs. The repair project is being managed by the Province of Alberta, and is in the early stages of tendering.

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BVRH September Bulletin

The investigation continues and is expected to take years to generate a report. Damage to the Bow River Seniors Lodge has been confirmed to be mostly non-structural, with very little in the way of structural concerns. Two lodge residential units are out of commission pending repairs. The repair project is being managed by the Province of Alberta, and is in the early stages of tendering.

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BVRH August Bulletin

The RGI program launched on June 1, 2015, with the transition for existing lodge residents having commenced on July 1, 2015. The board received the monthly communication strategy update.

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June 17th Bow River Lodge Update

Spring brought good news to BVRH with the announcement of $6 million in funding from the Alberta Government for Phase Two of the This is Home Project. With matching funds from BVRH, Phase Two will include construction of a 60-unit facility offering Level Three and Four care for seniors facing physical frailty, memory loss, or other issues requiring dedicated nursing support. 

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BVRH June Bulletin

The launch of the RGI program well underway. It will be implemented June 1, 2015 with the transition for existing lodge residents’ beginning July 1, 2015. The board received the monthly communication strategy update.

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Bulletin: RGI & Building Project

Check out this special bulletin for more information about our two biggest ongoing initiatives: RGI and the building project. Also, we broke ground last week on the This Is Home project! See images below! 

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BVRH May Bulletin

The annual site inspection used to determine our ability to operate the lodge by the government took place in early March marking the third year in a row that we achieved a perfect score!

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BVRH April Bulletin

Senior managers from Kenway Mack Slusarchuk Stewart presented the audit results and year-end financial statements for 2014. The presenters discussed internal control observations and highlighted the fact that no significant weaknesses were found, nor were any fraudulent or illegal activities detected. 

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BVRH March Bulletin

The board learned that development of a Rent Geared to Income (RGI) program was making good progress and was on schedule. The board reviewed a first draft lodge operations budget. The board was provided with key assumption information. CAO invited feedback during the meeting and over the period until the February regular board meeting. Any changes to the draft budget will be presented for consideration at that meeting. 

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GOOD NEWS FROM THE BVRH BOARD!

The Alberta Government announced last week that it will provide $6 million in ASLI (Affordable Supportive Living Initiative) funding for Phase Two of the Bow Valley Regional Housing (BVRH) This is Home Project. 

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BVRH January Bulletin

The board held its annual elections on December 16, 2014. Regular meetings of the Board will be held at Bow River Seniors Lodge on the fourth Thursday of every month at 9:00am unless otherwise stated.

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BVRH December Bulletin

The board agreed to explore the development of a comprehensive fundraising program for BVRH further under the guiding principle that we cannot be great without philanthropy. Next steps include: development of an initial budget to fund early program exploration and; hold a fundraising workshop with KEA Canada and the BVRH board.

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