We are a couple who have just recently established a daycare for early and mid-dementia. When our daycare starts we will need assistance with our different therapeutic programs, such as music, exercise, art, and cognitive rehab. We will mostly be incorporating the Montessori philosophy and methods in the delivery of our programs. The daycare at this stage will be small in scale, providing a homelike environment. It will be run as a non-profit society. The maximum number of attendees will be 8 and the program will initially run twice a week for 5 hours a day with the goal of expanding it to four times a week. We will be providing a nutritious lunch each day for the residents. Our volunteers will be oriented to the philosophy and design of our program and will assist us in its implementation. We have had workawayers for the last few years and have made friends with many of them. We enjoy meeting people from different cultures and like to share with them our Canadian way of life. Our 109-year-old brick home is located on a half acre where we grow some vegetables and herbs and have a good number of fruit trees. Clayburn Village is a very small rural community in between Abbotsford and Mission.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We like to go to different cultural events in our community which helpers can share in. We can share with them the knowledge of the area and go on short trips with them. We often will be eating together and will have plenty of time for discussions, games and other shared activities.
When our daycare starts we will need help in running different therapeutic programs, for example in art, music, exercise and cognitive rehabilitation. Our volunteers will be part of a team. Ideally, there would be a minimum of three people for eight attendees. You would never work alone in the daycare. We would also need help in preparing meals and household chores when time permits. Volunteers would have oversight in their work.
We also need help in the garden, building a workshop extension or putting together a new workshop, building raised garden beds.
We have a large room in our house with two queen sized beds and a full bathroom with jetted tub. Internet and television are included in the room. Would have complete use of the rest of the house.
We are located close to the Fraser River. Vancouver is an hour bus or train ride away, and there are numerous hiking trails and lakes in the area. We also have great mountain biking trails. Bikes are available for workawayers. We are also a ten-minute drive to the Pacific Northwest of the United States with many interesting sites and landscapes.
We have become vegan recently so will not provide any meat or dairy or eggs in meals we provide, however, there will be eggs and dairy products for your own preparations.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week or up to 20 hours over a 2-3 day period