Some of the goodies you can grab when you colour the purple irises in this week’s issue of the Hope Standard. Submitted photo

LETTER: Colouring for a cause, a win-win for our Elders


June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), as designated by the United Nations in 2006. This day is dedicated to coming together and holding events to raise awareness of worldwide elder abuse.

Today, while we are in the midst of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, with isolation and social distancing in effect for the past few months, our elders are even more isolated and vulnerable. This year we are unable to hold the usual events held on this day – information tables set up at Buy-Low and Save-On. As an initiative of Hope CRN (Community Response Network) we are holding this first-time-ever event – a colouring contest, featuring our iconic symbol of WEAAD – the purple iris.

The contest is open to everyone. Flip to page 12, our back page, to get colouring.

Printed copies of the colouring sheets will also be available at Hope Community Services. Entries will be accepted through June 30 and should be dropped off at Hope Community Services.

Every entry will receive their choice of reminder items when dropping off their masterpiece. Choices include a flashlight, zipper pull, mini-notebook, pen, post-it notes, iris notecards, a pillbox, lens cleaner with a pouch or a stylus.

The winning entry will receive a distinctive cotton tote bag, filled with an array of useful personal items plus a gift card.

Don’t wait – start colouring now for a cause. Together, we can colour the world of our seniors brighter, happier and safer by raising awareness of elder abuse.

Call Hope Community Services 604-869-2466 or email

Sharlene Harrison-Hinds

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