Port Colborne needs somebody to be a snow buddy

Jan 17, 2020 by James Culic  Port Colborne Leader

Old Man Winter may be going light on Port Colborne this season, but on the few occasions that snow has hit the city, it has left seniors in a tight spot.

“Snow buddies is not working,” said Ward 2 Coun. Angie Desmarais. “We’re not able to find enough volunteers.”

The snow buddies program is a regional initiative that attempts to pair up seniors who still live at home with spry youngsters who don’t mind shovelling the driveway.

Because snow shovelling is so strenuous it’s often cited by seniors as the reason they have to move into retirement homes, according to Desmarais

“Without some assistance, they can’t stay there (at home),” said Desmarais, who urged people to sign up to be a snow buddy if they are able to shovel.

For more information about the snow buddies program, including how to sign up, visit the website at www.cssn.ca/leaf-and-snow-buddies-program/