President’s Message Summer of 2020 Recap

President’s Message Summer of 2020 Recap

‘Hope you are all enjoying summer and getting outside frequently as physical distancing rules are being relaxed.

My parents are 88 and 89 this month and while they have been cautious, they have also been reasonable. My mom told me “I’d sooner die of COVID than die of loneliness missing contact with my great grandchildren.”

“I’d sooner die of COVID than die of loneliness missing contact with my great grandchildren.”

At Financial Concierge Inc., we have pivoted to working more with clients over the phone, email and Zoom calls. I had one initial meeting with a client with her inside her apartment building foyer and me in the vestibule between the exterior and interior doors with the interior door propped open 6” so that we could hear as well as see each other. With other clients, we resorted to Canada Post snail mail or exchanging envelopes from their mailboxes. With a few clients who were not high risk and wanting face-to-face meetings, we met outdoors or in large spaces and maintained a 2 metre distance.

What we have missed the most are our presentations to community and association groups. We hope these will resume soon even if a smaller group size. We are putting the final touches on an informal video featuring a Financial Concierge™ and a paralegal chatting about the importance of estate documents and the care required in who you appoint to the various roles.

We had 5 short videos professionally produced by Sergey Abramov with New West Video. The videos are here on our website under Resources. I would love your feedback on them!

We’re Growing!

It is hard to believe that Financial Concierge Inc. is already 2.5 years old! We are growing slowly and steadily in numbers. We now have:

  • Two Financial Concierges™ in BC (Victoria and Prince George);
  • Four in Calgary; and
  • Three in ON (Mississauga, Hamilton and Oshawa).

We are always open new team members. A typical Financial Concierge™ is a retired professional who loves working with seniors, is computer savvy, and looking for flexible part time work. Financial Concierges™ are employed as independent contractors. They must have a good to excellent credit score and a clear background check, including a vulnerable sector report. If you are interested or know someone who would be, reach out to us via our Contact Us page.

‘Bye for now.

Jill Chambers


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Health experts call for shift in COVID strategy, say current track is ‘a fool’s errand’

Health experts call for shift in COVID strategy, say current track is ‘a fool’s errand’

Article by Cormac Mac Sweeney and Hana Mae Nassar and originally posted here in CityNews 1130 (July 9, 2020)

COVID-19 virus

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. THE CANADIAN PRESS/NIAID-RML via AP

OTTAWA – A group of 18 prominent health experts in Canada, including the two previous chief public health officers of Canada, is calling on the federal and provincial governments to change their strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group is calling for an end to attempts to eliminate the coronavirus, instead advocating for an approach where Canadians would learn to live with it.

“It’s a fool’s errand,” Dr. Neil Rau, an infectious disease specialist with the University of Toronto, says. “We’re not going to win with that strategy.”

Rau argues business closures, mandatory masks, and complete border closures are doing more harm than good for employment and the wellbeing of our society, and adds these things disproportionately affect low income and racialized Canadians.

“Poverty has huge health impacts on people. Health is wealth, wealth is health,” Rau says.

He says trying to stamp out COVID-19 will not work and we need to accept that the coronavirus is with us at least until a vaccine is developed.

Rau joins other experts in calling on governments to further relax lockdown measures and not return to the Phase 1-style restrictions we saw in the spring, even if there is a second wave.

“We strongly believe that population health and equity are important considerations that must be applied to future decisions regarding pandemic management,” the open letter, dated July 6, reads.

“Canada must work to minimize the impact of COVID-19 by using measures that are practical, effective and compatible with our values and sense of social justice,” the letter adds. “We need to focus on preventing deaths and serious illness by protecting the vulnerable while enabling society to function and thrive.”

The experts are also concerned about the development of children and are calling on the federal government to create a national strategy to reopen schools in the fall across the country.

They note Canada needs to “improve infection prevention and control in long-term care and congregate living settings,” while also providing support for those who choose to isolate “when the disease is active.”

Support should also be provided to people “who have been adversely affected by COVID-19, or the consequences of the public health measures,” the letter adds.

“Canadians have developed a fear of COVID-19,” the experts write. “Going forward, they have to be supported in understanding their true level of risk, and learning how to deal with this disease, while getting on with their lives – back to work, back to school, and back to healthy lives and vibrant, active communities across this country.”

Jill at Financial Concierge’s comment:  It took more than 200 years and a worldwide vaccination program to smallpox.  Let’s get back to living and working!

Posted by Jill Chambers in Seniors Health and Wellness, 1 comment