Below you will find a list of more resources available to BC Residents. While we do our best to ensure that the information we provide is up to date, information about available services changes frequently. We encourage you to contact these services providers directly or visit their websites if you would like further information.
- QUEST Food Exchange – If you regularly access this grocery store and your card has expired or is due to expire, please note that you will still be able to access the store. QUEST will continue to honour all cards for one additional year beyond the current expiry date. There is no need to go in to one of their markets to have your card renewed at this time.
- Psychological First-Aid Services – All British Columbians now have access to free, psychological first-aid thanks to a collaboration between UBC Okanagan, the BC Psychological Association, and the Province of BC. The service will now provide telephone-based support to any BC resident experiencing stress, anxiety, or uncertainty related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Residents seeking assistance can access the service by calling 604-827-0847, or by filling out a short online form on the BCPA website. You will then be contacted by one of 200 volunteer registered psychologists within 24 to 48 hours.
- Seniors Abuse & Information Line – If you are an older adult who has been abused or mistreated call the Seniors Abuse & Information Line (SAIL) at 604-437-1940 or toll free at 1-866-437-1940, 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., to get a referral to their legal advocate and other programs. For more information about their programs and resources visit Seniors First BC on the web.
- VictimLink BC – If you or someone you know are a victim of crime and need more information or support, call VictimLink BC at 1-800-563-0808 for toll-free, confidential, multilingual service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, visit VictimLink BC on the web.
Expanding on previous exercises, we’re adding some weight to the exercises. Don’t worry if you don’t have weights or dumbbells. You can use things around your house, like water bottles or soup cans. Try adding or alternating these low-impact exercises to the seated workout from April 24th (COVID Brief #05).
Simple Seated Workout: Adding Some Weights
Recipe: Traditional Hummus
This week’s recipe comes from Brightside’s Resident Relocation Coordinator, Ahmed Abdulrazak. Ahmed is the father of young twins. He enjoys woodwork and watching all types of documentaries. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology, and I’m sure much like many of us, would love to live in Hawaii someday!
- 1 full can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- 1 lemon, small
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin, (optional)
- Pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons of tahini (sesame seed paste)
Available at any Safeway, Save-On Foods, Superstore,
No-Frills, or other grocery stores
- 4 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Drain the can of chickpeas and give them a quick wash
- Add chickpeas and all other ingredients into a blender and squeeze a lemon over ingredients
- Give it 3-4 minutes in the blender (or use a hand blender and a large bowl/container if you don’t have a blender)
- Serve your hummus it with pita bread, tortilla chips, or potato chips
- Try adding some olive oil to top your hummus for a better look, or get creative with other toppings and garnish like paprika, extra chickpeas, or parsley.
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