Once again a great turn out for our Halton Chapter Community meeting in Burlington, we had 98 members and their friends in attendance. There were just a few empty seats as the meeting began.
Our Chapter chair Tom Carrothers welcomes everyone and as usual gives a brief but passionate talk about current issues that affect seniors in Halton.
We welcomed a number of sponsors to this meeting and we sincerely thank them for their support. They each gave a brief overview of their business and the valuable services they provide for seniors in Halton. We hope that those in attendance took the opportunity to chat with them and to find out more about them and how they could be of service. These sponsors were:
Yvonne Griggs of Alert Best Nursing, “Condo Don” Bassindale, Tim Turcotte of Heart to Home Meals and Meghan Begg representing Chartwell Retirement residences.
Our featured presentation was all about Scams and Frauds focussing on some of the most common scams, what you need to look out for and how scammers trap you into believing they are genuine. The most common means scammers use to contact you are by email and phone. NEVER give personal details such as banking information, credit card numbers etc. to someone you have not verified as genuine. Calling them back on the number they will give you does not confirm they are the real thing. If you must call back call the number you have for the institution they claim to represent, not the number they give you nor the one that appears on your phone display.
D/Cst Nadine Clarke, seen below, from Halton Police Vulnerable Persons Team, Elder Abuse and Frauds, was a most informative speaker. D/Cst Clarke was accompanied by partner D/Cst Derek Gray. They can be contacted at 905 825 4747 Ext 5345
Here are links to very valuable TIP Sheets on some of the most common scams and frauds.
Please click here to go the Halton Police website where you will find lots of additional information.
At our Burlington meeting we also had a display from Halton S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together). We hope you took the time to visit with them and to take advantage of the information they had available.
After a very interesting Q&A session our meeting came to a close. As usual this was time for our prize draw. Heart to Home Meals donated two Tim Hortons cash cards and “Condo Don” Bassindale donated two VIP tickets to the Home Show. Unfortunately we did not get a photo of those winners but we did of our 50/50 draw winner. Barbara Martin is shown below receiving her winnings of $140 from Chapter volunteer Hugh Cass.