December 2109 SOS Newsletter



Since I moved to Powell River, I had my share of success and challenges. I just want to thank everybody for their contribution to my success My biggest gratitude goes to my family and Powell River community for allowing me to do what I love.  Ranka

Please read my latest article published by Powell River Peak. 


Kicking the Clutter: Six simple tips for a stress-free Christmas

Ranka Burzan / Powell River Peak – DECEMBER 7, 2019

 “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is the name of a popular and traditional Christmas song. But for many people, Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year. This is especially true when planning a gathering.

Also, a big stressor at Christmas can be a lack of money, high expectations of unreasonable relatives or being overwhelmed with too many things to do. Make the holiday season more enjoyable by changing traditional ways of shopping, baking or entertaining. In other words, simplify the way you celebrate Christmas or any other holiday.

Simply gift-giving

Instead of buying multiple gifts for family and friends that might not be appreciated and end up being clutter, invite them to your home for a potluck dinner. After all, isn’t Christmas about love, getting together and enjoying the holiday? For children in my family, I buy gift certificates for skating, dancing or swimming. These activities tend to be expensive and young parents appreciate the gift. 

Give up expensive, high-stress rituals

If you’re forcing your children to see The Nutcracker or any other traditional show or event, and they whine every step of the way or are clearly not interested, make a change. True, families thrive on traditions, but it’s less about the occasion itself and more about time together. If your child lost interest in family tradition, give up expensive, high-stress rituals in favour of something simple and commonly appealing, such as watching a movie or making a favourite family dessert.

Powell River is big on celebration

You love to entertain, as well as cook and bake for your family and friends, but the lack of time and energy is preventing you from doing so. Powell River is not lacking in the local delicacy. You can order appetizers, smoked turkey, bread and desserts, maybe even have them delivered to you from local farmers and speciality stores.

Ranka Burzan owns a professional organizing company based in Powell River and has written several books on reducing clutter and becoming more organized.

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Dale Manor has 2 rooms available

Our assisted living home is specifically suited to seniors who wish to maintain their independence and have the full potential to remain active at their residence and in the community.  The home is on a quiet suburban street and has a garden area and patio. 

The home is wheelchair-accessible, fully sprinkled, and has in-floor heating.  There are 8 rooms with private bathrooms. 24-hour staffing; 3 meals and snacks provided; laundry and housekeeping.  Should you require help with the medication this is available and supervised by a Registered Nurse. Bus stop close and HandiDart available. 

Currently, we have 2 rooms available @ $3,500.00 per month.

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Contact owners directly:  Laurette Bloomquist – 604-483-1400

                                        Maureen Samsin – 604-223-7902

Dale Manor, 5402 Dale Ave, Powell River, BC, V8A 3W3 – 604-414-9460

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