A senior on the edge of homelessness

Every face that whisks by brings a memory, says Carol Fancy. At the bank she sees adults who she knew as babies and small children. At the Village Baker she sits in “Carol Cram’s chair,” and then she recalls her 77th birthday, on November 10.

“I told them it was my birthday up at the pharmacy and they said, double digits! That’s good luck, so they sent me straight to the General Store to buy a lottery ticket,” says Carol. “I got there and saw Michael Epp, I said Michael, I have no one to sing me happy birthday, so he sang it for me right then and there.”

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Carol Fancy says she has been on Bowen Island for 31 years, living either as a renter or a house-sitter. Currently, the place she calls home is a very small space that she rents for $550 per month.

“John, my support worker, came to see me and said I can’t live there, it’s not meant to be a permanent living space,” says Fancy. “Well, I know that but it’s what I’ve got. Well, he is taking me for an interview somewhere on the North Shore where maybe I could live. Well, I’ll do the interview but I’ve found out that the place he is taking me costs more than $2,000 per month for a room and I can’t afford that anyways.”

When asked what she needs she says:

A place to live here on Bowen Island, and love.

If you can help Carol out, you can contact her through Silvaine Zimmerman.

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