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Congratulations to McBeth House Centre!

The members of McBeth House Centre Inc. are pleased to announce The McBeth Centre – Board of Directors were recipients of The Mayor’s 2014 Volunteer Service Award on Wednesday, April 9th at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

Edna Krosney, President accepted this award in recognition of the dedication shown by the Board of Directors to improving the quality of life for senior citizens in the City of Winnipeg and preserving an important part of Winnipeg history by raising over $150,000.00 for McBeth House Centre and donating nearly 400 quilts to Villa Rosa Inc.

Resources from Social Enterprise Development Session

Back on May 30th just before the MASC AGM those in attendance were able to hear from Brendan Reimer speak to us about the topic of Social Enterprise Development.  During our session Brendan walk us through and referred to a number of different resources that we could use to help us manage our organizations.  They included the following:

– Life List Generator
– BrainstormSheet-Assets & Resources
– Magic Matrix 
– Sustainability Case Study – 5 Year Budget Tool

To use the resource simply click on the links above to download the corresponding document.  For for information please visit the website for social enterprise development:

Manitoba 55 Plus Games 2014

This past week the Manitoba 55 Plus Games was in Neepawa, Manitoba. The 55+ Games offer many ways to promote the benefits of healthy active living for older Manitobans and many opportunities to encourage all Manitobans 55 years of age or older to participate in regular physical, mental and social activities associated with the 55+ Games.

It was great to see so many different areas of our province represented this week and to see all our participants have such a great time and making new friends!

Please view the pictures below for some of the highlights!


Helpful Information about Preventing Financial Abuse

As an organization interested in helping seniors, you may find useful the information that the Canadian Bankers Association is offering related to preventing financial abuse of seniors.

CBA Website Information: Protecting Yourself from Financial Abuse

The banks recognize that Powers of Attorney and joint deposit accounts have a valuable role to play in assisting seniors who cannot do their own banking, but that in the wrong hands they can facilitate financial abuse.  The CBA has recently posted information online to help Canadians protect themselves from financial abuse when using Powers of Attorney and joint deposit accounts.

The website information is designed to give consumers information about using Powers of Attorney – choosing an appropriate attorney and what banks require when clients and their attorneys provide and use a Power of Attorney. It also sets out some cautions about using joint deposit accounts.

We encourage you to download the information and make it available to anyone that you feel might find it useful.

Coming Soon – Your Money Seniors Seminars

In the fall we will be launching a new financial literacy seminar for seniors – Your Money Seniors – that will be presented by volunteer bankers in the community to interested seniors groups and other community organizations.  The non-commercial seminar will cover issues such as budgeting, cash management, financial abuse, fraud and scams targeting seniors, a financial checklist and other sources of financial information.

If you would be interested in hosting a Your Money Seniors workshop, you can register here to be contacted when the seminars begin.

Good neighbours active living centre achieves accreditation from Imagine Canada

Good Neighbours Active Living Centre proudly announces that they have been awarded accreditation status by Imagine Canada. Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization whose cause is to strengthen Canada’s charities and non-profits to ensure they are innovative, transparent, ethical and well governed.

The Imagine Canada program has a Canada wide set of standards that focus on increasing our organization’s capacity in five areas:
• Board Governance
• Financial Accountability and Transparency
• Fundraising
• Staff Management
• Volunteer Involvement

In meeting 73 organizational standards, Good Neighbours takes pride in service to the community, enhancing quality of life, building knowledge and contributing to the needs of individuals 55 years and over. This achievement demonstrates to current and future donors that the Centre operates in a principled and professional manner.
Good Neighbours is the first 55+ active living centre to achieve accreditation in Manitoba.
Good Neighbours wants to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in this achievement.

22 Day Challenge From IG Day to WEAAD to Solstice!

Please consider the following from our friends at i2i Intergenerational Society.


Keep the IG Day initiative going right to WEAAD June 15th and beyond to June 22nd with the Act of Good Deeds Challenge

The Act of Good Deeds is an on-line challenge

‘Do a good deed every day for 22 days
for someone of another generation!’

Then it becomes a habit!!

At the end of your 22 day challenge, feel free to share your intergenerational experience on our Facebook page.

The reward of this challenge is to get in the habit of doing something good with someone of another generation.

Make it just part of how you live your life! Continue to build respectful
intergenerational relationships.


The Act of Good Deed challenge is for youths, adults, and seniors from different generations.

Award of Commitment 2014 Winners

We are excited to announce the following winners of the MASC 2014 Award of Commitment. Each winner received a framed print presented by the president of the MASC board Lee Hansen at our AGM on Friday, May 30th. Congratulations to our winners and to all our nominees.


Jean Bateman (Pat Porter Active Living Centre in Steinbach) who has been active at Pat Porter for over 15 years. She is recognized today for all the qualities she has in relating to seniors and to her leadership and services on behalf of their causes for many years.


Ingrid Jarowec (Good Neighbours Active Living Centre in Winnipeg) for her extreme dedication as a volunteer in many areas of the Centre for over 10 years. She enjoys meeting others, helping others, and learning new skills. She has been/is involved with the Adhoc Policy Committee, New member event, outreach events, Nominations/Board Development. She was/is also involved with their used bookstore, teaches bridge to beginners, and is involved in intergenerational activities.


Ray Massey (South Interlake Fifty-Five Plus in Stonewall) for going above and beyond for his Centre and the seniors in the Stonewall area. He has been involved in their board for over 14 years. He has led the organization through lengthy legal challenges to a mutually agreeable outcome. He is constant and unassuming – a wise and determined leader.


WINNER Community Organization


The Comitato Degli Italiani di Terza Eta (within the Centro Caboto Centre in Winnipeg) have been working with older adults for 15 years. They have organized themselves and are recognized today for their hard work and accomplishments in caring for the well being of the seniors at their Centre.

Pina Macchia (President) and Greg Barrett