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BeCause & Effect with Connie Newman

Host Nolan Bicknell talks to people about the Causes they care about and the Effect it has on their lives. BeCause & Effect is a podcast of The Winnipeg Foundation. In this episode Nolan talks with our own Connie Newman about seniors’ issues. As the Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of Seniors Centres, Connie has been devoting her life to advocating for the needs of seniors here in our province for nearly 15 years.

Nolan sat down with Connie Newman, to discuss generational issues, mental and physical health in seniors, and the importance of staying connected to one another.

In order to listen to this podcast please click HERE for the link.

Leadership in Community Organizations

Three leaders: Tom Farrell (Victoria Beach), Joie Van Dongen (Stonewall), Doreen Stapleton (RM of Harrison Park); provide perspectives on leadership in community organizations. Leadership can come in many forms and from many people. There are a multitude of opportunities to develop new skills and abilities and to provide leadership to an organization, whether it be in roles of governance, of leading groups or of offering up a talent for the teaching of others. Discussing leadership qualities, where to find good leaders, the role(s) of good leadership, and the importance of clarity of expectations in leadership and followership are among the topics raised in the discussion.


Role of an Age Friendly Committee

Doreen Stapleton (Sandy Lake) and Joie van Dongen (Stonewall) as Chairs of Age Friendly committees in their respective rural Manitoba communities talk about the essential roles played by AF committees large and small, and of the importance of the work being done by AF Committees, both in current times but also for future generations. Dispelling the myth that AF is only focused on older people, Doreen talks about the importance for the whole community of all ages. She outlines how with the AF initiative, the AF committee does not have to do it all, and in fact their prime role is to initiate change. She says that Age Friendly can also be a verb… we can all BE age friendly….and be more inclusive of all ages within the community. Joie concludes that when you design for the young, you exclude the old, when you design for the old you include the young.



Two speakers, Shirley Kalyniuk (Rossburn) and Samantha Rodeck ( Ile des Chenes) discuss the importance of affordable , available and accessible transportation for older adults to their health, well being , and to the basic dignity of being an active member in their community. The need to plan ahead for those future times when one may not be able to drive, the sense of dignity that comes from a certain degree of independence and the need to consider transportation options for people and the importance of taking the time to care now.


Social Participation

The role of being actively involved in community is a determinant of health. Opening the door to being involved may be a scary thing, but the importance to personal well being and quality of life is essential for older persons. Susan Sader (Winnipeg), and Brenda Tonn (Plumas)outline how getting involved in community programs and activity increases confidence and vitality in people and of how staying engaged in community can be a life saving action for older people , as well as being a service to family members who feel comfortable knowing that older relatives and friends , are safely engaged in programs.


Let No One Be Alone

Let No One Be Alone – Our social connectedness is a determinant of health. We all have the power to make a positive change in the lives of others; the gift of time can save lives! Reach out to someone with genuine care and concern and see what great things can happen!


Intergenerational Activity: (the Elders Dance)

For several years the Elementary School in Onanole, MB has been working with older adults in the community to both enhance the school year program as well as the quality of life in the community. One the highlights of this intergenerational activity is the Elders dance, whereby, the older adults of the community and the students get together several times over the year to teach and to learn from one another, old time dances… the waltz, the polka, the shostiche, and the butterfly. The whole program culminates in a formal evening in May at the local community center known as the Elders dance, whereby the students undertake organizing the program, the food, and the activity. With support from the local businesses, musicians, and parents, the evening has been a marvelous success in many ways. The Principal, Pam Ryzner, the AF Committee chair Doreen Stapleton, and various students, and older adults comment on the fun, joy and benefits of this great intergenerational activity.


Panel: Moving Forward together in Community

Moving forward together in Community, a daylong workshop held in Portage la Prairie involved leadership from thirteen (13) communities to learn, to share and to grow in understanding of those factors that enhance the quality of life for citizens as they age in community. The panel of three community leaders; Tom Farrell from Victoria Beach and President of the Manitoba Association of Senior Centres; Joie van Dongen, Chair of Age Friendly committee in Stonewall; and Linda Little, Councilor from Hamiota outline their perspectives as to the factors that help people to age well in their community, as well as the challenges that exist at the community level that might impinge on aging well.


Arden Crocus Club hosts Police Academy

Photos by Brenda Tonn
The Arden Crocus Club recently hosted a Police Academy seminar on a wide array of topics. The course graduation was held on Thursday, Nov. 9.

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The Crocus Club in Arden recently hosted a very successful Police Academy program. The program has been developed to empower adults by providing them with information on safety and security issues, enabling them to make well informed decisions.

In total, there were six presentations, held on four different days. The presentations were: Falls and prevention by Jenna Kilburn of Country Meadows; Scams and frauds by Monica Petruskavich of Consumer Protection Office; Medications by pharmacist Patti Thomson of Plumas; Elder abuse by Brenda Tonn of Plumas; Planning for the future by Doug Brown; and Personal safety by Constable Silver of the RCMP.
On Thursday, Nov. 9, certificates were handed out to those who attended all six sessions. the feedback received from those in attendance suggested that the program was a very educational and worthwhile experience to everyone who participated.

Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere – RISE Sunday – February 19, 2017

Social isolation is a health risk for seniors that often gets worse during the winter months. Frigid temperatures, difficult driving and walking conditions may limit opportunities for outings and socialization. These conditions can be especially difficult for the elderly and increase their risk of health problems, injuries, and loneliness.  For more information click HERE or on the image above.



MCA Awards Recognize Seniors Dedication

October 28, 2016


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MCA Awards Recognize Seniors Dedication, Commitment to Their Communities:  Goertzen

The province is proud to celebrate Manitobans receiving Manitoba Council on Aging (MCA) Recognition Awards in recognition of their leadership, contributions and commitment to their communities, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“Manitoba seniors are driving change in communities across the province.  They are leaders, supporters and organizers who volunteer their time to make life a little better for every Manitoban,” said Goertzen.  “The MCA awards are but a small token of Manitoba’s appreciation that recognizes their dedication and commitment publicly.”

The Recognition Awards ceremony has been held during Seniors’ and Elders’ Month since 1997, providing an opportunity to recognize Manitobans aged 65 and over who make extraordinary contributions to their communities.

The minister noted a small but significant change was made to the MCA’s top award this year to highlight that both older men and women are leaders of their communities.  After being known for 10 years as the Murray Smith Award, the MCA highest award will now be the Murray and Muriel Smith Award.  Goertzen said that just like the great Manitoba couple after which the award was named, its recipients are recognized for demonstrating outstanding qualities through volunteer service, advocacy, community influence and successful efforts in raising the profile of seniors.

“These Recognition  Awards shine a light on often unseen acts of service and the MCA is appreciative not only to the volunteers but also to the many Manitobans who have put the recipients names forward,” said Dave Schellenberg, chair, Manitoba Council on Aging.  “It’s a wonderful way to say thank you and makes us all proud to be part of a helping community.” The 2016 MCA award recipients are; • Bernice Marmel (Murray and Muriel Smith Award); • Lois Abraham; • Diana Ateah; • Denise Balcaen; • Florence Bourgouin; • Muriel McPhail; • Rosemary Shackel; • Walter Siemens; and • Diane Truderung.

Honourable mention certificates were awarded to: • Cécile Bérard; • Blanketing Manitoba; • Louise Chernetz; • Country Four (Luella Noble, Harvey Jellis, Perry Hallet, Elmer Hunter); • Phillippe Désautels; • Juliette Rowan; • Cory Juan; • Danny Rintoul; • Harold Simpson; • Felicity Trott; • Iva Wilson; • Darlene Mitton for the Expect Respect program; and • the Wellness Institute Communication Team.

The Manitoba Council on Aging was created in 1980 as an advisory body to ensure that seniors’ perspectives are reflected in government programs and policies.

More information on the recognition awards is available at:

LTCAM Award for Excellence Nomination Form

Awards for Excellence are given each year by the Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba to honour the efforts and dedication of an outstanding person, team or volunteer who has provided exceptional service to clients/residents within the long term care continuum.

Do you know someone who goes “above and beyond” and works or volunteers in for example, a Personal Care Home, Supportive Housing Residence, Retirement Residence, (sometimes known as Assisted Living), and/or a Community or Seniors Resource Centre? Now you can let this person know how much they are valued!



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Seniors Rally For Investment in Healthy Aging Initiatives


Seniors Vote 2016, a coalition of seven Manitoba seniors organizations, is holding a pre-election rally to call for more investment in healthy aging initiatives.

What: Pre-election rally for better healthy aging facilities and programs
Where: Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre, 51 Morrow Avenue (EAST off St. Anne’s Road, just south of Fermor)
When: Thursday, April 14, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
Tom Farrell, president, Manitoba Association of Seniors Centres
Jim Evanchuk, executive director, Active Living Coalition for Older Adults in Manitoba
Peggy Prendergast, director, Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba
Plus other representatives of Seniors Vote 2016 and older members of the general public

Adam Dooley

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