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!
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 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
• 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.
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.
Did you know that this coming Sunday, June 1st, is Intergenerational Day Canada?
Like most of us this is one of those events that we may not have known about or forgot that it was coming up. Click on the link below for more information and at the very least make sure to intentionally connect with someone of a different generation this coming Sunday!
Coming up at our AGM on Friday, May 30th we will be announcing the winners for our 2014 Award of Commitment.
Please check out below our nominees who will all be present at a special luncheon held in their honor just before our AGM.
Congratulations to all of our nominees for their commitment to service and the amazing example they set for their communities each and every day.
Nominees – Individual
Jean Bateman (Pat Porter Active Living Centre in Steinbach) for all the qualities she has in relating to seniors and to her leadership and services on behalf of their causes for many years.
Jean Chorney (Beau-Head Senior Club in Beausejour) for her leadership and volunteerism over the past twelve years. She has organized and taken part in many of the activities at the Club.
Ernie Georgakopoulos (Senior Scene at Victoria Beach) for his large personality and inclusive attitude as well as his expertise in the kitchen and guidance with monthly dinners and special events.
Ingrid Jarowec (Good Neighbours Active Living Centre in Winnipeg) for her extreme dedication as a volunteer in many areas of the Centre. She enjoys meeting others, helping others, and learning new skills.
Edna Krosney (McBeth House Centre in Winnipeg) for volunteerism that demonstrates how community can be built and sustained through partnerships, enthusiasm and the sharing of knowledge.
Lynda Paul (High Steppers Senior Group – Windsor Park in Winnipeg) for her guidance in taking their club to where it is today. She loves the people at the Club and really cares about them.
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 is constant and unassuming – a wise and determined leader.
Nominees – Community Organization
Comitato Degli Italiani di Terza Eta (Centro Caboto Centre in Winnipeg) for their hard work and accomplishments in caring for the well being of the seniors at their Centre.
Human interactions can sometimes be challenging to say the least but how do deal with some of the different and difficult situations around us is important. Gossip can sometimes be a road to easy to walk down. To help all of us strive to avoid those temptations take a look at the following quick tips article for avoiding gossip at work by Barbara Bowes.
The Winnipeg Free Press in a recent column highlighted the importance and need for better understanding and resources around the topic of seniors battling late-in-life depression. For more information please visit the Winnipeg Free Press website and follow the link to read the article: When the ‘golden years’ turn blue
Let No One Be Alone Week is will be taking place this year from Sunday May 4th until Saturday May 10th. This is a very important way that we can be intentional about caring for and connecting with those people around us that have limited contact. Please view the attached poster for more information or visit their Facebook Page.
It’s normal to feel embarrassed if you’ve become a victim of a fraud or scam. You can help stop the con artist from scamming other people by reporting what’s happened to you to a police officer or other trusted professional. The following is a list of organizations that can help:
If you are worried about your safety or the safety of another person, call 911.
To report a crime, contact:
Winnipeg Police Service
Non-Emergency: Contact your local RCMP detachment
Brandon Police Service
Manitoba Consumer Protection Office – Hears, mediates and investigates consumer related complaint
Manitoba Securities Commission – Investigates complaints of unfair treatment by investment advisors
Phonebusters – Offer education and support to victims of consumer fraud
On Thursday, January 16th our very own Dianna White (Treasurer for MASC) had the opportunity, with several other’s to participate in a Roundtable discussion around the topics of local challenges, job creation, seniors’ issues as well as economic and social priorities for the next federal budget.
A special thank you from MASC to the Hon. Alice Wong, M.P. for her invitation to participate and discuss these very important issues.
Larissa Peck, author and creative communications student at Red River Community College, will be launching her new book “Decaf Coffee Dates: Stories & Insights from Winnipeg Seniors” at McNally Robinson on March 5th from 5 to 7pm. Come for an evening of stories, music and refreshments. You will also have a chance to meet Larissa and hear about her many insights and learnings as she brought together the content of her book.
In this week’s Winnipeg Free Press there is a very inspiring story about Jaring Timmerman who is only weeks away from his 105 birthday and is the oldest registered master swimmer in Canada. Not only that but has several World Records for swimming accredited to him. To learn more about this inspiring story and Jaring Timmerman journey follow the link to the Free Press Article. After reading it you may just find yourself encouraged to be more active yourself.
Over the last few years the Manitoba Association of Senior Centres has partnered with Joanne Klassen the founder of Heartspace to train facilitators to bring Discover Yourself Through Life Writing courses to seniors centres across Manitoba. Our friends at Senior Scope have, in their latest issue, highlighted 2 of the stories that have been completed through this process. Story authors Sandra Bater and Astrid Schuhmann both do an excellent job and we are thrilled that their efforts were highlighted in this issue.
To read both of these wonderfully written stories please Click Here or to view the entire December/January issue of Senior Scope follow this link.
In case you missed it our own Connie Newman was on CTV Morning Live today to talk about the Snow Angels program. This great program helps all of us to understand the importance of taking care of some of the more vunerable in our communities during the winter months as it relates to Snow Removal. With just a little bit of effort we can make sure that those close to us have clear access paths to and from their homes.
For more information you can refer to the attached poster for more info.
This week we received the following Holiday Greetings from Brenda Tonn at Plumas Senior Support Services and wanted to pass it on. Thanks Brenda…
With Christmas just around the corner there are so many events to mark on the calendar. It is also the time to pause in our very busy lives and think of those who may be alone over the Christmas Holidays. This is the perfect time to remember the sentiments of the “Let No One Be Alone” initiative. Christmas is a happy occasion for most, however may be the worst time of year for those without family and or friends nearby. Possibly the best gift you can give this season is a little bit of your time. If each of us did just one act of kindness and made an extra effort to include someone …well, think of the difference it would make to others.
On November 1, 2013, Mayor Sam Katz presented Mayor’s Senior of the Year awards to two outstanding Winnipeg seniors at a ceremony at City Hall.
The annual awards honour local seniors who have made significant contributions to the City. This year, Jim Daly and Elizabeth McGuire were honoured for their community commitment through volunteerism with youth.
To learn more about Jim Daly, Elizabeth McGuire and the Mayor’s Senior of the Year awards follow the link to the official announcement.
Annually, the Manitoba Council on Aging presents awards to Manitobans for their dedicated service. Special congratulations to Bob Newman board member for MASC and President of Pembina Active Living (55+) on receiving an HONORABLE MENTION at the Manitoba Council on Aging Awards this past week.
The 50 Plus Living Show is coming to Winnipeg at the Assiniboia Downs on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th. This is a great event and is taking place right here in our own city. Please make sure and take advantage of the 2 for 1 admission coupon attached to this post. Just click on the image and print it off on your printer at home!
Below is a short description of the event and you can also go directly to their website for more information.
Having fun, sharing time with people you enjoy, surrounding yourself with things you like, are just some of the fundamentals of living a happy and fulfilling life. As a visitor to the 50 Plus Living Show, it will encompass all of these highlights and feature many more. Visitors will be treated to a full array of shopping opportunities, interactive exhibits, main stage entertainment, informative presentations and a fun inexpensive day out with family and friends. This show promotes the richness of celebrating life at 50 Plus and is a combination of Lifestyle Shows, Health & Wellness Expos, Seniors Fairs, Better Living and more…all under one roof!
The following information is an important news release from CAA about their new volunteer driver recognition program that we as MASC have been instrumental in helping to get started. For more detailed information about this program please visit the CAA website.
The full news release can be read by viewing the entire post. To do so click on the title of the post itself.
Did you know that Assiniboia Park in the second largest urban park in North America second only to Central Park in New York City? Well why not check out the park this summer. The Assiniboine Park has a number of different special summer activities for people of all ages including:
The Pain in the ASSiniboine Race is a great new event that combines some of the best “scenic cycling” our city has to offer with a “pleasurable paddle” on the Assiniboine.
The Race begins at the Forks Market where participants cycle 32 km over a series of river trails, single track, paved roads and limestone trail until you reach Beaudry Park in Headingly, Manitoba.
From Beaudry Park, racers will paddle 32 km by canoe (teams) or kayak (solo) down river to the finish line at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.
This year Dennis Leneveu finished first in the Male Solo category. The significant part is that he is 65 years old proving once again that amazing feats happen at any age! Dennis took 1:11:01 to cycle out to Headingly and 2:20:29 to paddle from Beaudry to the Forks. Way to go Dennis!
One of the great programs that is being offered at several of our 55+ Centres across Manitoba is the Police Academy Older Adult Division. The content of the program is presented by a Winnipeg Police Officer, a RCMP Officer as well as other presenters that are specific to some of the different topics that are covered. The program is not only very informative but also a fun event in itself as you can see from the pictures below. This program covers a wide range of different topics which you can read more about right here on our website.
Congratulations to all of our Award of Commitment 2013 nominees but specifically to our winners Rod Bollman and Peter Isaak. A special thank you to all our volunteers for the amazing work that you do at our member centres. Here are the winners accepting their award from our President Lee Hanson during our AGM lunch yesterday at the Jonathan Toews Community Centre in Winnipeg.