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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.

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!


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.

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!

DISABILITY MATTERS: Manitoba VOTE 2016 Resource

Disability Matters Vote 2016 is a non-partisan public awareness campaign. This campaign is a joint initiative of Abilities Manitoba and Barrier Free Manitoba but this campaign is all about YOU. We need YOUR support to reach our three goals:

  • To ensure that all Manitobans with disabilities can participate fully in election activities and that those who are eligible to vote are able to do so.
  • To promote priority attention for disability issues in the election.
  • To support Manitobans with disabilities in making informed voting decisions

You are invited to join us for a press conference to announce all five key priority issues. CLICK HERE for more information.

Manitoba Council on Aging Recognition Awards


Here are a few of the eight deserving Manitobans who were recently recognized through the Manitoba Council on Aging Recognition Awards for their outstanding contributions and commitment to their communities as announced by Healthy Living and Seniors Minister Deanne Crothers. Congratulations to all the award winners this year!

Train of Thought coming to Winnipeg, May 21st


All Aboard! Train of Thought will pull into the VIA Rail Canada Winnipeg Train Station on May 21, bringing artists and youth from across Canada to participate in ACI Manitoba’s Artists + Community Symposium along their cross-country journey. Don’t miss Manitoba’s most fun and informative gathering for community members and artists working together for social change through the arts!

Everyone is welcome! Talk about today’s issues, like what Winnipeg artists are doing to address racism, crime, poverty and generational differences through the power of the arts; or how newcomers, settlers and Indigenous people get along in Canada. Explore hidden pasts and imagine our collective future. Understand why community-engaged arts propels transformation.

Celebrate and share knowledge with artistic directors, actors, film makers, writers, dancers, visual artists, puppeteers, musicians, photographers, painters, sculptors, Indigenous artists, youth and elders, environmental activists, peace makers, poets, community developers, farmers, fine crafters, storytellers, and extraordinary arts organizations who are leading the way in community-engaged arts.

Winnipeg Wellness Expo 2015


2015 marks the 21st anniversary of the Winnipeg Wellness Expo. Check out our new location on the main floor of the RBC Convention Centre.

Check out the seminars, displays and demonstrations at this year’s event for a great full weekend experience.

RBC Convention Centre
Main Floor 375 York St.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Conference Times:
Friday, February 20, 5 pm – 9 pm
Saturday, February 21, 10 am – 6 pm Sunday, February 22, Noon – 5 pm

TICKETS Available at your local Senior Centre or online at:

Note: you are NOT required to enter any credit card information to obtain a complementary ticket.

See attached poster for more information.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


Help us support the efforts of WEAAD Manitoba

Take the Respect Challenge and qualify to WIN 1 of 4 iPads!

Get everyone involved! Together we can prevent the abuse of older Manitobans.

  1. Simply show or tell us what respect for an older adult means to you.
  2. Tweet your respect challenge picture or video #respectchallengemb, and you’re qualified to win.
  3. Post your pic or video on Instagram #respectchallengemb, and you’re qualified to win.
  4. Or download the #respectchallengemb sign from our website, snap a pic with the sign, tweet and post – remember the hashtag.

For more information head over to the Respect Challenge Website

Living Life to the Fullest

This week Jaring Timmerman was laid to rest in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Jaring was an incredible man who remained very active right up until his passing at 105. At the time of his passing Jaring had 5 world records to his name mostly for his accomplishments in swimming. Jaring believed that being active was crucially important and attributed his longevity to 4 things: (G)enes, (E)xercise, (D)iet and (S)pirit. He was a true inspiration to people of all ages.

For more information about Jaring and his life please connect with the following:
Winnipeg Free Press Video
Globe and Mail Obituary

What you see when you live a century…

Is a series of wonderful interviews on the “60 Minutes” website of 90+’ers who share their remarkable experiences from the past century. Definitely worth watching and reflecting on just how much these folks have seen over the course of their lifetimes and the great life lessons they have to pass on.

Click on the following link in order to watch each interview.

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.

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

Intergenerational Day Canada Sunday, June 1, 2014

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!

Intergenerational Day 

Award of Commitment Nominees for 2014

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.