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Seniors and Depression

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

31st annual Volunteer Awards


Congratulations to Edna Krosney, President and the Board of Directors at MacBeth House on receiving their award at the 31st annual Volunteer recognition banquet this past week. Well done!

For more information on the events that evening check out the news story in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Let No One Be Alone Week


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.

March is Fraud Awareness Month

Crime Reporting- Frauds and Scams

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
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: 204-986-6222

Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: Contact your local RCMP detachment

Brandon Police Service
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: 204-729-2345

Manitoba Consumer Protection Office – Hears, mediates and investigates consumer related complaint
Phone: 204-945-3800
Toll-Free: 1-800-782-0067

Manitoba Securities Commission – Investigates complaints of unfair treatment by investment advisors
Phone: 204-945-2548

Phonebusters – Offer education and support to victims of consumer fraud
Toll-Free: 1-888-495-8501

Decaf Coffee Dates: Stories & Insights from Winnipeg Seniors

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.


105 Year Old Inspires Us All to Keep Active

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.

Winnipeg centenarian still doing laps, still breaking world records

Transformative Life Writing

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.

Snow Angels on CTV Morning Live

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.

Seasons Greetings from Plumas

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.


Merry Christmas to you!

Mayor’s Senior of the Year Awards

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.

Congratulations to Bob Newman

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.



For more information on the Manitoba Council on Aging Awards visit the Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat website.

Fall 2013 Activities

Fall is a great time not only to get out doors but also to enjoy many of the wonderful activities that we have right here at home!

Below are a number of great online resources to help you find that perfect event for you and your family. So get out there and explore this great province of Manitoba that we are able to live in!

If in your adventures this fall you come across other events or listings that you find helpful please pass them on to us so that we can share these great resources with others!


Winnipeg Area

Winnipeg Free Press Event Listing
Tourism Winnipeg Listing
Fort Whyte Alive Calendar of Events
Oak Hammock Marsh Event Listing

Manitoba Wide

Manitoba Wide Fall Supper List
Travel Manitoba Event Listing
Manitoba Event Listings from 360 Winnipeg
Brandon Area Fall Events Fall Event Listings

The 50 Plus Living Show

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!

Driving Angels in Manitoba

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.

Summer Activities at Assiniboine Park

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:

Click on any of the above links to learn more about that activity and make a plan today to get out and enjoy the wonderful outdoors this summer.

A Different Kind of Race

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!

For more information about this event please visit the Pain in the ASSiniboine Website

Award of Commitment 2013

We are very excited and honored to announce the nominees, both individual and community organization, for the 2013 Award of Commitment.

Click on the post title to learn who the nominees are for this year.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and in Manitoba we have recognized and celebrated WEAAD since 2006. This year we invite you to join us by planning an activity or event in your community.

Visit where you will find valuable resources to make planning and promoting your WEAAD event even easier. Some of the key features of the site include:

  • Resources Ideas to assist you in planning an event. NEW this year are resources for schools and youth programs including classroom ideas, activity; colouring sheets as well as balloons and tattoos
  • Promote your event and order resources all in one easy step at Register Your Event
  • Keep up to date with What’s Happening in your community or region
  • Use the Media & Marketing tools – press release, elder abuse article, proclamation & logos
  • Access Presentations about elder abuse & toolkits full of ideas

Statistics on Canadians and Volunteerism

The extent to which Canadians do unpaid volunteer work for organizations is affected by their working arrangements. In 2010, about one in five full-time workers aged 25 to 54 (or 2,036,000 persons) volunteered five or more hours per month on a regular basis. In comparison, about one third of part-time workers and nearly one quarter of those who were unemployed volunteered with the same frequency.

The rest of the article can be found in the link below:

Study: Social participation of full-time workers, 2010

Give the heels a break. It’s Sneak It In Week!

Spring is here – It’s a great time to increase your physical activity levels (building up to the recommended 150 minutes per week)!

Join in ParticipACTION’s Sneak It In Week (April 8-12, 2013) and start sneaking in 10 minutes on your breaks! Even 10 minutes at a time can increase your fitness level and lead to health benefits.

How to participate:

Lose the loafers. Give the heels a break. It’s Sneak It In Week, brought to you by ParticipACTION. Wear your sneakers April 8-12 and you’ll see how easy it can be to fit in more activity. Walk at lunch. Park in the far lot or walk around the block. Do the stairs a few times a day before heading for coffee. As long as your heart beats faster for 10 minutes, it really counts! So get active and sneak it in. You’ll be rewarded with a longer, happier, more fulfilling life.

Take a picture of your sneakers and send it to Winnipeg in motion at for a chance to win a prize pack!

Check out the Website!

Project aims to dispel ageist myths, link elder abuse and teen bullying

This article from the Canstar Metro Community Paper highlights an amazing art project that Middle School students in the St. James Assiniboia School Division that helps to educate the public at large on the impacts of Elder Abuse in out community.

‘Snag one while you can, these posters will be limited edition.  Students at George Waters Middle School recently completed a series of paper bag posters on elder abuse, the result of a month-long class project on getting to know community seniors.

“We’re trying to strike a parallel between senior abuse and bullying,” explained George Waters teacher Terri MacLeod, whose homeroom class is participating in the intergenerational project along with Golden Gate and Ness middle schools.

Click here to read the rest of the article from the Winnipeg Free Press

Welcome to the MASC Blog

One of the ways for us to stay in touch with you, our constituents, is to not only keep you up to date on what is happening with MASC and the Senior Centres of Manitoba but also to alert you to any helpful resources that we come across. Please stay tuned as we continue to develop this blog!