Community Features SENIORS Programming

Martensville Leads with CIF Support!

Something for everyone is the theme of community programming in Martensville this year as the Martensville Community Access Centre (Centre) designs its programs to best meet the needs of all ages ... youth and all adults, with this year's focus on those over 50.

In Martensville, a dynamic and newer city just north of Saskatoon, community programming is being tailored to respond to the needs of its residents. Programs through the Centre range from social and cultural opportunities to recreation, health, employment resources, even assistance with computers and phones. Since inception in 2008, community programming has helped serve residents with baby and toddler programs, daycare and babysitter lists, literacy training, even a homework club. This year programming extends to older adults and seniors, in part through a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund.

"Seniors bring a depth of practical knowledge from their considerable (life) experiences." explains Kristee Lynn Adrian, coordinator of the Martensville Community Access Centre. "This kind of wisdom and presence enriches every member of our community."

The Centre also set the stage for older adults and seniors with discussions and several meetings about the types of community programming that would most interest them. They spoke of excursions and transportation, the challenges of computers and social media, even health and low-cost physical fitness for seniors.

Martensville's Seniors Week in early October began with a seniors' Soup and Pie event, enticing over 140 people to enjoy seniors' homemade soup and pie. Many volunteers, including youth, helped serve and clean up, and help with the heavy lifting! Proceeds provided support for the Martensville New Horizon Centre for older adults and seniors.

Later that week older adults and seniors attended a Meet and Greet event that provided opportunity to explain to a youth the games they had played in past days. They also discussed how these activities could be incorporated into Martensville schools and community events. Discussions also focused on options for community programming relating to older adults and seniors.

Days later the Centre partnered with the City of Martensville's Recreation Department to feature a visit to the Saskatoon Forestry Farm. Twenty-six residents, ranging in age from four months to the late 70s, participated. More seniors' programming plans are now being made.

"We're striving to provide something for everyone here (at the Centre)." states Adrian. "We listen to what older adults want, then try to incorporate it into our community programming. The bonus, though, is the overwhelming value these individuals give back ... like being great adult allies for our youth."

Adrian notes that seniors programming adds meaning and richness to everyone's lives and is a great boost for community spirit, as well.

 

  One in five Martensville residents is over 50. Photo credit:  Kristee Lynn Adrian (on behalf of the Martensville Community Access Centre).

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New Norm on Crime Prevention in the North

Pinehouse Takes the Lead!

 

Last July the Police Management Board in Pinehouse began a six-month pilot crime prevention project aimed at reducing break and enter, drinking and driving, and other crimes of damage to private property around Pinehouse in northern Saskatchewan. The pilot is designed for replication throughout the North, should project results help reduce adolescent crime in this area.

 

The Pinehouse Crime Prevention project represents a broad partnership including the Northern Village of Pinehouse, the Police Management Board, the Northern Lights School Division, local Elder groups, law enforcement and various other community groups. Contributions include an office with computer and desk, access to the community training centre and free weekly radio promotion across northern Saskatchewan, all helping to match the Community Initiatives Fund’s $25,000 grant for this project.

 

Delivery includes informative workshops with safety tips aimed at grades 10 to 12 across the Northern Lights School Division that further educate, then encourage students to reduce and help prevent drinking and driving and other adolescent criminal activities.  Project evaluation includes a comparison of crime, vehicle injury and other northern health indicators before and after project delivery. Overall, it is anticipated property damage will decrease and residents will feel increasingly safe in their homes and neighbourhoods.

 

“We’re striving to set an example for crime prevention in Pinehouse and a model for the entire North.” says Phyllis Smith, chair of the Police Management Board in Pinehouse. “We want to show that crime can—and will—be reduced through strong, targeted community awareness in Northern Saskatchewan communities.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clayton Natomagan (above) is Crime Prevention Coordinator 

 for the Crime Prevention Project at Pinehouse. 

 Photo credit:  Clayton Natomagan 

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Partners with Purpose at Regina Community Fair

Healthy Living Through Diabetes Awareness

 

Over 500 of Regina’s community residents were provided opportunity to learn about healthy lifestyles and controlling diabetes at the North Central Healthy Community Fair on August 21, 2012. Many gathered to learn more about the disease and enjoy a healthy lunch and aboriginal entertainment. Everyone was welcome and the event was free of charge.

 

Presented by the Regina Capital Cosmopolitan Club and coordinated through the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger, Inc. (REACH), those attending discussed health-related issues with an on-site health care team and learned about healthy cooking, and the benefits of exercise. Vegetables, fruit and bison burgers on whole-grain buns were a key attraction around noon that day. Posters and handouts promoted healthy eating and identified foods with high sugar content, the basics of the link that ties sugar with diabetes.

 

“Reducing hunger by providing nutritional and health information to residents takes many steps … and many partners.” says Dana Folkersen, executive director of REACH. “This community fair is a prime example of how a broad partnership of organizations can achieve a shared goal. We're grateful for the Community Initiatives Fund's generous support of this event!”

 

“Many of those attending don’t receive regular medical care and are at high risk for diabetes.” says Warren Wagner, Saskatchewan’s regional director of the Canadian Diabetes Association. “Several were counseled to seek medical attention from a doctor or at Regina’s Diabetes Education Centre.”

 

A host of partners and sponsors contributed to this one-day fair. The Community Initiatives Fund contributed $5,000 for event coordination through its SUMMER Community Grant Program to the Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger, Inc.. Other key sponsors were Evraz Place and Bayer, and partners included the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region-Aboriginal Home Care, Four Directions Community Health Centre & Seniors Healthy Living, North Central Community Association, REACH, HELP, and Safeway.

 

       

Photo credits:  Community Initiatives Fund

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Indian Head's Spray Pad Set for 2013.

This Year's Focus is FUNdraising!

The Town of Indian Head Dixon Park Revitalization's Spray Pad Committee (Spray Pad Committee) members have their eyes on the prize! They are determined Indian Head and area residents will have a state of the art spray pad next year. This year they're mixing innovation with variety and adding fun to fundraising for next year's spray pad.

 

From broomball tournaments and an outdoor movie night, to caberets and a medieval feast, then coordinating a local craft show and raffling one year of staples like weekly bread and milk sponsored by local businesses, raising spray pad funds is clearly bring in the dough.

 

"We're 60 per cent there!" says Jill Clark, vice chair of Indian Head's Spray Pad Committee.  "And our newest campaign is 100 for 100. We're asking one hundred families to contribute one hundred dollars each to the project. By next spring we hope to be ready to build it (spray pad)."

 

"The Community Initiatives Fund grant we received was our tipping point." says Clark. "At just the right time it gave us--and Indian Head's residents adn businesses--the confidence we needed. It somehow validated our project and bolstered our already solid community support!"

 

Through its Community Vitality Program Capital Projects grant the Community Initiatives Fund provided $20,000 in support of developing Indian Head's spray pad.

 

Indian Head is 70 km (44 mi) east of Regina along Highway #1.

Photos credit:  Town of Indian Head

 


 


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Back to Nature.

Meewasin Has Paved the Way!

The Meewasin Valley Authority’s Beaver Creek Conservation Area just south of Saskatoon has taken mobility access to a new level. They’ve installed a mechanical lift and hardened the viewing trail so those with physical limitations can also enjoy nature.

A mechanical lift now enables visitors with limited mobility to enjoy the SaskEnergy Beaver Pond Room, filled with nature exhibits and activities, in the building’s lower level. And from there, the recently hardened 375 metre (410 yard) nature trail makes viewing and experiencing nature a breeze, even for those with physical limitation. And at trail’s end, a spectacular vista that overlooks the South Saskatchewan River awaits.

Meewasin’s plans for a lift and hardened nature trail were supported in 2010 through a $42,500 grant through the Community Vitality Program of the Community Initiatives Fund. Matching funds for this project were provided through private donors and Meewasin’s core funds. .

“Never before at Beaver Creek (Conservation Area) have those in wheelchairs or walkers been able to reach the crest overlooking the South Saskatchewan (River).” says Susan Lamb, chief executive officer of the Meewasin Valley Authority. “We’re thrilled to now offer everyone the experience of nature here … and year round, too!”

Much more than a nature trail, this accessible wilderness path affords wildlife viewing, a study of flora and fauna, outdoor recreation … perhaps can also be an inspiration for artists and photographers. The Beaver Creek Conservation Area is 13 km (8 mi) south of Saskatoon on the west side of Highway #219.

 

  

Opening the new nature trail.                                 SaskEnergy Beaver Pond Room.

Photo credits:  Meewasin Valley Authority.

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