age-friendly, General, Important Notices

Experience Saskatoon Transit 

Experience Saskatoon Transit 

Saskatoon Transit is exploring new ways in which to promote sustainable alternatives to car use and to support friendly forms of transportation such as walking, ride sharing, and public transit. There is huge potential in this area for older adults to become more active in multi-modal transportation and Saskatoon Transit desires to be a catalyst for this kind of change. This summer there will be several opportunities for you to test drive transit and Experience Saskatoon Transit as a 1st or 2nd time transit rider.

Older adults have numerous challenges as they consider a change in their mode of transportation. These include: having a support system to find a new way of being independent and mobile, coping with higher volumes of traffic, and adapting to a new way of life without  driving. Experience Saskatoon Transit is a first step – positive experience that will help you overcome these initial challenges of travelling on transit.

Who can benefit from this travel training experience 

    • Older adults and their families
    • Those already using transit but lacking confidence or having some anxiety about transit
    • Those with a physical and/or cognitive disability
    • Those with a mobility aide (ie: walker, wheelchair)
    • Those who would like to learn about public transit but who are still capable of driving
    • Those who are new to Saskatoon and/or have never tried transit before

Details about Experience Saskatoon Transit

  • In partnership with SCOA and the Bus Buddy program, Saskatoon Transit will be offering 2 hour Experience Saskatoon Transit sessions this summer
  • In this 2 hour travel training session you will be introduced to Saskatoon Transit staff, learn about bus fares, how to board and disembark a bus, travel on a transit route, and participate in a lively “Transit 101” discussion. Each session is limited to 6 per group and availability is on a first-come basis. The times and duration of each session may vary.
  • Available Dates & Times are: Wednesday, August 16 (10:00 am – 12:00)

Thursday, August 24 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

Wednesday, September 13 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

Thursday, September 21 (10:00 am – 12:00)

To register a spot for yourself or a group (4-6) for one of these dates, or for more information about Experience Saskatoon Transit, please contact one of the following:

Cory Shrigley
Customer Support & Engagement Manager
Saskatoon Transit
Tel. 306.975.2990  cell 306.380.7100
Email: cory.shrigley@saskatoon.ca

Bonnie Grove
Age-Friendly Community Development Coordinator
Saskatoon Council on Aging
Tel. 306-652-2522
Email: bonnie@scoa.ca


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About the Program 
The Saskatoon Council on Aging’s Bus Buddy Program is a safe and personal introduction to the Saskatoon transit system through the assistance of trained and qualified Bus Buddy volunteers.

How it Works
Senior volunteers are screened and matched with seniors who want to learn how to ride city buses.  The Bus Buddy Volunteers accompany the participant on several bus trips until she/he is comfortable taking the bus alone. Orientation and training will be provided at the Saskatoon Council on Aging.
How to Get Involved
If you would like to volunteer or learn how to use the bus call the Council on Aging at 306-652-2255 for more information
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General, Important Notices

Parking at Saskatoon Field House

Effective July 12, 2017

Parking when using the Field House:

Patrons using the Field House can park in the north lot or Lot #15.  There is no fee for Saskatoon Field House patrons, however the following must be adhered to:

North Lot:

  • 3-Hour Parking Limit at all times 
  • Plate Registration (or Permit) Required:
    • Mondays – Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lot #15 (U. of S Lot: along Preston Avenue):

  • 3-Hour Parking Limit at all times 
  • Plate Registration or Permit Required At All Times

License plates must be registered in the parking terminal located in the Field House.

The City of Saskatoon is committed to providing access to the Leisure Centres and appreciates everyone’s patience during the construction of the Merlis Belsher Place.

Elder Abuse, General, Important Notices

Start the Conversation to Stop the Abuse of Older Adults

World Elder Abuse Awareness day (WEAAD)

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Saskatoon Council on Aging  marks WEAAD 2017 by raising awareness. This year’s theme is Starting the Conversation to Stop the Abuse of Older Adults’. Join us in building the movement for social change across the province, to raise awareness of this issue and mobilize communities in Saskatchewan to take action.

Did you know the percentage of seniors in the population (16.9 per cent) now exceeds the share of children (16.6 per cent) in Canada? Our demographics are shifting, and we now have more seniors in Canada than ever before, a trend that is going to continue well into the future. At the same time as that the population is growing, we know that a startling number of seniors are experiencing abusive situations. And that’s only part of the picture: experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect that is reported, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.

WEAAD serves as a Call-to-Action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse. The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) at the United Nations (UN) launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2006 in a global effort to unite communities in raising awareness about elder abuse and the impact this has on the quality of life of our most vulnerable citizens.

“We all have a vital role to play in creating a peaceful, supportive and just society” stated June Gawdun, Executive Director of SCOA. We invite and encourage you to join us on June 15  in our efforts to Start the Conversation to Stop the Abuse of Older Adults.

How you can help Start the conversation to Stop the Abuse of Older Adults: Join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

Annual General Meeting, General, Important Notices, membership

Membership News

A motion regarding membership and fees was approved by members at the Annual General Meeting. on May 25th. Changes to our membership system are effective from that date. The fee structure for membership emerged from recommendations to assist SCOA  resolve its financial concerns, particularly to help the organization overcome the Saskatoon Health Region’s withdrawal of $75,000 of grants to support core operations.

SCOA Membership Fee System effective May 25, 2017

  • Individual Full Member: $25
  • Individual Associate Member: No fee
  • Non-profit Organization Member: $25
  • Corporate Member: $250
    Individual Full Members and Individual Associate Members receive discounts:
    discounts
  • With the exception of the Individual Associate Members, all other members shall have the right to vote at any general meetings and the Annual General Meeting of SCOA and are eligible to be a member of the Board of Directors.
  • An exemption from paying an Individual Full Member fee is granted to anyone 90 years of age or older.
  • The membership period runs from April 1 to March 31.
  • Renewals are to be effective April 1 of each year.
  • No membership cards are to be issued but membership is recorded by SCOA.
  • No charitable donation receipts are to be given for a membership fee.
  • Volunteer time will not be counted as a way to obtain Individual Full Membership without paying the required fee.

Payment Methods: Full Member, Corporate Member or Organization Member only

1.Mail the form and fee (if applicable) to:
Saskatoon Council on Aging (Saskatoon Field House)
2020 College Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 2W4

2. Pay with credit card– visit the SCOA office or phone (306) 652-2255.

Events, fundraising, General

10 Reasons to audition for Zoomer Idol

Why you should audition….

1. The unique chance to perform for a live audience
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2. Have fun
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3. Meet new people
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4. Do something special to celebrate Canada 150
5. The joy of sharing music with an audience
6.  You’re tired of singing in the shower.
7. You promised yourself you’d step out of your comfort zone and pursue your artistic passions.
8. The chance to work with others
9. Grow as an artist and performer
10. Sense of accomplishment and achievement

Auditions to be held June 26, 27 and 30th, Knox United Church, Saskatoon. Eight talented acts will be selected to perform at Zoomer Idol on October 19, 2017.
Phone 306-652-2255 for auditions! 

About Zoomer Idol 

 

Events, fundraising, General

Could YOU Be Saskatoon’s next Zoomer Idol?

Saskatoon Council on Aging presents Saskatoon’s next Zoomer Idol competition on 

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at TCU Place.

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zoomer1About Zoomer Idol:
Saskatoon Zoomer Idol is a fundraising event for the Saskatoon Council on Aging. Zoomer Idol features a showcase of 8 very talented seasoned acts and celebrates the diverse talents of older adults.

Proceeds go towards the Saskatoon Council on Aging’s programs to promote the health, dignity and independence of older adults.

Who can take part:  Older Adults 55 years and older (individuals or groups of up to 8). If selected as finalists, all participants must be available to compete at Zoomer Idol on October 19th, 2017.

Why:  You have talent in voice, dance, comedy, magic, storytelling, poetry reading, etc… suitable for a  large venue

How:  Auditions will be held in June 2017; 8 acts will be selected to compete at Zoomer Idol on October 19th, 2017.

For inquiries, phone Saskatoon Council on Aging at 306-652-2255

When:  Auditions will take place (6:00 pm to 9:00 pm)

Monday, June 26th, 2017
Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
Friday, June 30th, 2017

Where:  Knox United Church,   838 Spadina Crescent E (use side door)

The winner of Zoomer Idol will receive a trophy, press coverage and fan adoration. This is your opportunity to be part of an entertaining night of fun where Saskatoon’s seasoned talent is showcased.

Zoomer Sponsors as of May 30, 2017

 

Awards, General, Important Notices

B’nai Brith 2016 Murray Scharf : We’re Proud of You Award

Everyone at SCOA is extremely excited about Murray Scharf being recognized with the We’re Proud of You Award presented by the B’nai Brith.

Murray Scharf is a founding member of SCMurray Scharf01 (1)OA and has carried many assignments for SCOA.  Most recently, Murray acted as Ambassador to promote SCOA’s 25th Anniversary.  This role included appealing to SCOA supporters for a commemorative fund called Cornerstone.  This fund is to support SCOA’s innovations for making life better for seniors.  The supporters responded very positively to this appeal and the results are deemed to be successful.  The fund is a huge step forward for SCOA’s future.

Now SCOA has learned the award comes with a $10,000 endowment to be managed by the Saskatoon Community Foundation.  The interest earned from this endowment will be disbursed to SCOA annually.

“This is great news for SCOA” cited Jim Wasilenko, Chair of SCOA’s Finance and Fund Raising Committee.  “Not only does the award support SCOA forever from the proceeds of the fund, it recognizers an outstanding person working on behalf of SCOA.  The volunteer work by Murray Scharf epitomizes the talents and experiences seniors offer and demonstrates the value seniors add to the community.

Wasilenko added that with the recent partnership with the Saskatoon Community Foundation, SCOA has also started an endowment.  Murray Scharf’s award will inspire others to consider a bequest or a substantial gift to SCOA’s endowment.  “Imagine the impact of giving a gift that lasts forever.”

 Murray, we are all proud of you for your volunteer work in Saskatoon.

General, Partners

Welcome to Bourassa & Associates!

The Saskatoon Council on Aging welcomes Bourassa & Associates  Rehabilitation Centre as our new organizational sponsor and partner.

Bourassa & Associates offers a discount on services to SCOA members.

 

MAIN OFFICE 306/665-1962
fax: (306) 975-0109
fax toll free: 866-340-0109
109 – 294 Venture Cres.
Saskatoon, SK
S7K 6M1

4 other locations in Saskatoon:

SASKATOON DOWNTOWN

306/665-1962

414-750 Spadina Crescent E
(Medical Arts Bldg)

SASKATOON EASTSIDE

306/665-1962

#2-117 Slimmon Road
(Orthopaedic Associates)

SASKATOON MARKET MALL

306/665-1962

68-2325 Preston Ave

SASKATOON WESTSIDE

306/665-1962

#2 3315 Fairlight Drive

Watch for further details in upcoming eNews publications or phone (306) 652-2255.

General, Important Notices

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Field House Parking Changes Effective Monday, April 24th

Field House Parking Changes  Effective Monday, April 24th

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The University of Saskatchewan is set to begin construction of the new twin-ice facility on April 24, 2017. Saskatoon Field House patrons will see some changes to available parking starting April 24 when a construction fence will be erected and there will be no public access to the south parking lot located on university grounds.

For patrons using the Field House during this time, the north parking lot or Lot #15 (U of S designated lot located east of the Field House) will be available for vehicle parking.  All patron vehicles parked in these lots must register their license plate through the parking terminal located in the lobby at the Field House. There is no fee for Saskatoon Field House patrons to park, but your license plate must be registered though the parking terminal.  Please refer to posted parking restrictions located on site and at the parking kiosk.

The City of Saskatoon appreciates your patience as we manage the parking requirements during the construction phase.  We will continue to work with our user groups and patrons to accommodate parking needs and provide updates as required.

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General, Health Services

Dental Day YXE

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DO YOU REQUIRE DENTAL CARE?

Dental Day YXE is your opportunity to access FREE dental care!
Services provided – exams, fillings, extractions, cleanings, denture repairs
Children and adults welcome!

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Location: College of Dentistry, Dental Clinic Building, 105 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E4

If you would like to become a PATIENT contact:

Dr. Danielle Briere
dentalday.yxe@usask.ca

Dr. Alyssa Hayes
(306) 966-1407