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.


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.


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:



414-750 Spadina Crescent E
(Medical Arts Bldg)



#2-117 Slimmon Road
(Orthopaedic Associates)



68-2325 Preston Ave



#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


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.


General, Health Services

Dental Day YXE

dental day







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

Dr. Alyssa Hayes
(306) 966-1407


Message from SCOA Executive Director

Hi SCOA members!  The Board of Directors and staff have developed a strategic plan for the next three years to address:

  • Organizational Framework
  • Community Development
  • Financial Stability
  • Information Resources, Life Long Learning Programs and Services
  • Public Relations, Marketing and Communication
  • Board, Staff and Volunteer Excellence
  • Partnerships
  • Accountability and Research

As part of the plans to acquire stable, broad-based, financial and non-financial resources to support the programs and growth of SCOA we have some events planned for future:

Saskatoon Zoomer Idol on October 19 – TCU Place

Spotlight on Seniors on October 3 – TCU Place

Raffle ticket sales – The prize this time is a return trip for two from Saskatoon to Toronto, three nights’ hotel, Niagara Falls boat tour and dinner with view of the falls.  If you win you have the option of taking this trip or having a credit valued at $2,600.00 from CAA Travel to choose your own vacation.  Tickets are $5.00 each.  The draw date is January 18, 2018.

Seniors Sew Shoppe Items – Watch out for more news of where items will be sold.

There are many ways to help support our organization such as supporting a fundraiser event, giving donation, major gift, memorial fund to name a few.  If you are interested in having a conversation about this please contact either Virginia or I at 306-652-2255.

Also please note if you are a caregiver you may also be interested to attend our upcoming caregiver forum on March 24th.  Call Sheila for more details at 306-652-4411.



June Gawdun, Executive Director




Caregiving, General


The Saskatoon Coucgforumncil on Aging and Caregiver Information and Support Centre are very pleased to announce our annual Caregiver Forum to be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Emmanuel Baptist Church (1636 Acadia Drive).

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Registration 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 (includes lunch & light refreshments)
Phone (306) 652-2255 or email

Respite care provided by Home Instead Senior Care, Saskatoon Home Support and Bayshore Healthcare.

This year’s forum “Towards a Dementia Friendly Saskatoon: Information and Support for Caregivers” promises to be very informative with a great line up of speakers and resource booths.

Our keynote speaker will be Laura Steeves-Green (Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan) “The ABC’s of Dementia” and the afternoon panel presenters: Dr. Joel L. Gajadharsingh: (Professor Emeritus, U of S)“A Caregiver’s Journey through Dementia: A Spouse’s Perspective”, Dr. Jill Bally: (College of Nursing, U of S) “A Caregiver’s Journey through Dementia: A Daughter’s Perspective”, Shelly Peacock (College of Nursing, U of S) “Grieving Through the Journey with Dementia” and Wendy Lucyshyn (Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan) “Minds in Motion”.

General, Programming

Calling for creative volunteers!


Are you a Photographer? Graphic Designer? A person with a background in electronic media, print and /or visual media, a flair

for or interest in using photos to tell a story?  Then we need YOU!

SCOA is looking to refresh our Age Alive Photography Exhibition.  Age Alive presently features wonderful photos of older adults participating in all avenues of positive aging.  It has been displayed at many venues in Saskatoon and is also an excellent teaching tool in our intergenerational work about aging and for connecting with the community.

We wish to renew the display, add diversity to the images of older adults and consider additional dimensions in presentation – audio-visual, electronic, etc.

We’d love to have you join us.

Age Alive Photography Exhibition at WDM

Contact Virginia at the SCOA office (306-652-2255) to let us know you might want to join us. We’ll meet for coffee, look at the display we have now and start to work on a major 2017 refresh!



Mercedes Montgomery, Chair of the Communications Committee, Shan Landry, Board co-chair and Ila Sarkar,  Board member.