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.

Annual General Meeting, Important Notices

Annual General Meeting – Notice to Members


Annual General Meeting
Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm 
Rusty McDonald Library – 225 Primrose Drive

Click  AGM Notice to Members to download the following documents:

  • Minutes of the last annual general meeting held May 26, 2016
  • Agenda for the May 25, 2017 meeting
  •  By-law revisions
  • Membership fee system

A full annual report with audited financials will be provided and presented at the meeting.


Health Services, Important Notices, Partners, Programming

Remembering When Program

Remembering When News:

On May 1, 2017, the Fire Chief Morgan Hackl, presented a report on the Remembering When program to the Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services asking them to forward it to Council for their information. Janet Barnes and Dori Krahn were in attendance to answer any questions that Council members had. The report summarized the partnership between SCOA and SFD with regards to Remembering When and explained the steps we’ve taken so far.

Council members who are part of this committee expressed their support for their program and stated that the services we provide are valued and necessary.

The Remembering When™ program is a partnership between the Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) and the Saskatoon Council on Aging. Our goal is to supportUntitled aging in place by providing fire safety and falls prevention education and support.   Janet Barnes from SCOA and Dori Krahn from SFD have made a number of group presentations including the Eastview Neighbourhood Club Hub, Scott Forget, McDonald Tower, McEwen Tower, Liberty Court, the Ilarion, Chalet Gardens, Preston Park 1, Luther Riverside Terrace, and Sienna Pointe. After a group presentation there is an opportunity to request a home visit to assess your specific situation and offer supports and referrals if needed. We know we will need help and have trained a number of SFD volunteers and Saskatoon Services for Seniors staff to make home visits.   We have booked  two community presentations for May and are doing some follow up for the older adults that the firefighters are lifting after they have fallen and haven’t hurt themselves.

Dori and Janet have met with a number of potential partners  to build the capacity of the program and  if possible, integrate fire safety and fall prevention into existing programs that offer home visits.  We received an SGI/ABI grant to help purchase exercise bands and night lights to provide to the individuals that receive a home visit and have found a partner to provide smoke alarms if they are outdated.

Watch for the Safety Down the Aisle Fashion Show!   We have booked a show at McClure Place on June 13 at 2:00 p.m., Spotlight on Seniors in October and the Century Club in December. 

Please join us if you can for one of the community presentations:

May 29, 2017- Sobey’s Community Room- Stonebridge – 3100 Preston Avenue South-10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – McClure United Church Sanctuary, 4025 Taylor Street E
 2:00 p.m.

If you are interested in having a Remembering When™ presentation for your group or would like more information, please contact Dori Krahn (306)975-7715.


Remembering When is a program designed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that uses nostalgia to promote eight fire safety and eight fall prevention messages through group presentations and home visits. The goal of the program is to help older adults eliminate fire and fall hazards in their environment so that they can stay in their homes if they would like. Through the program, we also teach what to do in the event of a fire and how to get up from the floor if you have fallen and are not hurt. 




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.

Finance for Older Adults

Ways to save at tax time

incomesecurity“Raising a family can be expensive, but there are many benefits, credits, and deductions that can help your family with costs during the year. They could even lower the amount you owe at tax time! However it is important to file on time if you want your credits.” (Canada Revenue Agency)

Visit the Canada Revenue Agency website for great ways to save at tax time: