Seniors’ Centre Without Walls Saskatchewan
A FREE interactive telephone program for people 55+ anywhere in Saskatchewan
Finding Solutions – Empowering Seniors – To Live A Life With Dignity
What is Seniors’ Centre Without Walls?
Seniors’ Centre Without Walls (SCWW) provides the opportunity for participants to join in on health and wellness seminars, educational lectures, brain-stimulating activities, listen to live musical entertainment, join in on general conversations, and make new and meaningful friendships – all from the comfort of home!
It is all done over the telephone.
The Seniors’ Centre Without Walls (SCWW) provides opportunities to socialize, learn new skills and stay connected from the comfort of home. New programs and topics are added regularly. Programs include games, exercise classes, meditation and mindfulness, nutrition, book clubs, coffee chats, and more. All done over your own telephone from your own home.
Information About the Program
How it Works
- Completely free program.
- Programs are multi-person phone conversations (or conference calls).
- No special equipment needed – just your telephone. You do not need a computer or Internet access.
- Each phone session lasts between 30-60 minutes on the phone.
- Each phone session will have a volunteer speaker that will talk on a variety of topics.
- On the day of the class you have registered for, we will phone you a few minutes before and when prompted you push the number one and you will be connected to your class
- Over your phone – You are able to hear each other, talk to one another, learn, and have fun! A great way to meet new friends!
- Confidential, only your first name and last initial are used by the host.
Who Can Participate?
- Adults aged 55+ living anywhere in Saskatchewan, who find it difficult to leave their homes and participate in social activities in their community.
Is There a Cost?
- No cost. Everything is Free of charge.
- We mail you any needed supplies for programs that you sign up for, at no cost to you.
How To Join
- You phone us and do an initial registration.
- Once you are registered with us – we will send you a list of topics/classes each month.
You phone or email us and tell us which classes you want to sign up for.
- Some classes only have room for 10 people – please register early.
Phone: 306-631-4357 to register
Congragulations to Joseph
Joseph is one of our directors of Seniors Centre Without Walls
Creativity for Brain Health: Download
Suzanne Joyce Bird Presentation: Download
Senior Arts Program Calendar: Download
Anne Patton Book Club Information: Download
Classes and guest speakers change every month, please contact us for a current list of monthly classes.
We will phone you a few minutes before your class starts. You will be prompted to push the number one on your phone. Once you push the number one, you will be joined into the phone call group.
All classes are over your own telephone from your own home.
NOTICE: Guest speakers sometimes need to cancel on short notice. Classes may be cancelled and/or another class may be substituted in, on that day.
Ronda has worked in social enterprise positions for many years. A farm girl background has taught her about hard work and installed a love of the outdoors. A successful competitor in horse shows and rodeos, she also enjoys photography, antiques, and day trips to check out the thrift stores.
Grateful for the life skills and teachings of her mom and dad she has always enjoyed helping her dad with carpentry and hanging out in the shop.
Ronda has a Bachelor of Education degree and is currently a social work student at the University of Regina; and plans to obtain her BSW and then her Masters in Education. Always passionate about helping those in need and advocating for individuals of all ages, she has a dream of opening an Equine Psychotherapy and Hippo Therapy Centre, where people that are living with anxiety, dementia, learning and other disabilities, can interact with horses in a therapeutic way.
When Ronda’s mom went through the stages of dementia, Ronda moved to live with her mom, to fulfil her mom’s wish of remaining in her own home. During this time, Ronda found there was not a lot of support to assist people to remain, in their own homes and Age In Place. This led to the idea of forming a non-profit organization that could be a support to those wanting to remain, in their own homes and offer a community of social supports by telephone.
As the founding director of Age Friendly Outreach & Resource Network, Ronda is an avid supporter of ‘Aging In Place’ and believes that we need to have more resources available to help older adults remain in their own homes.
Myrna has recently retired and closed her private practice in Regina working mainly with children and their families. She has a Masters in social work from the University of Toronto and has worked in the helping profession and education for over 40 years. As a facilitator, Myrna is a good listener,compassionate, soft-spoken and fair. For her, it is important people know they are all valued for their contributions. She is interested in assisting participants of SCWW who are seeking knowledge and information to benefit their lives and help relieve loneliness.
Myrna is from small town Saskatchewan and knows the value of helping your neighbor. As a daughter of an elevator Agent, she and her family were very involved in the communities they lived in. Volunteering became an important part of her life and continues to this day. She has helped establish a Volunteer Bureau at the University of Saskatchewanin the 1970’s, was on the first board of the Early Childhood Education Program (ECIP) in Moose Jaw and has served on numerous committees and boards over the years. In 2012, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for her volunteer work with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers.
Since retiring the first time in 2012 from the Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina as the Field Education Coordinator, Myrna became an avid quilter. She enjoys the socializing quilting provides. Myrna is involved in a group of quilters known as Connecting Threads. They sew for pleasure and to help the community in Regina by donating their time and thread. Quilts are made for the Neo-natal Unit at Regina General Hospital, Women’s Shelters and Wascana Rehabilitation Centre and other agencies as needed. Since Covid-19 she continues to meet online with her quilting friends.
Amber, Cert in Admin
Amber graduated high school from Vanier Collegiate and has a certificate in office administration from Saskatchewan Polytechnic, she has plans to continue her education. Amber currently helps run her family’s mail courier business and a very small cleaning business. She loves riding horses and taking care of animals, she has trained all of her own horses and is going to continue working with animals.
Amber also enjoys curling; she has qualified for women’s club provincials twice and mixed doubles provincials. Amber enjoys spending time outside fishing, painting, and doing small projects,
she also volunteers her time to help with youth sports teams.
Karla Rasmussen, Western Development Museum – Moose Jaw
Karla credits the influence of her late aunt and uncle for inspiring her with a love of history and museums at a young age; she and her younger sister would spend a week with their extended family in Winnipeg exploring numerous galleries and cultural locations each
Originally from a small town in west-central Manitoba, Karla grew up in her family’s funeral home business. After completing the Visual Communications course offered through her vocational high school, she went on to become the fourth generation of her family to work in the funeral industry, where she found her niche in creating custom memorial designs in their monument sales office.
Moving to Moose Jaw in 2008, she explored several diverse careers where she was able to use her education in developing graphics, campaigns, media relations, promotional and fundraising materials for local non-profit organizations. In the fall of 2016, she accepted a position at the WDM Moose Jaw as the Education and Public Programs Coordinator.
Karla’s motto is “life is too short for boring clothes” and relishes the
opportunity to dress up in period-appropriate costumes for the educational programming at the WDM. She thoroughly enjoys her job developing events and programs, talking with students and meeting visitors from around the world. Karla is a strong believer in the Museum’s vision of “a Saskatchewan where everyone belongs and histories matter”, and works hard to help make the WDM a welcoming place for all.
About the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery is a centre for the visual arts and Moose Jaw’s living history, sharing opportunities for education, exploration, and inspiration. The gallery exhibits art and history of local, regional, national, and international origin. Its mandate is to interpret, and promote the cultural and artistic heritage of Moose Jaw and its surrounding region. We are attached to the Moose Jaw Public Library and have a Performing Art Theater all in on facility.
Christy Schweiger from the Moose Jaw Museum & Art has been in the position of Education Coordinator for 18 years and has been providing the community with enriching art education for all. A large portion of her work is providing tours of the Art Gallery and Heritage Gallery to school groups as well as do a hands-on activities related to the exhibition. She also sets up public arts programs for the interested public and customizes programs to specialized groups such as Individuals with special needs and Seniors. At the beginning of COVID the in person programs at the gallery were morphed into virtual programs and “hybid” programs which means they are both in person (smaller class) and online. The program she runs with Seniors Centers without Walls phone program began in Fall 2020 and continues to flourish and expand to this day.
Bachelor of Arts Psychology and Law & Justice, Social Work Diploma
Seated Yoga Teacher
Ericka is a member of the Military Police in the Canadian Armed Forces. Before joining the army, she was a counselor for many years who worked with youth involved in the criminal justice system, with women who had experienced domestic violence, and with individuals who had been diagnosed with HIV and AIDs.
Ericka completed a double major Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Law & Justice at Laurentian University. She has her Social Service Worker diploma from Algonquin College. Ericka is currently in her final semester of a Master of Arts in Police Studies at the University of Regina.
She has been a yoga teacher since 2016. Ericka grew up in a rural community in Northern Ontario where she started doing yoga at 13 years old with her aunt. Ericka loves nature and takes every opportunity she can to be outside and to be active. Ericka is also a huge animal lover. She is a vegan and has 6 pets. Two dogs and 4 cats.
Ericka is very familiar with staying active while injured. Ericka was injured while at work and is enjoying discovering what her body is now capable of doing. She is currently training to compete her first triathlon. She is happy to be able to offer a yoga program that allows for people to breath and move as their individual bodies allow.
Silverlight Productions Inc.
Judith Silverthorne is an award-winning author and a well-seasoned presenter, editor, and workshop instructor. As one of the cultural leaders in the province, Judith first and foremost loves to share her knowledge and writing skills to engage, inspire, and awaken creative processes in others, and is sensitive to the needs of seniors, particularly those in more remote areas who often lack connections and stimulation in this area, and may be at risk.
During her seven-year tenure as the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, she spear-headed programming for rural and northern residents, including province-wide programs for Indigenous by forming an Indigenous Advisory Circle for insights and suggestions with participants from all over the province. Though Judith comes from a settler background, she has developed long-lasting relationships with Indigenous communities and individuals, learning the importance of observing protocols, and gaining some understanding of the traditions and cultures throughout the province and is aware and respectful of the TRC Calls to Action.
Judith also has been instrumental in forming links with people in various other demographic groups and within communities in Saskatchewan, helping to build relationships and form partnerships. She understands the importance of connecting people with artistic endeavours and how art can not only be therapeutic mentally in stimulating cognitive abilities, but how it empowers, fosters a stronger sense of identity, and increases self-esteem. Her vision is to reach as many individuals as possible in remote and northern locations. She strives particularly to make connections with people, and communities, who otherwise would not have the opportunity or the means to participate in health enriching artistic programming.
Funeral Celebrant and Grief Support Worker
W.J.Jones & Son Funeral Services
Della Ferguson is a Funeral Celebrant and Grief Support Worker with W.J.Jones & Son Funeral Services, having worked on the Jones Team since 1998. Della facilitates grief support groups to fit the differing needs of those experiencing the death of a loved one as well as facilitates ceremonies that are focused on honouring lives and healing hearts.
Della grew up in Mortlach on the family farm and has a deep affinity with nature. Her parents believed in the power of community and gave of themselves in support and service for the betterment of their community.
Della lives in Moose Jaw with her hubby and they celebrate being parents and grandparents.
Della is also involved in community initiatives such as the Heartland Hospice Board; Journey to Hope Moose Jaw; and Square One Community, carrying the legacy of her parent’s belief that “together we are stronger”.
Brain Engaging Activity Coordinator
Donna Kostal has been a Library Technician at the Moose Jaw Public Library since 2003. Some of Donna’s main duties are reference and adult programs. A few years ago, Donna was asked to present programs for one of the retirement homes in Moose Jaw. This was a whole new adventure for her and through much trial and error Donna created programs of a participatory nature. She strives for interaction and participation with the people. Donna’s goal is to present material that will get people thinking and having fun!
Catherine Livingstone, MA, CDCP is a former Long Term Care Recreation Coordinator and a current advocate for care partners and people living with dementia. She is passionate about merging creativity with social justice, inclusion and health literacy, especially in terms of cognitive and brain health. She spent many happy summers at her family’s farm in Grey County, Ontario. One of the highlights of her academic career was placing second last in her College Livestock Show (Dairy Cattle category, Holstein). She would like to report her dye and topline skills were noted as “adequate”.
A Special Thanks to Our Funding Partners
- SaskTel Pioneers
- Community Initiatives Fund
- New Horizons For Seniors Program
- Regina University Student Union
- Government of Canada (Employment and Social Development Canada).
- Saskatchewan Seniors Association Inc.
Press & Awards
- ‘A telephone family’: Sask. phone programs connecting isolated seniors – Regina Leader Post
- New telephone program connecting seniors across the province to battle isolation – Moose Jaw Today
- Program New To Saskatchewan Hopes To Break Loneliness Many Seniors Experience – MJ Independent
- ‘Studio without Walls’ connects older adults to artists over the phone – CBC
- Seniors’ Centre Without Walls – 211 Saskatchewan
- Seniors’ centre without walls program – SaskToday.ca
- Age Friendly Outreach & Resource Network /Seniors Without Walls – Moose Jaw Chamber of Commerce
Contact Us For More Information
Seniors’ Centre Without Walls is a program initiated by the:
Age Friendly Outreach & Resource Network Moose Jaw Inc.
Non Profit Corporation Entity Number: 102087113
Seniors’ Centre Without Walls – Code of Conduct
Please stay on topic. Let’s keep it friendly!
To do that – we ask you all: please avoid any Discussions and or comments on politics, religion, the pandemic, vaccinations, mandates, or any related topic Thank you
Seniors’ Centre Without Walls promotes an environment that values:
- Positive communication between people
- Courteous conduct
- Diversity and the human rights of others related to their national or ethnic origin, religion, age, gender identity, marital status, family status, economic status, any physical or mental disability and sexual orientation
- Mutual respect, fairness and equality
RESPECTFUL CONDUCT POLICY
- Please allow the facilitator to guide and direct the group
- Please respect all group members and their opinions even if you do not necessarily agree with them
- Disrespectful comments are not allowed
- Allow every participant to contribute and do not dominate the conversation
- If you have an issue with a group member, please contact SCWW directly