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
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Seniors Centre Without Walls is offering a telephone program for people aged 55+
anywhere in Saskatchewan to increase social connections and reduce the effects of
loneliness and isolation in Saskatchewan during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is a FREE telephone program that connects volunteers with seniors to chat on the
phone 1-2x per week. It is entirely over the phone, so no computer or internet is
needed. SCWW aims to reach older adults, low-income citizens, and rural and
remote communities, all across Saskatchewan.
How it Works:
- Participants and volunteers are registered for the program by using the contact
information below and filling out the required forms.
- Volunteers and participants are matched based on schedules and similar interests.
The suggested time for chats is 20-30 mins.
- Private and confidential, the only information that is shared will be the phone
numbers between matched pairs.
- SCWW will follow up with volunteers and participants to ensure that phone
calls are taking place and are a good match.
Phone: 306. 631-4357 Ronda
December 2023 Calendar
Seniors Art Program over the phone
Thursday bi-monthly sessions from 10am – 11am, September 21st to December 21st. To register for this program, phone 306-631-4357 or email email@example.com
Did you grow up on a farm?
Join us while we share our oral history! Celebrate our common stories through farm reminiscing.
Free weekly phone sessions on Wednesdays January 17 – March 6, 2024, at 10am – 11am OR 1:30pm – 2:30pm for 8 weeks.
Registration required for this program, phone 306-631-4357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by November 28th, 2023
Creativity for Brain Health
With the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery’s Education Coordinator, Christy Schweiger and TimeSlips Facilitator Catherine Livingstone.
Free weekly phone sessions on Tuesdays, November 21st & 28th and December 5th & 12th, at 10am – 11am
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.
Job Title: Project Coordinator
Are you: Funny, with a great sense of humour, easy going and easy to talk to, have extraordinary customer service skills, ability to work alone and independent, plan your own day, have a positive outlook, passionate about helping seniors, reliable, and confident in your abilities to assist with the coordination and organizing the outreach program and recruit and oversee the volunteers.
The Role: Reporting to the Manager, you will be responsible to implement Seniors Outreach programs including registration of clients, supervision of community program volunteers and collection of data and participate in community events to promote the program and services of the non profit.
Please See the job description for a full overview of the position and for instructions on how to apply.
Download: Project Coordinator Job Description
Ronda, ECE 111, BEd, BSW, RSW
Executive Director / Outreach Coordinator
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.
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. 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.
Program Outreach Assistant
I grew up on a farm and always loved helping people so when Ronda called me this seemed like a good fit. I really enjoy keeping the senior’s company and helping Ronda with whatever she needs.
Lorne Jackson, Volunteer
Piano Player Extraordinaire
Lorne plays on a piano that once belonged to his grandmother, she got the piano in 1892. Lorne’s
mother looked after the piano for many years prior to sharing it with Lorne. It is indeed a piano with a history and we are privileged to share in that history. Each piece that Lorne plays for us includes some info for the song and some wonderful music to accompany the story.
Lorne plays over the telephone every Friday morning, from 10:00 am to 11:00 a. Lorne is gifted at explaining the history of each song and is a talented piano player who can play a multitude of genres.
Lorne has provided countless volunteer hours over the past two years, of which we are so appreciative and
feel lucky to have Lorne as part of our team.
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
Community Initiatives Fund
The Community Initiatives Fund contributes to the quality of life of Saskatchewan’s residents by providing grants for programs supporting healthy growth and development of children and youth, individual and community wellbeing, and nonprofit and community leadership.
Government of Canada’s
New Horizons for Seniors Program
With appreciation to Walmart Canada for the $1000 sponsorship
With Appreciation to SK Arts for the $1000 sponsorship
Saskatchewan Blue Cross
With Appreciation to Saskatchewan Blue Cross for funding for our Health Literacy Program
Press & Awards
Please click on each link to read the news articles about SCWW
- October 17, 2022 – Several interactive programs happening through Seniors’ Centre Without Walls
- ‘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
- Sask Polytechnic survey on farmers mental health update
- ‘Put the Coffee on’ is a new series that offers mental health support for Regina farmers & ranchers.
- Seniors’ Centre Without Walls hosts speaker series for farmers and ranchers
Contact Us For More Information
Seniors Centre Without Walls Saskatchewan Incorporated
(Former: Age Friendly Outreach & Resource Network Moose Jaw Inc.)
Incorporation date: 2019
Entity Number: 102087113
CRA Registration Number: 769788134 RC 0001
Seniors Centre Without Walls Saskatchewan Inc.
Finding Solutions – Empowering Seniors – To Live A Life With Dignity
Seniors Centre Without Walls Saskatchewan Inc. is a non-profit agency providing outreach programs, community connections, and resources for people that are 55+. We also partner with community organizations to provide assistance, enquiry, community education, and outreach services.
- To provide programs and resources for adults 55+ that will assist with daily living and connections to the community.
- Assisting older adults through support programs that support older adults who wish to remain in their own homes.
- Develop a resource center to provide education, outreach, and services to older adults; that help with navigation, reduce isolation, loneliness and help provide resources and connections.
- Establish a network of trained volunteers to provide support services that will support older adults to remain in their own homes.
Finding Solutions – Empowering Seniors -To Live A Life With Dignity
- Promote and maintain an optimal level of senior independence through the coordination of resources, individual and group programs, and support.
- Provide programs, services, and resources for people that are 55+ with an aim to support older adults to remain in their own homes.
- Partner with community organizations to provide services and resources through program planning.
- Support vulnerable older adults by protecting their rights and interests by having their voices heard and considered in decisions that affect them, within a safe environment.
- Support the physical, social, emotional, and mental health of older adults.
- To put resources in place to assist with daily living activities, in order that older adults may remain in their own homes and age in place.
- Develop a network of services with pre vetted trades, and local businesses which will provide services, at a discounted rate, to enable older adults to remain in their own homes.
- Opportunity for every older adult to enjoy wellness, and quality of life.
- Empower people 55+ in our community through support services, and to serve as a focal point on issues affecting health, welfare, and safety of the older population.
- Relief of poverty, isolation, and elder abuse through education and promotion of health.
- Individual assistance to provide support for older adults to assist in navigating systems so they are treated with fairness and receive assistance they are entitled to.
- Decrease isolation and reduce detriments to health, through social activities and connections to resources.
- Provide support services to adults 55+ who are at home (where ever that may be) to reduce feelings of isolation and improve or maintain health.
- We strive to provide knowledge, resources, and provide daily living assistance and services.
- Promote and maintain an optimal level of senior independence through the coordination of resources, individual advocacy, and support.
- Committed to providing quality services to older adults, caregivers, and community members by delivering services that reflect individual needs, personal choice, and self-determination.
- Every older adult has the right to be healthy, safe, and be heard.
- Every older adult has the right to live a life with dignity and respect.
- Support vulnerable older adults by protecting their rights and interests and having their voices heard and considered in decisions that affect them.
- To provide knowledge and resources to our older adults and educate our community in order to provide a safe place for them to live and have high quality of life.
SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES
- Support older adults in relief of poverty, isolation, elder abuse through education, promotion of health, information, and outreach programs.
- Provide support for older adults to navigate the system to be treated with fairness and receive assistance they are entitled to.
- Provide In Home Supports and connections to community resources, to assist older adults to Age In Place and remain in their own homes
- Provide educational workshops and classes, in addition to being a centre of resources, and services, for older adults. Including antipoverty issues, and awareness of elder abuse, financial abuse, isolation and loneliness reduction, reducing detriments to health, and increasing social activities and connections.
- Phone call and teleconference program to ensure isolated older adults are safe in their home and connected to the community through phone calls.
- To promote health through connection to resources to ensure older adults have the connections they need to remain safe.
- Ensure that all people 55+ have their rights protected, their views and preferences upheld and their voices heard and considered.
- Help Build a stronger system of support and programs for all older adults through education of the public and of the older adults by creating a safe learning and caring environment that will be an invaluable resource to older adults and the community at large.
- Support the physical, social, emotional, and mental health of older adults.
- We provide resources where we can and connections to community organizations and resources.
- Develop key partnerships with other community organizations, allowing us to offer a wider range of solutions.
- Form Program Partners: collaborate with several local organizations and government offices to ensure the highest quality of service and care.
- We pursue the improvement of the quality of life for older adults through offering needed support services, that assist older adults to remain in their own homes.
- Provide quality services that inform, protect and care for each individual.
Equines and Elders Seniors living in independent or assisted living facilities join us at our barn for hands-
on activities with our horses and ponies. These interactions stimulate memory and provide a sense of
calm and well-being both for participants familiar with horses and for those who are new to them. Our
program sessions combine a number of unmounted activities based on the Equine Assisted Learning
model. Each session is carefully crafted to provide our clients with physical activity, memory and speech
stimulation, access to a safe outdoor environment and an emotional connection with the horse Sessions
are held at the Bar 5 Equine centre where equine wellness offers individuals the chance to interact with
horses in a relaxed environment.
Groups from senior centres will come out twice a week by centre bus or families bring seniors out by
vehicles. Family and caregivers of the seniors are welcome as well. The programs are aimed at seniors
60 years of age and up. Our goal is to create an all environment that is all inclusive and the program will
include the First Nations Seven Teachings of -respect, love, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility, and
truth. Our senior program sessions combine a number of unmounted activities based on interactions
between horses and seniors. Each session is carefully crafted to provide our clients with physical activity,
memory and speech stimulation, access to a safe, outdoor environment and an emotional connection
with an animal. Activities:
Expand and enhance our organization capacity for mental health and well being and mental illness
prevention programs through educational opportunities for seniors and/or senior caregivers. Adapt to
new models of promotion and prevention delivery.
- Enable access to skills, resources, and supportive environment that enhance equity and keep
individuals and populations mentally healthy that will increase our capacity and offer the program in a
non-conventional role, outdoors in nature, with horses as cofacilitators.
- Increase our capacity to serve others in mental wellness and prevention that builds skills, knowledge
- The senior client is typically with a trained mental health therapist and Registered Nurse, (volunteer
senior social worker) an equine specialist, Intergeneration program volunteer youth assistants, and the
horse. Having the horse present may offer a sense of peace, as they only will react to the client’s
behavior and emotions with no threat of bias or any judgment of their emotional experience • Who is
the client? Older adults over age 60 including women, Indigenous, Older Adults, those living with
Dementia, People of Colour, Newcomers, LGBTQ+, and especially those in rural and remote areas
around Moose Jaw, as well as senior aged caregivers.
- Expand intergenerational programs with youth and seniors in a mentorship role including literacy and
equine facilitated wellness.
PUBLIC AWARENESS AND EDUCATION
- Educate the public on Awareness about older adults’ daily concerns and challenges.
- Helping older adults individually where they live, spreading information and generating interest in our community.
- Host speakers, seminars and workshops, host trade show for senior friendly businesses, wellness vendors, and wellness days/healthcare events that are specifically focused on elder care.
- Offer education and outreach programs for older adults and other community members on a broad array of issues affecting older adults.
- Initiate B.O.S.S. (Businesses and Organizations Supporting Seniors) a community network of business owners and organizations who come together in the community, to support seniors to remain in their own home.
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