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
Mental Health Resources
Mental Health Resources
Provincial Crisis Lines – Link
Moose Jaw Community Resources Listing – Link
Regina Community Resources Listing – Link
CMHA Community Resources – Link
Home Fitness and Leisure Resource Guide – Link
This represents the information available from a variety of sources, information and contacts can change and as such we make no representations that this information is updated to reflect those changes.
November Wall Calendar: Download
November Newsletter: 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 canceled and/or another class may be substituted in, on that day.
Ronda has worked in social enterprise positions for many years, she has a Bachelor of Education degree and is currently a social work student at the University of Regina, with plans to graduate in April 2022. A farm girl and a successful competitor in horse shows and rodeos, she also enjoys photography. Ronda is grateful for the life skills and teachings of her mom and dad and has always enjoyed helping her dad with carpentry.
Ronda has always been passionate about helping older adults and advocating for individuals of all ages. When her mom was diagnosed with dementia, Ronda moved to live with her so that she could remain in her own home. During this time, she found there was not a lot of support to assist people to remain, in their own homes. This led to the idea for forming a non-profit organization that could be a support to those wanting to remain, in their own homes.
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.
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
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