#1 A Place in the Community – Friends of Bow Cliff

Reason 1: Bow Cliff Seniors has been in the community for 36 years, providing a place for seniors to come for programs, services and activities.

1975: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were battling on the music charts, Jaws was making us think twice about going into the water, and James Clavell’s Shogun was just hitting the bookstores.

In Calgary, people were cheering for the Calgary Cowboys on the ice and the population was still under half a million. (453,812, to be exact.)  The community of Spruce Cliff was celebrating its 25th anniversary, and it was during this time that seniors of the area came together to discuss programs and services that would reflect their needs.

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36 years later, Bow Cliff Seniors continues to provide programs and services for seniors in Spruce Cliff and beyond. Our activitities have evolved with the changing needs of seniors. BCS exercise classes, for example, are now augmented by the Healthy Living Challenge, which encourages people to take responsibility for their own healthy choices. The weekly luncheon started as a fundraiser, but is now supported by sponsorships like that recently provided by Exterran. The ShareCare Program, which provides lawn care and snow removal for seniors, now helps 80 seniors in 15 communities – and the need continues to grow.

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United Way volunteers decorating before Lunch

Which is where you come in. We’re encouraging people to support the ongoing needs of seniors by becoming a Friend of Bow Cliff. $36 for 36 great years of service – it’s a bargain, really, and it means we can start 2012 on the right foot. Won’t you join us today?

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