Reason 3: All funds donated to Bow Cliff Seniors are used within the organization for programs and services to help members who are mid- to low-income.
Think about how many times you, as an individual in Calgary, take out your wallet in an average day. There aren’t a lot of places that people can gather without paying for something, whether it’s a coffee, a dinner or an event. But many seniors in Calgary struggle to meet their basic needs; 26% of Calgary seniors receive the Guarenteed Income Suppliment to help them do just that.
Bow Cliff Seniors exists to make sure that these seniors – and those who are struggling just above this line – have a place to gather without having to worry about how much is in their bank account that morning. For the most part, we rely on funding from governments (New Horizons for Seniors, Alberta Gaming and Family and Community Support Services of Calgary) to pay ongoing operational costs (including administrative and facility costs). We also look to sponsors and donors to help us grow our programs and meet the increasing needs of seniors.
$36 may not seem like a lot, but to our centre it could mean:
- birthday lunch for six seniors
- two hours of in-chair exercise instruction
- one month of snow removal so a senior can stay in his home
Making a donation via Friends of Bow Cliff means we can continue offering great programs for seniors at a cost they can afford. Won’t you join us today?
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.
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.
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?
36 years ago, several members of the Spruce Cliff Community came together to discuss options for programs/services for seniors in the area. On December 19, 1975, the Spruce Cliff Seniors came into being. (The name was changed to Bow Cliff Seniors in 1976.)
Friends of Bow Cliff ~ Celebrating 36 Years
Since that time, BCS has provided a community gathering place for seniors from all over Calgary. We hold exercise and art classes, host bridge, cribbage and bingo games, serve a weekly lunch and bring people together through our partnerships with groups like the Alberta Handicrafts Guild and Calgary Dollars
We’ve also had our share of challenges (the 1989 fire) and successes (taking on the building lease) that have kept us going. Funding has been its own challenge, and so this year we’re asking people to step up. We’ll be spending the next few weeks sharing our top five reasons why you should donate now and become a Friend of Bow Cliff in 2012.
Our Volunteers are working hard this week to prepare for the Clothing Sale Fundraiser at Bow Cliff Centre on Saturday, June 4th.
This fundraiser is an answer from the dedicated members to raise money for our centre in challenging times.
“Our Bottle Drive money is way down this year compared to last year”, comments Tracey Braun, Executive Director of Bow Cliff Seniors. “But its not only here, the Boy Scouts did far less on their bottle drive this year than previous years as well.” Why is this happening? Tracey replies ” I did a little research to find out why, and members are giving their bottles to their kids and grandkids, who need the money.”
Bow Cliff Centre relies on donations and funding to keep its programs going. Even in these tough economic times, our dedicated members are prepared to work hard. Hilda Townsend, Clothing Sale Coordinator has a group of ladies organizing and sorting for the sale, as well as people coming in every day to bring bags of clothes for the sale.
- Spring & Summer Clothing and Accessories at Bow Cliff Fundraiser June 4, 2011
“We are accepting all Spring or Summer clothes, as well as shoes, purses, jewelery and other small items for the sale.” Says Hilda Townsend, Volunteer Coordinator. If you can clean out your closet and support our Fundraiser, help us out! There are many people in the city who can use these items, and we encourage them to come check out our sale.
The Clothing Sale is part of the Wildwood Parade of Garage Sales being held on Saturday, June 4th. Hilda has organized her volunteers to be there on Friday, June 3rd from noon to 8:00pm to allow local people to shop early.
Come by our Fundraiser, get a deal of the beautiful clothing coming in for Bow Cliff Centre’s fundraising efforts.
The artists are hard at work getting ready for their art show on May 6 & 7, 2011. Here are some samples of their work. The video shows an artist working with acrylics and a pallette knife.
The Art Classes here at Bow Cliff offer acrylic, oil, water color, and pastels.
Watch the video to see an artist using oils:
Our member, Roy Hetherington is a very active member, involved in all of the singing groups such as the Harmonica Tableau, the Rhythm Kats, and the Singalong Group. Watch his interview to see how he got involved, and what he has to say about it.
Interview with June Crowe of the Rhythm Kats:
Six years ago, I started the Rhythm Kats. We are currently holding our own, but as you can see, our numbers are diminishing. The new 50+ group coming our way are into totally different things. Both of my groups like to sing and play the songs we grew up with — the “oldie goldies” as I call them. I guess I am not into Rock and Roll.
A year ago, I joined the Board of Directors. I had been asked many times before but was too busy with music, family, and so forth. When I join something, I like to participate 100% and give it my all. Now with all the changes taking place at the Centre, being on the Board is very exciting and, not to say the least, very challenging! There are plans for:
A New Parking Lot, I am not going to miss the potholes!
A Brand New Building, Whoopee! A New Kitchen, decent Washrooms and more space. My Sing-along s will be able to move back to the Centre.
The biggest issues I see is changing our focus for the next generation of 50+ coming into the fold. We need to develop new programs to suit their needs and lifestyles, but also to keep in mind our current members and their needs. What a great time to be a part of this expansion and change. Go! Bow Cliff! Go!
Lynn teaches exercise class at Bow Cliff Centre tailored to the Active Older Adult. She starts with cardio to keep them active at their pace.
Lynn offers a wide variety of classes designed to suit the needs of her participants. In general, classes focus on functional fitness. All activities are designed to help people maintain their independence and make their daily lives easier and therefore more enjoyable. Social interaction is a very important component of emotional well being and group classes are a wonderful way to make new friends while getting fit.
The members work on muscle strengthening that you use for daily activities, helping with Fall Prevention, fine motor skills, and reflexes.
Lynn incorporates ball exercises that help with reflexes, and fine motor skills.
She helps members with muscle toning, along with challenging them with memory, and multitasking, for accident prevention.
Lynn uses a wide range of pieces of equipment with everything from rubber chickens to balls and balloons to present challenges for everyone. Classes include cardiovascular, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination training and also amusing mental tasks to keep the grey matter stimulated.
Lynn also incorporates her dance moves for fun and keeping participants limber. She challenges people with memory function, fine motor skills and memorizing patterns, all while doing the exercises.
Everyone is encouraged to participate at his/her own fitness level and within his/her own physical/health limitations. It is never too late to improve your physical fitness. Muscles will get stronger when challenged.
Fall prevention is epidemic in the older adult population therefore the balance and coordination training are crucial in improving reflexes and helping people to become more agile. Whether you would prefer a gentle chair class or a more vigorous aerobics or dance class, Bow Cliff is the place to be.