Exciting news! At last we can announce that funding has been raised for the parking lot – nothing stands between Bow Cliff Seniors and a new parking lot to be completed by Fall, 2012.
An April 18th letter from the Provincial Government announced that we had been granted $125,000.00 through the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP).
On Monday, May 7th, JoAnne Porter, our Community Recreation Co-ordinator for the west area called with the good news that the City of Calgary had awarded Bow Cliff Seniors $218,864.67 from the Capital Conservation Grant (CCG) – another contribution to our parking lot renewal program.
Some of you may remember that we entered contests and Corporate entities were approached along with applications being made to all levels of government, so this success may go to our heads.
Summarizing sources of funding:
|| CCG funding
|| Waste & Recycling Dept
|| Hellenic Society
|| Grand Total
A plan of the lot was issued to members attending the Annual General Meeting followed by a question and answer session. One of the questions related to a limit of four handicapped parking stalls. This has been extended to six but all stalls are the size of those at Canadian Tire stores – comfortable for even the most timid of drivers – speaking personally.
To avoid distraction, signage will be limited, but generous speed bumps are sure to slow down any reckless drivers. Any personal concerns? Any members of the Board or Staff will pass on your questions to the Building and Development Committee, we’ll try to answer your questions.
After this…. our next major endeavour? How about a New Hall?
Betty Wheatley, Ways & Means Director
Building on the successful partnership that brought the Calgary Dollars Market to the Bow Cliff Seniors Centre, the two agencies are once again collaborating on an exciting new venture: The Rosscarrock Timebank project.
Timebanks have been around since the early 80’s though they have existed informally as long as there have been communities of people helping each other.
Timebanks are based on reciprocity, assistance from others, and returning the favour
Timebanking is based on reciprocity – the concept that when people get assistance from a neighbour or a community volunteer they like to “return the favour”. A Timebank formalizes this exchange of service by assigning a value to the hours spent helping someone and this value is then “banked” and can then be used to “purchase” a needed service. Service exchanges can take place between two Timebank participants or Timebank hours can be used later for a service offered by any registered Timebank participant.
Teens, want to learn some cool new skills and have fun meeting the seniors in your neighbourhood?
The Rosscarrock Timebank is open to any senior or teenager who lives in the community of Rosscarrock.
Interested teens and seniors will be brought together in the fall to get to know each other and talk about needs and interests.
Seniors & Teens working together
From their input, a registry will be created listing skills that teens can offer – help with household chores, yard work, or snow shovelling, for example – and talents that seniors can offer – help learning skills like gardening, sewing or knitting, card games and such. Project staff will help match teen’s and senior’s needs and interests to relevant skills and talents being offered.
Are you a senior living in the community of Rosscarrock? Do you need help with things like household chores and yard work?
Seniors, could you use some help from a local teen with household chores?
The Timebank is a great way for you to get help and have fun getting to know the teenagers in your neighbourhood! For information or to get involved call Corrine at 403-270-8002.
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.
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.