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The Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay is pleased to announce the hiring of Julie Stover as their new part-time Communications Coordinator. The position has been made possible through funds from the Bay Treasure Chest.
Julie has lived in the St. Margaret’s Bay area for 12 years and is very excited about this new opportunity, right here is the Bay. Julie comes to the association with a great deal of local knowledge and experience in community development and collaborative process. She is keen to put her skills to good use helping the Association increase their profile and level of engagement.
Since 2009, the Association has provided many programs and activities related to its primary objectives to improve: Seniors Health & Wellness, Housing, and Living. The list of achievements continues to grow, and includes the following:
The Association has also initiated and/or supported a number of other non-profit organizations in the area including: BayRides, Connecting Communities (Community Calendar), Bay Treasure Chest, and Bay Housing.
“To date all of these initiatives have been undertaken by our dedicated volunteers,” says Becky Weickert, Board Member. “We have grown to a point now, where it will be helpful to have a staff person to coordinate and support our volunteers and better engage with the seniors of St. Margaret’s Bay.”
As announced earlier this year the Association was awarded funding under the Federal Government’s New Horizon For Seniors Program. Grant proceeds will assist the Association to continue our growth by developing and expanding our volunteer program to permit us to reach and engage with more seniors in our community.
To help us achieve these goals we have hired a part-time Volunteer Development Coordinator and we are pleased to introduce and welcome Heidi Rushton into this role.
Heidi comes to us with extensive experience and dedication to volunteerism. She has considerable experience in recruitment gained after working for almost a decade at Mount Saint Vincent University where she played a key role in student recruitment and retention with a particular focus on working with mature students interested in going back to school. During this time Heidi also completed her Masters of Education in Lifelong Learning where she spent most of her studies looking at how older adults learn and the barriers that might prevent them from continuous learning and community involvement after retirement.
We are excited about this new venture of the St. Margaret’s Bay Seniors Association and the possibilities it brings to our community. Heidi will be available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can phone her at the Centre at 820-3334. She looks forward to speaking with you about your volunteer experience or your desire to become a volunteer.
Check this site for updates and developments under the New Horizons Program. The intent is to host training and development sessions and we are especially interested to be in contact with other groups and organizations in the area to determine where we may have a commonality of interest.
The following is reprinted from The Masthead with permission:
Seniors Association Receives $24,200 Injection from Government
The St. Margaret’s Bay Seniors Association will soon have a new Volunteer Recruitment Plan to ensure their volunteers are trained and confident in delivering the programs of the association, thanks to an investment of $24,200 through the New Horizons for Seniors Program.
A cheque for that amount was formally presented by MP Gerald Keddy, South Shore-St. Margaret’s, on July 27th.
“Our government recognizes the diversity of skills, knowledge and experience that seniors contribute to our society and the economy,” said Mr. Keddy.
“Through initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are helping to ensure that seniors maintain a high quality of life and continue as active, participating members of their communities.”
Carol Evans, a Director of the St. Margaret’s Bay seniors Association and co-project leader, stated, “The project is broad in scope intentionally and the hope is to appeal to potential volunteers with a diversity of backgrounds, skills and hopes for our community.
“Included in this effort is the goal of attracting the 50+ group who will have different ideas about their futures than those of us in our seventies and beyond.”
She added that the New Horizons grant comes at a critical time in the growth of the seniors association.
The St. Margaret’s Bay Seniors Association operates a Senior’s Information Centre that acts as a “go to” resource for local seniors and their families.
The association currently has a membership in excess of 60 with another 150 seniors in contact with them on a regular basis.
Efforts the organization has made since it began in 2009 have included seniors’ housing projects, establishing contacts with the provincial departments of health and community services, offering a monthly speakers series, developing a website (www.bayseniors.ca) and opening an information center next to the Shoppers Drug Mart in Tantallon.
The association is operated totally by volunteers.
Plans are also in the works to sponsor a community networking conference which will bring together service groups and churches in the area, with the goal of identifying and assessing the needs of seniors.
The St. Margaret’s Bay Seniors Association has been awarded funding under the Federal Government`s New Horizons for Seniors Program. The funding was announced by the Honourable Gerald Keddy, MP South Shore-St. Margaret’s at a ceremony at the Association’s Seniors Information Centre in Upper Tantallon on Friday July 27, 2012.
The title of the New Horizons Grant is: Building the Capacity of Seniors to Determine Their Future in the Community. The goal of the grant is to mobilize and further develop St. Margaret’s Bay Seniors’ ability to participate in and shape the future of our area as an age-friendly and supportive environment for retirement living.
“The New Horizons for Seniors Program helps seniors put their experience to use through volunteerism and mentoring” said Mr. Keddy. “By investing in these community projects our government is improving both the quality of life for Canadian seniors and their neighbourhoods.”
Carol Evans, a Director of the St. Margaret`s Bay Seniors Association and co-project leader stated, “The project is broad in scope intentionally and the hope is to appeal to potential volunteers with a diversity of backgrounds, skills and hopes for our community. Included in this effort is the goal of attracting the 50+ group who will have different ideas about their futures than those of us in our seventies and beyond.”
Ms. Evans added, “The New Horizons Grant affords the wonderful opportunity at a critical time in the growth of the St Margaret’s Bay Seniors Association; harnessing the gifts of volunteers in the community is a key to our future. We are grateful to have received significant funding from the Federal Government.”
The Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay launched its Seniors Information and Outreach Project on January 21, 2011. Heather Cochrane, spokesperson, announced that the Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay was successful in its bid for financial support for the effort and has received a grant from the Chebucto West Community Health Board. This, combined with community support allows the group to move forward its work on behalf of seniors in the community.
The initial impetus for the group was to develop of Senior’s housing (including Assisted Living and a Nursing Home). However, it has become clear that many seniors wish to age in their own homes and thus the Association is working on two fronts: Housing and Outreach.
The Outreach Project will build a resource base for the community to assist seniors to identify resources that are available and identify those that are needed. Volunteers with an interest in community development and assisting seniors please contact Joan Murray at 823-1040 or by email at: email@example.com
Ms. Cochrane said “we are excited to be able to move to this stage of our work and encourage community members to join us. Ultimately our goal is to be a strong voice for seniors in the greater Bay area”.
Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay opened their Seniors Information Centre in January 2011. Dr. David Saunders supported the Centre from the outset and invited the Association to operate in an office from his clinic at 5181 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, for which the Seniors Association is grateful.
Even though Dr. Saunders closed his medical practice effective May 1, 2011, Shoppers Drug Mart has agreed to host the Information Centre in its current location for the foreseeable future.
Heather Cochrane, Association President, stated “we are extremely appreciative of the support of Shoppers Drug Mart in permitting the Information Centre’s operations to continue without interruption. Since January we have seen an increase in enquiries and traffic at the Centre and expect the trend to continue. Greg Hickman, Associate-Owner of the store, supported our efforts and was instrumental in Shoppers Drug Mart’s responsiveness to our request. This endorsement is gratifying to the Association and the Volunteers who maintain the Information Centre.”
Mr. Hickman said “we are happy to be able to assist the Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay’s work. Shoppers Drug Mart supports volunteerism and sees the Information Centre as a worthwhile endeavour.”
Telephone 902-820-3334 or firstname.lastname@example.org