Hello Neighbour

We’d like to meet you!

As part of our 10 Year Anniversary celebrations, SWESA is excited to launch the “Hello Neighbour – We’d like to meet you!” This project will support social participation and inclusion of all older adults in our community – and promote volunteerism. Broader engagement will be part of  shaping SWESA for the next 10 years.

The funding has come from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, a federal grants and contribution program whose goal is to support projects that help improve the well-being of seniors and foster social inclusion and engagement in their communities.

The grant will be used to host a variety of events from June – October to engage older adults 55+ and create a stronger and more connected community of older adults. Some of the events include:

July 20 – Southwest Edmonton Farmer’s Market
SWESA will be at the Community Tent at the SouthWest Edmonton Farmers Market from 4:00 – 7:30 pm. Come say hello to some of our volunteers, learn more about what SWESA has to offer, and some of the events we will be hosting under our “Hello Neighbour” Project!

July 27 – “Seniors on the Go” Trip to Taste of Edmonton.
Are you nervous about taking public transportation in Edmonton? Not sure how to navigate or use public transit? Recently stopped driving and wondering how to get around? Join us on Wednesday, July 27 for an information session from ETS to feel more comfortable and informed about taking public transit. We will then hop on a charter bus that will take us down to the Taste of Edmonton. Enjoy a couple hours downtown where you can say hi to our volunteers helping at Taste of Edmonton, enjoy some food, or relax. We will all travel back together on the bus. Pick up and return location will be at Yellowbird East Community Centre. Transportation is FREE; food tickets can be purchased at Taste of Edmonton. Limited seating; can accommodate those with mobility aids. Registration opens July 4.

August 5 – SWESA Family Summer Party!
Join us at Blue Quill Community Leage from 1:00 – 4:00pm on Friday, August 5 for some FREE family fun. Stop by the CANAVUA food truck or Information booth on Fire Prevention – Public Safety and Education, or enjoy some games and activities for kids of all ages! Drinks and cool treats will be served on site.

August 9 – NORQUEST College Cultural Exchange
Norquest has invited SWESA to meet and enjoy time with some of their ESL (English Second Language) students to do a cultural exchange. Share your culture and experiences and make connections with youth in our City. We are looking for about 10-12 seniors to join us for this day out. Please note the location will be downtown at Norquest. Arrangements will be made to travel by LRT together or to car pool. Contact Jessica at volunteer@swesa.ca if you are interested in being part of this wonderful event that helps brings generations together!

September 29 – “Walk in Solidarity” to mark Truth & Reconciliation Day
In lieu of September 30 Truth & Reconciliation Day, SWESA will be hosting an event in the afternoon of September 29. We welcome older adults in our community to come out to show support and walk in solidarity for our Indigenous brothers and sisters, and help build bridges that focus on sharing truth, building a path forward towards reconciliation and healing. Stay tuned for more details.

October 1 – SWESA Wellness Fair at Blue Quill Community Centre
Come check out resources, services and supports available to older adults in SouthWest Edmonton. SWESA is excited to partner with Sage Seniors Association for this event – Sage will be offering an information session as part of their Senior’s Saturday on Oct 1 at our Wellness Fair. Additional information sessions of interest to older adults will also be offered. Open to everyone! Stay tuned for more details. Our Wellness Fair on October 1st falls on International Day of Older Persons.

CLICK HERE to view the dates and more information for this event!

Stay tuned to this website and our weekly bulletin for more event details and updates!

New Horizons Grant