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 was at the Community Tent at the SouthWest Edmonton Farmers Market (SWEFM) on July 20, 2022. Thanks to all who stopped by to say hello to us. We had perfect weather and appreciated the chance to share some info about upcoming events happening at SWESA.

CLICK HERE to view photos for this event.

July 27 – “Seniors on the Go” Trip to Taste of Edmonton.
On July 27 a small but engaged group enjoyed a thorough and informative presentation by Edmonton Transit Service and then we all got on a bus to check out Taste of Edmonton. There were lots of great dishes to try, including mango lassi, bannock, cookie dough bites and nalysnyky. Delicious! Our thanks to all who came out!

CLICK HERE to view photos for this event.

August 5 – SWESA Family Summer Party!
Rainy skies begone! Mother Nature cooperated and we had a sunny afternoon on Friday August 5 when we hosted our SWESA Family Summer Party. Guests enjoyed some fantastic food from CANAVUA food truck, another local non-profit tackling food security, and balloons from Still Twisted Balloons & Body Art. There was also a draw prize, coloring and bubbles for kids, information booths and a surprise visit from the local fire department in their fire truck. This family friendly event was a great hit!

CLICK HERE to view photos for this event.

August 9 – NORQUEST College Cultural Exchange
SWESA and Norquest students came together on Tuesday, August 9 for some excellent conversation and sharing of cultures and stories. ESL (English Second Language) students from Norquest were able to practice their language and presentation skills; sharing their stories and culture with us. Many of those in attendance were inspired and awed by the student’s lives, courage, resilience and positivity. As one attendee said:
I was impressed by their stories of challenges they’ve dealt with before coming to Canada… they are grateful for the opportunity to continue with their education, and are prepared to work hard to complete their adult upgrading and train for the workforce. How fortunate Canada is to have such courageous women among us!

CLICK HERE to view photos for this event.

October 4 Bus Outing – Marking National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
SWESA invites you to join us for a free outing to visit two Indigenous cultural landmarks in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Beaver Hills House), aka Edmonton. Stops will include: The Indigenous Art Park at ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11 A and Tawatinâ foot bridge. This outing is meant for reflection and to increase awareness of the beautiful Indigenous culture that exists within our city. It is also meant to commemorate National Day for Truth & Reconciliation (Sept 30) and National Day of Action for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIWG) on Oct 4.
This will be a self-guided tour with a fair bit of walking. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided upon return. We encourage guests to wear an orange shirt or red.

CLICK HERE to view the poster for this event

October 1 – SAGE Seniors Association “Seniors Saturday” at SWESA
Join us on Saturday, October 1 at Blue Quill Community League for a free event focusing on conversation, connection and celebration of older adults. Sage Seniors Association and SWESA will offer a free workshop on the subject of “What is Elder Abuse: What you should know and how you can helpful”. In Canada at least 8% of older adults experience abuse. We invite you to join us for a workshop that will explain what elder abuse is and how you can recognize and be helpful. After the workshop there will be refreshments and time to get to know your neighbours in the community. Event runs at Blue Quill Community League (11304 25 Avenue NW) from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Register by calling 780-809-9405; walk-ins welcome!
CLICK HERE to view the poster for this event.

October 11 – SWESA Wellness Fair at Yellowbird East Community Centre
Come check out resources, services and supports available to older adults in southwest Edmonton on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. It will feature 20+ vendors, draw prizes and three information sessions of interest to older adults. Open to everyone and FREE to attend. We hope you stop by and check it out!

CLICK HERE to view the poster for this event.

Interested in being a vendor at our Wellness Fair on October 11?
CLICK HERE to register as a vendor for this event.

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

New Horizons Grant