April 17th, 2014
Our annual volunteer recognition event! The staff served lunch to 150 of our volunteers to thank them for all they do for Kerby Centre.
Volunteers donated 57,000 hours to Kerby Centre in 2013.
April 1st, 2014
Kerby Centre received funds from The Rotary Club of Calgary South to purchase 6 twin mattresses and covers for the beds designated for homeless older adults in the Kerby Rotary Shelter. The mattresses will replace the original ones bought when the Shelter opened in 1999. We sincerely appreciate our community partners who assist Kerby in making a difference in the lives of our vulnerable populations.
April 1st, 2014
Should it stay or should it go? BBB offers tips on spring cleaning your documents while protecting your ID
Spring has arrived and what better time to rid your home of the piles of paperwork you have accumulated over the past year. When it comes to storing and disposing of your personal records, BBB urges consumers to handle their information with care to avoid falling victim to fraud.
Sandra Crozier-McKee, president and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay, says safeguarding your information is key when it comes to fraud prevention. "Some consumers have an 'out of sight, out of mind' mentality when it comes to disposing of unwanted material," she says. "But when it does come time to discard personal documents, it is crucial to do so properly so your information doesn't fall into the wrong hands. People don't always know where their waste material ends up, which leaves the window of opportunity for identity theft wide open."
So how long do you need to keep that ATM receipt cluttering up your wallet? BBB recommends the following timelines for discarding your documents:
Canceled cheques - seven years: Canceled cheques that support your tax returns, such as charitable contributions or tax payments, probably should be held for at least seven years - long enough to cover the six-year tax assessment period that starts when you file your tax return for the year the cheque was written. Canceled cheques and related receipts or documents for a home purchase or sale, renovations or other improvements to a property you own should be kept indefinitely.
Receipts - Until verified on bank statement: Save deposit, ATM, credit card and debit card receipts until the transaction appears on your statement and you have verified that the information is accurate.
Credit card and bank account statements - One-seven years: Save those with no tax or other long-term significance for about a year, but save the rest for up to seven years. If you get a detailed annual statement, keep that and discard the corresponding monthly statements.
Credit card contracts and other loan agreements - As long as active: Keep for as long as the account is active, in case you have a dispute with your lender over the terms of your contract.
Documentation of investments - As long as you own them + Seven Years: Retain your purchase or sale of stocks, bonds and other investments while you own the investment and then seven years after that.
Shred personal documents: If you are no longer required to keep personal documents, make sure to dispose of them properly. Any document that contains a Social Insurance Number, bank account or credit card number, your date of birth, or other personal information should be shredded instead of tossed in the garbage. Shredding prevents your personal information from being used by scammers for identity theft and other fraudulent activity.
Visit the Better Business Bureau website for more tips.
March 28th, 2014
March 28th, 2014
Associate Minister of Seniors Dave Quest toured Kerby Centre this week. Thank you for all you do for Alberta's older adults!
From left: Brandon Powell, Director of the Kerby Centre Relocation Project, Kerby Centre CEO Luanne Whitmarsh, Associate Minister Dave Quest, Remo Padovani, Executive Assistant to Mr. Quest.
March 4th, 2014
Due to unforeseen circumstances Kerby Centre has decided to cancel the presentation on research about subsidized housing for low income pre-seniors originally scheduled for March 6.
We plan to reschedule this for later in April.
February 28th, 2014
February 7th, 2014
Feb 7, 2014
Early today an announcement we submitted to the Calgary Seniors Housing Forum website included an out-of-context quote by a survey participant in a report that has not yet been released.
On behalf of Kerby Centre, I apologize for the quote that was used. It was unfair to the agencies mentioned and does not reflect the views of Kerby Centre’s management, staff or board.
I would like to assure all agencies that agency names will not be part of Kerby Centre's release of this report.
Kerby Centre CEO
February 1st, 2014
Kerby Centre CEO appointed to Seniors Advisory Council for Alberta
Kerby Centre CEO Luanne Whitmarsh has been appointed for a one year term to the Seniors Advisory Council for Alberta (SACA). The SACA is a government appointed body that reports through the Minister of Health and is responsible for advising the province on matters relating to Alberta’s seniors.
“It is a great honor to be appointed to the Seniors Advisory Council for Alberta. I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to working with the Council on behalf of all older adults in Alberta,” Luanne Whitmarsh said.
The SACA gathers information on issues important to seniors by consulting with older Albertans and seniors' organizations in communities across the province. The suggestions and feedback gathered through the consultations are used to develop advice on legislation, policies, funding and coordination of programs and services for seniors.
The council also coordinates the annual, province-wide Seniors’ Week celebration, participates in research projects and supports community-based workshops for seniors and frontline workers.