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Volunteer wants to make Kerby Centre “Even Better!”

August 21st, 2014

Thank you so much to Grocery Delivery volunteer Meghan Huchkowsky for submitting her dream of helping Kerby Centre to assist older adults in Calgary!

Meghan entered Shell's Energy For Seven Billion with her dream of helping Kerby Centre.

"For over 7 years, I have been a volunteer with Kerby Centre aiding to make the lives of Calgary’s Seniors that much easier. Over the years I have worked with Kerby’s Grocery Delivery Program delivering orders to local Seniors in our community and presents at Christmas time. Not only does this use fuel, but the energy the over 400 volunteers and 50 paid staff expel is immeasurable."


Visit the page and vote for Meghan's dream by clicking Like next to her story.

In Meghan's words, "a vote for me is a chance to help older persons in Calgary continue to live well and be well."

Kerby Centre Successful Ageing series on Shaw

July 31st, 2014

Kerby Centre is coming to television!

Working with Shaw TV as part of its community programming on channel 10, Kerby Centre’s Successful Ageing is a series of eight episodes each focusing on a different topic of interest to older adults. It is a remarkable opportunity for Kerby Centre to bring these topics to a broad audience.

Episodes will air starting Tuesday August 12 at 5:30 PM

Each episode will air six times during the week on Shaw TV channel 10

Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 5:30 PM

Thursday and Saturday at 8:30 AM

Sunday at 2:30 PM

Hosted by Kerby Centre CEO Luanne Whitmarsh, each half-hour episode features two guests who can speak to the week’s subject. Representatives from the Southern Alberta & East Kootenays Better Business Bureau detail scams that target older adults in one episode, and a Resource Liaison from Alberta Health Services’ Family Caregiver Centre joins us to talk about the challenges facing someone in a caregiving role.

Kerby Centre has a commitment to keeping older adults active in the community and we focus two episodes in this area. For our episode on social engagement, we are joined by Roman Katsnelson, Manager of Older Adult Community Development and Counselling at Calgary Family Services, and Raynell McDonough, Strategist for Community and Neighborhood Services at The City of Calgary. This is a great look at what is being done by agencies in the Calgary now to prepare for the growing older adult population in the city.

In a related episode we call “Life With Purpose,” Luanne is joined by Murray Flegel, a member of the Rotary Club of Calgary South, and Jamie Niessen, President and CEO of Propellus (formerly Volunteer Calgary). Murray and Jamie have an inspiring view of how older adults can contribute to our community through volunteering and mentoring.

We focus an episode on the important issue of elder abuse. Kerby Centre partners with the Calgary Police Service and Calgary Family Services in the Elder Abuse Response Team and we are grateful representatives from both of these organizations can join Luanne to share information and resources.

Liza Chan, Executive Director of the Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens' Association, joins Sybil Braganza from The City of Calgary to look at issues affecting diverse populations of older adults in Calgary.

Terry Allen from Calgary Retired Teachers Association and Dorothy Dooley from Kerby's Centre of Excellence are our guests to talk about lifelong learning.

Housing for older adults is a challenge in Calgary and our guests to discuss this topic are Barbara Marshall from Amica at Aspen Woods and Lawrence Braul from Trinity Place Foundation of Alberta.


For those who are not Shaw cable subscribers, Shaw TV makes much of their programming available through YouTube. Episodes will be posted on our website as they become available.

Thank you to the team at Shaw TV for putting this together. We hope you enjoy the show.

ID Protection Should be Part of Your Emergency Preparedness

June 17th, 2014

From our friends at the BBB

A year after floods raged through southern Alberta, many residents' eyes are on the riverbanks and minds are on protecting themselves from potential future emergencies. BBB is encouraging people to make identity protection part of their emergency preparedness plans this year.

"An emergency can separate people from their passports, credit card statements, birth certificates and other potentially damaging documents that could compromise the security of their identity," says Sandra Crozier-McKee, president and CEO of the BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay. "We encourage homeowners to make ID protection part of their emergency preparedness plan and ensure their safety against identity theft."

The BBB recommends the following:

1. Gather up all of your personal and financial information and store it in a waterproof bag inside a fireproof safe. Some of the documents you should collect include:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage Certificates
    Death Certificates
    Adoption Paperwork
    Immigration paperwork
    Social Insurance Cards and Statements
    Insurance Paperwork (Home, Health, and Auto)
    Lease/Mortgage Paperwork
    Past Tax Returns
    Bank and Credit Card Statements
    Investment Paperwork
    Utility Bills
    Ensure more than one member of the family has memorized the combination.

2. Consider electronic billing for your utilities and other bills.

3. Make copies of all of your important documents and store offsite in a secure location like you bank's safety deposit box.

4. Scan the same documents and store them in a secure online location (iCloud, Google Drive, etc.)

5. Make a list of all local businesses that may have your personal information on file to contact if an emergency does happen to ensure your information is safe.

6. If, in case of emergency, you are unable to locate certain documents or you fear your information may have been compromised, consider placing a fraud alert or credit freeze on your credit file which can help prevent fraudulent charges to your existing accounts or the opening of new accounts in your name.  Contact the fraud departments of any of the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian or TransUnion.

7. Online phishing scams also pop up after natural disasters in which thieves pose as a company that lost your data like bank account, credit card or social insurance number. No matter how official the caller sounds, do NOT give them your information. Legitimate companies will not contact you this way.

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Seniors Week Toonie BBQ a huge success!

June 12th, 2014


The Toonie BBQ for Seniors Week was a huge success largely thanks to the Chinook Rotary Club and Westrow Food Group’s featured food brands:  Johnsonville Sausage, Reser’s Salads, and the Little Potato Co.  A big thanks to the companies who donated the food and the Chinook Rotary volunteers who served it.

A message from Kerby Centre’s CEO

June 4th, 2014

Due to an oversight, our Seniors’ Week Barbeque did not include food options for those with religious dietary restrictions. We apologize for this error and want to reassure our members, friends and clients that we will make every effort to provide appropriate alternate meals at Kerby Centre events in the future.

Thank you to all who attended and volunteered at the event and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

-          Luanne Whitmarsh, Kerby Centre CEO

CFEP Grant to Upgrade Kerby Facilities

June 2nd, 2014


MLA for Calgary-Hawkwood Jason Luan presenting Kerby Centre with a cheque for $69, 647.00 for the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP). The grant will  be used to upgrade the facility, purchase supplies, enhance security and change out some of the exercise equipment in the FIT room.  Thank you to the Government of Alberta for continuing their support for enhancing the lives of older adults in our communities.

From left: Helene Nicholson, Kerby Centre Fund Development Manager; Luanne Whitmarsh, Kerby Centre CEO; MLA Jason Luan; and Chad Geiger, Kerby Centre Facilities Senior Manager.


Seniors’ Week Events!

May 27th, 2014

Celebrate Seniors’ Week!

June 2 - 8, 2014

"Seniors Rock!"

During Seniors’ Week there will be many exciting events taking place throughout Calgary. Be sure to check your local seniors’ organizations for more events and for updates!

 At Kerby Centre:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Seniors’ Rock Toonie BBQ and Showcase. 

Kerby Centre – 1133 7 Avenue SW

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Celebrate Seniors’ Week at Kerby Centre with the Seniors Rock Toonie BBQ and Showcase.  Entertainment and demonstrations will fascinate and educate.  Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday June 4, 2014

Brain Boost!

Kerby Centre - Room 205, 1133, 7th Avenue SW Calgary

9:00am – 11:30am

Join us for a joint presentation by KERBY CENTRE and the ALZHEIMER SOCIETY of CALGARY.   Topics include: Boost Your Marvelous Brain, Choosing Now and Your Brain on Exercise. No charge for this event. Pre-registration is required by phone: 403-705-3233

Sunday, June 15, 2014

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

It's time to start thinking about the abuse of older adults. If you or an older adult you know is experiencing abuse, please call the Kerby Elder Abuse Line at 403-705-3250.


And visit events around the city!

Sunday June 1, 2014

Intergenerational Day – a perfect kick-off to Seniors’ Week 2014!

Get involved by building a more compassionate, cohesive and healthy community for all residents to grow up, and grow old in. Throughout the month of May, LINKages Society of Calgary will celebrate the gifts of our seniors at many senior residences throughout Calgary. More than 500 students will see why “Senior’s Rock” in 2014 and will be sharing stories and experiences that build respect and understanding between the ages. The celebration will continue with entertainment, activities, music, and food being shared between the ages on Sunday June 1, 2014 at the following two locations - RSVP to join in the fun!

Genesis Centre of Community WellnessTime: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm7555 Falconridge Blvd N.E.

Please RSVP: Focus on Seniors Calgary

East Village CommunityTime: 12:00 – 3:00 pmGolden Age Club

610 8 Ave. S.E.

Please RSVP:


Monday, June 2 – Sunday June 8, 2014

Enjoy Seniors’ Week by visiting the place where our city began.

Fort Calgary

750 - 9th Avenue SE

Free admission for seniors 65+

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm. 

Visit Fort Calgary's Interpretive Centre - learn about Calgary’s history and experience interactive exhibits, and interpretive tours. Free parking on site and public transit stops are located on 9th Avenue within one block east and west of the Fort. For further information call Fort Calgary at: 403-290-1875 or e-mail


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Seniors’ Week At Glenbow

130 – 9 Avenue SE

Free Admission for Seniors (65+)

9:00am – 5:00pm

Join us again this year for a Seniors’ Week special day at Glenbow. Seniors enjoy FREE admission on June 3, 2014 and all week save $10 off the purchase or renewal of a senior’s annual membership. This winter’s exhibitions include:

Bryan Adams: Exposed

Exposed features photographs from two distinct areas of Adams' photographic practice. The first features portraits of his friends and colleagues in the entertainment, fashion and art industries while the second group of images is portraits of young British soldiers who have suffered life-changing injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan or during training.

Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket Worn to Be Wild traces the design history of the leather jacket along and the evolution of the garment from protective gear to revolutionary wearable.

Made in Calgary: The 1990s Featuring over 100 works by 55 artists - Rita McKeough, Chris Cran, John Will, Faye Heavyshield, and Allan Dunning, among many others - Made in Calgary: The 1990s reflects this exciting time which saw local artists continuing to redefine both their own art and the city's place in the global art scene.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Seniors Resource Fair

Genesis Centre: 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Come join us at the Seniors Resource Fair!   This event will feature displays of services and programs available for seniors/older adults. About 30 different service providers and ethnic communities and associations will participate as booth holders.  This will also showcase cultural performances from different ethnic communities in the area. There will be interpreters onsite.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Calgary Seniors Resource Society

Genesis Centre: 7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Calgary Seniors, along with local community partners, will be celebrating seniors week on Friday June 6th at the Genesis Centre of Wellbeing. Join us for an exciting afternoon showcasing the talents of seniors in our communities and enjoy the vibrancy and diversity that they contribute to Alberta. It will be a wonderful afternoon of entertainment, speakers, activities and snacks.

Help us celebrate the gifts of our elders, and share this opportunity with friends and family, to strengthen our community and appreciate the brilliant vitality they bring to our city.     Please RSVP or find out more:


Saturday, June 7, 2014

East Calgary Community Fair

Clifton Manor: 4726 8th Ave SE.

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Visit the East Calgary Community Fair at the Clifton Manor location to enjoy a variety of seniors’ activities, displays, and entertainment, including the Calgary Multi-Cultural Orchestra, chi gong, henna, croquet and a Teddy Bear Tea.

And, if you’re ready for more, take advantage of other events, displays, and activities happening at East Calgary Health Centre, Forest Lawn Library, Bob Bahan Recreation and Aquatic Centre and in the cul de sac between the Health Centre and the Library! For more information, contact Tasha McLean at 403-955-1022


Saturday June 7, 2014

Cultural Activities and Flood Preparedness Workshop

The Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association

111 Riverfront Avenue SW

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Check out our newly built basement and try out new activitiessuch as balloon making, lion dance, cooking demonstration, photo shot, happy mask making and collective painting (my community).  There will be a flood preparedness workshop, display and information on flooding.     Please contact (403) 269 6122 for more information and registration.


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Confederation Seniors Walk-A-Thon

2212 - 13 Street NW

8:30 am – check in 9:30 am start

On June 7th 2014, walkers and runners will be taking part in Confederation Park Seniors Society 1st Annual Sasi Jaunt. Join them on a walk-a-thon in support of the Tea and Conversation Program that provides opportunities for isolated seniors to receive supports in their own community. Contact Maureen Orton to sign up to collect pledges and to receive a walk route: 403-289-4780 



National MedicAlert Month sparks BBB warning about scams

May 22nd, 2014

Our friends that the Better Business Bureau have shared this information about a new scam targeting seniors.


May is national MedicAlert month and Better Business Bureau is educating elderly citizens about scammers' swindling ways. Popular seniors scams include MedicAlert robo-calls targeting seniors in an attempt to deceive them out of their hard-earned money and trust. BBB has tips to help seniors protect their earnings, information and identity.

How the scam works:

  • Seniors receive an unsolicited phone call from someone claiming to be from MedicAlert
  • The caller says that the individual's family has set up a MedicAlert account or ordered a MedicAlert product on their behalf and requires heir financial information to confirm registry or shipment
  • Once the information has been submitted, the phony MedicAlert representative now has access to their bank account and other financial records and leaves the window to identity theft wide open

Sandra Crozier-McKee, president and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay, says it is crucial for everyone to do their due diligence when it comes to handing over personal information. "The reality is that it could be anyone on the other end of the phone, regardless of whom they say they are," she says. "That's why it's important to clearly understand who you're dealing with and how your money and information is being used."

If you receive an unsolicited call, BBB recommends the following steps:

  • Do not give personal info over the phone. Legitimate businesses will not ask for your banking information, Social Insurance Number or other personal data over the phone.  If you've never heard of the business or dealt with them in the past, it could be a red flag.
  • Ask why they need your information. Asking why and how your information will be used will give you an understanding of the business' intentions.
  • Check with your family. Ask you family if they did set up an account or sign you up for a product or service on your behalf. If they did, you should know about it before receiving a phone call. If they didn't chances are it's a scam.
  • It's ok to say no. Remember if you are feeling pressured to make a quick decision or are suspicious, it's ok to say no and hang up the phone.
  • Verify the business. Ask for the location and address of the business and call them directly or look on their official website to confirm the information is correct. Check BBB Business Reviews for trustworthy businesses and other important information.

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