OLDER, BOLDER, BETTER – A Day To Remember!
Thursday, June 9th, 2022, our centre held its 24th version of our Older, Bolder, Better Tradeshow & Symposium! It was very exciting to be hosting our annual event after 2 years of closures, lockdowns, restrictions, and more!
WSAC staff spent the better part of 2 months working together to create the event and by the end of the day, we were all thrilled with the end result!
Our Centre hosted our OBB Business Mixer the night before the tradeshow. Over 40 members of our business community attended, enjoying some yummy appetizers served by our amazing Chef Stu!
GUESTS AND FEATURED SPEAKERS
We received some wonderful support from our government representatives. Deputy Minister of Seniors & Housing, Lisa Sadownik provided greetings with MLAs Jon Carson and Lorne Dach, City Councillor Andrew Knack, Strathcona County Director of FCSS Bree Claude and WSAC President Barbara Gibson all saying a few words to the attendees at our event.
Dr. Peter Rawlek, the creator of the GoGetFit app gave a fantastic presentation on the importance of us being active and the Alberta Association of Optometrists gave a presentation “Staying Independent: What you should know about your vision and eye health”
ENTERTAINMENT & SOME GOOD ADVICE!
Attendees had the opportunity to watch the wonderful ICAN seniors Mulan Double Fan and a seniors Softball performance. Chartwell Retirement Residence’s Jennifer Hillmer provided some valuable information on retirement living with her presentation “Think You Know Retirement Living? Think Again!” The rest of the day continued with our friends from ICAN seniors doing a Tai Chi demonstration and a Kongfu Fan demonstration, Gold sponsors Qualicare hosting a presentation on Grief and Loss and the dance duo Flamenca Blanca performing classical Spanish Flamenco Dances!
EXHIBITORS FROM THE BUSINESS AND NON-PROFIT COMMUNITY
WSAC is very fortunate to have the support of the business community through our Friends of WSAC initiative and our reputation for creating win-win partnerships. This year, over 60 businesses and non-profit organizations participated at OBB and the information they shared with attendees was stellar!
WE GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS!
We also wanted to send a special thank you to our friends at Seniors Homecare By Angels who once again provided chauffeur services for attendees who parked at Beulah Alliance Church.
FREE E-BIKE RIDES!
Our Friends at Revolution Cycle were on-hand providing free e-bike demos and with the warm weather, lots of people took advantage of going for a short bike ride on our nearby paths!
FREE COOKIES AND COFFEE!
Stanford Hearing, another Friend of WSAC partner provided free chocolate cookies (prepared by our amazing kitchen staff) and coffee for everyone so lots of our attendees took the opportunity to enjoy some time in our café and they enjoyed their treats!
WSAC VOLUNTEERS ROCK!
As always, our amazing volunteers stepped up to help us with our event and there is no way that Older, Bolder, Better happens without their help! From greeting attendees, selling 50/50 tickets, helping in our café and cleaning up at the end of the day, we are so thankful that we have the volunteer base that we do!
OBB BUSINESS DIRECTORY & PASSPORT CONTEST
The businesses that participate in OBB specialize in providing services to seniors here in the greater Edmonton area. This year, our centre created a lovely directory that showcases our Gold and Silver sponsors. We also created a fun passport contest where attendees could visit the different businesses named in the passport, collect their business cards and then once they filled their passport, enter to win some fun prizes!
PICK UP A FREE COPY!
If you were unable to attend OBB and would like a copy of the OBB Business Directory, please visit our centre’s front desk for your copy!
This year we held our first-ever outdoor market at Older, Bolder, Better. It was a gorgeous day outside with many of the market vendors and attendees enjoying the warm weather, live music from the very talented Jack McDonald-Cockrall and of course, our beautiful view!
LOTS OF FUN THINGS AT THE MARKET!
WSAC staff were super busy all day long but a couple of us managed to slip over to the market to buy some of the wonderful items! Our online classes guru Andy was super excited with the items he purchased!
Our Friends of WSAC partners Revera Retirement Residences sponsored our Photobooth and it was a huge hit! Staff member Lorena and our Executive Director Dr Haidong Liang took a few minutes to take a quick photo together
NOW! Radio arrived to provide free popsicles for all of our attendees and business owners!
NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT OUR FRIENDS OF WSAC & THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY!
WSAC has a reputation of creating win-win partnerships with the business sector and Older, Bolder, Better is a perfect example of what that can mean! We would like to send a massive thank you to all of the businesses and others who sponsored our event!
|CURA Physical Therapies|
|Chartwell Retirement Residence|
|Canada Homecare Group|
|Alberta Association of Optometrists|
|Qualicare Edmonton South|
|Westlawn Funeral Home|
|Century 21 – Jody Lambertus|
|EXP Realty – Alexis Hlady|
|Benjamin Moore – The Brilliant Brush|
|Sparkle & Sheen|
|Jolyn Hall – Edmonton 55+|
|Age in Place Canada (MoJo Designs)|
PHOTO BOOTH & FREE COFFEE & COOKIES SPONSORS
|Revera Retirement Living|
|Marrazzo Law Office|
|The Waterford of Summerlea|
|Treasured Photo Collections|
|Wei Woo – Mackie Research|
|Servus Credit Union|
|Terra Losa Pharmacy|
|Care At Home By Exquisicare|
|Congdons Aids to Daily Living|
|Senior Homecare By Angels|
|Trinity Funeral Home|
|Teddy My Bear|
|City Furnace Mechanical|
|Balance Your World|
|Eazy Peazy Downsizing|
|AI Health Coaching|
MORE OF OUR FRIENDS!
|Andrew Knacks office|
|Seniors Fraud Alert|
|Seniors Coordinating Council|
|Edmonton Life Long Learners Assc.|
|St. Albert Seniors Association|
AND EVEN MORE OF OUR FRIENDS!
|Kelly McCauleys office|
|Jon Carsons office|
|WSAC’s Quirky Quillers|
OUTDOOR MARKET VENDORS
|Terry Lynn LaFleur|
|NORWEX – Terry Kreaker|
|Bracelet Bliss Etc.|
|Mama G’s Jams|
|The Clean Sheep YEG|
|Art in the Box|
|Many Chief – Amy Lacroix|
|Fred Over Heels|
|Dandelions & Daisies YEG|
|White Lightning Distillery|
|Dash for Art|
FREE E-BIKE PROVIDER
Revolution Cycle who brought out bikes of all sizes for us to ride!