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Lorena Smalley

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!

BUSINESS MIXER

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!

Thank you Chef Stu & Linda!
Aligra Wine & Spirits with Cool Refreshments
A Delicious Spread, Prepared by 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.

MLA Jon Carson & Friensds!
Bree Claude Director of Family and Community Services
Strathcona County
City Councillor Andrew Knack Addressing Our Guests

GOGETFIT!

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”

Dr. Peter Rawlek Presents GoGet Fit
Alberta Association of Optometrists Presents
“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!

ICAN Seniors Association:
Mulan Double Fan Presentation
ICAN Seniors Association:
Softball Performance
Flamenca Blanca Performing Classical Spanish Flamenco Dances
ICAN Seniors Association:
Tai Chi Demonstration
ICAN Seniors Association:
Kongfu Fan Demonstration

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!

Rob Stevenson & Amanda Smith with
Armour Insurance
Sherilyn Hewins, Santiago Jimenez Loza, &
Linda Lo with MP Kelly McCauley's Office
Teresa Brunner with Teddy My Bear
Drive Happiness
Wendy Chen with ICAN Seniors Association
Sylvia with the Quirky Quillers
Now Welcoming New Members!
Constable Amanda Trenchard at The Senior Fraud Alert Table
Krista Ellsworth & Angela Gachanja with
Canada Homecare Group
So Many Wonderful People to Meet!
So Much to Learn From All These Amazing Businesses & Organizations

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.

Shuttle Service Provided by Senior Homecare By Angels
Kira Holm & Addison Torhjelm with Senior Homecare By Angels

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!

Revolution Cycle Offering Free E-Bike Rides!

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!

Ron & Marcia Stanford Sponsored the Coffee and Cookies Table
Mmmmm Delicious Cookies Go Great with Coffee!

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!

Volunteers Juliana and Rochelle Welcoming Guests
Volunteers Val and Kathy Selling 50/50 Tickets

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!

Older, Bolder, Better! Business Directory and Passport

OUTDOOR MARKET

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!

Live Music Performed by
Jack Macdonald-Cockrall
First OBB Outdoor Market, On a Beautiful Day!
Who Could Resist The Loads of Local Goodies?
Staff Member Andy Certainly Couldn't Resist!

PHOTO BOOTH

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

Lorena Smalley and Haidong Liang, say "cheese"!
Thank You, Revera, For Sponsoring The Photo Booth!
Tracey Shaw-Ache & Robert Sebesten With Revera Getting Silly

FREE POPSICLES

NOW! Radio arrived to provide free popsicles for all of our attendees and business owners!

Executive Director Haidong Liang Helps
NOW! Radio Hand Out Free Popsicles
NOW! Radio Here With Free Popsicles, Perfect For Such A Warm Day!

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!

 

PLATINUM SPONSORS

CURA Physical Therapies
Armour Insurance

 

GOLD SPONSORS

Chartwell Retirement Residence
Canada Homecare Group
Alberta Association of Optometrists
Qualicare Edmonton South

 

SILVER SPONSORS

Westlawn Funeral Home
Century 21 – Jody Lambertus
EXP Realty – Alexis Hlady
Benjamin Moore – The Brilliant Brush
Dignity Memorial
Sparkle & Sheen
Jolyn Hall – Edmonton 55+
Age in Place Canada (MoJo Designs)

 

PHOTO BOOTH & FREE COFFEE & COOKIES SPONSORS

Stanford Hearing
Revera Retirement Living

 

BRONZE SPONSORS

Elder Care
Marrazzo Law Office
Butterfly Dreams
The Waterford of Summerlea
Treasured Photo Collections

 

EXHIBITORS

Providence Chiropractor
Wei Woo – Mackie Research
Servus Credit Union
Terra Losa Pharmacy
Care At Home By Exquisicare
Scotia Bank
Congdons Aids to Daily Living
Senior Homecare By Angels
Trinity Funeral Home
HearCare Canada
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
Paper Quillers
Seniors Coordinating Council
ICANSA
Edmonton Life Long Learners Assc.
St. Albert Seniors Association

AND EVEN MORE OF OUR FRIENDS!

Kelly McCauleys office
Drive Happiness
Jon Carsons office
WSAC’s Quirky Quillers

 

OUTDOOR MARKET VENDORS

Sherry Prince
Terry Lynn LaFleur
Jamaican Chefmon
NORWEX – Terry Kreaker
Ainsly MacPherson
Bracelet Bliss Etc.
Ruth Ruddock
Mama G’s Jams
The Clean Sheep YEG
Art in the Box
Bio Neutra
Many Chief – Amy Lacroix
Fred Over Heels
Dandelions & Daisies YEG
Bob Layton
White Lightning Distillery
Dash for Art
Nihal Alper

 

FREE E-BIKE PROVIDER

Revolution Cycle who brought out bikes of all sizes for us to ride!

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