OSA June 7, 2020 EBlast

MESSAGE FROM OAKRIDGE SENIORS ASSOCIATION (OSA) ADMINISTRATOR SAMANTHA NORBERG

I have so enjoyed connecting with the Oakridge community. Pedal to the floor, we are moving full speed ahead in the development of a Village Hub!” Please contact Samantha for any assistance regarding OSA at her virtual office 403-801-7254 or info@oakridgeseniors.ca


JOIN OUR BOARD!

We welcome more people to step up to help our board direct the affairs of OSA. Currently we need a SECRETARY to attend monthly board meetings, maintain board correspondence and meeting minutes. Please contact Samantha at info@oakridgeseniors.ca


VOLUNTEER NEEDED WITH TECHNICAL I.T. EXPERTISE

Do you have or know anyone who has an I.T. background? We urgently need someone to join our planning group or board to direct how we can help seniors in our community become computer literate. We have people with devices and apps they need help with. Please contact Samantha at info@oakridgeseniors.ca


100 OSA LAWN SIGNS – PLEASE SIGN UP!

Monitors are placing and maintaining signs throughout Oakridge. Many of you have already done this - Thank you! We have now placed 25 signs. Please contact Ted Foster to get one on YOUR property fosterted@shaw.ca


LAPTOPS AND ANDROID TABLETS

We now have laptops and tablets to distribute to members who need them. We are expanding our on-line programs and need to help members understand how best to use them. Interested? Let us hear from you. Call or email Samantha if you can help.

Congratulations to Ginette Raphael, our first member to take advantage of this program with her new TELUS Android tablet. Ginette leads the way!


OAKRIDGE COMMUNITY GARDEN (OCG) PROGRAM


Annual Plant Exchange:

Hugh Stewart reports “We held a successful Plant Exchange on Saturday 30 May, with 8 tables and over 120 plants exchanged while complying with COVID-19 guidelines. We had 15 volunteers, 6 participants and 5 groups/individuals who saw the signs and dropped in. We were very fortunate with the weather, and the range of exciting plants exchange/donated.” See the OCG Website for information about volunteering in the Oakridge Community Garden.

Thanks to all the volunteers who assisted with the Plant Exchange and working on the Community Garden, and to Hugh Stewart and Elaine Smith for heading them up.

Garden:

Despite COVID-19 guidelines and a late requirement from the City to have raised beds for edibles, we were able to obtain lumber and soil, build our raised beds with volunteers, and despite storms and rain had plants in the beds by Sunday 31 May, our stretch target.  Congratulations to all who made this happen. 

We were also fortunate to be awarded funding via a Calgary Foundation Neighbourhood Grant so we will be using these funds for lumber, water tanks, compost, possibly more beds (with sweat equity labour), and other critical gardening supplies. Planting will continue in June while we continue to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. We expect to learn quite a few lessons and hope more residents will join our OCG. Walk by and have a look.


POLE WALKING – Visit the OSA Website for Activities/Events

Norma Becerra, one of the first members to sign up for this free class says “The benefit of using walking poles is a full-body workout. Our friendly and professional instructor mentioned that walking with poles improves our balance and takes some of the load off our lower back, hips and knees. Plus, walking with OSA members is an enjoyable social occasion.”


MEMBER GINETTE IS A RADIO CANADA STAR!


Congratulations to Ginette Raphael who was interviewed by Radio Canada (in French) this week as part of the Alberta Story Teller program. Watch for her interview in English on our website soon.







PREFERRED SERVICE PROVIDERS

Have you had exceptional service from a local business who you would recommend to other OSA members? Your favourite renovator, plumber, painter, yard worker, pet sitter, dog walker etc.?? Send us your suggestions and we will check it out.

Be Kind! Help your neighbours get things done around the house or yard. Contact Del Kobelsky at DPKOBE@shaw.ca


SHOUT OUTS - A BIG THANK YOU TO:

Our class presenters for FREE Zoom sessions:

· Sonja Beieirle – art classes

· Ginette Raphael – French classes

· Norma Becerra – Spanish classes


Oakridge Community Garden Program Volunteers:

James Cameron, Bev Romerman, Bill Guse, Shawn Pallesen, Diane Andrews, Hugh Stewart, Miranda Stewart, Darlene Swan, Terry Molik, Elaine Smith, Julie Kearns, Cheryl Bud, Anne Greco, Renee MacKenzie, Susan Eaton, Susan Mendonca, Sonja Beierle, Jennifer Wasilik


Also to Hugh Stewart for organizing the Men’s Chat Group and Jennifer Pendergast for organizing the Women’s Chat/Movie group. Please visit the OSA Website for Activities and Events.


Your OSA Board

Barry, Julie, Peggy, Yvette, Jennifer and Sheila

Be Kind! Stay Safe! Stay Well!





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