GEA-Supported Senior Care Program in Pilot Phase

Do you remember the GEA seniors house meetings that were held in our church a couple of few years back? The discussions we had concerning how to keep seniors safe at home for a longer time?

To respond to these concerns, the GEA Senior Care team compiled statistics, created The Age Wave document, met with Provincial ministers and City Council representatives, and presented our recommendations.

GEA also met with Sheila Hallet, Executive director of the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council, and discovered that the Council was developing a program consistent with GEA’s recommendations.

GEA gave its full support to the Coordinating Council initiative. The result: the ‘Seniors Home Supports Program’, a pilot project that the City of Edmonton has agreed to fund for three years.

It is now in its second year. Your work, insights, and recommendations paid off!

What is the Home Support Program?

  • City is divided into six districts, each containing a community seniors organization
  • Each organization has staffed a Home Supports Coordinator to facilitate the program
  • Services arranged for seniors: housekeeping (vacuum, wash floors, clean bathrooms, do laundry, dust, clean the fridge) , yard care (mow lawn and do spring/fall clean-up, not including removal of animal waste, weeding gardens or planting flowers), snow removal (remove snow and put down anti-slip material to cover icy spots, not chipping ice), minor home repairs (clean eaves troughs, repair gate/fence and stair/handrail, change light bulbs, replace door knobs, repair flooring, install grab bars, clean windows without removing windows)
  • Each co-ordinator interviews private businesses and not for profit groups and individuals who potentially will provide the services, and builds a referral list
  • Seniors can get referrals to service providers by contacting or visiting the community seniors organization in their district.

Because this program is currently a pilot, its future depends on how well it is used. We want it to become permanent, so getting the word out is crucial.

Who Do I Contact?
Based on your postal code, contact the organization that serves your district.

District Organization Phone Number Postal Code
West Westend Seniors Activity Centre 780-483-1209 T5M, T5N, T5P, T5R, T5S, T5T, T6M, T5V
North West North West Edmonton Seniors Society 780-482-1958 T5E, T5G, T5H, T5J, T5K, T5L, T5X, T6V
North East North Edmonton Seniors Association 780-944-7470 T5A, T5B, T5C, T5W, T5Z, T6S, T5Y
South East South East Edmonton Seniors Association 780-468-1985 T6A, T6B, T6C, T6E, T6P
Mill Woods Mill Woods Seniors Activity Centre 780-496-2997 T6K, T6L, T6N, T6T, T6X
South West Lifestyle Helping Hands Seniors Association 780-450-2113 T6G, T6H, T6J, T6R, T6W

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Spring 2015 Senior’s Team Update

Seniors Team Update Spring 2015

The Seniors Team is organizing our next round of house meetings.  Their focus is enabling seniors to remain in their homes for as long as possible. With the imminent Provincial Election, the Seniors Team’s is working to keep their issues front and centre, as the media focuses on the economy and the credibility of the current government.

We need to keep seniors issues up front.    The Seniors Team has identified three key areas of services:

  • Personal supports – housekeeping, cleaning, gardening, snow shovelling and small repairs.
  • Mobility and safety – transportation, grocery shopping, financial aid
  • Connectedness – social isolation, loneliness, poor access to health and social services.

The seniors identified that although they tend to be asset rich, they are income poor.  It is clear that Federal and Provincial median income to qualify for financial assistance is too high, for “middle income” seniors to qualify for support.    Alberta Health’s 2010 policy framework for an ageing population states as a goal to “increase the supply and range of home care and community care services to assist Albertans to receive services in the community.”

The question is whether we have the imagination to understand that or whether we will continue to pretend that the slack will be picked up through the ever-decreasing volunteer sector and decreasing social capital.  We can choose to put some key soft supports in place which in a short while will pay for themselves or we can wait until the medical costs overwhelm us.  It is time for action, its time for our system to evolve!


Another inspiration local food resource! Fruits of Sherbrooke wine tasting April 20th!

Local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Are you interested in supporting local producers?  One of the most direct ways to support local producers is to participate in a Community Supported Agriculture program or CSA. There are many diverse offerings across the province and in our own region. You can participate in CSAs that produce a wide range of produce, as well as meat and eggs. Some provide the opportunity to visit and help on the farm. CSAs make it possible to share the risk and reward of small scale local sustainable farming. Consider joining one (or more) today!

There are a number of wonderful CSA programs in Alberta. You can find them here:

Here are two great local CSAs and we will continue to add more!

Riverbend Gardens in North East Edmonton is well-known for their fresh local produce.  Janelle and her family have farmed in the area for many generations. They have recently expanded their offerings to include a CSA program.

Sparrow’s Nest Organics is our region’s longest running CSA! Located near Opal, AB  Graham Sparrow and Allison Landin have grown certified organic vegetables for over 10 years.

Thank you to the Community Spirit Grant Program!

The Greater Edmonton Alliance is very grateful to the Community Spirit Grant Program for it’s support over the last year! This grant has helped us continue our work of educating and engaging citizens and building new leaders in our community. Many Thanks to the Community Spirit Grant Program for this essential support!

Community Engagement

New Date for Area Structure Plan that will Affect Local Food in Edmonton
A couple of updates for you re: the decision around preserving agricultural land in Northeast Edmonton.
a) the public hearing had been tentatively scheduled for January 16 and 17. We have just had confirmed that the tentative new date is Tuesday February 19. This could change as well but it won’t be any earlier than that for sure.
b) some of you have asked if you can see the Area Structure Plan (ASP) online. It won’t be made available to the public until the the proposed ASP goes to Council for consideration. It will be attached to the Council agenda. Typically the agenda, is posted at couple of days before the Public hearing date at:
However, if you would like to see the ASP prior to then, Carla Semeniuk, the City of Edmonton Planner has indicated that people can contact her and come to her office and see it. Her contact information is by phone:780-496-1582 or by email is:
Please let us know if you have any additional questions. We will keep updated as we learn more. If you have some ideas and interest in what we need to be doing to get ready for the Public Hearings, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Local Food Team – Greater Edmonton Alliance (
This work is supported by a grant from Alberta EcoTrust.


Public Hearing Part 2 – Friday, November 2,at 9:30 a.m City Hall Council Chambers

This is the process as best we understand it at this time:

– The final panel of speakers will be heard.

– Council may or may not ask questions of citizens in the panel.

– Then questions will likely be asked to Administration (Peter Ohm et al)

– Then the Executive Committee (Councillors Sloan, Leibovici, Diotte, Krushell and Mayor Mandell) will decide what to do next. They could send it back for more work or approve it in principal.

– If they send it to the full City Council, they can then decide it to send it back for more work or approve it (in principle or other).There is no opportunity for presentations or a Public Hearing. If approved, then it will give the green light for the Public Hearings for the Horse Hill (NE) Area Structure Plan in mid-January.

Non- Statutory Public Hearings before Executive Committee
Friday, October 26
9:30 to 5:30 (Lunch break most likely from 12:00 to 1:30)
Council Chambers, Edmonton City Hall (1 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Citizens who wish to speak at the Public Hearing can register in advance online (, by phone (780-496-8178), or in person the day of the meeting.

Questions?? Please email us at

Farming in the City Guided Bus Tours ~ 

Live Local and the Greater Edmonton Alliance (GEA) are proud to present the Farming in the City guided bus tour Sunday August 26, 2012. Buy Tickets Now! This will be your chance to tour some of Edmonton’s treasured agricultural lands and meet the farmers who nurture the soils and supply us with their amazing bounty!

Each informative and entertaining 3 hour tour will be led by a guide who will share the history of the northeast food lands. You will have the opportunity to visit a number of producers who will tour you through their farms, allowing you to see, smell, touch and taste the fruits (and veggies) of their labour! Tours depart every 45 min from Northlands SE parking lot.

Don’t miss this unforgettable experience to sample some of the delicious products that thrive in our fertile soils and learn about the future of our urban farms!

Buy Tickets Now



C Returns – Now have a Facebook page – C ReturnsGreen.

Could you please go to the Facebook page and “LIKE” us?  Write a comment or two if you are inspired, or follow the link to to register for an assessment.   If you could also tell you friends (Facebook or otherwise), colleagues, and associates about our green retrofit service, it would be much appreciated.   (I don’t know if you have a Facebook page, but apparently, you don’t need to have one to “LIKE” us.)

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Welcome to Expressionz Café (a not-for-profit social enterprise); an intimate place where people come together to network, and to share their creative ideas and expressions in an inspiring, friendly and relaxed environment that promotes originality, wellness and harmony.In essence, we are a modern day Community Centre with over 6000 sqft of multi-purpose, creative space for rent. We are also a daytime Café & Coffee Bar. Our purpose is to provide a venue with full- service hospitality for a wide variety of artistic, community and business events. Our mission is to renew the sense of joy in living and positive interaction.
Expressionz sets and achieves the goal of developing a vibrant community, one in which a diverse group of people engage creatively and thoughtfully with each other; a place where they feel welcome, where all philosophies are encompassed, allowing for the expansion and exchange of ideas.From Yoga and Tai Chi classes to Family Celebrations, Corporate Functions, Concerts and Productions, or simply hanging out with a friend for coffee and a fresh, delicious lunch, Expressionz has it all.And mixed in amongst the ever-changing events you will also find regular tenants like the Uptown Folk Club, SOL Café, and the Greater Edmonton Alliance – making Expressionz a truly unique “Community of Communities”. Each one of these groups connects community in a very special way, and fulfills Expressionz vision of sharing education, enlightenment, art and entertainment. Maybe your organization would be interested in renting an office space in the midst of a vibrant and energizing environment.
Designed for “sense satisfaction”, Expressionz aims to stir the spirit, animate the atmosphere, titillate the taste buds, ooo la la the olfactory, exercise the eardrums, and variegate the view. Join us!
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