SEESA was Broken into—just before Christmas
Re-Build the Bridge Contributors
Elaun Cable Lind
Mary Anne Jaedicke Eric Solash and many Anonymous
SEESA was Broken into—just before Christmas
On December 22nd, some time in the dark of night, SEESA was broken
into. While there was a fair bit of damage to walls and doors, all of
SEESA’s property remained largely unharmed. There was no gratuitous
vandalism, and the thieves made off with less than $200.00, including
the Contract Bridge Club’s grand slam fund!
While it was upsetting we certainly saw the spirit of SEESA come
together. Johan Van Braeden was patching and repairing walls and
Harvey Norstrom had locks and cabinets all ship shape before the end
of the business day!
While events like this are traumatic - we’re blessed to know our security
protocols were effective, and our people are AMAZING!
9350 82 Street NW
Edmonton Alberta T6C 2X8
E-mail: [email protected]
Mission Statement: To provide programs and
services that will help seniors
maintain and enhance their quality of life.
BOARD MEMBERS 2015/16
President - ERIC SOLASH
Personnel & Centre Business
1st Vice President - LOIS GANGL
2nd Vice President – Vacant
Mary Anne Jaedicke
Fundraising & Centre Rentals
Past President - SHEILA CLIFFORD-MACKAY
FRONT OFFICE HOURS
Elaun Cable Lind
Member Activities, Social Media & Website
MONDAY - THURSDAY
8:30AM to 8:30PM
8:30AM to 4:30PM
9am to 12:00pm
COORDINATOR OF VOLUNTEERS
CAFETERIA OPEN MONDAY -FRIDAY
BREAKFAST 8:45 - 10 AM
LUNCH 11:30 AM - 1 PM
Counselling, Home Visits & Support Services
1st WEDNESDAY EVENING DINNER
4:30 - 6 PM*
HOME SERVICE & COMMUNITY
Elaun Cable Lind
Mary Anne Jaedicke
From the President’s Desk…
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the newsletter. Rates are:
a one time set up fee of $30.00 may
Apply, if your ad is not camera ready.
Next Deadline: February 11th
Send submissions to:
Note: paid advertisements may not
reflect the views of SEESA.
Buyer discretion is advised.
Here it is February and I hope you
have all recovered from the Holiday
Season and are into your desired
programs. We are looking for ways
to improve your volunteering
experience and I would welcome any
thoughts you have to offer. See me
in the hall, send me a letter or an
email. If you wish to remain
anonymous don’t sign the letter you
send. Your Board is your voice-let us
know what you want.
Eric Solash, President
SEESA service since2014
Rotary Service since 2001
Field Service since 1962
FEBRUARY . 3 . 2016
Meet at the SEESA East Door at 9:30 am
to join us as we walk around Holyrood
Park and back.
Sign up at the SEESA Front Desk.
All participants will receive a hot
chocolate and a chance to win
WECAN Food Basket Dates
On the cover of the January newsletter we
asked for stories of SEESA, however I
neglected to indicate why we need these
stories. We collect a lot of statistics to
report to our funders (as they require)
however, when we are looking for
additional support and funding - it is the
personal stories that can make a
difference. We can share your stories
about SEESA (without your name of course)
with our funders. How important is SEESA to
you? What does it mean to you to have
this building and these people in your life?
Has SEESA enriched your life? Has SEESA
helped you to stay in your home longer
and happier? These are the things we
need to hear. Thanks to several members
who have already submitted heartfelt
Order/payment March 4th
Pick up March 17th
Orders and payments are made at the front
For more information speak with Celeste
The following SEESA Member #’s
have won a prize:
6-507 6-924 6-541
Please come to the Front Desk with your
membership card to claim your prize and
thank you for reading the newsletter on-line.
February 2016 marks my 13th anniversary
with SEESA. What a ride it has been! As an
organization we have grown from 697
members to over 1400 members and
become a leader in our sector. But we
have never lost our small town feel. This
morning when I looked down the main
hallway I saw people greeting each other
hugging. This is not unusual. It
happens every day several times a day. I
Since May I have been working on the Bylaws with an awesome committee. Under
the leadership of Lois Gangl we have
made great improvements to our current
bylaws. These proposed changes will be
posted on the Bulletin board just outside
the Edmonton Room.
February is Pay it Forward month—
Be kind to each other.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say
nothing, be nothing.
WE DID IT!
We raised $12,569 towards purchase
of choir risers. Thanks to all who
attended the gala, bought auction
items, Got Lit and/or contributed to
the Andy Antoniuk Memorial Fund.
The last donation and cherry on top
was made by Linda Chernetski and
Merrill Sandahl on behalf of Linda’s
mom, Barbara Chernetski. She was
herself a singer, and also enjoyed
listening to The Melody Singers. On
one occasion she even sat in with the
Melody Singers Sadly she passed
away in 2015. She and Andy will be
named on the risers, the first donor
and the last. They may be gone
but their memory lives on.
A million thanks to all who
participated in the Edmonton
Casino last year. In November we
received a fat cheque for
$81,313 as a result.
Time very well spent!!
Our next casino is slated for
the 3rd quarter of 2017.
IS YOUR HOME WORTH?
CALL TODAY FOR YOUR FREE
Lucky Alex Lau!!! He won the
Christmas quilt raffle. Another
heirloom blanket made by the skilled
SEESA Quilters. Last year, 2015, the
quilt raffles brought in $2360.
Together we make this
centre a great place to be.
Community for life!
LET’S GO OUT-
Annual General Meeting
March 8th 2016
Thursday, March 17th
The Board of Directors of SEESA will
propose changes in the Association’s
Bylaws by a special resolution at our
AGM on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016.
Event: Edmonton Waste Management Centre and Lunch
Time: Bus departs SEESA: 9:00am
Return time: Approx: 2:00 pm
Cost: $50.00 Includes: Lunch, guided
tour management centre; bus
transportation, and class fee.
Minimum number of particpants:12.
Copies of the proposed changes will
be posted on our bulletin board in
February. Any questions should be
referred to the Bylaws Committee.
Deadline to register:
1st at 4:00pm.
Please pay at SEESA front desk.
Come tour the world-famous Edmonton
Waste Management Centre. With its
unique collection of advanced recycling
and composting facilities, it’s been called
“the ultimate waste theme park.”
Discover how recyclables get sorted, how
old computers get recycled and how your
garbage gets turned into compost or
methanol. The tour will involve two
buildings, and transportation between the
buildings will be provided by bus. There
are elevators in the two buildings. The
tour will last 2 hours.
Lois Gangl, Chair
G. Block, S. Clifford
McKay, E. Solash, K.
Lunch: La Boheme Restaurant - French
restaurant in a 1912 apartment building
Menu: Soup of the day; your choice of
entree: smoked salmon croissant
sandwich or Chicken, mushrooms and
leeks in a white wine cream sauce over
puffed pastry ; plus dessert buffet with
squares and cookies ; coffee or tea.
Gratuities are included. Please indicate
entree choice when signing up.
Escorted Myanmar River Cruise (Burma)
Oct 12, 2016- 10 nights
Solo travellers welcome
Please call for more info:
Jo-Ann Moloney Co-ordinator
of the Let’s Go OUT
( Mon-Thurs only please)
Jo-Ann Moloney ACC MCC
Travel Professionals International
MASSAGE [email protected] SEESA
2ND Friday of the month
Call Lana @ 780 977 4699
for an appointment.
Social Circle took a break for the first
time! Welcome back, everyone. We are
planning to have some general discus-
Lana is a registered massage
therapist & does relaxation and
sions and some special speakers. We
have 6 people attending regularly and
welcome more. There is no registration!
FOOTCARE @ SEESA
No fee! Drop in to the Library on Thursday mornings from 11:00 to noon, and
1st Friday of the month
Call Jessica @ 780-394-4466
for an appointment
then join us for a healthy lunch in the
Outreach Surveys: Thank you everyone
Jessica formerly provided foot care service
through VON here at SEESA.
who completed and submitted the
Outreach Survey. This information is
Bring them on in!!
required by the agency that provides
funding for the Outreach programs. The
Member Survey Draw will be held on Feb.
1, 2016 and the winner announced in the
Wanna have some fun?
Upcoming event: Venture Law will be
presenting an information session about
Wills, Personal Directives and Enduring
Power of Attorney on Feb. 11, 2016.
Please attend if you want more
information about these topics or help
with completing the forms.
“I go to exercise classes. It is so handy and
pleasant to be at SEESA. There is always help
with whatever one needs. Thank you so much
for being there!”
Don’t store your old books, CDs DVDs &
Puzzles hoping to
remember to bring them in for the
rummage sale. Drop them off in the
- SEESA Member V. P.
Get a few laughs?
Available first Wednesday of the
February 3rd 9:30-10:30?
Committee has many
long term members
A few are
We need a couple of
Drop in for the next meeting
We will be starting to plan our next
Spring Rummage Sale,
April 23 & 24
What is a Charity of
1ST PLACE ANN HARTWIG &
2ND PLACE RON & GLORIA HAGEN
3RD PLACE LORA FRIED &
BOOBIE PRIZE: CATHY & FRANK COURTEAU
DOOR PRIZE: JENNIFER HAKES, SHARON LESTYAM
& HENRY PETERS
POT 19: STEVE BENNETT
50/50 ADELINE SWERYDA
MONTHLY DINNER WINNERS
50/50 - AGNES AIKENS &
DOOR PRIZE - NO INFROMATION
FRIDAY JAM WINNER
An organization which
makes a difference in my life
A place where I give my time as a
An organization I would
make a monetary donation to
I would ask others to
make a donation on my behalf
• In lieu of a special occasion gift
In lieu of flowers as a
Could SEESA be your Charity
Ask Mary Anne for details on
how to make SEESA your charity of Choice!
Join us for
For Painting, inside and out, call
Colleen the Painter
Where: SEESA Cafeteria
Cost of Participation: $2
(this is a local call)
Come enjoy some sweet treats and
fun times with students from
Vimy Ridge Academy.
Sign up at the
SEESA Front Desk.
In Our Thoughts and Prayers
Busy Bee-ing Fabulous!
To all our members and friends who have
lost a loved one our thoughts and prayers
are with you.
Has someone done you a good turn? Share
the happy news in the Book of Fabulous at
the front desk!
The following member(s), past members or
family members have passed away:
William “Bill” Timms, James (Jim)
Lachance & Lloyd Griffin
We will no longer publish illnesses in the
newsletter due to the large number of
concerns about misinformation. The
information can still be
recorded in the outreach
book but will not be
Published in the Newsletter
“We bereaved are not alone. We
belong to the largest company in
all the world--the company of
those who have known
― Helen Keller,
New Year’s Eve Dinner was excellent. I
enjoyed it greatly.
What a New Year’s Eve Party - we danced
our feet off!
Love the new chairs - they are Fabulous
I appreciate SEESA just being here. I
had surgery and live alone. It was
wonderful to have a place just to spend
the day, and not have to be alone. Just
knowing that people are around and that
I would not have to be on my own.
Love all the decorations
in the Gym!
The sports programs
keep me fit and out of
the nursing home!
January Birthday Party
This month’s Birthday Party featured
Joyce Smith, & Ed Chwyl, who
stepped in for Bev Munroe who was
under the weather, we wish him a
Joyce & band were spectacular and
always a crowd pleaser - we certainly
appreciate their stepping in on short
There were two lifetime memberships
awarded one to Marguerite Fisk and
the other to Ted Thomlinson - sadly
neither of them were able to make
the party. We hope to see them very
We certainly hope that everyone
enjoyed their afternoon. We would
like to remind everyone too if you get
a call from SEESA and no message is
left if your birthday is in that month
chances are that was what the call
was regarding. So let us know when
you call back; it makes it easier to
Milestones & Celebrations
Birthday Party Door Prizes winners Caroline Anker & John Burlingham Breakfast Certificates were won
by Leona Crawford and Jean
“Landmark” birthdays are
celebrated every five years
from the age of 55 up to and
including 90 then every year
Name the Baby!
Well we received no takers on the name the baby contest so the glorious
lunch for 2 will go unclaimed. The answers are:
* Are not genuine baby pictures—they
are likeness pulled off the Internet
Match the sweethearts to the activity- Drop off your entry with your name and phone
number for a chance to win the lunch for 2 at SEESA!
Darlene & Colin Carter
Play Table Tennis together
Ray & Lenora Pinkoski
Ballroom Dance together
Edith & Joe Smith
Participate in Drama together
Dorothy & Steve Bennett
Married over 50 Years
Jean & Merrill McKenna
Participate in Zumba together
Kirk & Claudette McCartney
Participate in Keep Fit together
Carol & Marcelle Borle
Volunteer in the Kitchen together
Tom & Jill McGovern
Married at SEESA
Dan & Linda Acheson
Hon & Jean Szeto
Married over 60 years!!
Don ‘t miss SEESA’s
Mark your Calendars
March 12, 2015 – 6:30pm
Endorsed by SEESA’s Home services
Tickets go on sale
New and Experienced
Sign up sheet on bulletin
1st Wednesday of the month
Remember to RSVP!
February 2016 Volunteer Voice
Monthly Draw Winners
Marilyn Sandahl, Bob
Gerow who found it worth
their while to fob in their
Glad you’re back Rita
Solkowski and Irma
Tanis Eaker, new on
Have Pity, Please
Help our Cashiers by
wearing your Volunteer
Name Tag when you’re on
duty, and only when you’re
on shift! It makes life much
easier for them… your
Volunteer Name Tag is
your pass for free coffee.
Poster Child Needed
To take on the posting of
community event notices
on a weekly basis.
years on the job… but…
she is willing to help you,
her replacement, to learn
the ropes over the next
Watch the Volunteer
Bulletin Board and contact
me about any advertised
Coordinator of Volunteers
Retiring: Monthly Dinner Goodness is the only
Heath Regulations Say Entertainment Planner
investment that never
Only staff & Kitchen/Cash Angela Morgan has given
volunteers may be in the her notice after many
Henry David Thoreau
Did you know?
Even more value for your
There is another Revenue Canada fraud. The
RCMP Fraud Division is reporting that someone
purporting to be from Canadian Revenue Services
is calling from what appears to be a Canadian Revenue Services number and demanding
immediate payment of anywhere from 1 to 10
thousand dollars. They are requesting personal information to “confirm” your identity. They are threating Jail or to blow up your house if they do not receive payment in the next 2– 4 hours. This call, as
legitimate as it looks, IS A FRAUD! CRA will never
demand payment in a matter of hours.
SEESA has signed on to the City of
Edmonton “Corporate Wellness Program”
Your SEESA membership entitles you to
15% off a Multiple admission pass or
20% off an Annual or Continuous Monthly
Membership at any City of Edmonton
Recreation and Leisure Centre
Simply show the cashier your SEESA
Membership card to take advantage of the
What can you do? If in doubt, give your address as
9350 82 street T6C 2X8 - If they accept that as your
real address it’s probably a fraud. If it’s not we will
be happy to speak with them. Next, if you receive
this call; get off the phone. Call the police. If you
do fall victim please tell someone– it can happen to
anyone and when they have taken advantage of
you once, you become a mark for others
More information contact the city: 311 or
7 STEPS TO A SMOOTHER MOVE FOR SENIORS
780 721 3797
2015 TAX CLINICS
PR Plumbing &
Tax clinics will be held here at SEESA in the
evening on Thursdays, March 10 & 24;
Wednesday, March 16 and
Tuesday, March 29.
Appointments are 25 minutes each for one
return. Couples wishing to do their taxes
together need to book two consecutive
For all your home, plumbing &
30 Years of Experience
Tax clinics are a community service
designed to assist low-income Albertans
complete their annual personal tax returns.
This service is only open to those
individuals whose total incomes fall into the
following earnings categories and can be
substantiated through official tax information
With no dependent $30,000 or less
With dependents $50,000 or less
SEESA approved Vendor
24 hour service
For all of your
780 999 9186
All interest income, investment income (US
or Canadian), etc., is considered as income
and is subject to the income guidelines.
Those individuals who have selfemployment income, rental income or real
estate holdings are not eligible for free
income tax return preparation, regardless of
the amount of income. Also, we are unable
to complete returns for clients who have
passed away, as these returns are too time
consuming to be completed in the time
There’s More To It
Than ‘Just Do It’…
Your Emotions Are
With Lynn Fraser, Coach & Mentor.
Licensed, Police Screened.
Services: Declutter together with you in your home
Coordinate donation, sale & disposal of items you no
Lynn’s self-care tools respect you and your special
Benefits: More joy, More time for the people &
things you love; Prevent falls; Improved focus & energy.
Contact Lynn for your no-fee consultation.
Appointments are on a first come first
served basis and range from 6 pm to 8:35
pm. Contact the SEESA front desk to
reserve your appointment.
Volunteers from the Chartered Professional
Accountants of Alberta take time out of the
busiest season of their year to offer this
A HELPING HAND SERVICES
Home and Personal Care
*Companionship *Setting up a Daily Routine
*Menu Planning *Grocery Shopping
*Cooking Healthy Meals of Your Choice
*Cleaning *Yard and Garden Maintenance
*Transportation and Accompaniment to
*Trustworthy Bookkeeping, Banking and Bill Paying
*Organizing small or large spaces
*Downsizing & Purging
*Organize Moving to a Smaller Living Space
*Move In / Move Out Assistance with Landlords
Moving Companies and Utility Companies
*Taking Items to Charity or Recycling
*Travel Planning, Packing and Airport tasks
*Home and Pet Sitting
Give us a call for a free consultation
We are here to lend A HELPING HAND!
LOOKING TO WORK A FEW HOURS A WEEK?
Lori Butz, Owner
A religious order in Bonnie Doon area is looking for
a General Maintenance Attendant.
This part-time position (1 day/week or so)
volves snow removal, general
maintenance of buildings, ground
work, and other maintenance
For more details, please call
Sister Frances Schlemmer at
Confidentiality Active listening
Have you experienced a loss
in your life?
Do you need a
Join CARE Circle on the 1st
and 3rd Mondays in the
Library at 1 pm
Mary Anne Jaedicke – Life Celebrant
Certified, Personable, Creative, Resourceful
Specializing in End of Life Celebrations
Spiritual–Agnostic – Humanistic
Intimate – Family & Friends –
Anywhere - Anytime
If you want to join us but aren’t quite
ready please contact
Celeste 780 468 1985
780 441 5927
Valentine Dinner & Dance
Looking for Something New?
How about honing your verbal and leadership skills!
Check Us Out
The Perfect Gift for
Every Tues 7 pm Right Here
We are a SEESA Club
your someone who
Tickets Now on Sale
Deadline 12pm Feb 9th
Cocktails 5:00 pm
You Have Earned Your Home Equity!
Dinner 6:00 pm
Dance 7:30 pm
If you're like many other 55+ Canadians, much of
what you own fits into two categories—the equity in your home and the money you've saved.
Chances are, the value of your home has grown
over the years and makes up a good portion of
your net worth. While having a home that has
built value is a positive, you typically can’t spend
that value unless you sell it. That is something
many homeowners simply do not want to do.
With the Romantics
That’s where CHIP comes in:
A CHIP Reverse Mortgage lets you change the
home equity and savings balance by turning
some of your equity into cash. Unlike many mortgage-based financial products, you’re not obligated to make any payments until you choose to
move or sell.
What makes this program work is that participants depending on their age can only ever take
up to 55% of the value of their homes, which ensures you have access to the cash you want now
and also the security you need for the future.
Let me design a funding plan that works for you!
Licensed Mortgage Professional
River City Financial your Mortgage Architects
Due to the success of holding our Winter
Registration opening in the Cafeteria we
will be hosting our next Spring Registration
opening in that space as well. We are
always trying to make the event better
and the Spring Registration will be testing
out an afternoon launch.
Mark your calendars: Friday,
March 18 between 2 and 4 pm.
Hmmm… what’s with that word
“between”? Our Registration opening has
always been a “drop in between the hours
of” event. If the class you are registering
for is not in danger of selling out there is
no need for you to come early to line up.
The only class that sold out on the opening
day of registration was Fit For Your Life
Monday and only three other classes sold
out after that date: Strong Body, Fun Life,
Keep Fit Thursday and Keep Fit Friday.
To reiterate: if you’re registering for any
class other than those listed here you can
leisurely drop in on Registration Day and
avoid the line up at the start.
Can’t make it to Registration Day? Drop
by the Front Desk anytime during office
hours after March 18 this year we will
be trialing a drop off registration form.
All forms received will be date and
time stamped and will be opened at 4
pm on Friday March 18 in the order
that they were received. Watch for the
Spring Registration form to be included
in the Spring Program Guide which
should be out the first week of March.
7 Free Gifts That Almost Led Me
Down The Garden Path
By Lynn Fraser, Coach & Holistic
This offer came in the mail just before
Christmas: “The publisher has authorized
us to offer Happy Tips magazine to select
individuals at up to 70% off the cover
price, plus 7 FREE GIFTS. Respond today
to take advantage of this discount offer.”
I thought, how did the publisher know I
needed a kickstart for the New Year with
a new gym bag plus five work out DVD’s &
a 7 day detox program? And all for FREE!
OR DO I?
I almost forgot to breathe deeply & to ask
myself the Top 3 Decluttering Questions:
1. Do I really need this?
2. Will I be able to find it quickly
when I need it (amongst all the other
magazines and resources I already
3. Will adding this item keep me on
track to a simple, happy & meaningful
Oh my… reviewing these questions – especially the third one- makes my decision
clear. I don’t need more stuff! Those
DVD’s will just end up adding to my already overflowing bookshelves that hold
numerous other magazines, self-help
books and DVD’s that I feel embarrassed
about not using.
It’s not that the tips aren’t useful. They
are. I already know many of these and I
am doing the ones that are a good fit for
me. Tip #47: Hold a plank pose for one
minute. (I’m already at 20 seconds in
plank pose and working my way up from
With that, I recycle the offer and celebrate
that I avoided bringing seven more items
plus 12 magazines a year into my home.
Elaun Cable Lind,
Now that decision is made something more
780 394 4466
780 977 4699
Chinese New Valentine
Year Potluck Brunch
February Monthly Dinner!
Bar-Be-Que Pork Ribs
Veggies & Dessert!