…as of Tuesday, September 01, 2020
Meals on Wheels provides Support to Communities
Your donation provides life-saving connections.
March was a turning point for everyone, especially the vulnerable and elderly. Meals on Wheels clients found life as they knew it was on hold. For some, instead of the Sunday visit from family or weekly coffee with friends, the doors to the outside slammed shut. For others, the world of isolation was far too familiar. Getting out, even for essentials, became impossible.
Edmonton Meals on Wheels is a saviour for many. Meals, pet food, hampers and grocery delivery continues. Services have ramped up to meet the need of the community. Even from a distance or through a closed-door, volunteer drivers still ensure people were safe, and their stomachs were full. The service's frequent phone calls brightened their days. Greeting cards and messages sent through our volunteers bring a smile. The delivery of toilet tissue was especially appreciated when there was none. Activity books and essential toiletries are a godsend to many.
During this unprecedented time, many of us struggle mentally as the impact of isolation and lack of human contact wears on. A donation to their serivces today ensures thay will continue to deliver nutritious meals but valuable human connections. No person is forgotten.
People know the difference Meals on Wheels makes. People understand the positive impact their volunteers have on each day. People appreciate how delivered meals carefully prepared are connectors. People are helping people while nourishing both the body and the soul.
Your donation during this challenging time is even more critical. We are all coping with the new reality of living through this pandemic. Today, Meals on Wheels is asking for continued support to help provide life-saving food, and connections, to our homebound and elderly neighbours. By donating to Edmonton Meals on Wheels, you’re will be helping people cope as they endure this challenging time.
Call them today to volunteer, or visit their website to make a donation: Meals on Wheels Edmonton
Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch
Walk Your Block
The Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch has started a new initiative which provides an opportunity to contribute to the security of our neighbourhood. It's called Walk You Block. It is not a patrol programme. It's a simple way to contribute by "logging" your regular walks around the neighbourhood. You register online with the ENW as a contributor, then walk your neighbourhood, when you're done, log into their website and report anything you observed which may be suspicious or might require a police intervention.
- This IS NOT an organized citizen patrol
- It DOES NOT require a screening process
- It DOES NOT require membership with Neighbourhood Watch
- It IS NOT a program where individuals engage anyone involved in a crime
As residents we are most familiar with what "belongs" and who our neighbours are. It's been observed how crime is reduced when residents are visibly present and actively involved in their neighbourhood. The program takes a minute to register, and a short time to log each walk. To get your walks logged check into the website www.enwatch.ca/walk-your-block and then just enter a log whenever you take a walk.
ElderDog Canada is a national registered charity (#832404057RR0001) dedicated to helping aging people, aging dogs and the important connection between them. ElderDog Canada is the only organization in the country providing free companion animal in-home support for seniors. They help seniors in the care and wellbeing of their dogs. They re-home older dogs who have lost their human companion due to illness, long-term care placement or death. They conduct and support research, and provide education, about the role of the human-animal bond in the health and wellbeing of seniors.
Anyone who has shared life with a companion animal, or observed the significant role companion animals play in the health and wellbeing of seniors, knows the power of the human-animal bond. Research supports the importance of this bond and shows the many ways older adults benefit from this relationship. ElderDog's goal is to enable older adults, living at home with challenges affecting dog care, to continue to benefit from their relationship with their canine companions as long as possible. For seniors on a fixed income help could mean financial assistance with costs of veterinary care.
Sadly, the physical bond between human and companion animal is all too often cut short. When moving into a retirement community or nursing home, many seniors are forced to leave behind their devoted companions. Often their dogs also are old and not so adoptable. ElderDog endeavors to find new homes for these loyal, old friends so they are able to live out their lives with the comfort and care they deserve.
As a community-based charity, their work depends on the commitment of dedicated volunteers as well as support from community organizations of various kinds. The ElderDog organization believes there is a role for everyone to play in supporting the vital connection between seniors and their dogs. Whether working directly with seniors and their dogs, helping with fundraising, contributing to outreach and education, or working behind the scenes in some important capacity they welcome your involvement.
They would like you to think about how you, as an individual, or as part of a community group might get involved in ElderDog's work. For more information; visit www.elderdog.ca.
Sports Park Master Plan
Recent inquiries made by our Councillor on behalf of Argyll have revealed some new information which suggests the City is very close to re-starting the Master Plan process for the Sports Park. One or two steps still need to happen before they begin again, but the information shared with our president seems to suggest there is a renewed interest in settling all of the recreational concerns for this park in the coming year. Our fingers remain crossed until we hear more, but what little we've learned is very encouraging.
When the City revisits the decision to restart the planning process our community will consult residents about participating in a new design process.
Selected Documents regarding Argyll Issues
The new Bylaws governing our league's administration were approved in March of 2020. A copy of the bylaws is now on our list of documents.
This is a list of documents available for viewing by residents who would like a little history about our issues and the background on some of what is described above. The Park Master Plan, our Velodrome challenge, and the draft of the revised bylaws are all listed HERE. If you wish to comment or ask questions Dave Trautman is always available by e-mail.
Our address is:
- Argyll Community Hall
- 6750 - 88 Street
- Edmonton, AB T6E 5H6
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