Identifying Senior Transportation Needs

Headingley Seniors’ Services Inc. (HSSI) is seeking to identify transportation needs of seniors living within our community. If you are a senior in need of transportation for medical appointments, groceries, or a daytime recreation activity, give us a call and we can talk about the options.

HSSI has dedicated driver volunteers and their availability may match your transportation needs.   We also welcome new volunteer drivers interested in assisting others to reach their destinations.

If you are a senior with a transportation need or if you are interested in volunteering to drive seniors please call HSSI Resource Coordinator, Patti Cutts at 204-889-3132 ext 3 for further information.

Headingley Seniors’ Services

Encore Health and Fitness Studio

Encore Health and Fitness Studio excer2 In its ongoing commitment to supporting healthy people and a healthy community, Headingley Seniors’ Services Inc. (HSSI) officially opened the Encore Health and Fitness Studio on October 01, 2014. Louise Hutton, Chairperson of HSSI, thanked those in government and the many volunteers, who gave their time and expertise to make this Fitness Studio a reality. Over 50 people were in attendance. The Honorable Stephen Fletcher MP, unable to attend, was represented by his father, Mr. David Fletcher who brought greetings and delivered a certificate to commemorate the opening. A Federal Government New Horizons Grant in the amount of $21,750 provided funding toward the project. Other notables in attendance were Stephen Fletcher’s mother, Mrs. Joanne Fletcher, Councillor John Mauseth, representing the RM Of Headingley, and Susanne Moore, Recreation Director for the Macdonald-Headingley Recreation District. Fitness Instructors Brenda Manchester and Jane Van Massenhoven demonstrated how the new equipment is used. It is located in the back of stage in the Headingley Community Centre. The equipment available includes:excer1 – a Recumbent Bike, Bosu Ball, Free Weights, a Mini Trampoline with Stability Bar, Soft Shell Medicine Balls, Resistance Equipment, a Seated Elliptical, a Stability Ball, Exercise Mats, a Hoist Multi-Gym and an Exercise Bench. The equipment is available to participants 18 years of age and over and who have taken the Fitness Studio Safety Orientation. There is a fee charged to cover maintenance and cleaning: $2.00/Drop-In, $10.00/month or $60.00/year. To attend a free fitness studio safety orientation, for further information, or for hours of operation please call HSSI Resource Coordinator–Patti Cutts at 204-889-3132 ext 3. The evening ended with delicious refreshments provided by HSSI volunteers headed by Karen Saunders.

Lunch & Learn Sept. 30, 2014

n Tuesday, September 30th, the Headingley Seniors Lunch & Learn group were treated to an informative presentation by Terena Hantelman of Aubin Nurseries Ltd. in Carmen.  We were given many tips regarding gardening in the autumn: types of bulbs and their planting techniques, types of fertilizers to use on various plants, when to apply them and how to understand the three numbers on fertilizer packages, and the differences between Slow Release and Water Soluble fertilizers.

Other gardening topics were covered in a lively question and answer period. Several people won bulb give-aways.

The 37 attendees present enjoyed lunching on Pizza and cupcakes along with lively conversation with old friends and new acquaintances.

The next Lunch & Learn sessions will be on October 21st and November 18th.

Grand Trunk Trail – the Wild Ride West

Bikes on Grand Trunk2 On Sunday June 8th, 2014 The Wild Ride West, in celebration of National Trails Day and the 100th anniversary of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Line, was held on the Headingley Grand Trunk Trail. The celebration was attended by approximately 90 bike riders, geocache participants, and friends of the trail who came to “hang-out” and enjoy the sights on the trail.  Enjoy more of the ride, very well created by a 12-year-old, by clicking

Tony the Turkey

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On Monday, June 02, 2014  Headingley Seniors’ Fit and Flex Group wound up the spring session with a delightful trip to the hobby farm of John and JaneVan Massenhoven.  Jane, along with Louise Hutton, led the seniors’ exercise group which met twice weekly as part of the programming offered by the MacDonald–Headingley Recreation District.field trip to Jane's 3

The farm provided an exciting new venue for exercise.   Rose Leclair, along with others present, laughingly recounted how the group was followed around the farm by “Tony, the Turkey”.  Tony quickly became part of the group, allowing himself to be petted, and even coming up onto the patio for snacks.