"Chickadees over a frozen pond" by Tony Campos
We were just beginning to know each other when the pandemic closed everything down. Instead of going on pause, we decided to meet weekly. We stumbled through our first free zoom meeting. It was exhausting and yet we all came back next week. Some goofy moments aside, we are now proficient on our various devices, capable of sharing a screen and using the chat room. We are adapting.
Creative Projects began in October on Wednesday mornings at cSpace as a sketchbook group. We renamed ourselves 'Creative Projects' to more accurately reflect the diverse interests in this group. We have set up an online group page to share our work and record our links. Before the Covid crisis, we enjoyed meeting in the North Treehouse Room on the first and third Wednesdays. Now we are weekly on Zoom … go figure.
We work on the principle that drawing is a skill that can be learned. Through learning to draw, we connect with our creativity and perception. We work on projects that intrigue us. Story book illustration has caught the attention of a few in the group. Others are interested in drawing as a meditative process, botanical drawing, and personal journals. We are beginning to realize that Zoom offers us new possibilities. But still, we are looking forward to meeting again in person however that may unfold. In the meantime, we draw together weekly. If you would like to know more, contact the facilitator, Barbara Amos.
The newsletter is showcasing our Interest Groups.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:00 - 2:00 PM
online via Zoom (CALL Members only)
Information and registration
Presenters: Ruby Lecot, Executive Director and Dianne Leong-Fortier, Board Member
LINKages Society of Alberta has been meaningfully connecting isolated seniors and youth in Calgary for 25 years. Ruby and Dianne will share the inspiring work and stories of intergenerational mentorship and engagement fostered through the organization.
From a single school/care centre visitation program in 1994, LINKages has grown to 15 long term intergenerational programs, community programs in all four quadrants of the city, and exploratory work into supporting seniors living with dementia.
ZOOM tip: If you are using Zoom from a desktop/laptop, you can remain muted throughout a meeting and hold down the spacebar when you want to unmute and talk. Quick, easy and no more fumbling to click the unmute button. Checkout the following link for details: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360000510003-Push-to-Talk
The CALL membership year is September 1 – August 31, but we have always encouraged new members to sign up and take advantage of a special deal that extends their membership from May 1 to September of the following year. This year we are also extending the invitation for current members to renew at any time after May 1. The membership Team is well organized and will be happy to accept and process renewing memberships as well as new ones at any time after May 1.
Secretary to the Program Committee
This role will commence at the end of July. The duties include;
If you are interested in this posting please email Volunteer Coordinator and we will respond as quickly as possible.
Dr. Meghan McDonough, University of Calgary, is conducting research on ways that social distancing has impacted older adults’ lives by disrupting participation in group physical activity programs. She is recruiting approximately 30 participants over the age of 55 to participate. Interested CALL members are invited to participate. Contact Lindsay firstname.lastname@example.org
The CALL Newsletter is our way to communicate what is going on in our community. Usually we communicate to members about upcoming events, however, since all CALL gatherings are postponed for an undetermined period of time, we decided to use the newsletters as a way to ‘peek behind the curtain of CALL’, to give some general information about CALL groups and members.
You are invited to send your ideas and suggestions for future issues to email@example.com. Let us know what your Interest Groups are doing and your strategies for coping with this situation in which the whole world finds itself. We reserve the right to edit for length and clarity; not every submission will necessarily be published.
Meanwhile, be well, stay well in every sense of the word.