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The Town of Shaunavon is a vibrant and picturesque community nestled in the Southwest corner of Saskatchewan. Our diverse business sector provides a wide range of products and amenities, enabling the community to be a significant service centre in the great Southwest. Shaunavon prides itself on serving a large agricultural sector and is fortunate to have a bustling oil industry.

Established in 1913, Shaunavon’s pure and abundant water supply was the key resource that drew over 700 settlers in less than one year’s time, earning it the nickname “Boomtown”. In fact, Shaunavon became the first community in Canada to grow from a village to a town in under one year. Today this water supply continues to be essential to our economic growth. Shaunavon possesses multiple top-notch recreation and cultural facilities for all ages which residents and tourists enjoy all year round.

This is a community where neighbors become friends and where friends unite to build a community in which we can all share. We are proud of our past and excited about the potential of our future!

Shaunavon’s population is 1,784 according to the Municipalities Directory, with a rural population served of approximately 597. Rural municipalities served are RM of Grassy Creek 78, RM of Wise Creek 77, RM of Bone Creek 108, and RM of White Valley 49.

Age-Friendly Committee Members

Ruth Elliott

Joy Frenette, Vice Chairperson

Debbie Olesen, Chairperson

Kathy Towle

Brenda Waldron

Kim Anderson (Staff)

Community Organizations Supporting the Age-Friendly Committee
  • Access Realty
  • Affinity Credit Union
  • Avondale Residence
  • Binkley’s Funeral Service
  • Chinook Regional Library
  • Christ the King Catholic School
  • Cruthers Monumental
  • Evergreen Villa
  • Five Buck Bob’s Thrift Store
  • Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre (Museum)
  • Hunter Farms
  • Jae’s Pharmacy
  • Magnum Industries
  • Pioneer Co-op
  • Prairie Sky Residence
  • RM of Bone Creek 108
  • RM of Grassy Creek 78 Council
  • RM of White Valley 49
  • RM of Wise Creek 77
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #40
  • Salem Lutheran Church
  • Shaunavon Detachment RCMP
  • Shaunavon IDA Pharmacy
  • Shaunavon Public School
  • Shaunavon Senior Citizens’ Centre
  • Shaunavon Snack Shack
  • Town of Shaunavon Council
    • Shaunavon Communications Officer
    • Shaunavon Economic Development Officer
    • Shaunavon Wellness & Leisure Officer
  • Western Financial Group
Milestone #1: Year Formed
Milestone #2: Municipal Government Support

Resolution passed by Town of Shaunavon Council, February 15, 2022

That Council shall approve that the Town of Shaunavon will actively participate, support, promote and work to assess and improve accessibility and inclusion for older persons, persons with disabilities, children and youth in all aspects of community life. CARRIED

Milestone #3: Community Assessment

Currently conducting focus groups (January 2024). Results will be posted when completed.

In September and October, 2021, Focus Groups were consulted for community assessment.

Access the PDF of the Shaunavon Aging in Place Task Force Focus Groups September/October 2021 Executive Summary here.

Milestone #4: Action Plan

Updated March 2024:

Communication & Information

Coordination of Community Resources for Seniors

  • November of 2022 we applied for the Facilitating Independence Grant through SSM
  • Our goal is to hire an individual to coordinate community resources for seniors
  • Once successful in securing the grant we advertised, interviewed and hired Vanessa
  • Long term goal is to see this position grow and thrive and become an integral part of our community
  • Evaluation: Hiring someone was a time consuming and stressful job, we learned a lot! Museum basement was a perfect venue for the interviews and was donated by the Town.

Community Support & Health Services

Wellness Day Fall 2023

  • Our goal is to hold a half or 1 day workshop that will educate and be of interest to seniors in our community.
  • We secured sponsors for door prizes, financial support, wellness pack giveaways
  • We received $1,000 to help pay for catering a coffee break and lunch
  • Workshop will be advertised by posters, newspaper, online and through invitations handed out in the local courtesy van
  • Venue has been booked (donated by Town), caterer booked, and 7 presenters confirmed
  • Evaluation: Seniors thought the day was informative and fun, venue was cold and day was too long. Next year we will book a different venue and make it a half day event. Art project was a big hit, we will look at an ongoing Art event in the coming year, partnering with the museum.

Updated February 2024:

Transportation:

  • continuing work on out-of-town transportation for medical appointments

Communication & Information:

  • Winter 2024 Edition of our Directory of Services has been printed
  • February of 2024 we will be holding coffee parties to collect old directories to recycle and hand out the new edition
  • Directories will be available to pick up at the Museum (GCHCC), Town Office, our Age-Friendly Office, as well as the 2 drugstores in town
  • We have developed a new brochure, which is available at the Museum (GCHCC), Town Office, and our office
  • Both the Directory and brochure are available online on our Age Friendly Shaunavon web page on the Town website as well as the Age Friendly Saskatchewan web page
  • We are currently conducting focus groups in the community to see what services seniors would like to see offered that would help them to stay in their own homes
  • We are also evaluating our office and programs for tips on how we can improve our service to the seniors in our community

Social Participation:

  • Held our first Tech Time January 17, 2024
    • This program will be held the third Wednesday of every month. It’s a drop-in event
    • We have recruited 3 high school students to date
    • Partnered with Chinook Regional Library Shaunavon Branch
  • Reading Buddies program has started again
    • We meet twice a month, once at each of the two elementary schools
    • Both seniors and students love this program!
  • NEW! Afternoon at the Museum
    • This program started by request of seniors after our Wellness Day art activity
    • The first event was held December 19, 2023 — seniors made their own handmade Christmas card. 16 seniors attended and we all had fun!

Community Support & Health:

  • We are currently working on planning a half-day Wellness Day event for April or May
    • This event will feature information and fun, coffee break, and a free lunch
    • It is open to all seniors in Shaunavon and area, free of charge
  • We are planning on partnering with the Town of Shaunavon in May for another Free Garbage Pick-Up for seniors

Updated March 2023:

Communication & Information:

  • Creating resource directory
  • Promoting access to new Senior Resource Coordinator

Transportation:

  • Recruiting volunteer drivers for out of town appointments

Currently working on Transportation needs in community.

Our next project will be in the Communication & Information Domain.

Updated October 2023:

Transportation:

  • continuing work on setting up out of town transportation for medical appointments.

Communication & Information:

  • printed Directory of Services, Spring 2023 Edition.
  • Held coffee meetings at senior residences’, local museum, and seniors center to distribute free copies to seniors in community.
  • Directories are now available for pick up at the museum, town office and the AF Shaunavon office in Shaunavon, as well as on AF Shaunavon’s web page on the Town of Shaunavon website.
  • Working on updating it for next printing in December 2023.
  • Distribution in early 2024 with a recycle program, “bring your old directory for us to recycle and we will give you a new updated version!”

Social Participation:

  • Recruiting students to help seniors with technology. (Tech Buddies)
  • Setting up weekly drop-in sessions for seniors to bring phones, tablets, computers in for training and assistance learning new technology
  • Reading Buddies program will start up again in October 2023. These intergenerational events are very popular with both the students and the seniors. This year, another school will be added to the program.

Community Support & Health Service:

  • Wellness Day event held October 12, 2023 (See the poster in “Publications, Brochures”)
  • Included topics such as Scam & Fraud Awareness, Advanced Healthcare Directive, Grief and Change, Medication Awareness, Art, and Senior Fitness. These topics are aimed at helping our seniors stay in their own homes and maintain their independence. We want our older adults to be safe, healthy, and happy in our community.
  • We will provide a free lunch and a take home bag of goodies sponsored by stakeholders in our community.
Previous Accomplishments

Moved from Current Work, February 2, 2024:

Transportation:

  • currently compiling info on options in town to put in hands of seniors;
  • brainstorming ideas for out-of-town options

Communication & Information:

  • compiling survey of available resources;
  • communicate what is available to seniors.

Social Participation:

  • Intergenerational event held January 27, 2023, to mark Family Literacy Day and Let No One Be Alone Week. Older adults and kids joined together to read books, do activities, and spend time together. Read more at this link to a PDF about the event.
  • Have held 3 reading events with seniors & school children. 2 more are being planned.
  • Hosted a seniors coffee chat — provided homemade treats and presented Age-Friendly, Home Supports, and Coordinator position upcoming.

Updated October 2023:

Communication & Information:

  • printed Directory of Services, Spring 2023 Edition.
  • Held coffee meetings at senior residences, local museum, and seniors centre to distribute free copies to seniors in community.
  • Directories are now available for pick up at the museum, town office and the AF Shaunavon office in Shaunavon, as well as on AF Shaunavon’s web page on the Town of Shaunavon website.
  • Working on updating it for next printing in December 2023.
  • Distribution in early 2024 with a recycle program, “bring your old directory for us to recycle and we will give you a new updated version!”
Current Work

Updated February 2, 2024:

We wish to thank the following organizations for funding our Reading Buddies and Tech Time programs!

*Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program

*Community Initiatives Fund – Government of Saskatchewan

Communication & Information:

  • Winter Edition of Directory of services is being distributed
  • New brochure available
  • Holding focus groups for feedback from seniors
  • Senior Resource Coordinator’s Office open Tuesdays 9:30am – 3pm and Thursdays 1-3pm. Other times by appointment
  • Phone assistance available Monday to Friday 9-5

Transportation:

  • Recruiting drivers for out-of-town appointments
  • Looking at options for vehicles

Social Participation:

  • Reading Buddies — twice each month, which includes seniors & grades 1-4 students at 2 different schools
  • Tech Time — third Wednesday of each month, high school student help seniors with technology issues or to learn new tasks — partnering with Shaunavon High School and Chinook Regional Library, Shaunavon Branch
  • Afternoon at the Museum –Partnership with Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre — once every 2 months for activities, coffee, treats and socializing
Current Publications, Brochures

Click this link to access the new Age-Friendly Shaunavon brochure

Click this link to access the Tech Time poster

Click this link to access the AF Shaunavon Transportation brochure.

Previous Publications, Brochures

These have been superseded by new brochures and publications.

Click this link to access the AF Shaunavon brochure.

Click this link to access the AF Shaunavon “What We Do” information sheet/brochure.

Click this link to access the Senior Wellness Day 2023 poster.

Directories

January 2024 Shaunavon Community Directory compiled and created by Age-Friendly Shaunavon. Click for PDF.

Media

Below you will find examples of what has been published in the local newspaper, http://www.theshaunavonstandard.com

Accompanying photos are now in the Photos section below the gray section on the page.

Reading Buddies:

Age Friendly and SPS celebrated Valentine’s Day a little early! On Thursday, February 1st, 2024 our senior reading buddies met with students at Shaunavon Public School to read together and create Valentines gifts for each other as well as enjoy each other’s company over veggies and valentine’s cookies. Thanks to all who participated, everyone had great fun!

Photos are in photo section below.

Tech Time:

January 17, 2024 Shaunavon seniors and high school volunteers met for the first Tech Time session. This partnership between Age Friendly Shaunavon, the Shaunavon Branch of the Chinook Regional Library and the Shaunavon High School allows older adults assistance and training with devices such as computers, cell phones, tablets, and Ipads. This is a drop in meeting once a month where area seniors can gather to receive help with technical issues or learn a new skill on their devices! Teen volunteers helped seniors with questions about saving pictures, storing pictures, transferring pictures as well as how to download music onto their phone. Seniors found the students to be patient, encouraging and fun to work with! Not only new skills were learned but new friendships developed! Thank you to all who attended our first event, come and join us on the third Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm at the library for Tech Time.

Photo is in photo section below.

Beginning January 17, 2024, to be held the third Wednesday of every month, a drop-in Tech Time was held.

Click here for the Tech Time Poster PDF

Senior Artwork Installed at Age-Friendly Office:

On January 16th, 2024, an art piece that was a collaboration by seniors at our Wellness Day in October 2023 was installed at the Age-Friendly Shaunavon office by Tammy Willman, program coordinator of the Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre. Tammy was the presenter at our event, who led the activity which created this amazing piece. This project includes art work from 26 local senior artists.

Photo is in photo section below.

Art Afternoon Media:

Seniors gathered at the Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre on December 19th, 2023, to create their own handmade Christmas cards by carving and inking their own stamps. Tammy led them through several different methods and the results were impressive! Coffee and Christmas baking were served, and a great time was had by all!

Photos are in photo section below.

Click for Christmas Card Making Poster jpg

Nice article in Swift Current Online, February 7, 2023 about AF Shaunavon’s Family Literacy Day/Let No One Be Alone Week intergenerational project on January 27, 2023. Read it here.

Image of Shaunavon town hall with lawn and blossoming trees in foreground.
Shaunavon Town Hall

Age-Friendly Shaunavon Contacts:

Kim Anderson

Age-Friendly Shaunavon Committee Email:

afshaunavon@gmail.com

Age-Friendly Saskatchewan Liaison:

On the Web:

Town of Shaunavon website

Age-Friendly Shaunavon page on Town website

Age-Friendly Shaunavon Facebook page

PHOTOS

Reading Buddies Valentine event, February 1, 2024

Image of older people and children seated at tables, doing Valentine crafts
Image of older people and children doing Valentine crafts at a long gray table.
Valentine crafts and treats

Tech Time, beginning January 17, 2024

Young man seated at laptop, showing older woman how to do something on the laptop.

Senior Artwork installed at Age-Friendly Office, January 16, 2024

Woman putting up an art display in a window

Art Afternoon, December 19, 2023

Older man wearing Santa hat, designing a homemade Christmas card, seated at a blue-covered table.
Older woman sitting at a blue-covered table, smiling after making homemade Christmas cards