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Alberta Health Services has given the green light to lifting some of the restrictions at Fish Creek and allowing the safe and gradual restart of programming, fitness classes, bistro and dining room meal services and more socializing with other residents.  As well, community tours are once again being planned so prospective residents can get a better feel for what living at United is all about.

Pottery workshop at Fish Creek

Pottery workshop at Fish Creek

This week, residents will be able to participate in Jill LaForty’s music appreciation programs, exercise sessions, and programs in the art studio – even book appointments at the hair salon. Last week, dining was once again available in the bistro and dining room.

“We’re so excited!” said Kim Coulter, Fish Creek program development and creative expressions manager. “The professional artists are particularly excited to again get back to what their passion is and that’s delivering very high quality art programs to the residents.”

The programs are restarting in a slow, safe fashion, with a gradual increase over the coming weeks. “For instance, while we are restarting group exercise programs, the groups will be kept small and we will have several sessions in a day to accommodate everyone. The same goes for music appreciation and programs in the art studio. The rollout will be slow with all of the necessary protocols in place to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone,” said Kim.

Opening the dining room and bistro again was a very special event,” said concierge Megan Angelini. “Since November, meals were delivered to residents’ suites, so it’s really nice to see them open again yet still following the protocols such as social distancing.”

Megan Angelini and her dog Victoria

Megan Angelini and her friend Victoria

Megan is finalizing a few programs such as TED Talks, an audible book club and developing a knitting hour once a week for the Fish Creek West residents. “I’ve taken up knitting, so I’m planning to get together with a few residents and knit hats to be donated to the Mustard Seed. People are so excited to be getting back to something approaching normal. Being able to get out and visit with their neighbours in a safe way has been really exciting for our residents!”

Prospective residents who are interested in moving into Fish Creek also have the opportunity now to take personal tours. “We have quite a long list of people who are interested in the community,” said Daphne Reid, active living advisor at Fish Creek. “We’re being very careful with how we approach this. We’re restricting the number of people who can come in a single group, and we’re arranging tours on off hours to avoid the busy meal times. Those coming in will be screened, temperature checked and masked.”

Daphne said that while virtual video tours have helped people understand what’s available, it’s not the same as being there. “People need to see the community and the suites in person to get a true feel for what their lifestyle will be like. We’re over the moon with being able to offer tours once again. It’s all about the personal connection and we’re so pleased to be able to return to connecting with prospective residents in person.”

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While some Christmas traditions may be difficult to hold this year, others help make the season a little more enjoyable. The Christmas trees are up at both of United’s communities, the hallways and doors are decorated, and the annual Christmas card has been sent out.

Margaret Agnew in her home studio

Margaret Agnew in her home studio

“I’ve been painting since high school,” said Fish Creek resident Margaret Agnew, who was chosen to produce this year’s card. “I haven’t painted much since 2000, but I started again in February when COVID hit. I’ve done five paintings since then. I tend to paint when inspiration strikes,  producing several works at one time, then I put the brushes away until the next time.

“I’ve always loved the mountain scenery, especially the Rockies in Banff, Kananaskis and Pincher Creek,” she explained. “Every spring and fall a group of us from the Calgary Sketch Club would spend a week in the mountains sketching, photographing and painting. The picture used for this card was inspired by sketches and photos that were taken years ago. The painting is called Early Snow and is acrylic on canvas. It includes the Three Sisters mountains and a cabin in the woods.”

 

Early Snow, by Margaret Agnew

Early Snow, by Margaret Agnew

“United really supports the artistic and creative arts. I would like to thank the creative facilitators Jeff Chan, Chantel Traub and Amy Bouchard for their encouragement and assistance. They have amazingly creative ideas and have encouraged everyone taking part to explore their hidden talents. Fine pieces of art are being created all the time. I am grateful to come back to my love of painting after a 20-year absence and the COVID restrictions.”

The Christmas cards have gone out to employees, residents and families.

“Thank you for the honour you have given me by letting me share this picture on the 2020 Christmas card,” said Margaret. “Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all of you!”

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Residents of United’s Fish Creek community are doing something special for the residents of Calgary’s Horizon Housing, which provides affordable homes to more than 1,100 low-income families and people with special needs.

“The idea came from one of United’s residents who suggested that since United does so much for its residents, it would be nice to do something special for others,” said Chantel Traub, a creative facilitator at Fish Creek. “The residents who participated are really very talented, so it was a great idea to use their talents to spread a little happiness to another community.”

At first, the idea was to share art pieces, but so many would be needed, the idea changed to developing a colouring book, which would benefit a larger number of people. The book contains a dozen black and white drawings by United residents, along with the coloured versions for reference.

Most of the colouring books have gone to residents of Horizon Housing, but the United residents who contributed were given copies, and the book can be printed off internally for residents who want one.  Others went to Commons Church for distribution. The colouring book is also available to download as a PDF here.

Colouring book under the tree at Horizon Housing

Colouring book under the tree at Horizon Housing

“The idea was awesome,” said Che Greywall, Horizon Housing’s donor relations associate. “Given COVID, we had to figure out a way to distribute them, so we included them and a package of crayons in a gift package that we deliver, which includes a wide variety of popular food items. We delivered them to about 800 households last week. The kids loved them, they were really well received.”

 

 

"Lilypads" by Diane Jongeling

“Lilypads” by Diane Jongeling

"Archway" by Nick Jongeling

“Archway” by Nick Jongeling

Nick and Diane Jongeling contributed three pieces to the colouring book. “We were happy to contribute to the book. It’s nice to be able to do something nice for others, especially at this time of year and with COVID-19 causing so much difficulty. I think it’s amazing how it turned out,” said Diane.

 

"Flowerpot" by Olive Hein

“Flowerpot” by Olive Hein

Olive Hein also contributed to the book with pictures and quotations. “I have a couple of pictures in the colouring book, and I gave the art studio a book of inspirational quotations, and the studio found a few others, so the whole book has a nice message. I think it’s a really nice thing to do for people.”

“I think it was cool that the United residents wanted to give back to the community,” said Che. “It’s one community reaching out to another. It really resonated with our residents, especially during this time of year.”

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Residents at United’s Fish Creek and Garrison Green communities revived their Halloween traditions this week, decorating the communities, dressing up, and taking a stab at pumpkin carving and painting.

The art studios at both communities supplied the pumpkins and paints, letting inspiration guide the final products, which were absolutely gourd-geous.

“We had fun as kids at Halloween,” said Joan Thomson, who moved into Garrison Green a year and a half ago with husband John. “Calgary was a small city then and I dressed up as a ghost with a simple bedsheet and a pillowcase for the candy. We haven’t done Halloween for years, so painting the pumpkin was great fun!”

“I came from Scotland so Halloween wasn’t that special for us,” recalls Grace Brown at Fish Creek. “But I had fun painting my pumpkin into a witch using black and white paint. Very simple really. I really enjoyed being with the others. A real group project.”

Residents and staff at Garrison Green put their ghoulish imaginations to work

Residents and staff at Garrison Green put their ghoulish imaginations to work

“I made the Wicked Witch of the West using black paint,” said Nancy Osadchuk of Fish Creek. “We used to make Jack O’Lanterns for the kids, but we lived in the country in Southern Alberta, so we didn’t do much trick or treating. I’m looking forward to using my pumpkin to make a pumpkin pie.”

The pumpkins will be put on display around the communities, adding a festive touch to the annual Halloween lunches and costumes.

“We couldn’t do our traditional Halloween parties or costume parades, but residents and staff will dress up for lunch on Friday, and we’ll hand out prizes and candy for the best costumes,” said Kim Coulter, Fish Creek program development and creative expressions manager. “For the pumpkin decorating, we put pumpkins on the tables and then suggested residents choose ones that ‘speak’ to them. It was a lot of fun, and even residents who didn’t participate came down to the studio to have a look.”

All in all a spooktacular success!

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Newly built fairy houses waiting for a touch of paint

Newly built fairy houses waiting for a touch of paint

Residents at United’s Garrison Green community put their creativity to work last weekend by using clay to create small fairy houses. A fairy house is a whimsical home for fairies, and provides an interesting decoration for the yard or home.

“We went with fairy houses because they are small and easy to create for all levels of experience working with clay,” said creative facilitator Nicole Bond. “This weekend we’ll be painting the finished houses, firing them in the kiln and glazing them, which will make them nice additions and conversation pieces in the residents’ suites.”

Garrison Green resident Thelma Scheunhage with her fairy house

Garrison Green resident Thelma Scheunhage with her fairy house

Ceramics has become a popular addition to the art studios at both Garrison Green and Fish Creek communities. Even without experience, fascinating projects can be created from a simple ball of clay. “Clay brings us back to the earth,” said Nicole. “It’s taking a raw material and using our imaginations to create something unique. For the fairy houses, I gave the residents a basic plan and then let them use their imaginations to add steps, doors and their own personal touches to their creations. There was a lot of fun and laughter, which really creates a sense of community.”

She noted that it’s wonderful to see the reactions of older adults who may not have used clay before. “Working with clay is an opportunity to try something different, get your hands dirty and leave with a new skill that you might not have tried before,” said Nicole.

“You know, I used to work with clay more than 30 years ago,” said resident Thelma Scheunhage, who moved into Garrison Green two months ago and is taking in as many of the painting and music workshops as she can. “This was a great opportunity to back into working with clay. I put a chimney on top and a flower box on the outside. I’m going to paint it green with a blue roof. Or maybe vice versa. I haven’t decided yet, but it was great fun!”

Louise Dean shapes the perfect roof for her fairy house

Louise Dean shapes the perfect roof for her fairy house

“I loved it!” said resident Louise Dean, who began working with clay when she moved into Garrison Green just over two years ago. “I decided to make my roof curved and to put a clay strip around the outside. Now I’m looking forward to painting it in two shades of brown to look like a tree. I hadn’t made one before. It was great fun!”

The art studios at both communities are staffed by professional artists – creative facilitators who are there to support and encourage residents. The studios offer a wide variety of skill-building workshops, collaborative and conceptual projects, art education sessions and outings to local galleries.

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Artist Ann Haessel points out a feature of one of her art pieces

Artist Ann Haessel points out a feature of one of her art pieces

“The call came out of the blue. It was a complete surprise!” Calgary artist Ann Haessel has been creating unique, colourful abstract art pieces since 1982. Her work includes hand embroidery, quilting, and a wide variety of mixed media consisting of layers of fabric, which are sewn, burned and embellished into the final pieces. Her work has been shown at exhibitions throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

Now she is embarking on a new journey. Le Galeriste in Montreal combines clothing with images by artists. When they called Ann, wanting to incorporate her work into their clothing lines, it caught her by surprise. She found a photographer, Darold Black, who sent the company photos of some of her work. For every image submitted, they send back photos of 10 different items of clothing for her approval.

“I don’t know why they chose me out of all the artists in Canada. It is a very nice boost at a time when COVID is causing so much concern. I’m glad they did, and it’s a good feeling to know my art is getting out there, and bringing people so much joy,” said Ann, who lives at United’s Garrison Green community. The community has attracted people from a wide range of backgrounds interested in its professional art studios, and promotes a lifestyle of  lifelong learning and creativity. Ann’s new interest demonstrates how being part of a United community provides our residents with the opportunity to continue to pursue their passions, learn new things and connect with other like-minded individuals.

She has teamed up with Cindy Giesbrecht, also a fibre artist and  the daughter of fellow Garrison Green residents Connie and Art Giesbrecht, Together they are preparing to do a joint exhibition next fall.

...and the art piece, colourful life, that inspired them

…and the art piece, colourful life, that inspired them

Ann Haessel modelling some of the clothing...

Ann Haessel modelling some of the clothing…

Ann’s work appears on scarves, dresses, T-shirts, tablecloths, even masks. “The masks have turned into a bestseller on their website,” said Ann.

“The association with this company is something new that keeps me interested in life,” said Ann. “I’m 78. I didn’t think I’d be embarking on a new business venture, but it’s so nice to enjoy a little more success as I age. I have been totally blessed by this.”

Ann continues to hone her creative side, and plans to expand her art by using some of things she is learning in the art studio, and perhaps incorporating clay and other elements into her already fascinating art pieces.

You can see more of Ann’s artwork on her website, www.haessel.net

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An exhibition in the Fish Creek art gallery is raising awareness about the ever increasing need to recycle plastics and to stop the throw away, convenience-based culture supported by production of single-use plastics. Using an aquatic theme, a variety of plastics were repurposed into sculptures including a large sea turtle and jellyfish made from plastic bags. While fun and engaging, the reality is that our planet and particularly ocean life are threatened by plastics that are discarded.

“We were speaking with a resident who was interested in recycling. That got us thinking about what we could do to promote it within the community. We came up with a recycling and ocean theme for the art gallery. The art studio started collecting plastic containers and other recyclables that would normally be put into the community recycling bins,” said creative facilitator Jeff Chan. “We made a call out to residents to bring us their recyclables, and we got quite the assortment in a short period of time – water bottles, cutlery, food containers, old phones, plastic bags, batteries, even an old radio.”

Residents joined in and together they created the sculptures and information displays that encourage and inform about the need to reduce, reuse and recycle. Our Fish Creek community recycles some 1,200 lbs. each week, and Garrison Green, about 900 lbs. Interesting facts about recycling were researched and included in the displays, such as the problems caused by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is three times the size of France floating between Hawaii and California, and what’s being done to clean it up.

“The centrepiece is a giant sea turtle made of plastic bottles, cutlery and other discarded items. It was a fun sculpture to build – a collaboration between the studio and the residents who were key in developing the theme and the displays,” said Jeff.

For the title of the display, the word “recycle” was created out of old batteries. The Jellyfish hanging from the ceiling were created by residents and family members using an assortment of colourful plastic bags.

To further the conversation around repurposing, creative facilitator Amy Bouchard purchased used ceramic plates and had residents adorn them with new designs to give them a new lease on life. Creative facilitator Chanel Traub added to the mix by creating a mountain range with the residents comprised of rolled paper from old magazines, giving yet another example of a material that is regularly discarded.

“The display has really raised awareness within the community about the need to recycle, and is encouraging everyone to think about reusing the plastics we buy rather than simply discarding them,” said Jeff.

Resident Maureen Miller agrees. “The display is amazing. It really made me aware of the impact plastics have on our oceans. We need to do something about it. The display talks about a machine that scoops plastic out of the rivers before they go into the ocean. I was very impressed by that. It’s clear we have a lot to learn about the full journey that plastics take from manufacture to disposal.”

Nick and Diane Jongeling jumped in to help with the project. “We always recycle, so the project interested us,” said Nick. “It looks great! It was nicely done!”

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One of the centrepieces of United’s programming, the art studios, are welcoming residents back after being closed because of COVID for about five months. The studios are a welcoming home for budding – and professional – artists who can enjoy bright, well-stocked spaces for their creative projects. All residents are welcome, from lifelong artists to anyone who wants to have fun and create for the first time. This may be the perfect time to work on a project or learn and new technique.

Fish Creek resident Olive Hein takes advantage of the re-opened studio

Fish Creek resident Olive Hein takes advantage of the re-opened studio

“It’s comforting to be back,” said Amy Bouchard, a creative facilitator at Fish Creek. “It’s been great interacting with the residents in the studio.”

The facilitators developed a wide variety of programs to accommodate the physical distancing required under the current COVID protocols. Some programs, such as painting, could be done in a resident’s suite, but until recently, group programs were cancelled until small groups could be accommodated. Expansion of the programming has been welcomed by the residents. For instance, sketching workshops have been held in the courtyard and more recently in the art gallery.

“It means a lot to me to have the studio open again,” said resident Olive Hein. “I would normally use it every day. It’s my second home.” During COVID, Olive had a supply of watercolours in her suite and a variety of projects to pursue. “But I like using acrylics, so it’s nice to have access to them again in the studio. I have a spot in the studio that I use regularly. It’s nice and quiet and the surroundings really help spark the creativity.”

 

A socially distanced pottery class at Fish Creek

A socially distanced pottery class at Fish Creek

“At Fish Creek, the studio is open for individual projects, but group activities have been moved just outside the studio to our art gallery,” said Amy, who is a professional artist. “There is a great deal of open space that gives us the opportunity to hold workshops while maintaining appropriate distancing. Usually we have paint brushes and the like within easy reach at the work spaces, but for now, residents have to ask for any tools they need, just so we can sanitize them after use.  And having workshops in the gallery means we have quick access to the studio should we need something there.”

At Garrison Green, access to the studio is giving residents a wider choice of workshops, and a greater ability to pursue individual projects.

“I think it’s very important to have the studio open again,” said Garrison Green creative facilitator Maddison Klein. “The studio is a great place to socialize – at a distance of course – and to find inspiration for individual creativity.”

Louise Dean concentrates on a project in the Garrison Green art studio

Louise Dean concentrates on a project in the Garrison Green art studio

For several weeks, the programs resuming at both communities have been expanding. A workshop this week at Garrison Green focused on perspective and composition, teaching students the how-tos of creating a foreground, middle ground and background in their drawings and paintings. This past week the creative team put on a virtual gallery tour in the theatre as well as an art history program. Workshops this weekend include watercolour, poetry illustration and a clay demonstration to top it all off.

“I had been in the studio a lot, and to be able to go back in again was absolutely wonderful,” said Garrison Green resident Louise Dean. “You can do whatever interests you and the facilitators are there to help with advice if you need it. I like the clay work and really enjoyed working on the wheel before everything closed down. I’m also in the fibre arts group. I do crocheting so there’s a lot that I’m involved with.”

 

 

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Students at two universities have painted cards of support for residents and employees at United’s Fish Creek and Garrison Green communities. This week, the students dropped them off.

“Students from Mount Royal University [Calgary] and Emily Carr University [Vancouver] came together to paint and design the cards. [The students] and their families saw that many people are expressing their concerns and thoughts about the seniors in Calgary communities. We felt the seniors and care workers should know that everybody in Calgary is thinking about them during this difficult time. We wanted to send them strength and hope that we will all get through this together. We wanted to find a way to make sure that every senior in every community in Calgary knew that regular people were thinking about them,” one of the students replied by email, saying they wished to remain anonymous.

Resident Doris Grimm, right, and her daughter Gabby show off their cards

Resident Doris Grimm, right, and her daughter Gabby show off their cards

Liz and John Traber with the card they received

Liz and John Traber with the card they received

“It was very thoughtful,” said resident Doris Grimm. “We really liked the cards we received.”

Liz and John Traber were also impressed. “It was really encouraging to receive the cards,” said Liz. “And we were impressed that someone would take the time to make them. It was nice that employees also received them. They are doing an exceptional job and are very helpful.”

Server Willow Addiscott with her card

Server Willow Addiscott with her card

Eric Miller was pleasantly surprised to get his card

Eric Miller was pleasantly surprised to get his card

Willow Addiscott is a server who started with United only three months ago, just when the COVID restrictions began. “Receiving cards like this, or seeing the drive-bys really tell us that what we are doing is worth it. It’s nice to know that people outside the community are behind us. Everything we do is for the residents, so it’s a nice gesture to be recognized for that,” said Willow.

Employee Eric Miller was appreciative when he received his card. “I think it’s a great gesture. It shows the community is reaching out to the residents and employees. It’s certainly appreciated because it’s a reflection of how the employees are doing in keeping everyone safe.”

At the end of May, a similar project was initiated by the Leighton Art Centre. Both of the projects brought smiles and warm responses from the residents.

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When it’s not possible for residents to get out to watch a musical performance, why not bring the performance to the residents? That’s what happened Monday when three of Calgary’s top Jazz players came to United’s Fish Creek and Garrison Green residences for a parade of New Orleans-style favourites and familiar ballads that saw United residents clapping their hands and singing along.

Jazz trio, left to right, Mark DeJong on sax, Carsten Rubeling on trombone and Andre Wickenheiser on trumpet

Jazz trio, left to right, Mark DeJong on sax, Carsten Rubeling on trombone and Andre Wickenheiser on trumpet

“Jill LaForty, United’s music director contacted me and suggested a unique way to bring live music to the residents at a time when current restrictions are preventing that from happening,” said Mark DeJong, who along with Andre Wickenheiser on trumpet and Carsten Rubeling on trombone, serenaded residents with a wide selection of festive tunes including swing, dixieland and blues.

Mark and a roster of musician friends often play for United’s residents, holding musical chats about music’s cultural, economic and social background through a range of music styles – jazz, folk, country, blues and swing.

“The three of us work together a lot, so we decided on a collection of tunes that were upbeat, melodic and from an era familiar to the residents,” said Mark.

The trio started in the courtyards of both residences with residents watching from their windows or on balconies. They performed for an hour at each community, walking around the buildings to ensure every resident had the chance to listen and participate. For a little taste of what the residents were treated to, click on the video below.

“They were almost under my window,” said Garrison Green resident Joan MacKenzie. “Everybody really enjoyed it. They played songs that were popular in our day, and there was very nice interaction. We shouted and cheered, and they waved and called back. It was a very friendly and unique performance. I appreciate the time they took. It really made my day!”

Residents at Fish Creek heard the concert from their own "box seats"

Residents at Fish Creek heard the concert from their own “box seats”

“It was very heartening to play for the residents who were very appreciative. They waved, smiled and applauded and thanked us for playing for them. It was a very positive experience from our perspective. We can’t share the music the way we are accustomed to, so to bring the music to the residents was a great experience,” said Mark.

Mark said the restrictions have made it difficult not to play for an audience in the traditional way. “We want to believe that the arts and music are essential, but in many ways the restrictions have made performing very difficult, so being able to share what we love in such a unique way is a wonderful experience for us.”

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Imagine! Live the life you've always dreamed of at one of our United Active Living communities. Please contact us today to learn more about our two communities Garrison Green or Fish Creek

The restrictions on visiting mean that tours aren’t available right now, but don’t hesitate to talk with one of our active living advisors about life in a United community. They can arrange for a tour once it’s safe to do so. If you know a friend or family member who could benefit from living in a United community, send them a link to our website or blog, or arrange a future visit. We are happy to help! 

To learn more about life at United’s Fish Creek community, watch this short video.

Or, to find out more about life at United’s Garrison Green, watch this short video.

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