Events, fundraising

A Fundraiser Concert with Saskia and Darrel; The Great Plains

A Fundraiser Concert with Saskia and Darrel;
The Great Plains.

Everyone is WELCOME!!!! 
Sunday, March 11 at 7:00 PM
Presented by/at: The Mount Royal Emmanuel United Church

Tickets $15/Person. Available from Barb at 306.249.2433 or 306.370.0136. Tickets also at the door.

An evening filled with laughter and friendship, this is a show not to be missed!!

​Award winning Canadian Folk Duo Saskia and Darrel LOVE what they do and it shows in every song they sing. They have an easy, crowd-friendly style that instantly endears them to any audience. This is “real” Canadian Music, woven around exquisite melodies, drenched in our culture and heritage delivered in comfortable highly skilled sets with oodles of self-poking humor. Enjoy a taste of Celtic, a dab of Bluegrass, some beautiful Gospel and some toe tapping favorites. Warning…..there might be some yodelin’!

They perform throughout all of Canada and Western Europe and have cultivated an immense following…… winning over their fans one town, one hall at a time.

One of the Great Songwriters in Canada; Gary Fjellgaard.
“The Voice of an Angel”. Gerrit Vermeij. Radio 2  Holland.
“Standing Ovation in Switzerland”.  Signed Robert Collette, Ambassador, Berne/Canadian Embassy, Bern.
“Wild response from the Audience”. Todd Maclean. The Guardian, Charlotte Town, Prince Edward Island.

What do the fans say…………………

Uplifted my Spirits!! I wanted to thank you both for the wonderful show. It uplifted my spirits and I could see many others around me. From the bottom of my heart, I just want to let you know how much your music, voices and spirits touch all who are lucky enough to be in the audience. Thanks again, we have a couple of CD’s now so we can listen again, and again……….Randi and Art. Nipawin.

See you on stage! “The first time I heard the song “Laura’s Kitchen” I knew Darrel and Saskia had something special. The rest of the songs on this CD measure up to that standard. Heartfelt lyrics, friendly melodies, great vocals all supported by Darrel’s intricate acoustic guitar. Saskia more than holds her own with sensitive electric bass. Their live performance matches the quality of the CD. With the stories around the songs, it all adds up to an enjoyable evening of entertainment. A very comfortable visit to “Laura’s Kitchen”. See you on stage.” -Gary Fjellgaard-

Great Singing & Musicianship. Saskia and Darrel have assembled a great batch of songs on “songbirds”. They’ve obviously put in their time playing together, and it shows on this album; full of great singing, musicianship, and heart-felt original songs. -Steve Dawson-

Catch One’s Breath. Saskia & Darrel: What a fabulous show! Between hilarious stories and poignant song lyrics accented by extraordinary harmonies, there was hardly a moment to catch one’s breath. It was an evening none of us will forget for a very long while! Thank you on behalf of the Anne Murray Centre for an outstanding performance.” -Susan Belliveau-. Springhill, Nova Scotia.

You have music power!! Your music, personalities, talent and presence are unforgettable. You have music power and finally experiencing that power in person will always be one of the highlights of my moments in an audience! Kudos to you both and this website is Awesome!!! Happy Thoughts your way Always in All Ways! Madlyn Andres – Calgary


age-friendly, Caregiving, Health Services

Caregivers Week 2018

CSandHealthMarch 18 to 24, 2018 is designated as Caregivers Week in Saskatchewan. This week celebrates the work of informal caregivers who provide unpaid care for loved ones, neighbors or friends. Statistics Canada (2012) reports there are over 8 million Canadians who provide care to family members or friends. Most caregivers provide care for aging parents or in-laws with women most likely to assume the caregiver role. Throughout this year’s Caregivers Week, the Saskatoon Council on Aging presents a workshop series for resources and support to assist caregivers in their vital roles.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018  CADTH “Fundamentals of online Health Care Research”
CADTH [Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health ]is a not-for-profit organization who provides credible, objective evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.This introductory workshop, open to anyone, will provide participants with basic tips and tricks for locating evidence, reading evidence with a critical eye, understanding evidence, and applying evidence to the real world.
Presenter: Kathleen Kulyk, RN, BSN, MN, CADTH Liaison Officer, SK
Cliff Wright Library – 1635 McKercher Drive 1 pm – 3:30pm
Cost: FREE (Drop in – no registration)


Thursday, March 22, 2018- ABC’s of Dementia/First Link presented by the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan
Dementia is a general term that refers to a variety of brain disorders. Physical changes in the brain cause dementia.
Learn the ABC’s of dementia, its impact on the brain, and how to keep your brain healthy.
Mayfair United Church – 902 33rd Street West
1 pm – 3:00 pm Cost: $10 registration fee. To register contact 1-306-652-2255 or further information visit


Friday, March 23, 2018 “Easing the Stress” of Caregivers”
All Day Workshop 
Emmanuel Baptist Church – 1636 Acadia Drive
10:00am – 3:00pm Cost: $20 (Lunch included)


Morning Presenter: 10:00 am
“Practical tools for easing the stress of caregivers” – Tanis Walmsley Social Worker Community Services, SHR
Lunch: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Afternoon Presenters: Mindful Exercises with Dave Wake, Canadian Mental Health Association
Music Therapy with Wes Froese
Forever in…motion stretching exercises with Kimberley Willison
Facilitated discussion groups

To register contact 1-306-652-2255 or further information visit

Help for Family Caregivers:

Introducing a new EI Family Caregiver benefit – Read more ….

Finance for Seniors

Income Tax Help

Income Tax Help

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) – Tax Information for Seniors 
Saskatoon Tax Services Office (Canada Revenue Agency)
Office/mailing address:
340 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon SK  S7K 0A8
Fax: 306-652-3211
Please note that there is no walk-in counter service offered in any CRA locations.

Individual Tax Inquiries: Phone: 1-800-959-8281
Business and self-employed: Phone: 1-800-959-5525
Phone service (TIPS) 1-800-267-6999
Income Tax Payment Arrangements 1-888-863-8657

Tax Preparation Clinics – Saskatchewan – check this page for updates on clinic locations

Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre – The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program provides assistance for low-income individuals and families with simple tax situations. Phone: 306.664.6565.
Please note: Walk-In Services for the Income Tax clinic at the Saskatoon Food Bank are only open during the tax season (March to May). Phone to confirm location of clinic. 

Saskatoon Services for Seniors 
In conjunction with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Saskatoon Services for Seniors provides a free income tax service to individuals and couples who have lower incomes and a simple tax situations. We train and use volunteers to help individuals file tax returns. Please contact their office for more information:  306-668-2762

Saskatoon Telephone Book, Yellow Pages 
Search under Income Tax


age-friendly, Events, Services, Volunteering

Get Connected at the Volunteer Fair

Are you looking for a great way to share your skills and get involved with the community?  The Saskatoon Council on Aging will host a Volunteer Fair for Older Adults on Monday, February 5, 2018 at the Saskatoon Field House.

Come to the Volunteer Fair and find a great opportunity with a community agency that is looking for you!  The fair connects older adults 55 and up with community agencies who are seeking senior volunteers.

Visit dozens of display tables and learn how you can help in  your community. Volunteering is a great way to share skills and meet new people.
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Time: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Saskatoon Field House, 2020 College Drive
Free to attend, no registration required
Refreshments will be served.
For more information phone 306‐652‐2255 or visit

General, membership, Publications, Services

Holiday Gift Ideas

Still looking for last minute holiday gifts? The Saskatoon Council on Aging has a few suggestions that would make wonderful gifts or stocking stuffers for older adults:

A TASTE OF TIME – Not your ordinary kind of Recipe Book

JPEG FRONT coverA Taste of Time is more than a cookbook; it is a keepsake and a tribute to special moments with friends and family.   The first  section  “Heritage Recipes preserve the Family Memories”  has stories about recipes brought over from “the old country” or new recipes discovered in the new land.  On the home remedy side there is the traditional mustard plaster for colds  and also interesting tidbits like 60 uses for salt and 15 uses for Vodka.

The  “Home for the Holidays” section includes stories around interesting traditions families put into their celebrations, including cultural traditions  like Ukrainian Christmas Eve or  special birthday cake recipes.  The last section “Pass Along the Recipes” has sections like Prairie Comfort Food “Casserole & Potluck Dishes”.

Taste of Time is a tribute to all the culturally diverse and memorable recipes and stories from our past. This cookbook can be purchased ($20) from Saskatoon Council on Aging 306-652-2255. All proceeds from the cookbook go towards supporting programs and services for older adults!

SCOA Globe Walk Lanyards

Globe Walk Lanyard would be a perfect gift idea for those on your list who are 50+ years!

For the low cost of  $20, the lanyard will give a Globe Walk team member access to the indoor track at the Field House twice a week from January through April.

If they are not a team member, it is easy (and free) to become part of the SCOA team.

To pick up a lanyard, visit the SCOA office in the Saskatoon Field House or for more information, call our office at 306 652-2255.

Give the gift of SCOA Membership

Looking for the perfect gift for  friend, family member or that person who is hard to shop for 55 + ? Consider giving a gift of membership with the Saskatoon Council on Aging.

Read more …

Classes, Lifelong Learning

2018 Classes – Register now!

Registration for all programs must be paid in advance.
Space is limited. Call SCOA at 306-652-2255 to register.
Classes held at SCOA – 2020 College Drive unless otherwise indicated.

Terrariums and Tea Workshop terrarium
Add a touch of whimsy and nature to your home with a stunning terrarium.  Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of learning, fun, and refreshments with Master Gardener Sandra Schweder as she walks you through the tips and tricks of creating your very own closed terrarium.   Single admissions are $60 or save by registering 2 or more people for $55(must be registered in the same transaction).  No fuss, pet friendly and no green thumbs required!

Date:    March 1st   (2hrs)   1:30 -3:30
Date:    March 15th (2hrs)   1:30-3:30

Cost: $60.00 per class.
NOTE CLASS LOCATION: Lakewood Civic Centre -1635 McKercher Dr.


 Introduction to Spring Birding
Using spring waterfowl as examples, we will develop identification skills:  observe field marks and bird behavior, recognize bird song and understand the role of habitat in finding and identifying birds.  We will also review binoculars, field guides and smart phone apps that can enhance your birding experience.  You can even use your newly developed skills to contribute to “Citizen Science”. The 3rd session will be held outside at a city park.
Dates:  Wednesday, April 25, May 2 & 9 (6hrs) 2-4pm
Cost:    $30




Apple Technology Classes
Beginner one-on-one Apple classes on Fridays.  Become more confident using your Apple iPad or iPhone. Register now for 2 classes of 1.5 hrs (3 hrs) which includes a take home manual.
Date: Fridays    Cost:  $40
Phone 306-652-2255 to book sessions

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(Any type of technology device)
One-on-one beginner technology classes with students from local high schools.
Program to run in April; a waiting list will be kept.
Cost:    $10 (Fee to cover administration costs)


To show appreciation for our full members [those who have paid $25] we offer  a 10% discount on classes/programs. Note: Memberships run from April 1 to March 31 – annual renewals are on April 1. 

If you do not have a full membership, you can become one now (Phone 306-652-2255)


Important Notices, membership

Give the gift of SCOA membership

Looking for the perfect gift for  friend, family member or that person who is hard to shop for 55 + ? Consider giving a gift of membership with the Saskatoon Council on Aging.

For only $25 per year [$35 for couples], full members receive the following benefits:

  • News and updates that matter to you with our newsletters and monthly eNews
  • Opportunities to learn, meet others, get active and have fun
  • A voice among over 2500 members
  • Discounts for services with our participating partners – Bourassa & Associates Rehabilitation Centre, YWCA & YMCA  Read more…. 
  • Full Members receive 10% discount on select courses/programs AND early bird registration
  • A vote at our Annual General Meeting held in May 
  • An opportunity to help us continue to build a better future for older adults
  • NEW Membership Level – Family/Couple Full Membership – Join as a couple and receive full membership benefits for a reduced rate of $35. 

Membership FAQ’s
Memberships are renewed annually – April 1.
Individuals 90 years of age and up are exempt from membership fees and receive all full benefits.

Membership fees may be paid:
1. In person at our office Saskatoon Field House, 2020 College Drive (cash, cheque or credit  card)

2. Pay with credit card: phone our office 306-652-2255

3. Send cheques by mail:
Saskatoon Council on Aging, 2020 College Drive, Saskatoon, S7N 2W4