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GIANTs Castle

Image © by Doug Diaczuk

The GIANTs Castle

If you want to stay in your own castle, it needs to be age-ready! This event stimulated conversation and solutions to continue to age well at home. The GIANTs Castle featured presentations on alternative housing arrangements, home maintenance, and improvement strategies, as well as a trade show comprising local businesses and services interested in helping older adults make their aging at home dreams come true! 

The Castle provided an opportunity to have conversations on staying connected with friends and neighbours. It helped seniors recruit a team of trusted professionals who could assist with tasks associated with aging in the home, such as renovations, grass-cutting, downsizing, and dog-walking.It introduced older adults to new modes of transportation and provided an opportunity to learn and ask questions about local services available to seniors all under one roof. Click here to read about the Castle in our local news.

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There is so much to talk about when getting older.  That's why we started the Friendly GIANTs Showcase on Shaw Spotlight Community Link television, to highlight people who are older and learn tips from them about aging gratefully and gracefully. This television program reached older adults in their homes through a method they are comfortable with accessing - television! Check out all the episodes on Youtube here.

​The Age Friendly GIANTs (Grand Individuals Aging with Neighbours in Thunder Bay) project was funded by a grant from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.  It addressed social isolation among seniors and touched on three dimensions of age-friendly communities: Housing, Social Participation, and Respect/Social Inclusion.  
Ten digital stories were created by seniors to share how they meet neighbors and stay connected. The project has been showcased at national conferences, blogs, and as a featured show at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. It has generated a community television program geared to seniors and the people who care about them.
A photo exhibit, sponsored by CAAWS (Canadian Association for Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity) encouraged women, especially those in the age 55 to 70+ demographic, to become active or continue to be active at whatever sport or physical activity works for them.  The exhibit’s goal was to inspire, no matter one's age or physical activity level, women to discover or rediscover a sport that makes them move.  Remember, activity happens at all speeds. Find yours!

WALKstock was Thunder Bay’s first ever Festival of Walking developed to celebrate and promote Canada’s number one activity. Working with EcoSuperior, we brought together 20 community groups and organizations, helped folks find a group to walk with, discover new walking routes, and the opportunity to learn new walking skills and activities – like sketching, stretching, nordic walking, and geocaching! A scavenger hunt was developed to engage people in exploring the host park location. Over 200 walkers of all ages attended!

This heart-warming and belly-filling event was launched as a tribute to my Grade 1 and Grade 2 teachers. I took them for lunch forty years after they had taught me.  At that lunch I told them in person that they continued to be women of influence and inspiration in my life. I founded The Magnetic Lunch in 2008 to draw women and the women who inspired them together for lunch at the Swiss Chalet, the restaurant where I had originally lunched with my teachers. 
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