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May 25, 2020 EBlast

Check out our latest updates

Welcome to the Oakridge Seniors Association (OSA) EBlast and our NEW website. Here's what's been going on this month. Oakridge Seniors Association Web Page Launched! Click here to see how we:

  • Link you with people, programs and information needed to stay connected and safe during this difficult time;

  • Give you up-to-date local news and information;

  • Allow you to register for events and programs (currently only offered virtually);

Note when visiting our website, we encourage you to click on Sign Up (top right hand side) and become a member of OSA

Our private Facebook page also now links more than 170 users. Click here to join our Facebook group Meet Samantha PLEASE WELCOME OUR OSA ADMINISTRATOR Samantha Norberg joins us May 25 as a part-time OSA Administrator to work with our growing programs and the volunteers we need to run them. Samantha can be contacted at: Phone: 403-801-7254 or OAKRIDGE PLANT EXCHANGE SATURDAY MAY 30, 9 a.m. - 12 Noon Volunteers will be standing by to help us with this popular annual event at the Oakridge Community Centre parking lot. Details can be found on their website. Please contact Elaine at regarding any questions

MEMBER PHONE SURVEY COMPLETED – 85% RESPONSE! We asked and you told us! 85% of members responded to our phone survey - thanks to 15 willing phone volunteers.  What did we find? 

  • Most of you read our Eblasts and many read our Facebook posts 

  • Some need digital equipment or technical help and some need household help, especially in Covid-19 quarantine

  • And fortunately some members are willing to help others.

  • Generally we are all keeping safe and well and occupied, learning to do day-to-day activities differently now

OAKRIDGE RESIDENTS POSTCARD DROP and POSTERS We sent our information to 2,500 Oakridge households and will be compiling results in the next few weeks, and finding solutions to staying connected, safe and secure in your homes. We’re also placing posters around the community to bring awareness to all that OSA has to offer.


  • Constant improvements have made it safer and more user friendly

  • Zoom is a perfect and safe place for us to meet on line for meetings (men’s coffee, ladies chat/movie club) classes (Tai chi) and presentations

  • Only the meeting host can let people enter the group on line

  • We continue to help members become comfortable using Zoom, with links to one-on-one training or coaching


  • Having trouble accessing us online? We have funds and will soon have wifi-ready equipment for member use. Let us know if you need help with this. Not just to participate with us but to access online shopping, banking, keeping up personal contacts etc. through an internet connection.

  • One-on-one help is also available to seniors through Many members report excellent experiences with this group.


  • Del Kobleski and Steve MacInnis are compiling a list of vetted contractors to help you with household chores. 

  • Contact Del to ask about recommendations of skilled, qualified and member-endorsed contractors to help you at

SHOUT OUTS THIS MONTH A big thank you to TELUS for loaning us tablets for our members. We are currently evaluating best programs for their use. OSA BOARD Thank you to all our board members, working hard to bring us all together.  We welcome Sheila Foster to the OSA Board and thank Ken Bond for his past service. Barry, Julie, Peggy, Yvette, Jennifer and Sheila. Your president, Barry Pendergast Stay safe, Stay home

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