Programming & Activities

“Changing our minds about people whose minds have changed.” – Dr. Al Power

Our minds and lives can still be active even when we have dementia. The MindFULL Café is an opportunity to get together with others, to share experiences, and enjoy some support.

Part of the Alzheimer Café movement, the MindFULL Café is an opportunity for people with dementia, family, care partners, and other interested people to meet in a relaxed social setting. There are hundreds of cafés of this type throughout Europe, but this is the first in western Canada.

Running the second Saturday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m., the café provides a safe place to socialize and share experiences with others who are living with dementia, while offering refreshments, entertainment, and information.

For more information about any of these programs, please contact us!

Sherbrooke residents and families can now enjoy a night at the movies, thanks to our friends at Cameco.

The theatre is located on the third floor in the Marleau/Wyant Residence. The impact of the theatre is at its greatest when it is packed with residents, popcorn is popping, and everyone is waiting for the movie to roll. Being part of the theatre experience and hearing the laughter or seeing the tears is priceless.

We appreciate Cameco’s generosity and their understanding that regardless of physical and cognitive challenges, residents want to live a normal life by enjoying entertainment and everyday experiences. Cameco’s generosity has made that possible. It’s movie night at Sherbrooke. Enjoy the show!

“It doesn’t matter if you are a kid, or a person in a wheelchair, you can change the world, and that is what we are trying to do.” – Tim Spence, Sherbrooke resident and member of Me to We committee

Me to We is a campaign of Free The Children, an award-winning international charity and educational partner that works both domestically and internationally to empower and enable youth to be agents of change.

In February 2013, a group of residents from Sherbrooke and school children from throughout Saskatoon attended a Me to We Campaign event at Credit Union Centre. After the event, both the young people in our partner schools and Sherbooke residents were inspired to make a difference.

Together, they started a Me to We committee with the goal of “thinking globally and acting locally” by working together to support the people of Sierra Leone. Residents and our school partners recognize that despite our challenges, everyone in the world is not as fortunate as we are in Saskatoon;
many people have no clean, safe water to drink.

To date, activities for the Me To We committee are:
• Wheel and Walk for Water
• We Scare Hunger at Halloween to raise money for the local food bank
• Valentines’ Day fundraiser, kissing booth, Hugs and Kisses candies to friends and family and singing telegrams

An important tenant of the Eden Alternative philosophy is that elders need opportunities not only to receive care but to give care. Committee members believe they can show the community that with a little effort and lots of heart a small group of people can change the lives of people as far away as Africa.

For the past five years, english majors at the University of Saskatchewan have done a practicum at Sherbrooke, working with residents and Community Day Program participants who are interested in writing.

The students support community members to express their ideas, stories, and passions through writing and in oral presentations. The student works as a facilitator and editor, assisting participants in initiating and shaping their narratives.

Students strengthen their own writing and editing skills by working with others to produce written and oral texts. In collecting the stories of a variety of people, such as veterans, Aboriginal residents, and people with cognitive challenges, students develop strong listening skills essential to good writing. This program is a win-win for both residents and students.

At the end of the semester, the student helps to organize an open mic night where residents and local writers from the community get together to perform, read, and enjoy the company and support of other writers. The intern may also create opportunities for residents to publish their works through a newsletter or other publication forum.

In 2014, Sherbrooke Kscope Publishing will be producing a memoir written by one of our residents: My Family and Other Oddballs by Kathleen Robertson.

Sherbrooke’s accessible computer centre boasts some of the most advanced technological equipment for people with physical and cognitive challenges.

The computer centre is designed for people who no longer have the use of their hands, have limited mobility, have poor eyesight, or are new to computers.

Using a combination of hands-free and track ball mice, joysticks, voice activation, visual aids to enlarge print, and touch screens, all of our residents are able to surf the Internet, take online classes, enjoy social networking, play games, and most importantly, to talk to family across the globe. The computers are also adapted to be moved anywhere in the building to accommodate residents who find it a challenge to travel throughout Sherbrooke.

We are currently looking at purchasing an eye tracking system for people who have no ability to communicate, for example those who have locked in syndrome. The technology tracks users’ eye movements across the screen, effectively turning the eyes themselves into the mouse.

In line with Sherbrooke’s numerous creative art and music programs, we are looking to adapt the computers to enable residents to learn to play musical instruments, paint, make movies, and do many other creative things.

The technology was funded through donations from the Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana; the Skene family, in memory of Ina Skene, a long time Sherbrooke resident; the Hitachi Foundation; Greystone Managed Investments Inc.; and with funds raised at the Sherbrooke Foundation Gala 2011. We are indebted to our incredible donors; this new technology has the capacity to change our residents’ lives.

Every spring through fall, the local market gardeners arrive with the new harvest of fresh produce and baking for residents and staff to pick up and enjoy.

On Wednesday mornings, the hallways are a buzz with residents, staff, and visitors, lining up to buy fresh lettuce, carrots, kohlrabi, beets, new potatoes, peas, tomatoes, berries — including the famous Saskatoon berries — and other garden fresh delicacies. Farm fresh eggs, Saskatchewan honey, preserves, and pickles are part of the bounty.

The farmers’ market gives residents opportunities to buy fresh items that might not be available on the Sherbrooke menus, and also to share their treats with guests or as gifts to family and friends. The market brings great quality to all of our lives and brings the outside world into our community.

An evening at home with friends and family, good fun, great food, fine wine, and fellowship is anyone’s idea of a wonderful evening. At Sherbrooke, the Vintners Club has taken it to a new level.

Every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. you’ll find residents, families, volunteers, and staff getting together for an evening of wine and beer making.

Vintners Club members complete a step in the wine or beer making process each week and end the evening with glasses of wine, beer, and some tasty food. All members are involved in the process and helps out doing whatever they can from washing bottles, to mixing ingredients, to filling the bottles and corking them, making for some great fun. Members contribute $10 every couple of months to offset the cost of purchasing a new wine or beer kits and snacks.

The club is a place to meet new people and to socialize, and the terrific conversation, jokes, and kind-hearted teasing add to a wonderful social evening. The Sherbrooke Vinters Club is a huge success and is without doubt Sherbrooke’s most popular group acitivity.

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