Pembina Active Living (PAL 55+) was conceived and driven by community members. In 2009, our founding volunteers began passionately working together to create programming for older adults in the community. Within weeks, the idea for the Centre began developing through the work of four committees and the original Board of Directors.
Today, PAL (55+) has approximately 500 members. Many of the original volunteers who attended the first gathering are still actively participating. The passion of the volunteers has allowed our programs to expand with new offerings that support the needs of older adults in South Winnipeg. Still, with over 12,000 seniors living in the surrounding area, there is much work to be done, and we are just getting started.
The Need for Connectedness
Isolation and loneliness are issues that plague seniors throughout Manitoba. In Winnipeg’s Fort Garry region, nearly 500 men and over 1,700 females age 65+ live alone. Our social programs provide seniors with activities that can lead to improved health outcomes. Specifically, older adults who engage in social activities can:
- Lower their risk for developing a mobility disability
- Lower their likelihood of displaying depressive symptoms
- Improve memory function
- Decrease their rate of cognitive decline
- Lower their risk of dementia
“Research on senior centres demonstrates that participation is associated with social, mental, and physical health benefits” making centres such as PAL (55+) invaluable resources in the communities where they operate.
PAL (55+) is the only organization in the Fort Garry area offering recreational, social, educational, and fitness programming specifically for older adults.
Together We Can
Be part of the solution!
There are 2 ways to donate to the campaign:
PAR – PAL (55+) is extremely excited to announce our new Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) program. This program will allow participants to set up a convenient, monthly withdrawal from their checking account. The United Church of Canada (UCC) has been selected as the service provider to administer these monthly donations. Download the form PAR Form here. If you’d like to use a credit card to make a monthly donation, you can do that through Canada Helps by using the form below. And you can modify the amount anytime, or even cancel it.
One-time donation – As always, PAL (55+) will continue to accept one-time donations. You can drop off your cheque or cash at the PAL office during regular business hours. Download a one-time donation form here. Or use your credit card and complete the form here. You will receive a receipt via email from Canada Helps immediately.
To see a video of the Campaign Kick-off, please click here or press the play button below.