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Wellness group looking for leaders

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A North End-based organization working with seniors will soon be looking for people to act as the guiding force for a local seniors council.


North End Elders Wellness Inc., a grassroots program based out of Kekinan Centre, helps to provide seniors with physical and social support where needed.


Theresa La Jambe, who works with the program through the Point Douglas Seniors Council, said the program’s assistance can run the gamut of extremes.


"We go from a friendly hello to a pat of the back, to finding someone living in squalor conditions, in isolation with serious health issues," she said.


"We’ve gotten them quality housing, furniture, gotten their taxes down, gotten them to the doctor. A complete revamp."


The organization also helps seniors by providing special programming, including a sewing group. A group of ladies at Kekinan is hard at work at the centre sewing star blankets in various colour combinations and patterns.


"I am so happy to be a part of this program," group member Darlene Clarke  said.
"I’ve learned so much."


La Jambe’s catchment area is the whole of the Point Douglas community, and she said her role is to serve as a "linking pin" to the community, to help them access whatever it is they need. To do so, she refers them to many different organizations, including North End Elders Wellness Inc., as well as the more Aboriginal-focused Keteyatsak group, which also operates out of Kekinan.


The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Seniors Council, which oversees 11 different councils around the city, awards community organizations a contract to take over guidance of their respective neighbourhood councils, La Jambe said.


In November 2012, they awarded the contract for the Point Douglas council to North End Elders Wellness Inc.


"The reason they choose a community organization is so that community organization can influence the type of services," La Jambe said.


La Jambe said the organization will soon be looking to the public to step up and take a supervisory role over the seniors council.

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