A Healthy You

This was the theme of SWB’S Convention held at Seniors for Seniors in Brandon, hosted by the Wheat City Local.

After words of welcome from Marg Senkbeil, Wheat City’s president, the morning session was conducted by Fran Dickinson, the SWB president.

Board members were introduced. With the Roll Call, $222.95 came in for “Coins for Change”.

Leanne Sprung, MAFRD Rep, enlightened us with an update on 4-H.

There have been changes and it was so good to hear of them.

MWI president Donna Young, executive administrator Joni Swidnicki and regional rep Audrey Clark, each spoke of the ongoing work with the MWI Board and their part in it. Vests and T-shirts
can still be ordered through the MWI office.

President Fran praised the work of our Region’s members. With just 45 members in total the programs are still varied and informative, with some fun added.
The Education Reports, presented by the Broomhill Local, were done humourously in “skit” form. The “setting” was in the local cafe, where the waitress in her apron with coffee pot in hand, inquired what the girls were up to. Over their coffee each highlighted, sometimes humorously, what was going on in the report they represented. Then they were off to get on with their day!

Clearwater conducted an inspiring “Celebration of Life” service which saw six names entered into the Regional Book of Remembrance.

Following lunch, Chris Heide with CAA, brought much information on travel and health insurance. He stressed how important it is to know what your coverage includes, before you travel Gail Cork, volunteer at the Assiniboine Hospital, provided us with info on what to bring if being placed in the Assiniboine Hospital or a Care Facility.

Melissa Peters, with Palliative Care, spoke about the importance of Advanced Care Planning.

It’s about conversations, decisions, talking with family or a proxy, having a Living Will, making your wishes known.

SPEAK UP. These speakers all pointed to a “Healthy You” but it’s all up to YOU.

Audrey Clark, president-elect, conducted the new business portion.

Attendance was 25. Marilyn Hokanson won the raffled quilt and the Boissevain Local will host the 2016 Convention.

Murial McCallum, of Boissevain, gave the courtesies at day’s end.

Donna Young, MWI president, installed our 2015 - 2016 SWB Board.

A time to mingle and visit over refreshments brought a great day to an end.

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