Connect with Respect - Gimli Floor Curling Bonspiel

Floor Curling Bonspiel
Gimli New Horizons 55+ Centre Inc.
September 29 & 30, 2016
86 older adult participants (aged 55 years or older)
86 people involved in total


Describe the purpose of the program/activity/event:

Gimli New Horizons organizes a 2-day bonspiel as a fundraiser and to give our seniors that floor curl regularly, a chance to experience a more competitive curling event. We had 19 teams register this year.

Briefly describe what you think made your program/activity/event special? Why do you think it was successful?

Our bonspiel has been successful because we have entertainment and a fish fry which everyone loves. Since we have our event when (fall) fishing starts, we have fresh Lake Winnipeg pickerel.

How inviting or appealing was this activity for the older adults involved?

People seem to love our Centre and we receive many compliments on our bonspiel. This year we had 11 local teams register and 8 out of town teams register. Teams came from as far as Winkler, Lac du Bonnet, Winnipeg and Ste. Anne, Manitoba.

How easy was it (for the older adults) to participate?

Very easy. We have many physically handicapped who use sticks to push the rocks instead of bending over to throw the curling rock.

How likely will the older adults who were involved participate again in the future?

We have many who have returned year after year.

What advice would you give other groups who may be considering the planning and facilitation of a similar opportunity for older adults?

Make sure you have the interest in the event. Have food available or nearby restaurants. Contact other seniors' centres to advertise.

What key learning (pearls of wisdom) would you like to share about your experience in "connecting with respect" and creating opportunities for social engagement of older adults in Manitoba?

Be open and friendly. Make sure to accommodate all people with handicaps. We have a blind floor curler and a couple of people with mid-Alzheimer disease. We have even had a special light stick made for a woman with advanced macular degeneration. Everyone respects and helps everyone.

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