It is better to give than to receive. Living in rural Alberta we are blessed in so many ways, one of which is through the gift of volunteering. One way or another we have all been touched when someone shares all that they have with us whether it is time, a meal, a skill or simply a helping hand. At the end of the day, we felt special.  Ironically, the volunteer also reaped the benefits of this relationship.
Non-profit CEO Tina Mackenzie is quoted as saying "volunteers are the most effective amb

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As our different communities celebrate their centennial, I am reminded daily of the rich heritage and history we share together. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all making our mark on our families and communities.  This mark becomes the legacy we will be remembered for. There are so many ways we can leave our mark. Here are some ideas:
• Caring and compassion: a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, even a hug given in a time of pain, sadness, or difficulty can make all the difference i

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Stay healthy, eat properly, and exercise more are all admonitions we hear constantly. As we grow older, it is sometimes harder to accomplish these health and wellness objectives.  Our bodies are not quite so agile and movement may become more limited.  But spring is just around the corner and the warmer weather beckons us outdoors. There are many activities in our communities that can lure us out.  Here are some suggestions:
• Trochu has garden allotments and raised bed available for seniors who

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"Physical activity improves health and well-being. It reduces stress, strengthens the heart and lungs, increases energy levels, helps you maintain and achieve a healthy body weight and it improves your outlook on life... For seniors, weight-bearing physical activity reduces the rate of bone loss associated with osteoporosis. Regular physical activity also maintains strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination, and can help reduce the risk of falls." (Health Canada, www.hc-sc.gc.ca).  It is f

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