Community Feeling Comes Alive With New Passport Project

Now that COVID restrictions have been lifted, residents are eager to re-create their community by getting more involved in the programming and getting out to meet new residents and renew old friendships.

To encourage that, a Community Connection Challenge passport has been developed by the Creative Expressions team and given to each resident. There are 20 stamps to be collected along their journey that represent engagement in a wide range of activities.

While we continued to offer modified programs during COVID, one of the real benefits of living at United is the wide variety of programming we normally offer

We’ve been slowly getting back to normal with more in-house concerts and lectures, but what we have developed starting with the August Program Calendar is more in tune with what residents have come to expect.

Kim Coulter, Fish Creek Program Development & Creative Expressions manager

Challenge Passport

Fitness classes, in-house music and lectures, excursions, art workshops, choir, movies and more. And that’s just in the first part of August!

Kay Rasmussen moved into Fish Creek West last September. The programming is important to her, but she understood when she moved in that many programs had to be modified to comply with COVID restrictions. Today, with programming back to normal, she is excited.

Everyone needed this. It’s like a new world. It’s wonderful to see people spending time with each other again. It’s easy to make friends here, so now I’ll be able to spend a lot more time with them

- Kay Rasmussen, Fish Creek Resident

While programming is important, the Connection Challenge is also about people.

Avoiding the outside world was common advice we followed for the last year and a half. But those behaviours that kept us and our loved ones safe have made socializing harder than ever. We want to help.

The Community Connection Challenge is a series of tasks designed to help introduce, or reintroduce you to our community.

-  Ryan Tang, Garrison Green Creative Facilitator

We should ask ourselves whether we would feel proud to live here, and would we be proud to have family and friends visit, and if the answer is a resounding yes, then it’s the right decision. There is no question this was the right choice.

-  Ross Campbell

The Challenge is about finding fun ways to reconnect with each other,” added Kim.

“The August program calendar is about getting back to where we were on the programming side, and the Connection Challenge is about encouraging residents and employees to get back to where they were as part of a thriving and engaged community.”

Prior to COVID, a monthly welcome tea was held to welcome newcomers to the community. The last welcome tea was held in February 2020, so the teas will start again in August, and include a wrap-up of the passport challenge.

“We’ve started opening up again in our programming and already we’ve heard from residents who are so happy to have the in-person programs back,” said Kim.

“It’s one of the things United is known for, and with residents’ input, we expect the rest of 2021 will be one to look forward to.”

Wondering if a Retirement Living Community like United Active Living is right for you or a loved one?

  • United's residences are perfect for you if you love being creative, enjoy lifelong learning, and experiencing new things.
  • United's residences are perfect for you if you do not want to be defined by your medical conditions, but rather want to live life on your terms - focused on your strengths, abilities and interests.

Here is what our residents say about living at one of United Active Living's residences:

Trudy Martin

...two steps below heaven.

Living at Garrison Green is like two steps below heaven. It really really is. Everything is provided.

- Trudy Martin | Resident

Sharyn Krause

We never separate couples based on their medical needs.

"We are completely satisfied that United Active Living will be providing for us as a couple. We can be independent if we like to. And we can have assistance if we like to. But we can go through it together."

- Sharyn & Landis Krause | Residents

Diane Osberg

...the level of lifelong learning experience

"When I saw the level of lifelong learning experience that United offered, it only took me a week to decide that this was a place I wanted to live."

- Diane Osberg | Resident

Give us a call or visit our information pages below to learn more!

United Active Living's Garrison Green

3028 Don Ethell Boulevard SW
Calgary, AB T3E 0C9

United Active Living's Fish Creek

51 Providence Boulevard SE
Calgary, AB T2X 0X2

"I’m thankful that I’m here"

I’m thankful that I’m here. If I was in my own home, I wouldn’t be going anywhere. I would be quite concerned being on my own, but I don’t feel that here.

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The employees are to be applauded for going above and beyond to help to keep a positive environment. Today, there are more programs opening up, more exercise classes and more programs in the theatre.


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