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NEW JOB SERVICE FOR OLDER CANADIANS: Surveys of Canadian organizations have shown many older adults want to stay part of the labour force. is an online job service for mature Canadians.

The service was launched in 2010 as a pilot project by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. It was designed to match experienced workers with employers in the region who needed positions filled.

It was so successful that last year the federal government’s Economic Action Plan 2012 provided $6 million over three years to expand the ThirdQuarter project across the country.

The Winnipeg-based organization helps Canadians who are retiring or are retired to find interesting full-time, part-time, contract or seasonal work.


Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of RewildingOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO THE SEVENTH GENERATION: In Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding (Allen Lane), George Monbiot examines the astonishing capacity of nature to rebound. He argues "rewilding" is key to reversing the destruction of the natural world.

Rewilding is about restoring damaged ecosystems on land by reintroducing missing animals and plants, taking down the fences, blocking the drainage ditches and standing back and letting nature repair itself.

Put another way, rewilding is about the restoration and protection of life’s support system on which the welfare of current and future generations depends.

Monbiot highlights several successful programmes in Europe such as Trees for Life in Scotland and the Wales Wild Land Foundation in the U.K.

Trees for Life is an awarding-winning charity working to restore Scotland’s ancient Caledonian Forest to a wilderness region of mountains and glens. In recent years, volunteers from all over the world have planted a million trees. Their goal is to plant a second million over the next five years.

A smaller scale project is transforming the Liberty Village neighbourhood in Toronto, Canada’ largest city. Residents, businesses, local organizations and institutions are coming together to plant native trees, shrubs and butterfly-friendly flowers and grow gardens in yards, roofs, streets and alleyways.

Spearheaded by the David Suzuki Foundation, the Homegrown National Project hopes to create delightful places across the city, one neighbourhood at a time.


SENIOR ORCHESTRAS: Vivienne Reid and Aidan McDaid are two of five flautists in the Newpark Senior Orchestra, which gave its first public performance on May 28, 2013 in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Orchestra leader, Niall O’Brien arranged the music for a lively tango called El Tordo (The Thrush) by David E. Stone. It included harp, accordion, guitar, as well as a full range of classical orchestral standards.

There are dozens of senior orchestras in existence across Ireland. The only requirement for members is that they bring their own instruments, so many rent instruments.

Reid, who worked as a health-care professional, played piano and organ as a student. She started playing the flute for the first time when she retired.

McDaid, a former civil servant, had no experience with music until his late-50s, when his daughter’s love of the flute sparked his interest.

"When you discover something late in life it’s quite dramatic," he said. "It’s like someone giving up smoking: you become enthusiastic, evangelical, trying to convert everyone you meet."

The senior orchestras are part of an initiative funded by the
Arts and Health Partnership to promote participation in the arts by older people.



SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS: has launched a new project on elder spirituality.

The multifaith site is offering a series of short interactive e-courses with spiritual teachers.

This fall, internationally renowned spiritual guide Joan Chittister will lead an e-course on the gift of years. (For a review of her book The Gift of Years, see AHB Nov/Dec 2008).

The fall lineup also features renowned storyteller Christina Baldwin, who will lead a retreat on harvesting memories and telling your story.

"We believe that now is the right time to proclaim that getting older can be an exciting and rewarding spiritual adventure," said co-director Mary Ann Brussat.

The website is also hosting a wide variety of resources for older adults.

Among them:

  • a blog on everyday spirituality
  • collections of prayers, proverbs and inspirational quotes, and
  • reviews of books, DVDs and audios for and about elders.