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Senior's association to develop three-year strategic plan following public survey

Help improve programming options at the Moose Jaw & District Senior Citizen's Association (MJDSCA) by participating in an online survey between Feb. 7 and March 4

The Moose Jaw and District Senior Citizen’s Association (MJDSCA) is always looking to improve its programming for adults over 55, and thanks to a recent government grant, the association is now looking to conduct a survey with the aim of improving its range of programs and attracting new members.

The survey made possible by the grant will gather feedback from association members as well as the general public, and this information will result in a three-year strategic plan starting in 2024.

This information is important, as trends are always changing and the MJDSCA seeks to provide the best possible level of service to its current and future members.

“To me, things that happened ten years ago may not happen now. Our seniors that we have now, they’re younger (and) they’re more active. What we had then may not work well for them now,” explained the association’s administrator, Tanya Legare.

The survey began Feb. 7, and Legare is now talking to the association’s members to gather their feedback on the activities offered at the downtown Timothy Eaton Gardens building.

“It’s something that we want to hear from our members, the public, (and people in) surrounding areas on how we can make this place even better,” she said. “Their input is what matters.”

Thus far, Legare said the association hasn’t received any formal recommendations, but this will be addressed in the ongoing survey. This lack of feedback may be the result of current members who are happy with programming, but as Legare pointed out, many potential new members may not be inspired to join the association as it currently is.

“What can we offer so that we can bring in new members?”

MJDSCA is always looking to grow, expand, and add to its current programming. This attribute has always defined the local 55-plus association, and doubtless contributed to the recent 500-member milestone in 2023.

“We are always open to new ideas and suggestions,” Legare said previously. In one example, Legare said many members suggested the association remain open longer throughout the day. As a result, the association’s hours have been extended from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A number of posters have now been distributed that contain a QR code. By scanning this code with your smartphone, anyone can access the association’s online survey. As a reminder, everyone in the community is welcome to participate to help improve the lives of seniors.

All survey participants are invited to enter their name for a chance to win one of three $50 gift cards from the Moose Jaw Co-op to help with groceries.

The Moose Jaw and District Senior Citizen’s Association is located at 510 Main Street North and can be reached at 306-694-4223.

To participate in the survey, visit

The survey deadline is March 4.

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