About Us

Established in 2009:

The Creative Aging Calgary Society strives to advance recognition of the importance of arts and aging and to heighten awareness of the benefits of professionally conducted participatory arts and aging programs.  In so doing, we reach out to many stakeholders – older adults, senior-serving agencies, artisans, researchers, elected officials, funders, change-leaders and policy makers.

Our Vision: 

Vibrant and positive aging

Our Mission:

To increase awareness of the positive impact that arts participation can have on older adults

Our Values:

• Increasing opportunities for arts participation
• Building capacity for social inclusion
• Individual and collective growth
• Evidence-informed practices
• Cutting-edge learning opportunities
• Strength of community collaboration

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As a leader in promoting vibrant and positive aging, our mission is to increase awareness of the positive impact that arts participation can have for older adults.

The process of aging is a profound experience marked by increasing physical and emotional change and a heightened search for meaning and purpose.  Creative expression is important for older people of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds, regardless of economic status, age, or level of physical, emotional, or cognitive functioning.  The arts can serve as a powerful way to engage elders in a creative and healing process of self-expression, enhancing both individual and community quality of life.

What is positive aging?

Positive aging is a strategy to maximize the quality of life and well-being of seniors. CACS purports the vital relationship between creative expression and quality of life for older adults.

What is creative expression?

Creative expression is the ability to express ideas and emotions in artful ways that would include but is not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, singing, music and movement, dance, writing, storytelling, drama, cooking.

 What is creative aging?
“Creative aging is about possibilities, freeing ourselves of limiting beliefs about aging and embracing the reality that individuals continue to grow, learn and contribute to their communities throughout the life journey”

– Pat Spadafora, Sheridan Elder Research Centre

Evidence-based outcomes for older adults include:
  • sense of control, empowerment and mastery
  • social engagement
  • positive attitude and zest for life
  • enhanced cognitive and physical function
  • health promotion; reduced risk factors for disease and disability


President, Carol Henckel
Vice President, Cathy Hume (Elaine Danelesco – Interim until December 31, 2017)
Treasurer, Nhi Tran

Secretary, Zabin Jadavji

Directors with Portfolios
Education Co-Chairs  Norma Karlinsky, Cherie Ratte, Karen Boyer
Newsletter Editor, Alice Lam
Marketing and Communications, Vacant

Webmaster, Alice Lam

Directors at Large
John Vaillancourt, Beth Gorchynski, Elaine Danelesco
Ralph Hubele

Benefits of Board Membership

Call for Board Members We are seeking new board members to assist the Society in achieving its vision, mission and priorities.

Volunteers Needed for project work – Creative Expression Profile Editor to support our quarterly newsletter;

Please contact info@creativeagingcalgary.com for more information