OMA Scholarships

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Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for OMA Hybrid Training

April — May 2019

The Alzheimer Society of Calgary is pleased to announce that it is offering scholarships for 3 individuals from the Edmonton zone or North zone to take part in the upcoming Opening Minds through Art (OMA) Hybrid Training in Calgary.

The scholarship will cover tuition and travel costs up to a total of $1,000 per individual.  

Applicants will be selected on a first-come, first served basis.

About Opening Minds through Art

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an evidence-based, intergenerational art program designed to empower people living with dementia. During the art process, individuals with dementia are provided with opportunities in creative expression, self-autonomy and relationships.

During the OMA Hybrid Training course, you or your staff will learn how to facilitate this evidence-based art program in your own care setting. You will learn how to train volunteers so they can effectively connect with people who are living with dementia. Completion of both the online training and the in-person practicum are required to receive OMA Facilitator Certification.

OMA Hybrid Training is ideal for:

  • Professionals working in long term care
  • Adult Day Program Managers
  • Health Care Aids
  • Recreation Therapy Aids
  • Recreation Therapists
  • Activity Aids
  • Nurses

Benefits of taking part

  • Upgrade your professional skills and become officially certified as an OMA Facilitator
  • Develop a new approach to creative programming at your own care setting
  • Improve the quality of life of seniors living with dementia


OMA Hybrid Training in Calgary, AB - Logistics

Regular cost:  CAD 750/person

CEUs: Available from NCCAP, NCCDP

Both the online course and the in-person practicum must be completed to receive OMA Facilitator certification.

Online training: April 15-May 10, 2019

In-person Practicum: May 30-31, 2019 in Calgary, AB

Contact: Ali Cada at (403-701-4036) or Cindy Bond at (403.290-0111)

Practicum Location: Age Care Seton (4963  Front Street S.E Calgary AB)

Scholarship Requirements

Applicants applying for the OMA Facilitator Training Scholarship must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Currently working in long-term care or supportive living settings in the Edmonton zone or North zone
  • Able to commit to all of the required training dates
  • Written support from manager or supervisor to confirm implementation of OMA after completion of the program.

How to Apply

Please send an email indicating your interest, confirming that you meet the 3 scholarship requirements along with written support from your manager to

Candidate Selection Criteria
Candidates will be selected based on a combination of those who apply first and those who meet the Scholarship requirements. 

More information about receiving OMA Facilitator Training through the Alzheimer Society of Calgary can be found at

For more information about OMA please visit


Scholarship funding made possible by the support of Alberta Health Services.

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