2018 SPRING NEWSLETTER
Message from the OACAO President Nancy Beddoe
I recently attended one of the Innovative Programs for Older Adults workshop held in Oakville. It was great to
find out what truly innovative and amazing programs other centres are doing. I hope you had a chance to
participate in one of these workshops or perhaps you logged in for the webinar.
I’m sure you came away with some new program ideas and had an opportunity to
network with your peers. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for information on our
next round of Regional Workshops and Webinar.
Many of you may have applied for the new Seniors Active Living Centres (SALC)
grant and the ministry has assured us that the announcements are imminent. The
OACAO continued its advocacy work by submitting a request as part of the 2018
Ontario Budget Pre-Budget Consultations. We asked the ministry to support the
following two recommendations to strengthen the work that SALCs do for
thousands of seniors in Ontario:
• The OACAO recommends that the maximum Seniors Active Living Centres
Program Maintenance and Operating funding be increased from $42,700
to $50,000 annually. There has been no funding increase since 2010.
A world in which adults are
continuing to contribute,
remaining engaged, and where
their contribution to society is
recognized and valued.
To be a recognized leader
in the development of quality
services, resources and
supports for our network
of community based
older adult centres.
• The OACAO recommends the continuation of the Special Grant (one-time
funding) under the Seniors Active Living Centres Program and request that
it continue to be available at the full legislated amount of $15,000 per eligible SALC per fiscal year.
Welcome to three new OACAO members: The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association,
the Spruce Active Living Centre and Senior Adult Services in the Annex.
We also welcomed three new OACAO board members Laurelle Carrigan, the Golden Horseshoe Staff
Representative from the City of Brampton’s Flower City Seniors Centre and Elaine Manniso, North West Region
Senior Representative from the Longlac Senior Citizen Club at our March board meeting. And most recently, we
welcome Karen Pyatt-Westbrook, South West Region Staff Representative from Horton Street Senior Centre.
Thank you to all of our business partners who continue to support the association. We have two new Business
Partners: The Village of Erin Meadows in Mississauga as a Gold Business Partner and Chartwell Bankside
Retirement Residence in Kitchener as a Silver Business Partner. There are some great opportunities highlighted
in the newsletter that help centres raise funds and also benefit the OACAO.
Membership renewal notices were sent out recently. The OACAO board approved a simplified pricing model with
many of the fee categories slightly reduced in price. Becoming an OACAO member is still the best deal in town!
Thanks to Sue, Lina, Fiona, the OACAO Board members and OACAO volunteers for all of your hard work on
behalf of the association.
Message from the OACAO Executive Director Sue Hesjedahl
Hello to our valued Members, Partners and Friends. Please find below some important updates.
Seniors Information and Active Living Fairs: We have just wrapped up the 2017 – 2018 Seniors Information and
Active Living Fairs hosting a total of 60 Fairs including 4 Northern Tour Fairs. Thank you to all Centres who hosted
Fairs this year, they were truly outstanding. The OACAO is eagerly awaiting confirmation from Minister Damerla and
the Ministry of Seniors Affairs (MSA) regarding our request for continued funding for Seniors Active Living Fairs in
2018 – 2019. Please watch for information as it becomes available on the OACAO List Serve and website.
Membership Renewal 2018 – 2019: The OACAO Board of Directors recently reviewed the OACAO membership
categories and rates and voted to simplify the pricing model for the 2018 – 2019 OACAO membership fees. In some
cases, the fees were reduced to make it more accessible for members. Again, this year, we are using our on-line
Wild Apricot Membership Management Software. We encourage all members to renew on-line and to please
update and verify your profile information. If you would prefer to renew your membership with a fillable form,
please contact the OACAO office and we will send you one. Payments can be made by cheque or credit card.
OACAO Conference 2018
Planning is underway for the 2018 OACAO AGING WELL: Turning Vising into Action Conference. Please mark your
calendars for October 29 – 30, 2018 at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale in Mississauga for another excellent
conference. We will be launching our “Call for Presenters” soon with a deadline for submission of May 1, 2018.
OACAO representing and advocating for the OACAO members and the Seniors Active Living Centres Sector:
Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs): In Feb. 2018, the OACAO staff and executive members,
along with a few OACAO members, participated in two engagement meetings with the Ministry of Health and Long-
Term Care (MOHLTC) and the Ministry of Seniors Affairs (MSA) regarding Naturally Occurring Retirement
In November 2017, the government released Aging With Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors to empower
seniors. One of the key initiatives included in the Action Plan was NORCs which would provide social support to
seniors who are living in buildings such as apartments and condominiums, or other housing developments where
seniors live in close proximity. The OACAO is working closely with the MOHLTC and MSA to inform the
development of a Provincial Program Guideline for Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) that will be used to
implement NORCs locally. We feel that SALCs are a natural fit to support this model. Please watch for more
information as it becomes available.
2018 Ontario Budget: I participated in the Ontario Budget Lock-up again this year. It is always an interesting event
to experience. The 2018 proposed budget includes many initiatives which would be beneficial for Ontario seniors
including free prescriptions for people 65 and over through the expansion of OHIP+. If passed, this would start on
August 1, 2019. Another new initiative would be the Seniors’ Healthy Home Program starting in 2019, which would
provide up to $750 per year for eligible households led by seniors 75 and over to help seniors with the costs of
maintaining their homes. Another new initiative is the Ontario Drug and Dental Program which would reimburse 80
percent, up to a maximum of $400 per single person or $600 per couple, of seniors’ eligible dental expenses each
year. If passed, this would start in 2019 as well.
Seniors Community Grant (SCG): the OACAO worked closely with the Ministry of Seniors Affairs (MSA) as they
expanded the SCG program in 2017. The MSA added a Capacity Building, Stream 3 last year with funding up to
$100,000 for larger scale, capacity building projects. Minister Damerla announced the successful Stream 3
applicants at The Good Companions Centre in Ottawa on April 9 th . We congratulate The Good Companions on their
successful Stream 3 SCG grant to expand their Seniors Centres Without Walls Program. We would also like to
congratulate other successful OACAO members who have been approved for SCG grants this year.
Seniors Active Living Centres (SALCs): the OACAO also worked closely with the Ministry of Seniors Affairs and
Minister Damerla as they modernized the SALC legislation and launched the call for applications for 40 new SALCs
in late 2017, which was a successful 2017 OACAO advocacy initiative. The approval of the 40 successful SALC
applicants is pending. The OACAO again advocated for expanded funding for SALCs in 2018 – 2019.
Our Innovative Programs for Older Adults project funded by the New Horizon for Seniors Program was a great
success delivering 6 Regional Workshops and 1 Webinar, with over 210 OACAO members attending, representing
84 member centres/clubs from all 8 OACAO Regions across the province. Thanks to all members who made
presentations and shared your innovative program ideas, hosted a Regional Workshop and participated in an
event. We are grateful to the New Horizons for Seniors Program for funding this motivating project.
Our next Regional workshop/webinar series is titled “Engaging Men in Older Adult Centres” thanks to approved
funding from the New Horizon for Seniors Program again for 2018 - 2019. Watch soon for more information and
for ways that you can support and participate in this exciting project.
New Funding Opportunity: Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Hon. Daiene Vernile, announced on April 9 th a
new annual $5 million grant program, Engaging Seniors Through the Arts Fund which was created by the Ontario
government as part of its Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors. The Engaging Seniors Through
the Arts Fund recognizes the role that the arts play in offering a wide range of benefits to seniors, including
reducing isolation, increasing a sense of community, and improving overall well-being. The fund will be
administered by the Ontario Arts Council, on behalf of the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism,
Culture and Sport. The program will increase the number of arts programs and activities available to seniors in the
community, retirement homes, hospitals and long-term care settings. Program details will be available by the end
of April 2018. Applications will be available online by September 1, 2018.
For more information: http://www.arts.on.ca/grants/activity/engaging-seniors-through-the-arts-fund
Innovative Programs Workshops
We did it…! The 6 very successful Innovative Programs Workshops and 1 webinar are complete. It was
a whirlwind 5 weeks of technology, scheduling, acrylic paint, game pins, yummy lunches, networking,
sharing, brainstorming and creative inspiration.
Thanks so very much to the presenters who shared their expertise:
Al Gordon, Helmi Kaufmann, Amy Back, Lisa Tobio, Franca Cimetta, Andrea
Aldor, Anita Weisseneder, Catherine Ross, Nancy Boutin, Nancy Puhr, Chris
Cunningham, Nancy Scott, Leo Lavergne, Rachel Sutcliffe, Monique Doolittle-
Romas, April Georgeadis, Angie Darlison, Karen Gress, Penny Wearne, Melissa
Biffis, Stephanie Coughlin, Jackie Buncel, Irene Gabinet, Suzanne Teixeira,
Danna McBride and Rita Orellana!
I am inspired and excited to see the new programs that are launched
because of this very successful project funded in part by the New Horizons
for Seniors Program and sponsored by Johnson Insurance.
I particularly enjoyed meeting so many dedicated, motivated and
inspiring Older Adult Centres staff and volunteers. I hope you did as well.
Thank you also to our fabulous workshop hosts from across the Regions!
We could not have done it without your support.
I encourage you to share your innovative programming successes and challenges over the coming
months. I know I will be interested to see what ideas you chose to implement and how things went
with some very incredible new ideas!
Happy Spring friends, In partnership with: Sponsored by:
Welcome to our New 2018-2019 Business Partners
The Village of Erin Meadows
Chartwell Bankside Retirement Residence
Welcome to our New 2018-2019 Members:
The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association
The Spruce, Active Living Centre
Senior Adult Services in the Annex
Welcome to Our New OACAO Business Partners
THE VILLIAGE OF ERIN MEADOWS
- GOLD BUSINESS PARTNER
Canadian owned and operated, Schlegel Villages manages quality long-term care and
retirement Villages across Ontario. It was 1953 when Wilfred Schlegel bought the
family’s first nursing home and today our Villages benefit from a legacy of many years
of direct experience co-owning, managing and operating Long-Term Care and
Retirement Communities in Ontario. The Village of Erin Meadows off Winston Churchill Blvd. in Mississauga will become
our largest Village, 12 stories offering retirement suites, long-term care, The Riverstone Spa and The Ruby Dining.
When construction is completed in Fall 2018, The Village of Erin Meadows will be Mississauga’s unique continuum
of care concept featuring Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Suites with walk out patios,
Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care. Adding to our “Village” concept is our Town Square and Main
Street. Our friendly, well trained team, include 24-hour professional nursing staff for your comfort and security.
CHARTWELL BANKSIDE TERRACE RETIREMENT RESIDENCE
“Committed to quality care and service”
– SILVER BUSINESS PARTNER
Chartwell Bankside Retirement Residence is located in an established residential
neighbourhood in Kitchener. Vast, private green spaces create an oasis-like setting
surrounding the retirement home. The large back deck is perfect for summer barbecue
parties, and overlooks the koi pond for quiet enjoyment. Chartwell Bankside has built an
excellent reputation for its long-standing staff and commitment to resident well-being. An
independent-living residence, Chartwell Bankside offers a respite program and works with
the local Community Care Access Centre to assist residents waiting for long term care accommodation. This
gives residents peace of mind, knowing they will be well cared for, even if their needs increase over time. Located
at 71 Bankside Drive, Kitchener,Ontario N2N 3L1. www.chartwell.com/continuum-of-care/chartwell-banksideretirement-community
Tax Receipted Donations
The OACAO is a registered Charity and has the ability to issue tax receipts. Go to
www.oacao.org and click on the Donate Now button. Charitable Registration No. 125123471
A huge thank you goes out to Julie Pennal, and a friend of OACAO who donated in
memory of Douglas Specht, for their donations. Thank you for supporting the OACAO with your charitable
Welcome to our New OACAO Board Member
KAREN PYATT - WESTBROOK – LONDON – SOUTH WEST REGION STAFF REPRESENTATIVE
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce and welcome our NEW South West Region Staff
Representative, Karen Pyatt-Westbrook, who is the Manager of Seniors Programs at the Horton Street Seniors'
Centre in London. Karen brings with her valuable work and volunteer experience including her role as a member
of the advisory committee for Fanshawe College’s Gerontology program. Karen is looking forward to sharing her
knowledge and experience with our members and is honoured to be on the OACAO Board.
Exciting OACAO Members Only Website Feature
Member Forum Highlight - oacao.wildapricot.org/OACAO-forum
Free for OACAO members. An on-line forum is a discussion area on our website. OACAO members
can post discussions and read and respond to posts by other forum members. A forum can be
focused on nearly any subject and a sense of an online community, or virtual community, tends to
develop among forum members. This opportunity to available to members only (email and password
for main contact of each OACAO member centre). OACAO has started some topics.
Join our discussion today!
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Expanding our Business Partnership Opportunities in 2018-2019
For 2018 – 2019, we are excited to share the new Platinum Business Partnership and the new Social
Media add on opportunities.
Platinum Business Partner – Annual fee: $2,000 (Introductory Rate)
Gold Business Partner benefits + Social Media Add On
Social Media Add On: $500 (Introductory Rate)
‣ At least quarterly, OACAO will retweet, and/or add comments to partners’ tweets on Twitter.
‣ At least quarterly, OACAO will like, comment on and/or share on partners’ Facebook page.
‣ Brief write-up on partnership will be posted on OACAO Facebook and Twitter accounts.
‣ One editorial guest post on Facebook annually.
‣ Opportunity to make a brief presentation during an OACAO webinar to highlight company products and
services or an educational piece for OACAO members. (one webinar annually)
Note: Gold and Silver Business Partnerships are also available. http://www.oacao.org/business-partners/
Our goal is to help you market your products and/or services to our members who represent 200,000 older
adults at older adult centres/senior active living centres across the Ontario. We will be sending the Business
Partnership information in April.
For further information, please contact Sue Hesjedahl or Lina Zita at the OACAO office at:
Telephone: 905-584-8125 Toll Free Phone: 1-866-835-7693
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com fax: 905-584-8126
MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THE OACAO ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
OACAO Seniors Information Fairs 2018
As of March 1, 2018 we had over 12,125 participants, 1695 Exhibitors and 73 centres representing 49 fairs. We
would to like to thank all of the Staff and Volunteers for their hard work in planning and facilitating these very
successful fairs. Your support of the fairs and the OACAO is truly appreciated.
OACAO Seniors Information Fairs held in March 2018
South Gate Centre – Woodstock March 5, 2018
York West Active Living Centre – Toronto March 15, 2018
Applegrove Community Centre – Toronto March 14, 2018
Central Eglinton Community Centre – Toronto March 20, 2018
Rexdale Community Health Centre – Toronto March 20, 2018
Active Adult Centre of Mississauga March 20 & 22, 2018
Renfrew Golden Age Activity Centre – Renfrew March 22, 2018
Victoria Park Seniors Centre – Fergus March 23, 2018
Rendez vous des aines francophones d’Ottawa – Ottawa March 23, 2018
Senior Persons Living Connected – St. Paul’s – Scarborough March 24, 2018
Whitby Seniors Services – Whitby March 29, 2018
OACAO 2018 – 2019 Membership Renewals
This is a friendly reminder that your annual membership with the Older Adult Centres'
Association of Ontario is due for renewal and we ask that you submit your payment by
April 30, 2018. Our membership year runs April 1 – March 31.
We are pleased to inform you that we have simplified our membership categories and
fees and, in some cases, have even reduced the annual fee.
New Membership Benefits:
• Free job postings on our new Job Board website http://www.oacao.org/job-board/
• OACAO will follow members who have Twitter accounts and will endeavour to retweet, comment and
support activities on members’ accounts
• OACAO will follow members who have a Facebook account and will endeavour to like, comment on and
share on members’ pages
• Free one-year membership with Cyber-Seniors Web Portal, $250 value (more details to follow soon)
To renew or update your membership account for 2018-2019, please log into your profile at
https://oacao.wildapricot.org/Sys/Profile with your email and password and follow the suggested actions on your
Don't know your password? Click here to reset it https://oacao.wildapricot.org/Sys/ResetPasswordRequest
Any questions, please contact Lina Zita at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-584-8125.
OACAO 2018 Aging Well Conference – Oct. 29 & 30, 2018
The 2018 OACAO Conference Committee is actively planning the upcoming
conference and we ask that you SAVE THE DATE! October 29 & 30, 2018
at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale for two days that will be filled with a
tradeshow, workshops, keynote speakers and lots of networking opportunities
The conference brochure and registration will be available on the OACAO website
in the next few months. Early Bird registration will be available this summer!
The OACAO 2018 Conference Program Committee will be releasing their
Call For Presenters very soon. If you are willing to lend your expertise,
experience, enthusiasm or extra something special …. WE WANT TO HEAR
FROM YOU! The deadline to apply is May 1 st . Watch the OACAO List serve
and website for more information.
Volunteer committee members are still welcomed in several areas of the
Conference including: Social, Program, Brochure and Marketing. Can you
spare a few hours to participate in phone conference meetings and share
your skills, knowledge and contacts with our dynamic team?
If you want to volunteer or would like more information, please contact
Sue Hesjedahl at email@example.com or 1-866-835-7693
How can I manage my hip or knee arthritis: GLA:D®
Osteoarthritis (OA) in the hip and knee leads to pain and disability for people across the world with about 10% of
men and 18% of women over 60 years having symptoms. Currently, in Canada, more than 4.6 million people are
living with OA and this will rise to more than 10 million (or one in four) within 30 years. By limiting a person’s
activity levels OA can reduce their productivity including their ability to work.
OA is a chronic disease and once it has developed individuals will need to use self-management strategies within
their everyday life to manage their symptoms. The research shows that one of the factors that can increase the
disease is reduced movement. So as much as the knee or hip hurts it is important to remain as active as possible.
This includes weight bearing activities which helps the fluid to move around the joint providing nutrition to the
damaged cartilage. But how do you remain physically active when the joint is painful?
GLAD® is an 8-week education and exercise program that has been developed specifically for people with hip and
knee OA. It is made up of 2 education sessions and 12 exercise sessions. The exercises address the muscle changes
that occur within the joint by increasing muscle activation and stability to prevent abnormal stresses. There are
4 exercise stations, that when used together, improve muscle awareness and muscles patterning in everyday life
– specifically going up and down steps, standing and sitting. After the program, the individual has the ability to
activate the correct muscle groups when undertaking their
normal daily activities. In a research program in Canada, this
approach reduced pain and increased physical activity for
individuals by 40% which was sustained at 3 months.
GLAD® has been shown to benefit people who are
experiencing symptoms through all stages of hip and knee
OA, including helping those individuals who are waiting for
joint replacement surgery. However, 85 – 90% of people
with OA have symptoms and never see a surgeon. GLA:D®
helps these individuals remain active therefore benefiting
their overall health and reducing the risk of other chronic
diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The
program is available in rehabilitation clinics and wellness
centres and is designed as a group program so as to build
camaraderie and to ensure that the program is affordable.
C A N A D A
The GLA:D Canada program has now been launched in many provinces across Canada. Locations can be found
on the web site at www.gladcanada.ca.
Questions about the GLA:DCanada program can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter Contributions from Our Members
RETAITE ACTIVE DE PEEL
Il me fait plaisir de vous présenter notre organisme Retraite active de Peel qui offre depuis 2004, un
programme d’activités distinctes destinées aux aînés et aux jeunes retraités francophones de la région de Peel
afin qu’ils demeurent actifs, autonomes et en bonne santé.
Les programmes tels que «Musclez vos méninges», autogestion des maladies chroniques, randonnées
pédestres et planification successorale ont connus un grand succès. Nous avons aussi un Réseau d’entraide
pour aider au déplacement et donner un appui aux personnes qui vivent des moments difficiles à la maison ou
qui sont parfois isolées dans des institutions de langue anglaise.
Quoi de neuf? Un projet rassembleur est en voie de développement, soit la création d’un Centre de vie active
pour personnes âgées francophones afin de combler les lacunes au niveau des services offerts en français
aux aînés de la région de Peel et des alentours.
Quoi de plus? Le développement d’un site Web et une page Facebook qui nous donneront plus de visibilité et
nous permettront de rejoindre un plus grand nombre de Francophones; un atelier sur la Maltraitance des
personnes âgées et notre Assemblée générale le 31 mai prochain. On vous garde au courant.
Les membres du conseil d’administration souhaitent la bienvenue à toute personne francophone, aînée, à la
retraite ou sur le point de l’être, qui désire s’inscrire à Retraite active en envoyant un courriel à Françoise
Myner, secrétaire du conseil d’administration au email@example.com
À la prochaine,
Présidente du conseil d’administration
Retraite active is a non-profit community group of Francophone seniors (55+) active in Peel Region since
2004. Our goal is to break seniors’ isolation and contribute to their physical and mental well-being. We offer
cultural, physical, social and health educational activities that encourage seniors to keep active, to learn and to
connect to the community and their peers.
RUTH CLARK ACTIVITY CENTRE
Submitted by Emily McCormack, Older Adult Activity Coordinator, Ruth Clark Activity Centre
June is Seniors Month and Port Hope is celebrating! There is so much to look forward
to including a Seniors Information Fair on May 31st, bring a friend week at the
RuthClarke Activity Centre for Seniors, Senior Celebrity Days, and a Port Hope wide
Seniors Open House! For more special event updates and information,
visitwww.porthope.ca/seniors-programs for details or contact the Older Adult
ActivityCoordinator at 905-885-2228.
WHITBY COUPLE UNITED IN LOVE OF VOLUNTEERING
George and Bonnie Spall receive Award of Merit
from Older Adults Centres’ Association of Ontario
News Feb 14, 2018 by Parvaneh Pessian
Whitby This Week (reprinted with permission)
WHITBY — In 2002, Bonnie Spall’s life took an
unexpected turn when following the death of her
husband, she moved to Whitby to bravely embark on the
She quickly got an apartment and joined the local church
the next day. From there, she became involved in the
church choir, which then led her to the Whitby Seniors’
Activity Centre at 801 Brock St. S.
“It was just to keep occupied,” she says, reflecting back
on those days. “Seniors should not sit around and wait
for people to come and visit them — you hear so often a
senior will say, ‘I don’t know anybody and nobody comes
to see me and I’m so bored with my life,’ but if you want
friends, you’ve got to be a friend. You’ve got to get out
there and say to people, ‘What can I do for you?’ ”
Sixteen years later, she hasn’t stopped asking that
question. Spall was recently presented the Award of
Merit from the Older Adults Centres’ Association of
Ontario (OACAO) for her ongoing volunteer work with
seniors in the community. She shares the award with her
second husband, George, who is also heavily involved in
local seniors’ initiatives and is currently chair of the
Town of Whitby’s Seniors’ Committee of Council.
“Our lives touched here and there, and he went his way
WHITBY — Bonnie and George Spall of Whitby were recently
presented with the Award of Merit from the Older Adults Centres'
Association of Ontario. The award recognizes exceptional effort
and commitment on behalf of the association. The Spalls have
both been members of the Whitby Seniors' Activity Centre for
more than a decade and were married at the centre in 2012. Feb
12, 2018 - Jason Liebregts / Metroland
and I went mine and then years and years later, situations changed and here we are,” says Bonnie, adding that
they’ve known each other indirectly for about 60 years. The couple tied the knot at the seniors’ centre in 2012.
The OACAO is an incorporated non-profit provincial organization and registered charity that specializes in the
development of services and resources for a network of community-based older adult centres. The Award of Merit
recognizes exceptional effort and commitment on behalf of the OACAO.
Both Bonnie and George are members of the centre’ jubilee choir and assist with its board of directors, helping to
facilitate concerts and events. They were instrumental in the development of the Age-Friendly Whitby Action Plan,
which was approved last year with 72 recommendations to make the community a better place for older adults by
providing more opportunities for them to be active and engaged. They are also extremely passionate about elder
abuse education, giving presentations on the topic throughout the community.
After following in Bonnie’s footsteps and joining the seniors’ centre 10 years ago, George says he was encouraged to
sign up for the jubilee choir and shortly after, he received a phone call asking if he wanted to sit on the seniors’
committee of council, which advises Whitby council on matters related to seniors.
“This was all in the first three months of joining the centre,” he laughs.
He notes that both he and Bonnie have managerial experience from their past careers and enjoy being able to
continue using those skills.
“It gives us an opportunity to be involved in what’s happening and add our experiences, intelligence and ideas
toward making things better for everybody,” he says.
The Spalls were nominated for the award by Kim Evans, the Town of Whitby’s supervisor of seniors’ services. Whitby
council also honoured the couple with a special presentation on Jan. 29.
“They have gone above and beyond as members of our centre, leading the membership and contributing much of
their free time to ensure we offer excellent programs and services for Whitby seniors,” Evans wrote in her submission
to the OACAO.
Bonnie says both she and George were surprised by the recognition and how quickly time has passed as they bounce
from one activity to the next, with each one opening new doors.
“One minute you’re doing one thing and the next minute you’re doing half a dozen things.”
by Parvaneh Pessian
Parvaneh Pessian is a reporter for Metroland Media Group’s Durham Region Division.
Originally ran on February 14, 2018 in Whitby This Week, DurhamRegion.com, Metroland Media Group
Newsletter Contributions from Our Business Partners
Senioropolis Inc. News!!
Senioropolis Inc. has created a second NEW website. In addition to our well-known book, The
Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living, which has just been released for the 21 st time, and
our well-used website www.senioropolis.com, we have created a second website for
professionals who work with seniors and need significant comparative and competitive
information on retirement residences anywhere in Canada.
In January 2018 we launched www.seniorcareaccess.com our BRAND NEW member-based
website containing information on over 4000 homes across Canada. The questions we asked
each home includes contact information, accommodation, costs, and amenities. This new
database is arguably the most extensive National database on retirement living in existence in
Members have access to not only the database but also to their own portal where they can
include notes about each property they research that only they will see. Membership costs are
based on need, company/agency size and projected usage. While it is primarily for
professionals, we do have smaller, inexpensive packages for consumers so please do pass this
information on to anyone you think may benefit from using our new site. As well,
www.senioropolis.com continues to be a great source of information for the public on housing
and resource options for seniors.
We would really like OACAO members to give our new site a try. Please visit
www.seniorcareaccess.com. If you would like to try doing some test searches, scroll down the
homepage where you will see two search boxes. The yellow one is for a basic home name
search and the blue one is for more detailed searches. In the test mode, only 3 homes will
display but if you like what you see and would like to become a member, you can either email
me directly or set up your own membership online by clicking on the Membership tab. Please
feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or feedback for us.
Access Abilities www.accessabilities.ca 1-800-580-9972
OACAO Business Partners
Arbor Memorial www.ArborAlliances.ca 416-763-3230 / 1-877-301-8066
Amica Mature Lifestyles www.amica.ca 416-487-2020 / 1-888-264-2299
Bayshore HealthCare www.bayshore.ca 1-877-289-3997
Carmen’s Dinner Theatre www.carmens.com 905-387-0007
Chartwell Bankside Terrace Retirement Residence www.chartwell.com/continuum-of-care/chartwell-bankside-retirement-community
Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence http://chartwell.com/overview/chartwell-waterford-retirement-residence 289-644-2950
Collette Guided by Travel www.gocollette.com –1-866-413-3762 / code:R963-AX1-918
Connect Hearing www.connecthearing.ca 1-800-563-4327
Delmanor Inspired Retirement Living www.delmanor.com 416-708-5203
Hearing Solutions www.hearingsolutions.ca 1-888-228-2731
Heart to Home Meals www.HeartToHomeMeals.ca 1-866-494-4333
Insuranceland www.insuranceland.ca/oacao 905-238-0668 ext. 2337 or 1-800-243-9379 ext. 2337
Johnson Insurance www.johnson.ca/oacao 1-877-632-2965/group code: O4
Lixil American Standard 1-866-458-8208
Marc Jurman Homes marcjurmanhomes.com 905-460-7588
MedicAlert Foundation Canada www.medicalert.ca email@example.com 1-855-724-2499
MySeniorCenter www.myseniorcentre.com 1- 866-739-9745
Nexus Holidays Toronto Inc. www.nexusholidays.ca –1-855-604-6488
NHI Nursing and Homemakers www.nhihealthcare.com 1-800-387-7390 or 416-754-0700
OASSIS Benefit Plans for Not-For-Profits www.oassisplan.com 416-781-2258 / 1-888-233-5580
Right At Home Canada www.rightathomecanada.com 1-844-635-3223
Senioropolis www.senioropolis.com 416-482-0124
Seniors for Seniors www.seniorsforseniors.ca 1-844-422-7399
SimplyConnect www.simplyconnect.ca 1-888-499-5459
The Denturist Association of Ontario www.denturistassociation.com 1-800-284-7311
The Village of Erin Meadows www.schlegevillages.com.com 905-569-7155
Versatile Accessibility Ltd. www.versatileaccessability.ca 905-604-8199 / 1-800-918-7774
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