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The Guelph/Wellington Seniors Association

A non-profit organization based at the

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

Ross Knechtel - Webmaster

Directors & Officers

Becky Fiedler — President

Brian Smith — Vice-President

Judith Carson — Past-President

Roger Stevens — Treasurer

Tonie Sacchetti & Samantha Ferrier —



Kerry Detlor Ken Fugler

Ann Grant Athar Khan

Cem Kaner Adam Rutherford

Ross Knechtel Mike Woof

The Sentinel Team

Carol Croft — Adminstrator, Printer

Linda Green — Editor, Printer

George Hughes, Ken Pagniez — Printers

George Smith — Delivery Supervisor

Bill Shephard, Ray Miller — Part-time


Don Hillman — Mentor

All of the above GWSA members

are Volunteers.

GWSA Community Support Services Staff

Cheri Herdman — Manager

Pat Gage — Administrative Assistant

Margaret Iutzi — Move Well Co-ordinator

Molly Roberts — Eat Well Co-ordinator

Sophia Podrozny — Eat Well Co-ordinator

Paula Frappier — Outreach Co-ordinator

All others working for CSS

are GWSA Volunteers

City Staff

Adam Rutherford — Program


Darci Burgess — Customer Service Clerk

Tonie Sacchetti — Recreation Program

Director — Senior Services

Samantha Ferrier — Recreation Co-ordinator

— Volunteers

Jocelynn Desroches — Chef

Janice Walls, Brian Treleaven — Assistant


Don Harris — Facility Maintainer

Lorne Wollis — Cleaner

Harvinder Marjara, Nathan Luck, Mary

Loudoun — Customer Service Clerk II

Lynne Briggs — Manager of Recreation



A City of Guelph Recreation Facility run in

partnership with the Community Services Department

of the City of Guelph and the Guelph/

Wellington Seniors Association

683 Woolwich St., Guelph, ON, N1H 3Y8

Tel.: 519-823-1291 / Fax: 519-823-8972

Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm M-F

(closed Statutory Holidays)

Read The Sentinel on our website,

ISSN: 0383 817X

Message from the Board

December is another good month for GWSA members to Be Active,

Get Involved, and Make Friends!

The Governance Committee has been hard at work preparing for

our Special Members Meeting scheduled for 1:30 pm on Monday,

December 9. Plan to attend our special update session to learn how

your Board has been working to become more transparent and accountable

to membership. There will be snacks, too!

Have you visited the Treasure Chest Gift Shop recently? There are

many reasonably-priced items available for your holiday gift-giving

needs. Whether you select a quilt for a new grandchild or pair of

hand knit socks for yourself, know that you are supporting programs

at the GWSA with your purchase.

Pat Gage, GWSA member and CSS Administrative Assistant, has

announced that she is retiring this month. Her last day of work will

be Thursday, December 12. We are planning a drop-in reception for

the 12th of December in Activity Room 2. We invite you to stop by

between 10:30 am and noon to congratulate her on her decision to

spend more time with her hobbies, her friends, and her family. Don’t

look for her to go away anytime soon, though. Pat has already started

making plans to become more active in her hobbies and we expect to

see her back at the Evergreen in January --- but as a participant!

Put on your dancing shoes because the GWSA Dance Committee

has planned another dance for Friday, December 20. Music will be

provided by GWSA-favourite Ted Lavoie. We hope to see you there!

For many seniors, December is a time to gather with friends and

family. For others, it’s a time of loneliness and isolation. And loneliness

has an adverse impact on health and mortality. As you prepare

for your holiday gatherings, ask yourself if you can bring cheer to a

friend or neighbour who might be alone this year. Maybe you will be

alone for the first time and can host others for a few hours of holiday

cheer and conversation. December is a perfect time for seniors to

help other seniors who may be struggling with loneliness and isolation.

Every December we need to say, “See you when you get back” to

our members who flock to warmer climates during the winter. To our

snowbirds, we extend our wishes for safe travels and a speedy return.

Finally, this is a reminder that the Evergreen Centre will be closed

on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.

NOTE: Disclaimer—The Sentinel and the GWSA do not necessarily agree

with or support statements in the Sentinel made by advertisers, or submissions

by writers. Do you like what you see here in The Sentinel? Stop by the Evergreen

Seniors Community Centre at 683 Woolwich St. to get more! Single issues

(or an extra copy) are available at the Front Desk at the cost of $3.00 each + HST.

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Special Printing For Members

Looking for that

Special Unique Christmas Gift?

The Sentinel can print a custom 2020 Calendar using your

own photographs (14 pictures-landscape style) for $10.00 +

HST per calendar. If you want the calendars for Christmas,

please submit them no later than December 13. Email us

your request or leave us a message in our mailbox. You can

usually find us in the office on Monday, Wednesday, or

Friday mornings.

THE EDITOR’S PAGE from The Sentinel Team

We would like to wish one and all

A Very Merry Christmas and

A Very Happy New Year 2020!


To donate easily, with a credit

card, visit our website and click

on the ‘Donate’ button or call:


December 2, 2019 is the deadline for

submissions for the

January 2020 Sentinel.

Email submissions to:

or drop yours off at the Evergreen Front Desk.

Distribution of the January issue

is on December 19, 2019.

Editor is not responsible for quality of submitted photos

(but we’ll do our best).

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Evergreen Restaurant - December 2019


The Evergreen Restaurant is open to the public and

serves a large variety of menu items that are available

from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, Monday to Friday

(except holidays):

Breakfast Foods

Homemade Soups

Bakery Items




The daily featured Lunch is served from 11:30 am

to 1:00 pm and the menu is below. Take-out is

available for your convenience.

Our goal is to provide balanced, nutritious meals.

We provide great quality, while keeping costs reasonable.

The tremendous support of volunteers in

the restaurant helps us achieve this goal.

Featured Hot Lunch

$7.15 + tax

Each hot lunch is served with 2 sides to ensure a

balanced nutritional meal.


We offer free delivery to the following adjacent

apartments — Riverside Gardens, Riverside Residences

on the Park, The Driftwood, and The Diplomat,

provided we get the order by 9:30 am the day

the delivery is required. Please call 519-823-1291

x2696 to order.

Only meal cards totaling a full meal will be

accepted for deliveries. NO CASH or PARTIAL


A sandwich with soup/salad will be charged the

same as a full meal.


Catering is available by special order: Hot/cold

drinks, sweet trays, sandwiches, etc. Please have

your order to the customer service clerk in the office

at least 48 hours prior to your event. This allows

staff to ensure that your catering needs will be

met. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

FEATURED LUNCH served 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

All menu items available 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday






Salisbury Steak

BBQ Chicken



Fish & Chips

Honey Garlic

Pork Chops






Liver & Onions

or 2nd Choice

BLT Sandwich


Sausage on a Bun

with Sauerkraut

Christmas Dinner

(please reserve)

Cabbage Rolls






Roasted Chicken

with Paprikash



Hot Beef Sandwich

23 24 25 26 27


Baked Ham &

Hash Brown



30 31



free options are

available daily.

Please inquire

with the Chef.

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The service that volunteer Snow Angels provide

contributes a tremendous amount to the overall

well-being of our community. Volunteering with

the program is truly “the neighbourly thing to do”

and is a great way for families to volunteer together,

or high school students to complete their 40-

hour community service requirement.

A volunteer snow removal service for seniors

and persons with disabilities 519-822-1155

In partnership with the City of Guelph, we offer

a volunteer snow removal service for eligible seniors

and persons with physical disabilities. During

a significant snow event, after the residential

streets are plowed, volunteers visit their match

within 24 hours to clear the windrow (the accumulation

of snow left at the end of a driveway).

Last year, 73 Snow Angels contributed 949

hours of snow shovelling service. In total, 184

residents were helped during the winter season of

which one shared, “without the help of our Snow

Angel, it would be difficult for us to stay in our


Residents eligible to receive this service:

- Must reside in the City of Guelph in a single

dwelling or semi-detached house with private


- Are unable to remove their own snow and cannot

afford to pay for snow removal.

- Have no able-bodied person living in the household

to shovel snow.

- Must be a senior citizen (aged 65 years or older)

and/or have a physical disability.

Please note that the People and Information Network

(PIN) reserves the right to ask for documentation

verifying proof of disability and/or inability

to pay for private snow removal services in order

to ensure services are provided to those in our

community who truly require assistance.

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Special Members Meeting

Monday, December 9, 2019

Room 4 - Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

Registration 1:00 pm - Meeting 1:30 pm

This Special Meeting is called as requested by members at the Special Meeting

in May 2019. The Governance Committee will explain changes that have since

been made to Bylaws, Policies and Procedures to address issues of Transparency

and Governance that were raised at that time and at the Annual General Meeting

in June 2019.

The agenda will be posted on the GWSA website at least one week prior to the


This is a great opportunity to meet other members and the new Board and to

learn more about the operation of the

Guelph Wellington Seniors Association.

Light refreshments will be available.


GWSA Email Updates

Each month, approximately mid-month, the Membership

and Marketing Committee at the

GWSA sends out the GWSA Email Update. It

highlights a few of the exciting things happening at

the GWSA, important communications from the

Board, and upcoming programs by CSS

(Community Support Services).

You can subscribe to receive the GWSA Email

Update by completing the steps below:

1. To begin, please send an email to: . You can enter

Subscribe in the Subject line, or just skip that

part, it will work either way. In just a few

minutes, you will receive a message with a link.

2. Click on the link you received, fill in the appropriate

fields, and click “Subscribe to List”.

3. To ensure you really want to receive GWSA

Email Updates – and to make sure all emails are

error-free – we’ll send a message asking you to


4. Once you respond to the confirmation message,

your registration is complete and you’ll receive

our Welcome Letter.

You can also subscribe from the “Popular

Links” section on the GWSA website. Starting

the process from the webpage will take you to

step 2 above. Simply follow through with steps 2

to 4 to complete the process.

You can expect to receive your first GWSA Email

Update approximately mid-month after you sign


You can unsubscribe from the GWSA Email Updates

at any time by clicking on the “unsubscribe”

link that is displayed at the bottom of every update.

Membership &

Marketing Committee

This Photo by Unknown Author is

licensed under CC BY‐ND

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Volunteer Corner by Samantha Ferrier

Upcoming Volunteer Awards

June Callwood Outstanding

Achievement Award for Volunteerism:

This award recognizes

people and groups who have made

outstanding contributions as volunteers

in their communities.

Due January 5, 2020.

Ontario Volunteer Service

Awards: This award recognizes

volunteers for providing committed

and dedicated service to an organization.

Due January 25, 2020.

Please fully complete the Nomination

Form located at the front desk

and return it to Samantha in the

main office. Those who are eligible

for an award will be chosen.

Your assistance and input is greatly

appreciated with this process. If

you have any further questions,

please feel free to speak to Samantha

from Monday to Friday between


All Volunteers – Training and

Orientation: Anyone new to the

volunteer team within the last 2

years, or who has not completed

their AODA and training, will be

required to register for one of the

trainings. It is a great refresher for

anyone, speaks to your role as a

volunteer, policies and procedures

and how the GWSA and City work

together. Please speak to Samantha

in the main office for more details

and to register.

Upcoming Dates:

January 21, 2020: 10 am-11:30 am

March 24, 2020: 10 am-11:30 am

May 26, 2020: 10 am-11:30 am

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Registration Desk: Volunteers

are needed to assist at the front

desk on a floater basis to fill in

when needed. If you enjoy working

with a great team of volunteers,

providing customer service

and working on the computer,

please speak to Samantha in the

main office.

Information Desk: Volunteers

needed at the front desk to answer

phones, provide tours of the facility

and answer questions from

members or the community. Looking

for people to help on a floater

basis to fill in as needed. Please

speak to Samantha in the main office.

Evergreen Dining Room

Dining room Cash/Coffee:

Volunteers are needed for the dining

room cash and coffee. We are

looking for people who are interested

in both roles, as we want to

have this as an interchangeable

role. We have vacancies that need

to be filled. If you enjoy working

with the public and would like to

work on the computer taking payments,

serving coffee, please contact

Samantha for opportunities.

Hours are from 8:45 am-1:15 pm.

Dishwasher and Kitchen Prep

Volunteers: We are currently

seeking dishwasher volunteers to

help keep the kitchen tidy and

clean after meals and kitchen prep

volunteers to help with food preparation.

Full training will be provided.

Please contact Chef Jocelynn

if you are interested.

Art in the Hall: A curator is

needed, as well as new committee

members to assist with the overall

organization of the fantastic art

work which is displayed in the

main hallway outside the Book

Nook. The curator position is vacant

starting in January for the

2020 year.


Drivers Needed: If you enjoy

volunteering once a month and

like to drive, the Sentinel team is

recruiting volunteer drivers to assist

with the monthly Newsletter

delivery. A set route will be provided

to you for your delivery the

last Thursday of each month.

Please speak to Samantha in the

main office.

Marketing Assistant: A volunteer

experienced in sales and marketing

is needed to assist in finding

new advertisers for the Sentinel.

Please speak to Samantha in

the main office.

Sound Technicians:

Three volunteers are needed to assist

with the sound and equipment

set up. Previous experience working

with sound technology is an

asset. If you are interested in

working with the technology and

helping out with special events

within the GWSA, please contact

Samantha for more information.

Training will be given.


A volunteer is needed to assist

with the Garden Fresh box pickup

day on the third Wednesday of

each month from 11:30-2:30.

Work alongside another volunteer

and assist community members

with gathering their fresh goods.

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Celebrating our Volunteers!

For the past 5 years, an amazing team of 2 volunteers

have looked after the monthly publication of our Sentinel

as well as most of the other printed material you see

around the Evergreen Centre. Carol Croft has been a

GSWA volunteer for over 10 years now (2008) and devotes

over 10 hours weekly to her job as the Sentinel

office Administrator. Linda Green started volunteering

in the Sentinel office in 2014 as an assistant editor and

is now editor. Linda brings a wealth of knowledge to

her editor position from her past experience in the

newspaper business.

The list of tasks these ladies co-ordinate on a monthly

basis might seem overwhelming to many of us. In assembling

the monthly Sentinel, they are responsible for

collecting messages from the Board, City staff

(restaurant menu, volunteer co-ordinator, program manager),

our CSS manager, activity leaders, committee

chairs, special events co-ordinators, the Book Nook and

our advertisers. Most of the printed material you see at

the Evergreen Centre advertising special events, dances

and our Christmas Variety Show comes from Carol and

Linda and is quite often produced on very tight timelines

with a lot of back and forth communication with

numerous other volunteers to get the message correct.

If you have had the pleasure of working with Carol

and Linda (as many of us have), then you know how

helpful and professional they are.

And, once a year, Carol and Linda put a lot of effort

into co-ordinating, designing, editing and printing our

Annual Report to make it informative and interesting

for our members and stake holders.

When not at the Evergreen, Carol enjoys

reading, knitting, crocheting, acrylic

painting and decoupage. She also enjoys

spending time with her 2 grandsons in

Harriston and tries to spend time with her

granddaughter & 2 great-grandsons in

Barrie when time permits. Something you

probably don’t know about Carol is that

she loves to go fishing!

Linda enjoys traveling and is headed to Berlin in

March. She also enjoys live theatre and gets to Stratford

numerous times a year. Gardening is another

passion of Linda’s… which explains

why beautiful landscape images

are often on our Sentinel covers!

Your volunteer advisory committee

wishes to acknowledge the wonderful job

that Carol and Linda do for the GWSA. If

you get a chance, please stop in to thank

Carol and Linda yourself!

Submitted by Gail Moore on behalf of the Volunteer

Advisory Committee


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GWSA Outreach Drivers

Volunteer Drivers: Help make a

difference to support seniors who

have trouble getting out on their

own. The Outreach Program needs

volunteers who are willing to use

their own car to drive participants

between their home and the Program.

The commitment is one half

-day per month.


Finance Committee

The GWSA finance committee is

looking for a volunteer. Some

knowledge of finance would be an

asset. The Committee meets once

a month to discuss all finance related

issues, from the day-to-day

business to using GWSA funds for

investment. Also to assist with minute

taking would be helpful.

Computer Mentoring – Apple


The GWSA is looking for individuals

who are computer literate to

assist members with basic questions

and to help with specific

computer problems specific to



- Help with basic operation of Apple


- Help with email and browsing

the internet

- MS Word and handling digital


- Assistance with iPads/iPhones/


If you are interested in volunteering

in any of the areas listed

above or in any areas within the

Evergreen and joining the dynamic

team, please contact Samantha

in the office for more

information and to get started

with your volunteering experience.

Ph. 519-822-1260 x 2096

or by email at:

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Administraon Office — 519‐837‐5696

Happy Holidays from the staff with the GWSA

Community Support Services. Wishing you all peace,

health and happiness in 2020.

Cheri Herdman

Pat Gage

Marg Iutzi

Paula Frappier

Molly Roberts

Sophia Podrozny

The Arthritis Society

Did you know …?

Arthritis is among the leading causes of disability

in Canada, affecting more than 6 million people of

every age, physical condition and background.

There is no cure for arthritis, but there is hope. Early

diagnosis and the right treatment plan can help

reduce or prevent damage to joints.

Who We Are and What We Do

The Arthritis Society is a national health charity,

fueled by donors and volunteers with a vision to live

in a world where people are free from the devastating

effects that arthritis has on lives. Our mission is to

invest in cutting edge research, proactive advocacy

and innovative solutions that will deliver better

health outcomes and an improved quality of life for

people affected by arthritis.

How We Can Help

The Arthritis Society offers free education,

programs and support to Canadians living with

arthritis. Individual consultation is available through

the Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program

(AREP) and includes consultation and guidance on

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arthritis self-management, group education, and a

customized Arthritis Service Plan.

How You Can Help

Get involved! Volunteer, participate or donate.

Visit or call 1-800-321-1433 to learn


Upcoming Educational Groups Guelph and


Osteoarthritis of the Hand – Dec 5, 2019 – Kitchener

Osteoarthritis of the Hand – Jan 22, 2020 – Kitchener

Osteoarthritis of the Hand – Feb 6, 2020 – Guelph

Osteoarthritis of the Hand – March 4, 2020 -


Stay Active Living Well with Hip and Knee

Osteoarthritis – Dec 2, 2019 – Kitchener

Stay Active Living Well with Hip and Knee

Osteoarthritis – January 9, 2020 – Kitchener

Stay Active Living Well with Hip and Knee

Osteoarthritis – Feb 18, 2020 – Guelph

Taking Charge of Fibromyalgia – Jan 29, 2020 –


Taking Charge of Fibromyalgia – March 25, 2020 -


Seating limited - registration required. Other

group sessions are available at various locations

in Southwestern Ontario.

To register for a group or book a one-on-one

appointment, please call 1-800-321-1433, x 1101.




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Best Costume

Monday - Donna


Best Costume Thursday -


Photographer: Stu McCannell, President — Guelph Photographers Guild

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Evergreen Bicycle Club

submitted by John Ness

The Evergreen Bicycle Club has just completed its

second season. We started in May with a beautiful

Magnolia Ride around some older areas of Guelph to

visit many of the magnificent magnolia trees in full

bloom and fragrance. Since then, we have met at the

Enabling Garden every Wednesday morning for a

ride averaging about 20 km. Some rides were around

the city but for most, we carpooled to a location and

took advantage of the many Rail Trails in our area.

Most trails are well groomed and since they are on

an old railway bed, the grades are very gentle, making

for a very pleasant ride.

We rode the Kissing Bridge Trail from Ariss to

Millbank, the Elora Cataract Trail from Elora to

Forks of the Credit Provincial Park, and the Cambridge

to Paris Trail. We selected a section of trail for

each week’s ride, enjoying the scenery and wildlife

along the way. To cap off the season, we drove to

Queenston and rode the Niagara River Trail from

Brock’s Monument to Niagara-on-the-Lake. We have

had beautiful weather this summer and only had to

cancel once due to rain.

Two members participated in the Mountain Bike

Race at Buckwallow near Gravenhurst as part of the

seniors’ games. We hope to have more participants

for next year’s race.

If you wish to join us next spring for a pleasant ride

and good company, please contact me for details -

John Ness 519-994-8611.

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Pat’s last day of work will be


There will be a drop-in reception in

Activity Room 2

from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Please drop by to congratulate her on her decision to spend

more time with her hobbies, her friends, and her family.

Refreshments will be available.


There was a big turnout for the annual Halloween Dance, with many people in costume.


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GWSA Groups & Activities Contact Information

You may be required to show your up-to-date GWSA membership card at any activity.


Evergreen Hallway

Ted Pritchard (519-826-6121)

Art Studio In 2

Evergreen Room 2

Ted Pritchard (519-826-6121)

Tuesdays 6:30-9:30 p.m.

weeks 1, 3, 5 and Wednesdays,

1-4 p.m., weeks 2, 4


Evergreen Auditorium

Eleanor Stern (519-837-2702)

Tues. - 7:00-9:30 pm - E

Thurs. - 9:00 am-12:00 noon - E

Fri. - 10:00 am-12:30 pm - E

Sun. - 1:15-3:15 pm - E

Mon. - 1:00-4:00 pm - West End

Wed. - 1:00-3:30 pm - West End

Casual Bicycling

Various Locations in and

around Guelph

John Ness (519-994-8611)

Wed. - May 1 - Oct. 31

10:00 am to Noon


Evergreen Room 4

Sharyn Richards (519-822-1810)

Mondays - 6:30-9:00 pm

Thursdays - 1:00-4:00 pm

6-H B E

Evergreen Room 4

Dot Smith (519-836-6448)

Thursdays - 1:00-4:00 pm

B C 1

Evergreen Board Room

Veronica Sanche (519-821-1180)

Last Friday of month - 1-2:30 pm

B C 2

Evergreen Room 2

Christine Trimble (519-823-2086)

3rd Friday of month 1:30-3:30 pm

B - W E L’ L

David Pinkney (519-780-5302)

Mondays - 12:30-3:15 pm

B - E

Evergreen Room 3

David Pinkney (519-780-5302)

Tuesdays - 6:30-9:00 pm

Peter Traulsen (519-265-2376)

Thursdays - 12:30-3:30 pm


Evergreen Room 3

Monica Skinner (519-821-1758)

Fridays - 9:00-11:30 am


Evergreen Room 3

Ruby Brent (519-767-1954)

(Bunka B&B)

Wednesdays - 9:15 am-noon


Evergreen Hallway

Sharyn Richards (519-822-1810)

Wednesdays - 1-4 pm


Ken Fugler (519-767-0145)

Debbie Williams (519-820-7215)


Evergreen Hallway

Dave Wurr (519-509-1032)

Fridays - 9:30 am-noon


Evergreen Room 3

Ross Knechtel (226-706-4058)

Ken Chupa (519-829-2476)

September, November, January,

March, May

2nd Monday - 7:00-9:00 pm


Evergreen Room 2

Judy Montgomery (519-824-8047)

Fridays - 8:30 am-1:30 pm


Evergreen Room 3

Elaine Miller (519-836-7874)

Audrey Young (519-824-5891)

Joy Halliburton (519-822-9714)

Tuesdays - 12:45-4 pm


Evergreen Auditorium - Stage

Tracy Benson (519-993-6401)

Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays

10:00 am to 12:00 noon


Evergreen Room 2

2nd & 4th Tuesday

9:00-10:00 am


Evergreen Dining Room

Bev Baker (519-265-9139)

Tuesdays - 1:30-3:30 pm


Evergreen Room 3

Sandra Rennick (519-824-2044)

Maureen Baird (647-519-2006)

Mondays - 1:00-3:30 pm


Evergreen Dining Room

Audrey Young (519-824-5891)

4th Wednesday

1:30-4:00 pm


Evergreen Room 4

Ted Paul (519-821-6947)

Fridays - 1:00-4:00 pm


Ken Hills (519-836-8414)

Mondays, May to September


Evergreen Board Room

Sharing Information about


Meet 1st Wed. of every month

From October to May

2:00-3:00 pm - it’s free

Call Marianne at 519-822-3946

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Evergreen Auditorium

Margaret Waldron (519-836-8534)

Phyllis Carnochan (519-836-9415)

Mondays -

9:30 -11:45 am

Thursdays -

1:00-3:00 pm


Evergreen Hallway

Georgia Taylor (519-265-8816)

Tuesdays - 12:30-3:30 pm

Instruction available


Evergreen Board Room

Geoff Richards (226-820-2950)

Mon., Tues., Thurs.

(times as assigned)


Evergreen Room 4

Jean McClelland (519-763-4881)

2:30-5 pm - last Monday of every

month - $24.00 a year


Rudy Simon

Neville Newman (519-400-9136)

Evergreen Auditorium

Tues. - 9:00 - 12:00 noon

(Beginners & Intermediate)

Friday - 12:45 - 4 pm

(all levels of play)

West End Rec Centre

Tues. - 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

(advanced play)

Thurs. - 2:15 - 5:00 pm

(all levels of play)


Evergreen Room 2

Beryl Drohan (519-827-0120)

Mondays - 12:30-4:00 pm


Evergreen Hallway

Linda Robinson (226-343-0426)

Beth Campeau (226-343-0415)

B.J. Antanavicius (519-829-4119)

Thursdays - 1:00-3:45 pm


Evergreen Auditorium

Maureen Butts (519-821-7884)

Tuesdays - 1:30-3:00 pm

Wednesdays - 1:30-3:00 pm


Exhibition Park Arena

Corner of Exhibition &

Division Sts.

Sharon O’Sullivan (519-848-2084)

Saturdays - 8:00-9:50 pm


Evergreen Room 3

Doreen Muir


Choir Director - Ann Sneyd

Pianist - Mary Lynn Woods

Fridays 1:00-3:30 pm


Evergreen Parking Lot by

The Enabling Garden

Shane Hamilton (519-824-8001)

Mondays from January to the end

of March 2020

8:00 am car pool at Evergreen

to Blue Mountain

6:00 pm return to Evergreen


Evergreen Snooker Room

Nick Harris (519-836-4547)

Daily - 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Tuesday - 7:00-9:30 pm

1st Thursday of every month

7:00-9:30 pm


Evergreen Auditorium

Gordon Field (519-822-4976)

Ursula Rodrigues (519-837-3782)


Monday - 3:30-6:30 pm

Wednesday - 9:00 am-12:45 pm

Saturday - 9:00 am-12:00 noon

West End: Friday - 1:00-4:00 pm

(WE - except July/August)

T H ‘E P

Evergreen Dining Room

Mike Rooke (519-824-2472)

Garry Lazzari (519-763-4386)

Tuesdays - 6:30-8:30 pm


April to October

Thursdays - 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Brenda Langham (519-836-8366)

Gord Clegg (519-824-3293)


Evergreen Room 2

Ann Peters (519-836-3554)

1st & 5th Wed. - 12:30-4:00 pm

3rd Wed. - 9:00 am-4:00 pm


Rm 2 West End Rec Centre

Nancy Baker (519-822-6653)

September - June

Tuesdays - 12:30-4:00 pm

Membership is $20.00


Rm 2 West End Rec Centre

Ross Hamilton (519-835-9181)

Jan. - June; Sept. - Dec.

Thursdays - noon-4:00 pm

Membership is $25.00


Evergreen Board Room

Ross Coulter (519-821-3993)

2nd & 4th Thursdays - 1:00 pm







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GWSA Group & Activity Reports

ALL Activity Groups require that you MUST have an up-to-date GWSA Membership to participate.


Art in the Hall

The Art in the Hall project is mandated

to display good art work in

the halls of the Evergreen Centre.

If you are interested in having your

work in a solo exhibition, or if you

are interested in having a few pieces

of your work as part of a group

display at the Evergreen Centre in

2020, contact Ted Pritchard at 519-

826-6121 or

Art Studio in 2

Art Studio in 2 is an Art group

working out of Room 2 at the Evergreen

Centre on alternate Tuesday

evenings from 6:30 pm until 9:30

pm on the first, third and fifth

Tuesday of the month and on

alternate Wednesday afternoons

from 12:30 pm until 4:00 pm on

the second and fourth Wednesday

of the month. The artists in this

club choose their own media to

work with, examples of which are

acrylic painting, Bunka, drawing,

pastels, porcelain painting, printmaking,

stitchery/textile arts, watercolour

painting and others.

Room 2 isn’t vented properly for

the use of oil paints, turpentine,

linseed oil or other strong-smelling

media. There are restrictions on

perfume use also at the Centre to

respect those with allergies. Artists

will need to provide all the materials

they need to complete their

work and be prepared to share their

technique and insights with other

artists. The membership in Art Studio

in 2 is limited to 24 and yearly

membership costs $24.00 including

HST, in addition to the GWSA

membership. If you are interested

in joining Art Studio in 2 for 2020,

contact Ted Pritchard at 519-826-

6121 or


Our Badminton Club welcomes

all from beginners to experienced

players. Join us as many as 6 times

a week for friendly, active games at

two locations. We play at the West

End Community Centre on Monday

and Wednesday afternoons and

at the Evergreen Centre on Tuesday

evening, Thursday and Friday

mornings, and Sunday afternoon.

Your membership fee covers participation

at both locations.

As a member of the GWSA, you

are able to join us for 3 visits and

then decide if you are able and will

enjoy this very active sport. The

yearly Badminton Club fee is

$60.00 and is payable in January.

We just concluded a 2-day Mixed

Up Doubles competition that was

well received by our players and

onlookers. We want to thank Debbie

Waitson, who organized it and

brought tremendous energy and

enthusiasm to the event. We hope

to do it again in the future.

Our Annual General Meeting will

be held after play on Thursday, December

13, at 11:00 am. All members

should plan to attend to hear

reports from the Committee regarding

the past year, but more importantly,

to help make decisions

that affect your Badminton Club in

the future.

Badminton members should consider

joining your Committee in

order to bring in new ideas and

help with the ongoing efforts. It is

not a great time commitment but

you can discuss this with any committee

member to get more information.

Also in December is our ever

popular Christmas lunch. It will be

held at the Mandarin on Friday,

December 6. We gather there at

11:30 am with lunch following.

More details and signup sheets will

be available later in November.

For further information, contact

Eleanor Stern at 519-837-2702.

Bid Euchre

Come into Room 4 and enjoy a

friendly game of 4-Hand Bid Euchre

Monday evenings from 6:30

until 9:00 pm, and Thursdays from

1 until 4 pm. There will also be 6-

Hand Bid Euchre on Thursday afternoons.

Don’t know how to play?

We will teach you at no charge.

Come and enjoy a visit; we would

love to meet some new members.

Guests are always welcome. For

information on 4-Hand Bid Euchre,

phone Sharyn Richards (519-822-

1810) or for 6-Hand Bid Euchre,

call Dot Smith (519-836-6448).

Book Club 1

Our group meets in the Boardroom

on the last Friday of each month

from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

For December, our selection is

“Commonwealth” by Anna

Patchett. In January, we will be

reading “Home for Unwanted

Girls” by Joanne Goodman.

Monthly fee is $3.

Book Club 2

This group will meet in Room 2 on

the third Friday of each month at

1:30 pm.

The fee is $3/visit.


We invite all bridge players to

come and join us in a friendly

game of bridge. We play three

times a week as follows:

Monday at the West End in the Lions

Lair from 12:30 until 3:30 pm,

Tuesday at the Evergreen in Room

3 from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm,

Thursday at the Evergreen in Room

3 from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm.

We hope you will come out and

have a friendly game with us. We

will be delighted to welcome you.

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Bunka embroidery is created by

using a unique combination of

punch needle and special silk-like

rayon thread. When completed,

many pictures resemble delicately

shaded paintings. In fact, the needle

is held and operates in much

the same manner as an artist’s

brush or pencil. The Bunka artist

uses many different stitch techniques

in order to achieve the desired

effect of depth and interest,

but unlike other forms of needle

art, there are no knots to tie and

mistakes are easily corrected. This

group is for all skill levels and

meets every Wednesday from 9:15

a.m. to noon in Room 3.


Come join us for a game of Canasta.

New or experienced players are

welcome. We meet in the Evergreen

hallway every Wednesday at

1:00 pm. Cost is $1.50. Our president

is Sharyn Richards. Let her

know if you have any comments.

Phone: 519-822-1810, Text: 519-

835-4155, Email:


Come out and have lots of fun

playing cribbage on Tuesdays from

12:45-4 pm in Room 3. The cost is

$2 per visit and the first visit is free

for newcomers, but you must be a

GWSA member after 3 visits. This

game is for “has been” players and

pros. You must have some knowledge

of Cribbage. The fees go to

the GWSA and supplies. The players

are very helpful in counting and

answering questions and instruction

is also available to assist you.

If you need to freshen up your

game or see how the game is

played, go to the website:

“Cribbage Classic”. For more information,

call Sylvia at 519-837-

0446, Audrey at 519-824-5891, or

Joy at 519-822-9714.

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Put on your dancing shoes Friday

afternoons from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.

Dance every second month at the

Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre, 519-823-1291.

Light refreshments are included

in the $8 price. Singles and couples

welcome, membership not required.

D.J. Ted Lavoie plays a variety

of music, including pop, rock, 50s-

60s, country, ballroom, Latin, line

dance and more. Requests played.

The final 2019 dance is December

20. Come out and join the fun.


The Dominoes club meets every

Tuesday at 1:30 pm in the Dining

Room. The club plays Mexican

Train. The cost is $1.50 per visit.

Please contact Bev Baker at 519-

265-9139 regarding any questions

about the club. Come and have

some fun.


For 2019, we played on Mondays

at different courses around Guelph,

Cambridge and Kitchener/

Waterloo to the last Monday of

September. Traditionally we have

over 300 members split into 3 golf


If you are interested for next year

and need information, contact Ted

Pritchard at 519-826-6121.

Hearing Improvement

The Hearing Improvement Committee

of Guelph has the objective

of helping fellow citizens with

hearing loss by co-operating with

and assisting professionals who

deal with it; promoting hearing accessibility

within our own community;

holding regular information

sessions to encourage greater understanding

of the problem and

what is available to help it.

We meet the first Wednesday of

each month from October through

May from 2-3:30 pm in the Boardroom.

We discuss problems affecting

those with hearing loss and try

to find solutions. Our meetings also

have a social component. For

further information call Marianne

at 519-822-3946.

Line Dancing

Line dances are choreographed

dances with a repeating series of

steps that are performed in unison

by a group of people in lines, rows

or circles. One of the great things

about line dancing is that no experience

is necessary. Line dances

are easy to learn, and as with any

other style of dance, the more you

do it, the better you will become.

Instructors do a walk-through before

each dance and then demonstrate

and call the steps as the music

plays. You don’t need a partner,

just come have fun. We dance all

year to a wide variety of music.

Everyone welcome!

Our classes are for beginner to improved

(beginner plus):

Mondays – 9:30 to 11:45 a.m.

We teach basic steps at 9:15 a.m.

Thursdays -1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

We teach basic steps at 12:45 p.m.

Into Focus Photography

We are a friendly group of amateur

photographers with equipment

ranging from mobile phones and

point and shoot cameras to fancy

DSLR models. We share a common

interest in photography as a

hobby and we learn from each other.

New members are always welcome.

Our regular meetings are on

the last Monday of every month.

If you are interested in joining,

contact Jean McClelland by e-mail:


Pickleball is a sport in which four

players use solid paddles made of

wood or composite materials to hit

a perforated polymer ball over a

net. The sport shares features of

other racquet sports: the dimensions

and layout of a badminton

court and a net and rules similar to

tennis, with a few modifications.

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Helping families to buy and sell since 2007.

Contact Jackie to enquire about Riverside Residence on the

Park — We have a waing list, so call today.


1 & 2 Bedroom Units for Rent at 671 Woolwich Street, Guelph

• Clean & quiet seniors building next to the senior centre

• High rise building with elevator access

• Walking distance to Wal‐Mart plaza and other amenies

• Ensuite bathrooms available

• On site laundry

• Heat & Hydro included

For viewings and more informaon call Michel at: 519‐400‐0297


submitted by Margery B. Evans

Who cooks Santa all his meals,

And bakes all his cookies too.

Do you ever wonder…

Why, it’s me, that’s who.

I have to babysit countless elves,

Some good, some bad, some old, some new.

They can be quite a handful, so,

Then again, it’s me, that’s who.

The reindeer too are in my care,

From grooming, to feeding and cuddling too

If they get sick or need a hug,

That’s right, me again, that’s who.

But I wouldn’t change it for the world

My job is hard that’s true,

Being Mrs. Claus has its ups and downs

It’s my job, it’s me, that’s who.



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This sport is for people of all

ages who are looking for some fun,

laughter, socialization and exercise.

It’s easy to learn, but can be

challenging for those with a competitive

nature. All levels of skill

invited. Pickleball equipment is



Our Scrabble group meets Thursdays

from 1:00 to 3:45 pm at the

tables in the Evergreen Hallway

near the Library. Cost is $1.00 per

visit. We play relaxed but challenging

games using the Scrabble

Dictionary 6 th Edition as our reference.

Skill levels range from beginner

to advanced. Come play at

whatever table you wish. Enjoy a

laugh, score a Bingo if you can,

and learn a new word or two with

other word lovers!


Come on out and join our group.

Enjoy some gentle exercise, friendship

and fun. Membership is available

to all paid-up GWSA members

for a $10 fee every six

months. You also have the option

of paying $1.00 per game. Register

the first time you play. Beginners

are welcome and instruction is

available. The group plays Tuesdays

and Wednesdays from 1:30 to

3 p.m.

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These are exciting times for the

choir, which began over 40 years

ago and is now proud to boast over

55 members. Sharing their love of

singing brings joy and fulfilment

and, some might say, longevity.

With the annual variety show,

Christmas Ceilidh, behind us, December

practices will be dedicated

to learning our new music from

Brigadoon for our winter/spring

singouts as well as our annual

Christmas Party.

On December 17 we are performing

for members of the Outreach

Program at 10:30 a.m. singing

songs from the variety show.

Our first rehearsal for 2020 will

be on January 10.

The Silvertones Choir would like

to wish everyone a happy festive

season with their friends and family

and all the very best for 2020.

For more information about joining

the choir, which is currently at

full capacity, please call Doreen

Muir at 519-831-8323.


For the 2020 ski season, it costs

$10.00 plus HST to join the Everwhite

Ski Club. You register and

pay for the Downhill Ski Club at

the front desk of the Evergreen

Centre. It helps to own a 5-7 Pass

purchased from Blue Mountain

well before the start of the 2020 ski

season. Every Monday we carpool

by meeting at the lower Evergreen

Parking Lot by the Enabling Garden

at 8:00 am, drive to Blue

Mountain and return to Guelph by

6:00 pm.

Contact Shane Hamilton, 519-

824-8001, for Ski Club information.

Evergreen Snooker Club

The Evergreen Snooker Club is

composed of a group of active,

friendly players with skill levels

covering the full spectrum from

learner/beginner to accomplished

player. If you are interested in

learning the game, or have played

in the past and want to get back

into it, please drop by the Snooker

Room. You will be assured a warm

welcome and a place to try your

hand at one of our three tables. The

Snooker Room is open weekdays

between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm and

any other time the Evergreen Centre

may be open.

The primary focus of the club is

to have fun, build friendships and

socialize. Your snooker skill level

is irrelevant, so don’t feel intimidated

if you are a beginner. Prospective

members may visit the

club room up to three times without

charge to help with their decision

on whether to join. While

most of the current members are

men, there is a small group of

women who play regularly

(typically on Tuesday mornings),

so ladies, don’t be shy, give it a


Membership is available to all

paid-up members of the GWSA on

payment of the prescribed annual

snooker activity fee. The current

fee of $70 (plus tax) buys you access

to the Snooker Room any time

it is open and all the snooker you

care to play.

Texas Hold ’Em

Why not come out and have fun

with us?

We are averaging about 18 players

a week. We are situated in the

Dining Room as we find this a

more comfortable place to play and

the tables are exactly right for us.

We charge $1.50 per week and

pretty well all of that goes to


We play on Tuesday nights. Our

time format is from 6:30 to 8:30


Each player starts off with

$602.00 in real casino chips; we do

not play for money, more for bragging

rights, and the one with the

most chips each week is the winner.

We play until you are knocked

out or until 8:30 comes, whichever

comes first.

We will gladly teach anyone who

is interested in playing.

Our aim is to have fun and enjoy

a sociable game of Texas Hold


We welcome everyone who

wants to play and enjoys company.

Remember, you have to be a

member of GWSA to play.

Contacts: Mike Rooke, 519-824-

2472, Garry Lazzari, 519-763-


Walking Club

Our walking club season has come

to an end. We had some rainy

mornings this year but had many

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Wellington Foot Clinic

Professional Footcare & Custom Foot Orthotics

Jessica K. Mann

Registered Chiropodist / Foot Specialist

Professional, Safe Treatment of a Variety of Foot Conditions

- Nail Disorders, Corns, Callus, Warts, Ingrown Toenails & much more

- Custom Foot Orthotics

- Covered by most extended health insurance providers

- No referral needed!!! Free parking

- Morning, Evening and Saturday Appointments Available

3 – 245 Edinburgh Rd S. (enter off Municipal or Edinburgh)


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enjoyable walks both in and out of

Guelph. To wind up our season,

we had a delicious potluck supper

on Thursday, October 24, and enjoyed

some excellent food and

laughter. Some of us played Mexican

Dominoes afterwards. Thanks

to all the helpers for making it a

very enjoyable evening.

Our winter socials will be held

on Tuesday, January 7, Tuesday,

February 11, and Thursday, March

12, 2020 in Room 2 of the Evergreen

Centre from 1:30 to 3:30

p.m. Please note the socials are not

all on Thursdays. Remember to

mark your calendars. If you have

any questions, call Gord or Brenda.

Have a most enjoyable Christmas

and New Year and we look

forward to seeing everyone in


Watercolour Painters

The Evergreen Watercolour Painters

provides an opportunity for watercolour

painters to practise their

hobby along with others sharing

the same interest, while encouraging

one another and receiving information,

ideas and inspiration.

While we do not offer classes or

lessons, we welcome accomplished

watercolour painters.

There is a small annual membership

fee and membership with the

GWSA is required. We meet on

the 1st and 5th Wednesday from

12:30 to 4:00 pm and the 3rd

Wednesday from 9:30 am - 4:00

pm in Room 2.

How Well Do You Know

Your Christmas Carols?

Match the title with the lines from the song.

____O Little Town of Bethlehem

____What Child Is This?

____Go, Tell It on the Mountain

____Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

____We Wish You a Merry Christmas

____Carol of the Bells

____God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

____O Holy Night

____Silver Bells

____It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

____Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

____I’ll Be Home for Christmas

____Away in the Manger

____Angels, We Have Heard on High

____Silent Night

____We Three Kings

____O Come All Ye Faithful

____Joy to the World

____Little Drummer Boy

____The Holly and the Ivy

____Jingle Bells

____White Christmas

1.Good tidings we bring to you and your kin

2. Long lay the world in sin and error pining

3. Please have snow and mistletoe and presents on the tree

4. Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day

5. From angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold

6. Haste, haste to bring Him laud, the babe, the Son of Mary

7. The ox and lamb kept time

8. Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light

9. Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation

10. And the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains

11. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light

12. Children laughing, people passing, greeting smile after smile

13. O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way

14. Peace on Earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled

15. Treetops glisten & children listen to hear sleigh bells in the


16. Lean your ear this way

17. Behold, throughout the heavens, there shone a holy light

18. Let Earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room

19. The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes

20. Round yon Virgin Mother and Child

21. One seems to hear words of good cheer from everywhere

22. The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir

See answers on page 39

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Membership Benefit:

Every Day is Seniors Day

at Bulk Barn!


… the third generation


For years, Bulk Barn has offered a Seniors Day

discount every Wednesday. Anyone over 65

years of age enjoyed a 10% discount on regular

priced merchandise. Now, Bulk Barn locations

in Guelph are offering this 10% discount every

day for all GWSA members. Show your

GWSA membership card to take advantage

of this special offer when you shop for your

favourite regular-priced Bulk Barn products.

Available at: 370 Stone Rd. W across from

Stone Road Mall, 49 Woodlawn Road W in the

Walmart Plaza, and 103 Clair Road E at the

Pergola Commons.

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Clubs and Drop-In Activities DECEMBER 2019

R Register W West End Community Centre P Riverside Park Picnic Shelter

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


9-11a Pickleball W

9:30-11:45a Line Dancing

12:30-3:30p Bridge W

12:30-4p Quilting

1-2p Feel Better Move Well

1-3p Computer Mentoring

1-3:30p Monday Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

3:15-6:30p Table Tennis

6:15-9:15p Bid Euchre


9a-12p Pickleball

9a-12:30p Arthritis Society


12-4p Pickleball W

12:30-4p Cribbage

1-3:30p Mah Jongg

1-4p West End Arts W

1:30-3p Shuffleboard

1:30-3:30p Dominoes

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold’Em

6:30-9:30p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton



9a-12:45p Table Tennis

9:15a-12p Bunka

10a-12p Darts

12:30-4p Watercolours

1-3:30p Badminton W

1-4p Canasta

1:30-3p Shuffleboard

2-3:30p Hearing Improvement


9a-12p Badminton

9a-12p Foot Care Clinic

9a-12p Outreach

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Bridge

1-2p Feel Better Move Well W

1-3p Line Dancing

1-4p Bid Euchre

1-4p Scrabble

2:15-5p Pickleball W


8:30a-1:15p Crafts

9-11:30a Improving Bridge

9a-3p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10a-12:30p Badminton

12:45-3p Silvertones

12:45-4p Pickleball

1-4p Friday Euchre

1-4p Table Tennis W


9-11a Pickleball W

9:30-11:45a Line Dancing

12:30-3:30p Bridge W

12:30-4p Quilting

1-2p Feel Better Move Well

1-3p Computer Mentoring

1-3:30p Monday Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

3:15-6:30p Table Tennis

6:15-9:15p Bid Euchre


8:45-10a Diabetes Clinic

9a-12p Pickleball

12-4p Pickleball W

12:30-4p Cribbage

1-3:30p Mah Jongg

1-4p Arthritis Services

1-4p West End Arts W

1:30-3p Shuffleboard

1:30-3:30p Dominoes

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold’Em

6:30-9:30p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton


9a-12:45p Table Tennis

9:15a-12p Bunka

10a-12p Darts

12:30-4p Art Studio in 2

1-3:30p Badminton W

1-4p Canasta

1:30-3p Shuffleboard


9a-12p Badminton

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Bridge

1-2p Feel Better Move Well W

1-3p Line Dancing

1-3:30p Writers Club

1-4p Bid Euchre

1-4p Scrabble

2:15-5p Pickleball W


8:30a-1:15p Crafts

9-11:30a Improving Bridge

9a-3p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10a-12:30p Badminton

12:45-3p Silvertones

12:45-4p Pickleball

1-4p Friday Euchre

1-4p Table Tennis W

1:30-3p Book Club 2


9-11a Pickleball W

9:30-11:45a Line Dancing

12:30-3:30p Bridge W

12:30-4p Quilting

12:45-2p Feel Better Move



9a-12p Footcare Clinic

9a-12p Outreach

9a-12p Pickleball

12-4p Pickleball W

12:30-4p Cribbage

1-3:30p Mah Jongg


9a-12:45p Table Tennis

9a-4p Watercolours

9:15a-12p Bunka

10a-12p Darts


9a-12p Badminton

12:30-3:30p Bridge


8:30a-1:15p Crafts

9-11:30a Improving Bridge

9a-3p Chess

10a-12p Darts

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1-3p Computer Mentoring

1-3:30p Monday Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

2:30-5p Photography Club

3:15-6:30p Table Tennis

6:15-9:15p Bid Euchre


9-11a Pickleball W

9:30-11:45a Line Dancing

12:30-3:30p Bridge W

12:30-4p Quilting

1-2p Feel Better Move Well

1-3p Computer Mentoring

1-3:30p Monday Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

3:15-6:30p Table Tennis

6:30-9:15p Bid Euchre


9-11a Pickleball W

9:30-11:45a Line Dancing

12:30-3:30p Bridge W

12:30-4p Quilting

1-2p Feel Better Move Well

1-3p Computer Mentoring

1-3:30p Monday Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

3:15-6:30p Table Tennis

6:15-9:15p Bid Euchre

1-4p West End Arts W

1:30-3p Shuffleboard

1:30-3:30p Dominoes

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold’Em

6:30-9:30p Art Studio in 2

6:30-9:30p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton


9a-12p Pickleball

12-4p Pickleball W



to All!


9a-12p Pickleball

12-4p Pickleball W

1-4p West End Arts W

1:30-3p Shuffleboard


New Year

to All!

1-3:30p Badminton W

1-4p Canasta

1:30-3p Shuffleboard





Everyday Activities


Book Nook— Mon-Fri –


Aquatic Arthritic Relief

(West End Community

Centre) (519-837-5657)

1-3p Line Dancing

1-4p Bid Euchre

1-4p Scrabble

10a-12:30p Badminton

10:30a-12p Food Tasting

1-4p Snowflake Dance

12:45-3p Silvertones

1-4p Friday Euchre

1-4p Table Tennis W



Boxing Day


8:30a-1:15p Crafts

9-11:30a Improving Bridge

9a-3p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10a-12:30p Badminton

12:45-3p Silvertones

12:45-4p Pickleball

1-2:30p Book Club

1-4p Friday Euchre

1-4p Table Tennis W

Weekend Activities


9a-12p Table Tennis, December 7, 14,

21, 28

10a-12p Darts, December 7, 14, 21, 28


1:15-3:15p Badminton, December 8, 15,

22, 29

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Order a Garden Fresh Box of fruit and vegetables. Please pay (in advance)

for your next order when you pick up your current order on the

3 rd Wednesday of each month from 12:00 - 2:00 pm in the Evergreen Foyer.

Small box of vegetables and fruit—$15.00

Large box of vegetables and fruit—$20.00

The Garden Fresh attempts to provide as much locally fresh grown produce as possible.

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“Our Young Seniors”

‘We’re not over the hill; we’re just gaining


Coulter, Ross - Dec. 6 (80)

Weaver, Bruce (Tehotsienhate) - Dec. 18


Thornington, Doris - Dec. 19 (80)

Weaver, Bonnie Joy - Dec. 21 (75)



If you have a birthday or anniversary that

you would like to include in the Sentinel,

please let us know the month before.

This column is NOT done automatically.

We DON’T have access to your

personal information.


We would like to convey our condolences

To Association Members and their Families

Taylor, Bill passed away on Saturday, November 9,

2019, at the age of 87. He was a long-time GWSA

member who volunteered in the kitchen. He was

also involved in the Dragon Boat races.

Thompson, A.E. John B. passed away on Tuesday,

November 5, 2019, in his 93rd year. He was a longtime

member of the Peer Learning group, Bridge,

Canoeing, Tennis, Badminton and Photography.

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held at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

unless otherwise indicated — call 519-823-1291.

Your Community Guide is available at the Centre and online at



PLEASE NOTE: There are no codes for courses. All you need to register is the category, course name,

program start date and preferred day and time (if multiple options are available).


Cardio and Strength Level 1

The beginner strength training

class focuses on functional exercises

that include balance, flexibility

and cardiovascular movements.

Exercises are performed both sitting

and standing. Hand weights

are used for strengthening and toning

muscles. Join us to keep your

body fit!

Class length: 60 mins

Classes: 12

Location: Victoria Road Rec


Fee: $75.60 Members,

$87 Non-Members

Mon Jan 6-Mar 30, 9:30 a.m.

Wed Jan 8-Mar 25, 9:30 a.m.

No class: Feb 17

Cardio and Strength Level 2

The intermediate/advanced

strength training class focuses on a

low impact cardio warmup. This

class performs functional exercises

that include balance, flexibility and

cardiovascular movements. Exercises

are performed sitting and

standing. A variety of equipment is

used throughout the classes which

may include bands, stability balls

and weights of your choice. Join us

to keep your body fit!

Class length: 60 mins

Classes: 12

Fee: $75.60 Members,

$87 Non-Members

Mon Jan 6-Mar 30, 9 a.m.

Fri Jan 10-Mar 27, 9 a.m.

No class: Feb 17

Cardio and Strength Level 3

Come and challenge your fitness

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level in the advanced strength

training class. Focusing on a low

impact cardio warmup, this class

performs functional exercises that

include balance, flexibility and

cardiovascular movements. A variety

of equipment is used throughout

the classes which may include

bands, stability balls and weights

of your choice. Join us to keep

your body fit!

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $75.60 Members,

$87 Non-Members

Mon Jan 6-Mar 30, 8 a.m.

Fri Jan 10-Mar 27, 8 a.m.

No class: Feb 17

Cardio Dance

This innovative, fun and exciting

dance fitness class is guaranteed to

get you moving into shape. This

safe and effective total body

workout is specifically designed

for beginners and seniors.

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $81.96 Members,

$94.19 Non-Members

Tue Jan 7-Mar 24, 2 p.m.

Celtic Dance

Enjoy and learn the dances of the

Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland,

Wales and Brittany. Also experience

the dances of other countries

which have been influenced by the

Celtic music, rhythms and dances.

This is a low-impact activity. No

partners are required.

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $81.96 Members,

$94.19 Non-Members

Thu Jan 9-Mar 26, 9:45 a.m.

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga offers the same benefits

as other yoga practices, such as

increased flexibility, strengthening,

proper breathing and increasing

range of motion in the joints.

Simply use a chair to assist with

postures. Chair yoga is for everyone,

especially those who may

have limited mobility and/or are

unable to get up and down on a

yoga mat. Postures can be modified

to meet students’ needs.

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $88.44 Members,

$101.64 Non-Members

Mon Jan 6-Mar 30, 1 p.m.

Wed Jan 8-Mar 25, 9 a.m.

No class: Feb 17

Location: Victoria Road Rec


Thu Jan 9-Mar 26, 2 p.m.

Gentle Yoga

This program is open to everyone.

We will explore this centuries old

discipline which brings health and

vitality to the body, peace to the

mind and joy to the spirit. Ability

to move from standing to lying on

the floor needed.

Class length: 90 mins

Classes: 12

Fee: $88.44 Members,

$101.64 Non-Members

Fri Jan10-Mar 27, 10:30 a.m.

Location: Victoria Road Rec


Tue Jan 7-Mar 24, 2 p.m.


Achieve better posture, balance,

core strength and everyday move-

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ment through the exercises of

Joseph Pilates. Pilates can benefit

everyone and offers a refreshing

change from the traditional types

of exercise. Please bring a mat to

the program.

Class length: 60 mins

Classes: 12

Fee: $75.60 Members,

$87 Non-Members

Wed Jan 8-Mar 25, 1:30 p.m.

Qi Gong 1 (Chi Kung)

This class is a Chinese blend of

exercise, stretching and meditation.

The program focuses on

‘Eighteen Postures for Daily Practice,’

a Qi Gong set that integrates

East and West in a series of gentle

exercises designed to maintain and

enhance health. Adapting classical

Qi Gong forms, this style incorporates

therapeutic exercise, selfmassage

and meditation. Qi Gong

1 class focuses on the core routines.

Class length: 90 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $88.44 Members,

$101.64 Non-Members

Mon Jan 6-Mar 30, 10:30 a.m.

No class: Feb 17

Location: Victoria Road Rec


Fri Jan 10-Mar 27, 1 p.m.

Qi Gong 2 (Chi Kung)

This class is a Chinese blend of

exercise, stretching and meditation.

The classes focus on

‘Eighteen Postures for Daily Practice,’

a Qi Gong set that integrates

East and West in a series of gentle

exercises designed to maintain and

enhance health. Adapting classical

Qi Gong forms, this style incorporates

therapeutic exercise, selfmassage

and meditation. Qi Gong

2 class explores variations, including

qigong walking.

Class length: 60 mins

Classes: 12

Fee: $58.92 Members,

$67.68 Non-Members

Thu Jan 9-Mar 26, 11 a.m.

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Strength and Balance

This beginner class will focus on

fall prevention, whole body movements

and balance. It is designed

to improve general mobility and

overall strength to make everyday

tasks easier. You can expect to see

improvement in posture. The class

presents an excellent opportunity

for beginners to start exercising

with an aerobic, strength and flexibility


Class length: 45 mins

Classes: 12

Fee: $56.76 Members,

$65.16 Non-Members

Wed Jan 15-Apr 1, noon

Wed Jan 15-Apr 1, 2:45 p.m.

Stretch and Strengthen

Come and learn body awareness

through core strengthening, muscle

toning and stretching. You will see

improvements in your posture and

fitness abilities. This entry-level

fitness class will prepare to take

your fitness to the next level.

Class length: 50 mins

Classes: 14

Fee: $88.20 Members,

$101.50 Non-Members

Thu Jan 9-Apr 9, 8:45 a.m.

Classes: 12

Fee: $75.60 Members,

$87 Non-Members

Tue Jan 7-Mar 24, 8:45 a.m.

Tai Chi

Continue to learn the complete sequence

of Tai Chi Ch’uan moves.

This program is suitable for anyone

who has completed a beginner

level Tai Chi class or has had previous

experience with a similar

style of Tai Chi.

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $75.60 Members,

$87 Non-Members

Tue Jan 7-Mar 24, 9:45 a.m.

Total Body Conditioning

This total body conditioning class

will challenge the active 55+ individual.

A cardio warmup will prepare

you for a resistance training,

balance, flexibility, core strength

and floor workout. The benefits of

regular exercise consisting of these

major components will improve

your mental, physical and emotional

health, increase your energy

level to be able to carry out daily

tasks, and reduce your chances of


Class length: 60 mins

Classes: 12

Fee: $75.60 Members,

$87 Non-Members

Wed Jan 8-Mar 25, 8 a.m.



Android Tablets and


During this private lesson, the instructor

will assist you with any

problems or concerns you have

with your tablet or smartphone!

Please bring your tablet or

smartphone to the class.

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 1

Fee: $20.50 Members,

$23.58 Non-Members

Mon Mar 2, 9:30 a.m.

Mon Mar 2, 10:30 a.m.

Mon Mar 2, 11:30 a.m.

Computer Mentoring

Just about everyone with a computer

runs into problems! Don’t

struggle when there is help available

at these weekly mentoring sessions.

Volunteers from the GWSA

Computer Club are available to

assist you with your specific problem


Class length: 2 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $3.00 Members,

$5.00 Non-Members

See the box at the bottom of page

32 for dates and codes.

Email Basics

Are you new to email and want to

learn how to better communicate

with friends, family and even businesses?

Do you want to learn how

to better use your current email

service? This workshop will teach

you how to use an internet-based

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$25.00 discount coupon

with this ad

Please call 519-821-6683

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email service (Yahoo! Mail) to

send and receive messages, attach

documents and photos, as well as

identifying and avoiding email viruses.

If you already have an email

account, bring your login and password,

as there will be time to practice

and to have your questions answered.

To get the most out of this

session, you should know how to

use a mouse.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $21 Members,

$24.15 Non-Members

Fri Feb 28, 9:30 a.m.


Facebook is a social media website

that allows you to connect with

friends, family and even businesses.

This workshop will teach you

about social networking using Facebook.

You will learn about key

features, including how to log on,

navigate the website, find friends

and family, edit your online profile,

as well as managing your privacy


You will learn about advanced

features including messages and

chat, creating photo albums, joining

groups, user lists, and using the

App Centre. This session will allow

for practice time and an opportunity

to ask your questions.

To get the most out of this session,

you should already have a

Facebook account set up.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $21 Members,

$24.15 Non-Members

Fri Feb 14, 9:30 a.m.

File Management

Thought file management was just

for paper files? Think again! It’s

just as important to keep the files

on your computer organized and

up-to-date. Just as with paper files,

the goal of computer file management

is to ensure that you can find

what you’re looking for, even if

you’re looking for it years after its

creation. This file management

workshop will help you keep your

files organized and accessible.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $21 Members,

$24.15 Non-Members

Tue Feb 11, 1 p.m.

Internet Basics

Are you new to the internet and

want to learn more about going

online? Would you like to better

understand internet jargon? Has

using an Internet browser left you

frustrated and confused? This

workshop will guide you through

the internet basics, including how

to use a browser, navigate websites

and use a search engine, as well as

understanding internet jargon. This

session will also help you to identify

Internet threats and stay safe

when online. To get the most out

of this session, you should already

know how to use a mouse.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $21 Members,

$24.15 Non-Members

Fri Feb 7, 9:30 a.m.


This course is to help the new Apple

iPad user navigate through the

functions of this type of computer

tablet. Please bring your iPad to


Class length: 2 hours Classes: 2

Fee: $31.30 Members,

$36 Non-Members

Mon Jan 13 & 20, 10 a.m.

Let’s Get Started

This entry level course is for those

who would like to try computing at

its most basic level. Your instructor

will give hands-on experience

while learning at your own speed.

Class length: 2 hours Classes: 4

Fee: $62.20 Members,

$72 Non-Members

Tue Jan 14-Feb 4, 1 p.m.

Maintenance and Peak


Is your computer running slow?

Got a lot of ‘garbage’ on your

computer? Need to understand

anti-virus software? You can use

your existing Windows software to

clean that up and get peak performance

to keep your computer running


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All computer mentoring sessions are held on Monday afternoons from 1-3 pm for $3.00 for Members

and $5.00 for Non-Members.

Participants pay in advance at the registration desk.

** The Computer Lab is open all day for member use as long as there isn’t a scheduled class using it. **

Computer Free Time:

Every Wednesday morning

from 9:30-11:30 am,

and Friday afternoon

from 1:00-3:00 pm,

open to all members of the


free of charge.


Dec 2 Jan 6 Jan 27 Feb 24 Mar 16

Dec 9 Jan 13 Feb 3 Mar 2 Mar 23

Dec 16 Jan 20 Feb 10 Mar 9 Mar 30

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Class length: 2 hours Classes: 3

Fee: $46.95 Members,

$54 Non-Members

Tues Jan 8-Jan 22, 1 p.m.

Microsoft Word

With Microsoft Word, you can create

fantastic cards, flyers, meeting

minutes, newsletters - basically,

any kind of document. It’s not just

for typing letters anymore! Come

learn the basics of this fabulous

program and how templates can

give you a head start on all your

projects. This class is for Windows.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $21 Members,

$24.15 Non-Members

Fri Mar 6, 9 a.m.


Learn how to set up Skype, add

your contacts and make your first

call. Learn how to change your

settings to private, block or unblock

contacts, and view your history.

Communicate between computers.

Talk to anyone on Skype,

anywhere in the world, for free

with a Skype-to-Skype call.

Class length: 2 hours

Classes: 2

Fee: $31.30 Members,

$36 Non-Members

Wed Mar 11 & 18, 1 p.m.


LGBTQ++ Seniors

Mix & Mingle

Do you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual

or on the gay spectrum?

Come and enjoy an afternoon of

companionship and fun. Chat, visit,

discuss and share info in a very

accepting environment. Light refreshments,

coffee/tea (alcoholfree

event). For more information,

call Dot Mercer, 519-763-4585.

Fee: Free (donations towards

refreshments always welcome,

but not required)

Wed. Dec. 11

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Peer Learning - Current Events

This subject is back again and

there are plenty of issues to discuss!

Participants will look into the

background of current topics from

Politics, Economics, Business,

Crime, the Environment, Science,

Technology, the Arts, Sports and

more. Items could be local, national

or international. Come and share

your views.

Fee: $18.00 Members,

$33.00 Non-Members

Mon Jan 6-Mar 23

9:30-11:30 a.m. Classes: 9

No classes: Jan 13, Feb 17

Peer Learning - World Migration:

Patterns through History

Many thousands of years ago, early

humans first ventured out of Africa

and now inhabit virtually every

corner of the world. Today, emigration

and immigration continue

to provide migrants with many opportunities

and challenges. These

have emerged in the last few years

as critical political and policy concerns.

Come and join us as we explore

the journey humanity has

taken across continents and

through the ages up until the present


Fee: $18.00 Members,

$33.00 Non-Members

Tue Jan 7-Mar 17

1:30-3:30 p.m. Classes: 9

No class: Jan 14

Peer Learning - Canada North

of 60

Voyages of discovery, the Hudson’s

Bay Company and Klondike

gold rush are part of our history.

Contemporary issues include Nunavut,

climate change, Arctic

sovereignty, resource extraction

and northern tourism.

Fee: $18.00 Members,

$33.00 Non-Members

Thu Jan 9-Mar 19

9:30-11:30 a.m. Classes: 9

No class: Jan 16

Piano Lessons

Have you always wanted to learn


piano? Haven’t played for a while

and would like some instruction?

All levels of learners are welcome.

Class length: 30 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $246 Members,

$282.96 Non-Members

Wed Jan 8-Mar 25, noon

Wed Jan 8-Mar 25, 12:30 p.m.

Wed Jan 8-Mar 25, 1:15 p.m.

Wed Jan 8-Mar 25, 1:45 p.m.

Wed Jan 8-Mar 25, 2:30 p.m.

Wed Jan 8-Mar 25, 3:00 p.m.

A Taste of Greece

Opa! Learn how to cook an authentic

Greek dinner including

chicken and pork souvlaki, tzatziki

and Greek salad. Please bring a

water bottle and containers for any


Class length: 2.5 hours

Classes: 1

Fee: $36.24 Members,

$41.67 Non-Members

Tue Feb 25, 6:30 p.m.

Taste of Italy

Come and enjoy a taste of Italy.

Learn how to cook an Italian dinner

which includes antipasto, soup

and pasta. Please bring containers

for any possible leftovers and a

water bottle.

Class length: 2.5 hours

Classes: 1

Fee: $36.24 Members,

$41.67 Non-Members

Tue Feb 4, 6:30 p.m.



Acrylic Painting

Join us for informative lessons in

painting with acrylics. Stroke

types, techniques and form will be

the focus of this hands-on class. Be

inspired, have an open mind and

create your masterpiece with this

form of art.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 6

Fee: $86.88 Members,

$99.91 Non-Members

Thu Jan 9-Feb 13, 9 a.m.

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Cabin Fever - Quilting

Explore the versatility of the timeless

log cabin block in this eight

week class. Choose from several

construction methods (traditional

piecing, foundation piecing or specialty

rulers) to make the classic

log cabin block or one of its many

variations. Learn to make a trendy

hexagon log cabin block. Make

yours modern with fresh, contemporary

colours and improvisational

piecing. Use your quilt blocks in a

range of projects including quilts,

bed runners, table toppers, placemats,

pillows, tote bags or wall

hangings. The possibilities are

endless! Quilters will need a sewing

machine in good working order

and basic sewing supplies.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 8

Location: West End Community


Fee: $115.84 Members,

$133.20 Non-Members

Mon Jan 6-Mar 2, 9 a.m.

No class: Feb 17

Expressive Arts

This course is for everyone! No

drawing/painting skills required.

The method is to concentrate on

the present moment, on the process,

listen to yourself, to your

body, relax and enjoy! No rules in

the Expressive Arts! The process

of creation is emphasized rather

than the final product. Nevertheless,

we create finished pictures

along with many various exercises

using different medium and surfaces.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 6

Location: Victoria Rd Recreation


Fee: $86.88 Members,

$99.90 Non-Members

Tue Jan 7-Feb 11, 1 p.m.

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Fundamentals of Drawing

This course is ideal for the beginner,

or those who may be taking

other painting courses and need a

refresher course to hone their

skills. Participants will be introduced

to exercises in drawing

from observation and the creation

of three-dimensional effects

through the use of light and shade

and perspective. Tips and techniques

for drawing accurately will

be introduced with still life and

people as the main subject matter

for this course. Materials for this

course will be discussed in the first


Class length: 2 hours Classes: 8

Fee: $77.12 Members,

$88.72 Non-Members

Tue Jan 7-Feb 25, 10:15 a.m.

Intermediate Pastels

This pastel course is a continuation

of the Beginner Pastels

course. This course will focus on

various genres of painting to help

students express themselves in

their own pictures. Also we will be

introduced with past and present

pastel artists to study and develop

your own style and manner in creating

art projects. We will work

from still life or photo references.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 8

Fee: $115.84 Members,

$133.20 Non-Members

Thu Jan 9, 1 p.m.

Portrait Drawing and Painting

This class is structured to develop

and nurture the student's aesthetic

vision concerning painting portraits.

Students will learn basic

structure and proportions of cranial

and facial parts of a head and

the first steps in the art of painting

portrait. They will learn to incorporate

light, shadow/tone and colour

to bring portraits alive. Students

will also paint their selfportraits.

The self-portraits will

employ subjective approach. Students

will be encouraged to value

not only resemblance, but also an

expressive content. The class is

open to both methods: working

from a model and photographs.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 8

Location: West End Community


Fee: $115.84 Members,

$133.20 Non-Members

Wed Jan 8-Feb 26, 1 p.m.


Sketching is a good way to learn

or improve your drawing skills.

This course suits all levels of students

who want to know how to

draw quick and accurate sketches.

Whether you want to prepare for a

big project or draw the world

around us, sketching is a great way

to express yourself.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 8

Location: Victoria Road Rec


Fee: $115.84 Members,

$133.20 Non-Members

Thu Jan 9-Feb 27, 9 a.m.


This watercolours class is for all

levels of painters. The instructor

will work with participants on an

individual basis or in small groups

of similar interest or skill.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 8

Fee: $86.88 Members,

$99.91 Non-Members

Mon Jan 6-Mar 2, 9 a.m.

No class: Feb 17

Did you know that you can

purchase your Guelph transit

tickets and monthly passes at the

Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre? Tickets are also available

at all City recreation centres and at

ServiceGuelph at City Hall.


by Ken Johnson

Whenever I hear his name or see him in person, I

can’t help but think of Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Jack

Benny, and I conjure up vaudeville acts of humour

from comedians of bygone years.

Frank Aylmer Bard was born on May 19, 1924, and

became a volunteer at the Seniors Centre in 1984.

The Seniors Centre was then at 2 Quebec Street and

he worked with Doug Erickson and George Burford

on the sound system. He helped plan and chair the

Friday evening dances and became the emcee.

Friday evenings developed its own

flavour as a social event for seniors.

Once a month, the dances would have

a theme, such as circus or multiculturalism,

Hawaiian or Hoedown night,

much like today’s themed dances like

Snowflake, Halloween Howl and

Easter Bunny Hop.

The great thing about volunteering

is that it is not profit oriented. You’re

not concerned about the bottom line

which helps you enjoy organizing and

participating in such events. Frank

still remembers charging 25¢ for a

coffee and a muffin at these dances.

Volunteer jobs at the Evergreen

Seniors Community Centre are designed

according to what volunteers

want to do, instead of the other way

around. Most volunteers are women,

and unfortunately, a lot of men miss out on the joy of

volunteering. This wasn’t the case for Frank. When

he realized that he could entertain and make people

laugh, he discovered it was more pleasant doing

things together with other volunteers rather than sitting

around with other men and talking about the sad

state of world affairs.

He re-enacted vaudeville acts and joined up with

the Seniors Centre line dancers and entertained audiences

at various seniors residences and other venues.

Most of Frank’s volunteering was with the Christmas

Fantasy Show (now named the Variety Show). He

did everything from usher, emcee to entertainer. He

performed with Terry Flook for many years as a

busker. It was their job to entertain the audience during

downtime between acts. Before moving to the

present day Evergreen Seniors Community Centre in

1992, the shows were held at John F. Ross High


Around 1998/99, two “sisters”

teamed up and brought farce comedy

to audiences at these shows for

approximately 10 years. Joan Fischer

and Nola Pestil re-enacted vaudeville

acts. Who remembers The

Chipmunks, Suzy Snow Flakes, Inka

Dinka Do, and the Sister Act? Who

remembers Frank Bard crossing the

stage during performers’ costume

changes and stage crew’s prop

changes, strumming a toy ukulele

while singing a silly little ditty and

reciting humorous satire?

None of the performers had a

script to follow, or had elaborate

costumes to wear. Every line was off

the cuff and they made their own

costumes by hand or bought them

from second hand stores.

It is my plan to have some of Frank’s satire published

in a future Sentinel – he can still recite many

of them. In the meantime, thanks for the memories



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Chris Fraser

The Book Nook —

“A Lending Library”

We are open Monday to

Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

* * * *

Here is another terrific book

“The New Girl” by Daniel Silva.

When a girl, surrounded by mystery,

at an exclusive private school

in Switzerland is abducted, her father

who is the Crown Prince of

Saudi Arabia, Khalid Bin Mohammed,

contacts Gabriel Allon, the

Chief of Israeli Intelligence, to try

to find his daughter.

The Prince has many enemies, so

Gabriel sets up surveillance and

monitors the phones of possible


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Magnifying Glass

Lighted magnifying glass with extended arm. Table

mounted, $25. 519-265-3400.

Transport Wheelchair

Transport wheelchair, almost new. Lightweight

with leg rests. $100 OBO. Call 519-836-0251.

Dyson Canister Vacuum & Carpet

Dyson Level 3 Root Cyclon with all extra tools, 6

years old. $200. 8’x10’ carpet, excellent condition.

Wine colour with white & green border. $200

OBO. 519-824-9828.

Women’s Winter Coat & Jacket

Lady’s 3/4 length winter coat with hood. Size S-M,

good condition. $30. Lady’s winter jacket with

hood. Size M, good condition. $25. Call 519-824-


suspects with connection to this


With the help of his old friends,

Mikhail and Sarah, they follow

several leads. Khalid believes

someone is trying to kill him so

that he will not become King.

Abducting his daughter is a way to

force him to step down in order to

save her.

This is a thrilling story with

rivalries between the world’s great

powers and their spies. It is a real

page turner, and full of suspense.

You simply won’t want to put it

down. I hope you enjoy reading it

as much as I did.

Happy Christmas to all our members.

I hope you will enjoy sitting

around the fire reading some of our

recently purchased books for the


Happy Reading,

Your bookworm and Librarian,

Chris Fraser

George Foreman Rotisserie

George Foreman Baby George Rotisserie. Brand

new, never used. $40 or best offer. Call 519-824-


Folding Roll-Away Bed & Golf Ball Retriever

Roll away bed, used twice. Golf ball retriever

(water) and golf bag cover for travelling. Call 519-


Pride Mobility Go Chair

Lightly used, 2 year warranty. 300 lb. capacity, under

seat storage, easy to assemble & disassemble.

18 amp battery, charger included. Asking $1,500

(includes delivery). Call 647-390-1626 or email


House Sitter

House sitter available to look after your house, water

plants, pick up mail, etc. References available.

Call 519-766-2933 to arrange an interview.

Free advertising for GWSA members ONLY.




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The Changing Seasons – Anticipating


By Ross Coulter

When I was a youngster in elementary

school, I knew nothing of the equinoxes and

solstices that ushered in the various seasons

on the 21st of this month or 21st of that

month. Certainly the names of the four seasons

were known, but my year was never

broken down in quarters. No, my year was

measured by the special days, events and holidays.

It started in February with Valentine’s Day

on the 14th, wondering if the cute little

blonde seated at the desk across from me was

going to give me a Valentine. I hoped so because

I had one for her. Valentine’s Day was

followed shortly by Shrove Tuesday and

Lent, both of which, at the time, I was totally

ignorant, but the pancakes on ‘Pancake Tuesday’

were always enjoyed with thoughts of

Easter in the offing and the annual March

Break and a week off from school.

Good Friday, another day off school with

lots of chocolate to follow on Easter Sunday,

whether in egg or bunny shape, mattered not.

The only thing not enjoyed about Easter was

the mandatory Easter garb. I hated dressing

up, but payback was but a week or so away.

I’d get even on April 1, April Fools Day.

The Victoria Day May 24 weekend was

next on my little calendar, with another day

off school and great fireworks displays.

While June offered no holidays or special

events, it did hearken the end of school and

the beginning of the Summer Holidays, the

then named Dominion Day on July 1 and

more fireworks.

The August 1 holiday weekend really went

for naught as there was no school to miss and

really nothing to celebrate, but the month

was marked with the opening of the CNE,

always visited and always fun.

September! Ugh! Labour Day, the end of

the Summer Holidays and the beginning of

another school year. Never a great month in

my book and nothing to celebrate

until mid-October with

Thanksgiving and another day

off school, which leads into

November, a totally unexciting

month except for the growing proliferation

of Christmas décor and anticipation. December

arrives with the early celebration of my

birthday before the excitement of Santa,

Christmas gifts and another break from

school really takes hold. Banging pots and

pans with wooden spoons on New Year’s

Eve, December 31 ends the old and welcomes

the new, and it starts all over again

Of course, while all the celebrating and enjoyment

of days off school have been experienced,

the seasons have been changing as

they are wont to do. Winter into Spring,

Spring into Summer, Summer into Autumn,

and Autumn back to Winter again, and that’s

the reality of where I am at the moment, anticipating

the coming Winter. Based on the

last many Winters experienced as a senior, I

do not look forward to the coming season

with any great relish. The overkill of Christmas

marketing already started throughout the

city creates too early thoughts of the hurry

and scurry of Christmas shopping. Geez! As I

write this, my thoughts are still on the ways

and means of how to dispose of the Halloween


But as ever, I shall abide with the inevitable

snow and cold, biting winter winds as they

creep into my bones, assuaged by thoughts of

a January respite aboard the five-masted

Royal Clipper sailing vessel plying the Caribbean

under sail from one island to another.

Aah! The warmth of a tropical sun calls, the

thoughts of which shall see me through.


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See Puzzles on pgs. 26 & 27

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CREMATION: $1935 +hst BURIAL: $5995 +hst

If prearranged and prepaid by December 31, 2020 If prearranged and prepaid by December 31, 2020

Christmas Carol Quiz Answers

11. O Little Town of Bethlehem

6. What Child Is This?

17. Go, Tell It on the Mountain

16. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

1. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

21. Carol of the Bells

4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

2. O Holy Night

12. Silver Bells

5. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

14. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

3. I’ll Be Home for Christmas

19. Away in the Manger

10. Angels, We Have Heard on High

20. Silent Night

8. We Three Kings

9. O Come All Ye Faithful

18. Joy to the World

7. Little Drummer Boy

22. The Holly and the Ivy

13. Jingle Bells

15. White Christmas

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Process for GWSA Trips

General: (1) All travellers on GWSA Travel Club trips should be members of the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association.

Non-members are now able to book trips two weeks after members provided room is still available.

(2) Memberships are payable to the City of Guelph — Visa, MasterCard, Cash or Cheque may be used unless otherwise indicated.

(3) Please refrain from using scented products during GWSA trips.

Booking Your Trip: (1) Service numbers will be issued at the Centre starting at 8:30 am the day of trip bookings. (2)

Phone bookings to 519-823-1291 will start at 9:00 am on the same day. (3) Travellers may book for two GWSA members the first

morning of the trip bookings starting at 9:00 am. (4) The purchaser of day trip tickets is responsible for finding a replacement if he

or she is unable to travel. A waiting list may be consulted. A Doctor’s certificate is required for a refund.

Accessibility: (1) Please inquire about accessible seating prior to booking your ticket. As with all buses, accessible seating

is limited. You can help us ensure that we use this seating as efficiently as possible by providing information about your assistive

device. Please note that:

Travellers who will be using a powered wheelchair on trips are advised to note this when registering. While our trips are accessible,

seating for a powered wheelchair on the bus is limited and will be spoken for on a first come first serve basis. We

cannot accommodate scooters on the buses.

Travellers who can transfer to a bus seat may have their collapsible, manual wheelchair or walker stored in the cargo area of

the bus if required.

Lift Limit: 500 lbs maximum weight (wheelchair and person combined)

Lift Width: 32 inches

(2) Travellers with a disability, who require assistance during the trip, must be accompanied by a person who is fully capable

of rendering such assistance (this person must be an adult for some trips). The cost for this assistant will be the fee published

for the trip.

If you have any questions, please call the front desk at 519-823-1291.

TRAVEL in FEBRUARY 2020 - Register on DECEMBER 4, 2019


Friday, February 7, 2020 — Elmira Theatre

Total Cost: Members: $80.23 Non Members: $90.23 Code: 234078

Come with us for an evening performance of “The Wild Guys” at the Elmira Theatre. We will be having a

buffet supper at Crossroads restaurant prior to the show. Travelling is by school bus.

Leave Evergreen: 4:45 pm; Carousel: 4:55 pm; Square: 5:10 pm. Return: 10:30-10:45 pm

It takes time to put these trips together and we need YOUR commitment to make these trips actually happen!

DON’T WAIT! That means booking your seat BEFORE the trip has to be cancelled due to low numbers.

The Travel Committee must give the number of bookings a MONTH before the date of the trip and, if there aren’t enough

reservations AT THAT TIME, the trip will be cancelled! If you have already booked your seat, you will get a refund.

The GWSA will not provide refunds if the trip itinerary is altered due to circumstances beyond the control of the GWSA

Travel Club. If there is a 'refund or compensation' to the travellers as determined by the refund policy of the Transportation

Company or the Booking Company, the GWSA travellers will receive the refund.

NEWS: Members or Non-Members can now book any trip from the Great Canadian Holidays catalogue by phoning

Great Canadian Holidays at 1-800-461-8687 and book your trip yourself. Just say you’re a member of the Evergreen

Seniors Community Centre in Guelph and we will receive a commission for that trip.

Please do not park your vehicles in the Evergreen parking lot while you are on a day trip.

Vehicles must be left at the Carousel parking area in Riverside Park where you will board the bus. This allows for other

members to have a place to park when they come throughout the day.

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