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Update from Canada's Minister of Seniors, Deb Schulte

Seniors across Canada tell me they are worried about their financial security and outliving their savings.

Some older seniors share how their lives and needs have changed as they have aged — and so has their

financial situation. In Budget 2021, we took action to help relieve these stresses.

To help strengthen Canadians’ financial security later in life, we propose to:

1. Issue a one-time $500 payment in August 2021 directly to seniors who are aged 75 and older as of June

2022.

2. Permanently increase the Old Age Security (OAS) pension by 10 per cent for seniors aged 75 and older

in July 2022, providing $766 over the first year to pensioners receiving the full benefit.

This is the first permanent increase to the OAS pension since 1973, other than adjustments due to inflation.

Older seniors face increased financial pressures

The OAS increase targets older seniors’ increased needs and vulnerability as they age. Those pressures

include:

Higher health-care expenses. Out-of-pocket health-care expenses of seniors aged 80 and above are

more than $700 a year higher, on average, than those of seniors aged 65-74.

The onset of illness or disability. Close to half of all seniors above the age of 75 have a disability. As a

result, they need more supports and face increased costs.

Few older seniors are able to supplement their income with paid work. While many younger

seniors choose to remain employed, few seniors work beyond age 75. Those who do have a median

employment income of only $720 a year.

A higher risk of widowhood. Among seniors over 75, four in ten are widowed. Losing a spouse is not

only traumatic, but it can increase financial instability, particularly for senior women.

Increasing Old Age Security for older seniors builds on the work we have done to support all seniors.

For the youngest seniors, we restored the age of eligibility for Old Age Security to 65 from 67.

For the most vulnerable seniors, we increased the Guaranteed Income Supplement by 10 per cent for

singles. We also increased and enhanced the GIS earnings exemption that helped low-income seniors keep

more of the money they earn.

For future retirees, we are gradually increasing the Canada Pension Plan’s maximum yearly benefit by 50

per cent, a change that was mirrored by the Quebec Pension Plan.

To help everyone, we are increasing how much you can earn before paying federal income taxes. When

fully implemented in 2023, singles will save close to $300 and couples will save nearly $600 every year.

No single measure solves every challenge, but together, these policies are making a real difference in

Canadians’ retirement income security

Mark your calendars!

On June 8, 2021, the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum will host a

virtual stakeholder symposium on “The Future of Aging in Canada” from noon-3pm EST. It will bring

together stakeholders from across Canada and experts for a discussion on how to support healthy aging,

address senior abuse, and address social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Stay tuned

to the Seniors in Canada Facebook page for the link to the livestream.

Sincerely,

Minister Deb Schulte

canada.ca/seniors

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The Guelph/Wellington Seniors Association

A non-profit organization based at the

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

http://www.gwsa-guelph.ca

Ross Knechtel - Webmaster

Directors & Officers

Becky Fiedler — President

Brian Smith — Vice-President

Roger Stevens — Treasurer

Tonie MacInnis — Secretary

Directors

Pat Gage Ken Fugler

Wenda King Athar Khan

Ross Knechtel Mike Woof

Adam Rutherford

The Sentinel Team

Carol Croft — Adminstrator, Printer

Linda Green — Editor, Printer

George Hughes, Ken Pagniez — Printers

Bill Shephard, Ray Miller — Part-time

Assistants

All of the above GWSA members

are Volunteers.

GWSA Community Support Services Staff

Emma Whittaker — Manager

Audrey Bishop — Administrative Assistant

Margaret Iutzi — Move Well Co-ordinator

Molly Roberts — Eat Well Co-ordinator

Paula Frappier — Outreach Co-ordinator

All others working for CSS

are GWSA Volunteers

City Staff

Adam Rutherford — Program

Manager

tba — Customer Service Clerk

Tonie MacInnis — Recreation Program

Director — Senior Services

Becky MacDonald — Recreation

Co-ordinator — Volunteers

Jocelynn Desroches — Chef

Janice Walls — Assistant Cook

Don Harris — Facility Maintainer

Lorne Wollis — Cleaner

Harvinder Marjara, Nathan Luck, Mary

Loudoun — Customer Service Clerk II

Lynne Briggs — Manager of Recreation

Services

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

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,

www.gwsa-guelph.ca

ISSN: 0383 817X

A MESSAGE FROM THE GWSA

BOARD

We hope to see you at this year’s Annual General Meeting. It is

scheduled for 1:30 pm on Tuesday, June 8. We will use Zoom

for our meeting again this year. GWSA members wishing to

attend the meeting must pre-register online no later than noon

on June 7 so that we may verify membership and send the

meeting link to your email address.

Preregistration is available at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/

tZctdO2hqjoiE9N5PC6-V5EYsbRPfV6qPD5n

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email

containing information about joining the meeting. This may

take up to two days. All registrations will be processed no later

than the day before the meeting.

Zoom allows attendees to attend via computer, tablet, iPad or

smart phone. Dial-in phones are not supported for this meeting

because they do not permit voting.

For more information about joining with your device, please

visit Zoom’s downloads page: https://zoom.us/

download#client_4meeting

Zoom has become a popular platform over the last several

months. You probably have friends or family members who

have experience using it. Ask them to set up a Zoom meeting so

you can try it before the AGM.

If you need help with Zoom, please contact GWSA’s Computer

Mentoring via their online form: https://gwsa-guelph.ca/

computer-mentoring/

Limited technical support will be available 30 minutes prior to

the meeting, and during the meeting, by emailing Ross Knechtel

at ross.knechtel@gwsa-guelph.ca

Please visit the GWSA website to download the Annual Report

and the AGM package. We look forward to seeing you at the

meeting!

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 (no political or religious topics please).

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GWSA Email Update for the Month of May 2021

National Long-Term Care Services Standard - Your Input is Important

A collaboration between HSO (Health Standards Organization), SCC (Standards Council of Canada)

and CSA Group (Canadian Standards Association) wants your input for a set of new LTC (Long Term

Care) national standards. Contributions from residents, families and the LTC workforce are necessary for

establishing national standards that are comprehensive, safe, and define reliable high-quality care practices.

To help in the design and build of the new standards, please consider adding your voice to that of other

Canadians about what matters most to you when it comes to long-term care. Complete their survey. The link

can be found at the bottom of the HSO page.

Federal Budget 2021 Highlights Affecting Seniors

The Minister of Seniors, Deb Schulte, has pulled some highlights from the 2021 budget that may be most

relevant to you:

Increasing Seniors’ Financial Security

The government will increase Old Age Security (OAS) benefits for seniors age 75 and older. Budget 2021

proposes to implement this commitment in two steps:

1. By providing a one-time payment of $500 in August 2021 to OAS pensioners who will be 75 or over as

of June 2022.

2. By introducing legislation to increase regular OAS payments for pensioners 75 and over by 10 per cent

on an ongoing basis as of July 2022.

This would increase the benefits for 3.3 million seniors, providing additional benefits of $766 to full OAS

pensioners in the first year, and indexed to inflation going forward.

This would give seniors more financial security later in life, when they are worried about outliving their

life savings. As seniors age, their health and home care costs rise, all while they are more likely to be unable

to work, have disabilities or be widowed. Our plan helps address these pressures and improve older seniors’

quality of life.

Helping Seniors Age Well at Home

To support seniors to live in their homes for longer as they age, Budget 2021 proposes to provide $90

million to launch the Age Well at Home initiative. The initiative would assist community-based

organizations in providing practical support that helps low-income and otherwise vulnerable seniors age in

their homes.

It would match seniors with volunteers who can help with meal preparations, home maintenance, daily

errands, yard work, and transportation. It would also help seniors access local services such as shoveling

snow, cutting grass, picking up medicine and taking care of other practical, non-medical tasks that they are

no longer able to manage.

Strengthening Long-term Care and Supportive Care

We welcome the Health Standards Organization and Canadian Standards Association’s work to develop

national standards for long-term care. Their work with governments, stakeholders, and Canadians will help

inform our ongoing collaboration with provinces and territories on improving long-term care, while

respecting their jurisdiction.

Budget 2021 proposes to provide $3 billion over five years, starting in 2022-23, to Health Canada to

support provinces and territories in ensuring standards for long-term care are applied and permanent changes

are made, so that seniors and those in care live in safe and dignified conditions.

More Supports of Interest to Seniors

In addition to the supports mentioned above, Budget 2021 proposes to: build, repair, and support an

additional 35,000 affordable housing units for vulnerable Canadians, including seniors. This is part of the

National Housing Strategy, which is on track to invest $70 billion by 2027-28 to help more Canadians find

an affordable place to call home.

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Help more families and people living with disabilities access the existing Disability Tax Credit and other

related support measures.

Improve access to palliative care and end-of-life care, including culturally sensitive care by proposing to

provide $29.8 million over six years, starting in 2021-22, to Health Canada to advance the government’s

palliative care strategy and lay a better foundation for co-ordinated action on long-term and supportive care

needs.

Provide $100 million over three years, starting in 2021-22, to the Public Health Agency of Canada to

support projects for innovative mental health interventions for populations disproportionately impacted by

COVID 19, including seniors.

Invest $400 million in 2021-22 to Employment and Social Development Canada to create a temporary

Community Services Recovery Fund to help charities and non-profits adapt and modernize so they can

better support the economic recovery in our communities.

Extend the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit an additional 4 weeks, to a maximum of 42 weeks, in the

event that caregiving options are not sufficiently available.

Invest $50 million over five years, starting in 2021-22, for the Public Health Agency of Canada to design

and deliver interventions that promote safe relationships and prevent family violence, including elder abuse.

Provide an additional $15 million over three years, starting in 2021-22, to Veterans Affairs Canada to

expand and enhance the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund for projects that will support veterans during

the post COVID-19 recovery, including addressing homelessness, employment, retraining, and health

challenges.

The Government of Canada’s top priority remains protecting Canadians’ health and safety, particularly

during this third, aggressive wave of the virus and its variants. The vaccine rollout is accelerating across

Canada, and the federal government is on track to receive 48 to 50 million doses by the end of June.

Groceries from The SEED - It Takes a Community to Feed a Community

Groceries from The SEED is a pay-what-you-choose online grocery store with a purpose! Our goal is

to make Guelph-Wellington the first community in Canada where everyone has access to good food. Those

who can afford to buy some of their groceries this way (with delivery!) can help to subsidize people who

cannot afford to pay for their groceries. It would be a great help to many of our CSS clients as an ongoing

way to access food!

Benefits of Membership:

You have access to high quality groceries at competitive prices

Your groceries are delivered to your door

Our innovative pay-what-you-choose pricing offers choice and dignity to community members who


otherwise can’t afford groceries

100%-paying Members have the satisfaction of knowing their food dollars are helping others access

good food

If we meet our goal of 500 new Retail Memberships, we will be able to offer Discount Memberships to

760 households!

For more information, go to the website at SEED

On-Demand Bus Service

Guelph Transit introduced On-Demand Bus Service on May 2. On-demand differs from conventional

transit in that there is no fixed route or schedule, and buses are dispatched on a request-basis. This means

more flexibility for you as you can book a ride when it’s most convenient for you.

You can book a ride using the free app, by phone or from the website, and the bus will pick up and drop

off at pre-set locations throughout the city.

On-demand service can be requested from anywhere in the city and will replace the Community Bus

(north and south loops) and route 16 Southgate. The service will also extend into the Hanlon Creek Business

Park, located west of the Hanlon Expressway in the city’s south end.

Service to the two business parks is the same as conventional service hours (Monday to Saturday 5:45

a.m. to 12:15 a.m. and Sunday 9:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.) and on-demand service to other areas in the city is

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Monday to Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. There is no additional cost to take an on-demand trip;

use regular transit fare for the ride.

Learn all about the service and how to book your ride here: https://guelph.ca/living/getting-around/bus/

schedules/on-demand-bus-service/

GWSA Annual General Meeting

For more information, visit the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association website at GWSA.

The GWSA Needs You

The GWSA is currently recruiting for Virtual Volunteers to assist with Committees, Special Events, and

on the GWSA Board of Directors.

There are currently no “in-person” volunteer positions at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre.

You can check out our current list of Volunteer Opportunities at https://gwsa-guelph.ca/volunteeropportunities/

Please speak to Becky MacDonald (519-822-1260 x 2096)

OR email her at becky.macdonald@guelph.ca for information on any of the volunteer opportunities listed.

How to Strength Train as You Age

Virtual Workshop June 17 at 11 am

Should you lift weights? Does it sound scary?

Do you want to start strength training, but feel

intimidated, do not want to get too bulky and

have no idea where to start? Our Fitness

Director recommends adding strength training to

your routine. Strength training is vital in

avoiding injuries and maintaining functional

strength as you age. Beginning at about age 30,

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men and women lose muscle mass at about the rate of 10 percent per decade until about 50, when that loss

accelerates to 15 percent per decade. Over time, the loss of muscle mass can be severe, greatly affecting

your quality of life. Don’t wait until it’s too late. In this seminar, you will be given an introduction to

strength training and why it is so important as you age. You will also be given tips on how to strength train

as you age as well as a basic strength training program for beginners.

This workshop is sponsored by OASSIS - the association for not-for-profit organizations’ benefit plans.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUof-GqqD4iH9VSjvvR0hhYNFyfRZoApPJu

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Connecting Circles - Social Change Workshop Series

In February, 10C (10 Carden) launched a pilot program called Connecting Circles. 10C Connecting

Circles are safe, free opportunities for older adults and seniors in Guelph and Wellington County to

virtually connect with people and organizations in their community.

The Connecting Circles: Social Change Series is a gathering of intergenerational participants in Guelph

and Wellington County to learn, connect and build back better as a community, post pandemic.

Each Monday night, we will be unpacking a topic of social change within our community – especially

those which have been sorely needed during this pandemic (eg: economic equality, environmental

protection, mental health support). Our main goals for this series is to educate participants on social issues,

share resources and inspiration to help drive change in our community, and allow participants to make

connections within their community to fight social isolation.

Each Monday night, Circle will include a speaker (or multiple in a panel style discussion), followed by

facilitated group discussions, activities and open Q&A. We want to enable participants to become changemakers

in their own community and create a safe space for ideas to be shared and questions to be answered.

10C Connecting Circles are safe, free opportunities for older adults and seniors in Guelph and Wellington

County to virtually connect with people in their community. These weekly Zoom calls are meant to bring

adults and seniors together, encourage intergenerational sharing, and bring some joy into peoples’ homes.

10C Shared Space is grateful for the support of our Connecting Circles community partners: The People

and Information Network and Guelph Wellington Seniors Association.

Click below for information on upcoming workshops.

https://10carden.ca/connecting-circles/

Music in the Hills - Jim Cuddy In Person Drive-in Performance June 25

Jim Cuddy (remember him from Blue Rodeo) will be performing a benefit concert on June 25 at the

Mansfield Ski Club in Mulmur (north of

Orangeville). Every car participating in

the event will receive a “swag bag”.

This benefit concert is in aid of

the Suicide Awareness Council of

Wellington-Dufferin.

For more information and to purchase

tickets, visit the Music In the Hills

website.

May Sentinel is Available Now

Read online or download your own copy: The Sentinel May 2021

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Volunteer Corner from Becky MacDonald

WELCOME BACK VIRTUAL

VOLUNTEERS!

We miss you in person! Volunteering and the

world around us has changed in many ways

over the last year and a half.

Many volunteers have taken on a new role

“virtual volunteering” in the same capacity as

in person, but moving in-person interaction to

online through technology. Thank you for

continuing to pursue your passion as a

volunteer and doing your best to keep everyone

engaged, including yourself. It’s a new way to

volunteer and hopefully we can all get back to

in-person, face-to-face interactions soon. Keep

safe and healthy and looking forward to seeing

you all again. Thank you for keeping up the

great work you all do!

an active member on the Board and assisting

where needed on committees; Provide reports

and updates to all members; Review monthly

financial statements; Report Board issues to

the Committee and report the Committee’s

issues to the Board; Participate in selfdevelopment

training, where and when

appropriate.

ASSISTANT EDITOR

The GWSA is looking for someone to assist

with the monthly email updates. This is a parttime

position, once a month.

Access to a computer



Publishing/editor experience

Assist with the monthly email updates to

stay connected with the community

There are “new” volunteer positions that are

requiring your help. All positions are virtually

from the comfort of your home. Please see the

options that follow: Committees, Board,

Special Events, and Supports.

For more information and for details on each

position, please contact

becky.macdonald@guelph.ca

If the position is of interest to you, you will

be required to complete the “Volunteer

Application Form – online” at:

https://gwsa-guelph.ca/1749-2/ .

GWSA COMMITTEES

GWSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board is looking to recruit up to four (4)

new members. Experience in law, fundraising

and HR are an asset. The Board meets on the

third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am

virtually (min of 8 meetings per year). Being

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

The GWSA is looking for up to three

additional members. The Governance

Committee assists the Board of Directors with

the development and review of bylaws,

policies, and procedures for the Association.

Morning meetings during a few months of the

year.

Experience in governance with a not-forprofit

organization



Knowledge of legislative requirements

A keen interest in document research,

development, and review would be helpful.

SECRETARY

The Governance Committee is looking for

someone with a laptop and who is interested in

taking minutes at the meeting and updating any

documents as needed.

MEMBERSHIP & MARKETING

Three more committee members needed to join

the team. Meet on the 2 nd Tuesday of each

month at 9:30 am. The committee reports to

the Board for all membership and marketing

initiatives, focusing on the maximum interest

of members and advancement of the Board’s

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Strategic Plan. The Committee provides

content and messaging advice to the webmaster

for the website and social media accounts and

prepares monthly GWSA Email Updates.

Marketing and recruitment experience would

definitely be assets, but are not required.

Monitors membership satisfaction

Develops plans to improve member




recruitment and retention

Marketing responsibilities include arranging

for media coverage and creating

advertisements

Developing promotional material

Arranging special events such as Open

House and New Members’ Welcome -

either virtually or in-person as appropriate.

M&M EMAIL EDITOR

Attend regular M&M meetings on the 2 nd

Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am.

Distribute publications once per month or

as needed

Solicit, investigate and assemble items

Maintain the list of subscribers

TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE (NEW!)

Advise the Board of Directors and provide

technical leadership in support of the Strategic

Plan.

Production support: we need a group of

technically savvy and interested members to

prioritize a list of needed projects for planning

and implementation.

Experience in: electrician, sound tech,

lighting technician, carpentry or design would

be useful, and possibly computer-aided design

skills.

IT (Information Technology):

Make hardware and software

recommendations to address employee and

volunteer needs, including the Board,

Finance Committee, and members.

Oversee a small wireless network.

Provide guidance regarding the technical

aspects of the website and membership



mailing list.

Establish a modest A/V recording/live

streaming studio

Interest and background experience in IT,

including network management and video

production would be assets.

VARIETY SHOW COMMITTEE

The Committee is looking for enthusiastic,

dedicated individuals who like to work as a

team and have an interest in theatre to lead in

the following areas for this year’s virtual show:

Producer: Produce and Direct the Variety

show. Locate and secure acts, overall

organization of the show.

Retirement Homes Co-ordinator: Coordinate

with the retirement homes for ticket

sales.

Stage Manager:

Attends pre-show committee meetings

Co-ordinates with Producer on programme.

Makes show cue sheet for acts, their

requirements and technical directions

Works with Lighting and Sound personnel

for the show

Responsible for getting stage crew

Runs the show using cue sheet schedule.

Makes sure cast caller has acts ready to go

on stage ahead of time.

Secretary: The Secretary assists with

preparing the agenda for the meeting and

taking notes and distributing to all committee

members in a timely fashion

Hospitality and House: Make sure

everything is ready for the day of the Variety

Show and organize the event to run smoothly.

If you are interested in volunteering in any of

the areas listed, please contact Becky for more

information. becky.macdonald@guelph.ca

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

2020-2021

Tuesday, June 8 - 1:30 pm

Please note that the meeting will be held virtually through Zoom.

More information will be shared on the GWSA website

before the meeting.

Organizing a virtual meeting will work best if we have up-to-date information. You can update

that online through RecEnroll at http://recenroll.ca. Be sure we have your current email address,

phone number and mailing address. In this way, we can reach you about member services

and important information like the Annual General Meeting. All valid memberships have

been extended through the state of emergency. You can “Edit your Account” to update any information

that is out of date. If you don’t have a password or have forgotten, just use the

“Forgot your password” link to get a password.

THE SILVERTONES

The Silvertones continue to be active with bi-weekly Zoom practices, regular phone

calls to ensure all our members are safe and healthy and monthly emails from our

Director to keep everyone informed and up-to-date. We do need to put a cap on our

membership at the present time, however, please contact doreenmuir11@yahoo.com if

you would like more information or are interested in putting your name on a waiting

list.

Doreen Muir

President

The Silvertones Choir

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June is Seniors Month - A Message from Tonie

For me, this past year seems to have both crawled and flown by all at the same time, and here we

are again in the month of June where the sun has begun shining brighter, the birds have begun

chirping louder, and we take the time to celebrate the wonderful seniors within our community -

June is senior’s month, after all!

Typically at this time of the year, I would be working alongside the GWSA Walking Club to

spread the word about our annual walk from the Evergreen Centre to City Hall Market Square,

where, along our journey through the beautifully scenic trail systems, we share stories, laughs, and

build friendships. At the end of our journey, we gather with the Mayor, City Councillors, and other

community stakeholders to celebrate seniors with a flag raising ceremony.

Although we cannot gather this year for our usual celebrations, it is important for all seniors

within the community, and members of the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association, to know that

YOU are appreciated, YOU are celebrated, and YOU are valued.

More than you know, I CANNOT wait until the day comes that we can open our doors and

welcome you all back with open arms, where we can be together, be safe, and be active once again.

Until then, I encourage you to take advantage of the days when the sun is shining and get outside for

some fresh air and, if possible, move your body. A bike ride, walk or run, or a stand and stretch

activity outdoors are all great ways to get your blood flowing, and your muscles working.

On Monday, June 7, City staff will raise the “June is Senior’s Month” flag at City Hall Market

Square as a way to celebrate and acknowledge seniors within the community. It will fly for the

duration of the month.

I want to thank each and every one of you for being outstanding active members of our

community and by being members of the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association. Know that I am

waiting patiently and am eager to see you all again soon, but until then, stay safe and be well - and

thank you for being you!

Tonie MacInnis

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Groceries from The SEED

Groceries from The SEED is a pay-what-you-choose online grocery store with a purpose! Our goal is

to make Guelph-Wellington the first community in Canada where everyone has access to good food.

When you shop at Groceries from The SEED, you help people in your community afford good food. It takes

a community to feed a community.

Benefits of Membership:

You have access to high quality groceries at competitive prices

Your groceries are delivered to your door

Our innovative pay-what-you-choose pricing offers choice and dignity to community members who

otherwise can’t afford groceries

100%-paying Members have the satisfaction of knowing their food dollars are helping others access

good food

If we meet our goal of 500 new Retail Memberships, we will be able to offer Discount Memberships to

760 households!

Register

Click here to get started with Groceries from the SEED today. https://theseedguelph.ca/groceries/

Volunteer

Volunteers make it possible for us to offer deeper discounts to low-income community members. Apply

today!

Donate

Your donation will buy free groceries for our most vulnerable community members.

Thank you for supporting The SEED. Together we are building a new kind of food system.

For more information about Groceries from The SEED or to sign up by phone, contact our Customer

Service team at 519-821-6638 ext 396 or groceries@theseedguelph.ca

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Join us as we kick off Recreation and Parks

Month with Paralympian Sledge Hockey

Bronze Medalist, Kevin Rempel, who will

share his powerful message of hope and

resiliency in times of uncertainty.

Recreation and Parks Month

Keynote Webinar

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Click Here to Register

Paralympian, Kevin Rempel, has surmounted

incredible life challenges to reach the Olympic

podium and now brings his powerful message

of hope and resilience to audiences through his

speaking and writing.

Kevin shares his personal story inspiring

others that even when you have every reason

to give up, you must keep going. By adopting

the Hero Mindset, you can learn to overcome

your own hurdles and embrace change.

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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.

Art In The Hall

Inactive until September 2021

Needs a curator

Art Studio In 2

Evergreen Room 2

Jennifer Storey

(jenniferishere@sympatico.ca)

Every 2nd & 4 th Wednesdays 1-2

Badminton

Evergreen Auditorium

Jeff Millard (519-993-1362)

Inactive until September 2021

Casual Bicycling

Various Locations in and

around Guelph

Ned Coates (519-835-9799)

Wed. - May 1 - Oct. 31

9:00 am to Noon

Inactive until September 2021

Bid Euchre

Evergreen Room 4

Sharyn Richards (519-803-9500)

Mondays - 6:15-9:00 pm

Thursdays - 1:00-4:00 pm

Inactive until September 2021

6-Hand Bid Euchre

Evergreen Room 4

Dot Smith (519-836-6448)

Thursdays - 1:00-4:00 pm

Inactive until September 2021

Book Club 1

Evergreen Board Room

Veronica Sanche (519-767-9991)

Last Friday of month - 1-2:30 pm

ACTIVE Via Zoom

Book Club 2

Evergreen Room 2

Christine Trimble (519-823-2086)

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

Inactive until September 2021

Bridge - West End Lion’s Lair

David Pinkney (519-780-5302)

Mondays - 12:30-3:15 pm

Inactive until September 2021

Bridge - Evergreen

Evergreen Room 3

David Pinkney (519-780-5302)

Tuesdays - 6:30-9:00 pm

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Peter Traulsen (519-265-2376)

Thursdays - 12:30-3:30 pm

Inactive until September 2021

Improving Bridge

Evergreen Room 3

Pauline Smith (519-835-8694)

Fridays - 9:00-11:30 am

Inactive until September 2021

Bunka Art Group

Evergreen Room 3

Diane Barber (519-763-2996)

designbunny@rogers.com

Wednesdays - 9:15 am-noon

Inactive until September 2021

Canasta

Evergreen Hallway

Lionel Churchill (519-835-4155)

Wednesdays - 1-4 pm

Inactive until September 2021

Canoe Club

John Ness (519-994-8611)

canoeclubmembership@gmail.com

Inactive until May 2021

Chess Club

Evergreen Hallway

Dave Wurr (519-509-1032)

Fridays - 9:30 am-noon

Inactive until September 2021

Computer Club

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

ACTIVE VISUALLY

Craft Club

Evergreen Room 2

Judy Montgomery (519-824-8047)

Fridays - 8:30 am-1:30 pm

ACTIVE BY TELEPHONE

Cribbage

Evergreen Room 3

Audrey Young (519-824-5891)

Joy Halliburton (519-822-9714)

Elaine Miller (519-836-7874)

Tuesdays - 12:45-4 pm

Inactive until September 2021

Darts Club

Evergreen Auditorium - Stage

TBD

Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays

10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Inactive until September 2021

Dominoes

Evergreen Dining Room

Bev Baker (519-265-9139)

Tuesdays - 1:30-3:30 pm

Inactive until September 2021

Euchre on Monday

Evergreen Room 3

Maureen Baird (647-519-2006)

Mondays - 1:00-3:30 pm

Inactive until September 2021

Euchre on Wednesday

Evergreen Dining Room

Audrey Young (519-824-5891)

4th Wednesday - 1:30-4:00 pm

Inactive until September 2021

Euchre on Friday

Evergreen Room 4

Peter Smith (519-217-8986)

Fridays - 1:00-4:00 pm

Inactive until September 2021

Golf

Tom Kane (519-827-1475)

Mondays, May to September

Inactive until May 2021

Hearing Improvement

Evergreen Board Room

Sharing Information about

HEARING

Meet 1st Wed. of every month

From October to May

2:00-3:00 pm - it’s free

Call Marianne at 519-822-3946

Inactive until September 2021

Line Dancing

Evergreen Auditorium

Phyllis Carnochan (519-836-9415)

Mondays - 9:30 -11:45 am

Thursdays - 1:00-3:00 pm

Inactive until September 2021

Mah Jongg

Evergreen Hallway

Georgia Taylor (519-265-8816)

Tuesdays - 12:30-3:30 pm


Instruction available

Inactive until September 2021

Peer Learning

Evergreen Board Room

Andrew Webb (226-500-4755)

aswebb53@gmail.com

Mon., Tues., Thurs.

(times as assigned)

ACTIVE VIA ZOOM

Into Focus Photography

Evergreen Room 4

Bill Adams (olar57@gmail.com)

2:30-5 pm - last Monday of every

month - $24.00 a year

ACTIVE VIA ZOOM

Pickleball

Rudy Simon

gwsapickleball@gmail.com

Evergreen Auditorium

Tues. - 9:00 - 12:00 noon

(Beginners & Intermediate)

Friday - 12:45 - 4 pm

(all levels of play)

Inactive until September 2021

West End Rec Centre

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

(advanced play)

Thurs. - 2:15 - 5:00 pm

(all levels of play)

Inactive until September 2021

Quilting

Evergreen Room 2

Beryl Drohan (519-827-0120)

Mondays - 12:30-4:00 pm

ACTIVE BY TELEPHONE &

EMAIL

Scrabble

Evergreen Hallway

Beth Campeau (226-343-0415)

Thursdays - 1-3:45 pm

ACTIVE BY ZOOM

Shuffleboard

Evergreen Auditorium

Elaine Bigam (519-824-6498)

Ilbigam@gmail.com

Tuesdays - 1:30-3:00 pm

Wednesdays - 1:30-3:00 pm

Inactive until September 2021

Silver Seven Skating Club

Exhibition Park Arena

Corner of Exhibition &

Division Sts.

Sharon O’Sullivan (519-848-2084)

Saturdays - 8:00-9:50 pm

Inactive until September 2021

Silver Strummers

Ann Sneyd 519-830-6640

ACTIVE VIA ZOOM

Silvertones Choir

Evergreen Room 3

Doreen Muir (519-831-8323)

Choir Director - Ann Sneyd

Pianist - tba

Fridays 1:00-3:30 pm

ACTIVE VIA ZOOM

Ski Club

Evergreen Parking Lot by

The Enabling Garden

Shane Hamilton (519-994-2204)

Email: crs.hamilton@gmail.com

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

Inactive until September 2021

Evergreen Snooker Club

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

Inactive until Septembe

Table Tennis

Evergreen Auditorium

Ursula Rodrigues (519-837-3782)

Evergreen:

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)

Inactive until September 2021

Texas Hold ‘Em Poker

Evergreen Dining Room

Mike Rooke (519-824-2472)

Tuesdays - 6:30-8:30 pm

Inactive until September 2021

Walking Club

April to October

Thursdays - 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Brenda Langham (519-836-8366)

Gord Clegg (519-824-3293)

Inactive until September 2021

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Watercolour Painters Club

Evergreen Room 2

Jennifer Storey

(jenniferishere@sympatico.ca)

1st & 3 rd Wed. - 12:30-4:00 pm

ACTIVE VIA ZOOM

West End Art Group

Rm 2 West End Rec Centre

Nancy Baker (519-822-6653)

September – June, Tuesdays - 12:30-

4:00 pm

Membership is $20.00

Inactive until September 2021

West Hills Art Group

Rm 2 West End Rec Centre

Dale Vardy (519-823-5746)

bdvardy@rogers.com

Jan. - June; Sept. - Dec.

Thursdays - noon-4:00 pm

Membership is $25.00

Inactive until September 2021

Writers Club

Evergreen Board Room

Inactive

Be

active.

Get

involved.

Make

friends.

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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:

subscribe@gwsa-guelph.ca . 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

confirm.

4. Once you respond to the confirmation message,

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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 web page 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

up.

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 graphic by Unknown Author is

licensed under CC BY-ND


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No Job too Small - Call Ned Coates

519-835-9799

nedcoates7@gmail.com

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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)

519-546-3737 wellfoot@outlook.com

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Organizers Trevor Barton and Brian

Holstein are very pleased to announce

that the Tea ‘n’ Tales summer

storytelling festival at the Guelph

Enabling Garden will be held this year

virtually by Zoom.

Evergreen Kitchen

The City of Guelph is offering a frozen meal

program at the Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre.

Here are the details:

Purchase 5 meals for $25.

Pre-order is mandatory.

Call or email Becky M. at 519-822-1260

x2691 or Becky.MacDonald@guelph.ca to

place your order.

You may choose either meat or vegetarian

packages. If you require adjustments for

allergies/dietary restrictions, please let Becky

know at the time of your order. The kitchen

will make adjustments when possible.

Meals can be paid for in person or over the

phone with a credit card.

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$25.00 discount coupon

with this ad

Please call 519-821-6683

IN HONOUR OF FATHER’S DAY

BEST DAD JOKES

- Which bear is the most condescending? A pan-duh!

- What’s brown and sticky? A stick.

- Two guys walked into a bar. The

third guy ducked.

- How do you get a country girl’s

attention? A tractor.

- Why are elevator jokes so classic

and good? They work on many

levels.

- What do you call a pudgy psychic?

A four-chin teller.

- What do you call it when a group

of apes starts a company? Monkey

business.

- Want to know why nurses like red

crayons? Sometimes they have to

draw blood.

- What would the Terminator be

called in his retirement? The

Exterminator.

- My wife asked me to go get 6 cans

of Sprite from the grocery store. I

realized when I got home that I had

picked 7 up.

- Why do bees have sticky hair? Because they use a

honeycomb.

- Why do some couples go to the gym? Because they

want their relationship to work out.

- Why was the color green

notoriously single? It was always so

jaded.

- I used to hate facial hair, but then

it grew on me.

- Why did the coach go to the bank?

To get his quarterback.

- How do celebrities stay cool?

They have many fans.

- It takes guts to be an organ donor.

- What does “Rockin’ Robin” do

when she’s bored? Tweet.

- I lost my job at the bank on my

first day. A woman asked me to

check her balance, so I pushed her

over.

- How do you row a canoe filled

with puppies? Bring out the doggy

paddle.

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

If prearranged and prepaid by June 30, 2021 If prearranged and prepaid by June 30, 2021

BIRTHDAYS

Hillman, Eleanor - June 30 (97)

PASSAGES

Fischer, Joan Beverley passed away on

Monday, June 10, 2021, at the age of 88.

She was a long-time GWSA member and

performed in shows at the Evergreen

Seniors’ Centre.

Membership Benefit:

Every Day is Seniors Day

at Bulk Barn!

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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RED SKELTON’S RECIPE FOR THE PERFECT MARRIAGE

1. Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, good food and

companionship. She goes on Tuesdays, I go on Fridays.

2. We also sleep in separate beds. Hers is in California and mine is in Texas.

3. I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back.

4. I asked my wife where she wanted to go for our anniversary. “Somewhere I haven’t been

in a long time!” she said. So I suggested the kitchen.

5. We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.

6. She has an electric blender, electric toaster and electric bread maker. She said “There are

too many gadgets, and no place to sit down!” So I bought her an electric chair.

7. My wife told me the car wasn’t running well because there was water in the carburetor. I

asked where the car was. She told me, “In the lake.”

8. She got a mud pack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off.

9. She ran after the garbage truck, yelling, “Am I too late for the garbage?” The driver said,

“No, jump in!”

10. Remember: Marriage is the number one cause of divorce.

11. I married Miss Right. I just didn’t know her first name was ‘Always’.

12. I haven't spoken to my wife in 18 months. I don’t like to interrupt her.

13. The last fight was my fault though. My wife asked, “What's on the TV?” I said, “Dust!”

Can’t you just hear him say all of these?

I love it. These were the good old days when humor didn’t have to start with a four-letter

word or be political. It was just clean and simple fun. And he always ended his programs

with the words, “And May God Bless” with a big smile on his face.

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