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THE EARLY HISTORY OF GUELPH - 1784 to 1855

First Nations peoples used land on present-day Guelph as early as 11,000 years ago. Before

colonization, the area was considered by the surrounding Indigenous communities to be a “neutral”

zone and was inhabited by the Neutral Nation. According to the University of Guelph, “the area was

home to a First Nations community called the Attawandaron who lived in longhouses surrounded by

fields of corn”. The majority of this nation, about 4,000 people, lived in a village near what is now the

Badenoch area of Puslinch, near Morriston.

In 1784, the British Crown purchased a tract of land, that included present-day Guelph, from

the Mississauga people for approximately £1,180.

John Galt, the first Superintendent of the Canada Company, was hired to help

colonize Upper Canada. He selected Guelph as the headquarters of this British

development firm. Galt was a popular Scottish poet and novelist who also

designed the town to attract settlers and farmers to the surrounding countryside.

His design intended the town to resemble a European city centre, complete with

squares, broad main streets and narrow side streets, resulting in a variety of block

sizes and shapes which are still in place today. The street plan was laid out in a

radial street and grid system that branches out from downtown, a technique which

was also employed in other planned towns of this era, such as Buffalo, New York.

The founding was symbolized by the felling of a tree by Galt and William

“Tiger” Dunlop, who would be significant in the history of Goderich, Ontario, on

April 23, 1827. That was St. George’s Day, the feast day of the patron saint of

England.

The name Guelph comes through the Italian Guelfo from the Bavarian-

Germanic Welf. It is a reference to the House of Welf and chosen to honor King

George IV - the reigning British monarch at the time of the city’s founding -

whose family, the Hanoverians, descended from the Welfs. It is for this reason

that the city has the nickname The Royal City. The directors of the Canada Company had actually

wanted the city to be named Goderich, because Lord Goderich had helped form the company, but

reluctantly accepted that the village was called Guelph.

Galt constructed what was one of the first buildings in the community to house early settlers and the

Canada Company office: “The Priory” (built 1827–1828) was located on the banks of the Speed River

near the current River Run Centre for performing arts and could house up to 100 people. The building

eventually became the Canadian Pacific Railway Priory station on

the Guelph Junction Railway before it was eventually torn down and

removed.

A historical plaque commemorates John Galt’s role with the Canada

Company in populating Upper Canada’s Huron Tract, calling it “the most

important single attempt at settlement in Canadian history”. (Galt was

responsible for finding settlers for the 42,000 acre Halton Block that

would become Guelph and its townships but also for the one million acre

Huron Tract that stretched to Goderich, Ontario.)

By the fall of 1827, 70 houses had been built, though some were

primitive. In that year, the community had hired its first police constable.

The first police station would be opened in 1856 at the town hall and it

was moved in 1900 to the Annex building behind the court house. Also in

1827, the first Guelph Farmers’ Market was built. The Market House was located in the downtown

area.

Founded in 1827, James Hodgert’s brewery was managed by John Sleeman until he bought a

property and opened the Silver Creek Brewery in 1851. In 1843, there were nine breweries serving the

700 people living in Guelph.

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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

Brian Smith—President

Becky Fiedler — Past-President

tba — Vice-President

Roger Stevens — Treasurer

Tonie MacInnis — Secretary

Directors

Pat Gage Ken Fugler

Wenda King Teresa McKeeman

Ross Knechtel

Adam Rutherford

The Sentinel Team

Carol Croft — Adminstrator, Printer

Linda Green — Editor, Printer

George Hughes — Printer

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

The GWSA hopes members are taking time to enjoy the rewards

of our beautiful Canadian summer! The seasons pass quickly,

and there is a great deal to absorb and appreciate.

We are living in what could be described as “interesting

times”. Although some may prefer these to be “uninteresting

times” of more safety and stability, we didn’t really get to

choose. Everyone is working through uncertainty, and it is an

opportunity to demonstrate our resilience. Society is unleashing

its creative energy to rise beyond the challenges of the

pandemic, and imagine something new!

Over a year ago, things changed one afternoon when the

Evergreen Centre closed and we shut down our face-to-face

programs. At that time, a tentative reopening set for September

2021 seemed an eternity away, but we are finally reaching the

threshold of it becoming a reality.

As we emerge from our protective shells, the GWSA looks

forward to having members back soon. In doing so, we are

trusting the guidance we receive from many directions,

including public health, legal expertise, and what our members

need to feel safe. It is a shifting environment that we need to

frequently revisit as we proceed. It’s complicated.

It is important to remind members that the Evergreen Centre is

a City of Guelph facility. That means it is open to the public,

and you may encounter unvaccinated people in areas of the

building, including hallways and washrooms. The City will

follow current public health protocols, which may involve

screening questions, contact tracing, physical distancing, and

capacity limits. The City does not ask for Proof of Vaccination

or ask those entering to sign a waiver.

The GWSA is responsible to its members, who happen to be

seniors. The Board has approved a policy that requires members

to show Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination to attend our in-person

activities and events. It’s a path which helps those who can

accept that, to return to activities sooner. It is a way to take care

of each other. For example, filling buses to capacity requires

precautions where physical distancing won’t work. Our inperson

activities at the Evergreen Centre will be restarting in

reserved rooms and the gymnasium.

The GWSA also requires members to complete the GWSA

COVID-19 Liability Waiver to participate in in-person

activities. That is to protect all members and volunteers from

consequences arising from COVID-19. The GWSA’s general

liability insurance policy remains in effect, as always, for other

things that can happen.

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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We are developing procedures to receive the waiver and the proof of vaccination so that you will

need to show them only once, after which you can participate in the full range of activities. Our

website provides all the details, including how we address accommodations and privacy concerns.

We also provide direct links so you can get your official Ontario Vaccination Receipt, and how to

add any out-of-province vaccination to your Ontario record. You might find that useful beyond the

GWSA. As we prepare to return, activity group leaders will provide group members with details on

how everything will work.

The GWSA ‘Launch Team’ is managing the complexities behind a gradual reopening. Many

activity groups are preparing return-to-play plans for approval, and they can start as soon as

September. You likely noticed that the Trips, Travel, and Tours group already has two trips

planned. For those continuing with virtual activities, our new Livestreaming Video-recording

Studio is ready and even permits multiple camera views for demonstrations. Several videos have

been posted to show how that works. The City of Guelph is working to refresh the facility, through

upgrades to the Evergreen Centre which we think you will appreciate.

Membership expiry dates were extended from the date of shutdown, so there’s no rush to renew.

We plan to prepare new membership cards for everyone, reflecting where we are now, so please

update your information in RecEnroll now if anything has changed. We would like to be able to

reach all our members. As we reopen, memberships will be restarted, and you’ll see a new

membership renewal date. We are pleased to say there is no fee increase this year.

It’s a good idea to monitor our website for the latest information. For now, stay safe, and enjoy

your summer. We hope to see you very soon.

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MIKE WOOF OBITUARY

With great sadness we have learned of the passing of one of our Board

Directors, Mike Woof. Mike has served as a prominent member of the

Guelph Wellington Seniors Association, serving on the Governance

Committee, and he has become especially well known for the

technology assistance which he provided for the organization’s special

events. Mike will be greatly missed by us all. We extend our heartfelt

sympathies to his family and friends.

Michael Woof passed away peacefully at Hospice Wellington in

Guelph on Monday, July 19, 2021, at the age of 70 years. Devoted

husband of Jeannie Woof (nee Campbell), proud father of Cameron

(Christy) Woof and cherished grandfather of Benjamin, Elijah and

Eden. He is also survived by his brother Craig (Leslie) Woof and

many nieces and nephews. Michael is predeceased by his parents Harry and Margaret Woof.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Michael, along with his wife Jeannie, spent the past 40

years building their lives in Guelph, Ontario. A graduate of Mohawk College’s engineering

program, Michael worked as a design engineer for many years. He later went on to work for City of

Guelph Transit into his retirement.

Michael spent a lifetime actively involved in the community; at times a volunteer firefighter,

event security officer and scout leader. He has been a proud supporter of the Elora Festival and,

more recently, a board member of the Guelph Evergreen Centre.

Michael had a passion for travel, a taste for good barbecue, and always looked forward to Sunday

drives with the love of his life, Jeannie.

Visitation was held at Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home and Chapel on Sunday July 25. A

private funeral was held Monday July 26, 2021, by invitation only.


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GWSA Email Update for the Month of July 2021

Seniors Connect: Registration

Open

Reach out to other seniors to connect

with them! This year, Parkwood has

been working to provide programs

that meet the needs of all our

community members. We’ve noticed

that many of our seniors are not able

to connect with their community with

the current COVID risks and

restrictions. We’d like to help ease the stress of connections by offering seniors in our community a

program that will match them to someone they can form connections with.

This program is self-directed, meaning the participants will pick how many times they’d like to connect

with each other. They’ll also have a chance to pick which method of contact they prefer to use.

GWSA members are being offered the chance to participate in this program. The program is specifically

designed to connect seniors to each other in ways that work best for them.

The Parkwood Neighbourhood Group would be happy to help form any accommodations based on the

needs of any registrants.

You have the choice to connect by phone, email, over dinner, by snail mail, over Zoom, or any other

way you can think of!

Register Now!

Anyone interested in this program can use this link to register: https://forms.gle/FpvnKPFNirTEC2zf6.

Seniors can also sign up through emailing pgng96@gmail.com.

Seniors Connect

1. Description: To reach out to another senior to connect with them on a 1 to 5x a month basis

using a contact method that works for you both.

2. Time Commitment required – Flexible: based on the needs of the two seniors.

How would potential volunteers sign up – Register through this link:

https://forms.gle/FpvnKPFNirTEC2zf6.

Paper registration can also be provided.

If you need more information, please contact

Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood Group

21 Imperial Road South

Guelph, ON N1K 1X3

519-824-6340

www.pgng.ca

New Guidance for Fully Vaccinated

On June 25, the Public Health Agency of Canada released new guidance for Canadians who are fully

vaccinated, partially vaccinated or unvaccinated. Fully vaccinated individuals are defined as those who

are at least two weeks past their second dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/phac-aspc/documents/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirusinfection/awareness-resources/vaccinated-against-covid-19-public-health-measures/vaccinated-againstcovid-19-public-health-measures.pdf

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Volunteer Corner from Becky MacDonald

WELCOME BACK VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERS!

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, Special Events and Supports. Some

Activity Groups are in need of volunteers now,

virtually and when the group is ready to be face to

face.

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

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.

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.

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-for-profit

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 second 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 Strategic Plan. The Committee

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.

ACTIVITY GROUPS

The following Activity Groups are in need of

volunteers:

Book Nook

Walking Club

Darts President

Scrabble President

Scrabble Assistant

For more information regarding the volunteer role,

please contact Becky – becky.macdonald@guelph.ca

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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:

Co-ordinate 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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Process for GWSA Trips –

PLEASE READ NEW PROCEDURES FOR BOOKING THIS TRIP

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE BOTH (2) COVID VACCINES TO TAKE THIS TRIP.

ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A GWSA COVID-19 LIABILITY

ACTIVITIES WAIVER AND PROVIDE PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION (2 DOSES).

IF ONE OR BOTH DOSES OF THE COVID-19 VACCINATION WAS RECEIVED OUTSIDE OF

ONTARIO, YOU MUST COMPLETE THE OUT-OF-PROVINCE VACCINE FORM AT WDG

PUBLIC HEALTH (LINK BELOW). AFTER THE OUT-OF-PROVINCE VACCINATION IS

VERIFIED, A VACCINATION RECEIPT CAN BE PRINTED FROM ONTARIO HEALTH

WEBSITE (LINK BELOW). AN EMAIL WILL BE SENT TO EACH PARTICIPANT AFTER

TRIP BOOKING IS CLOSED ON AUGUST 18, 2021. THE EMAIL WILL CONTAIN THE GWSA

COVID-19 ACTIVITIES LIABILITY WAIVER TO BE ELECTRONICALLY SIGNED WITH

INSTRUCTIONS HOW TO UPLOAD PROOF OF VACCINATION.

IF EMAIL IS NOT ACCESSIBLE, EACH PARTICIPANT MUST CONTACT JOANNE WHITE

AT (519) 400-2541 ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 18, 2021. YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO

BOARD THE BUS IF BOTH DOCUMENTS ARE NOT ON FILE.

ADDITIONALLY, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A COVID-19 SCREENING AND

A CONTACT LIST. THESE ARE AVAILABLE ON THE GWSA WEBSITE LOCATED ON THE

TRIPS, TRAVEL AND TOURS PAGE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION.

General:

(1) All travellers on this GWSA Travel Club Trip must be a member of the Guelph Wellington Seniors

Association.

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

Booking Your Trip:

Register Online: Sign up for a RecEnroll account with the City of Guelph. Please see the Trip, Travel

and Tours page on the GWSA website for specific instructions. Registration will be available from

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, until the trip is fully booked or booking is closed on Wednesday, August 18,

2021.

Register by telephone: Wednesday, August 4, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., by contacting Customer

Service at the Evergreen Seniors Centre at 519-823-1291. MasterCard, Visa, Amex or Visa Debit can be

accepted for online or telephone booking. There will not be assigned seating on this trip. Seating will be

available on a first come first serve basis.

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: The coach will be sanitized and sold at full capacity.

Masks will be required for all participants.

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

the assistant will be the fee published for the trip.

If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service at the Evergreen Seniors Centre at 519-823-

1291.

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TO SUBMIT OUT-OF-PROVINCE COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION, CLICK ON

THIS LINK https://wdgpublichealth.ca/ . CLICK ON COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION.

CLICK ON SUBMIT OUT-OF PROVINCE COVID-19 VACCINATION. CLICK ON SUBMIT YOUR

OUT-OF-PROVINCE COVID-19 VACCINATION HERE.

TO PRINT A VACCINATION RECEIPT, CLICK ON THIS LINK:

http://covid19.ontariohealth.ca to access the online portal where you can verify your identity and

download a copy of your vaccine receipt. To access this service, you must have a green photo health (OHIP)

card.

What if I still have an old white/red non-photo ID health card? The online portal is not available to

people with outdated health cards. You must call the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900.

TRAVEL IN SEPTEMBER 2021 – Register in August 2021

NOTE: TOTAL COST SHOWN INCLUDES ALL TAXES

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 – A Day in Gravenhurst

Total Cost: Members $56.00 (NON-REFUNDABLE**) Code: 00020270

Join us as we spend a relaxing day in Gravenhurst. We will start our visit by dropping off at the Muskoka

Wharf. There you will be able to have lunch or an ice cream at one of the many restaurants (not included),

visit the Farmer’s Market, walk the boardwalk, or possibly book a one-hour cruise (not included).

In the afternoon, we will venture downtown where there are many shops to explore or have a coffee at one

of the many restaurants. A booklet with maps and points of interest will be provided. Driver gratuity is

included in the cost. Please note: This trip requires walking throughout the day.

Leave: Evergreen Parking Lot: 8:00 a.m. Carousel: 8:10 a.m. Return: 6:30 p.m.

Note: You must arrive by 7:45 a.m. with completed COVID-19 Screening and Contact List.

These documents are available for download on the GWSA website, Trip, Travel and Tours page.

** This trip is NON-REFUNDABLE, doctor’s certificates will not be accepted. You will not receive a

refund if you are denied bus entrance due to a positive COVID-19 screening and/or have not signed the

GWSA COVID-19 Liability Waiver and submitted Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination (2 doses). Should there

be a mandatory provincial shutdown due to COVID-19, all participants will receive a full refund to their

method of payment.

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 trip BEFORE the trip has to be cancelled due to low

numbers.

The Travel Committee must give the number of bookings by August 19, 2021, and if there are not

enough reservations AT THAT TIME, the trip will be cancelled!

If you have already booked your seat, you will receive a refund.

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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Process for GWSA Trips –

PLEASE READ NEW PROCEDURES FOR BOOKING THIS TRIP

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE BOTH (2) COVID VACCINES TO TAKE THIS TRIP.

ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A GWSA COVID-19

LIABILITY WAIVER AND PROVIDE PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION (2 DOSES). IF

ONE OR BOTH DOSES OF THE COVID-19 VACCINATION WAS RECEIVED OUTSIDE OF

ONTARIO, YOU MUST COMPLETE THE OUT-OF-PROVINCE VACCINE FORM AT WDG

PUBLIC HEALTH (LINK BELOW). AFTER THE OUT-OF-PROVINCE VACCINATION IS

VERIFIED, A VACCINATION RECEIPT CAN BE PRINTED FROM ONTARIO HEALTH

WEBSITE (LINK BELOW). AN EMAIL WILL BE SENT TO EACH PARTICIPANT AFTER

TRIP BOOKING IS CLOSED ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2021. THE EMAIL WILL CONTAIN

THE GWSA COVID-19 LIABILITY WAIVER TO BE ELECTRONICALLY SIGNED WITH

INSTRUCTIONS HOW TO UPLOAD PROOF OF VACCINATION. IF EMAIL IS NOT

ACCESSIBLE, EACH PARTICIPANT MUST CONTACT JOANNE WHITE (519) 400-2541

ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 17, 2021. YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO BOARD THE

BUS IF BOTH DOCUMENTS ARE NOT ON FILE. ADDITIONALLY, YOU WILL BE

REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A COVID-19 SCREENING AND A CONTACT LIST. THESE

ARE AVAILABLE ON THE GWSA WEBSITE LOCATED ON THE TRIPS, TRAVEL AND

TOURS PAGE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION.

General:

(1) All travellers on this GWSA Travel Club Trip must be a member of the Guelph Wellington Seniors

Association.

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

Booking Your Trip:

Register Online: Sign up for a RecEnroll account with the City of Guelph. Please see the Trip,

Travel and Tours page on the GWSA website for specific instructions. Registration will be available

from Wednesday, September 1, 2021, until the trip is fully booked, or booking will be closed on

Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Register by telephone: Wednesday, September 1, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by contacting

Customer Service at the Evergreen Seniors Centre at 519-823-1291. MasterCard, Visa, Amex or Visa

Debit can be accepted for online or telephone booking. There will not be assigned seating on this trip.

Seating will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Accessibility

(1) This trip transportation will be on a school bus. We regret there will not be any wheelchair access.

Walkers are permitted and can be stored in the cargo area of the bus. Please note: The coach will be

sanitized and sold at full capacity. Masks will be required for all participants.

(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 the assistant will be the fee published for the trip.

If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service at the Evergreen Seniors Centre at 519-823

-1291.

TO SUBMIT OUT-OF-PROVINCE COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION CLICK ON

THIS LINK https://wdgpublichealth.ca/ . CLICK ON COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION.

CLICK ON SUBMIT OUT-OF PROVINCE COVID-19 VACCINATION. CLICK ON SUBMIT

YOUR OUT-OF-PROVINCE COVID-19 VACCINATION HERE.

TO PRINT A VACCINATION RECEIPT, CLICK ON THIS LINK:

http://covid19.ontariohealth.ca to access the online portal where you can verify your identity and

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download a copy of your vaccine receipt. To access this service, you must have a green photo health

(OHIP) card.

What if I still have an old white/red non-photo ID health card? The online portal is not available

to people with outdated health cards. You must call the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-

3900.

TRAVEL IN OCTOBER 2021 – REGISTER IN SEPTEMBER 2021

NOTE: TOTAL COST SHOWN INCLUDES ALL TAXES

Thursday, October 7, 2021 – A Day in St. Jacobs - Total Cost: Members $25.00 (NON-

REFUNDABLE**) Code: 20651

Join us for a visit to the market where you can shop at your leisure or have lunch (not included). In the

afternoon, we will make a stop downtown where you can visit the many unique shops or grab a snack

at one of the village’s restaurants or cafes (not included). Travel will be by school bus.

Please note: This trip requires walking throughout the day.

Leave: Evergreen Parking Lot: 8:00 a.m. Carousel: 8:10 a.m.

Return: 3:45 p.m.

Note: You must arrive by 7:45 a.m. with completed COVID-19 Screening and Contact List. These

documents are available for download on the GWSA website, Trip, Travel and Tours page.

** This trip is NON-REFUNDABLE; doctor’s certificates will not be accepted. You will not receive

a refund if you are denied bus entrance due to a positive COVID-19 screening and/or have not signed

GWSA COVID-19 Liability Waiver and submitted Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination (2 doses). Should

there be a mandatory provincial shutdown due to COVID-19, all participants will receive a full refund

to their method of payment.

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 trip BEFORE the trip has to be cancelled due to low

numbers.

The Travel Committee must give the number of bookings by September 16, 2021, and if there

are not enough reservations AT THAT TIME, the trip will be cancelled! If you have already

booked your seat, you will receive a refund.

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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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

Ted Pritchard tpritcha@rogers.com

Every 2nd & 4 th Wednesdays 1-2

Inactive until September 2021

Badminton

Evergreen Auditorium

Jeff Millard (519-993-1362)

Inactive until September 2021

Bridge - Evergreen

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

Inactive until September 2021

Improving Bridge

Evergreen Room 3

Sandy Kinsey

(kinseyssrd@gmail.com)

Fridays - 9:00-11:30 am

Inactive until September 2021

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

Contact TBA

Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays

10:00 am to 12:00 noon

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 April 2022

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

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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 2022

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 VIRTUALLY

Craft Club

Evergreen Room 2

Judy Montgomery (519-824-8047)

Fridays - 8:30 am-1:30 pm

ACTIVE BY TELEPHONE

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 (519-827-1479)

Mondays, May to September

Inactive until May 2022

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

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Mah Jongg

Evergreen Hallway

Contact TBD

Tuesdays - 12:30-3:30 pm

Instruction available

Inactive until September 2021

Peer Learning

Evergreen Board Room

Barb McLeod (519-823-2531)

Andrew Webb (226-500-4755)

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

Neville Newman (519-400-9136)

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

Contact TBA

Thursdays - 12:45-3:45 pm

Inactive until September 2021

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

Fridays 12:30-4 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

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 September 2021

Table Tennis

Evergreen Auditorium

Ursula Rodrigues (519-837-3782)

Petr Vales (519-240-1421)

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

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Texas Hold ‘Em Poker

Evergreen Dining Room

Contact TBA

Tuesdays - 6:30-8:30 pm

Inactive until September 2021

Walking Club

April to October

Thursdays - 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Contact TBA

Inactive until September 2021

Watercolour Painters Club

Evergreen Room 2

Mary Mulholland (519-836-4889)

watercolourclub@gwsa-guelph.ca

1-3 pm on 1st, 3rd, and 5th

Wednesdays

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

Ross Coulter (519-823-5746)

Inactive until September 2021

BOOK CLUB 1

Our group normally meets in the

Boardroom on the last Friday of

each month from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

For August, our selection is “A

Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes.

In September, we will be

reading “The Searcher” by

Tana French.

Because the Evergreen Centre

is not open at present, we meet

at the end of the month on Zoom

or will meet outdoors.

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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

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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

(Continued from page 2)

The first Board of Commerce also started in 1827, to stimulate economic growth. In 1866, it would

be renamed the Board of Trade, and in 1919, it became the Chamber of Commerce. In order to

eliminate the need for farmers to take their

grain to Galt or Dundas for grinding, the

Canada Company built the first grist mill:

the Guelph Mill was sold to William Allen

in 1832. A sawmill was erected in 1833 by

Charles Julius Mickle, originally from

Scotland, on the Marden Creek which runs

into the Speed River. Its ruin survives

today. The Mickle family also built a

home nearby, a year earlier. Both

properties were off what is now Highway

6, an area that was Guelph Township at

the time.

In 1829, the Canada Company fired Galt because of poor bookkeeping and not obeying company

policies. He returned to Great Britain penniless and was imprisoned because he was unable to pay his

debts. In 1831, Guelph had approximately 800 residents. For several years, the economy of the village

suffered and some residents moved away. Relief came in the form of wealthy immigrants from England

and Ireland who arrived in 1832.

The Smith’s Canadian Gazetteer of 1846 indicates that the town had a jail and court house made of

cut stone, a weekly newspaper, five churches/chapels and a population of 1,240. Most were from

England and Scotland with a few from Ireland. In addition to many tradesmen, the community had 15

stores, seven taverns, and some industry, tanneries, breweries, distilleries and a starch factory. The Post

Office was receiving mail daily.

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

If prearranged and prepaid by December 31, 2021 If prearranged and prepaid by December 31, 2021

BIRTHDAYS

PASSAGES

Simpson, Margaret passed away on

Sunday, June 13, 2021, at the age of 92.

She was a member of Friday Euchre.

Fletcher, Elizabeth (Betty) passed away

on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at the age of

93. She was a member of Friday Euchre.

Connors, Marie passed away on Tuesday,

July 13, 2021, at the age of 60. She

volunteered at the front desk.

Woof, Michael passed away on Monday,

July 19, 2021, at the age of 70. He was a

Board Director and involved in many aspects

of the GWSA.

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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