September 2021 issue


The Sentinel - September 2021


The Sentinel - September 2021 — Vol. 46, No. 1

The Guelph/Wellington Seniors Association

A non-profit organization based at the

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

Ross Knechtel - Webmaster

Directors & Officers

Brian Smith—President

Becky Fiedler — Past-President

tba — Vice-President

Roger Stevens — Treasurer

Tonie MacInnis — Secretary


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


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


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


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,

ISSN: 0383 817X



As we welcome a month of crisp mornings and Crayola leaves

against brilliant blue skies, we are reminded once again of the

splendour of autumn in Canada. Be sure to get outside and enjoy

everything the season has to offer. It is finally time to gently reopen

the doors at the Evergreen Centre for those who are ready to

participate through in-person activities they enjoy. Here’s how we

plan to do that safely over the next while.

GWSA memberships will restart in September, after being on hold

since March a year ago. You will receive a new membership card and

adjusted renewal date. That will be available for pickup starting

September 7, the first day we can be open to members, or you can

leave it until your first Activity Group if you wish. Extra volunteers

will be available throughout the first week. We are asking everyone

to update their personal information in RecEnroll so we can keep in

touch. If you do that by August 31, your new information will be

reflected in your membership package. If you want, you can even add

a middle initial after your first name to distinguish yourself from

others with the same names.

Members must present their In-Person Play ACCESS card to do

any GWSA in-person activities. That tells Activity Group Leaders

that you are fully vaccinated and signed a waiver, requirements the

Board decided were necessary to help us take care of each other. If

you used DocuSign through our website to look after that by August

31, you’ll receive your IPP ACCESS card along with your

membership card on September 7, or whenever you drop by for your

envelope. Please note that City staff cannot process waivers and

vaccination documents. The GWSA will continue to accommodate

unvaccinated members by continuing to provide virtual activities.

Our new livestreaming video-recording studio is available to those

who want to consider something creative and fun.

Because we have been ‘on hold’ while extending memberships,

Activity Groups could only restart when memberships reactivated

again. Starting on September 1, members can register for all of their

Activity Groups through RecEnroll, which can be done easily online

from home, from your smartphone, or in person at the front desk.

You can check available spaces and timetables, join new groups, pay

any required fees, or even join City groups - all through the same

application. Groups will become visible in RecEnroll starting

September 1, as soon as their return-to-play plans have been

approved and space and times have been allocated. Expect activities

to resume gradually as everyone decides how to address personal

comfort levels and meet requirements. Please note that space is

currently at a premium due to the room capacity limits.

All new memberships and renewals, and their payment, must be

done at the Evergreen Centre, or by telephone. As we get rolling this

fall, you might have a few friends you can encourage to become

members and join the fun! They can complete their initial application

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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for the Membership and Marketing Committee right on the GWSA website. In fact, if you and some

neighbours want to start an interesting new group, we now provide an application process from the

Activities page of the website. There are many opportunities.

Soon, you can come by to pick up coffee and a light lunch from the Evergreen Restaurant. The restaurant

will begin offering a limited menu, including some take-home meal options, from their reimagined space.

This will start up gradually with the light options as groups begin to return mid-September. It’s always a

great spot to meet a friend for a beverage and a snack.

Please note that the Evergreen Centre is a City facility. Because it is open to the public, you may still

encounter unvaccinated individuals in certain spaces, including hallways and washrooms. You will be

subject to current public health requirements, which may include screening, contact tracing, masking, and

physical distancing. Hand sanitizer will be available at all rooms, and Activity Groups will be required to

sanitize or quarantine their equipment and materials as necessary. Many of us have become quite

accustomed to such procedures, all designed to keep us safe. As seniors represent a vulnerable population,

we recommend checking with your doctor about any risks you should weigh when choosing to participate.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Enjoy fall. Purples and yellows with a scattering of white; chatty,

gathering birds; and, maybe some apple pie!

GWSA Email Update for the Month of August 2021

8th Annual FHT to Move JUMP into FALL Activity Challenge

The Guelph Family Health Team is pleased to present the 8 th Annual FHT to Move JUMP into FALL

Activity Challenge. This is a FREE 3-week friendly competition with the intent of encouraging community

members/surrounding area residents, local businesses, organizations and groups to be more active, lead a

healthier lifestyle and help improve mental/physical health.

The Kick-off Event will be held on Friday, September 17, at noon and the Activity Challenge runs

from Monday, September 20, to Friday, October 8. And yes, there will be PRIZES!!!

To register or join a team and learn more about this event, visit:

Do you have a love of the arts but now find it more difficult to

access the creative outlets that you once enjoyed?

McMaster University is looking for seniors to take part in a

research study about older adults and the barriers they face when

it comes to engaging in arts and crafts.

You are invited to take part in this study if:

You are an older adult 60+;

You are interested in the arts/crafts, but face some barriers to

accessing them; and

You’d like to help us plan and develop new digital technology for older adults and the arts.

Participants will be asked to complete three 1-hour interviews. You will also be offered the opportunity to

do a free online arts workshop. Participation will require an Internet connection and some ability to use the

phone and computer. We will loan you an iPad if you don’t already have a digital device.

A small honorarium will be offered to compensate you for your valued opinions. Diversity is welcome and

there are translators available as required to support you.

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Please contact Michele Fisher, Research Assistant, at

or 416-554-2697 if you wish to be part of this exciting project.


The sessions will be conducted via ZOOM. To participate, you will need a computer, tablet or smartphone,

preferably with a web-cam. A phone-in option will be provided for those who don't have internet. A Zoom

link will be sent out to registrants shortly before the classes begin. Please mark these dates in your schedule.

All attendees are required to be members of the GWSA in order to participate. The GWSA also charges a

fee to participate in these sessions (which was waived in the last winter session). We will advise the cost and

how it is to be paid once it has been confirmed with the Evergreen Centre.

Any questions, please contact Andrew Webb @

Addressing Climate Change

Moderator: Barb McLeod

Monday mornings, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Introduction Sept. 13 Course: Sept. 27 – Nov. 22

No class on Thanksgiving day

Wildfires, drought, hurricanes, melting ice in the Arctic, rising ocean levels -- climate change is having

drastic effects on the whole planet. What can we expect in the future? What have governments and

individuals been doing to protect us from these effects? What should they be doing? Should we close down

the petroleum industry? How can this be done without ruining the economy? Can sustainable sources of

energy keep us going as we are, or will we all need to make considerable changes in our way of life?

Our attention may have been focused on other problems recently, but this major problem has not gone away.

Let’s get together and discuss where we are with climate change now and where we should go in the future.

Africa - a continent in transition

Moderator: Andrew Webb

Tuesday afternoons, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Introduction: Sept. 14 Course: Sept. 28 – Nov. 16

Africa contains an enormous wealth of mineral resources, including some of the world’s largest reserves of

fossil fuels, metallic ores, and gems and precious metals. This richness is matched by a great diversity of

biological resources that includes the intensely lush equatorial rainforests of Central Africa and the worldfamous

populations of wildlife of the eastern and southern portions of the continent.

With 1.3 billion people as of 2018, it accounts for about 16% of the world's human population. Africa's

population is the youngest amongst all the continents; the median age in 2012 was 19.7, when the

worldwide median age was 30.4. Despite a wide range of natural resources, Africa is the least wealthy

continent per capita, in part due to geographic impediments, legacies of European colonization in Africa and

the Cold War, predatory/neo-colonialistic activities by Western nations and China, and undemocratic rule

and deleterious policies. Despite this low concentration of wealth, recent economic expansion and the large

and young population make Africa an important economic market in the broader global context.

Let us explore together where Africa has been in the past and where we see it going in the future.

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Volunteer Corner from Becky MacDonald


With such a long break, all volunteers will be

required to complete the mandatory Orientation &

Training and COVID Training prior to returning in

person when the time permits. These trainings are to

be completed from the comfort of your home online.

Those who do not have access to a computer,

training dates will be setup for you to attend in the

near future.

To keep everyone safe and healthy, it is mandatory

for everyone to self screen and complete the online

screening App prior to entering into any City facility.

Please indicate “volunteer” when prompted –

‘What is the reason for your visit?’

Please contact Becky MacDonald: for more information

and if you have any questions.

For more information and for details on each

position, please contact

If you are a current volunteer, you are more than

welcome to take on more than one position. If you

are not a current volunteer, you will be required to

complete the “Volunteer Application Form – online”

at: .

No access to a computer? Please stop into the

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre to pick up an

application to complete for a volunteer position that

is of interest to you.



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 virtually (min of 8 meetings per

year). Duties include: being an active member on the

board and assisting where needed on committees;

provide reports and updates to all members; review

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monthly financial statements; report Board issues to

the Committee and report the Committee’s issues to

the Board; participate in self-development training,

where and when appropriate.


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


Morning meetings during a few months of the


Experience in governance with a not-for-profit


Knowledge of legislative requirements

A keen interest in document research,

development, and review would be helpful.


Qualified Volunteers are needed to assist on a

quarterly or as needed basis to implement the GWSA

HR Policy for GWSA staff which includes anyone

who receives payment for services. Duties also

include: implementing Board decisions based on the

GWSA Human Resources; ensure that actions of the

committee are aligned with the GWSA strategic

plan. We would greatly benefit from someone with

Human Resources background.


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



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

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

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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.

Provide guidance regarding the technical aspects

of the website and membership mailing list.

Establish a modest A/V recording/live streaming


Interest and background experience in IT,

including network management and video

production would be assets.


The GWSA is looking for energetic individuals to

lead the special events committee when initiated.

Duties include: responsibility for the Friday

afternoon Dances (every two months) and other

significant events throughout the year (Mental Health

Symposium). The Committee sees the overall

organization of the event, maintaining

communication with the Board and the City of

Guelph staff; promotes the event in the Sentinel,

website and other avenues with support from the

M&M committee.


Seeks people who have leadership qualities, who

would be appropriate candidates for the Board of

Directors and who are current GWSA members, or

eligible for GWSA membership. Ensures that there is

a full slate of candidates to fill the positions of

retiring Board members.


The following Activity Groups are in need of


Book Nook

Walking Club

Darts President

Scrabble President

Scrabble Assistant

For more information regarding the volunteer role,

please contact Becky –


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



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


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


Oversee a small wireless network.

Retirement Homes Co-ordinator: Co-ordinate

with the retirement homes for ticket sales

Stage Manager:

Attends pre-show committee meetings

Coordinates with Producer on programme.

Makes show cue sheet for acts, their

requirements and technical directions

Works with Lighting and Sound personnel for the


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.


Our group normally meets in the Boardroom on the last Friday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. For

September, our selection is “The Searcher” by Tana French.

In October, we will be reading “They Left Us Everything” by Plum Johnson. 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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Art Riley of Guelph passed away at Trillium Health Partners,

Mississauga, on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in his 97th year.

Beloved husband of 69 years to the late Dorothy (December

2020). Predeceased by three brothers and five sisters. Dear uncle to

Judy and Sandra Haydock. Arthur will be fondly remembered by

extended family and friends.

Art met Dorothy on a ski trip with friends. They dated, with Art

travelling long distances on streetcar and bus to court her. They

married in 1951. They had no children of their own but were God

Parents to twin nieces Judy and Sandra and lovingly lavished lots

of attention on them.

Art and Dorothy travelled to many different destinations and

particularly enjoyed a trip to Europe. They also golfed, square

danced, bowled and played cards. Dorothy’s parents owned a summer cottage at Lac Beaulac in the

Laurentians and Dorothy and Art would often spend the weekends with the family enjoying the

cottage, playing with their nieces in the water, and enjoying the outdoors. Dorothy and Art

eventually purchased a summer cottage on Chazy Lake not too far from Plattsburg, USA. They

snowshoed occasionally in winter and enjoying paddling in the water in the summer. This was sold

a few years later but they purchased a trailer in a mobile home park for weekend enjoyment in the

same area.

Art worked for Congoleum Ltd. in the Customs and

Export area. The company merged and he changed jobs,

eventually working for Allis Chalmers Ltd. He was

transferred to Guelph in 1983.

In 1989, Art and Dorothy worked hard on the Buy-a-

Brick Fundraising Campaign - a brick could be purchased

for $100. They were very diligent in following up with

anyone who offered to support this fundraiser and the

campaign raised $15,000 towards construction of the $3.5

million Evergreen Centre. This was the beginning of a

long and satisfying involvement with the Evergreen

Seniors Centre. Art was the cashier in the café. He also

ran the travel club and he and Dorothy would both help

out with concerts at the centre with Dorothy ushering

patrons and Art serving coffee in the dining room. Both

Art and Dorothy delivered the Sentinel. This was immensely satisfying and culminated in them

receiving a “Senior of the Year” award for long standing service. They retired from their positions

in 2019.

Dorothy and Art went on a number of bus trips with Evergreen Seniors Centre. They enjoyed

plays and had season tickets to Drayton Theatre. They did everything together and remained

independent in their condo up until her passing in December 2020. When they reached their 50th

anniversary, they started a new tradition. Every 5-year milestone they would celebrate by doing

something special each month of that year, i.e., a road trip, a nice restaurant, a cruise or weekend

getaway. They were soulmates to the end, realizing their great fortune to be married for 69 years in

reasonably good health and still enjoying life to the fullest. Art will never be forgotten and his

memories will live on in our hearts forever.

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Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

Moderator: Malcolm Coutts

Thursday mornings, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Introduction: Sept. 16 th Course: Sep. 30 – Nov. 18

There are more than 600 First Nations in Canada. Two centuries of European immigration compelled them

to cede their land to governments via treaties that were not always honoured, including the thirteen

numbered treaties with the federal government following confederation. Beginning in the 1880s,

indigenous children were taken from their families and sent to residential schools in a misguided attempt to

assimilate them into Canadian culture. This has resulted in enormous psychological damage and

intergenerational trauma.

For the past forty years, the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs have made steady progress in negotiating

an Indian Residential Schools Agreement with the Federal Government and raising the consciousness of

Indigenous people. The recent discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools has

inflamed the Indigenous community and led to ever increasing demands for justice and reform.

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Process for GWSA Trips –




















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


(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 Tonie

Macinnis at 519-822-1260 ext. 2453. 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.


(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






TO PRINT A VACCINATION RECEIPT, CLICK ON THIS LINK: 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-




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


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

Judith Canham

Art Studio In 2

Evergreen Room 2

Jennifer Storey

Ted Pritchard

Every 2 nd & 4 th Tues.

6:30-9:30 pm, Wed. 1-4 pm



Evergreen Auditorium

Jeff Millard (519-993-1362)

Monday 1-4 pm (WECC)

Tues. 7-9 pm

Wed. 1-4 pm (WECC)

Thurs. 10 am-12:30 pm

Fri. 10 am-noon

Sun. 1:15-3:15 pm


Casual Bicycling

Various Locations in and

around Guelph

Ned Coates (519-835-9799)

Wed. - May 1-Oct. 31

9:00 am-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


Book Club 2

Evergreen Room 2

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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


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


Improving Bridge

Evergreen Room 3

Pauline Smith


Fridays - 9:00-11:30 am


Bunka Art Group

Evergreen Room 3

Diane Barber (519-763-2996)

Wednesdays - 9:15 am-noon

Inactive until September 2021


Evergreen Hallway

Lionel Churchill (519-835-4155)

Wednesdays - 1-4 pm

Inactive until September 2021

Canoe Club

John Ness (519-994-8611)

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


Craft Club

Evergreen Room 2

Judy Montgomery (519-824-8047)

Fridays - 8:30 am-1:30 pm



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 March 2022


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


Tom Kane (519-827-1479)

Mondays, May to September

Inactive until May 2022

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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

Room 2

Contact TBD

Tuesdays - 12:30-3:30 pm

Instruction available

Inactive until September 2021

Peer Learning

Barb McLeod (519-823-2531)

Andrew Webb (226-500-4755)

Mon., Tues., Thurs.

(times as assigned)


Into Focus Photography

Evergreen Room 4

Bill Adams (

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 am-noon

(Beginners & Intermediate)

Friday - 12:45-4 pm

(all levels of play)

Inactive until September 2021

West End Rec Centre

Tues. - noon-4:00 pm

(advanced play)

Thurs. - 2:15-5:00 pm

(all levels of play)

Inactive until September 2021


Evergreen Room 2

Beryl Drohan (519-827-0120)

Mondays - 12:30-4:00 pm




Evergreen Hallway

Contact TBA

Thursdays - 12:45-3:45 pm

Inactive until September 2021


Evergreen Auditorium

Elaine Bigam (519-824-6498)

Tuesdays - 1:30-3:00 pm

Wednesdays - 1:30-3:00 pm


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

Fridays (alternative weeks)

12:30-3:45 pm


Silvertones Choir

Evergreen Room 3

Doreen Muir (519-831-8323)

Choir Director - Ann Sneyd

Fridays (alternate weeks)

12:30-3:45 pm


Ski Club

Evergreen Parking Lot by

The Enabling Garden

Shane Hamilton (519-994-2204)


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 December 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


Table Tennis

Evergreen Auditorium

Petr Vales (


Harley Nicholson (519-265-1921)


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)


Texas Hold ‘Em Poker


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)

12:30-4 pm on 1st, 3rd, and 5th



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


West Hills Art Group

Rm 2 West End Rec Centre

Dale Vardy (519-823-5746)

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

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Get Ready to Return.

Step 1: Use DocuSign to Complete Waiver and provide Proof of Vaccination

Complete that by August 31 to add the In-person Play ACCESS card to your membership package for

September 7. This card is required for entry to all GWSA in-person activities. The IPP ACCESS Card is

provided to those who complete the COVID-19 Liability Waiver and provide Proof of COVID-19


We revised the COVID-19 Liability Waiver in August in response to member feedback:

The wording is more specific to COVID-19

You no longer need to initial each page

Only one signature is required

Information about DocuSign is provided in a separate section of this newsletter and also on the GWSA


Please do not call the City of Guelph about them or drop off such documents to City staff. They cannot

collect or keep that information. Waivers and Proof of Vaccination can be accepted ONLY by the


Step 2: Update your Information

Please check and update your personal information by August 31. Your address or telephone may have

changed, and we’d like to include your email so we can keep in touch. Information updated by August 31

will be reflected in your new membership package.

We have some members with the same names. You can add a middle initial and period after your first name

in the ‘First Name’ field if you want. Whatever you enter in the name field is what will appear on your

membership card and on any addressed mail. Check and update all your information in RecEnroll.

Go to RecEnroll

Step 3: Starting September 1- Register for Activity Groups

You will need to register for any Activity Groups through RecEnroll. Activity Group Leaders will rely on

those lists to include members who have registered and paid any required fees. Registering for groups will

be an annual process.

Activities will be listed in RecEnroll after the group's return-to-play plans have been approved and time and

space have been reserved. Currently, we are working with capacity limits determined by public health.

Because our memberships are currently on hold, you will not be able to join the groups until September

1. However, we would like you to check and update your personal information to make sure it is correct no

later than August 31 as we will use that information to prepare member packages.

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Go to RecEnroll

Step 4 Pick up your Membership Package

The package will be ready for pick up on September 7. The package includes your new membership card

and your IPP ACCESS card (if you completed the DocuSign process by August 31). Extra volunteers will be

helping from September 7-September 10 at the GWSA kiosk in the lobby of the Evergreen Centre, and

perhaps out front if weather permits. You can also leave your package to pick up when you visit for your

first activity.

Reopening Dates

Membership renewal dates

Memberships were on hold since March 2020 and you

will begin receiving any remaining time starting in


Your new membership card will include the extended

expiry date.

You can renew any expiring membership starting

September 1 either by registering in person at the Evergreen

Centre, or over the phone. Payment for new memberships and

renewals is not completed online.

September 1-3: Closed

City of Guelph Summer Camps are happening at the Evergreen Centre.

Start registering for your activities through RecEnroll on September 1

The Evergreen Centre is not available for GWSA activities.

September 6: Labour Day

September 7: Open

The Evergreen Centre opens for GWSA members.

You may pick up your membership package at our GWSA kiosk. We will have extra GWSA volunteers

on site all week.

Your in-person play ACCESS card will be in your membership envelope if you completed your Proof of

Vaccination and COVID-19 Liability Waiver through DocuSign by August 31.

Activity Groups start returning once their return-to-play plan has been approved and space is available.

We are working within current room capacity limits.

September 10-13 and September 20: Closed

Elections Canada has reserved the space for advance polling and for Election Day.

There will be no GWSA activities in the Evergreen Centre.

September 14: Open

Activity Groups resume as their plans are approved.

The Evergreen Dining Room will open as GWSA activities return. The first month will likely be takeout

options as opposed to sit down to keep in line with COVID protocols. That will include frozen meals and

small snack/meal options (soups/sandwiches, baked goods, etc.) for carry out. There might be 4 tables

available for a sit down option.

GWSA Requirements for In-Person Play

The Board made two decisions for in-person play:

to require that participants of in-person activities and

events provide Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination; and

to require that participants of in-person activities and

events complete the GWSA COVID-19 Liability Waiver.

These decisions do not affect virtual activities.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health continues to

remind those 70 years of age and older that they are at


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higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19. Those over 70 should discuss their participation in

recreational programs with their health care provider to understand their personal risk and act accordingly.

In-Person Activities

We encourage all Activity Groups to submit their return-to-play plans to the Program Committee as soon

they are ready to start. The GWSA's waiver and vaccine requirement applies wherever in-person activities

happen, such as meeting rooms and in the auditorium.

An In-person Play ACCESS card will be provided to each member who completed the GWSA

COVID-19 Liability Waiver and provided Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination.

Note: The Evergreen Centre is open to the public. The City will maintain the facility consistent with

current public health requirements, which may include COVID-19 screening, contact tracing, monitoring

capacity limits, etc. The City does not collect vaccination information or require a waiver. Members may

encounter unvaccinated individuals in the public space, including hallways and washrooms.

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

The GWSA requires Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for in-person activities because:

The GWSA serves a population that is inherently vulnerable to COVID-19.

GWSA members have expressed strong support for a vaccination policy.

Public Health advises individuals in our demographic to receive the vaccine.

The decision to receive vaccinations is a personal one, and we shall continue to offer virtual activities to

accommodate those who remain unvaccinated.

Members wishing to participate in the in-person activities will be asked to show or provide Proof of

COVID-19 Vaccination but the GWSA will not hold a copy of the document. A virtual copy may be stored

securely with DocuSign for those submitting online.

GWSA COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

How to Get Your Official Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Receipt

To get the information, you first need to check the box to accept the 'terms of use' and have a green

(photo) Ontario Health Card. If you have the older red and white card, you can call the Provincial Vaccine

Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.

Get Your Ontario Vaccination Receipt

How to Add Your Out-of- Province Vaccinations

Submit Out-of-Province Vaccination Information

Use this to send your out-of-province vaccination documents to WDG Public Health, so they can update

your Ontario vaccination record. It may take several days to be validated then included on your Ontario

COVID-19 Vaccination Receipt.

COVID-19 Liability Waiver

The GWSA decided to require a COVID-19 Liability Waiver for in-person activities due to three


Due diligence regarding the known or unknown outcomes to members and the organization from

possible exposure to COVID-19.

The limitations in coverage of the GWSA’s liability insurance.

The GWSA population’s inherent vulnerability to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Liability Waiver includes:

Guidelines for participating

Accepting the risks of participation

A promise to refrain from in-person activities if experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

The COVID-19 Liability Waiver provides important legal protection to each participant and volunteer

from unknown outcomes that may occur from COVID-19. This path allows us to return to in-person

activities sooner, for those who understand and accept the unknown outcomes.

The GWSA’s General Commercial Liability Insurance policy remains in effect to cover situations that are

not associated with COVID-19.

We revised and improved the COVID-19 Liability Waiver in August 2021 in response to member


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The wording is more specific to COVID-19

You no longer need to initial each page

Only one signature is required

GWSA COVID-19 Liability Waiver Policy

You can complete the waiver and provide proof of vaccination easily and without paper through DocuSign,

from the comfort of home.

You only need to do this once. You are not required to resubmit a waiver if we already have one on file.

DocuSign: Complete Waiver and Proof of Vaccinationonline

We recommend using DocuSign from a computer, iPhone or

iPad. Android users have reported mixed results. In all cases,

please be sure you have installed the latest operating system


Complete Your Waiver Here (with option to submit Proof of


Upload Proof of Vaccination Only (if you previously

completed a waiver)

Help files

How to E-Sign Waiver on Computer

How to E-Sign Waiver on Mobile Phone

How to Upload Proof of Vaccination

I understand some would like to have assistance available, and that is definitely part of our plan. Right now,

we are encouraging people to do things through DocuSign if they can. For those who can, it saves paper and

travelling around. It also means we can have everything ready in one package for pickup on the first day we

can reopen on September 7. The Evergreen is not available to our volunteers yet.

The new volunteer IPP Co-ordinator will help you use DocuSign on her iPad, and have paper waivers on

hand for you to sign, and help through the process, including uploading or showing her your proof of


Personal Assistance: If you require help, our IPP Coordinator will be at the Evergreen Centre during

scheduled hours once we reopen:

September 7: 10am-noon

September 8: 1pm-3pm

September 9: 9am-10am

September 10: 1pm-3pm

More hours will be posted on the website later or you can email Sheila, the IPP Co-ordinator, with any

questions or possibly coordinate a time that is most convenient to you. This information is new, all on the

website now.

Envelopes to the attention of the GWSA IPP Co-ordinator can also be left at the front desk and you may

contact her at I hope this will be helpful and address your concerns.

Check and Update your Information

We are in the process of preparing new membership cards and

addressing envelopes. The more complete and accurate your

information is, the better we can serve you. Email addresses are

particularly important so we can get news and information out to

everyone in a timely manner.

We have some members with the same first and last names. You

can add a middle initial and period after your first name in the

'First Name' field if you like. It can help avoid confusion.

Whatever you enter in the name field is what will appear on your

membership card and any addressed mail.

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Information updated in RecEnroll by August 31 will be reflected in your new 'membership package'

available September 7. You can update your personal information today at or through this link:

Go to RecEnroll

Register for Activity Groups: Starting September 1

You will need to register for any Activity Groups through RecEnroll. Activity Group Leaders will rely on

those lists to include members who have registered and paid any required fees. Registering for groups will

be an annual process. Activities will be listed in RecEnroll after the group’s return-to-play plans have been

approved and time and space have been reserved.

Because our memberships have been on hold, you can join the groups only starting September 1. However,

we would like you to check and update your personal information to make sure it is correct before August

31 as we will use that information to prepare member packages.

Go to RecEnroll

New GWSA Membership Card

September 7- New GWSA membership cards will be

available for pickup at the Evergreen Centre.

We will have extra volunteers available at a GWSA kiosk in

the front lobby, and possibly curbside, from September 7-10.

You can also pick up your membership package when you

return for your first in-person Activity Group.

Your membership card includes your name, telephone, and

your new membership expiry date. Memberships were placed

on hold in March 2020, and restart again in September, so

your new renewal date reflects that.

Remember to Add Your IPP ACCESS Card

Use DocuSign to complete the Waiver and submit your Proof of Vaccination.

The In-Person Play ACCESS Card is needed for entry to all in-person GWSA activities. To receive the

pass, complete the COVID-19 Liability Waiver and provide Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination.

If you completed everything through DocuSign by August 31, your IPP ACCESS card will be printed and

ready for pickup with your membership card.

If you complete the DocuSign process later, an envelope with the IPP ACCESS card will be left at the

Evergreen desk for you to pick up.

You can do this online from our Requirements page.

Go to our Requirements page

Reserve Your IPP Access Card Now


Submit your information now to pick up your In-person Play

ACCESS Card as we reopen on September 7, 2021.

The In-Person Play ACCESS Card is needed for entry to all

in-person GWSA activities and events. Receiving the pass

requires that you have completed the COVID-19 Liability

Waiver and provided Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination. The

waiver has recently been revised, but it is not necessary to

resubmit if you have already done so.

Use DocuSign to complete your Waiver and submit your

Proof of Vaccination.

That qualifies you to receive your In-Person Play ACCESS Card.

If you do everything through DocuSign by August 31, your IPP ACCESS card will be printed and ready for

pickup at the same time as your new membership card on September 7, or you can pick it up when you

have your first in-person Activity. Extra volunteers will be on hand at the Evergreen Centre from

September 7-10 to welcome you.

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The IPP ACCESS card and the GWSA Membership Card should be picked up at the separate GWSA kiosk

in the lobby, or curbside if weather permits. We look forward to seeing you.

DocuSign is located on our Requirements page.

Go to our Requirements page

If you do not receive your IPP ACCESS card on September 7, you can complete everything in DocuSign

online and the IPP ACCESS card will be left for you to pick up at a later date. This is all best done online.

New at the Evergreen Centre

The City of Guelph has been taking the opportunity to make many updates and improvements at the

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre.

Many are patiently looking forward to our return to the site, and it is refreshing to share some great news of

what has been happening in the facility.

We thought you’d like to know!

The entire building has been painted

The Evergreen is being reimagined for when we re-open:

Fresh and frozen meals for pick up and “take out”

Different menu/meal/snack options

Digital menu to allow us to continue to update the menu and add variety of food choices/rotating food


Upgraded millwork and Plexiglas for cash area

New millwork for a standing height dining option

Modern window coverings including artwork

There is new front desk millwork and Plexiglas

Gym floors have been repaired and re-finished

Acoustic panels in the auditorium have been refinished

Auditorium stage curtains have been cleaned and treated with fire-retardant spray.

Window decals are added on main hallway windows to brighten the space/add character

Computer room has been rearranged to include a virtual programming space for online options for

GWSA activities

There have been Snooker Room updates

The tables have been re-felted

All tables received new pockets

There are new table covers

We have new cue holders/decorative additions

The Evergreen Dining Room will start a gradual reopening as GWSA activities return. The first month will

likely be take-out options as opposed to sit down to keep in line with COVID protocols. That will include

frozen meals and small snack/meal options (soups/sandwiches, baked goods, etc.) for carry out. There

might be 4 tables available for a sit down option.

You can look forward to new and exciting changes this fall as the space is reimagined.

Watch our website for ongoing updates.

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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: . 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,

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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


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

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