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The Guelph/Wellington Seniors Association

A non-profit organization based at the

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre


Directors & Officers

Linda Jeffrey — Executive Director

Pat Gage — President

Donna Keating — Vice-President

Sam Marzouk — Treasurer

Brooke Gibbons — Secretary

(City Recreational Co-Ordinator)


Ken Fugler

Charlie Bishop

Wenda King

Sam Montoya

Janice Robertson

Elizabeth Steggles

Yvonne Thomas

Adam Rutherford (City Program Manager)

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.

City Staff

Adam Rutherford — Program


Jill Hunt — Customer Service Clerk

Brooke Gibbons — Recreation Program

Director — Senior Services

Becky MacDonald — Recreation

Co-ordinator — Volunteers

Jocelynn Desroches — Chef

Don Harris — Facility Maintainer

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



Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

I love the October fall colours as they start to splash across the

trees! It won’t be long before they start falling to the ground and

force some of us to get raking and subsequently stuffing those

brown paper leaf bags!

Before I provide you with a couple of the highlights your

GWSA Board has worked on this month, we want to note some

important dates to remember.

National Day of Reconciliation – Friday, September 30

National Seniors Day – Saturday, October 1

Fall Fashion Show – Friday, October 21

Community Craft Sale – Saturday, November 19

September was another busy month for your Board.

The BINGO pilot proposal is progressing. There is a lot of

background work that is being done. This includes activities

like applying for a licence, seeking group volunteers and a

group leader, applying for grants to cover equipment costs, and

establishing procedures for the games and for keeping all

necessary records. Two of our Executive Board members went

on a Field Trip to Woodstock to observe and bring back some

best practices for discussion.

New programs include Writers Club (first and third

Wednesdays 1-3 pm) and Diabetes Support Group (Tuesdays 12

-1 pm).

The Municipal Election is October 24, advanced polls and

Election Day may impact your program schedules. You will be

notified as appropriate.

TRICK OR TREAT!! Halloween is also upon us in October!



Your Board wants to remind you of how special you are by

including a reminder of what National Seniors Day is. The

following is taken from The Government of Canada – Justice

Laws Website.

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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The Celebrating Canada’s Seniors Act is an Act to establish National Seniors Day;

Whereas Parliament wishes to acknowledge the contribution of seniors to Canadian society and

to the Canadian economy;

Whereas seniors contribute in many ways, including by sharing their experiences, expertise and

knowledge with other generations;

Whereas the contribution of seniors is invaluable and ongoing;

And whereas October 1 is recognized as the International Day of Older Persons;

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of

Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short Title

Marginal note: Short title

1. This Act may be cited as the Celebrating Canada’s Seniors Act.

National Seniors Day

Marginal note: Designation

2. Throughout Canada, in each year, October 1 is to be known as National Seniors Day.

Enjoy your October!

Donna Keating

Vice Chair/Vice President

Guelph Wellington Seniors Association (GWSA)


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by Linda Green


October was named after the Latin word ‘octo’

meaning ‘eight’. This is because October was

originally the eighth month of the year. This all

changed with the introduction of the Roman

calendar. It was only the eighth month until July

and August were introduced to the Roman calendar

by Julius Caesar and Augustus and it became the

tenth month in the year instead of the eighth.

We enjoy Thanksgiving celebrations in October

and the spooky hijinks of Halloween.

Tourmaline and opal are the official birthstones

of October. The birth flower of October is the

bright orange calendula, also known as the


October is famous for its beautiful fall leaves but

is full of many more interesting nature facts.

Every year, October is a big mating season for

elk, white-tailed deer, moose and even porcupines.

The night sky is much clearer in October so it is

the perfect time to go stargazing.

Shakespeare never mentioned October in any of

his plays or sonnets!

In October 1884, the time zones of the world

were created. This was based on the Greenwich

Meridian time zone, which helps us understand

time zones.

October 12, 1999, was a very important date for

the whole world as it was the day we reached a

population of six billion people.

In the Northern Hemisphere, October happens in

Autumn (fall) but in the Southern Hemisphere,

October falls in spring! For each hemisphere,

October is in the same season that April is in for

the other hemisphere.

October babies are more likely to live to 100 than

those born in many other months! Scientists think

this might be because they aren’t born in a harsh

winter or summer when people are more likely to

get sick.

Special Printing For Members

Looking for that

Special Unique Christmas Gift?

The Sentinel can print a custom 2023 Calendar using your

own photographs (14 pictures-landscape style) for $15

(includes HST) per calendar. If you want the calendars for

Christmas, please submit them no later than December 13.

Email us your request or leave us a message in our mailbox.

You can usually find us in the office on Monday, Wednesday,

or Friday mornings.


To donate easily, with a credit

card, visit our website

www.gwsa-guelph.ca and click

on the ‘Donate’ button or call:


October 7, 2022, is the deadline for

submissions for the

November 2022 Sentinel.

Email submissions to: sentinel@gwsa-guelph.ca

or drop yours off at the Evergreen Front Desk.

Distribution of the November issue

is on October 27, 2022.

Editor is not responsible for quality of submitted photos

(but we’ll do our best).

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Upcoming FREE Wellness Workshops, presented by the Guelph Family Health Team:

Let’s Talk About Assertiveness (VIRTUAL)

Date: Tuesday, October 4

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am (Eastern Time)

*VIRTUAL webinar only

Learn more/register online by clicking HERE or call us at 519-837-0099

Let’s Talk About Food + Mood (VIRTUAL)

Date: Monday, October 31

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Eastern Time)

*VIRTUAL webinar only

Learn more/register online by clicking HERE or call us at 519-837-0099

Intro to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2 - Depression & Anxiety (VIRTUAL) – 5 sessions

Date: Thursday, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am (Eastern Time)

*VIRTUAL webinar only

*Registration opens October 3rd

Learn more/register online by clicking HERE or call us at 519-837-0099

Visit our website for a complete list of webinars and to view the July – December 2022 Workshop


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Introducing One City. One Voice. One Culture.

One City. One Voice. Shared Purpose. is the City of Guelph’s five-year plan to improve how we

communicate and engage over the next five years. The plan reflects the need for local government

to be agile, effective, responsive and resilient as we make City services easier to access. It also

supports greater consistency, transparency and collaboration among City departments and in our


Our plan for improving how we communicate and engage with the Guelph community is focused

on three areas:


• Improve and increase two-way, audience-centric communications and engagement

• Design and deliver excellent client- and customer-centric experiences


• Contribute to a culture of innovation and service excellence through internal communications

• Build on communications excellence


• Focus on digital

• Put inclusivity at the core of City communications and engagement efforts

Read the full One City. One Voice. Shared Purpose. plan at guelph.ca/plans.

We want you to get involved with local government

• Learn more about City programs and services and read the latest news on our website

• Follow @cityofguelph on Facebook or Twitter and ask questions

• Read the City News pages in the weekly print edition of the Guelph Mercury-Tribune

• Participate in City Council meetings by learning how to delegate

• Provide insight on City projects at haveyoursay.guelph.ca

• Join a City board or advisory committee

Guelph.ca is available in Arabic, Nepalese/Nepali, Spanish, Ukrainian, Chinese (simplified) and

Vietnamese. We hope to add additional languages as they become available.

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Volunteer Corner from Becky MacDonald

Upcoming Volunteer Awards

Volunteer Service Award

This award recognizes volunteers for providing

committed and dedicated service to an organization.

Adults are recognized by the length of time they’ve

volunteered with one organization, ranging from five

to 65 years of continuous service. Youth (24 years

old and under) are recognized for two or more years

of continuous service.

Deadline: November 15

If you are interested in nominating a fellow

volunteer, please speak to Becky in the main office

on Mondays or Wednesdays, or email:


Orientation and Training

All volunteers will be required to complete the

mandatory Orientation & Training. The training can

be completed from the comfort of your home online.

Those who do not have access to a computer,

training dates will be set up for you to attend in the

near future. Please contact Becky MacDonald

becky.macdonald@guelph.ca 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: https://gwsa-guelph.ca/1749-2/.

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.


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


• 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.

Human Resources Committee

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.

Membership & Marketing

Three more committee members needed to join the

team. Meet on the 2 nd Tuesday of each month at 9:30

am. The committee reports to the Board for all

membership and marketing initiatives, focusing on

the maximum interest of members and advancement

of the Board’s Strategic Plan. The Committee

provides content and messaging advice to the

webmaster for the website and social media accounts

and prepares monthly GWSA Email Updates.

• Marketing and recruitment experience would

definitely be assets, but are not required.

• Monitors membership satisfaction

• Develops plans to improve member recruitment

and retention

• Marketing responsibilities include arranging for

media coverage and creating advertisements

• Developing promotional material

• Arranging special events such as Open House

and New Members’ Welcome - either virtually or

in-person as appropriate.

Special Events Committee

The GWSA is looking for energetic individuals to

lead the special events committee when initiated.

Duties include: responsibility for significant events

throughout the year (e.g., Mental Health

Symposium). The Committee sees the overall

organization of the event, maintaining

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communication with the Board and the City of

Guelph staff, promote the event in the Sentinel, on

the website and other avenues with support from the

M&M committee.

Technology Committee

Advise the Board of Directors and provide technical

leadership in support of the Strategic Plan.

Production support: we need a group of technically

savvy and interested members to prioritize a list of

needed projects for planning and implementation.

Experience in: electrician, sound tech, lighting

technician, carpentry or design would be useful, and

possibly computer-aided design skills.

IT (Information Technology):

• Make hardware and software recommendations

to address employee and volunteer needs

including the Board, Finance Committee and


• 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


• Interest and background experience in IT,

including network management and video

production, would be assets.

GWSA Activity Groups

The following Activity Groups are in need of


Bid Euchre


Computer mentoring



Euchre Wednesdays

Euchre Friday

6-Handed Euchre

Mah Jong

Silver Seven Skaters

Walking Club

Writers Club

Cash Volunteer Needed:

Looking for a volunteer for every Monday afternoon

12:00-3:15, every other Thursday and Friday

mornings 8:45-12:30, working on the cash register,

taking payments from customers, and providing

excellent customer service.

Kitchen Volunteers Needed:

Looking for volunteers on any of the following days:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9:00-1:30.

Assist the Chef with food preparation, serving and

other kitchen related tasks.

Volunteer Link Ambassador

Looking for Volunteers to increase the participation

of older adults in social activities by connecting them

to their local older adult centre. After the older adult

is referred to the centre, the Volunteer Link

Ambassador (VLA) will meet with him/her,

complete the client intake form, and help to connect

the older adult to programs and services to suit their



The Fashion Show is returning!

Date: Friday, October 21

Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Location: Evergreen Seniors Centre (Auditorium)

Models Needed: Modeling fall fashions from the


Time requirements: Outfit try-on days, full

availability on event date (Friday, October 21, 1:30-

3:30 p.m.)

Coffee Servers: serving beverages to the attendees

Greeters: Collect tickets at the door, direct patrons

to their seats.

If you are interested in volunteering in any of the

areas listed, please contact Becky for more

information. becky.macdonald@guelph.ca

Bistro 683

Coffee Volunteer Needed:

Looking for a volunteer for every other Friday

morning from 8:45-12:15 to maintain the beverage

counter, serving hot drinks, assisting customers,

keeping tables clean and providing excellent

customer service.

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GWSA Group & Activity Reports

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

Art in the Hall

Art in the Hall will return this fall!

I personally want to thank Ted

Pritchard, who set high standards

when it came to putting together

shows for this venue, I am not sure

I will be able to keep up those

standards but I will try!

All of the art groups and artisans

will have an opportunity to show

off their wares and offer items for

sale if they wish. A portion of the

cost will go towards the GWSA

and staff at the cash will be familiar

with how to process these payments

and ensure artists receive

their funds, again if they

wish to sell their creations.

A contract (very similar to the

one Ted used) will be sent out to

all groups to review; it outlines

how the shows will run. I intend on

changing up the art monthly and

being present the second Monday

of each month to put up a new

show. Some shows will run longer

and we may have special presentations,

for example, the recent one I

co-ordinated of our late Gloria

Mifsud, an artist who passed away

in March of this year. Her artwork

was showcased and all funds donated

to the GWSA. The show was

a huge success!

I plan on going through the list of

groups alphabetically as presented

in the Sentinel. Please start to think

about the piece you would like to

hang, present and showcase.

Further information will be forwarded

to all groups.

I am truly looking forward to

seeing the hall light up again with

wonderful artistic creations!


We are a large club of approximately

100 members playing on a

3-court gym with beautifully

sprung hardwood floors.

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We play at both the Evergreen

and the West End Community

Centres up to 6 days a week except

during July and August when the

WECC is not available. Please

check “GWSA Group & Activity

Contact Information” or the

GWSA online calendar for times

and locations.

Our skill level can be from beginner

to experienced so you may

wish to plan a visit to watch us

play before you apply to join. Application

can be made through the

City of Guelph directly at the Evergreen

or WECC or online at

guelph.ca by using the RecEnroll

program to apply.

We typically hold several coaching

clinics as well as some fun

tournaments during our season. We

also encourage folks to stay late on

Wednesdays for smaller group

coaching and practice.

All you need are dedicated indoor

court shoes, proper gym attire,

a racket and a smile to participate.

We do have a few loaner

rackets available and free equipment

advice to help you decide.

Please feel free to call me, Jeff

Millard, 519-993-1362.

Book Club 1

Our group meets in the Board

Room on the last Friday of each

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

For October, our selection is “The

Maid” by Nita Prose. Our November

selection is “The Violin Conspiracy”

by Brendon Slocumb.

Monthly fee is $3.00. At present,

we have a waiting list.


GWSA welcomes all Bridge players

with a basic knowledge of the

game to enjoy playing bridge in a

friendly and comfortable environment.

We offer both Recreational

and Duplicate Bridge.

No partner? No problem! We mix

and mingle with a room full of eager

players so that everyone has a

partner for any of our regularly

scheduled games.


Join us for recreational bridge in

the afternoon or evening.

Mondays 12:30-3:15 pm (WECC)

Tuesdays 6:30-9:00 pm Evergreen

Room 3

Thursdays 12:30-3:30 pm Evergreen

Room 3


This group is for individuals who

have already taken bridge lessons

and would like to work on improving

their game. Volunteers are on

hand to coach you.

We request you know the Bidding

Basics. We will make you

comfortable playing Duplicate

Bridge with Duplicate Boards and

using Bidding Boxes.

Fridays 9:00-11:30 am, Evergreen

Room 3.


Bunka embroidery is created by

using a unique combination of

punch needle and special silk-like

rayon thread. When completed,

many pictures resemble delicately

shaded paintings. In fact, the needle

is held and operates in much

the same manner as an artist’s

brush or pencil. We do not teach

classes or have an instructor, so

you should have some experience

in the craft and members are required

to purchase their own supplies.

Every Wednesday from 9:15

a.m. to noon in Room 3. Currently

there is a wait list.

See Bunkawithflair.com.

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Craft Group

The ladies of the Craft Club are

very busy making beautiful articles

for our store. We will start in September

to make hats, mitts and

scarves to donate to the needy in

December. We have had a few of

the GWSA members also donating

these items so we can reach as

many as possible.

Guelph Wood Carving Club

est. Circa 1986

A well-established wood carving

club of mostly seniors (both men

and women) has operated in the

Guelph area for decades.

We do carving in the round, like

cartoon characters, birds and wildlife,

spoons, bowls, etc.

Other carving techniques include

relief carving, marquetry, and pyrography.

Training available.

Meets Monday evening 6:00 pm-

9:00 pm in Evergreen Room 2.


Come on out on a Tuesday afternoon

for a friendly game of Cribbage

in Room 3 of the Evergreen

Centre. The room is open at 12:30

pm and we start playing at 1:00

pm. Everyone is welcome and play

8 games with prizes at the end of

the afternoon. If you are not sure of

how to play, we have instructors to


Line Dancing

Evergreen Auditorium

Phyllis Carnochan


Donna Holmes (519-831-0943)

Monday Classes

9:15 to 9:30 am - Line Dance Step

Tutorial [brief review of steps]

9:30 to 10:30 am – Beginners

[Beyond the Basics]

10:45 to 11:45 am - Intermediate

[Are you up for a challenge?]

Thursday Classes

1:00 to 2:00 pm - Introduction to

Line Dancing [No experience


2:15 to 3:15 pm – Beginners

[Beyond the Basics]

The cost is $2.00 each time you

come. Sign up for line dancing at

519-822-1260 ext. 2694.

Into Focus Photography

We are a friendly group of amateur

photographers with equipment

ranging from mobile phones and

point-and-shoot cameras to fancy

DSLR models. We share a common

interest in photography as a

hobby and we learn from each other.

New members are always welcome.

Our regular meetings are on

the last Monday of every month by


If you are interested in joining,

contact Stu McCannell



Pickleball is a sport in which four

players use solid paddles made of

wood or composite materials to hit

a perforated polymer ball over a

net. The sport shares features of

other racquet sports: the dimensions

and layout of a badminton

court and a net and rules similar to

tennis, with a few modifications.

This sport is for people of all

ages who are looking for some fun,

laughter, socialization and exercise.

It’s easy to learn, but can be

challenging for those with a competitive

nature. All levels of skill

invited. Pickleball equipment is



Come on out and join our group.

Enjoy some gentle exercise, friendship

and fun. Membership is available

to all paid-up GWSA members

for a $10 fee every six

months. Register the first time you

play. Beginners are welcome and

instruction is available. The group

plays Tuesdays and Wednesdays

from 1 to 3 p.m.

Silver Strummers

The ukulele orchestra is an unqualified

success story! There are

now 30 individuals who have


joined the Silver Strummers. We

welcome ALL skill levels, beginner

through advanced! We will

provide you with all the information

you will need to get started.

If you would like to try the universally

accessible and friendly instrument

of the ukulele, please contact

Ann Sneyd at 519-830-6640.


The Silvertones members have returned

to our weekly practices

again in Room 3! They will run

from 2 to 4 p.m. We do have a few

openings so please contact Doreen

Muir @ 519-831- 8323 if you

would like to join our choir

or would like more information.

Evergreen Snooker Club

The Evergreen Snooker Club is

composed of a group of active,

friendly players with skill levels

covering the full spectrum from

learner/beginner to accomplished

player. If you are interested in

learning the game, or have played

in the past and want to get back

into it, please drop by the Snooker

Room. You will be assured a warm

welcome and a place to try your

hand at one of our three tables. The

Snooker Room is open weekdays

between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm and

any other time the Evergreen Centre

may be open.

The primary focus of the club is

to have fun, build friendships and

socialize. Your snooker skill level

is irrelevant, so don’t feel intimidated

if you are a beginner. Prospective

members may visit the

club room up to three times without

charge to help with their decision

on whether to join. While

most of the current members are

men, there is a small group of

women who play regularly

(typically on Tuesday mornings),

so ladies, don’t be shy, give it a


Membership is available to all

paid-up members of the GWSA on

payment of the prescribed annual

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snooker activity fee. The current

fee of $70 (plus tax) buys you access

to the Snooker Room any time

it is open and to all the snooker

you care to play.

Texas Hold ’Em

Why not come out and have fun

with us? We are averaging about

16 players a week. We are situated

in the Dining Room. We charge $2

per week and pretty well all of that

goes back to the GWSA. We play

Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Each player starts off with $500

in real casino chips, and, as we do

not play for money, we work on a

point system. The one with the

most points each week is the winner.

We play until there is only one

player left or 8:30 pm comes,

whichever is first.

We will gladly teach anyone who

is interested in playing. Just follow

the laughter to find us. We welcome

everyone who wants to play

and enjoys company.

We have quite a few ladies playing

at present and would always

welcome more. We do not want to

become a men’s club! Remember,

you have to be a member of the

GWSA to play.

Watercolour Painters

The Evergreen Watercolour Painters

provides an opportunity for watercolour

painters to practise their

hobby along with others sharing

the same interest, while encouraging

one another and receiving information,

ideas and inspiration.

While we do not offer classes or

lessons, we welcome accomplished

watercolour painters. There is a

small annual membership fee and

membership with the GWSA is

required. We meet in Room 2 from

12:30 to 4 p.m. on the 1st and 5th

Wednesday of the month, and from

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the third


Walking Club

Do you like to walk during the

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spring, summer and fall? Do you

like to have company when you


If so, joining the Walking Club is

a great way to exercise with lots of

fresh air, enjoy nature and beautiful

scenery, and make new friends,

all while discovering the trails in

the area.

You can register for the Walking

Club’s 2022 walking season online

through RecEnroll or at the front

desk of the Evergreen Centre. The

annual fee is $10 and you must be

an active member of the GWSA.

We meet in Riverside Park on

Thursday mornings at 9:45 am to

register and collect any entrance

fees. Then we depart at 10:00 am

sharp. Walks are on…rain or shine.

Walks start at Riverside Park OR

we drive to one of the many wonderful

Guelph Walking Trails or

nearby Conservation Areas. Walks

are at your own pace and you

must arrange your own transportation

to the Trail Head.

If you are interested in helping

with this group or would like any

additional information, please contact:


Woven Words

“If you wait for inspiration before

you write, you’re not a writer,

you’re a waiter”- Dan Poynter

Using the book “Your Story,

Well Told” by Corey Rosen

(available through Amazon) as a

foundation, we will explore numerous

aspects of storytelling through

discussion examples and exercises.

We will weave our own stories

based on a technique we choose,

share, rehearse, and finally present

during the last class of each month.

Using the Goldilocks approach, not

too much, not too little, but just

right, we will learn to water ‘n’

weed, as our project captures a

blossom which truly represents the

story we wish to share. The only

suggested equipment is a journal to

jot notes and ideas.

Once we feel comfortable with

traditional storytelling, we will discuss

expansion to Storytelling Plus.

This involves storytelling with

props, draw and tell, feltboard, cut

and tell, music, movement, puppets,

etc. We are only limited by

our imagination! Mondays 10-11

a.m. in Room 4.

Writers Club

If you enjoy the power of the pen,

come join the Writers Club. We

can toss around ideas and topics to

get the creative juices flowing.

Then let’s share the resulting written

shape for constructive comments,

while enjoying the company

of others. Please feel welcome to

join the journey. We will meet the

1st and 3rd Wednesday of the

month in the Board Room, from 1-

3 p.m. There is a weekly fee of $2

for the GWSA. Contact Susan

Jackson 519-265-3246.

NEW - Seniors Mixed Volleyball

Thursday mornings at the West

End from 10:30 a.m. - noon.

$60 for the season, September to


Must have some mobility and

hand/eye co-ordination.

Any questions or concerns,

please contact: Co-ordinator

Johanna van Boxtel, 416-579-7143


Be active.





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

Kim Taylor


Art Studio In 2

Evergreen Room 2

Nora Kelly norakelly1@hotmail.com

Every 2 nd & 4 th Wed. 1-4 pm


Evergreen Auditorium

Jeff Millard (519-993-1362)

Tues. 7-9:30 pm

Thurs. & Fri. 10:30 am-1 pm,

Sun. 1:30-3:30 pm

Mon. & Wed. 1-4 pm (WECC)

No play at WECC July & August

Casual Bicycling

Various Locations in and

around Guelph

John Ness jolyness4952@gmail.com

Wed. - May 1-Oct. 31 - 9:00 am-noon

Bunka Art Group

Evergreen Room 3

Diane Barber (519-763-2996)


Wednesdays - 9:15 am-noon

Canoe Club

John Ness (519-994-8611)


Thursdays 9-noon

Chess Club

Board Room

2nd & 4th Fridays – 10 am-12 pm

Bruce Hurst (519-831-4340)


Computer Club

Evergreen Room 3

Ross Knechtel (226-706-4058)

Ken Chupa (519-829-2476)

January, March, May

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


Bid Euchre on Thursdays

Evergreen Room 2

Phyllis Goodhew


Thursdays 1 pm-4 pm

Book Club 1

Board Room

Veronica Sanche (519-767-9991)

Last Friday of month - 1-2:30 pm

Book Club 2

Board Room

Christine Trimble (519-823-2086)

2nd Friday of month - 1-3:30 pm

Bridge - Recreational

Evergreen Room 3


Mondays - 12:30-3:15 pm (WECC)

Tuesdays - 6:30-9:00 pm

Thursdays - 12:30-3:30 pm

Bridge - Duplicate

Evergreen Room 3


Fridays - 9:00-11:30 am

Computer Mentoring

Ken Chupa (519-829-2476)

Computer Lab

Computer mentoring is a drop-in program.

No appointment necessary.

Computer mentoring is offered every Monday

(except when the Centre is closed)

from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Craft Club

Evergreen Room 2

Judy Montgomery (519-824-8047)

Fridays - 8:30 am-1:30 pm


Evergreen Room 3

Elaine Miller (ermiller35@gmail.com)

Tuesdays 12:30 pm-4 pm

Diabetes Support Group

Board Room

Tuesdays – 12-1 pm

Bill MacDonald (519.400.0950)


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Euchre on Monday

Evergreen Room 3

Earl Mead (lemead41@outlook.com)

Mondays - 1:00-3:00 pm

Euchre on Friday

Evergreen Room 4

Peter Smith (519-217-8986)

Fridays - 1:00-4:00 pm


Tom Kane (519-827-1475)

Mondays, May to September

Into Focus Photography

Evergreen Room 4

Stu McCannell (smccannell@rogers.com)

last Monday of every month—2:30-5 pm

$24.00 a year

Line Dancing

Evergreen Auditorium

Phyllis (519-836-9415)

Donna (519-831-0943)

Mondays – 9:15 to noon

Thursdays – 1:00 to 3:15 p.m.

Peer Learning

Barb McLeod (519-823-2531)

Andrew Webb (226-500-4755)

Sessions in September 2022


Rudy Simon


Evergreen Auditorium

Monday 12:15 – 3 p.m.

Tuesday 8:30 am – 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday 8:30 – 10:00 am

Thursday 8:30 - 10:30 am

Friday 8:30 – 10:30 am and 1 – 4 pm

Sunday 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

West End Comm. Centre

Tues. - noon-4:00 pm (advanced play)

Thurs. - 2:15-5:00 pm (all levels of play)


Evergreen Room 2

Beryl Drohan (519-827-0120)

Mondays - 12:30-4:00 pm

Rug Hooking

Evergreen Room 2

Kathy McCallum


Tuesdays 12-4 pm


Evergreen Auditorium

Elaine Bigam (519-824-6498)


Tuesdays & Wednesdays - 1-3 pm

Silver Strummers

Room 3

Ann Sneyd 519-830-6640

Fridays - Beginners 12-1 pm

Experienced 1-2 pm

Silvertones Choir

Room 3

Doreen Muir (519-831-8323)

Choir Director - Ann Sneyd

Accompanist: Andrea LeBlanc

Fridays 2-4 pm

Ski Club

Evergreen Parking Lot by

The Enabling Garden

Bob Shearer 519-831-4093


Mondays from January to the end of March

8:00 am car pool at Evergreen to Blue Mountain

6:00 pm return to Evergreen

Evergreen Snooker Club

Evergreen Snooker Room

Nick Harris (519-836-4547)

Daily - 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Table Tennis

Evergreen Auditorium

Petr Vales (ttguelph@outlook.com)


Monday - 3-6:15 pm

Wednesday - 10 am-1 pm

Saturday - 9:00 am-12:00 noon

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

(WECC - except July/August)

Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Bistro 683

Paul Phillips (416-996-2112)

Bruno Szafran (519-823-2317)

Tuesdays - 6:30-8:30 pm

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Walking Club

Riverside Park


April to October

Thursdays - 9:45 am-12:30 pm

Watercolour Painters Club

Evergreen Room 2

Mary Mulholland (519-836-4889)


1st and 5th Wednesday of the month - 12:30-4 pm

Third Wednesday - 9 am to 4 pm

Membership $30/yr + hst

West End Art Group

Rm 2 West End Comm. Centre

Nancy Baker (519-822-6653)

Tuesdays - 12:30-4:00 pm

September – June

Membership $10/yr + hst

West Hills Art Group

Rm 2 West End Comm. Centre

Dale Vardy (519-823-5746)


September - June

Thursdays - noon-4:00 pm

Membership $25.00 + hst

Wood Carving Group

Evergreen Room 2

Ken Fugler (fugler@rogers.com)

Monday – 6-9 pm

Woven Words

Room 4

Ellen & Gordon Webb (519.835.7153)


Mondays – 10am-11 am

Writers Club

Board Room

Susan Jackson (519-265-3246)


1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1-3 p.m.

Writing Your Life Story

Board Room

Jennifer Blackie



Thursdays 1:30-3:30 pm

Seniors Mixed Volleyball

West End

Johanna van Boxtel, 416-579-7143


Thursday 10:30 a.m. - noon

$60 for the season, September to June

An elderly couple returned to a

Mercedes dealership to find that the

salesman had just sold the car they were

interested in to a beautiful, shapely


“I thought you said you would hold that

car till we raised the $75,000 asking price,” said the older gentleman. “Yet I just

heard you closing the deal for $65,000 to that lovely young lady there. You

insisted there could be no discount on this model.”

“Well, what can I tell you? She had the ready cash, and just look at her, how

could I resist?” replied the grinning salesman.

Just then the young woman approached the older couple and handed them the


“There you go,” she said with a wink. “I told you I could get this joker to drop

the price! See you later grandpa.”

Never underestimate the elderly!

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Solutions on pg. 28

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“Our Young Seniors”

‘We’re not over the hill; we’re just

gaining speed!’



Paxman, Len and Pat -

celebrating 76 years

of marriage

(Oct. 19, 1946)

If you have a birthday or anniversary

that you would like to include in the

Sentinel, please let us know the month


This column is NOT done automatically.

We DON’T have access to your

personal information.


We would like to convey our condolences

to Association Members and their Families

Iand, Ronald Edward passed away on Monday,

August 29, 2022, at the age of 78. He was a member

of the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker group.

Rooke, Stephen John passed away on Sunday,

September 4, 2022, at the age of 60. He was the son

of Mike and Dora Rooke.

HRH Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday,

September 8, 2022, at the age of 96.

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Clubs and Drop-In Activities OCTOBER 2022

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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


9:15-9:30a Line Dance Tuto.

9:30-10:30a Beginners Line


10-11a Woven Words

10:45-11:45a Intermediate

Line Dancing

12:15-3p Pickleball

12:30-3:15p Rec. Bridge W

12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club





9:15-9:30a Line Dance Tuto.

9:30-10:30a Beginners Line


10-11a Woven Words

10:45-11:45a Intermediate

Line Dancing



8:30a-12:30p Pickleball

12-1p Diabetes Support

12-4p Pickleball W

12-4p Rug Hooking

12:30-4p Cribbage

12:30-4p West End Arts W

1-3p Shuffleboard

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold

‘Em Poker

6:30-9p Rec. Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton


8:30a-12:30p Pickleball

12-1p Diabetes Support

12-4p Pickleball W

12-4p Rug Hooking

12:30-4p Cribbage

12:30-4p West End Arts W

1-3p Shuffleboard

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold

‘Em Poker

6:30-9p Rec. Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton


8:30a-12:30p Pickleball

12-1p Diabetes Support

12-4p Pickleball W

12-4p Rug Hooking

12:30-4p Cribbage

12:30-4p West End Arts W

1-3p Shuffleboard


8:30-10a Pickleball

9:15a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

12:30-4p Watercolour Painters

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-3p Writers Club

1-4p Badminton W


8:30-10a Pickleball

9:15a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-4p Art Studio in 2

1-4p Badminton W


8:30-10a Pickleball

9a-4p Watercolour Painters

9:15a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-3p Writers Club

1-4p Badminton W


8:30-10:30a Pickleball

9:30a-12:30p Walking Club

10:30a-12p Volleyball W

10:30a-1p Badminton

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Rec. Bridge

1-2p Intro to Line Dancing

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:30-3:30p Writing Your Life


2:15-3:15p Beginners Line


2:15-5p Pickleball W


8:30-10:30a Pickleball

9:30a-12:30p Walking Club

10:30a-12p Volleyball W

10:30a-1p Badminton

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Rec. Bridge

1-2p Intro to Line Dancing

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:30-3:30p Writing Your Life


2:15-3:15p Beginners Line


2:15-5p Pickleball W


8:30-10:30a Pickleball

9:30a-12:30p Walking Club

10:30a-12p Volleyball W

10:30a-1p Badminton

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Rec . Bridge

1-2p Intro to Line Dancing


8:30-10:30a Pickleball

8:30a-1:30p Crafts

9-11:30a Duplicate Bridge

10:30a-1p Badminton

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1-4p Euchre

1-4p Pickleball

1-4p Table Tennis W

2-4p Silvertones


8:30-10:30a Pickleball

8:30a-1:30p Crafts

9-11:30a Duplicate Bridge

10a-12p Chess

10:30a-1p Badminton

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1-3:30p Book Club 2

1-4p Euchre

1-4p Pickleball

1-4p Table Tennis W

2-4p Silvertones


8:30-10:30a Pickleball

8:30a-1:30p Crafts

9-11:30a Duplicate Bridge

10:30a-1p Badminton

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.


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12:15-3p Pickleball

12:30-3:15p Rec. Bridge W

12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club


9:15-9:30a Line Dance Tuto.

9:30-10:30a Beginners Line


10-11a Woven Words

10:45-11:45a Intermediate

Line Dancing

12:15-3p Pickleball

12:30-3:15p Rec. Bridge W

12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club


9:15-9:30a Line Dance Tuto.

9:30-10:30a Beg Line Dance

10-11a Woven Words

10:45-11:45a Intermediate

Line Dancing

12:15-3p Pickleball

12:30-3:15p Bridge W

12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

2:30-5p Into Focus Photogr.

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold

‘Em Poker

6:30-9p Rec. Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton


8:30a-12:30p Pickleball

12-1p Diabetes Support

12-4p Pickleball W

12-4p Rug Hooking

12:30-4p Cribbage

12:30-4p West End Arts W

1-3p Shuffleboard

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold

‘Em Poker

6:30-9p Rec. Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton


8:30-10a Pickleball

9:15a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-4p Art Studio in 2

1-4p Badminton W

Everyday Activities


Book Nook—

Mon-Fri – 9a-4p

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:30-3:30p Writing Your Life


2:15-3:15p Beginners Line


2:15-5p Pickleball W


8:30-10:30a Pickleball

9:30a-12:30p Walking Club

10:30a-12p Volleyball W

10:30a-1p Badminton

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Rec. Bridge

1-2p Intro to Line Dancing

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:30-3:30p Writing Your Life


2:15-3:15p Beginners Line


2:15-5p Pickleball W

Weekend Activities


9a-12p Table Tennis


8:30a-1:30p Pickleball

1:30-3:30p Badminton

1-4p Euchre

1-4p Pickleball

1-4p Table Tennis W

2-4p Silvertones


8:30-10:30a Pickleball

8:30a-1:30p Crafts

9-11:30a Duplicate Bridge

10a-12p Chess

10:30a-1p Badminton

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1-2:30p Book Club 1

1-4p Euchre

1-4p Pickleball

1-4p Table Tennis W

2-4p Silvertones


The Sentinel - October 2022


Guelph’s municipal election is this October

You can vote if you:

• live or own property in Guelph,

• are a Canadian citizen, and are over 18 years

Vote at advanced polls anywhere in Guelph October 8-10 and 14-16, on Election Day, October 24 in your

ward, or register to vote by mail at guelph.ca/vote.

Celebrating Diwali on October 24? Don’t let voting get in the way of your celebrations. Vote early in

advanced polls or register to vote by mail.

Learn more: guelph.ca/vote

guelphvotes@guelph.ca 519-837-5625/TTY 519-826-9771

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Do your houseplants need help?

Overwhelmed with the thought of repotting and

don’t know where to start?

I will come to your home and instruct you on how

to rejuvenate and manage your plant collection.

Too much work and no time? Then have me do

the work for you.

Set up a consultation date and time.

$25 for initial visit.

Got questions? I will do my best to assist you.

Colleen Simmons, 519-429-4634


The Book Nook — “A Lending Library”

We are open

Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Here is a great book to read, a really gripping whodunit

called “Her Last Goodbye” by Rick Mofina.

Jennifer Griffin is a busy mum who works for an

optometrist. She lives with her husband, Greg, and their

son, Jake, in Trailside Grove in the Buffalo-Niagara

Region. Jenn goes to her neighbourhood book club

meeting as usual, but when Greg wakes up in the early

hours of the morning, he finds Jenn is still not home.

After searching the house, he gets into his car and drives

to where she was to be that night at the book club in the

hopes of finding her. Maybe her car had n down, which

would explain why she was not home. However, when he

contacts the other members of the book club, they all tell

him she left to go home around 10:30 p.m.

After hours go by and still no sign of Jenn, Greg contacts

the police and lets them know she is missing. Greg’s sister

Kat and his Dad then came over to be with him. When

word gets out that Jenn is missing, the neighbourhood sets

up a search party, combing the woods in the area where


Chris Fraser

Jenn would have driven home.

Kozak and Carillo were the detectives assigned to the

case, and for weeks, they followed every lead, but when

they noticed Greg had scratches on his hand, they began

to wonder if he had harmed his wife. Kat tells Greg she

saw Jenn a few weeks earlier talking to Peter Sellwin who

was on the school board where Jenn also volunteered, and

Kat felt that there was something going on between them.

Greg simply did not believe his wife could be unfaithful.

They had a good marriage, but he admitted that Jenn

never got over the trauma she went through as a child

when she lost her parents when their home burned down

and she was the only survivor.

There are many twists and turns in this story, with

several suspects who could have abducted Jenn. It’s a real

page turner which I could not put down. I hope you will

enjoy reading it as much as I did.

Please also take a look at the list I have provided of the

newly added books to our library that have generously

been donated. You can find this list on the coffee table.

Happy Reading,

Your bookworm and Librarian,

Chris Fraser

The Sentinel - October 2022


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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Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

683 Woolwich St., Guelph


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7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Dance to the music of DJ Rob Martine

Tickets are $15.00 each (non-refundable)

Tickets may be purchased at the door. Tickets may also be purchased in advance

by phoning 519-837-5699 or in person at any City of Guelph Recreational

Facility such as: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, Victoria Road

Recreational Centre, West End Community Centre.

To reserve a group table, call Margaret Waldron at 519-836-8534

Or email me at dances@gwsa-guelph.ca

See website: https://gwsa-guelph.ca/Saturday-social-dances/



The Committee

Margaret W.

The Organizer

Jill K.

The Secretary & Greeter

Jennifer B.

The Ticket Taker

Margaret O.

The Decorator

Helga H.


We have great promotors in a group of dancers who have handed out flyers every chance they got

and everywhere they went. They are always ready to help and we are so grateful. Thank you.


The Line Dancing Activity Group, the Sassy Strutters and the Saturday Social Dance have had a great

relationship with Don Harris, Custodian at the Evergreen. He has taken care of our every requirement.

Whether it was setting up chairs, cleaning the floor, removing garbage; whatever it was, he was there

for us. We will be sorry to see him go.

We would like to share some photos we have taken with him over the years. Here he is with the Sassy

Strutters in November 2019 in the custodian’s closet, doing who knows what.

Here he is again with Margaret W. and Jill in December 2021, again in the utility room and we still

don’t know what was going on.

On August 29, 2022, Margaret W., Jill and Margaret O., with the Saturday Social Dance, thought we

would try and lock him in the closet so he wouldn’t leave.

On September 1, we had one last photo with him at Line Dancing. Phyllis tried to hold him back, too,

but to no avail.

We wish you well in your retirement, Don. We are really going to miss you.

Submitted by Margaret W.

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$25.00 discount coupon

with this ad

Please call 519-821-6683


‘For Sale’ ads will be left in for 3 issues from first insertion

(i.e., in Sept. issue - removed from Dec. issue); if you wish

it to remain in longer, please contact The Sentinel office

and/or leave us a message. If your item sells, please let us

know so that we can remove it. NO ‘Accommodation’ or

‘Vehicle’ ads will be included in the Evergreen Market.

Such ads will be treated as advertising inserted within these

pages at the current Sentinel advertising rates plus HST.

Thank you, Sentinel Administrator.


1 Exercise bicycle, new, $50 OBO. Treadmill,

10 years old, good condition, $200 OBO. Two

pretty bedroom lamps, good condition, need new

lamp shades, $20 OBO. Call Sandy at 519-265-


Free advertising for GWSA members ONLY.




Epson C88+ Colour Printer. Used. Asking $35.

Call Frank at 519-826-0174.

3-in-1 Starfrit - Air Fryer/Convection Oven/

Toaster. Never opened. Good for kitchen, staff

lounge, gift or summer house. $150. Call Irene at


Brand new walker $125 OBO. Call Dwayne at


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See Puzzles on pgs. 16 & 17

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Oct. 20 - Oct. 30

Oct. 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 @ 8 pm

Oct. 23, 30 @ 2 pm

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By Claude Bilodeau

Not many people visit Algonquin Park in the

fall. The ones that brave the possibility of cold

and snow come to walk the trails — to take in the

colourful tapestry covering the forests. Even less

take a canoe out on a cool autumn morning.

Sitting in my grandpa’s old cedar-strip canoe,

he and I glide past the familial cabin, shuttered

now, dark and empty, the rocker still on the

covered porch, slats rotting. From the old cabin,

through the silence, I can hear my mother’s

laughter penetrating the trance-like morning haze

as she chases me into the water, lifting me up and

tossing me in.

Each paddle stroke reminds me of the pain I felt

when I lost my mother, and the fishing trips my

grandpa insisted I take with him. Trips, while

gliding over Canoe Lake surrounded by sugar

maple, moose, and walleye, on which he would

tell me stories about her childhood in the park.

Those moments were magical, and little by little,

we both healed.

Now, my grandpa sits in the bow of the canoe,

unmoving, and I wonder what he is feeling, if he

is feeling anything at all.


My grandpa grew up in Algonquin Park in a

cabin handed down to him by his parents. A small

log cabin, originally built for one, but expanded,

to accommodate a growing family. My greatgrandparents

first started coming to the park back

in the twenties — a respite from the war. A

weekend retreat until an opportunity to buy

appeared and they stayed.

When I was little, my mother would let me stay

with my grandparents at the cottage all summer. I

was happiest there.

“Tom Thompson used to paint here,” my

grandma would say proudly. Sitting on a flat rock

by the lake, she would capture the seasons on

canvas. I, with my wooden plank, would sit

beside her dabbing my brush in whatever paint

she had on her palette.

She called me her little muse, as she painted

frogs with big smiles and trees that danced. She

would transform this strange world with her paint

brush like a magic wand, creating a place free

from sadness.

I loved them both but my grandpa and I had an

easy uncomplicated relationship which I craved.


One day, at my grandparent’s cottage, I had just

come in from swimming when my grandpa told

me the news. My mother was found lying on the

kitchen floor. She had an aneurysm that killed her


My grandmother was devastated. A toxic

weariness grew within her. Absorbed in her

painting, she tried desperately to capture her

daughter’s image. Paint-drenched canvases

littered the floor. She passed soon after.

It was my grandpa who saved me.

One evening, while grandpa was frying our

catch of bass in a little butter and lemon, he asked

me if I was considering going to college. “I can

see it in your eyes when you pick up a brush.

Your grandmother saw it, too,” he said. “She

made me promise to convince you to pursue your


It broke my heart to leave grandpa alone but my

grandma’s wish distressed me, so I went.

Regrettably, the years passed as my life

unfolded in other directions. Trips to the cottage

became less frequent.


It was about a year ago when my secretary took

the call. Grandpa was being airlifted to the

Huntsville hospital where he would be transferred

to South Lake Regional Health Centre in


He had a heart attack while he was buying

groceries. The toughest man I had ever known

was in the hospital fighting for his life.

When I finally saw him, he was small, gaunt,

his eyes darting about the room as if sensing a


“Grandpa,” I said, as I lifted his hand, lighter,

drained of strength. “It’s me, Barry.” He looked


Although he grew stronger every day, there

were signs of a stroke that left him unable to live

on his own. I could hear my grandma as I signed

the admission forms — he would rather die than

be in one of those places.

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Yesterday, when my wife, daughter and I picked

him up from the home to go camping, I didn’t

know what to expect. I needed to find out if any

part of him was still in there. When we arrived at

our campsite, he seemed to relax. I started a

campfire hoping that the smell of the wood

burning might awaken some memory — a

glimmer of recognition.

He just sat slumped in his camp chair staring,

watching the embers drift upward.

Our five-year-old daughter, Beatrice, who he

has never met, takes her little camp chair and sits

down beside her great-grandpa as if ready to have

a tea party — introducing him to her dolls. She

then shows him her pink fishing rod, pretending

to cast. He lifts his hand and points to the rod.

“I think great-grandpa wants to go fishing,” she

exclaimed with delight, surprising us both.


I continue to paddle the canoe until my grandpa

and I reach our favourite fishing spot. I study the



We will carve a small Santa Claus head as a tree ornament.

Classes will take place at our regular activity meeting in Room 2 on Monday evenings from

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm starting Oct. 31/22 and running through to Dec. 12/22.

Since this class is limited to six (6) students, we are

requesting only those apply with some form of previous

experience and/or deep desire to join our Club and become a

regular productive, experienced Wood Carver.

Contact Ken Fugler 519-767-0145 or fugler@rogers.com.

Find your PASSION to create ART in wood

thinning old man sitting in the bow and I try to

picture him casting his fishing rod, looking over

his shoulder at me and smiling.

I am hoping desperately that he will respond to

these surroundings and show me that he can still

enjoy moments like this. I know that I will have to

let him go, but I am not ready.

Suddenly, he turns to me and calls me Alice —

my mother’s name. “Do you want me to put the

worm on for you honey bunny?” he asks. I am

intrigued and want to carry on the charade. He is

reliving a moment in my mother’s time with him.

I try to hold the canoe steady while I wipe the

tears away. He turns to face the front of the canoe

and the moment ends.

Then he turns again and calls to me. “Barry, did

you paddle me out here? Where is my fishing

rod?” he asks. “I can hear those bass waiting to be

caught.” He holds his hand out. Fortunately, I

have my fishing rod in the canoe with a lure on it

and hand it to him.

He takes in a deep breath of the crisp clean air and

casts. “I promised Beatrice bass for lunch,” he

says, looks over his shoulder at me and smiles.


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held at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre unless otherwise indicated — call 519-823-1291.

Please register in person at our recreation facilities, over the phone by calling 519-837-5699, or online at

recenroll.ca. Registration will open on Wednesday, September 7, 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: Programs may be cancelled if there is low registration, so be sure to register (Fees do not

include HST).


Drop In Pickleball

Drop in and join us for a fun and active game of

pickleball. Whether you have played racket

sports or not, the game is easy to learn and is

facilitated by staff. Paddles and balls are

provided but feel free to bring your own if you


Course ID: 28677

Class Length: 2 hours

(7:15-9:15 p.m.)

Dates: Sept. 14-December 14 (Wednesday)

Fees: Adult: $7.04

Senior: $5.63


Latin American Cinema

Join us as we view and analyze Latin American

film directors, from the 1980s to the present. We

will socialize interpretations and comments

about the films through discussion and


Course ID: 28850

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Board Room)

Class Length: 1 hour

(11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

Dates: Nov. 3-December 15 (Tuesday)

Fees: Member: $101.36

Non-Member: $116.55


Seniors Disc Golf

Let's get outside and get moving! Join us at the

Riverside Park Disc Golf course to learn the

game of disc golf and practise with friends. An

instructor will guide you through the rules of the

game and will teach you the skills and

techniques required for this fun outdoor activity.

All equipment is provided. Athletic clothing and

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appropriate footwear is required.

Course ID: 29169

Location: Riverside Park (Disc Golf Course)

Class Length: 1 hour (5-6 p.m.)

Dates: September 22-October 27 (Thursday)

Fees: Member: $42.66

Non-Member: $49.08


Cardio and Strength Level 1

This beginner strength training class focuses on

functional exercises that include balance,

flexibility and cardiovascular movements.

Exercises are performed both sitting and

standing. Hand weights are used for

strengthening and toning muscles. Join us to

keep your body fit!

Course ID: 29041

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

Class Length: 1 hour

(9:30-10:30 a.m.)

Dates: Sept. 28-December 14 (Wednesday)

Fees: Member: $85.32

Non-Member: $98.16

Cardio and Strength Level 2

This intermediate/advanced strength training

class focuses on a low impact cardio warm-up.

This class performs functional exercises that

include balance, flexibility and cardiovascular

movements. Exercises are performed sitting and

standing. A variety of equipment is used

throughout the classes which may include

bands, stability balls and weights of your

choice. Join us to keep your body fit!

Course ID: Monday: 28678

Friday: 28679

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

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Class Length: 1 hour (9-10 a.m.)


Monday: Sept. 26-December 19

Friday: Sept. 30-December 16

Fees: Member: $85.32

Non-Member: $98.16

Cardio and Strength Level 3

Come and challenge your fitness level in this

advanced strength training class. Focusing on a

low impact cardio warm-up, this class performs

functional exercises that include balance,

flexibility and cardiovascular movements. A

variety of equipment is used throughout the

classes, which may include bands, stability balls

and weights of your choice. Join us to keep your

body fit!

Course ID: Monday: 28680

Friday: 28681

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

Class Length: 1 hour (9-10 a.m.)


Monday: Sept. 26-December 19

Friday: Sept. 30-December 16

Fees: Member: $85.32

Non-Member: $98.16

Total Body Conditioning

This total body conditioning class will challenge

the active 55+ individual. A cardio warm-up

will prepare you for resistance training, balance,

flexibility, and core strength and floor workout.

The benefits of regular exercise consisting of

these major components will improve your

mental, physical and emotional health. Increase

your energy level to be able to carry out daily

tasks and reduce your chances of osteoporosis.

Course ID: 28683

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

Class Length: 1 hour (8-9 a.m.)

Dates: Sept. 28-December 14 (Wednesday)

Fees: Member: $85.32

Non-Member: $98.16

Introduction to Strength Training

What is strength training all about? How do you

get started? Which exercises are the best ones?

What about form? Let us show you the answers!

You will go from learning the theory behind the

importance of strength training to mastering the

technique behind bodyweight, free weight and

barbell training. Our qualified instructors will

take you through a progressive training program

that will help you gain a better understanding of

exercise and program design, help you increase

your strength and, most importantly, your

confidence in and out of the gym.

Course ID: 29809

Location: West End Community Centre

(Fitness Room)

Class Length: 1 hour (9-10 a.m.)

Dates: October 12-December 14 (Wednesday)

Fees: Member: Free

Non-Member: Free

Strength and Balance

This beginner class will focus on fall

prevention, whole body movements and

balance. It is designed to improve general

mobility and overall strength to make everyday

tasks easier. You can expect to see improvement

in posture. The class presents an excellent

opportunity for beginners to start exercising

with an aerobic, strength and flexibility


Course ID: 29042

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

Class Length: 45 minutes

(12:15-1 p.m.)

Dates: October 12-December 14 (Wednesday)

Fees: Member: $71.10

Non-Member: $81.80

Gym and Swim

Take the challenge of on-land strength training

coupled with the resistance of the aquatic

environment to diversify your workout regime.

The weight bearing exercises in the gym in

addition to the buoyancy and resistance of the

water provide great benefits for the entire body.

Course ID: 28827

Location: West End Community Centre (Lap

Pool and Community Room 2)

Class Length: 1.5 hours

(9:30-10:45 a.m.)


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Dates: October 14-December 16 (Friday)

Fees: Member: $71.10

Non-Member: $81.80

Drum and Jump

Good for the brain and great for the body, Drum

and Jump is a high-fun, high-energy fitness

program that combines music, dance and

rhythm. Using a stability ball and drumsticks,

you will drum to the beat of the music. No

experience required - just beat to your own


Course ID: 28826

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Maple Room)

Class Length: 1 hour (4-5 p.m.)

Dates: October 12-December 14 (Wednesday)

Fees: Member: $71.10

Non-Member: $81.80

Falling Prevention and Navigation

In this program, participants will learn practical

exercises for preventing falls in day-to-day life,

as well as tools to aid in negotiating a fall,

should it occur. We will focus on building

knowledge of the body to increase confidence in

movement. It will include: exercises for

increasing proprioception (for the feet, eyes,

and spine) - study of walking mechanics to

invite mindful movement - practice of ramping

and spiralling pathways for support in falling -

explorations of how to use the limbs and body

for counterbalance

Course ID: 28825

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

Class Length: 1 hour

(1:30-2:30 p.m.)

Dates: October 24-December 12 (Monday)

Fees: Member: $56.88

Non-Member: $65.44

Full Body Blast Bootcamp

This bootcamp is a mixture of: HIIT, Tabata,

Dumbbell, Booty Band Circuits. This bootcamp

series workout will provide fun and variety to

your workout schedule. You will have

accountability as you will be working out twice

a week in an

all-inclusive environment.

Course ID: 28830

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

Class Length: 1 hour

(6:30-7:30 p.m.)

Dates: October 11-December 13 (Tuesday)

Fees: Member: $71.10

Non-Member: $81.80


Latin Dancing

Join us for some ballroom dancing Latin style!

This program is taught in single form. Learn the

basics of merengue, salsa, cumbia, bachata and

reggaeton. No previous dance experience is


Course ID: 28828

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

Class Length: 1 hour (1-2 p.m.)

Dates: October 11-December 13 (Tuesday)

Fees: Member: $71.10

Non-Member: $81.80


Lunch and Learn

Stay connected with peers in your community

and make new friends. Our Lunch and Learn

Program is a great way to enjoy a balanced meal

and take part in social activities in a friendly

and inclusive environment.

October: Top tips to save time and money at

the grocery store

With the increasing prices at the grocery store,

finding ways to reduce how much we spend just

makes sense (& cents)! This session will

provide you with practical tips on how to plan

and shop so that you save time and money at the

grocery store and reduce the amount of food

you throw away. You will also get a chance to

win one of two cookbooks featuring quick and

easy recipes and tips on plant-based eating and

reducing food waste.

Course ID: 28852 (October 27)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

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Class Length: 1.5 hours

(11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Fees: Member: $10

Non-Member: $10

November: Coffee with a Cop

Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the

community members they serve together–over

coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about

each other.

Course ID: 28853 (Nov. 24)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

Class Length: 1 hour

(10-11 a.m.)

Fees: Member: $10

Non-Member: $10


Learn Spanish by enjoying basic conversations

and hands-on activities, with which you will

connect and communicate in a free way using

this language from the beginning. Starting with

basic grammar and vocabulary, this program

will help you to acquire a practical use of

language on context and for specific purposes.

Also, you will know and appreciate some

cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries.

Whether you are just starting out or brushing up

your Spanish skills, you are welcome to join us.

Course ID: 29040

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Board Room)

Class Length: 1 hour

(3:30-4:30 p.m.)

Dates: October 18-December 13 (Tuesday)

Fees: Member: $130.32

Non-Member: $149.85



Learn the principles of Pilates. Begin to

strengthen and lengthen muscles, as well as

gaining many other benefits to your body! Up to

10 minutes of standing exercises for balance.

Course ID: 28933

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

Class Length: 1 hour

(11 a.m.-12 p.m.)

Dates: October 12-December 14 (Wednesday)

Fees: Member: $71.10

Non-Member: $81.80


Tai Chi – Beginner

This program welcomes those who are new to

Tai Chi as well as those who are wishing to

reinforce the foundations. Focusing on the basic

vocabulary of the stances and co-ordination of

the postures, this meditative movement practice

is accessible to all.

Course ID: 28684

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

Class Length: 1 hour

(9:30-10:30 a.m.)

Dates: October 25-December 13 (Tuesday)

Fees: Member: $56.88

Non-Member: $65.44

Tai Chi – Intermediate

Learn the meditative movement practice of Tai

Chi Chuan. This session focuses on the Yang

Style 37-Posture Form. It is advised to have

previous experience with Tai Chi Chuan

movements and foundations for this class.

Course ID: 28685

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

Class Length: 1 hour

(10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Dates: October 25-December 13 (Tuesday)

Fees: Member: $56.88

Non-Member: $65.44


Fall Fashion Show

Join us for the return of the Fashion Show. This

will be a fun afternoon where you see models

from the Evergreen Seniors Centre model fall

fashions from Smitten Apparel.

Course ID: 28995

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Auditorium)

Course Length: 3 hours

(1:30-4:30 p.m.)

Date: October 21 (Friday)

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Fee: Members: $10.00

Non-Members: $10.00

Volunteers wanted for this event! Please email

brooke.gibbons@guelph.ca for more details.

Pumpkin Carving Night

Pumpkin Carving at the Evergreen! This is a

free event but we ask that participants provide a

cash donation of your choice for the FAIR

program or a non-perishable food donation for

the food bank if possible. Come in a costume or

come as you are - all are welcome! All materials

are provided. Pumpkins will be pre-hollowed for

your convenience. Listen to music and enjoy a

treat while you carve! Staff and volunteers will

be on site to help if need be. Take your pumpkin

creation with you at the end of the night or leave

for display at the Evergreen Seniors Centre!

Course ID: 28699

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

Course Length: 2 hours

(6-8 p.m.)

Date: October 28 (Friday)

Fee: Members: Free

Non-Members: Free

Community Craft Sale

Get started on your holiday shopping with the

Community Craft Sale. Local vendors will be

displaying a variety of hand-crafted items to

help you get ready for the upcoming season.

Please note that registration/payment is for

vendors only. This is a free event to attend.

Course ID: 28700

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Auditorium)

Course Length: 4 hours

(9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)

Date: November 19 (Saturday)

Fee: 1 table: $20.00

2 tables: Additional $15 ($35)

3 tables: Additional $25 ($45)

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 and important communications from

the Board.

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


4. Once you respond to the confirmation message,

your registration is complete and you’ll receive

our Welcome Letter.

You can also subscribe using the Email Update

input form at the bottom of any page on the

GWSA website at gwsa-guelph.ca.

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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Total cost: Members only - $72.00 (nonrefundable) Code - 30652

Registration starts on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Booking deadline is Friday, November 4, 2022

Join us as we explore the unique and diverse arts and crafts at this impressive craft show at the Enercare

Centre, Exhibition Place. The One of a Kind website, One Of A Kind (oneofakindshow.com) describes the

purpose of the show: Rooted in our purpose to champion creativity, One Of A Kind brings together a

community of like-minded individuals to exchange ideas, stories and objects through the culture of craft.

You will have a full day to leisurely browse the vendors, and to take breaks and have lunch whenever it

suits you. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes...there will be lots of walking. Lunch is on your own; you

may bring a lunch or snacks with you or buy food at the show. There is lots of seating at the venue to rest

and/or eat.

The cost includes transportation by coach, admission to the show, taxes and tip for the driver.

Leave the Evergreen Centre - 9 am The Carousel - 9:15 am Returning back in Guelph by 5:00 pm

Refund Policy: This trip is NON-REFUNDABLE; doctor’s certificates will not be accepted. Should there be a mandatory

provincial shutdown due to COVID-19 or GWSA cancels the trip due to lack of participation, all participants will receive a full

refund to their method of payment. Don’t Wait! That means booking your trip before the trip must be cancelled due to low

participation. It takes time to put these trips together and we need your commitment to make these trips happen! The Travel

Committee must give the number of bookings by Friday, November 4, 2022 and, if there are not enough reservations at that time,

the trip will be cancelled!

Accessibility: 1. The trip is not wheelchair accessible. Please inquire about accessible seating prior to booking your ticket. As

with all buses, accessible seating is limited. You can help ensure that we use this seating efficiently as possible by providing

information about your assistive device. Please note that: Travellers who can transfer to a coach seat may have their collapsible

walker stored in the cargo area of the coach.

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 has to be an adult). The cost for this assistant will be the fee published for the trip.

Parking: 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.

PROCEDURES FOR BOOKING THIS TRIP: All participants will be required to have a current GWSA membership. If your

membership needs renewal, please see the front desk staff at the Centre. The contact list is available on the GWSA website

located on the Trips, Travel and Tours page. If you are unable to print this form, copies will be available from a Travel

Committee member the day of the trip. Please see the Trip, Travel and Tours page on the GWSA website for specific

instructions. Registration will be available until the trip is fully booked, or booking is closed on Friday, November 4, 2022.

Register online (preferred): Sign up for a RecEnroll account with the City of Guelph:


Register by telephone: 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. Register at the

front desk at the Evergreen until the trip is fully booked, or booking is closed on Friday November 4, 2022.

Masks must be worn the whole time while travelling on the bus.


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Bistro 683 - October 2022

The Evergreen Restaurant is open to the public

and serves a large variety of menu items that are

available from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to

Friday (except holidays):

Breakfast Foods

Homemade Soups

Bakery Items




Breakfast is served from 9:30 am to 11 am. The

daily featured Lunch is served from 11 am to 1 pm

Monday to Friday and the menu is below.

Take-out is available for your convenience.

Our goal is to provide balanced, nutritious meals.

We provide great quality, while keeping costs

reasonable. The tremendous support of volunteers

in the restaurant helps us achieve this goal.

Featured Hot Lunch

$7.50 + tax

Each hot lunch is served with 2 sides to ensure a

balanced, nutritional meal.


Catering is available by special order: Hot/cold

drinks, sweet trays, sandwiches, etc. Please have

your order to the customer service clerk in the

office at least 48 hours prior to your event. This

allows staff to ensure that your catering needs will

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


Home-made pickles, relishes, chili sauce and preserves

are available for purchase.

BREAKFAST served 9:30 am to 11 am

FEATURED LUNCH served 11 am to 1:00 pm

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday






Pork Chops

Veal Schnitzel


Chicken a la King

Roast Beef

10 CLOSED 11




Swedish Meatballs

Chicken Parmesan

Swiss Steak

Baked Ham






Roast Chicken



Roast Pork

Liver & Onions






Rainbow Trout



Meat Pies

Cabbage Rolls


Chicken Kebobs

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