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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

TBA — Chef

TBA — 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



With the month of November upon us, we take special

regard of November 11, where Canadians pause in a

moment of silence to honour and remember

the men and women who have served, and

continue to serve Canada during times of

war, conflict and peace.


The air is getting more chilled and it likely won’t be long

before the ground will be covered in snow - there is no

snow yet at the time of my submitting this Message From

The Board! I hope our Volunteer Knitters will make some

large size sweaters! HINT, HINT! (Unfortunately I can’t fit

into the beautiful baby knitted sweaters.)

OOPS! I understand there was a comment that I forgot to

mention an important new program date in my first

submission last month. Sometimes new program/activity

dates come to my attention after the date to submit my

column. The GWSA Monthly Update is a great source of

information in addition to, of course, The Sentinel.

A friendly reminder of two great SALES scheduled this

month. The Community Craft Sale and the Book Nook Sale

are being held Saturday, November 19.

Many of your Board Members were in fierce (but friendly)

competition with each other as a result of the Guelph

Family Health Team Activity Challenge 2022 – JUMP

into FALL. This activity challenge was a way for Guelph

and surrounding area residents to improve their mental and

physical health, especially during the last couple of years

with the COVID-19 pandemic. Each participating Board

member could register up to 4 hours of fitness every day!

During the challenge, participants’ ranking positions

changed almost daily after the recording of events. It is a

close competition and the winner has not emerged at the

time of this writing!

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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Your GWSA Board welcomed Brenda Bowen as a Director.

Brenda is retired now and likes volunteering! She worked at Community Living of Guelph

Wellington. Brenda enjoys fundraising activities. She is looking forward to meeting new

people. Welcome aboard!

A reminder that GWSA Board Meeting Minutes are on the GWSA website. Please take an

opportunity to read them if you get a chance. They are very informative and provide good

insight into the many things your Board does to support you.

As the Fall season approaches, and talk of COVID-19 continues, we want to take this

opportunity to include an informative link that notes public health measures and advice.


Enjoy your November!

Donna Keating

Vice Chair/Vice President

Guelph Wellington Seniors Association (GWSA)



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by Linda Green


Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling


Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared

and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,

I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air...

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy


Where never lark, or even eagle flew -

And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand and touched the face of God.



John Gillespie Magee, Jr. was born in 1922 in

Shanghai, China. In October 1940, at age 18,

John Magee Jr. went to Canada and enrolled in

the Royal Canadian Air Force. After his flight

training, he went to England as a commissioned

pilot officer. In the course of his training in the

Spitfire aircraft, he was assigned to make a high

altitude flight “into the stratosphere”. On

landing, he went to his quarters and there wrote

his now famous High Flight sonnet on the back

of a letter to his mother.

- Officer John G. Magee, Jr.

- November 1941

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:


November 4, 2022, is the deadline for

submissions for the

December 2022 Sentinel.

Email submissions to: sentinel@gwsa-guelph.ca

or drop yours off at the Evergreen Front Desk.

Distribution of the December issue

is on November 24, 2022.

Editor is not responsible for quality of submitted photos

(but we’ll do our best).

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

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“Please wear a poppy,” the lady said,

And held one forth, but I shook my head.

Then I stopped and watched as she offered

them there,

And her face was old and lined with care;

But beneath the scars the years had made

There remained a smile that refused to


A boy came whistling down the street,

Bouncing along on care-free feet.

His smile was full of joy and fun,

“Lady,” said he, “may I have one?”

When she'd pinned it on, he turned to say;

“Why do we wear a poppy today?”

His letters told of the awful fight

(I can see it still in my dreams at night),

With the tanks and guns and cruel barbed


And the mines and bullets, the bombs and


Till at last, at last, the war was won -

And that’s why we wear a poppy, son.”

The small boy turned as if to go,

Then said, “Thanks, lady, I’m glad to know.

That sure did sound like an awful fight

But your son - did he come back all right?”

A tear rolled down each faded cheek;

She shook her head, but didn’t speak.

I slunk away in a sort of shame,

And if you were me, you'd have done the


The lady smiled in her wistful way

And answered; “This is Remembrance Day.

And the poppy there is a symbol for

The gallant men who died in war.

And because they did, you and I are free -

That's why we wear a poppy, you see.

I had a boy about your size,

With golden hair and big blue eyes.

For our thanks, in giving, if oft delayed,

Though our freedom was bought - and

thousands paid!

And so, when we see a poppy worn,

Let us reflect on the burden borne

By those who gave their very all

When asked to answer their country’s call

That we at home in peace might live.

Then wear a poppy! Remember - and Give!

He loved to play and jump and shout,

Free as a bird, he would race about.

As the years went by, he learned and grew,

And became a man - as you will, too.

- Don Crawford

He was fine and strong, with a boyish


But he'd seemed with us such a little while

When war broke out and he went away.

I still remember his face that day.

When he smiled at me and said, ‘Goodbye,

I’ll be back soon, Mum, please don’t cry.’

But the war went on and he had to stay,

And all I could do was wait and pray.

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Volunteer Corner from Becky MacDonald


Volunteer Service Award

This award recognizes volunteers for providing

committed and dedicated service to an


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


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

trainings 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.

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 Association.

• Morning meetings during a few months of

the year.

• Experience in governance with a not-forprofit


• 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 and ensuring that actions of the

committee are aligned with the GWSA

strategic plan. We would greatly benefit from

someone with Human Resources background.

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/ .

Membership & Marketing

Three more committee members are needed to

join the team. Meet on the 2 nd Tuesday of each

month at 9:30 a.m. 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

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not required.

• Monitors membership satisfaction

• Develops plans to improve member

recruitment and retention

• Marketing responsibilities include arranging

for media coverage and creating


• 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 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.

Technology Committee

Advise the Board of Directors and provide

technical leadership in support of the Strategic


Production support: we need a group of

technically savvy and interested members to

prioritize a list of needed projects for planning

and implementation.

Experience as: electrician, sound tech, lighting

technician, carpenter or design-related would

be useful, and possibly computer aided design


IT (Information Technology):

• Make hardware and software

recommendations to address employee and

volunteer needs including the Board,

Finance Committee and members.

• Oversee a small wireless network.

• Provide guidance regarding the technical

aspects of the website and membership

mailing list.

• Establish a modest A/V recording/live

streaming studio

Interest and background experience in IT,

including network management and video

production would be assets.

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

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 interests.

If you are interested in volunteering in any of

the areas listed, please contact Becky for more

information. becky.macdonald@guelph.ca

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Badminton started in Canada during the late 1890s. It has seen steady growth since then but

generally, its evolution has been misunderstood, often seen as an elitist sport played within the confines

of old stone buildings beside the golf course or curling club. This has changed and continues to change

as people continue to discover this economical sport and are realizing the physical demands and

complexity which make it a sport for life.

On the World Stage

Canada, during the 1930s, produced world calibre players such as Dorothy Walton and Guelph’s own

Jack Purcell and, our more recent GWSA ambassadors, Jenny Arnott and Bill Taylor (deceased), who

won the badminton event at the World Senior’s Games in 2001.

Badminton was first played in the Pan Am series in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 1995. In the

Olympics, Men’s as well as Ladies’ singles and doubles actually debuted in the 1992 Barcelona

Games, but mixed doubles didn’t arrive until the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

In the GTA area, grass root badminton was rapidly taking hold in schools, churches, and old

converted factories. The Town of Markham was a very strong driving force and helped to influence the

outcome when Toronto won the 2015 Pan Am bid. This legacy left behind world class facilities like the

Atos Centre in Markham as well as the Pan Am Sport Centre in Scarborough. While the GTA already

had a huge appetite for badminton, this is a case of “if you build it…” and it is a pretty sure bet this is

where Canada’s first Olympic medalist will come from.

The Town of Markham hosted the full Pan Am series (2014, 2015 & 2017) for the Western

Hemisphere and went on to host the World Junior Badminton Tournament in 2018. Many of the

officiating team at these events were members of our GWSA Badminton Club.


Access and growth within the sport of badminton continued in Southern Ontario and often seemed to

prosper in pockets where new Canadians arrived in big cities like Toronto. These were folks who were

avid participants back home in Europe, but predominately Asia. Strong presence was also recognized

in other large multicultural cities like Montreal and Vancouver or adjacent military bases or simply

where a strong historical influence was present.

Dedicated brick and mortar clubs have struggled to become more diverse, and many are in trouble.

The K.W. Badminton Club is an example of this. The days of single sport facilities where a certain

segment of society all dressed in white to play any sport is perhaps almost gone.

Statistics gathered and published in 2013 by a document called “Sports Participation” and derived

from Statistics Canada records show that Badminton remained in the top 10 sports played. This

information is from census-derived data from 1992, 1998, 2005 and 2010. This is a general indicator

but does not include the population under 15 years of age. Between 2005 and 2010, Badminton showed

a growth of total participants from approximately 263,160 to 310,890 participants in Canada.

This report also shows a disturbing trend with a general decline in overall sports participation with

notable decreases in hockey and swimming, both of which require huge commitment to infrastructure,

for initial and ongoing investments, and at a significantly greater cost than a multipurpose gymnasium.

Also, increases are occurring to non-sport leisure activities such as gardening, walking, jogging,

cycling and hiking. Is this influenced by a lack of indoor gymnasium-type court space which may

discourage the “grass roots” involvement and growth of badminton at an affordable cost?

Growth Locally

Over the last 40 years in Guelph, the sport of badminton has had to almost totally default to the use of

school board facilities.

Not too long after the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre was built (1992), the Centennial

Community Badminton Club and the Guelph Badminton Club were absorbed into the Royal City

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Badminton Club. Many older players joined the GWSA Seniors Badminton Club, and this made space

available for rapid growth at the RCB Club using only school board facilities.

Between 2008 and 2010 and because of this growth, the RCB Club set a maximum membership limit

of approximately 140 members in order to preserve quality of play otherwise impacted negatively by

overcrowding. This capacity restriction remains to this day with a waiting list of approximately 40.

The Chinese Community Badminton Club is at a similar crossroads with approximately 70 members.

In the fall of 2021, the GWSA Seniors Badminton Club set a 100 members limit for the very first

time and started a waiting list. High demand and a younger crowd are showing increasing interest in

participation at the 55+ level.


Growth in the sport of badminton seems at a standstill as there is no capacity left within either school


The City of Guelph has only the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre and the West End Rec Centre

and both are small (albeit beautiful facilities) with 3 court gymnasiums with properly sprung wooden


The planned South End Community Centre is delayed now, so our sport and my other favourite sport,

pickleball, are unable to catch up to meet the current needs of the population for all ages within


We want our sport to be accessible to the entire community. We want to make sure our school

teachers get the necessary training and support to plant the seeds of interest for their students. We want

to continue training enthusiastic coaches. We want to participate in community outreach to demonstrate

this inexpensive sport and put these coaches to work. We want to encourage and continue developing

our officiating component.

We want badminton to help get our community, from our children to our grandparents, involved,

connected and more active every single day.

The sport needs your support, so I do hope everyone took the time in August when the City came to

us for input, to make your voice heard. If not, phase 4 of the Parks and Rec Master Plan will be

completed in the New Year before winter’s end and there will still be an opportunity for feedback.

Maybe write an editorial for the newspaper or talk to your area councilor. But the community needs to

hear your voice so speak out… please get involved. You can subscribe to the City of Guelph Park &

Rec Master Plan website to get updates at https://www.haveyoursay.guelph.ca to get more info.

Jeff — GWSA Badminton

Just keep moving!

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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 to

change up the art monthly and to

be 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

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sprung hardwood floors.

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 November, our selection is

“The Violin Conspiracy” by

Brendon Slocumb.

Our December selection is “The

Two Family House” by Lynda

Loigman. 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.

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 started 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 we

play 8 games with prizes at the end

of the afternoon. If you are not

sure of how to play, we have instructors

to help.

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-



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.


For the 2023 ski season, it

costs $10.00 plus HST to join the

Ski Club. You register and pay for

the Downhill Ski Club at the front

desk of the Evergreen Centre. It

helps to own a 5-7 Pass purchased

from Blue Mountain well before

the start of the ski season. Every

Monday we carpool by meeting at

the lower Evergreen Parking Lot

by the Enabling Garden at 8:00

am, drive to Blue Mountain and

return to Guelph by 6:00 pm. Contact

Bob Shearer 519-831-4093 for

Ski Club information.

Evergreen Snooker Club

The Evergreen Snooker Club is

composed of a group of active,

friendly players with skill levels

covering the full spectrum from

learner/beginner to accomplished

player. If you are interested in

learning the game, or have played

in the past and want to get back

into it, please drop by the Snooker

Room. You will be assured a

warm welcome and a place to try

your hand at one of our three tables.

The Snooker Room is open

weekdays between 9:00 am and

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4:00 pm and any other time the

Evergreen Centre may be open.

The primary focus of the club is

to have fun, build friendships and

socialize. Your snooker skill level

is irrelevant, so don’t feel intimidated

if you are a beginner. Prospective

members may visit the

club room up to three times without

charge to help with their decision

on whether to join. While

most of the current members are

men, there is a small group of

women who play regularly

(typically on Tuesday mornings),

so ladies, don’t be shy, give it a


Membership is available to all

paid-up members of the GWSA on

payment of the prescribed annual

snooker activity fee. The current

fee of $70 (plus tax) buys you access

to the Snooker Room any

time it is open and 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.

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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 Wednesday.

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


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


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



Do you enjoy playing darts?

Volunteers are needed to start up the

Darts Club again.

If you are interested in volunteering,

please contact Becky for more



Just about everyone with a computer runs into

problems. Don’t struggle when there is help

available at these weekly mentoring sessions.

Volunteers from the GWSA Computer Club are

available to assist you with your specific problem


All computer mentoring sessions are held on

Monday afternoons from 1-3 pm

Class length: 2 hours

Cost: $3.00 for Members

and $5.00 for Non-Members.

Participants pay in advance at the front desk or

register using RecEnroll.ca.

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“Our Young Seniors”

‘We’re not over the hill; we’re just

gaining speed!’

Shephard, Bill - Nov. 4 (73)

Green, Linda - Nov. 18 (74)



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

Herron, Dorothy Catherine passed away on

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at the age of 96.

She was a long-time GWSA member and played

many card games.

Spears, Donald Dwayne passed away on Monday,

September 19, 2022, at the age of 60. He was a long

-time GWSA member and enjoyed playing


Figliuzzi, Bruno passed away on Saturday, October 8,

2022, at the age of 79. He enjoyed playing Euchre

with friends at the Evergreen.

Desroches, Jocelynn passed away on Sunday,

October 9, 2022, at the age of 59. She was the chef

in the Evergreen dining room for many years.

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Clubs and Drop-In Activities NOVEMBER 2022

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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


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

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


8:30-10a 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



8:30a-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


8:30-10:30a 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

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


8:30-10a Pickleball

9:15a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-4p Art Studio in 2

1-4p Badminton W


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


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

12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club


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.


8:30-10:30a Pickleball

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


8:30-10a Pickleball

9a-4p Watercolour Painters

9:15a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-3p Writers Club

1-4p Badminton W


8:30a-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


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

9:30-10:30a Beginners Line


10-11a Woven Words

10:45-11:45a Intermediate

Line Dancing


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12:15-3p Pickleball

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

12:30-4p 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

12:30-4p 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


8:30a-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


8:30-10a Pickleball

9:15a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

12:30-4p Watercolour Painters

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-4p Badminton W

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

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

Everyday Activities


Book Nook—

Mon-Fri – 9a-4p


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by the Writers’ Group

First thing on the list for his Monday morning

outing was to get gas for the car. He wondered what

outrageous price would meet him at the pumps. Too

bad the world economy was such a mess. Budgets

seemed to be getting tighter every day. Still, it could

be worse. The day was crisp and quiet after the

morning rush of workers had made it to their

workplaces. The gas station was just a minute away.

It was a new addition to the neighbourhood, having

just opened a year ago. He put on his sunglasses,

hefted into the car, and started it up.

At the end of the street, he made a left, and fifty

feet along, he made a right into the gas bar. He pulled

up behind a shiny black sedan. The driver was

already out of her car, and getting ready to fill up. He

remarked that she had on a puffy silver vest that

matched the silver of her hair. He got out of the car

and opened the gas cap. Then he noticed the woman

was in conversation with someone but no one was

around. Ah, the voice was coming out of the gas

pump. He had once before met the phenomenon

when he kept banging away at the gas lever he had

chosen, and nothing was happening. Suddenly, a

voice from above told him that the gas pump was out

of order. So odd. He knew somehow the woman had

erred. Her voice seemed to have gone up an octave.

He also knew the gas bar owners were newcomers,

and were not quite sporting the Canadian accent yet,

so it seemed the conversation was heating up. She

held the fill nozzle up in her right hand, and was

getting ready to insert it into the fill pipe of the car.

The nozzle was bright yellow, and therein lay the

problem. He stopped what he was doing and

approached the woman.

‘Excuse me,” he said, “but I

think they are trying to tell you

that you are holding the diesel

nozzle. You don’t want to put

diesel in your car. See this yellow nozzle

belongs to this yellow lever marked Diesel.”

The woman looked at him, looked at the yellow

nozzle in her hand, and laughed in relief at the puzzle

solved. “Oh, thank you so much. You are a nice man

for helping me out.”

He went back to his car and resumed the fill.

When he went inside to pay, the woman was telling

the young man with the generous smile who stood

behind the counter about the “nice man”, and when

she turned, she thanked him again, and left.

When he went to pay, the young man said, “It is

good to be kind.”

“Yes, it is.” He nodded, and smiled in agreement.

As he left the store, he felt contented. There was

nothing wrong with being called “nice”. It is the

height of our Canadian compliment. Nice work, nice

day, or just “Nice!” is about as good as it can get.

The British have a habit of saying “brilliant” for

their approval of things. We find it rather odd. Our

superlative is probably just “very nice”. We just had

a moment of making new friends. The woman

honked her horn and waved as she left the parking


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Chris Fraser

The Book Nook — “A Lending Library”

We are open

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


The book I am going to tell you about is called

“Forgiving Paris” by Karen Kingsbury.

Ashley Blake and her husband are about to take a trip

to Paris to celebrate their anniversary where Ashley’s

paintings are being exhibited at a gallery.

Ashley keeps remembering her time in Paris 20 years

earlier when she was a hopeful artist. She got a job as a

receptionist at a well known gallery, but when she

showed her paintings to the concierge at the gallery, she

was told they were not good at all. A big exhibition was

being held at the gallery and Ashley was busy getting

things ready, and then on the big day, she was greeting

the guests. The main attraction was Jean-Claude Pierre,

who made a point of spending time with Ashley. He then

offered to take her on a tour of Paris the next day.

Ashley did enjoy seeing the sights but kept telling

herself he was married and not to get attached to him.

Alice worked at a nearby bakery and had almost died

from an overdose of heroin and had decided to end her

life and that of the baby she was carrying, but God had

other plans for her that night. At the same time, Ashley

had just found out she was pregnant and she felt very

lonely in Paris and wanted to go home to Indiana.

Going to Paris all those years later, Ashley was so

grateful to have her husband, Landon, with her. He

always was there for her and had planned a wonderful

trip for them in Paris. Ashley has to forgive herself for

what she did in Paris all those years ago and put it all

behind her.

This is an amazing story which I hope you will enjoy

reading as much as I did.

I hope you will all enjoy reading the new books that

we recently purchased. You will find them in the “new

additions” section of the library. I would also like to give

my thanks to all the members who so generously donate

books to our library for our members to enjoy.

Please be sure to come to our Book Sale being held on

November 19 in the auditorium - we have lots of books

and DVDs to chose from.

Happy Reading,

Your bookworm and Librarian,

Chris Fraser

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519-546-3737 wellfoot@outlook.com

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A volunteer snow removal service for eligible

seniors and those living with physical disabilities.

The winter season is almost upon us. In partnership

with the City of Guelph, PIN –The People and

Information Network offer a volunteer snow removal

service for eligible seniors and persons with physical

disabilities. During a significant snow event, after the

residential streets are plowed, volunteers visit their

match within 24 hours to clear the windrow (the

accumulation of snow left at the end of a driveway).

Last year, 111 Snow Angels contributed 1,375 hours

of snow shoveling service. In total, 145 residents were

helped during the winter season. The support from

this program is evident from feedback from one

resident, “This service is not only helpful in a practice

sense, but it also engenders a feeling of being

connected to the community. Knowing that others

care about my well-being is immensely important. My

Snow Angel lending a helping hand when I most

needed it makes all the difference in the world.

For those volunteering for the service, it contributes a

tremendous amount to the overall well-being of our

community. Volunteering with the program is truly

‘the neighbourly thing to do’ and is a great way for

families to volunteer together, or high school


For the residents of the Snow Angels program, it’s a

vital service that allows them to stay connected to

their community while living in their own spaces.

In order to be eligible for this service, residents


• Reside in the City of Guelph in a single dwelling

or semi-detached house with private driveway.

• Be unable to remove their own snow and cannot

afford to pay for snow removal.

• Have no able-bodied person living in the

household to shovel snow.

• Be a senior citizen (aged 65 years or older) and/or

have a physical disability.

Please note that the People and Information Network

(PIN) reserves the right to ask for documentation

verifying proof of disability and/or inability to pay for

private snow removal services in order to ensure

services are provided to those in our community who

truly require assistance.

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Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

683 Woolwich St., Guelph


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/

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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.

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


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

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

pretty bedroom lamps, good condition, need new

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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 opened 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


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

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keep your body fit!

Course ID: 29041

Location: Victoria Road Rec Centre (Maple


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 warmup.

This class performs functional exercises that

include balance, flexibility and cardiovascular

movements. Exercises are performed sitting and

standing. A variety of equipment is used

throughout the classes which may include

bands, stability balls and weights of your

choice. Join us to keep your body fit!

Course ID: Monday: 28678

Friday: 28679

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: $92.43

Non-Member: 106.34

Cardio and Strength Level 3

Come and challenge your fitness level in this

advanced strength training class. Focusing on a

low impact cardio warmup, this class performs

functional exercises that include balance,

flexibility and cardiovascular movements. A

variety of equipment is used throughout the

classes, which may include bands, stability balls

and weights of your choice. Join us to keep

your body fit!

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Course ID: Monday: 28680

Friday: 28681

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

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


Monday: Sept. 19-December 19

Friday: Sept. 23-December 16

Fees: Member: $92.43

Non-Member: $106.34

Total Body Conditioning

This total body conditioning class will

challenge the active 55+ individual. A cardio

warmup 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


Course ID: 29809

Location: West End Community Centre

(Fitness Room)

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

1 hour (10-11 a.m.

Dates: October 19-December 7 (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 component.

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.)

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


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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

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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.

Lunch and Learn – November

Discover current and evidence-based strategies

to help you live with Osteoarthritis. By

attending this 1 hour session led by Arthritis

Society Occupational Therapist Kristin Dillon,

you will learn about osteoarthritis, strategies to

manage arthritis, and how therapeutic exercises,

physical activity and nutrition can decrease


Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

Date: November 24 (Thursday)

Course ID: 28853

Class Length: 1.5 hours (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Fees: Member: $10.00

Non-Member: $10.00


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

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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


Gentle Yoga

This program is open to everyone. We will

explore this centuries old discipline which

brings health and vitality to the body, peace to

the mind and joy to the spirit. Participants must

have the mobility to move from standing

positions to laying/sitting on a mat on the floor.

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Room 4)

Course ID: 31367

Class Length: 1 hour (10:15-11:15 a.m.)


Dates: October 14-December 16 (Friday)

Fees: Member: $63.99

Non-Member: $73.62


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.

Event ID: 28700

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community

Centre (Auditorium)

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)


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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 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 - $112.00 (non-refundable) Code - 31212

Registration starts on Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Booking deadline is Friday, December 2, 2022

Join us for a day away. Please bring a sandwich for later, as it will be a long day.

The cost includes transportation by coach, hot lunch, cost to venues, taxes and tip for the


Leave the Evergreen Centre - 12 pm The Carousel - 12:10 pm Returning back in Guelph around 8 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, December 2, 2022, and, if there are not enough reservations at that time, the

trip will be cancelled!

Accessibility: 1. The trip is not wheelchair accessible, however, travellers who can transfer to a coach seat

may have their collapsible manual wheelchair or 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, December 2, 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 Friday December 2, 2022.

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Bistro 683 - November 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





Roast Chicken with

Chalet Sauce

Roast Beef

Roast Pork, Red

Cabbage, Bread


Meat Loaf






Rainbow Trout


Pulled Pork on a


Mac and Cheese

Liver & Onions

Cabbage Rolls






Pork & White

Bean Stew

Butter Chicken

Glazed Baked Ham

with Pineapple


Minced Meat Pies

Lasagna with

Garlic Bread


BBQ Baby Back



Turkey Dinner


Liver & Onions


Sausage on a Bun


Pork Schnitzel




Meat Loaf

Beef Chili with


Spaghetti with Meat


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