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The <strong>Sentinel</strong> - December 2023 — Vol. 48, No. 5


The Guelph/Wellington Seniors Association<br />

A non-profit organization based at the<br />

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

http://www.gwsa-guelph.ca<br />

A MESSAGE FROM<br />

THE <strong>GWSA</strong> BOARD<br />

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Directors & Officers<br />

Linda Jeffrey — Executive Director<br />

Pat Gage — President<br />

Donna Keating — Vice-President<br />

Art Roelofsen — Treasurer<br />

Directors<br />

Charlie Bishop<br />

Sam Montoya<br />

Karen Kelly<br />

Cathryn Corissoz<br />

Elizabeth Steggles<br />

Yvonne Thomas<br />

Jeff Millard<br />

The <strong>Sentinel</strong> Team<br />

Carol Croft — Adminstrator, Printer<br />

Linda Green — Editor, Printer<br />

George Hughes — Printer<br />

Bill Shephard, Ray Miller — Part-time<br />

Assistants<br />

All of the above <strong>GWSA</strong> members<br />

are Volunteers.<br />

City Staff<br />

Matthew Maguire — Supervisor,<br />

Senior Services<br />

Jill Hunt — Customer Service Clerk<br />

Jenn Bucci — Recreation Program<br />

Co-ordinator — Senior Services<br />

Becky MacDonald — Recreation<br />

Co-ordinator — Volunteers<br />

Mark Leeming — Chef<br />

Joan Moynihan — Sous Chef<br />

Kitchen & Dining Room Staff — Volunteers<br />

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

A City of Guelph Recreation Facility run in<br />

partnership with the Community Services Department<br />

of the City of Guelph and the Guelph/<br />

Wellington Seniors Association<br />

683 Woolwich St., Guelph, ON, N1H 3Y8<br />

Tel.: 519-837-5699 / Fax: 519-823-8972<br />

Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm M-F<br />

(closed Statutory Holidays)<br />

Read The <strong>Sentinel</strong> on our website,<br />

www.gwsa-guelph.ca<br />

ISSN: 0383 817X<br />

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!<br />

Last year at this time, the Message From the Board focused on<br />

safety relating to increasing your awareness in the area of Fraud<br />

Prevention. Towards the end of this message, you will find some<br />

reminder tips on “Preventing Falls”, taken from the WDG<br />

Public Health website. We will also look at some reasons we<br />

JUST LOVE A FRESH NEW YEAR!<br />

Thanks to a tip from Executive Director Linda Jeffrey, I read in<br />

the GuelphToday.com about the new “Canada-wide mental<br />

health crisis line” that launched Nov. 30 with the help of two<br />

local organizations.<br />

“The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is<br />

partnering with the Canadian Mental Health Association<br />

Waterloo Wellington (CMHA WW) and Compass Community<br />

Services to launch the 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline, a new threedigit<br />

Canada-wide helpline aimed at diverting emergency mental<br />

health calls to local service providers, offering urgent mental<br />

health support in real time”. (https://cmhaww.ca/cmha-waterloowellington-and-compass-community-services-selected-aspartners-to-support-new-9-8-8-mental-health-crisis-helpline/)<br />

“This was put into place ultimately because we know suicide<br />

affects people of all ages and backgrounds across Canada,” Jeff<br />

Stanlick, Director of Services with CMHA WW.<br />

“Having an urgent, live support by phone and text across the<br />

country will offer people the support they need to cope and find a<br />

path to safety. It’s really for people who are thinking of suicide,<br />

or for people who are worried about someone else,” he said.<br />

The line is accessible by text and phone 24/7, and will offer<br />

bilingual support from trained responders who can assess needs<br />

and direct callers to resources and services in the community. It<br />

includes 18 mental health providers in Ontario and a total of 40<br />

providers across Canada including CAMH, nine CMHA<br />

branches, distress call centres and single service agencies.<br />

Callers in Guelph and Wellington County will be routed to<br />

either Compass Community Services or CMHA WW, who will<br />

have staff trained in suicide prevention answering phones. “The<br />

staff are ordinary people, and they also will listen with<br />

compassion, without judgement, and give people space to talk,”<br />

Stanlick said.<br />

When someone calls or texts the line, there will be an<br />

automated message letting them know they’ve contacted the right<br />

number, as well as some follow-up questions. For instance, it will<br />

(Continued on page 4)<br />

NOTE: Disclaimer—The <strong>Sentinel</strong> and the <strong>GWSA</strong> do not necessarily agree<br />

with or support statements in the <strong>Sentinel</strong> made by advertisers, or submissions<br />

by writers (no political or religious topics please).<br />

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ask whether the caller would like to talk to<br />

someone in English or French, if they would like<br />

to speak with a responder who has experience<br />

supporting First Nations, Inuit, Métis, or children<br />

if they are under the age of 18.<br />

Stanlick said he isn’t sure what call volumes<br />

will look like upon launching, and asks that<br />

people stay on the line even if there is a bit of a<br />

wait. However, if lines are busy, the caller will be<br />

routed to another agency that could be anywhere<br />

in Ontario or Canada, said Joanna Young Evans,<br />

executive director of Compass. “You will never<br />

be on hold, have to leave a message, there will<br />

always be a warm voice at the end of the line. It’s<br />

not about the partners, it’s about the service – we<br />

are merely a conduit for people to get help," she<br />

said.<br />

As the 9-8-8 line is meant as an urgent<br />

response, Stanlick said he encourages people to<br />

continue calling HERE 24/7 for ongoing support<br />

and referrals. “We continue to see a lot of need in<br />

the community,” he said, adding that people may<br />

be dealing with more pressures than they have in<br />

the past, including high cost of living, substance<br />

use and mental health concerns.<br />

“The need is there, and we know that from the<br />

number of calls that we get, the need is not going<br />

away,” he said. “So having this opportunity is<br />

another welcome addition to the menu of services<br />

that people can access.”<br />

WHY WE LOVE THE START OF A NEW<br />

YEAR!<br />

I always try to look at New Year as a fresh<br />

opportunity to “Better Myself”. This year I am<br />

going to stay away from saying that I will get my<br />

backyard done, or get a storage shed built, or<br />

clean out my car, or get rid of my large Stephen<br />

King book collection, or my Star Wars, Star Trek,<br />

Batman, Superman, or GI Joe collectibles, or my<br />

Chatty Cathy Dolls or Barbie Dolls, or my toy<br />

VW car/camper collection, and so on and so on<br />

and so on!<br />

Instead, I’m going to focus on the following<br />

four things;<br />

Embrace Gratitude<br />

Exercise on a regular basis (no matter the<br />

exercise)<br />

Eat Healthier (My addiction is ice-cream!)<br />

Brain Health<br />

So, tell me Why You Love The Start of A<br />

New Year? I will include some of them in my<br />

February Message From The Board (no names<br />

needed). You never know when an idea can<br />

generate a positive response or action in another<br />

person!<br />

FALL PREVENTION TIPS<br />

I’m going to close off this message with a<br />

reminder of some things you can do to prevent<br />

falls:<br />

• Exercise daily to build strength and improve<br />

balance.<br />

• Wear safe footwear.<br />

• Have regular eye checkups.<br />

• Make your home safer.<br />

• Remove clutter and tripping hazards.<br />

• Add railings on all stairs and grab bars in the<br />

bathroom.<br />

• Have good lighting, particularly on stairs.<br />

• Talk to your healthcare provider to learn more<br />

about your risk.<br />

Check out the WDG Public Health website for<br />

more valuable information!<br />

https://wdgpublichealth.ca/healthcareproviders/falls-prevention<br />

COMING UP! I am already excited about the<br />

February Message From The Board as I will be<br />

writing about Artificial Intelligence (AI). What is<br />

it? How does it impact us? AI is an important<br />

topic that has become an integral part of our every<br />

day life. I have heard it said by many that<br />

Artificial Intelligence will allow the unimaginable<br />

to become within our grasp! (Maybe I won’t get<br />

rid of my Star Trek collectibles!)<br />

On behalf of <strong>GWSA</strong> President, Pat Gage, and the<br />

<strong>GWSA</strong> Board, keep enjoying all that the <strong>GWSA</strong><br />

Membership has to offer!<br />

Donna Keating<br />

Vice Chair/Vice President<br />

Guelph Wellington Seniors Association (<strong>GWSA</strong>)<br />

donna.keating@gwsa-guelph.ca<br />

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THE EDITOR’S PAGE<br />

by Linda Green<br />

WINTER — SENIORS’ SAFETY<br />

During the winter months, ice, snow and cold temperatures<br />

can make life challenging for everyone. Slippery sidewalks<br />

and cold weather can cause a wide range of injuries and<br />

illnesses -- especially for seniors.<br />

Here is some helpful advice for preventing common winter<br />

dangers we face.<br />

Avoid Slipping on Ice: Icy, snowy roads and sidewalks<br />

make it easy to slip and fall. Unfortunately, falls are a<br />

common occurrence for seniors, especially during the winter<br />

months. Often these falls cause major injuries such as hip and<br />

wrist fractures, head trauma and major lacerations. Make sure<br />

to wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles, and stay<br />

inside until the roads are clear. Replace a worn cane tip to<br />

making walking easier. Take off shoes as soon as you return<br />

indoors because often snow and ice attach to the soles and,<br />

once melted, can lead to slippery conditions inside.<br />

Dress for Warmth: Cold temperatures can lead to frostbite<br />

and hypothermia -- a condition where the body temperature<br />

dips too low.<br />

Don’t let indoor temperatures go too low and dress in<br />

layers. Going outside? Wear warm socks, a heavy coat, a<br />

warm hat, gloves and a scarf. In very cold temperatures,<br />

cover all exposed skin. Use a scarf to cover your mouth and<br />

protect your lungs. Your body temperature should never dip<br />

below 95 degrees -- if it does, get medical assistance<br />

immediately.<br />

Check the Car: Driving during the winter can be hazardous<br />

for anyone. But it is especially dangerous for older people,<br />

who may not drive as often anymore or whose reflexes may<br />

not be as quick as they once were. Get your car serviced<br />

before wintertime hits -- or ask a family member to bring it to<br />

a garage for you. Checking things like the oil, tires, battery<br />

and wipers can make a big difference on winter roads.<br />

Prepare for Power Outages: Winter storms can lead to<br />

power outages. Make sure you have easy access to flashlights<br />

and a battery-powered radio in case the power goes out.<br />

Stockpile warm blankets. Longer power outages can spoil the<br />

food in your refrigerator and freezer so keep a supply of nonperishable<br />

foods that can be eaten cold on hand. If the power<br />

goes out, wear several layers of clothing, including a hat.<br />

Move around a lot to raise your body temperature.<br />

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Using a fireplace,<br />

gas heater or lanterns can lead to carbon monoxide<br />

poisoning. Ensure your safety by checking the batteries on<br />

your carbon monoxide detector and buying an updated one if<br />

you need to.<br />

The most important tip to keep in mind during the colder<br />

months is to ask for help. If you need to clear your property<br />

of snow and ice, don’t hesitate to ask a family member or<br />

neighbour, or hire a professional. Arrange rides to the<br />

grocery store and doctor’s appointments. There are shuttle<br />

services specifically for seniors. Don't be afraid to reach<br />

out for help.<br />

Special Printing For Members<br />

Do you have a need for printing (i.e., bookmarks, booklets, calendars,<br />

dinner menus/programs, club bylaws, annual reports), large or small<br />

quantities, black & white print (10¢ per page) or colour (30¢ per page)?<br />

If so, please contact Carol Croft or Linda Green, either in the <strong>Sentinel</strong><br />

office (we’re not here all the time, though) or by email at sentinel@gwsaguelph.ca,<br />

or leave a message at the front desk. You must be a <strong>GWSA</strong><br />

member to take advantage of this.<br />

We will try to accommodate you with your project as much as we can.<br />

Personal Donations<br />

Online donations to the <strong>GWSA</strong> are done through<br />

Canada Helps. Canada Helps is a registered<br />

Canadian charity and non-profit social enterprise.<br />

Visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/<br />

guelphwellington-seniors-association/ to access<br />

Canada Helps. Their mission is to increase<br />

charitable giving, and it’s critical that they pass<br />

along as much as possible out of every dollar they<br />

collect. You receive a tax receipt for 100% of the<br />

value of your donation.<br />

<strong>January</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong> is the deadline for<br />

submissions for the<br />

February <strong>Sentinel</strong>.<br />

Email submissions to: sentinel@gwsa-guelph.ca<br />

or drop yours off at the Evergreen Front Desk.<br />

Distribution of the February <strong>issue</strong><br />

is on <strong>January</strong> 25, <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Editor is not responsible for quality of submitted photos<br />

(but we’ll do our best).<br />

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Volunteer Corner from Becky MacDonald<br />

want to join others in the group to help<br />

brainstorm, organize, plan and possibly escort<br />

trips, travel, and tours for those seniors who<br />

love to go places! Come join in, meet new<br />

friends, and have fun!<br />

Happy <strong>2024</strong>! Hope everyone had a<br />

nice holiday season and is ready to start<br />

the new year.<br />

Orientation and Training<br />

All volunteers will be required to complete the<br />

mandatory Orientation & Training. The<br />

trainings can be completed from the comfort of<br />

your home <strong>online</strong>. For those who do not have<br />

access to a computer, training dates will be set<br />

up for you to attend in the near future.<br />

For more information and if you have any<br />

questions, please contact Becky MacDonald:<br />

becky.macdonald@guelph.ca.<br />

<strong>GWSA</strong> COMMITTEES<br />

Special Events<br />

Looking for a team of volunteers to assist with<br />

planning, organizing and running special<br />

events throughout the year for the members<br />

and community.<br />

Technology Committee<br />

If you are interested in volunteering remotely<br />

and enjoy working on the computer, the<br />

committee is looking for: An E-Blast<br />

Volunteer (30 minutes once a month) and a<br />

Website Volunteer (3-5 hours weekly).<br />

Travel Committee<br />

Our committee leader needs members who<br />

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Welcome & Information Desk<br />

Friday afternoons: Looking for energetic,<br />

friendly, outgoing individuals to assist with<br />

greeting, providing tours and answering<br />

questions about the centre during the week, on<br />

Friday afternoons from 12:00-3:00 pm.<br />

<strong>Sentinel</strong> Drivers<br />

The <strong>Sentinel</strong> team is looking for drivers to<br />

assist with the delivery of the monthly<br />

newsletter, the <strong>Sentinel</strong>. You would be given a<br />

specific section of the city to deliver the<br />

newsletters to once a month.<br />

Bistro 683<br />

Dishwasher: Looking to get involved and<br />

work in a great team environment? The kitchen<br />

is seeking a volunteer who is interested in<br />

using the industrial dishwasher. Lifting,<br />

rinsing, and putting dishes away. Currently for<br />

on-call as needed.<br />

How to get involved?<br />

First, complete an <strong>online</strong> application form:<br />

https://gwsa-guelph.ca/1749-2/.<br />

No computer? Pick up a paper application at<br />

the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre front<br />

desk.<br />

Second, you will be contacted to set up an<br />

interview followed with training.<br />

If you are a current volunteer, you are more<br />

than welcome to take on more than one<br />

position. Follow up with Becky for more<br />

details.<br />

For more information about a particular<br />

position or about volunteering in general,<br />

contact: Becky MacDonald by phone 519-822-<br />

1260 X 2096 or email:<br />

becky.macdonald@guelph.ca.


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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT - Margaret W.<br />

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just<br />

have the heart” – Elizabeth Andrew<br />

Originally from Scotland, Margaret moved to Ontario in<br />

1952, eventually ending up in Guelph in 2003. Once<br />

retired, Margaret started volunteering at the River Run<br />

Centre but, wanting a new challenge, she joined the<br />

<strong>GWSA</strong>. She started playing darts at the Evergreen Centre<br />

and took minutes as secretary of the group. Margaret has<br />

a passion for dance and music which she says “energizes<br />

her.” This passion is reflected in her dedication to a<br />

number of volunteer positions:<br />

Line Dancing<br />

• In 2014, she volunteered to help with organizing line<br />

dancing including instructor scheduling, taking<br />

minutes, advertising in the <strong>Sentinel</strong> and<br />

preparing flyers, and plays dance music<br />

when needed<br />

• President of line dancing for 3+ years<br />

• During COVID-19, she kept instructors<br />

going through conference calling, then<br />

eventually moved to a pavilion in<br />

Riverside Park, then to the Red Chevron<br />

until the Evergreen Centre opened again<br />

Saturday Night Monthly Dance<br />

• First monthly dance was 18 months ago,<br />

needed 35 participants to break even and<br />

has far surpassed that at 100 plus.<br />

EVERGREEN MARKET<br />

‘For Sale’ ads will be left in for 3 <strong>issue</strong>s from first<br />

insertion (i.e., in Sept. <strong>issue</strong> — removed from Dec.<br />

<strong>issue</strong>); if you wish it to remain in longer, please<br />

contact The <strong>Sentinel</strong> office and/or leave us a message.<br />

If your item sells, please let us know so that we can<br />

remove it. NO ‘Accommodation’ or ‘Vehicle’ ads<br />

will be included in the Evergreen Market. Such ads<br />

will be treated as advertising inserted within these<br />

pages at the current <strong>Sentinel</strong> advertising rates plus<br />

HST.<br />

Thank you, <strong>Sentinel</strong> Administrator<br />

FOR SALE<br />

Samsonite hard case Golf Travel Case. Like new. Asking<br />

$95, original cost over $300. Call Wally at 519-836-5667.<br />

Electric guitar & strap - First Act. ZZZ head stock tuner TG<br />

200 H. Spare strings. Amplifier AL 104, instruction book &<br />

disc $80.00. Call Joan 519-824-6364.<br />

Used tires for sale, reasonably priced. BF Goodrich P205/75<br />

R15, 2 winter tires on rims. Four Cooper winter tires on rims<br />

225/50 R17, only used one season. BF Goodrich, 4 tires on<br />

rims P175/70 R13. MotorMaster 4 all terrain winter tires on<br />

rims 215/70 R16. Infinity 2 winter tires, no rims, 195/60<br />

R15. Please call Sandy at 519-836-8288 between 9 a.m. and<br />

6 p.m. Leave a message if necessary.<br />

• Margaret demonstrated creativity as she asked <strong>GWSA</strong><br />

quilting group to make quilted covers for the tables at<br />

the dance.<br />

• Marketing skills were illustrated as she approached<br />

Tim Hortons, who provided mugs and coffee for door<br />

prizes; approached and achieved 4 sponsors for the<br />

December dance.<br />

• Margaret says her volunteer hours in this position are<br />

almost full-time and that she practically “lives at the<br />

Evergreen.”<br />

• There are 4 other volunteers who help with the dance<br />

on a regular basis but there is another group of<br />

volunteers who can be called on to help as well when<br />

needed.<br />

Margaret has also participated in the Variety Show as a<br />

‘sassy strutter’, was a member of the Walking Club, and<br />

served on the Board of Directors. She is<br />

passionate about volunteering as she meets<br />

all kinds of people, feels a great sense of<br />

satisfaction in planning and organizing, and<br />

avoids any sense of isolation which so many<br />

seniors experience. Her volunteer work also<br />

keeps her mind alert and skills honed.<br />

Many thanks to Margaret and her<br />

dedication as a <strong>GWSA</strong> volunteer!<br />

Written by: Jessie Watt - Volunteer<br />

QUANTUM Q6 EDGE POWER WHEELCHAIR<br />

Like new - less than 20 miles on the odometer. Batteries only<br />

3 months old. Rated to carry 300 lbs. One hand control knob.<br />

Smooth, quiet ride. A bargain at $2,000. Call 519-400-5128.<br />

Winter tires: set of 4, used only one season. Continental<br />

winter tires. Size: 195/65 R15 95T. $225 for the set. Call 647<br />

-871-3110.<br />

King size embroidered comforter, 5 pieces $80.Wedding<br />

dress plus head veil and train. Would fit someone 5’7” with<br />

36” chest. Asking $350. Paintings on cloth - 12”x2”, $3<br />

each, 8”x8”, $2 each. Window curtain material, 15 metres.<br />

Price is the very best. Call Harriet, cell 1-647-200-6923 (text<br />

message please).<br />

WANTED<br />

I am looking for someone to DRIVE ME WITH THEIR<br />

CAR in Guelph once or twice a week, approximately 1-2<br />

hours. I am a senior. Please call me for more details, 519-<br />

362-9960.<br />

Before COVID-19, there was a painting of a square rigger<br />

sailing ship on display in Art in the Hall. If you know who<br />

did the painting or if it is still for sale, please contact the<br />

<strong>Sentinel</strong> office 519-822-1260 ext. 2695.<br />

Free advertising for <strong>GWSA</strong> members ONLY.<br />

PLEASE REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME<br />

AND PHONE NUMBER WITH YOUR ITEM(S).<br />

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<strong>GWSA</strong> Group & Activity Reports<br />

ALL Activity Groups require that you MUST have an up-to-date <strong>GWSA</strong> Membership to participate.<br />

Art in the Hall<br />

All of the art groups and artisans<br />

will have an opportunity to show off<br />

their wares and offer items for sale if<br />

they wish. A portion of the cost will<br />

go toward the <strong>GWSA</strong>, and staff at the<br />

front desk will be familiar with how<br />

to process these payments and ensure<br />

artists receive their funds, again, if<br />

they wish to sell their creations.<br />

A contract will be sent out to all<br />

groups to review; it outlines how the<br />

shows will run. I intend to change the<br />

art monthly and to be present the second<br />

Monday of each month to put up<br />

a new show. Some shows will run<br />

longer and we may have special<br />

presentations.<br />

Further information will be forwarded<br />

to all groups.<br />

Badminton<br />

The Badminton Club continues to be<br />

a thriving and popular club with a<br />

membership of 115, and numerous in<br />

-house and external activities taking<br />

place.<br />

There were a number of new members,<br />

so a Level 1 coaching clinic<br />

was held to help new members get<br />

back into the swing of the game.<br />

Level 1 reviews the basic skills of<br />

footwork, positioning and commonly<br />

used strokes such as the forehand and<br />

backhand. Since many new members<br />

have not played badminton in a number<br />

of years, reviewing basic skills is<br />

a great way to re-introduce members<br />

to the game and help them improve<br />

their skills.<br />

A few external social events were<br />

also held, including lawn bowling<br />

and an annual August potluck in the<br />

park. Both were big successes with<br />

CBC radio being present at the lawn<br />

bowling, where some of our members<br />

were interviewed. Spouses and<br />

other family members were invited to<br />

both those events, so it was a great<br />

way to meet members’ families.<br />

We are planning our annual Christmas<br />

lunch to be held in December. A<br />

food bank drive was successfully<br />

held last year so we are planning to<br />

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hold it again.<br />

None of these things could take<br />

place without a committed leadership<br />

team and a number of members assisting<br />

with different aspects of the<br />

club helping to run the coaching sessions<br />

and tournaments, assisting with<br />

the social events, etc. However, like<br />

many clubs, trying to recruit members<br />

to fill leadership positions is a<br />

challenge.<br />

Overall, it has been a highly successful<br />

year to this point. Badminton<br />

at the <strong>GWSA</strong> continues to grow in<br />

popularity and our club continues to<br />

adapt to the needs of our members.<br />

Come check us out and maybe we’ll<br />

see you on the court!<br />

Beading & Jewelry Making<br />

Bring your kit along to the Board<br />

Room Fridays from 11 am to 12<br />

noon to work on your personal beadwork<br />

and jewelry projects. Leslie<br />

will facilitate impromptu mini classes<br />

on Metis beadworking. We will also<br />

have resources to share or give away<br />

and Leslie will have materials you<br />

may purchase if you wish. Cost $2.00<br />

per session.<br />

Book Club 1<br />

Our group meets in the Board Room<br />

on the last Friday of each month<br />

from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. For <strong>January</strong>,<br />

our selection is “The Wager –<br />

A tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and<br />

Murder” by David Grann. In February,<br />

we will be reading “The River<br />

We Remember” by William Kent<br />

Krueger. Monthly fee is $3.00. At<br />

present we have a waiting list.<br />

Book Club 2<br />

Our group meets the second Friday<br />

of the month in the Board Room<br />

from 1-2:30 p.m. We have selected<br />

our books for the next months to include:<br />

<strong>January</strong> - The Lost Apothecary<br />

by Sarah Penner and February -<br />

Becoming by Michele Obama.<br />

The monthly fee is $3.00 and we<br />

currently have a wait list.<br />

Bridge<br />

<strong>GWSA</strong> welcomes all Bridge players<br />

with a basic knowledge of the game<br />

to enjoy playing bridge in a friendly<br />

and comfortable environment. No<br />

partner? No problem! We mix and<br />

mingle with a room full of eager<br />

players so that everyone has a partner<br />

for any of our regularly scheduled<br />

games.<br />

Join us for recreational bridge in<br />

the afternoon or evening.<br />

Tuesdays 6:30-9:00 pm Evergreen<br />

Room 3<br />

Thursdays 12:30-3:30 pm Evergreen<br />

Room 3<br />

Bunka<br />

Bunka embroidery is created by using<br />

a unique combination of punch<br />

needle and special silk-like rayon<br />

thread. When completed, many pictures<br />

resemble delicately shaded<br />

paintings. In fact, the needle is held<br />

and operates in much the same manner<br />

as an artist’s brush or pencil. We<br />

do not teach classes or have an instructor,<br />

but we will mentor new<br />

members. Supplies are ordered as a<br />

group. Every Wednesday from 9:00<br />

a.m. to noon in Room 3.<br />

Canasta<br />

Come out and join our friendly group<br />

for a game of Canasta. We welcome<br />

all levels of players. If you are new<br />

to the game, we will be glad to teach<br />

you. Join us on Fridays from 9:00 to<br />

11:30 a.m. in Room 3. For more information,<br />

contact:<br />

canastagwsa@gmail.com.<br />

Chess<br />

Do you enjoy the game of chess?<br />

Come out and make friends! Our<br />

club is open to players of all levels.<br />

We are primarily amateur players<br />

simply out for the joy of casual<br />

chess, although with enough interest,<br />

we could organize small tournaments.<br />

We meet on the second and<br />

fourth Friday of each month in the<br />

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Board Room from 10 a.m. to noon<br />

and we ask for $2 per person each<br />

time for the <strong>GWSA</strong>. And don’t worry<br />

if you don’t have a chess set — we<br />

have three sets as well as a digital<br />

clock for those interested in a time<br />

control!<br />

Computer Mentoring<br />

There are two mentors available every<br />

Monday from 1-3 p.m. to answer<br />

your questions. We can help with<br />

Windows PCs and Android<br />

smartphones and tablets. And now<br />

we are able to assist iPad and iPhone<br />

users!<br />

If you are using a laptop computer,<br />

please bring it with you. The fee is<br />

$3 for members of the <strong>GWSA</strong> and $5<br />

for non-members. Please register at<br />

the front desk for each class before<br />

joining us in the Computer Room.<br />

Craft Group<br />

The Craft class at the Evergreen<br />

would like to thank everyone who<br />

has supported us this past year; to<br />

everyone who came out to the Christmas<br />

Fair, we thank you. With the<br />

new gift shop, we were able to continue<br />

selling our crafts and help support<br />

the <strong>GWSA</strong>. And with all our<br />

knitters at home who generously give<br />

of their time and talents, we thank<br />

you. Again this year, we have been<br />

able to donate hats, scarfs and mitts<br />

to those in need.<br />

Guelph Wood Carving Club<br />

est. Circa 1986<br />

A well-established wood carving<br />

club of mostly seniors (both men and<br />

women) has operated in the Guelph<br />

area for decades.<br />

We do carving in the round, like<br />

cartoon characters, birds and wildlife,<br />

spoons, bowls, etc.<br />

Other carving techniques include<br />

relief carving, marquetry, and pyrography.<br />

Training is available.<br />

Meets Monday evening 6:00 pm-<br />

9:00 pm in Evergreen Room 2.<br />

Cribbage<br />

Come on out on a Tuesday afternoon<br />

for a friendly game of Cribbage in<br />

Room 3 of the Evergreen Centre. The<br />

room is open at 12:30 pm and we<br />

start playing at 1:00 pm. Everyone is<br />

welcome, and we play 8 games, with<br />

prizes at the end of the afternoon. If<br />

you are not sure how to play, we<br />

have instructors to help.<br />

Cross-country Ski Club<br />

The <strong>GWSA</strong> Cross-country Ski Club<br />

will ski both locally and at more distant<br />

locations generally up to 1 hour<br />

driving time, sometimes more. We<br />

aim to ski on Tuesday mornings,<br />

however, given the variability of our<br />

local weather, this may vary and day<br />

and time of outings will depend on<br />

weather and snow conditions. Meeting<br />

times and places will be communicated<br />

to the membership via email<br />

ahead of time. Participants must be<br />

physically able to participate, bring<br />

their own equipment and have previous<br />

cross-country skiing experience.<br />

Each participant is responsible for<br />

the applicable day use fee payable to<br />

the ski area being visited.<br />

Contact Mel van Harten at 519-400<br />

-0319 or via email at gwsaxcountryskiing@gmail.com<br />

for more information.<br />

Darts Club<br />

Another fun month of Darts, welcoming<br />

new members and having a<br />

lot of laughs. High Scores for November<br />

are:<br />

Frank - 108<br />

Margaret - 102, 105, 109 & 124<br />

Ernie - 112 & 132<br />

Len - 112<br />

Ross - 102<br />

Jackie - 109<br />

Rino - 100 & 154<br />

George - 100, 115 & 127<br />

Bill A. - 140<br />

Art - 106<br />

Marcel - 124<br />

We meet Tuesday and Friday mornings<br />

10 to noon and get together for<br />

lunch at the Uptown Grill on the last<br />

Friday of the month. Our annual fee<br />

is $25/year.<br />

Drumming<br />

We gather in a circle. Different ages,<br />

cultures, capabilities, backgrounds<br />

and experience. The call of the drum<br />

will bring us together. Someone<br />

starts a simple beat, others join in,<br />

and then we all join in. We close our<br />

eyes, listen to each other, and listen<br />

to ourselves. We all know each other<br />

without saying a word, linked together<br />

through percussion music. Drumming<br />

feeds the soul.<br />

Rhythm circles are the perfect environment<br />

to explore ideas for sounding<br />

together, creating exciting<br />

grooves and having fun! We all have<br />

rhythm! Some drums and percussion<br />

instruments will be provided or bring<br />

your own. Sessions are open to everyone.<br />

Join us Tuesdays from 9:30-<br />

10:30 a.m. in Room 3. Cost is $2.00<br />

per session.<br />

Line Dancing<br />

Evergreen Auditorium<br />

Phyllis (519-836-9415)<br />

Donna (519-831-0943)<br />

Line dancing is exercise not only for<br />

the body but the mind as well. It’s an<br />

excuse to get out, meet new friends,<br />

enjoy good music, and no partner is<br />

required. If you have never line<br />

danced before or need a refresher, the<br />

Introduction to Line Dancing is<br />

where to start. Here you will learn<br />

the basic steps and easier dances to<br />

slower music. The Line Dance Step<br />

Tutorial is an opportunity to learn<br />

and practise steps not taught in the<br />

Introduction to Line Dancing class<br />

and will help prepare you for the Beyond<br />

the Basics classes which are the<br />

next step up from the Introduction to<br />

Line Dancing. The Intermediate class<br />

is for experienced line dancers looking<br />

for a challenge.<br />

Monday Line Dance Classes<br />

9:15-9:30 am Line Dance Step<br />

Tutorial<br />

9:30-10:30 am Beyond the Basics<br />

10:45-11:45 am Intermediate<br />

Thursday Line Dance Classes<br />

1:00-2:00 pm Introduction to Line<br />

Dancing<br />

2:15-3:15 pm Beyond the Basics<br />

The first 3 visits are free. After<br />

that, in addition to providing us proof<br />

of a <strong>GWSA</strong> membership, it’s $2.00<br />

each time you come.<br />

Mah Jongg<br />

Mah Jongg is in Room 4 on Mondays<br />

from 2-4 p.m., except the last Monday<br />

of the month when it will be in<br />

the Dining Room. It is a game played<br />

with tiles, similar to Dominoes. Instruction<br />

is available for those who<br />

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don’t know how to play.<br />

Peer Learning<br />

Peer Learning is for seniors who like<br />

to have a good discussion with a<br />

small friendly group. It’s a great way<br />

to meet new people and have fun<br />

while learning.<br />

In <strong>January</strong> <strong>2024</strong>, we will be offering<br />

the following topics:<br />

Mondays 9:30-11:30 a.m. - BRICS<br />

(Brazil, Russia, India, China and<br />

South Africa)<br />

Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 p.m. -<br />

Migrations<br />

Thursdays 9:30-11:30 a.m. - Britain,<br />

Past and Present<br />

For more information or to put your<br />

name on our email list, contact Barb<br />

McLeod 519-823-2531.<br />

Into Focus Photography<br />

We are a friendly group of amateur<br />

photographers with equipment ranging<br />

from mobile phones and pointand-shoot<br />

cameras to fancy DSLR<br />

models. We share a common interest<br />

in photography as a hobby and we<br />

learn from each other. New members<br />

are always welcome. Our regular<br />

meetings are on the last Monday of<br />

every month in Room 4.<br />

If you are interested in joining, contact<br />

Stu McCannell<br />

(smccannell@rogers.com).<br />

Pickleball<br />

Pickleball is a sport in which four<br />

players use solid paddles made of<br />

wood or composite materials to hit a<br />

perforated polymer ball over a net.<br />

The sport shares features of other<br />

racquet sports: the dimensions and<br />

layout of a badminton court and a net<br />

and rules similar to tennis, with a few<br />

modifications.<br />

This sport is for people of all<br />

ages who are looking for some fun,<br />

laughter, socialization and exercise.<br />

It’s easy to learn, but can be challenging<br />

for those with a competitive<br />

nature. All levels of skill invited.<br />

Pickleball equipment is provided.<br />

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Scrabble<br />

Scrabble is back! Come join us for<br />

Scrabble at 1 pm to 3:30 pm every<br />

Thursday in the Hall outside the Library.<br />

All skills from newbie to expert.<br />

Drop-ins are welcome or call<br />

me for more information. Previous<br />

members, please join us again. Brand<br />

new players are most welcome. All<br />

you need is a <strong>GWSA</strong> membership!<br />

Any questions? Call or email Sebastian.<br />

Phone: 647-580-5780.<br />

Shuffleboard<br />

Come on out and join our group. Enjoy<br />

some gentle exercise, friendship<br />

and fun. Membership is available to<br />

all paid-up <strong>GWSA</strong> members for a<br />

$25 fee for the year. Register the first<br />

time you play. Beginners are welcome<br />

and instruction is available.<br />

The group plays Tuesdays and<br />

Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.<br />

Silver Strummers<br />

The ukulele orchestra is an unqualified<br />

success story! There are<br />

now 65 individuals who have joined<br />

the Silver Strummers. We welcome<br />

ALL skill levels, beginner through<br />

advanced. We will provide you with<br />

all the information you will need to<br />

get started. If you would like to try<br />

the universally accessible and friendly<br />

instrument of the ukulele, please<br />

contact Eva Quan 519-820-1032.<br />

Silvertones<br />

The Silvertones members practise<br />

weekly in Room 3 on Fridays from 2<br />

to 3:30 p.m. We do have a few openings<br />

so please contact Doreen Muir<br />

@ 519-831-8323 if you would like to<br />

join our choir or would like more<br />

information. You do not have to be<br />

able to read music, just have a love<br />

for singing.<br />

Rug Hooking<br />

We have been gathering as a group of<br />

rug hookers at the Evergreen Centre<br />

since February 2022. Traditional rug<br />

hooking is both art and a craft. Many<br />

beautiful and unique items are made<br />

by pulling loops of fabric or yarn<br />

through a stiff, woven base such as<br />

burlap or linen. It is enjoyable, fun<br />

and a very social hobby. Beginners<br />

are welcome and we will help you<br />

get started. The Rug Hooking Group<br />

meets on Tuesday afternoon, 12-4, in<br />

Room 2.<br />

Contact: Kathy McCallum, 226-<br />

821-1331. Email:<br />

kamccallum28@gmail.com.<br />

Skiing<br />

For the <strong>2024</strong> ski season, it costs<br />

$10.00 plus HST to join the Ski Club.<br />

You register and pay for the Downhill<br />

Ski Club at the front desk of the<br />

Evergreen Centre. It helps to own a 5<br />

-7 Pass purchased from Blue Mountain<br />

well before the start of the ski<br />

season. Every Monday, we carpool<br />

by meeting at the lower Evergreen<br />

Parking Lot by the Enabling Garden<br />

at 8:00 am, drive to Blue Mountain,<br />

and return to Guelph by 6:00 pm.<br />

Contact Bob Shearer 519-831-4093<br />

for Ski Club information.<br />

Evergreen Snooker Club<br />

The Evergreen Snooker Club is composed<br />

of a group of active, friendly<br />

players with skill levels covering the<br />

full spectrum from learner/beginner<br />

to accomplished player. If you are<br />

interested in learning the game, or<br />

have played in the past and want to<br />

get back into it, please drop by the<br />

Snooker Room. You will be assured<br />

a warm welcome and a place to try<br />

your hand at one of our three tables.<br />

The Snooker Room is open weekdays<br />

between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm and<br />

any other time the Evergreen Centre<br />

may be open.<br />

The primary focus of the club is to<br />

have fun, build friendships and socialize.<br />

Your snooker skill level is<br />

irrelevant, so don’t feel intimidated if<br />

you are a beginner. Prospective<br />

members may visit the club room up<br />

to three times without charge to help<br />

with their decision on whether to<br />

join. While most of the current members<br />

are men, there is a small group<br />

of women who play regularly<br />

(typically on Tuesday mornings), so<br />

ladies, don’t be shy, give it a try.<br />

Membership is available to all paid<br />

-up members of the <strong>GWSA</strong> on payment<br />

of the prescribed annual snooker<br />

activity fee. The current fee of<br />

$79.10 (plus tax) buys you access to<br />

the Snooker Room any time it is open<br />

and to all the snooker you care to<br />

play.<br />

Storytelling<br />

Storytelling is on Tuesdays from<br />

12:15 to 1:15 pm in Room 4 and<br />

even more members of the Guelph<br />

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to facilitate. Let’s share your best<br />

storytelling at regular public performances!<br />

Cost $2.00 per session.<br />

Please sign up on RecEnroll for a fun<br />

-filled activity!<br />

Texas Hold ’Em<br />

Why not come out and have fun with<br />

us? We are averaging about 24 players<br />

a week. We are situated in the<br />

Dining Room. We charge $2 per<br />

week and pretty well all of that goes<br />

back to the <strong>GWSA</strong>. We play Tuesdays<br />

& Fridays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.<br />

Each player starts off with $650 in<br />

real casino chips, and, as we do not<br />

play for money, we work on a point<br />

system. The one with the most points<br />

each week is the winner. We play<br />

until there is only one player left or<br />

8:30 pm comes, whichever is first.<br />

We will gladly teach anyone who is<br />

interested in playing. Just follow the<br />

laughter to find us. We welcome everyone<br />

who wants to play and enjoys<br />

company. We have quite a few ladies<br />

playing at present and would always<br />

welcome more. We do not want to<br />

become a men’s club! Remember,<br />

you have to be a member of the<br />

<strong>GWSA</strong> to play.<br />

Seniors Mixed Volleyball<br />

Thursday mornings at the West End<br />

Community Centre from 10:30 a.m. -<br />

noon. $60 for the season, September<br />

to June.<br />

Must have some mobility and hand/<br />

eye co-ordination. Any questions or<br />

concerns, please contact:<br />

Co-ordinator Johanna van Boxtel,<br />

416-579-7143<br />

Johannavanboxtel60@gmail.com.<br />

Walking Club (Indoor)<br />

You can register for the Walking<br />

Club’s 2023-<strong>2024</strong> winter walking<br />

season <strong>online</strong> through RecEnroll or at<br />

the front desk of the Evergreen Centre.<br />

There is a $10 annual fee and you<br />

must be an active member of the<br />

<strong>GWSA</strong>.<br />

We will be walking Wednesday<br />

mornings from 10:45 am to 11:45 am<br />

at the Guelph Sports Dome (375 College<br />

Ave. West). We recommend that<br />

you be there around 10:30 am, to<br />

hang up your coat and change to indoor<br />

shoes. No outdoor shoes are<br />

allowed on the turf surface.<br />

If you are interested in helping with<br />

this group or would like any additional<br />

information, please contact<br />

walkingclubgwsa@gmail.com.<br />

Watercolour Painters<br />

The Evergreen Watercolour Painters<br />

provides an opportunity for watercolour<br />

painters to practise their hobby<br />

along with others sharing the same<br />

interest, while encouraging one another<br />

and receiving information, ideas<br />

and inspiration. While we do not<br />

offer classes or lessons, we welcome<br />

accomplished watercolour painters.<br />

There is a small annual membership<br />

fee and membership with the <strong>GWSA</strong><br />

is required. We meet in Room 2 from<br />

12:30 to 4 p.m. on the 1st and 5th<br />

Wednesday of the month, and from<br />

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday.<br />

Writers Club<br />

If you enjoy the power of the pen,<br />

come join the Writers Club. We can<br />

toss around ideas and topics to get<br />

the creative juices flowing. Then let’s<br />

share the resulting written shape for<br />

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constructive comments, while enjoying<br />

the company of others. Please<br />

feel welcome to join the journey. We<br />

will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday<br />

of the month in the Board Room,<br />

from 1-3 p.m. There is a weekly fee<br />

of $2 for the <strong>GWSA</strong>. Contact Susan<br />

Jackson 519-265-3246.<br />

Writing Your Life Story<br />

The subject of leaving a legacy of<br />

stories about your life for the interest<br />

and enjoyment of your children,<br />

grandchildren, great grandchildren<br />

and others has often crossed your<br />

mind, hasn’t it? But you have been<br />

able to find all sorts of excuses to put<br />

it off, or perhaps you have made a<br />

start but lost the motivation to follow<br />

through to an end goal.<br />

Well, if you choose to make this<br />

your New Year’s Resolution for<br />

<strong>2024</strong>, why not check out the Writing<br />

Your Life Story Activity Group. A<br />

new group is being established to<br />

begin on Thursday, <strong>January</strong> 11, at<br />

2.00 pm in the Board Room at the<br />

<strong>GWSA</strong> Seniors Centre.<br />

For more information, and to get<br />

your name on the class list, please<br />

contact Jennifer Blackie, Activity<br />

Group Leader, at 519-824-7204 or<br />

jblackie@bell.net<br />

ROYAL CITY MEN’S CLUB<br />

For a Friendly Alternative<br />

For men retired from full-time employment. Interesting lectures. Exchange views on topics of mutual<br />

interest. Participate in social activities. Fellowship.<br />

The Royal City Men’s Club meets at Trinity Church (400 Stevenson St. N., Guelph) every second<br />

Thursday of the month from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Alternate Thursdays, we meet locally for coffee.<br />

For more information, go to www.royalcitymensclub.ca or royalcitymensclub@gmail.com<br />

Bob Berry - President, Warren Gregg - Vice President<br />

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OUR EVERGREEN LIBRARY<br />

We are open<br />

Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.<br />

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan<br />

Mad Honey was written by two authors, each focusing on one of the main<br />

characters. Olivia escaped an abusive marriage years ago and moved to her old home<br />

town with her son Asher. Here, she took over the family beekeeping business. The<br />

second main character is Lily, a teenage girl who recently moved to the same town<br />

with her mother. They too were escaping a difficult past.<br />

Asher and Lily meet in high school and romance blossoms between them.<br />

Complications arise when it is discovered one of them has been keeping a secret. It is<br />

not always possible to escape one’s past as they soon discover. However, tragedy<br />

strikes when Lily is found dead and Asher becomes the main suspect. How do people<br />

cope when their whole world is falling apart?<br />

This story is about starting over. It is also about discovering and being true to<br />

yourself no matter how difficult that may be. We also learn a lot about bees in the<br />

process. Whether you like romance or suspense, Mad Honey is a great read. The<br />

characters are wonderfully crafted and there are just enough surprises to keep you<br />

turning the pages. Happy reading!<br />

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<strong>GWSA</strong> Groups & Activities Contact Information<br />

You may be required to show your up-to-date <strong>GWSA</strong> membership card at any activity.<br />

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For more Program Group information, go to https://gwsa-guelph.ca and go to the<br />

CONTACT US menu. Click on Program Groups to get in contact with Program Group<br />

Leaders. Or pick up a print copy of the <strong>Sentinel</strong> for group contacts.<br />

Art In The Hall<br />

Jennifer Storey<br />

Art Studio In 2<br />

Evergreen Room 2<br />

Every 2 nd & 4 th Wed. 1-4 pm<br />

Badminton<br />

Evergreen Auditorium<br />

Michael Gareau<br />

Tues. 7-9:30 pm<br />

Thurs. & Fri. 10:30 am-1 pm,<br />

Sun. 1:30-3:30 pm<br />

Mon. & Wed. 1-4 pm (WECC)<br />

No play at WECC July & August<br />

Ball Co-ed Slopitch<br />

City Diamond<br />

Deborah Waitson<br />

Wednesday 6:30-8:00 pm<br />

May - Sept.<br />

Beading & Jewelry Making<br />

Board Room<br />

Fridays 11 am-12 pm<br />

Bid Euchre on Thursdays<br />

Evergreen Room 2<br />

John Finamore<br />

Thursdays 1 pm-4 pm<br />

Euchre on Monday<br />

Evergreen Room 3<br />

Earl Mead<br />

Mondays - 1:00-3:00 pm<br />

Euchre on Friday<br />

Evergreen Room 4<br />

Peter Smith<br />

Fridays - 1:00-4:00 pm<br />

Book Club 1<br />

Board Room<br />

Veronica Sanche<br />

Last Friday of month - 1-2:30 pm<br />

Book Club 2<br />

Board Room<br />

Lynne Oxley<br />

Second Friday of month - 1-2:30 pm<br />

Bridge<br />

Evergreen Room 3<br />

gwsa.bridge@gmail.com<br />

Tuesdays - 6:30-9:00 pm<br />

Thursdays - 12:30-3:30 pm<br />

Bunka Art Group<br />

Evergreen Room 3<br />

Carol Ferrier<br />

Wednesdays - 9:00 am-noon<br />

Canasta<br />

Evergreen Room 3<br />

canastagwsa@gmail.com<br />

Fridays - 9:00-11:30 am<br />

Casual Bicycling<br />

Various Locations in and<br />

around Guelph<br />

John Ness<br />

Wed. - May 1-Oct. 31 - 9:00 am-noon<br />

Canoe Club<br />

canoeclubmembership@gmail.com<br />

Seasonal twice-weekly outings<br />

See <strong>GWSA</strong> website or <strong>Sentinel</strong> description<br />

Chess Club<br />

Board Room<br />

Bruce Hurst<br />

2nd & 4th Fridays – 10 am-12 pm<br />

Computer Club<br />

Computer Room<br />

Ross Knechtel<br />

Ken Chupa<br />

September, November, <strong>January</strong><br />

2nd Monday - 2-4 pm<br />

Computer Mentoring<br />

Computer Room<br />

Ken Chupa<br />

Computer mentoring is a drop-in program.<br />

No appointment necessary.<br />

Computer mentoring is offered every Monday (except<br />

when the Centre is closed) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm<br />

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Craft Club<br />

Evergreen Room 2<br />

Contact TBA<br />

Fridays - 8:30 am-1:30 pm<br />

Cribbage<br />

Evergreen Room 3<br />

Elaine Miller<br />

Tuesdays 12:30 pm-4 pm<br />

Cross-Country Ski Club<br />

Various locations<br />

Mel van Harten<br />

gwsaxcountryskiing@gmail.com<br />

Tuesday mornings when conditions permit. This may vary<br />

and day and time of outings will depend on weather and<br />

snow conditions. Details will be communicated via email.<br />

Darts Club<br />

Auditorium<br />

Neville Newman<br />

Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm<br />

Diabetes Support Group<br />

Room 3<br />

Bill MacDonald<br />

2nd Tuesday – 11 am -12 pm<br />

4th Tuesday – 10 am -12 pm<br />

Drumming<br />

Room 3<br />

Ellen & Gordon Webb<br />

Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 am<br />

Golf<br />

Tom Kane<br />

Mondays, May to September<br />

Into Focus Photography<br />

Evergreen Room 4<br />

Stu McCannell<br />

Last Monday of every month—2:30-5 pm<br />

$24.00 a year<br />

Line Dancing<br />

Evergreen Auditorium<br />

Phyllis<br />

Donna<br />

Mondays – 9:15 to noon<br />

Thursdays – 1:00 to 3:15 p.m.<br />

Mah Jongg<br />

Evergreen Room 4<br />

Gladys Robson<br />

Mondays - 2:30-4:30 p.m.<br />

Last Mon. of the month in Dining Rm.<br />

Peer Learning<br />

Boardroom<br />

Barb McLeod<br />

Pickleball<br />

Rudy Simon<br />

gwsapickleball@gmail.com<br />

Evergreen Auditorium<br />

Monday 12:00 – 3 p.m. (B/I)<br />

Tuesday 8:30 am – 10:30 a.m. (I/A)<br />

& 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (B/I)<br />

Wednesday 8:30 – 10:00 am (I/A)<br />

Thursday 8:30 – 10:30 am (B/I)<br />

Friday 8:30 – 10:30 am (B/I) & 1 – 4 pm (I/A)<br />

Sunday 8:30 am – 10:45 am (B/I)<br />

& 10:45 am – 1 pm (I/A)<br />

West End Comm. Centre<br />

Tues. - noon-2:00 pm (A) & 2 pm-4 pm (B/I)<br />

Thurs. - noon-2:00 pm (A) & 2 pm-4 pm (B/I)<br />

Sept. to June<br />

(B/I) = Beginner/Intermediate<br />

(I/A) = Intermediate/Advanced<br />

(A) = Advanced<br />

Quilting<br />

Evergreen Room 2<br />

Beryl Drohan<br />

Mondays - 12:30-4:00 pm<br />

Rug Hooking<br />

Evergreen Room 2<br />

Kathy McCallum<br />

Tuesdays 12-4 pm<br />

Scrabble<br />

Hall outside the Library<br />

Sebastian<br />

Thursdays - 1:00-3:30 pm<br />

Shuffleboard<br />

Evergreen Auditorium<br />

Elaine Bigam<br />

Tuesdays & Wednesdays - 1-3 pm<br />

Silver Strummers<br />

Room 3<br />

Eva Quan<br />

Fridays - Beginners 12-1 pm<br />

Experienced 1-2 pm<br />

Silvertones Choir<br />

Room 3<br />

President: Sandy Rea<br />

Membership Enquiries:<br />

Doreen Muir<br />

Director/Accompanist: Andrea LeBlanc<br />

Backup Director/Accompanist: Joanna Wegman<br />

Fridays 2:00 - 3:30 pm<br />

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Ski Club<br />

Evergreen Parking Lot by<br />

The Enabling Garden<br />

Bob Shearer<br />

Mondays from <strong>January</strong> to the end of March<br />

8:00 am car pool at Evergreen to Blue Mountain<br />

6:00 pm return to Evergreen<br />

Evergreen Snooker Club<br />

Evergreen Snooker Room<br />

Brian Yasvinski<br />

Daily - 9:00 am-4:00 pm<br />

Storytelling<br />

Room 4<br />

Ellen & Gordon Webb<br />

Tuesdays – 12:15-1:15 pm<br />

Table Tennis<br />

Evergreen Auditorium<br />

Petr Vales (ttguelph@outlook.com)<br />

Evergreen:<br />

Monday - 3-6:15 pm<br />

Wednesday - 10 am-1 pm<br />

Saturday - 9:00 am-12:00 noon<br />

West End: Friday - 1:00-4:00 pm<br />

(WECC - except July/August)<br />

West End Art Group<br />

Rm 2 West End Comm. Centre<br />

Nancy Baker<br />

September – June<br />

Tuesdays - 12:30-4:00 pm<br />

Membership $10/yr + hst<br />

West Hills Art Group<br />

Rm 2 West End C. C.<br />

Dale Vardy<br />

September - June<br />

Thursdays - noon-4:00 pm<br />

Membership $25.00 + hst<br />

Wood Carving Group<br />

Evergreen Room 2<br />

Ken Fugler<br />

Monday – 6-9 pm<br />

Writers Club<br />

Board Room<br />

Susan Jackson<br />

1st and 3rd Wednesday, 1-3 p.m.<br />

Writing Your Life Story<br />

Board Room<br />

Jennifer Blackie<br />

Thursdays 1:30-3:30 pm<br />

Texas Hold ’Em Poker<br />

Bistro 683<br />

Paul Phillips<br />

Bruno Szafran<br />

Tuesdays & Fridays - 6:30-8:30 pm<br />

Seniors Mixed Volleyball<br />

West End C. C.<br />

Johanna van Boxtel,<br />

Thursday 10:30 a.m. - noon<br />

$60 for the season, September to June<br />

Walking Club<br />

Meeting day: Wednesdays, October to April<br />

Time: arrive at 10:30 am,<br />

walking from 10:45 am to 11:45 am<br />

Location: Guelph Sports Dome<br />

(375 College Ave West)<br />

Club Contacts:<br />

walkingclubgwsa@gmail.com<br />

$10 annual activity fee<br />

Watercolour Painters Club<br />

Evergreen Room 2<br />

Mary Mulholland<br />

watercolourclub@gwsa-guelph.ca<br />

1st and 5th Wednesday of the month - 12:30-4 pm<br />

Third Wednesday - 9 am to 4 pm<br />

Membership $30/yr + hst<br />

In the cold dark days of the winter, dream about<br />

the flowers to get warmed up!<br />

Mehmet Muratildan<br />

What good is the warmth of summer, without the<br />

cold of winter to give it sweetness.<br />

John Steinbeck<br />

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and<br />

warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for<br />

a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.<br />

Edith Sitwell<br />

One thing about cold weather: it brings out the<br />

statistician in everyone.<br />

Paul Theroux<br />

Nothing burns like the cold.<br />

George R.R. Martin<br />

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SPECIAL BIRTHDAYS<br />

OF NOTE<br />

“Our Young Seniors”<br />

‘We’re not over the hill; we’re just<br />

gaining speed!’<br />

SPECIAL WEDDING<br />

ANNIVERSARIES<br />

If you have a birthday or anniversary<br />

that you would like to include in the<br />

<strong>Sentinel</strong>, please let us know the month<br />

before.<br />

This column is NOT done automatically.<br />

We DON’T have access to your<br />

personal information.<br />

“Passages”<br />

We would like to convey our condolences<br />

to Association Members and their Families<br />

Richmond, James ‘Butch’ Eldon passed away on<br />

Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at the age of 83. He<br />

enjoyed playing Bid Euchre at the Centre.<br />

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Clubs and Drop-In Activities JANUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

W West End Community Centre<br />

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday<br />

CLOSED<br />

Happy<br />

New Year<br />

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9:15-9:30a Line Dance Tuto.<br />

9:30-10:30a Line Dancing<br />

Beyond the Basics<br />

10:45-11:45a Int. Line Dancing<br />

12-3p Pickleball (B/I)<br />

12:30-4p Quilting<br />

1-3p Euchre<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

2-4p Mah Jongg<br />

3-6:15p Table Tennis<br />

6-9p Carving Club<br />

15<br />

9:15-9:30a Line Dance Tuto.<br />

9:30-10:30a Line Dancing<br />

Beyond the Basics<br />

10:45-11:45a Intermediate<br />

Line Dancing<br />

12-3p Pickleball (B/I)<br />

2<br />

8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)<br />

9:30-10:30a Drumming<br />

10a-12p Darts<br />

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)<br />

12-2p Pickleball (A) W<br />

12-4p Rug Hooking<br />

12:15-1:15p Storytelling<br />

12:30-4p Cribbage<br />

12:30-4p West End Arts W<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

2-4p Pickleball (A) W<br />

6:30-8:30p Texas Poker<br />

6:30-9p Bridge<br />

7-9:30p Badminton<br />

9<br />

8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)<br />

9:30-10:30a Drumming<br />

10a-12p Darts<br />

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)<br />

11a-12p Diabetes Support<br />

12-2p Pickleball (A) W<br />

12-4p Rug Hooking<br />

12:15-1:15p Storytelling<br />

12:30-4p Cribbage<br />

12:30-4p West End Arts W<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

2-4p Pickleball (A) W<br />

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold<br />

’Em Poker<br />

6:30-9p Bridge<br />

7-9:30p Badminton<br />

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8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)<br />

9:30-10:30a Drumming<br />

10a-12p Darts<br />

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)<br />

12-2p Pickleball (A) W<br />

12-4p Rug Hooking<br />

3<br />

8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)<br />

9a-12p Bunka<br />

10a-1p Table Tennis<br />

10:45-11:45a Walking Club<br />

12:30-4p Watercolour Painters<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

1-3p Writers Club<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

1:30p BINGO<br />

10<br />

8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)<br />

9a-12p Bunka<br />

10a-1p Table Tennis<br />

10:45-11:45a Walking Club<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

1-4p Art Studio in 2<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

1:30p BINGO<br />

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8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)<br />

9a-12p Bunka<br />

9a-4p Watercolour Painters<br />

10a-1p Table Tennis<br />

10:45-11:45a Walking Club<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

4<br />

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)<br />

10:30a-12p Volleyball W<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

12-2p Pickleball (A) W<br />

12-4p West Hills Arts W<br />

12:30-3:30p Bridge<br />

1-2p Intro to Line Dancing<br />

1-3:30p Scrabble<br />

1-4p Bid Euchre<br />

1:30-3:30p Writing Your Life Story<br />

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W<br />

2:15-3:15p Line Dancing<br />

Beyond the Basics<br />

11<br />

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)<br />

10:30a-12p Volleyball W<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

12-2p Pickleball (A) W<br />

12-4p West Hills Arts W<br />

12:30-3:30p Bridge<br />

1-2p Intro to Line Dancing<br />

1-3:30p Scrabble<br />

1-4p Bid Euchre<br />

1:30-3:30p Writing Your Life Story<br />

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W<br />

2:15-3:15p Line Dancing<br />

Beyond the Basics<br />

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8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)<br />

10:30a-12p Volleyball W<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

12-2p Pickleball (A) W<br />

12-4p West Hills Arts W<br />

12:30-3:30p Bridge<br />

5<br />

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)<br />

8:30a-1:30p Crafts<br />

9-11:30a Canasta<br />

10a-12p Darts<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

11a-12p Beading<br />

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.<br />

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.<br />

1-4p Euchre<br />

1-4p Pickleball (I/A)<br />

1-4p Table Tennis W<br />

2-3:30p Silvertones<br />

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker<br />

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8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)<br />

8:30a-1:30p Crafts<br />

9-11:30a Canasta<br />

10a-12p Chess<br />

10a-12p Darts<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

11a-12p Beading<br />

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.<br />

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.<br />

1-2:30p Book Club 2<br />

1-4p Euchre<br />

1-4p Pickleball (I/A)<br />

1-4p Table Tennis W<br />

2-3:30p Silvertones<br />

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker<br />

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8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)<br />

8:30a-1:30p Crafts<br />

9-11:30a Canasta<br />

10a-12p Darts<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

11a-12p Beading<br />

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12:30-4p Quilting<br />

1-3p Euchre<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

2-4p Computer Club<br />

2-4p Mah Jongg<br />

3-6:15p Table Tennis<br />

6-9p Carving Club<br />

22<br />

9:15-9:30a Line Dance Tuto.<br />

9:30-10:30a Line Dancing<br />

Beyond the Basics<br />

10:45-11:45a Intermediate<br />

Line Dancing<br />

12-3p Pickleball (B/I)<br />

12:30-4p Quilting<br />

1-3p Euchre<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

2-4p Mah Jongg<br />

3-6:15p Table Tennis<br />

6-9p Carving Club<br />

29<br />

9:15-9:30a Line Dance Tuto.<br />

9:30-10:30a Line Dancing<br />

Beyond the Basics<br />

10:45-11:45a Intermediate<br />

Line Dancing<br />

12-3p Pickleball (B/I)<br />

12:30-4p Quilting<br />

1-3p Euchre<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

2-4p Mah Jongg<br />

2:30-5p Into Focus<br />

Photography<br />

3-6:15p Table Tennis<br />

6-9p Carving Club<br />

12:15-1:15p Storytelling<br />

12:30-4p Cribbage<br />

12:30-4p West End Arts W<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

2-4p Pickleball (A) W<br />

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold ’Em<br />

Poker<br />

6:30-9p Bridge<br />

7-9:30p Badminton<br />

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8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)<br />

9:30-10:30a Drumming<br />

10a-12p Darts<br />

10a-12p Diabetes Support<br />

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)<br />

12-2p Pickleball (A) W<br />

12-4p Rug Hooking<br />

12:15-1:15p Storytelling<br />

12:30-4p Cribbage<br />

12:30-4p West End Arts W<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

2-4p Pickleball (A) W<br />

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold ’Em<br />

Poker<br />

6:30-9p Bridge<br />

7-9:30p Badminton<br />

30<br />

8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)<br />

9:30-10:30a Drumming<br />

10a-12p Darts<br />

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)<br />

12-2p Pickleball (A) W<br />

12-4p Rug Hooking<br />

12:15-1:15p Storytelling<br />

12:30-4p Cribbage<br />

12:30-4p West End Arts W<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

2-4p Pickleball (A) W<br />

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold ’Em<br />

Poker<br />

6:30-9p Bridge<br />

7-9:30p Badminton<br />

1-3p Writers Club<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

1:30p BINGO<br />

24<br />

8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)<br />

9a-12p Bunka<br />

10a-1p Table Tennis<br />

10:45-11:45a Walking Club<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

1-4p Art Studio in 2<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

1:30p BINGO<br />

31<br />

8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)<br />

9a-12p Bunka<br />

10a-1p Table Tennis<br />

10:45-11:45a Walking Club<br />

12:30-4p Watercolour Painters<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

1:30p BINGO<br />

1-2p Intro to Line Dancing<br />

1-3:30p Scrabble<br />

1-4p Bid Euchre<br />

1:30-3:30p Writing Your Life Story<br />

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W<br />

2:15-3:15p Line Dancing<br />

Beyond the Basics<br />

25<br />

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)<br />

10:30a-12p Volleyball W<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

12-2p Pickleball (A) W<br />

12-4p West Hills Arts W<br />

12:30-3:30p Bridge<br />

1-2p Intro to Line Dancing<br />

1-3:30p Scrabble<br />

1-4p Bid Euchre<br />

1:30-3:30p Writing Your Life Story<br />

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W<br />

2:15-3:15p Line Dancing<br />

Beyond the Basics<br />

Weekend Activities<br />

Saturday<br />

9a-12p Table Tennis<br />

Sunday<br />

8:30a-10:45a Pickleball<br />

(B/I)<br />

10:45a-1p Pickleball<br />

(I/A)<br />

1:30-3:30p Badminton<br />

DANCE JAN. 27<br />

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.<br />

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.<br />

1-4p Euchre<br />

1-4p Table Tennis W<br />

2-3:30p Silvertones<br />

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker<br />

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8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)<br />

8:30a-1:30p Crafts<br />

9-11:30a Canasta<br />

10a-12p Chess<br />

10a-12p Darts<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

11a-12p Beading<br />

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.<br />

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.<br />

1-2:30p Book Club 1<br />

1-4p Euchre<br />

1-4p Pickleball (I/A)<br />

1-4p Table Tennis W<br />

2-3:30p Silvertones<br />

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker<br />

Everyday Activities<br />

Snooker—9a-4p<br />

Library —<br />

Mon-Fri – 10a-3p<br />

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1-4p Pickleball (I/A)<br />

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• Full & Partial Dentures<br />

• Implant Retained Dentures<br />

• Hypoallergenic Options / Metal-free Clear Partial<br />

Frameworks<br />

• Most Repairs while you wait, same day relines<br />

• Mobile Services to offer our patients access to<br />

care<br />

• Digital Impressions<br />

Wellington Foot Clinic<br />

Professional Footcare & Custom Foot Orthotics<br />

Jessica K. Mann<br />

Registered Chiropodist / Foot Specialist<br />

Professional, Safe Treatment of a Variety of Foot Conditions<br />

- Nail Disorders, Corns, Callus, Warts, Ingrown Toenails & much more<br />

- Custom Foot Orthotics<br />

- Covered by most extended health insurance providers<br />

- No referral needed!!! Free parking<br />

- Morning, Evening and Saturday Appointments Available<br />

3 – 245 Edinburgh Rd S. (enter off Municipal or Edinburgh)<br />

519-546-3737 wellfoot@outlook.com<br />

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The Elliott Community is Guelph’s<br />

only not-for-profit organization to<br />

offer 4 lifestyle choices for Seniors.<br />

• Life Leases<br />

• Supportive Living<br />

• Assisted Living<br />

• Long Term Care<br />

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PHYLLIS GOODHEW RETIRES<br />

Another retiree retires - again. Phyllis Goodhew<br />

is stepping away from her role as Leader of the<br />

Bid Euchre Club so that another senior<br />

Evergreen member can have a leadership<br />

experience.<br />

Phyllis was a volunteer in Toronto for eight<br />

years at an Elders Facility where she prepared<br />

meals for Seniors. Then she was the leader of a<br />

Bid Euchre Club for eighteen years before<br />

moving to Guelph. Phyllis wanted to be closer<br />

to her daughter and, being new to the city, she<br />

joined the Evergreen Seniors Community<br />

Centre to meet and make friends.<br />

It seemed apropos that she be at the<br />

Evergreen, since the Greek meaning of her<br />

name means “green leaf”. Phyllis started the Bid<br />

Euchre Club two years ago with one table of<br />

four people playing the game. Today, the<br />

number has increased to six tables, i.e., 24<br />

seniors.<br />

Her friends describe her as “a fabulous<br />

friend”, “a fantastic lady”, and that “she would<br />

do anything for anyone”.<br />

Submitted by Bruno Szafran<br />

The Darts Club have received new easels to use for keeping score during their games on<br />

Tuesdays and Fridays in the Auditorium.<br />

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CANADA WINTER CARNIVAL<br />

Bring the family for a fun-filled afternoon of<br />

Canadian winter activities, live entertainment,<br />

shop local vendors and so much more!<br />

Sat. <strong>January</strong> 20th 2:00-4:00 pm<br />

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Article Written by: Spectrum Health Care<br />

Aging in Place: Embracing Independence and Comfort in Your Golden Years<br />

As we journey through life, there comes a point when we start thinking about our future, particularly our<br />

senior years. While some may consider moving to assisted living facilities or retirement communities, there<br />

is a growing trend that advocates for “aging in place”.<br />

What is Aging in Place?<br />

Aging in place simply means choosing to remain in the familiar surroundings of your own home and<br />

community as you age. It involves creating an environment that is safe, accessible, and supportive of your<br />

changing needs and abilities. By making modifications to your home and seeking assistance when necessary,<br />

you can continue to live independently and autonomously while receiving the care and support you require.<br />

Benefits of Aging in Place:<br />

• Familiarity and Comfort: Your home is more than just a physical space; it holds memories, sentimental<br />

value, and a sense of familiarity. Aging in place allows you to remain in an environment that brings you<br />

comfort and emotional well-being.<br />

• Independence and Control: Aging in place empowers you to maintain independence and control over<br />

your life decisions. You can continue to follow your daily routines, make choices that align with your<br />

preferences, and retain your sense of autonomy.<br />

• Enhanced Emotional Well-being: Studies have shown that seniors who age in place tend to experience<br />

higher levels of emotional well-being compared to those who move to assisted living facilities. By<br />

staying connected to your community, friends, and neighbours, you can combat feelings of loneliness<br />

and isolation.<br />

• Improved Quality of Life: Aging in place promotes a higher quality of life as it allows you to live in a<br />

space customized to your needs. With home modifications, such as installing grab bars, ramps, or stair<br />

lifts, you can enhance safety and accessibility, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.<br />

• Cost-Effectiveness: In many cases, aging in place can be a more cost-effective option compared to<br />

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The Guelph Family Health Team's NEW <strong>January</strong> - June <strong>2024</strong> Wellness Workshop schedule<br />

is here!<br />

You can print and view the NEW schedule by visiting our webpage:<br />

www.guelphfht.com/wellness-workshops-and-programs/<br />

*Please note: the dates/times/locations may change. Keep checking website/email for any updates.<br />

FREE Wellness Workshops in <strong>January</strong>, presented by the Guelph Family Health Team:<br />

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Part 1 (3 sessions to attend)<br />

Dates: Monday, <strong>January</strong> 8, 15, 22<br />

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EST<br />

Location: *VIRTUAL webinar only<br />

*Registration will open December 8. Learn more HERE.<br />

Living Well: Tips for Brain Health<br />

Date: Wednesday, <strong>January</strong> 17<br />

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST<br />

Location: IN-PERSON workshop only<br />

Suite 500 – 649 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph<br />

*Registration will open December 17. Learn more HERE.<br />

Let’s Talk About Anger<br />

Dates: Tuesday, <strong>January</strong> 23<br />

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am EST<br />

Location: *VIRTUAL webinar only<br />

*Registration will open December 23. Learn more HERE<br />

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Scarves, mittens, and hats are a great way to<br />

express your personality in the cold weather.<br />

Brad Goreski<br />

Cold! If the thermometer had been an inch<br />

longer we'd have frozen to death.<br />

Mark Twain<br />

Snow was falling, so much like stars filling the<br />

dark trees that one could easily imagine its<br />

reason for being was nothing more than<br />

prettiness.<br />

Mary Oliver<br />

Every season has a reason. Summer cannot do<br />

the works of winter, nor winter the works of<br />

summer. Each season is unique yet so important,<br />

so cherish the seasons in your life.<br />

Gugu Mona<br />

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$25.00 discount coupon<br />

with this ad<br />

Please call 519-821-6683<br />

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assisted living or retirement homes. By avoiding expensive facility fees, you can allocate your resources<br />

toward necessary home modifications and personalized care services.<br />

Making Aging in Place Possible:<br />

• Home Modifications: Evaluate your home to identify potential areas for improvement. Consider<br />

installing handrails, widening doorways, adding ramps, and improving lighting to ensure safety and<br />

accessibility throughout your living space.<br />

• Assistive Technology: Explore the use of assistive devices and technology designed to support<br />

independent living. From medication reminders to home monitoring systems, these tools can enhance<br />

safety and provide peace of mind for both you and your loved ones.<br />

• Community Engagement: Staying connected to your community is crucial for aging in place<br />

successfully. Engage in social activities, join local clubs or organizations, and maintain relationships<br />

with friends and neighbors. This can foster a support network and combat feelings of loneliness.<br />

• Supportive Services: Reach out to community resources, local agencies, or professional caregivers who<br />

can provide assistance with household chores, transportation, personal care, and healthcare needs. These<br />

services can help you maintain your independence while ensuring your well-being<br />

Aging in place offers seniors an opportunity to enjoy their later years in the comfort and familiarity of<br />

their own homes. With careful planning, home modifications, and access to supportive services, you can<br />

maintain your independence, control, and emotional well-being while being able to receive assistance when<br />

required. Embrace the concept of aging in place, and let it empower you to lead a fulfilling and meaningful<br />

life.<br />

For more information about our services, visit https://spectrumhealthcare.com/ or call 519-585-0854.<br />

Sources<br />

National Aging in Place Council: https://www.ageinplace.org/<br />

AARP: https://www.aarp.org/<br />

National Institute on Aging: https://www.nia.nih.gov/<br />

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/<br />

Journal of Aging and Health: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/jah<br />

Aging in Place Technology Watch: https://www.ageinplacetech.com/<br />

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RECREATION & LEISURE PROGRAMS for SENIORS 55+<br />

held at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre unless otherwise indicated — call 519-837-5699.<br />

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

recenroll.ca. Registration opened on Wednesday, December 13. PLEASE NOTE: There may be changes<br />

to programs after this <strong>issue</strong> was printed - please check the details on recenroll.ca before you sign up. Programs<br />

may be cancelled if there is low registration, so be sure to register (Fees do not include HST).<br />

VISUAL ARTS<br />

Landscape Painting<br />

In this course, students will learn how to create<br />

artistic representations of natural environments such<br />

as mountains, forests, waters, fields, coastlines and<br />

sunsets. Landscape painting can be created using a<br />

variety of water-based medium: acrylic, watercolour<br />

and gouache. Although the realistic representation of<br />

the natural world will be the main approach,<br />

exploring landscape through illusion is not excluded.<br />

The course will cover all that is needed to create<br />

expressive and dynamic paintings: basic techniques,<br />

colour mixing, tonal values, elements of<br />

composition, effects of atmospheric perspective, the<br />

ways to simplify the shapes and forms, and effective<br />

editing of photographic references. Throughout the<br />

course, there will be plenty of short demos, usually at<br />

the beginning of the class. The course is intended for<br />

beginners and intermediates. Just bring your<br />

supplies, your passion for painting, and whatever<br />

experience you have and you will grow as an artist<br />

through expanding your observational and artistic<br />

skills.<br />

Course ID: 43745<br />

Location: West End Community Centre (Room 2)<br />

Class Length: 3 hours (1-4 p.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 17-March 20 (Wednesday)<br />

Fees: Member: $144.80 Non-Member: $166.50<br />

Watercolour<br />

This watercolour class is for all levels of painters.<br />

The instructor will work with participants on an<br />

individual basis or in small groups of similar interest<br />

or skill.<br />

Course ID: 43743<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 2)<br />

Class Length: 3 hours (9 a.m.-12 p.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 15-March 25 (Monday)<br />

Fees: Member: $147.70 Non-Member: $169.80<br />

Sketching<br />

Sketching is a good way to learn or improve your<br />

drawing skills. This course suits all levels of students<br />

who want to know how to draw quick and accurate<br />

sketches. Whether you want to prepare for a big<br />

project or draw the world around us, sketching is a<br />

great way to express yourself.<br />

Course ID: 43744<br />

Location: Victoria Road Rec Centre<br />

Class Length: 3 hours (9 a.m.-12 p.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 16-March 19 (Tuesday)<br />

Fees: Member: $144.80 Non-Member: $166.50<br />

Acrylic Painting<br />

Join us for informative lessons in painting with<br />

acrylics. Stroke types, techniques and form will be<br />

the focus of this hands-on class. Be inspired, have an<br />

open mind, and create your masterpiece with this<br />

form of art.<br />

Course ID: 43746<br />

Location: Victoria Road Rec Centre<br />

Class Length: 3 hours (9 a.m.-12 p.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 18-March 21 (Thursday)<br />

Fees: Member: $144.80 Non-Member: $166.50<br />

FITNESS<br />

Cardio and Strength Level 2<br />

This intermediate/advanced strength training class<br />

focuses on a low impact cardio warmup. This class<br />

performs functional exercises that include balance,<br />

flexibility and cardiovascular movements. Exercises<br />

are performed sitting and standing. A variety of<br />

equipment is used throughout the classes, which may<br />

include bands, stability balls and weights of your<br />

choice. Join us to keep your body fit!<br />

Course ID: Monday: 42794<br />

Friday: 43739<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (9-10 a.m.)<br />

Dates:<br />

Monday: <strong>January</strong> 8-March 25<br />

Friday: <strong>January</strong> 12-March 22<br />

Fees: Member: $79.75 Non-Member: $91.74<br />

Cardio and Strength Level 3<br />

Come and challenge your fitness level in this<br />

advanced strength training class. Focusing on a low<br />

impact cardio warmup, this class performs functional<br />

exercises that include balance, flexibility and<br />

cardiovascular movements. A variety of equipment is<br />

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used throughout the classes, which may include<br />

bands, stability balls and weights of your choice. Join<br />

us to keep your body fit!<br />

Course ID: Monday: 42793<br />

Friday: 43738<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (8-9 a.m.)<br />

Dates:<br />

Monday: <strong>January</strong> 8-March 25<br />

Friday: <strong>January</strong> 12-March 22<br />

Fees: Member: $79.75 Non-Member: $91.74<br />

Boxing for Seniors at TNT Boxing & Fitness<br />

Academy<br />

Improve your core strength, stamina and posture by<br />

practising the fundamental movements of boxing.<br />

TNT Boxing and Fitness Academy’s trained and<br />

certified coaching staff will add low-impact<br />

modifications to support bone and joint health in a no<br />

-contact environment. Have fun, avoid injury and get<br />

the most benefits from your workout! Participants<br />

will be given their own hand wraps and taught proper<br />

wrapping techniques. They will have access to<br />

gloves to be used on heavy bags in class. Participants<br />

will require indoor shoes and bring their own water<br />

bottles. A refill station is available on-site.<br />

Course ID: 42531<br />

Location: TNT Boxing & Fitness Academy<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (1-2 p.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 19-February 23 (Friday)<br />

Fees: Member: $43.50 Non-Member: $50.04<br />

Total Body Conditioning<br />

This total body conditioning class will challenge the<br />

active 55+ individual. A cardio warmup will prepare<br />

you for resistance training, balance, flexibility, and<br />

core strength and floor workout. The benefits of<br />

regular exercise consisting of these major<br />

components will improve your mental, physical and<br />

emotional health, increase your energy level to be<br />

able to carry out daily tasks, and reduce your chances<br />

of osteoporosis.<br />

Course ID: 43727<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (8-9 a.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 10-March 27 (Wednesday)<br />

Fees: Member: $87 Non-Member: $100.08<br />

Introduction to Strength Training<br />

What is strength training all about? How do you get<br />

started? Which exercises are the best ones? What<br />

about form? Let us show you the answers! You will<br />

go from learning the theory behind the importance of<br />

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strength training to mastering the technique behind<br />

bodyweight, free weight, and barbell training. Our<br />

qualified instructors will take you through a<br />

progressive training program that will help you gain<br />

a better understanding of exercise and program<br />

design, help you increase your strength and, most<br />

importantly, your confidence in and out of the gym.<br />

Location: West End Community Centre (Fitness<br />

Room)<br />

Course ID: 43703<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (9-10 a.m.)<br />

Course ID: 43705<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (10-11 a.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 8-February 12 (Monday)<br />

Fees: Member: $43.50 Non-Member: $50.04<br />

Course ID: 43704<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (9-10 a.m.)<br />

Course ID: 43706<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (10-11 a.m.)<br />

Dates: February 26-March 25 (Monday)<br />

Fees: Member: $36.25 Non-Member: $41.70<br />

Fluent Body<br />

Fluent Body is a combination of movement and<br />

somatic therapy that helps people to be generous to<br />

their body and mind. We move through different<br />

highs, lows, imageries and emotions. The journey<br />

will be within ourselves, supported and reflected in<br />

context with the group.<br />

We will float, breathe, shake, do exercises, vocalize,<br />

thicken and soften, evaporate and more movement<br />

explorations. This class is for all abilities.<br />

Course ID: 43742<br />

Location: Victoria Road Rec Centre<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (10-11 a.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 13-March 23 (Saturday)<br />

Fees: Member: $72.50 Non-Member: $83.40<br />

Kum Nye<br />

Kum Nye is a yoga-like, healing practice of Tibetan<br />

Buddhist tradition that focuses on massage and<br />

movement to refresh and revitalize the body and<br />

mind. There are breathing techniques, self-massage,<br />

meditations, stretching and movement exercises. The<br />

practice is relaxing and meditative. Join us for a<br />

relaxing experience.<br />

Course ID: 43734<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (12:30-1:30 p.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 11-March 28 (Thursday)<br />

Fees: Member: $87 Non-Member: $100.08<br />

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Meditation and Relaxation<br />

Learn to develop skills to cultivate a different<br />

relationship to stress, including stress that can result<br />

from managing a variety of chronic health<br />

conditions.<br />

Sessions include: variety of meditation practices,<br />

gentle mindful movement practices, reflective and<br />

practical exercises, and discussions on stress.<br />

Examples of mindfulness training:<br />

• Deep breathing<br />

• Meditation<br />

• Gentle movement<br />

Course ID: Tuesday: 43725<br />

Thursday: 43620<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Class Length: 1 hour<br />

(1:30-2:30 p.m. Tues.)<br />

(9:00-10:00 a.m. Thurs.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 9-March 26 (Tuesday)<br />

<strong>January</strong> 11-March 14 (Thursday)<br />

Fees: Tuesday: Member: $87 Non-Member:<br />

$100.08<br />

Thursday: Member: $72.50 Non-Member: $83.40<br />

OsteoFit<br />

Part of living well with osteoporosis and/or<br />

osteoarthritis involves healthy eating and physical<br />

activity. Physical activity plays an essential role in<br />

the treatment of osteoporosis by ‘stimulating’ or<br />

applying a load on our bones to maintain their<br />

structure and strength. When treating osteoarthritis,<br />

it is important to ensure proper alignment of joints as<br />

well. Exercise and physical activity play a vital role<br />

and contribute to individuals’ overall health and well<br />

-being. Four types of exercise are necessary in the<br />

management of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis:<br />

strength, posture and core stability, balance, and<br />

weight bearing. Join us in this class to get moving,<br />

improve your strength, balance, and posture,<br />

and in turn, reduce your risk of falling.<br />

Course ID: 43728<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (10:30-11:30 a.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 10-March 27 (Wednesday)<br />

Fees: Member: $87 Non-Member: $100.08<br />

Release Your Hips, Change Your Life!<br />

Do your hips get fatigued and sore? Come, learn<br />

stretches/exercises to help your largest joints work to<br />

their potential so you can do all the things you love<br />

to do!<br />

Course ID: 43732<br />

Location: Victoria Road Rec Centre<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (3:30-4:30 p.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 10-March 27 (Wednesday)<br />

Fees: Member: $87 Non-Member: $100.08<br />

Strength and Balance<br />

This beginner class will focus on fall prevention,<br />

whole body movements, and balance. It is designed<br />

to improve general mobility and overall strength to<br />

make everyday tasks easier. You can expect to see<br />

improvement in posture. The class presents an<br />

excellent opportunity for beginners to start<br />

exercising with an aerobic, strength and flexibility<br />

component.<br />

Course ID: Monday: 43715<br />

Wednesday: 43730<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Class Length: 1 hour<br />

(10-11 a.m. Monday)<br />

(12-1 p.m. Wednesday)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 8-March 25 (Monday)<br />

<strong>January</strong> 10-March 27 (Wednesday)<br />

Fees: Tuesday: Member: $79.75<br />

Non-Member: $91.74<br />

Wednesday: Member: $87 Non-Member: $100.08<br />

Falling Prevention and Navigation<br />

In this program, participants will learn practical<br />

exercises for preventing falls in day-to-day life, as<br />

well as tools to aid in negotiating a fall, should it<br />

occur. We will focus on building knowledge of the<br />

body to increase confidence in movement. It will<br />

include: exercises for increasing proprioception (for<br />

the feet, eyes, and spine) — study of walking<br />

mechanics to invite mindful movement — practice of<br />

ramping and spiralling pathways for support in<br />

falling — explorations of how to use the limbs and<br />

body for counterbalance<br />

Course ID: 43718<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (1:30-2:30 p.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 8-March 18 (Monday)<br />

Fees: Member: $72.50 Non-Member: $83.50<br />

TAI CHI<br />

Tai Chi – Beginner<br />

This program welcomes those who are new to Tai<br />

Chi as well as those who are wishing to reinforce the<br />

foundations. Focusing on the basic vocabulary of the<br />

stances and co-ordination of the postures, this<br />

meditative movement practice is accessible to all.<br />

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Course ID: 43721<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (9-10 a.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 9-March 12 (Tuesday)<br />

Fees: Member: $72.50 Non-Member: $83.40<br />

Tai Chi – Intermediate<br />

Learn the meditative movement practice of Tai Chi<br />

Chuan. This session focuses on the Yang Style 37-<br />

Posture Form. It is advised to have previous<br />

experience with Tai Chi Chuan movements and<br />

foundations for this class.<br />

Course ID: 43722<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (10-11 a.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 9-March 12 (Tuesday)<br />

Fees: Member: $72.50 Non-Member: $83.40<br />

QI GONG<br />

Qi Gong 1<br />

This program is a Chinese blend of exercise,<br />

stretching and meditation. The program focuses on<br />

Eighteen Postures for Daily Practice, a Qi Gong set<br />

that integrates East and West in a series of gentle<br />

exercises designed to maintain and enhance health.<br />

Adapting classical Qi Gong forms, this style<br />

incorporates therapeutic exercise, self -massage and<br />

meditation. This class will focus on the core routines<br />

and is suitable for both new and returning<br />

participants.<br />

Course ID: 43717<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Class Length: 1-1/2 hour (12-1:30 p.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 8-March 18 (Monday)<br />

Fees: Member: $108.80 Non-Member: $125.10<br />

Qi Gong 1<br />

Discover this ancient healing practice that has been a<br />

part of Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Qi<br />

Gong includes a variety of exercises, including slow<br />

meditative movements, shaking and tapping, and<br />

acupressure and self-massage. This program will<br />

guide participants through a series of gentle<br />

movements along with supplementary meditations,<br />

exercises, and self-massage techniques to boost<br />

immunity and enhance overall well-being.<br />

Course ID: 43723<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 9-March 12 (Tuesday)<br />

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Fees: Member: $72.50 Non-Member: $83.40<br />

YOGA<br />

Chair Yoga<br />

Chair yoga offers the same benefits as other yoga<br />

practices, such as increased flexibility, strengthening,<br />

proper breathing and increasing range of motion in<br />

the joints. Simply use a chair to assist with postures.<br />

Chair yoga is for everyone, especially those who<br />

may have limited mobility and/or are unable to get<br />

up and down on a yoga mat. Postures can be<br />

modified to meet students' needs.<br />

Course ID: Monday: 43716<br />

Wednesday: 43729<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Class Length: 1 hour<br />

Monday: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.<br />

Wednesday: 9:15-10:15 a.m.<br />

Dates:<br />

<strong>January</strong> 8-March 25 (Monday)<br />

<strong>January</strong> 10-March 27 (Wednesday)<br />

Fees: Monday: Member: $79.75<br />

Non-Member: $91.74<br />

Wednesday: Member: $87 Non-Member: $100.08<br />

Gentle Yoga<br />

This program is open to everyone. We will explore<br />

this centuries old discipline which brings health and<br />

vitality to the body, peace to the mind and joy to the<br />

spirit. Participants must have the mobility to move<br />

from standing positions to lying/sitting on a mat on<br />

the floor.<br />

Course ID: Tuesday: 43726<br />

Thursday: 43735<br />

Friday: 43740<br />

Location:<br />

Victoria Road Recreation Centre<br />

(Tuesday)<br />

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre (Room 4)<br />

(Thursday & Friday)<br />

Class Length: 1 hour<br />

Tuesday: 2-3 p.m.<br />

Thursday: 2-3 p.m.<br />

Friday: 10:15-11:15 a.m.<br />

Dates:<br />

<strong>January</strong> 9-March 26 (Tuesday)<br />

Fees: Member: $87 Non-Member: $100.08<br />

<strong>January</strong> 11-March 28 (Thursday)<br />

Fees: Member: $87 Non-Member: $100.08<br />

<strong>January</strong> 12-March 22 (Friday)<br />

Fees: Member: $79.75 Non-Member: $91.74<br />

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Yoga for Brain Health<br />

Each time you step on a yoga mat, you strengthen<br />

your brain. No matter what is going on with it –<br />

whether you are hoping to support concussion<br />

recovery or calm agitated nerves – yoga is medicine<br />

for your brain. These classes include slow, gentle<br />

movement and attention on your breath. People<br />

living with a range of brain health situations will<br />

benefit: concussion, mild to moderate traumatic<br />

brain injury, stroke recovery, mental health<br />

challenges, dementia, and chronic pain.<br />

Course ID: 43719<br />

Location: Victoria Road Rec Centre<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (9-10 a.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 9-March 26 (Tuesday)<br />

Fees: Member: $79.75 Non-Member: $91.74<br />

Restorative Yoga<br />

Restorative yoga uses gentle, supported yoga<br />

postures that are held for an extended duration (5-10<br />

minutes), along with breath work and meditation.<br />

The focus is on letting go of physical and mental<br />

tension to achieve deep, restorative rest and<br />

mindfulness. All levels are welcome, and no prior<br />

yoga experience is necessary. Please bring a towel<br />

or blanket to be used as a supportive prop.<br />

Course ID: 43741<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Comm. Centre (Room<br />

4)<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (11:30a.m.-12:30 p.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 12-March 22 (Friday)<br />

Fees: Member: $79.75 Non-Member: $91.74<br />

Strength and Flow Yoga<br />

Power up your morning with a combination of<br />

strength training and yoga poses. This class has a<br />

strong, invigorating pace and an upbeat, informative<br />

vibe. We’ll blend yoga postures and flows with<br />

creative techniques to build strength progressively<br />

and help you become more balanced and flexible. It<br />

will leave you feeling empowered and ready for<br />

your day.<br />

Course ID: 43720<br />

Location: Victoria Road Rec Centre<br />

Class Length: 45 minutes (8-8:45 a.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 9-March 26 (Tuesday)<br />

Fees: Member: $79.75 Non-Member: $91.74<br />

Yoga Nidra<br />

Nidra actually means sleep. This class will promote<br />

restorative relaxation by using deep breathing<br />

methods, guided visualization, and progressive<br />

relaxation using very specific techniques involving<br />

4 senses. Feel rested and renewed!<br />

Course ID: 43731<br />

Location: Victoria Road Rec Centre<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (2-3 p.m.)<br />

Dates: <strong>January</strong> 10-March 27 (Wednesday)<br />

Fees: Member: $87 Non-Member: $100.08<br />

PEER LEARNING<br />

Peer Learning is for those seniors who like to have a<br />

good discussion with a friendly group. Join us as we<br />

research and discuss exciting topics. It’s a great way<br />

to meet new people and have fun while learning.<br />

BRICS<br />

For the last 15 years, the BRICS countries (Brazil,<br />

Russia, India, China, and South Africa) have been<br />

meeting to discuss topics of mutual benefit. Join us<br />

to discuss the interests and concerns of these<br />

developing economies.<br />

Code: 36903<br />

Monday 9:30–11:20 a.m. (9 classes)<br />

<strong>January</strong> 8–March 18<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 3)<br />

Fee: Member: $20.34 + tax<br />

Migrations<br />

Migrations have been a constant in human history.<br />

People have left their home countries to avoid<br />

persecution or to find a better life for their families.<br />

Join us to discuss how these migrations have come<br />

about and their consequences.<br />

Code: 36905<br />

Tuesday 1:30–3:30 p.m. (9 classes)<br />

<strong>January</strong> 9–March 12<br />

Location: Evergreen Centre Community Centre<br />

Boardroom<br />

Fee: Member: $20.34 + tax<br />

Britain, Past and Present<br />

Will the British monarchy survive? What will be the<br />

consequences of Brexit? What is the future of<br />

Scotland and Northern Ireland? Let’s discuss<br />

Britain’s wars, its colonial past, and the many people<br />

who have shaped its history and culture.<br />

Code: 36907<br />

Thursday 9:30–11:30 a.m. (9 classes)<br />

<strong>January</strong> 11–March 14<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

Boardroom<br />

Fee: Member: $20.34 + tax<br />

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Tax Relief Provisions for Low Income Seniors and Low Income Persons<br />

with Disabilities<br />

County of Wellington has a tax relief programme for low income seniors and low income persons with<br />

disabilities.<br />

The programme allows for property tax increases up to a maximum of $500 annually to be rebated to<br />

eligible property owners.<br />

The intent of this policy is to provide a mechanism to assist those least able to pay a significant increase<br />

in taxes due to a reassessment.<br />

To be eligible, a low-income senior must have attained the age of 65 years and be in receipt of benefits<br />

under the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) programme.<br />

To be eligible, a low-income disabled person must be in receipt of benefits under the Ontario Disability<br />

Support Programme (ODSP).<br />

If you do not receive ODSP, you may still qualify for tax relief. Eligibility may be determined on a<br />

case-by-case basis in consultation with the County Social Services Department.<br />

• Property tax rebates for eligible applicants will remain at a minimum of $400 for the 2023 tax<br />

year;<br />

• Applications may be made no later than the deadline of November 1, 2023;<br />

• Proof of receiving GIS or ODSP payments will be accepted based on 2023 documentation.<br />

The application can be found on this website:<br />

https://www.wellington.ca/en/government/taxrelief.aspx<br />

For further information contact: Shauna Calder at shaunac@wellington.ca<br />

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<strong>GWSA</strong> Email Updates<br />

Each month, approximately mid-month, the<br />

Membership and Marketing Committee at the<br />

<strong>GWSA</strong> sends out the <strong>GWSA</strong> Email Update. It<br />

highlights a few of the exciting things happening<br />

at the <strong>GWSA</strong> and important communications from<br />

the Board.<br />

You can subscribe to receive the <strong>GWSA</strong> Email<br />

Update by completing the steps below:<br />

1. To begin, please send an email to:<br />

subscribe@gwsa-guelph.ca. You can enter<br />

Subscribe in the Subject line, or just skip that<br />

part. It will work either way. In just a few<br />

minutes you will receive a message with a link.<br />

2. Click on the link you received, fill in the<br />

appropriate fields, and click “Subscribe to List”.<br />

3. To ensure you really want to receive <strong>GWSA</strong><br />

Email Updates – and to make sure all emails are<br />

error-free – we’ll send a message asking you to<br />

confirm.<br />

4. Once you respond to the confirmation message,<br />

your registration is complete and you’ll receive<br />

our Welcome Letter.<br />

You can also subscribe using the Email Update<br />

input form at the bottom of any page on the<br />

<strong>GWSA</strong> website at gwsa-guelph.ca.<br />

You can expect to receive your first <strong>GWSA</strong> Email<br />

Update approximately mid-month after you sign<br />

up.<br />

You can unsubscribe from the <strong>GWSA</strong> Email<br />

Updates at any time by clicking on the<br />

“unsubscribe” link that is displayed at the bottom<br />

of every update.<br />

Membership &<br />

Marketing Committee<br />

This graphic by Unknown Author is<br />

licensed under CC BY-ND<br />

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Wednesday, February 14, <strong>2024</strong><br />

FAMOUS PEOPLE PLAYERS<br />

Total cost: $140.00 - members only (non-refundable) Code - 43369<br />

Registration starts on Thursday, November 30, 2023<br />

Booking deadline: Thursday, <strong>January</strong> 4, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Join us for a trip to Toronto where we will enjoy a “Glow in the Dark Dine & Dream Dinner Theatre”.<br />

From Broadway to Radio City Music Hall and around the World – Famous People Players is Where<br />

Special Happens!<br />

The February show is ‘Flashback Fun’ – a review of the theme songs of all your favourite TV shows from<br />

the 70s and 80s. The show includes a hot lunch as well as coffee, tea and dessert after the show.<br />

Depart Evergreen Centre: 10:00 am; Carousel: 10:15 am Return to Guelph: 4:30 pm<br />

The cost includes coach, hot lunch, show admission, taxes and tips.<br />

Refund Policy: This trip is NON-REFUNDABLE; doctor’s certificates will not be accepted. Should there<br />

be a mandatory provincial shutdown due to COVID-19 or <strong>GWSA</strong> cancels the trip due to lack of<br />

participation, all participants will receive a full refund to their method of payment. Don’t Wait! That means<br />

booking your trip before the trip must be cancelled due to low participation.<br />

Accessibility: There is wheelchair accessibility on this trip. Travellers who can transfer to a coach seat may<br />

also have their collapsible, manual wheelchair or walker stored in the cargo area of the coach<br />

Parking: Please DO NOT park your vehicles in the Evergreen parking lot while you are on a day trip.<br />

Vehicles must be left at the Carousel parking area in Riverside Park where you will board the bus. This<br />

allows for other members to have a place to park when they come throughout the day.<br />

PROCEDURES FOR BOOKING THIS TRIP: All participants will be required to have a current <strong>GWSA</strong><br />

membership. If your membership needs renewal, please see the front desk staff at the Centre. Please bring<br />

the completed contact list available on the <strong>GWSA</strong> website located on the Trips, Travel and Tours page. If<br />

you are unable to print this form, copies will be available from a Travel Committee member the day of the<br />

trip.<br />

Registration will be available until the trip is fully booked, or booking is closed on Thursday, <strong>January</strong> 4,<br />

<strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Register <strong>online</strong> (preferred): Sign up for a RecEnroll account with the City of Guelph. MasterCard, Visa,<br />

Amex or Visa Debit are accepted for <strong>online</strong> booking https://cityofguelph.perfectmind.com/SocialSite/<br />

MemberRegistration/MemberSignIn<br />

Register by telephone: By contacting Customer Service at the Evergreen Seniors Centre at 519-837-5699.<br />

Credit card information is no longer accepted over the telephone. If you wish to make a telephone payment,<br />

you must first save your credit card on your RecEnroll account. Customers can also pre-purchase a City<br />

Card or an account credit in-person at any of our recreation facilities to be used towards future purchases<br />

by telephone.<br />

Register at the front desk at the Evergreen until the trip is fully booked, or booking is closed on Tuesday,<br />

<strong>January</strong> 4, <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Please put the date on your calendar and arrive on time.<br />

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Wednesday, March 20, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Exploring Oxford County<br />

with Lunch at Elmhurst Inn<br />

Total cost: $130.00 - members only (non-refundable) Code: 44586<br />

Registration starts on Thursday, <strong>January</strong> 4, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Booking deadline is Friday, February 16, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Join us for a relaxing day, featuring a wonderful hot buffet lunch with appetizers, salads, main courses, and<br />

desserts to choose from. We will travel around Oxford County, visiting shops, a museum and some other<br />

surprise stops. This trip will require some walking, and you will enjoy the country scenery as we tour this<br />

historic region.<br />

Depart Evergreen Centre: 9:30 a.m.; Carousel: 9:40 a.m. Return: by 6:00 p.m.<br />

The cost includes coach, lunch, admissions, all taxes and tips for lunch and the driver.<br />

Refund Policy: This trip is NON-REFUNDABLE; doctor’s certificates will not be accepted. Should there<br />

be a mandatory provincial shutdown due to COVID-19 or <strong>GWSA</strong> cancels the trip due to lack of<br />

participation, all participants will receive a full refund to their method of payment. Don’t Wait! That means<br />

booking your trip before the trip must be cancelled due to low participation.<br />

Accessibility: Unfortunately there is no wheelchair accessibility on this trip. Travellers who can transfer to<br />

a coach seat may have their collapsible, manual wheelchair or walker stored in the cargo area of the coach.<br />

Parking: Please DO NOT park your vehicles in the Evergreen parking lot while you are on a day trip.<br />

Vehicles must be left at the Carousel parking area in Riverside Park where you will board the bus. This<br />

allows for other members to have a place to park when they come throughout the day.<br />

PROCEDURES FOR BOOKING THIS TRIP: All participants will be required to have a current <strong>GWSA</strong><br />

membership. If your membership needs renewal, please see the front desk staff at the Centre. Please bring<br />

the completed contact list available on the <strong>GWSA</strong> website located on the Trips, Travel and Tours page. If<br />

you are unable to print this form, copies will be available from a Travel Committee member the day of the<br />

trip.<br />

Registration will be available until the trip is fully booked or booking is closed Friday, February 16, <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Register <strong>online</strong> (preferred): Sign up for a RecEnroll account with the City of Guelph. MasterCard, Visa,<br />

Amex or Visa Debit are accepted for <strong>online</strong> booking https://cityofguelph.perfectmind.com/SocialSite/<br />

MemberRegistration/MemberSignIn<br />

Register by telephone: By contacting Customer Service at the Evergreen Seniors Centre at 519-837-5699.<br />

Credit card information is no longer accepted over the telephone. If you wish to make a telephone payment,<br />

you must first save your credit card on your RecEnroll account. Customers can also pre-purchase a City<br />

Card or an account credit in-person at any of our recreation facilities to be used towards future purchases<br />

by telephone.<br />

Register at the front desk at the Evergreen until the trip is fully booked, or booking is closed on Friday,<br />

February 16, <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Please also put the date of the trip on your calendar with the time to board and please be on time for the<br />

trip.<br />

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Bistro 683 - <strong>January</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

The Evergreen Restaurant is open to the public<br />

and serves a large variety of menu items that are<br />

available from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to<br />

Friday (except holidays):<br />

Full Breakfast Plate Sandwiches<br />

Breakfast Sandwich Homemade Soups<br />

French Toast<br />

Fresh Bakery Items<br />

Toasted Western Sandwich Hamburgers<br />

Daily Breakfast Specials Salads<br />

Beverages<br />

Breakfast is served starting at 9:00 am. The daily<br />

featured Lunch is served from 11 am to 1 pm<br />

Monday to Friday and the menu is below.<br />

Take-out is available for your convenience.<br />

Our goal is to provide balanced, nutritious meals.<br />

We provide great quality, while keeping costs<br />

reasonable. The tremendous support of volunteers<br />

in the restaurant helps us achieve this goal.<br />

Featured Hot Lunch<br />

$7.50 + tax.<br />

Each hot lunch is served as a full and balanced,<br />

nutritional meal.<br />

Catering<br />

Catering is available by special order: Hot/cold<br />

drinks, sweet trays, sandwiches, etc. Please have<br />

your order to the customer service clerk in the<br />

office at least 48 hours prior to your event. This<br />

allows staff to ensure that your catering needs will<br />

be met. Thank you for your co-operation in this<br />

matter.<br />

CHECK IT OUT!!!<br />

NOW FOR SALE IN THE BISTRO<br />

<strong>GWSA</strong> COFFEE MUGS<br />

$7.00 (HST INCLUDED)<br />

BREAKFAST served starting at 9:00 am<br />

FEATURED LUNCH served 11 am to 1:00 pm<br />

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday<br />

1<br />

NEW YEAR’S<br />

CLOSED<br />

2<br />

Cannelloni<br />

3<br />

Perogies<br />

4<br />

Cobb Salad<br />

5<br />

Breaded Haddock<br />

8<br />

BBQ Pulled Pork<br />

9<br />

Roasted Chicken<br />

10<br />

Spaghetti &<br />

Meatballs<br />

11<br />

Fried Fish Cakes<br />

12<br />

Chicken<br />

Dumplings &<br />

Stir Fry<br />

15<br />

16<br />

17<br />

18<br />

19<br />

Reuben<br />

Sandwich<br />

Quiche<br />

Cabbage Rolls<br />

Breaded Chicken<br />

Thigh<br />

Pork Loin Roast<br />

22<br />

23<br />

24<br />

25<br />

26<br />

Seared Rainbow<br />

Trout<br />

Pizza<br />

Chicken Curry<br />

Beef Stew<br />

Vegetable<br />

Lasagna<br />

29<br />

30<br />

31<br />

Sausage &<br />

Pepper Pasta<br />

Honey Garlic<br />

Chicken Stir Fry<br />

Salmon in<br />

Puff Pastry<br />

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