Reference Site Map
|General Information, Location, Map||Board of Directors (Volunteers)|
|Mission Statement||Centre Hours of Operation & Closures|
|Message from the President||
Message from the Executive Director
of the Board of Directors
|Program Cancellations||Entertainment Book|
|Telephone Reassurance Program||Information Change|
|Volunteers||Cozy Corner Café|
|Donor Board||Function Room Rental|
|Suggestion Box||HBC Rewards|
|Avgen: New Fundraising Program||One Million Pennies|
|Gift Certificates - One-Stop Shop||Benefits of Dance Classes Project|
|Senior Discounts, Square One Shopping Centre|
|Contact Us||Square One Older Adult Centre - A Case Model for Partnership Success, Aug. 2001|
The Square One Older Adult Centre was formed in 1992. It became an independent incorporated non-profit entity in March 1998. Approximately 1,500 members in 2008. Members used the Centre over 71,000 times in 2008. Approximately 40 bus trips are offered each year. Daily operations are undertaken by four full-time staff and one part-time staff. Over 140 volunteers contributed 31,800 hours of their time in 2008. Seven ethno cultural seniors clubs meet at the Centre on a weekly basis.
The Square One Older Adult Centre is exclusively for adults 50 years of age and older. It is located on the lower level of Square One Shopping Centre, between The Bay and the Bank of Montreal. Once inside the Square One Shopping Centre, you can access the Centre via stairs or elevator. The Square One Older Adult Centre elevator will take you directly down to the Centre from the main floor, between The Bay and the Bank of Montreal.
All rooms are wheelchair accessible.
The Centre is managed by an incorporated, non-profit, volunteer Board of Directors. The organization is affiliated in good standing with Mississauga Recreation and Parks, Community Services Department.
Address: 100 City Centre Drive, P.O. Box 2214, Mississauga, Ontario L5B 2C9 Canada
Telephone: 905-615-3207 - Map
Official Website URL: www.sq1oac.com
Esther Williams - President
Pat Fyffe - Past President
Robert Lomon - Acting Vice President
Robert Lomon - Controller
Alice Dods - Director, Administration & Secretary
Judy Willson - Director, Programs & Cafeteria
Jean Michaels - Director, Volunteers
Juliet Rebello - Director, Travel
Tessie Buena - Director at Large
Lewis Lawrence - Vice President, Facility Operations (Emeritus)
Frank Dale - Ex-Officio Director, Ward 4 Councillor, City of Mississauga
Linda Keen-Lausberg - Ex-Officio Director, Square One Shopping Centre
Wendy Murdock - Ex-Officio Director, City of Mississauga
Peter Hammond, LL.B. - Legal Consultant (Volunteer)
View photos of Members of Board of Directors
A Centre, operated by and for Mississauga's Older Adult Residents who are 50+ years of age, which provides social, health, educational and recreational opportunities to enhance their quality of life.
The Centre is OPEN:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Travel Office Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cozy Corner Café Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Centre is CLOSED:
Saturday, January 1, 2011 (New Year's Day)
Monday, February 21, 2011 (Family Day for AB, ON and SK)
Friday, April 22, 2011 (Good Friday)
Monday, April 25, 2011 (Easter Monday)
Friday, July 1, 2011 (Canada Day)
Sue Hesjedahl - Executive Director
Laura Surman - Program Coordinator (with responsibility for Centre Supervision)
Anne Goldspink Norman - Administration & Facility Coordinator
Lina Zita - Marketing & Community Development Coordinator
Karmela Buzdon - Volunteer Coordinator
Joan Crews - Saturday Receptionist
Genni Iwanski - Saturday Receptionist
Peter Hammond, LL.B. - Legal Consultant (volunteer)
Please note: The Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services generously provided the Older Adult Centre with an Emergency Defibrillator. All Staff have been trained on the safe use of the Defibrillator.
Please join the Board of Directors and Staff of SQOAC (Square One Older Adult Centre) in extending congratulations to Sue Hesjedahl, our Executive Director and recipient of the very prestigious Person of Distinction Award, presented to her by the Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario (OACAO) on October 18, 2010 at the OACAO Conference held in Guelph.
The Person of Distinction Award, the OACAO's most prestigious recognition, "is given to the individual or group who has made a major contribution in the field of Older Adult Program and Services. To be eligible, an individual must have dedicated a minimum oif 10 years service to the Centres' Association, served as chairperson on two or more committees and as a member of the executive. Recipients of this award epitomizes the hard work and long service required to ensure the positive contribution of the Association to the success of Older Adult Centres in Ontario."
Sue demonstrated her passion for and dedication to Older Adult Services while nurturing SQOAC from infancy to its present status. This passion and dedication, together with her leadership abilities, motivated her to take an active role in OACAO. Sue held various positions in the OACAO. Sue has been on the OACAO Board from 1995 to the present. During this period, she served as President (2001-2002), for many years as an executive member and as Chairperson of the Membership Committee. In addition, Sue was an active or past member of the following committees: Resource Development, Finance and Advocacy. Sue's desire to make a difference was instrumental in her representing OACAO and all EPCs (Elderly Persons Centres) on the MIS CSS Steering Committee for the Ministry of Heealth and Long Term Care. SQOAC benefits from Sue's commitment to the OACAO as she is able to bring first hand knowledge to our Board. Sue is still active in OACAO as First Vice-President and a member of the Golden Horseshoe Regional Committee. Sue's years of service, influence, organizational abilities and dedication made her the ideal candidate for this prestigious honour.
Congratulations, Sue! The Person of Distinction Award is well-earned. To be recognized by your peers is a distinction in itself.
As we go to print with our Winter Brochure, we have had some very exciting news regarding grants and funding for Square One Older Adult Centre. We head officially that we are approved by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) to receive the new maximum amount of funding under the Elderly Person Centre (EPC) Grant. This means that our annual grant has increased from $32,000 to $42,700. We do appreciate your cooperation and assistance as we have launched our "Check Mark" campaign to collect "head count" statistical data for the EPC reporting that is required twice a year. Please place one check mark each day on a clip board found throughout the Centre. We also were approved by the MOHLTC for a Special Project Grant of $9,800 for the 2010/2011 fiscal year to purchase chairs and tables, do some painting, hire a temporary administration assistant and purchase some other new equipment.
We have also received wonderful news that our Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant application (submitted in July 2010) has been approved for $219,000 over 3 years. This grant will allow us to expand into a satellite location early in 2011. We are still working out the details of the new location but we can tell you that the OTF grant allows us to hire staff for the new location, purchase new equipment and furniture and will allow us to offer some wonderful new programs to our members in the near future. Please stay tuned as we unveil the exciting new expansion details to all of you soon.
In the Fall Newsletter, I highlighted the Board of Directors and the Vision and Mission Statement for our new health and wellness charity. I would now like to highlight our Values for SOSWS.
Values: Square One Seniors Wellness Services believes that the following core values are essential components of a successful organization:
1. We believe that people from all backgrounds can gather, share, and learn from one another.
2. We provide services that are: community focused, accessible, informative and educational, of the highest quality, and compassionate.
3. We believe that the people we serve are entitled to: respect and dignity, informed choice and opportunity.
4. We believe that our organization must: reflect our community and maintain stewardship of our resources.
I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
See Square One Seniros Wellness Services for more details.
Diabetes Support Group - Fridays: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Empowering Adults 50+ - Thursdays: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Health Lecture Series - Mondays: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Hearing Clinic - Monday, February 22, 2010: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Information and Support - Fridays: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Square One Older Adult Centre
Mississauga residents 50 years of age and better (spouses may be under 50) are welcome to join the Centre, annual fee: $26.00 in 2011. 2011 memberships will be on sale beginning Wednesday, December 1, 2010.
Click here to print out your Membership Form 2011.
In addition, your signature on the document implies that you accept responsibility for your own medical coverage and give permission for staff and volunteers of the Square One Older Adult Centre and Square One Seniors Wellness Services to arrange for any emergency medical care, including hospitalization and transportation if necessary, and agree to pay for all expenses and costs incurred thereby. If emergency medical care is required, all attempts will be made to contact emergency contact person(s) shown above. You agree to release and indemnify and save harmless the City of Mississauga, Square One Shopping Centre, OMERS Realty Management Corp., OPGI Management Limited Partnership, and the staff and volunteers of the Square One Older Adult Centre from all claims arising from participation in any program, activity, event, or trip organized by the staff and/or volunteer at Square One Older Adult Centre by any cause whatsoever. Your signature also implies compliance with the Square One Older Adult Centre Code of Conduct. You also hereby give your permission for images of yourself captured during regular and special Centre activities through video, photo and digital camera to be used solely for the purposes of Square One Older Adult Centre and Square One Seniors Wellness Services promotional material and publications, and waive any rights of compensation or ownership thereto.
Annual Membership for 2011:
$26.00 (Residents of Mississauga), $30.00 (Non-Residents)
Additional Partner Fee for 2011: $12.00 (Residents and Non-Residents)
Partner Fee is only applicable for each Partner Group if you choose to join one or more of the following Partner Groups:
Silayan Filipino Volunteer Group
ALCE - Latin-America Art and Healing Group
Caribbean Seniors Social Activities
Chinese Golden Age Seniors
Goan Cultural Group
MAS - Multicultural Asian Seniors
Deaf Seniors Group
Please print out your 2011 Membership Form or pick one up from the Square One Older Adult Centre Administration Desk. Indicate on the form your Membership fees amount, paid in cash or by cheque, including Partner Fee if applicable. Kindly return your completed Membership Form to the Administration Office in person, or by mail to:
Square One Older Adult Centre
100 City Centre Drive
P.O. Box 2214
Mississauga, ON L5B 2C9
Registration for winter programs will begin Wednesday, December 8, 2010. All program participants are expected to become members of the Centre and to pay the advertised fee for each program. Participants will be asked to show their valid membership cards. Guests can attend programs twice before becoming a member (program fees apply). Registration and fee payments (cash or cheque) are accepted in the Centre during public operating hours. The Board of Directors reserves the right to cancel or alter advertised programs, instructors, special events and travel schedules. Full refunds are issued if the Centre is responsible for a cancelled program. Withdrawal Request Forms are available at the Administration Office, and must be submitted before the third class commences to be eligible for a refund. Refunds will be pro-rated and will include a $5.00 administration fee for each program. NSF cheques $25.00 fee applies.
* Access to a variety of programs, events and services
* Discounts on special events and bus trips
* Seasonal Brochure
* Members' Newsletters
* Vote at the Annual General Meeting
* Free Internet Café
* Community resource literature
* Seniors discount list for Square One stores
* Volunteer opportunities
* Fun, social interaction and maintain an active lifestyle.
Why are good programs cancelled? Our programs can only run as long as we have a minimum number of participants registered in them. Therefore, it is very important to register for programs at least a week before the program starts. Don’t be disappointed, sign up early!
If you've moved or changed your phone number, doctor, emergency contact, etc., please let the Administration Office know.
|"Celebrating Our Shining Stars"|
We warmly thank our outstanding "Team of Volunteers" for your continuous efforts and commitment to ensuring the success of your Centre. We acknowledge and applaud you all for your hard work in 2010 and look forward to a New Year filled with new challenges and wonderful opportunities. Congratulations to you all for playing such a key and instrumental role in our service delivery.
"Spread the news . . . it's great to Volunteer."
To find out more about making a difference today, call our Volunteer Coordinator Karmela Buzdon at 905-615-3207.
Join us for an affordable lunch or snack between programs. We are open Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Our menu includes a variety of soups, sandwiches, desserts, and hot or cold beverages all prepared by our dedicated team of volunteers.
Help support the Square One Older Adult Centre! Names of those who donate $100 or more are permanently displayed in our lobby. Bronze Donors: $100-$999. Silver Donors: $1,000-$4,999. Gold Donors: $5,000-$9,999. Platinum Donors: $10,000-$24,999. Diamond Donors: Over $25,000. Tax receipts available. Donation Form
To make a donation to Square One Seniors Wellness Services, please go to CanadaHelps and view our:
Donor Board 2009
Our Auditorium is great for dancing. Our Program Room is perfect for presentations. Our Board Room is just right for small meetings. Book your special event, workshop or class with us now. Good central location at the Square One Shopping Centre with plenty of free parking. Reduced rates for Auditorium rental on Friday and Sunday evenings. Call Anne at 905-615-3207 ext. 105, or visit our website for details.
Need a locker for your shoes or other items? We have new lockerettes available for use in both the Ladies' and Mens' Washrooms. Just come to the Administration Desk to register in order to receive a key for any available locker. Lockers may be used during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Keys must be returned and lockers must be emptied by 4:30 p.m. daily. For an introductory period, this service is free of charge. Service charges may be administered at a later date.
Stop by our Library tucked away in the Cozy Corner Cafe. All books, puzzles, videos, books on tape and magazines may be borrowed for your enjoyment. Please use the sign-out book provided when borrowing items. A catalogue of books on tape and videos is available in the Library and items may be picked up at the Administration Office. Have items for the Library that you would like to donate? Just drop them off the next time you're in!
We welcome your ideas! The Suggestion Box is located in the lobby beside the door to the Administration Office, and we are always open for suggestions!
Did you know you can donate all or part of your HBC rewards points to the Square One Older Adult Centre? The points will help us purchase items we need. Please inquire at the Administration Office.
Don't have time to take a fitness class? Don't like the idea of joining one of those big gyms? Get your daily exercise right here at the Centre by taking advantage of our Exercise Equipment. Learn how to use the Exercise Bike in minutes! It's easy and it's available when you feel like exercising.
If you are interested in advertising in our Seasonal Brochure, please contact Lina at 905-615-3207 ext. 107, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re pleased to present some exciting news about a new fundraising program for our Centre. It’s called the Avgen Gift Card Program.
If you are planning to purchase gift cards/certificates for any upcoming birthdays, special occasions or for your regular shopping, make your dollars do double, even triple duty! Purchase your gift cards/certificates from a long list of vendors and together we will generate a significant contribution for our Centre. Avgen carries gift cards/certificates from a large number of major retailers, including: Loblaws, IGA, Sobeys, Price Chopper, Foodland, No Frills, Zehrs, Fortinos, Canadian Superstore, Safeway, Canadain Tire, Home Depot, Home Hardware, BlockBuster, Swiss Chalet, Harveys, Wendys, Second Cup, Cineplex, Future Shop, Keg, La Senza, Longos, Pizza Pizza, GAP, Old Navy, Kelsey’s, the Bay, Zellers, Pioneer Petroleums, Petro Canada, Esso, Ultramar, Rogers Video, Sears, Shoppers, Staples, Winners and many others.
Avgen has agreements in place with all the participating retailers so that they can sell the gift certificates/cards to our Centre at a discount. Our members and their families/friends buy the gift cards/certificates from us for face value and redeem them for full value. Our Centre keeps the difference as fund raising revenue (average of 5%). The best part is there is no extra cost to you!!
Orders are due the last Friday of every month at 12 noon and will be ready to pick up the first Friday of the following month. Please see the Administration Office to answer any of your questions.
Please make cheques payable to: SQ1OAC - Special Projects
Order Date: _____________________________________
Phone Number: __________________________________
We are searching for one million pennies!!! Please check your change and drop off your pennies at the Administration Office. We hope to raise $10,000 in pennies to purchase new equipment for the Centre.
Square One Older Adult Centre gift certificates may be purchased for memberships and program registrations. Gift certificates make a great gift for friends and relatives. There are a variety of major retailers to choose from, see Avgen for more details.
Everybody knows the Entertainment Book. There are thousands of dollars of local savings in every book. To use your Entertainment Book Discounts, just present your coupon to a participating business. Save up to 50% and get 2-for-1 deals at top restaurants, shops, attractions, sporting events and more.
You can purchase this great coupon book at the Square One Older Adult Centre Administration Desk, for use in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) or anywhere in North America.
Every Entertainment Book comes with a complimentary Membership Card. Simply present your card at select fine dining restaurants, hotels, and car rentals to enjoy great savings.
Entertainment Books are also easy to sell as people enjoy saving money while supporting a good cause!
Call 905-615-3207 for more details, or go online where you can enter your information and our group number: 174400. Square One Older Adult Centre will receive credit for the sale!
Help us raise funds to support the Centre.
Are you taking dance classes for the first time this fall at Square One Older Adult Centre?
Are you age 60 or older?
Sheridan Elder Research Centre is conducting a pilot research project that explores the benefits of dance participation for enhancing quality of life and improving physical health.
Participation in this study involves:
• Filling out several questionnaires at the start and end of your dance course that will ask about your general health, your quality of life, and your exercise habits.
• A brief cognitive screening test at the beginning of the project.
• A short interview at the start and end of your dance class to learn more about your quality of life and general health.
• A short series of physical measurements, including balance, flexibility, endurance, and range of motion.
• Keeping a journal of your experience with the dance class. It will be up to you how often you keep this journal.
• Total time commitment: 4 hours.
At the end of the project, we will host an event for all of the people who participated in the project at Square One Older Adult Centre to present our findings, and to recognize and celebrate those who helped make this project happen!
For more information, or to sign up to participate, please contact: Laura Surman, Program Coordinator at Square One Older Adult Centre at 905-615-3207, or Kate Dupuis at 905-569-4634, or email: email@example.com.
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