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Older Adult Centre
General Information July - August 2009

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General Information, Location, Map

The 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 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 Shopping Centre, you can access the Centre via stairs or elevator.

Handicapped Logo Google image from 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:

Thank you to our major supporters:

  • City of Mississauga
  • Mississauga Central Lions Club
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Ontario Ministry of Health
  • Service Canada
  • Square One Shopping Centre
  • Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)
  • Tridel
  • New Horizons for Seniors - Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC)

  • The Older Adult Centre is managed by an incorporated, non-profit, volunteer Board of Directors.

  • The organization is affiliated in good standing with the City of Mississauga Recreation and Parks and a member of the Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario (OACAO).
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    Board of Directors 2009-2010

    Pat Fyffe - President
    Shirley Corbett - Past President
    Esther Williams - Vice President
    Robert Lomon - Controller
    Alice Dods - Director, Administration & Secretary
    Marion Duff - Director, Facilities
    Judy Willson - Director, Programs & Cafeteria
    Sasha Zivkovic - Director, Special Events & Fundraising
    Shirley Corbett - Director, Travel
    Jean Michaels - Director, Volunteers

    Lewis Lawrence - Vice President, Facility Operations (Emeritus)
    Linda Keen-Lausberg - Ex-Officio Director, Square One Shopping Centre
    Wendy Murdock - Ex-Officio Director, City of Mississauga

    View photos of Members of Board of Directors

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    Our Mission

    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.

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    Centre Hours of Operation & Closures

    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:
    Wednesday, July 1, 2009 (Canada Day)
    Monday, August 3, 2009 (Civic Holiday)
    Monday, September 7, 2009 (Labour Day)

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    Older Adult Centre Staff

    Sue Hesjedahl - Executive Director
    Laura Surman - Program Coordinator
    Anne Goldspink Norman - Administrative Coordinator
    Lina Zita - Marketing & Community Development Coordinator
    Karmela Buzdon - Volunteer Coordinator
    Dhruv Nayyar - Community Development Assistant
    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.

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    Newsletter Committee

    Sue Hesjedahl
    Laura Surman
    Lina Zita

    Board of Directors Update:

    The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Square One Older Adult Centre has been approved for funding support from Service Canada, under the Canada Summer Jobs Initiative, to have a summer student work with us this summer. We are pleased to announce that Dhruv Nayyar will be returning to work with us after a successful summer as our student last year. Dhruv's title is Community Development Assistant.

    The Board of Directors is also very excited to announce that Square One Older Adult Centre has been approved for funding from the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), "Aging at Home Strategy", to host a Telephone Reassurance Program for Seniors. This is in partnership with Peel Senior Link. The Aging at Home Strategy, endorsed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, expands traditional health services that help seniors stay healthy and live independently in their homes. We are delighted to have this opportunity to support seniors in our community by providing reassurance phone calls. We will be developing and implementing the program over the next couple of months. Please contact us if you are interested in receiving this service or volunteering with this program.


    Mississauga residents 50 years of age and older (spouses may be under 50) are welcome to join the Centre (1/2 price as of June 1, 2009) for $12.00 for the remaining 2009 Calendar year. Non-Residents may join for $14.00.


    * Access to a variety of programs, events and services
    * Discounts on special events and bus trips
    * Quarterly Brochure
    * Members Newsletter
    * Vote at the Annual General Meeting
    * Free Internet Café
    * Community resource literature
    * Seniors discount list for Square One
    * Volunteer opportunities
    * Fun, social interaction and maintain an active lifestyle.

    Membership Registration Form 2009

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    Registration for Summer Programs will begin on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. 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 2009 membership cards. Guests can attend programs twice before becoming a member (program fees apply). /p>

    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 program, 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.

    In the event of severe weather, please contact the Centre at 905-615-3207, and listen to the recorded message to ensure that your program will take place.

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    Information Changes

    If you've moved or changed your phone number, doctor, emergency contact, etc., please let the Administration Office know.

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    OurVolunteers, making a world of difference!

    "The ultimate expression of generosity is not in giving of what you have, but in giving of who you are." ~ Johnnetta B. Cole.

    In 2008, our Team of 141 Volunteers shared over 31,000 hours of volunteer service at your Centre. They are truly instrumental in supporting, motivating, encouraging and inspiring us all. We acknowledge and give thanks to you all. Keep up the great work!

    2009 Volunteer Service Awards

    Celebrating 15 Years of Volunteer Service:  Amelia Cruz

    Celebrating 10 Years of Volunteer Service: Ching Ken Chen, Henry Corbett, Lucille Dzugalo, Hazel Salman, Norma Zurawinski

    Celebrating 5 Years of Volunteer Service: Sandra Cohen, Margaret Combdon, Phan Dam, Rakhee Ganglani, Carmen Leal,

    Corinne McCallum, Mary Monardo, Zoila Pena

    For more information on how you can make a difference at your Centre by volunteering, please contact Karmela Buzdon - Volunteer Coordinator, at 905-615-3207. Please note that I am away from the Centre in July and August, however, will be returning in September. Have a safe and healthy summer!

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    Cozy Corner Café

    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.

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    Donor Board

    Help support the Older Adult Centre! Names of those who donate $100 or more are permanently displayed in our lobby. Tax receipts available.

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    For Rent

    Consider holding your meeting, class or special event in the bright, pleasant surroundings of our Centre. Call Anne at 905-615-3207 for rates and availability.

    Bookings are available for the Auditorium, Program Room, Lewis Lawrence Boardroom and Cafeteria at very reasonable rates. For more information, please call 905-615-3207.

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    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!

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    Suggestion Box

    We welcome your ideas! The Suggestion Box is located in the lobby, and we are always open for suggestions!

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    HBC Rewards

    Did you know you can donate all or part of your HBC rewards points to the Older Adult Centre? The points will help us purchase items we need. Please inquire at the Administration Office.

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    Exercise Equipment - Get Fit!

    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.

    $1.00 per 15 minute session or $10.00 for 18 sessions

    Please see the Administration Office for more information.

    The support of the Government of Ontario
    through the Sport and Recreation Branch of the
    Ministry of Tourism and Recreation is acknowledged.

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    If you are interested in advertising in our seasonal brochure, please contact Lina at 905-615-3207 or by email: to discuss rates, submission dates, etc.

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    Avgen: A Fundraising Program

    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: _____________________________________

    Name: _________________________________________

    Phone Number: __________________________________

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    One Million Pennies

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    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.

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    Gift Certificates - One-Stop Shop

    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.

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    Entertainment Book Fundraiser Entertainment Book Member Fundraiser

    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 Older Adult Centre Administration Desk (September 2009 to January 2010 - $25.00?), 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 Entertainment Book where you can enter your information and our group number: 174400. Older Adult Centre will receive credit for the sale!

    Help us raise funds to support the Centre.

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    2010 Calendar

    Beginning in November 2008, you can submit pictures of our events and programs. Our members will vote each month and the 12 best pictures will be published in our 2010 fundraising calendar. Watch the bulletin board for more details.

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    Contact Square One Older Adult Centre

    Address: 100 City Centre Drive, P.O. Box 2214, Mississauga, ON L5B 2C9 Canada
    NOTE: In October 2017, Square One Older Adult Centre will be moved to the second floor at Central Parkway Mall at 377 Burnhamthorpe Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5A 3Y1 Canada. Phone numbers will remain the same.
    New name: Active Adult Centre of Mississauga By Phone: 905-615-3207
    By Fax: 905-615-3455

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