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Older Adult Centre
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July - August 2010

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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 Square One Shopping Centre, you can access the Centre via stairs or elevator. The Older Adult Centre elevator will take you directly down to the Centre from the main floor, between The Bay and the Bank of Montreal.

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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

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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)


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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2010 Volunteer Board of Directors

Esther Williams - President
Pat Fyffe - Past President
Robert Lomon - Acting Vice President and Controller
Alice Dods - Director, Administration & Secretary
Juliet Rebello - Director, Travel
Jean Michaels - Director, Volunteers
Judy Willson - Director, Programs & Cafeteria
Tessie Buena - Director at Large

Lewis Lawrence - Vice President, Facility Operations (Emeritus)
Frank Dale - Ex-Officio Director, Ward 4 Councillor, City of Mississauga
Wendy Murdock - Ex-Officio Director, City of Mississauga
Linda Keen-Lausberg - Ex-Officio Director, Square One Shopping Centre

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2009-2010 Volunteer Board of Directors

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

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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:
Friday, April 2, 2010 (Good Friday)
Sunday, April 4, 2010 (Easter Sunday)
Monday, May 24, 2010 (Victoria Day)
Thursday, July 1, 2010 (Canada Day)
Monday, August 2, 2010 (Civic Holiday)

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Older Adult Centre Staff

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.

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Newsletter Committee

Sue Hesjedahl
Laura Surman
Lina Zita

Board of Directors Update:
Message from the President and Executive Director

Thank you for participating in the “Logo Vote” to determine the logo for our newly registered charity, Square One Seniors Wellness Services. The votes were tallied and the results are in. Look for the new logo in the 2010 Spring Brochure (page 6) and in all marketing and promotional material in the future. Thanks for your input. We had a wonderful response.

We are pleased to inform you that we have secured two grants to start up Square One Seniors Wellness Services (SOSWS). We have secured $25,000 for a New Horizons for Seniors Program Community Participation and Leadership Funding grant to offer a number of health and wellness programs in 2009. This will include series of health lectures, special wellness events, support groups and much more. We also received $2,000 (sponsorship from the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat in partnership with the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario) to host the Seniors Information and Active Living Fair on March 25 and 26, 2010 at the Older Adult Centre.

Donations for our annual Tree of Sharing campaign will now flow through Square One Seniors Wellness Services. See the Fundraisers page for more details in the 2010 Spring Brochure (page 28).

New Staff Roles for 2010

With the addition of the new Charity, the staff has taken on many new duties. Sue is busy dealing with various government funders and reporting requirements, securing grants and community partnerships for both SOOAC and SOSWS, which means she is out of the Centre more often now. The Board wanted to ensure that our members always have someone they can go to at the Centre if they have concerns, suggestions or questions. We have expanded Laura Surman’s role to include Centre Supervision. Her new title is Program Coordinator with Responsibility for Centre Supervision. She is your on-site “go to” person now providing leadership for the day-to-day needs of our members. Anne Goldspink Norman has taken on more facility related responsibilities and her new title is Administration and Facility Coordinator. Lina Zita has taken on most of the programming for the new charity and continues to cover marketing and community development for both SOOAC and SOSWS. Karmela Buzdon coordinates the volunteers for both SOOAC and SOSWS and we have increased her work hours as a result of the increased duties.

Please join us at our Annual General meeting on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 to learn about our success over the past year and our direction for the future. Take a few minutes to review the Spring Brochure and see all of the wonderful programs, services and events that SOOAC and SOSWS have to offer you.

~ Pat Fyffe, President
~ Sue Hesjedahl, Executive Director

Health Related Free Programs:

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.

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Free Information and Support for Adults 50+

Every FRIDAY from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Free Counselling * Confidential * Private

Please call Lina Zita at 905-615-3207 to book
your FREE individual appointment with a social worker
or for more information.

Empowering Adults 50+
Free Drop-In Group Session

FRIDAY from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Bi-weekly group discussions on:

Caregiver Stress * Support Services * Elder Abuse
Grandparenting * Investment Loss * Depression

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5 minutes can make all the difference!

Telephone Reassurance Program

This program is designed to provide daily contact for adults 50+
who live alone in the Mississauga area
and have some concerns about their safety and isolation.

Pick up your Client Application Form at the Administration Office
or call 905-615-3207 for more information.

In the privacy of your own home.

Daily at a mutually agreed upon time.

To alleviate some of the fears of living alone,
as well as to provide social contact.

There is no cost involved.
You do not need to be a member
of the Older Adult Centre for this service.

Please complete and submit
Telephone Reassurance Program Client Application Form
to Lina Zita at the Older Adult Centre.

Telephone Reassurance Program
is funded by the Mississauga-Halton LHIN.


Mississauga residents 50 years of age and better (spouses may be under 50) are welcome to join the Centre for $24.00 for the 2010 Calendar year. Non-Residents may join for $28.00.

Registration Information

Registration for spring programs will begin Wednesday, March 17, 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 2010 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.

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Program Cancellations

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!

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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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Volunteers . . . working together to make a difference!!!

The Square One Older Adult Cente welcomes everyone to raise a CHEER and acknowledge our dedicated women and men who volunteer their time, energy, enthusiasm, support, skills and expertise with us each and every day. Their mission is to ensure that YOU receive the friendly, safe and exceptiional service and support aht you deserve. Current opportunties: Travel Office, Crafter's Club Leader, Kurling Leader, Tea Party Gals Volunteer, Lecture Series Volunteer, Choir Leader, Pianist, Cafeteria Volunteers, Telephone Reassurance.

Volunteers Needed !!!!

We are welcoming new Volunteers to join our Volunteer Team. We invite you to share your skills and expertise with us. We are currently seeking:
° Travel Office Volunteers
° Crafter's Club Leader
° Kurling Leader
° Tea Party Gals Volunteer
° Lecture Series Volunteer
° Choir Leader
° Pianist
° Cafeteria Volunteers
° Program / Games Leader
° Telephone Reassurance Volunteer

We welcome you to make a wonderful and meaningful difference at your Centre by VOLUNTEERING. For more information re: joining our dynamic Team of Volunteers, please visit or call our Volunteer Coordinator Karmela Buzdon at 905-615-3207. Click here for Volunteer Opportunity.

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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. 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.

Older Adult Centre Donor Board
Donor Board 2009
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Older Adult Centre Lockers July 2010

Want to try our new locker service? Please come to the Administration Desk. 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 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.

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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 beside the door to the Administration Office, 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, 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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Benefits of Participation in Dance Classes
An Innovative Approach to Health Promotion:
Empowering Older Adults through Participation in Dance Classes

Are you taking dance classes for the first time this fall at 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 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 Older Adult Centre at 905-615-3207, or Kate Dupuis at 905-569-4634.

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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