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Older Adult Centre
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September - December 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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2010-2011 Volunteer Board of Directors

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

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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:
Monday, September 6, 2010 (Labour Day)
Monday, October 11, 2010 (Thanksgiving)
Thursday, December 23, 2010 (Christmas Day on Saturday, December 25, 2010)
Monday, December 27, 2010 (Boxing Day)
Friday, December 31, 2010 (New Year's Eve)
Saturday, January 1, 2011 (New Year's Day)

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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

Message from the President:
Seniors' Month:

June was Seniors' Month and I trust that our members had an opportunity to attend some of the many activities sponsored by Older Adult Centre, the Cit of Mississauga and various Retirement Residences.

Partner Events:

On June 7, 2010, Sue Hesjedahl and I attended the 39th Annual General Meeting of Family Services of Peel. Sue presented a gift from the Centre to retiring Executive Director, Paddy Ramsingh. Family Services of Peel is a strong partner with Square One Seniors Wellness Services as they provide the professionals that facilitate our Information and Support service, Circle of Friends group and the Health Lecture Series.

On june 18, 2010, Tessie Buena and I attended the "Diversity Symposium" sponsored by the United Way of Peel Region, Immigration Canada and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The speakers acknowledged the growing diversity in Peel Region and discussed ideas to promote an integrated Peel Region where all citizens oif Peel can participate in Peel's growth. The symposium was educational and informative.

Board of Directors:

At our Annual General Meeting (Stub Year) on June 29, 2010, we acknowledged that we still have 2 vacancies that the Board is recruiting for: Director of Facility and Director of Special Events and Fundraising.

The Board of Directors and Staff will meet in August to work on the Strategic Plans for Older Adult Centre and Square One Seniors Wellness Services. Some of the items to be discussed are: future direction and vision, programs, services, finances, policies and procedures and future offsite locations.

Hats Off to:

All members and staff who made the Tree of Sharing project such a successful fundraising event. Donations totalled $4,735.00 A warm "thank you" for you generosity!

~ Esther Williams, President

Message from the Executive Director
Upcoming Fundraisers:

Please join us for our annual Walk-a-thon fundraiser on Friday, October 1, 2010. This is a very important fundraiser for the Older Adult Centre and Seniors Wellness Services. Last year, we raised over $20,000! Thank you to those who have supported us generously over the past several years. Please join us again this year as we are sure to have a great time.

December seems far off, but we are already planning our annual Gift Wrapping fundraiser in Square One. Last year, we had our most successful year raising over $23,000 through the hours and hours of hard work of many volunteers to wrap countless parcels for the Square One shoppers. Please contact Karmela if you are interested in volunteering this year.

Facility Update:

We have installed lockerettes in the men's and ladies' washrooms. These were purchased using a Special Projects Grant through the Elderly Persons Centres Grant of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. The lockerettes allow our members to secure your personal belongings while attending programs and events at the Centre. We ask that you sign out a key in the Administration office. Lockerettes must be emptied before you leave each day.

Thank You!

Thank you to those members who participated in the member survey over the summer. We appreciate and value your opinions as they help us to plan for the future. We are researching a possible satellite location and want your help in deciding which programs or services to offer in the possible new location.

Thank you to our many Corporate Sponsors, Donors and Service Clubs who continue to support the Centre in so many ways. We could not keep up our good work without your help.

~ 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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Older Adult Centre
Family Services of Peel

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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, 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.

Your membership to Older Adult Centre also includes membership in the Square One Seniors Wellness Services, our seniors health and wellness charity. By signing the Membership Form, you have consented to the use of personal information by Older Adult Centre and Square One Seniors Wellness Services for the purpose of maintaining an accurate membership database in order to determine membership eligibility, mailing or emailing information regarding Older Adult Centre and Square One Seniors Wellness Services activities, sending email alerts, mailing or emailing print newsletters and brochures, requests for donations to the Square One Seniors Wellness Services and Older Adult Centre, to distribute tax receipts, to ensure donor recognition, to conduct internal surveys or focus groups, and to provide members of notification of meetings. Your information will not be shared on any basis with other organizations. Members and donors have the options to decline the use of their personal information. If you wish to be removed from our list, please contact us at 905-615-3207 to rescind your consent for use of this information. Older Adult Centre and Square One Seniors Wellness Services do not trade or sell personal information about members or donors. To review our privacy policy, you may visit our website at This information is collected under Ontario's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act 39(1) and Section 65.1. Square One Seniors Wellness Services Charitable Registration: # 81959 5893 RR0001

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 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 Older Adult Centre from all claims arising from participation in any program, activity, event, or trip organized by the staff and/or volunteer at Older Adult Centre by any cause whatsoever. Your signature also implies compliance with the 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 Older Adult Centre and Square One Seniors Wellness Services promotional material and publications, and waive any rights of compensation or ownership thereto.

NOTE: Please inform the Centre of any changes to address or phone numbers.
There is a minimum fee of $1.50 each time a member attends a program activity.

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 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:
Older Adult Centre
100 City Centre Drive
P.O. Box 2214
Mississauga, ON L5B 2C9

Registration Information

Registration for fall programs will begin Wednesday, August 18, 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.

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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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Building a Stronger and "Member Focused" Centre ONE VOLUNTEER at a Time

Take the first step today towards making a difference at your Centre by volunteering. Join your fellow members in playing a key role in ensuring the success of your programs and services.

Don't foregt to roll up your sleeves and take part in our Annual Gift-Wrapping Fundraiser at Square One this December. Bring a friend, neighbour or grandchild.

Keep busy, stimulated and maintain your professional skills by one half day of service each week at your Centre.

For more information, kindly visit or call our Volunteer Coordinator Karmela Buzdon at 905-615-3207.

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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.

To make a donation to Square One Seniors Wellness Services, please go to CanadaHelps and view our:

Older Adult Centre Donor Board
Donor Board 2009
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Function Room Rental

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 or visit our website for details.

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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 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.

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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:

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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 to 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 Us at the Centre

Address: 100 City Centre Drive, P.O. Box 2214, Mississauga, ON L5B 2C9, Canada
By Phone: 905-615-3207
By Fax: 905-615-3455

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